Twas Heaven here with you. ∼Isla Paschal Richardson
One of the heartbreaking realities of living with, loving and rescuing dogs – especially senior dogs – is that they do not live as long as humans. Their precious little lives are always shorter than seems fair. We dedicate this page in memory of the dogs that Peace of Mind has rescued that are no longer with us.
Every few years we hold our Day of Remembrance to honor our POMDR dogs who are no longer with us. Click here for photos of our 2014 Day of Remembrance.
1/16/2017 Jasmine, a 15 year-old, 30 pound Aussie/Kelpie mix, has passed on. She was adopted over 2 years ago by Diane and Ray and was a companion for their Aussie/Schipperke mix. She was very mellow and sweet, loved belly-rubs and was extremely well-trained. She liked other dogs, people, cats and children. Jasmine's final years were spent happily with Diane and Ray in their Santa Cruz home and on their sailboat. She finally just wore out and will be terribly missed by her adoptive family. Farewell sweet Jasmine.
1/6/2017 Miss Daisy, a cherished 16-year-old Chihuahua, originally came to POMDR in 2011 when her senior guardian could no longer care for her. She was adopted into a loving home for several years but her adopter passed away and Miss Daisy came back into our program. Her foster family was quick to let her rejoin their little pack, but this time she was there to stay. Marilee and Bob adored this little girl.
More than any other dog we've shared our home with, Daisy was a dog who was happy and content with whatever came her way. All she ever demanded was attention and a good meal. She was our potato for sure. We also lovingly called her our little raisin and our Milk Dud. With her chocolate brown fur and wrinkled tummy, her nicknames fit her well. During her last 18 months with us her vision faded to almost nothing, along with her hearing abilities. But she never lost her interest in walking (and riding in her stroller on longer outings) and exploring the world with her nose. At night she slept in bed against Bob and he would put his arm around her when she pawed him for extra attention. She was our affectionate and gentle girl -- pure joy and perfect. We will always love you Daisy.
12/23/2016 Captain Blue was a 9-year-old Chihuahua who lost an eye somewhere on his journey in life, but that never slowed him down one bit! He was charismatic and lovable. Captain Blue suffered from heart issues and his foster mama graciously cared for him through his final days. She wrote us and said:
I have no words to convey the feelings of loss and grief I have over the death of this little boy but even more than this I lack the capacity to describe the depth of gratitude and love I have for Cappy. His spirit is immense. I am humbled and awed by my beautiful little friend. He has opened a place of such happiness and joy in me that I didn't realized I was living without. I am so grateful for our time together. When I see his face again, we will know and remember each other well.
12/22/2016 Lolly was a darling 17-year-old Chihuahua who was given her second chance after being picked up as a stray and taken to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. She became a POMDR dog and went into a loving foster home with Lynn and Tony. Lolly spent her golden years part of a wonderful pack on their ranch, which includes a happy family of cats, dogs and goats.
Lolly's age caught up with her and she was admitted to the emergency vet after suffering kidney failure. The vet staff did they best they could but the decision was made to let her go peacefully, with her loving family surrounding her. She had such great years on the Overtree Ranch and we know her presence will be missed.
12/19/2016 Felix was a goofy, gentle giant of a dog. He was a 9-year-old, 120 pound Malamute/Newfoundland/Labrador mix who was as jolly as they come. Felix's fosters, Olivia and Bill, fell in love with him and realized he was a keeper. Felix also had a dear friend in a person named Hamza, whom Felix also loved and spent time with. Olivia said this about Felix's passing:
It was a constant source of joy to see Felix relax into his new life at our house over the past six months. We will miss Felix terribly - his joyful acrobatic leaps, his gorgeous powerful floating trot, and that bottomless well of devotion that you get every day from a rescued dog. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to give Felix such a good life for his final months, and we are so, so grateful to Felix, and to you, for bringing Hamza into our lives.
12/19/2016 Jake was a handsome, sweet Border Collie who wanted nothing more than to be loved by his family and friends, including his best buddy, Victor. He was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma on December 16 and passed away peacefully on December 19 at the age of ten. He was adopted from POMDR when he was 7 years old. He had been raised with Victor by Patrick in Pacific Grove. After Patrick passed away suddenly on a road trip to their new home in Missouri, his friends and family pulled together to fly Jake and Victor back to Pacific Grove so POMDR could help find them a new home. Within a few days of the dogs being shown on the Peace of Mind website, we had adopted the two buddies.
Jake was a typical Border Collie in some ways but not in every way. He didn't chase balls or Frisbees. He didn't herd...except occasionally Victor. He was smart, though, and he was very affectionate. His favorite spot in the house was next to his master's chair in the evening, at his master's feet at meal time, and next to his master's side of the bed at naptime. We still expect to see him in all of those places and will always remember our sweet, handsome boy.
12/13/2016 Sage was a 17-year-old Border Collie mix who came to us when his guardian could no longer care for him. This sweet, blind boy was very loving and enjoyed exploring his surroundings. He was adopted to a wonderful family, the Chow's, who wrote us to let us know he had passed away:
Our beautiful Sage left us as he drifted off into sleep. We are so happy for him, being restored with Christ in his Eternal life, but what a heartsick feeling in missing him. We love you Sage, our 'Kind dog'. Mary-Gramma, Ray- Grampa and Maddie- Little one.
12/13/2016 What a beautiful soul Cisco was. Fondly nicknamed "Cissy", she came to us in 2012 after her guardian passed away. She was a gentle Cattle Dog mix who found her foster home with Rhonda and proceeded to steal her heart. Rhonda fostered many dogs over the years for POMDR but Cissy was special.
Cissy had a wonderful life with Rhonda and we know she was so loved. Together they went to many POMDR parties and functions and we always loved seeing sweet Cisco. Her presence will be dearly missed.
12/8/2016 Lucy Mae was a totally darling senior gal. She was a 13-year-old Maltese who came to us when her guardian became very ill and could no longer care for her. Partially blind, this brave and spunky little thing would courageously explore her surroundings despite her impaired vision. We are so grateful she came to us. Lucy Mae passed away peacefully in her sleep as a beloved member of her foster family. Rest in peace, sweetie.
12/1/2016 George came to us from Salinas Animal Services when he was 11 years old, back in 2010. He must have loved his adoptive family so much, he decided to stick around until he was almost 18 years old! George was known for being a lovable, energetic boy. His family fostered him and realized, prior to a cross-country move, that George was a keeper. Amy wrote us to let us know that George had passed away:
We fought hard for him but he stopped eating, was suffering and was telling us it was time... I took him on his last ride to the vet's and he always loved going for rides. My vet is wonderful and made sure he passed peacefully in the car where he was so happy. He is no longer in pain and has a nice place in our backyard. Thank you for giving me my best friend.
11/21/2016 With great sadness we mark the passing of Jessie, a Chinese Crested/Maltese mix who came to POMDR in 2012. She was a tiny, 5 pound stray from the Visalia Shelter whose teeth required extraction. Lucky Jessie was adopted by Paula, who gave her a loving home in Santa Cruz complete with two other doggie-siblings. Despite having to overcome many medical complications, Jessie's final years were happy and full of love. She was pampered by her doting guardians and peacefully passed in the arms of loved ones at 12.5 years old.
"We miss her, we loved her. She is resting now."
11/20/2016 Sadly, we mark the passing of Tiki, a sweet Pomeranian who had been fostered for a few years before coming into POMDR's program. Happily for Tiki, she found a permanent home with Michael and his wife. Michael had lost his beloved female Pom, a lifetime companion to his male Pomeranian. Tiki was the perfect buddy for Michael's Pom in his golden years. Her final 18 months with Michael, his wife and their senior male Pom were filled with love and care. Despite trips to the vet, Tiki crossed over the Rainbow Bridge without suffering. She is sorely missed.
11/7/2016 Jack, an 11 year-old Cattle dog, came to POMDR from the Monterey County Animal Services, where he'd been picked up as a stray. He was a sweet boy, active and intelligent, who loved dogs, cats and playing with his toys. Jack was also eager to bond with someone he could call his own. Karen had a rescued Cattle dog for over 12 years, loved the breed, and wanted to help a needy dog. It was a perfect match and Jack spent his final three years with Karen in her loving Carmel home. Jack will be sorely missed.
11/3/2016 Molly, a sweet, gentle 14-year-old Lab mix, has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. She was blind and came to POMDR when her guardian could no longer care for her. Molly was adopted by Jim, who had a 6-year-old black Lab mix, Cody, as a buddy for her. Jim's sister had a senior blind dog, and Jim "had room in his home and his heart" for Molly.
Despite her blindness, Molly was happy and active, loving her walks, rides in the car and meeting people and other dogs. Molly brought "great joy" to Jim and his family in her final few years. After a valiant attempt to beat cancer, Molly passed away at home with her loving pack and family.
10/31/2016 Bailey, a black Lab, came to us in May with 6 other Labs and an Australian Shepherd after their guardian had passed away and they ended up at the Salinas Animal Shelter. At age 13, she was quickly adopted by her foster mom, Amanda. Bailey was a typical, loving Lab and settled nicely into Amanda and her family's Watsonville home. Bailey loved the beach, her old Golden Retriever buddy and even Amanda's kitty. Like a much younger pup, she carried her toy around to show everyone. Bailey passed away in her sleep after waiting for Amanda to arrive home. Sadness is tempered by the joy of her final days.
10/31/2016 Memphis was an adorable 8-year-old English Bulldog who came to us from the SPCA for Monterey County where he was surrendered when his guardian moved and could not keep him. Despite being in need of medical care, he had the loving and sweet personality typical to Bulldogs. We had high hopes that we'd be able to get him healthy and into a forever home where he would be cherished but, after needing extensive medical procedures on his feet, he passed away at a vet clinic before we were able to make that happen for him. We hope he knows he was loved by all of us at POMDR. Rest in peace, Memphis.
10/28/2016 Monsieur Pierre was a 12-year-old Tibetan Terrier mix with a wonderful personality. He had a precious expression (just look at those adorable eyebrows!) and was an active senior boy. He enjoyed a slow walk around the neighborhood. He was struggling with separation anxiety which caused him to bounce between a few foster homes but then Christina came into his life. Christina made him finally feel at home again and offered him such a happy final chapter of his life. Monsieur Pierre passed away quietly in his sleep. He is finally at peace.
10/25/2016 Munchie came to POMDR at the age of 16 when her ill, homeless, senior guardian could no longer care for her. She was in our care for almost eight months and touched the lives of all who met her.
After her passing, her foster mom said, "Miss Munchie, you were the cutest sweetest old gal. I loved how you knew exactly what you wanted and needed in every moment and knew how to ask for it. You will be missed dear sweet little lady. And you will never be forgotten."
10/25/2016 Meg came to POMDR after being picked up as a stray in Salinas. She had a necrotic mammary tumor and was taken to the vet where she had it surgically removed. It was soon discovered that Meg's cancer had metastasized to her lungs. Meg went to Kathleen and Josh as a hospice dog.
We took her in as a hospice dog knowing she would be with us until the end of her sweet life. We were surprised when she first came home because she did not seem ill. She certainly did not know she had cancer! She was playful, agile, happy and loving. She was mama's girl! She followed me around the house and did not want to leave my side. She was an incredibly special girl and I knew it from day one. She stole our hearts and to us she was Maggie Magoo. When her tumor came back in August, we were hopeful that the treatment would help keep her quality of life where it was. But unfortunately, the cancer was fast growing and quickly became badly infected causing her to lumber along. She was no longer jumping up on the couch or bed, she had to be lifted; she lumbered up the stairs and on hikes, she no longer would chase the squeaky, she would simply stay at my heels. She never gave up with us, never really showed how much pain she was in. This week, while she was taken out to go potty, she laid down and wouldn't move. It was discovered that her tumor had split open. She was clearly in pain and showed our friend rather than us. Had we been there, she would have rallied for us. It was time to relieve her of her pain and send her to the Rainbow Bridge. She passed peacefully with her head in my lap but not before she gave me plenty of kisses and got plenty of belly rubs. She gave us so much joy and love. The best gift we could have given her was to set her free. We love you Magoo. You were unlike any dog we have known.
10/18/2016 Trixie came to us in 2015 after her guardian had a stroke and was sadly no longer able to care for her dogs. She had been a very loved little girl her whole life. This 12-year-old Fox Terrier stole her foster mom's heart and Janis realized very quickly that she wasn't going to be able to let Trixie go! She had a joyful, adored as part of a little pack in Janis' home. She was a special dog and we know she will be missed.
10/17/2016 Sweet Sam was a 12-year-old Boykin Spaniel when his guardian broke a hip and moved to a place where Sam couldn't go. Happily, Joel and Susan adopted Sam into their Pebble Beach home where he lived the good life with two doggie buddies. He was a happy-go-lucky guy, greeting new people with energy and exuberance, loving his walks and playing fetch. Sam passed over the Rainbow Bridge at age 14 after wonderful final years in his loving family. He will be sorely missed.
10/15/2016 Teeta came to POMDR from the shelter when her guardian could no longer care for her. Her first few days were frightening, wondering where her person was and why she wasn't home with him. She was a beautiful Shepherd/Lab mix with soulful brown eyes, full of fun, vitality and affection.
Teeta found a savior in Richard, who gave her comfort, love and safety in his Pacific Grove home. She enjoyed many walks with Richard on the beach. Sadly, the years overtook her, walking became difficult and confusion had set in. Teeta passed over the Rainbow Bridge at age 15 and is buried outside Richard's bedroom window.
10/10/2016 Sheldon was a special little tan Chihuahua who was 9-years-old. Sheldon was calm, confident and happy. He loved other dogs and lap-lounging. Sheldon was fostered by Jenny for the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter. Largely blind and deaf, Sheldon had less chance of adoption at the shelter and Jenny helped bring him into our program. Jenny continued to foster, lovingly caring for this precious little guy for over six months. He was a special angel. Run free Sheldon! We know you will have eternally happy days and warm laps for snuggling.
10/7/2016 Baja, also known as "Luna Lovegood," had been abandoned in Pacific Grove. PG Animal Control asked POMDR to take her in. Shortly after intake, we discovered this gentle senior gal had masses on her spleen and liver. Baja became a hospice dog and spent the remainder of her weeks in a loving foster home receiving lots of cuddles and kisses.
Luna Lovegood was with us for 74 days, but then she stopped eating and was no longer feeling well. Her foster mom and the vet agreed it was time to let her go. We are grateful that she had a chance to experience love, a soft bed, a her favorite foods before she crossed the rainbow bridge.
10/1/2016 Buddy Lab has passed away at the ripe old age of 17. He was a guardian surrender who was fostered and then adopted by Christine in November, 2013. Buddy was a gentle, well-mannered boy who lived in harmony with both cats and dogs. He loved his walks, sniffing everywhere and taking in the neighborhood. Christine is grateful to POMDR for bringing them together and for the opportunity to give him a wonderful final three years. Farewell to this mellow old guy.
9/15/2016 Buddy Beagle was a Beagle/Cavalier King Charles mix who had been rescued to California from the "Big Easy" after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He came to POMDR at age 11, when his guardian became too ill to care for him.
Lucky Buddy found a loving home with Andrea's family in Hollister. He loved walking, car rides and watching TV with family, including a 10 year-old beagle and 4 cats. Buddy lived "like royalty" with Andrea's family and she said he "enriched our lives." Buddy passed at age 13, after a period of failing health. He will be sorely missed.
9/10/2016 Gypsy was a beautiful 8-year-old Labrador/Australian Shepherd mix with a heart of gold. She was kind, gentle and loved everyone. Gypsy was adopted by Dede and Gordy and she was so happy with them. They wrote us and said:
We are filled with wonderful memories of our 6 months with Gypsy and know that she had lots of special adventures up here on the water. We miss her every day - she was the sweetest most loving dog ever and we were honored to have her in our lives.
9/9/2016 Mr. Wilson was an adored 12-year-old Dachshund who came to us from the Sacramento Animal Shelter after being picked up as a stray. This precious boy was destined for a very loving home. Christina became Mr. Wilson's forever family in April of 2015 and he had a great life with her and her little pack. We know he was dearly loved and that his presence will be missed.
9/1/2016 Maggie, previously known as "Snuggles," was an 8-year-old, 12 pound Pomeranian mix. She was very loving and would choose cuddling over tasty treats. She was adopted by Patricia and was a happy resident of Pebble Beach since February of 2015. Tragically, Maggie was victim of a coyote attack while out on a walk with her guardian. We were all heartbroken and we know Maggie's presence will be deeply missed.
8/30/2016 Kara, previously known as "Karen," was a darling 12-year-old Cattle dog mix who originally came to POMDR in 2013 when her guardian's moved and couldn't take her along. She was such an affectionate, easy-going girl who loved taking walks with her people. She was adopted into a loving family with KimMarie and Carmie and had a wonderful three years with them. She even did the PG Pet Parade in her stroller and was such a special girl We know she will be missed every day.
8/26/2016 Harper was an 8-year-old gentle giant who came to us from Monterey County Animal Services after being picked up as a stray. This big, sweet German Shepherd had definitely had some sad experiences before coming to us. Harper was so lovable, and within a few months he had settled into a great adoptive family that he found through the German Shepherd Rescue. His woes were behind him. Sadly, Harper passed away suddenly and his new family was devastated. He touched a lot of lives as a POMDR dog and we are grateful we had a chance to meet him. Rest in peace, Harper.
8/25/2016 Robbie, nicknamed "Robbie Rocket", was a 12-year-old Chihuahua who was left in the night drop box at Salinas Animal Services, in a little jacket and with terrible dental issues. We got him healthy and this cautious little dog blossomed into a curious, friendly sweetheart.
Maria met Robbie and she was totally smitten with his darling personality - she knew he would be a great addition to her family. His special needs didn't faze them and he has spent the last few years being an adored, loved dog. Robbie passed away recently and we know his presence will be deeply missed.
8/24/2016 Beth was a quiet, sweet 15-year-old Corgi/Chihuahua mix. She was a gentle girl who loved to snuggle. She was POMDR dog #93 and came to us from Salinas Animal Services.
Beth was adopted by Karen and Andrew in 2011. She has been a dearly loved member of their little pack for the last five years. Beth was happy to accompanying her family on a road trip, joining in on a dog parade or just hanging out around the house. We're so grateful she had such a loving family to call her own.
8/23/2016 Buddy, previously known as "Bingo", was a 14-year-old Poodle mix who came to us from Monterey County Animal Services back in 2010. He was found a loving forever home with Sandra and Terry. They wrote to let us know he had passed and said:
With all of the lovely four legged Friends we have had in our life, one left extra big paw prints on our hearts and that was Buddy! We were lucky enough to have six years with our beloved, goofy, funny boy. With his jaunty walk and big personality he made us laugh every single day! We said goodbye to him on Saturday. Terry and I are heartsick and miss him terribly but, feel so grateful to have had him come into our Family! Thank you for rescuing him!
8/18/2016 Lucky was a 15-year-old Australian Shepherd mix who originally came to POMDR in 2013. She was adopted by a senior guardian who loved her, but he took a bad fall and had to return her to us. Lucky eventually became one of our beloved hospice dogs and has been in loving care of one of our dedicated foster guardians for over a year. Lucky finally decided it was her time to part ways with her tired body and she's now crossed the rainbow bridge. We know she was so loved and will be dearly missed.
8/16/2016 Travis was a 10-year-old Chihuahua mix who came to us from Monterey County Animal Services after being picked up as a stray. He was a dog with a funny, cheeky personality who could easily put a smile on your face.
Jan emailed us to let us know that her sweet Travis McGhee had passed and said:
After fostering Travis for a few months, I adopted him in August, 2014. He enriched my life in so many ways over the past couple of years and made me laugh so many times. Travis experienced quite a bit of suffering and pain in his life, but this last year had been a really good one for him. We were each lucky to have found the other. I'm missing the little guy so much. He had real grit. Thanks to POMDR for bringing Travis and I together.
8/9/2016 Remington was a special POMDR dog and we're so glad he came to us. He was a big, loving 9-year-old Boxer who came from the SPCA for Monterey County, where his guardians surrendered him because they were moving. Remington was one of those dogs who thought he was perfectly lap-sized and gave kisses to anyone willing to accept his slobbery signs of affection.
To our sadness, Remington was feeling very ill and the vet discovered he had a perforated ulcer. We made the difficult decision to end his suffering and let him go in peace. He only spent a few short weeks with us but we hope he knows he was loved by all of us at POMDR. He was such a good boy.
8/5/2016 Ginger was a 15-year-old Corgi mix who came to us from the SPCA for Monterey County after her 92-year-old guardian passed away. She had a history of seizures so she became a POMDR dog, knowing we could still find her a great home despite her medical condition.
She was adopted by Marilyn and her family in 2013 and has had several great years with their family. They had a fondness for Corgi's and love senior dogs, so they knew she was the one. Ginger was healthy and adored for her golden years, and we're so happy for that.
8/3/2016 Quincy was a remarkable 5-year-old Terrier mix who came to from the Hollister Animal Shelter in a shockingly emaciated state after being picked up as a stray. He was literally skin and bones and still had the most happy, resilient personality - he exemplified a dog's ability to forgive the wrongdoing of humans. Quincy gradually gained weight in loving foster care, where he was also being treated for diabetes. He flourished, played with toys and we knew he would find the most perfect adopter.
Quincy went home with Suzanne and her pack and they were a wonderful match. Suzanne is a nurse so she wasn't phased by Quincy's insulin shots and he adored his new person. Sadly, Quincy passed away in August due to complications with his diabetes. We are beyond grateful that Quincy's story didn't end alone in a shelter and that he knew he was a dearly loved companion.
8/1/2016 Bailey, previously known as "Baby," was a very loved 14-year-old Kai Dog who came to us back in 2011 from Salinas Animal Services after being picked up as a stray. She had a microchip and her guardians were contacted but they chose not to come pick her up. We knew this little lady, who was described as "the happiest dog ever," deserved a family who cared about her.
Bailey was adopted by George and Kathryn and she spent five years being adored by them. We're so grateful her story had a happy ending with a great family. She passed away from old age recently and we know she'll be missed.
7/25/2016 Nicky was a 16-year-old Pomeranian mix who came into our program when his 87-year-old guardian could no longer care for him in 2010. He was a sweet, undemanding dog who suffered from a thyroid condition which left him partially bald. We knew someone special would just love this little guy and a month after being in our program, he found those people! Kenneth and Margaret adopted Nicky and he has been a part of their family for the last six years. They emailed us and said:
Nicky enjoyed his time with us as much as we enjoyed our time with him. We were very lucky to be the ones who rescued him and we miss him dearly.
7/22/2016 From Roadie's foster family and adopters:
Roadie has always had mobility issues and when he came to us they were compounded by him having giardia. He was weak and underweight, wrongly convincing us we had a "rickety" old man on our hands. The amazing turn-around we saw after he received the medical attention he needed was nothing short of incredible. He became a dog would run around the yard and got excited to see the leashes come out for a walk with his pack. He was a very loved dog.
He was careful by nature and was tolerant of affection, but trusted only a small handful of people. What we really learned from Roadie is that there is something so special about winning the love of a dog who does not inherently trust everyone. He was in our family for one full year and we hope it was the best of his life. We will miss him always. Rest in peace, Roadie.
7/21/2016 Louie, formerly known as "Toto," was a 14-year-old Brussels Griffon/Yorkie mix who came to us from a local shelter. Louie was adopted by a very loving family of POMDR supporters and spent the last five years of his life being adored. He found his forever family and they loved him so much. We know he will be missed.
7/12/2016 Brady was a truly lovable 12-year-old Cocker Spaniel who came to us from a crowded shelter in Los Angeles. A team of dedicated people donated the money and transported him to us to become a POMDR dog. Sadly, from time to time we rescue a sweet soul whose time with us is too short. During his dental procedure our vet discovered a large invasive tumor in his mouth which had probably been causing him a great deal of pain. Because of the location on the roof of his mouth, operating was not an ideal option and the difficult decision was made to let him go. Brady got a final kiss and was told he was loved. We are so grateful to everyone who helped Brady on his journey and showered him with love while he was with us.
7/9/2016 Penny was an 8-year-old Shar Pei who came to POMDR from Monterey County Animal Services after being picked up as a stray. Penny was a special dog who thrived on companionship and truly adored her long daily walks. She found her forever family with Gazala, who loved her dearly. They were wonderful together during the time that they had and we're so grateful Gazala was able to give Penny the TLC she deserved. Sadly, the vet discovered that Penny had metastasized cancer and the incredibly difficult decision was made to let her go peacefully. We know her presence will be deeply missed.
6/17/2016 Sammie was a 16-year-old Pomeranian mix who came to us when her guardian went into a care facility after suffering from Alzheimers. She was the 35th dog rescued by POMDR in our first year of rescuing dogs. She was a loving dog who thoroughly enjoyed a good walk.
Sammie found a loving forever family with Cindy and Stan, who adopted her in 2010. We are so happy she had so many years as a cherished friend and companion. Rest in peace, sweet girl.
6/9/2016 From Marilee, Jimmy's loving guardian:
This handsome dog is Jimmy. He was a foster who never knew he was a foster - he came to our home and never left; we just couldn't bear the thought of adopting out this wonderful dog. We jokingly called him a Chibrillo; part Chihuahua and part Brillo pad. If you saw him in person you'd smile and laugh and agree.
Jimmy was a 10 year old dog found as a stray in Monterey County. From day one, he was happy and comfortable in our home. He was a dog who never suffered from a lack of confidence or shyness. On walks, he was always the dog in front. He claimed the spot next to me in our truck as HIS as he accompanied me on many adventures and outings. And Jimmy loved a good outing. He liked to have FUN! I will always remember and be thankful for the deep bond we shared - the unbridled love of a dog bursting with joy when he sees you - there is just nothing like it. He was my heart - and now it's broken. Life will never be the same, but that warm, fuzzy place deep in my soul is forever.
6/9/2016 Gavin was a 13-year-old loving Labrador who came to us from San Jose Animal Services after being surrendered by his family. In typical Lab fashion, Gavin thought you should live every day to the fullest - he was active, loved to ride "shotgun" in the car and looked forward to his daily walks. Kathryn made Gavin a part of her family in 2011. He spent all of his years with her being dearly adored. She emailed us to let us know of his passing and said:
I'm sad to say Gavin passed away...from his cancer unexpectedly returning. As you know, he was an amazing dog and he was sooo loved. Thank you so much for bringing Gavin into my life.
6/4/2016 Fiona was a gentle Poodle mix who came to POMDR from the Salinas Animal Shelter after being picked up as a stray. She was adopted by Sheila and Dan, who loved her dearly. Sheila wrote us to let us know of Fiona's passing:
We said goodbye to sweet Grandma aka Fiona today. We think she was "a 1998 model". We had three years, three months and twenty-one days with her. We like to think they were the best part of her life. We loved her, cherished her, were in awe of her sweet, gentle spirit and laughed at her silliness. Such a Daddy's Girl! Thank you for brightening our lives. We miss you.
6/4/2016 Milo was a 16-year-old Golden Retriever who came to us from a Sacramento Shelter after being picked up as a stray. This extra-handsome boy had a typical Lab attitude - he was playful and loved everybody. Milo was adopted by John and Tina four years ago. They wrote us a heartfelt email to let us know that he had passed, but the emphasis of the letter fell on Milo's enthusiasm for life and their endless love for their dog - we know he will be dearly missed.
We loved him more than words can tell. We dedicated our lives to spoiling him and we designed our lives for his care, comfort and fun. He expected at least two hour long walks a day until about a year ago, and got them every day.
6/1/2016 Barkley was a super affectionate 14-year-old Cocker Spaniel who came to POMDR after his guardian became ill and needed to go into a nursing home. He was adopted by Patty and David and lived his golden years as a resident of Ben Lomond, CA with his new family. We are so grateful he was so loved. We know his sweet presence will be missed.
5/6/2016 The moment I saw Belle in the veterinarian hospital I knew she would become a permanent member of my family. I had gone there to pick her up to foster, but when I glimpsed a shy dog with big brown sad eyes and a look of uncertainty on her face, I knew I would care for and love the shy Dachshund mix for the rest of her life. My husband and I nursed her through several cancer surgeries and watched as she regain her health and interest in life. The sad-eyed dog slowly but surely learned that life was not only good, but fun, and full of interesting adventures and quiet pleasures. Her favorite things in life were belly rubs and very slow strolls in the local park where she would carefully and thoroughly investigate every enticing smell along the way. She was with us for just over four years before cancer returned and took her from us. Dear demure Belle: although you are no longer here, your sweet face and gentle spirit will always be with us in our hearts and memories. We'll love you forever and ever. We miss you like crazy.
-Marilee, Belle's Guardian
5/6/2016 Gizmo was a 12-year-old Lhasa Apso mix who came to us when a good samaritan picked him up as a stray. The phone numbers on his tag were contacted but no one ever came to get him. He was a very sweet little guy who enjoyed slow strolls that involved lots of sniffing! He was known for being a mellow dog who got cute spurts of enthusiasm every once in awhile. Brittany, his foster mama, offered him a very loving home for the past year where he received tons of TLC. We are glad he was able to spend his golden years as a beloved POMDR dog. Rest in peace, Gizmo.
5/5/2016 Joe, previously known as "Achilles," who had a rough start in life. He was originally found with a thick chain around his neck, teeth worn from chewing on it (probably for years). We're grateful to say that Joe's story has a happy ending... He became a POMDR dog and found his loving forever family with Monna and Kevin, as well as Wilma, his doggie-sibling. They wrote us and said:
[Joe] was a blessing to our family for the last three years and we will miss him deeply. Thank you for the opportunity to care for and love Joe over this time. His portrait and ashes will have a prominent place in our home and our hearts.
5/2/2016 Goldie was an 11-year-old Cocker Spaniel who was abandoned at the Salinas Shelter - someone left her tied to their front gate. This sweetheart needed a second chance and came to POMDR to get the love she deserved. She had a mass on her leg that turned out to be cancerous and painful and our vet felt it was in her best interest to remove the leg. She became a happy tripod dog! She found a wonderful adopter in Marti, who had experience with both Cocker Spaniels and three-legged dogs. Goldie spent almost a full year being loved by Marti and her family. She was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and the difficult decision was made to let her go. We are beyond grateful that this sweet girl, once a forgotten dog left tied to a shelter gate, was given the opportunity to be a family dog. You will be missed, sweetheart.
4/29/2016 Bella was a precious 11-year-old Golden Retriever with a wonderful personality. She adored galloping around with her toys and had a gentle spirit that made her easy to love. Bella came to us after her guardian passed away. She found her forever home with Gloria who met her at an adoption event and knew she was the dog they had been looking for.
Gloria and her family were able to enjoy Bella's company for the last few years and she was loved by many on her journey with POMDR. We know she will be dearly missed.
4/21/2016 Tula was a precious 16-year-old Pomeranian mix. She was just a darling little senior Pom - she was known for warming your heart as soon as you met her. Tula came to POMDR after being picked up as a stray in Salinas. She found her loving forever family in 2011 with Betsy and Steve but she also had a fan club in friends and family members who adored her, as well. They wrote to let us know she has crossed the rainbow bridge and said:
[Tula] was our little everything and she was famous everywhere she went... Everyone on social media was obsessed with her. She was such a huge personality in the whole family we all fought over who was taking her where. She had such an amazing social life and was so loved... I miss her terribly. The whole family does.
Rest in peace, sweet Tula. You will be remembered fondly by everyone who met you.
4/14/2016 Otto was a 14-year-old Schnauzer who came to us after his guardian passed away. He was a very sweet dog and he stole the heart of Carol, a Schnauzer lover. He spent three wonderful years in her family, which includes another Schnauzer named Scooter. He was a very loved member of their pack. Sadly, Otto was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer and Carol made the difficult decision to let him go peacefully. He will be deeply missed.
4/11/2016 Sammy Girl was a total sweetheart. This 13-year-old German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix came to POMDR after her guardians surrendered her at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter when the housing they were living in would not allow animals. She had a kind, gentle soul and was an all-around good dog. Susan fell in love with Sammy Girl's calm and intelligent personality at an adoption event and the rest was history! Sammy Girl spent the last year with Susan and she said:
We had the best possible 15 months of adventure and good times exploring Santa Cruz parks, beaches, trails and ponds making many friends along the way. She did not suffer long and died in her sleep. I'm heartbroken but happy for the special times we shared.
4/4/2016 Yoda was a 15-year-old Chihuahua. Yoda came to us when his guardian, a three time cancer survivor, was diagnosed with spinal meningitis and chronic liver disease. She could no longer take care of Yoda while battling for her life. He was a spunky, loving dog who found the perfect forever home with his adopter, Leslie, and they had three happy years together.
Leslie wrote us to let us know her sweetheart had passed:
Dr. Sullenberg helped him cross over and I held him in my arms as he did... I know he is with my other dogs running and playing and with my mom who was a huge animal lover. We all miss him... He definitely was a big part of our family. And he is greatly missed.
4/4/2016 Tootsie was a beautifully unique 16-year-old Chinese Crested Powder Puff. She came to POMDR just wanting a warm lap to sit on and someone to cuddle with - she was a sweetheart. Tootsie found her forever family with Karen and Andrew, who loved her dearly. She had four happy years as part of their little pack, where she spent lots of time snuggling with her people.
Karen let us know Tootsie had passed and said:
She gave a lot of love and we were joined at the hip... I feel so glad that she and I had some good snuggle time yesterday morning, I think I kind of knew and she did too that her time here was short. She went peacefully... and we brought her home where she could rest with the others that have graced our hearts before.
4/1/2016 Bella was a gentle 8-year-old English Mastiff who came to POMDR when her guardians could no longer care for her. When she was just four years old she suddenly went blind, drastically changing the care she needed. She became a POMDR dog and we knew with her great personality that she would find the perfect home. Mary fell in love with this beautiful Mastiff and had experience with both the breed and her special vision needs. She has been a very loved companion for the last four years and we know she will be dearly missed.
3/30/2016 Hearty was a 14-year-old German Shorthair Pointer mix who came to POMDR in 2014 when her family could no longer care for her. Hearty had a kind soul and was a vocal girl, always putting in her "two cents." Sadly, Hearty was diagnosed with laryngeal paralysis and a mass on her heart last year. She became one of POMDR's loved hospice dogs. She celebrated her 14th birthday just days before passing away.
She spent the last couple months a very happy girl in her foster home. She was always watching and listening to the antics of the critters around her and spending lots of time basking in the sunshine. She outlived all of the predictions but the combination of difficulty breathing and the mass behind her heart finally took her from us - she was a very good dog and we will miss her deeply.
3/21/2016 Missy was an absolutely precious 9-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who came to us from Monterey County Animal Services where she was surrendered by her previous guardians. We were so lucky to have known this little gentle soul. Missy was incredibly lovable, enjoyed playing with toys and being snuggled.
Shortly after coming to us our vet discovered that Missy's kidney's were failing. We had hoped she would have some quality time left with us and would be able to pull through. She had a few very happy weeks being loved by her foster mama before her condition deteriorated and the decision was made to set her free. We loved you Missy T and were all so lucky to have met you.
3/15/2016 Teddy, also known as "Tiny," was a beautiful chocolate brown 14-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix. He came to POMDR in 2012 from a local shelter where he was surrendered by his guardian when she could no longer care for him. His favorite activities were riding "shotgun" in the car in his booster seat and making new friends with anyone and everyone who crossed his path.
Teddy was adopted by Billie and Bruce and spent his years part of a very loving family. Billie wrote us to let us know of his passing and said:
We will miss him so much. He was the sweetest dog, came to work with me very day, greeted my clients and loved being around the action. Thank you for letting him be with us for these three years. We did love him.
3/12/2016 Jack Bauer, previously known as "King", came into our program from Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter where he was surrendered after his guardian passed away. The shelter staff adored him and knew he needed a second chance. He made his way to POMDR and into the home of one of our loving foster families with Sydney and David.
Sydney and David knew within a few months that little Jack Bauer was there to stay and they chose to adopt him. He's had two great years living on their wonderful property among a pack of dogs and chickens. He was very loved and we know his presence will be deeply missed. He was a special dog. Rest in peace, sweetheart.
3/10/2016 Sarge was a 12-year-old Spaniel mix who was known for his sweet and mild temperament. He made friends with everybody, including dogs, all people and even kitties. He came to us from Monterey County Animal Services.
Sarge was adopted in 2012 by Lori and Zandra and he had a wonderful life as a part of their family. He was very loved. Sadly, Sarge developed bone cancer recently and passed away. He will be missed.
3/10/2016 Kyle was a 13-year-old Chihuahua who was a total social butterfly. This sweet boy was alert, attentive and affectionate. He adored having his little tummy rubbed and was a very special dog. He came to us from San Jose after being picked up as a stray.
Kyle found his forever family with Jamilynn and Mark. Kyle was truly adored and loved - we're so grateful he found such a wonderful home. Jamilynn loved him so much and wrote to us and said:
He was such a spectacular animal and such a charmer and character. He has left an enormous hole with his passing.
3/5/2016 Cowboy was a 17-year-old Dachshund who came to POMDR after his guardian lost his home and was no longer able to care for him. He was in loving foster care awaiting his forever family for 274 days before Julianne and her family saw him on the POMDR website. She wrote and said:
We were immediately taken with Cowboy. He had the eyes of an old soul, a survivor. Before we knew it he became a member of our family... We showered him with hugs, kisses, told him daily how amazing he was, and how lucky we were to be a part of his life.
In the past couple months, his health problems progressed... We made the decision to help him leave this world peacefully. I held him, wrapped in his fuzzy blue blanket, and whispered to him as he drifted away. Cowboy was with us nearly 8 months, and in this short time frame he taught us to never give up. He is free now, no more pain, free to run. We will always love you Cowboy, you are forever bonded with us. Forever a part of our family.
3/1/2016 Fluffy, or "Fluff", was a super sweet 12-year-old Bichon Frise mix who came to us from the Hollister Animal Shelter where he was surrendered because his senior guardian had to go into assisted living. He had a charming personality and we knew this guy deserved a second chance at having a family. He was great with all dogs and people, on top of being super adorable.
Dan and Sherry had seen Fluffy in a newspaper and stopped by our office to inquire about him. Lucky for them, he happened to be here and they fell in love. We're so grateful he spent the last chapter of his life in a home where he was adored. We know his presence will be deeply missed.
2/25/2016 Tippy was a funny, charismatic 11-year-old Chihuahua with a big personality. He came to POMDR back in 2010 after his senior guardians were in a car accident and could no longer care for him. He was the dream dog in a tiny package. Farrah met this sweet little man at an adoption event and fell in love. They had five wonderful years together and he was a cherished dog. His presence will be deeply missed.
2/20/2016 Austin was a 14-year-old Black Labrador who came to POMDR from Monterey County Animal Services after being picked up as a stray. He was a good-natured, goofy, ball-playing sweetheart who adored kids and getting attention.
Austin was adopted in 2014 by Michael and Deloris. His family included a senior Beagle named Teaka. Austin was an adored family member for during his golden years. We know he will be missed.
2/13/2016 Bear was a big, beautiful 6-year-old Rottweiler who came to us after her guardian was unable to care for her. We knew this loving Rottie needed medical attention and we were hoping that we would be able to get her healthy enough for find a loving forever home.
Bear had a lot of people on her "team" from good samaritans who helped get her into the program and a fabulous foster family that took her in to give her the TLC she deserved. After a happy week or so in their care, her health began to deteriorate again and, in the company of her foster parents, she was set free of her pain. We are so grateful she was loved and we know she was given the best opportunity possible. Her foster mom said:
Bear was adored by all for a reason; what a beautiful, loving soul, now dancing the lighted skies, along with all of our lost ones.
2/8/2016 Chulita was a special little dog. She was five pounds of personality, love and sweetness. She was abandoned on the side of the road with a birth defect when she was 7 years old. She was adopted by Gabriella, a woman who adored her.
When Gabriella passed away after six glorious years together, Chulita came to POMDR and was fostered and then adopted by Scott and Carie. She brought them much joy for 17 months until she passed away after a brief but serious illness.
Carie said, Chulita, baby girl, we miss you so much. You are back with Gabriella now. We love you.
2/8/2016 Jolene was a 13-year-old Chihuahua. The sweet, independent gal came to us from Santa Cruz County Animal Services after being picked up as a stray. She was known for her spunkiness once she got comfortable and would happily flop onto her back to solicit a belly rub. As you can see, she was just an adorable dog who was happy exploring the world. Jolene passed away in loving foster care after having respiratory distress. She sadly could not recover and the decision was made to set her free.
2/8/2016 Martita, previously known as Marti, was a delicate 16-year-old Chihuahua who came to POMDR from Salinas Animal Services. When she first arrived she was suffering form extreme skin disease that had caused her to lose much of her hair. We're grateful that after treatment, her hair grew back and she blossomed into a new dog!
Martita was adopted by a loving family in 2011 and spent many years as an adored member of their family. We know her presence will be dearly missed.
1/31/2016 Pee Wee was a cherished 17-year-old Chihuahua mix. He came to POMDR when his guardian lost their home back in 2011. In his loving foster home with Marilee and Bob, he delighted in his new status as an indoor dog with couch privileges and his sweet, funny personality stole their hearts. Pee Wee made himself a permanent member of their pack a year later.
Pee Wee will be remember fondly as a dog who loved opening presents, "treat time" after dinner every night and sleeping next to his family. Even after having his leg amputated several years ago, his shiny personality never dwindled. Pee Wee was recently diagnosed with congestive heart failure and his family made sure his final months were filled with love. His presence is deeply missed.
1/28/2016 Sweet Sissy was a 12-year-old Queensland Heeler who came to us from the Salinas Animal Shelter after being picked up as a stray. Our heart's felt for this loving, senior gal who needed vet care and TLC. We had hopes that Sissy's health would improve but she was struggling with several serious medical conditions. She went to a wonderful foster home with Kathleen, who gave her the love she deserved and a warm, safe place to rest. Much to all of our sadness, Sissy passed away in her sleep after just a few days. We could not be more grateful to Kathleen for giving her love, even for a short time. Kathleen said:
I am trying to take comfort in how she responded to me when we met; head in my lap, kisses on my face. I carried her upstairs and again she rested in my lap and even pawed me when I ceased to pet her. I loved her form the start. I was happy to carry her up and down the stairs to be with her pack. She was loving, sweet and a tail wagging girl.
We know you are resting in peace, sweetheart.
1/22/2016 Hank was a 9-year-old Australian Cattle Dog/Border Collie mix. He came into our care when his senior guardian had to move into assisted living and wasn't able to keep him. He was a happy, joyful dog who still enjoyed playing fetch and showing his family lots of love. He was adopted by Erika and Ron last year and spent the last year of his life living happily in Carmel Valley. We know this sweet boy will be missed. Rest in peace, Hank Rock.
1/3/2016 Duchess was a 12-year-old, 30-pound Fox Terrier. In her previous life, Duchess was a devoted companion to her bedridden senior citizen. When her person passed away she came to us in need of a home and found her forever family with Tim. She's been in his loving care for the last four years and had a very happy, full life with him. Sadly she was diagnosed with a brain tumor six months ago and passed away recently. She was a very sweet girl and we know she will be deeply missed.
1/3/2016 Tucker was a 9-year-old Border Collie/Aussie mix who came to POMDR with Trixie, another herding dog, after their guardian passed away. These two dogs were very sweet and good-natured. They found a loving forever family in Northern California.
Sadly, Tucker started exhibiting aggression and his gait suggested he may have a neurological problem or brain tumor. After an unfortunate incident of him biting someone while being walked and a few long conversations with us and their veterinarian, the very difficult decision was made to have him euthanized. It was simply not safe or fair to put him in situations where he may hurt her kids or anyone else and we did not want him to live in distress due to a neurological issue. We will remember him as the sweet, loving dog he was. May you rest in peace, sweet boy.
1/3/2016 Deni was an adorable 16-year-old Wire-haired Fox Terrier. She first came to us from Monterey County Animal Services, where she was surrendered after her guardian passed away. She was adopted but her guardian also moved into assisted living, and she was back in search of a family. We knew this sweet senior dog deserved to spend her golden years in a loving home and were so happy when she was adopted by Yuri and Kathryn.
Deni spent the last three years being a loved member of their family. She had a wonderful personality and loved everyone. We know she will be deeply missed.
12/31/2015 Tudor was our amazing little old man. At 21.5-years-old, Tudor was certainly the oldest of the senior dogs we have had the honor of knowing. An outside dog before he came into our care, Tudor spent his final years being so loved. He was often found basking in the warm sunshine or on his big, soft bed in his wonderful forever home with Monica and John. Every day with a super-senior dog is a blessing. Monica wrote us to let us know that sweet Tudor had passed and said:
Even though the pain is unbearable, we have so many wonderful memories of life with Mr. Tudor that we wouldn't change the experience of sharing our life with him for anything. We do have a houseful of dogs, but our house feels empty without our little old man.
You will be deeply missed, Mr. Tudor. We are all so lucky to have met you.
12/30/2015 This beautiful dog is Mona, a 14-year-old, Beagle/Plott Hound mix. Mona came to us from a shelter where she was surrendered after her guardian passed away. She was a delightful, super intelligent girl who made friends quickly and easily. Mona was always happy to lean on your knee and solicit a pet. We don't think she ever knew she was a "senior" dog and was spry and active until the end of her life.
Mona found her forever home with one of our amazing volunteers and her family. Amy and Jeff loved this sweetie for four months before she passed away very suddenly. We were all so saddened by her loss. Amy said:
She brought us so much joy in the four months we had her. We are heartbroken to be without her now, but wouldn't have given up that time with her for anything.
Rest in peace, sweet Mona. We're so glad your story didn't end at a shelter and we were able to find you a loving family to call your own.
12/29/2015 Tito was a sweet 9-year-old Spaniel mix who came to us when his guardian could no longer care for him. Shortly after coming into our program, it was discovered that Tito had a mass on his spleen and would need surgery. Thanks to the graciousness of our supporters, we were able to have Tito's spleen removed but during the surgery they discovered several other masses on Tito's internal organs.
We had hoped that he feel would better and at least have some more time in his foster mama's loving care, but sadly one of the masses burst. He went to the vet and Tito was set free of his pain. He was very loved by both his previous guardian and our amazing volunteer who offered to foster him through this process. Rest in peace.
12/25/2015 Ernie was a precious 13-year-old, 5 pound Chihuahua. He came to us from the Salinas Animal Shelter after being picked up as a stray and he proved to be an absolutely sweet little guy. He found a very loving forever family with the Riley's, who he spent three very happy years with. He passed away suddenly, most likely from a stroke. Thankfully, he had a lovely day leading up to his passing which included his favorite breakfast, some cuddling and a trip to the park. Wendy and Tim wrote us to let us know that Ernie was gone:
Ernie made us so happy and I know we made him at least as happy as he made us... He died a very happy dog. We will miss Ernie terribly. He was such a special dog.
12/18/2015 Stewie was a 15-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mix who came to POMDR after his guardian passed away. This little charmer was known for being a total love bug. He was super sweet, enjoyed the company of everyone he met and was an excellent cuddler. He found his wonderful forever family with Shelley back in 2012 and had three happy years at their side.
Shelley wrote and let us know that Stewie's arthritis had progressed and they made the hard decision to let him go. We know he was so loved by them and that his presence will be missed terribly.
12/11/2015 Van was a 15-year-old purebred Black Labrador who came to POMDR when his guardian was unable to find housing that allowed pets. In his youth, Van was an a champion duck hunting retriever! This gentle boy deserved a warm, loving home to retire in and he found it with Cheri and her family. He became a beloved companion and spent three wonderful years in their care.
Van most enjoyed going for his daily walks, swimming and hanging with his dog-buddies, Grady, Jem and Buster. His presence will be missed and we are so glad this sweet guy was able to enjoy his golden years in happiness and peace.
12/10/2015 Marmaduke was a strikingly handsome Siberian Husky/Great Dane mix who lived to be almost 16-years-old. This sweet guy came to POMDR after he was picked up as a stray. None of the phone numbers associated with the microchip he had were still connected and Marmaduke found himself in need of a forever home.
Marmaduke got lucky and found himself a guardian who loved him very, very much. Robin and Marmaduke spent a beautiful year together. He became her beloved companion and he will be deeply missed. Robin wrote us and said:
Thank you so much to Peace of Mind for uniting us. I am so honored and blessed that I got to spend his last years with him. My heart just aches that we won't go on any more walks, he won't greet me when I come home, no doing victory laps through the house with the ball he caught, and no more listening to him snore, which sounded like a sleeping bear and I found it so comforting. I miss his gigantic head and big soft ears.
Rest in peace, Marmaduke.
12/9/2015 Zorro was a fabulous dog who came into our program in 2010. He was a trained service dog for his previous guardian, but needed to find a new home because his guardian could no longer take care of him. He was pretty amazing and knew tons of tricks! Zorro was both loving and intelligent. He found the perfect forever home with Nicole and her family.
We know that Zorro was so incredibly loved in the last five years he spent with his forever family. We're so grateful he was so well cared for and we know his sweet personality will not be forgotten.
12/7/2015 Koolie was a beautiful, gentle giant. She was a 9-year-old, 120-pound Mastiff who came to POMDR after being surrendered to Santa Cruz Animal Services. This big, loving gal was being fostered by one of caring volunteers when she had an acute episode of spinal disease and lost her ability to use her hind legs. Her condition deteriorated and the difficult decision was made to free her of her discomfort.
Koolie was a very good girl. We're grateful she had a good home, even if it was for a short while. Rest in peace, sweetheart.
12/4/2015 Brandy, lovingly nicknamed Miss Brandywine, was a gorgeous 80-pound, 14-year-old Hound mix that came to POMDR after being surrendered to a shelter by a guardian who could no longer afford to care for her. She spent a month in our program before destiny landed her in an truly wonderful forever home with Chris and Kevin.
Brandy began struggling with arthritis and mobility issues over the past year and although every attempt was made to keep her comfortable and mobile, it finally became apparent to her loving guardians that it was time to let her go. They wrote us and said:
After much consideration...we had to do what was best for our old gal. Sarah and Dr. Riley compassionately ushered Brandy into an incredibly peaceful eternity. There was no last big exhales, no movements, no nerve flinches, nothing but a dog gently slipping into sleep on her bed at home while Kevin and I held her and told her what a good dog she is and that we love her... She'll be part of our hearts forever.
11/25/2015 Marla, fondly nicknamed MarlaDuke, was a 9-year-old German Shepherd/Great Dane mix. This big sweetie found herself on the euthanasia list at Monterey County Animal Services when the shelter was full and was luckily rescued by POMDR. Marla was a gentle giant who had a wonderful personality. She found her loving forever home with Connie and Jay, who said she had a great life spent going on hikes and accompanying them for car rides. Connie emailed us to let us know of her passing and said:
She was such a beautiful and loving dog...We loved her so much and will miss her greatly.
11/12/2015 Lucy was a beautiful 13-year-old Black Labrador mix who came to POMDR when her guardian had to move and was unable to take her along. This lucky gal wasn't up for adoption long, when Claudia and Ronald spotted her they knew she was meant to be part of their family. She went home with them just over a year ago. With heavy hearts, they let us know recently that Lucy had suffered from liver failure and the tough decision was made to let her go in peace. Claudia wrote us to say:
She was a joy to have and brightened our lives: she loved to cuddle, always had a smile on her face, and wagged her tail all the time. Even though she was a master in stealing food from the table... she was so sweet that we could never be mad at her - we miss her terribly. May she rest in peace.
11/7/2015 Katie, an 11-year-old Border Collie mix, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on November 15th, 2015. She was among several dogs adopted by Barbara at the DreamCatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary in Ravendale, California. Katie began life as a "throwaway" when she was dumped in the wilderness with her brothers. She spent years at DreamCatcher, and was adopted out but ran away. When she was finally found, she was returned to DreamCatcher, where she happily lived out her final years.
11/1/2015 Sienna was a beautiful 14-year-old Standard Poodle. It's no surprise that this girl was a previous show dog, with her gorgeous eyes and chocolatey brown coat. She also had a sweet, kind personality. She came to POMDR with Flirt, another Standard Poodle, when their guardian had passed away.
Sienna and Flirt were adopted together and started their new life with Annie in Las Vegas. Sadly, Sienna's time with Annie was short and she passed away just a few months after being adopted. Annie is still taking amazing care of Flirt and we are so glad that Sienna was well-loved in the final chapter of her life. Rest in peace, sweetie.
10/30/2015 Bella was a sweet, tiny 11-year-old Chinese Crested Powder Puff mix. Bella came to POMDR from San Jose Animal Care Center in June 2015 but was almost immediately determined to have an inoperable tumor. Gloria, who had originally found Bella, offered to provide hospice care for her.
Bella made it known that it was her time and she slept peacefully in Gloria's arms through the night, before passing away in the morning in Gloria's arms, with the help of the vet. In the short time they had together, Gloria made sure Bella knew she was loved and made her as comfortable as possible. Gloria says, "She was an amazing little girl, and I am going to miss her dearly. She taught me never to give up, and to keep running the race." Thank you for your loving caring of this sweet girl, may she rest in peace.
10/30/2015 Abby, previously known as Genevieve, was an itsy-bitsy 3-pound, 15-year-old Yorkshire Terrier who came to us back in 2012 from Hollister Animal Shelter after being picked up as a stray. Abby had to overcome some health issues, including managing her seizures, before she found the perfect person who knew just how to care for this tiny sweetheart.
Connie thought that Abby was just perfect how she was and they had three wonderful years together. We found out recently that she had passed away but we know she was so loved in the last few years of her long life. You'll be missed, little girl.
10/25/2015 Max was a 10-year-old Bull Mastiff. This big boy was a true gentle giant, loved by everyone who met him. Unlike some large dogs, Max was a joy to talk for walks and was a very well-behaved gentleman. He had a kind soul. Max came to POMDR after his military family moved to Japan and could not take him along.
Max only spent three weeks as an adoptable dog before he found his loving forever home with Kelly. He spent the last few years getting lots of attention, going for walks and taking long naps (his favorite activities). Sadly, Max was diagnosed with cancer and passed away recently. We're so grateful he had a wonderful life in his final years. You will be missed, Max.
10/16/2015 Trixie was an 11-year-old, super loving Cattle dog. She came to POMDR after her guardian passed away. She was a gentle old soul who adored her people, her dog-sibling Clifford and the other animals on her property.
Trixie found her forever home with Bethany back in 2012 and had several great years living in her forever family. Recently Trixie's health began to deteriorate and the decision was made to set this sweet girl free. She was dearly loved and we know her presence will be missed.
10/5/2015 Kobi was a 12-year-old Border Collie/Chow mix who came to POMDR when his guardian had to move to take care of her elderly parents and was not able to take him along. Kobi was adopted by Conrad and Beth, and had a wonderful family in Carmel that included two other dog-siblings. He was very loved.
We had hoped Kobi would have many happy years in his new home, but sadly Kobi's health started to deteriorate recently and the vet discovered a mass on his spleen. The decision was made that it was time to set him free. You were a very good boy, Kobi. You will be missed.
10/1/2015 Chester, previously known as "Wesley," came to POMDR from the Hollister Animal Shelter after being left in the night drop box. How such a sweet, charming 11-year-old Terrier mix was left there is hard to understand. After just one month in foster care with Michelle and her family, she knew she could never part with this adorable guy.
Chester had several fabulous years in his new loving home. He had a tumor removed in his mouth, which returned just a few weeks later. His cancer had spread and his family made the difficult decision to let him go. His presence is deeply missed.
9/28/2015 Sophie was a 15-year-old Border Collie mix who came to POMDR after her guardian passed away in his sleep and was not found until a month later. Sadly, many members of her doggie family perished before they were discovered, but Sophie survived. Sophie needed a loving forever home and we were happy to help her find one.
Sophie was adopted by Barbara and had four great years with her. Despite her impaired vision, Sophie had a full life, still liked going for walks and was a very loved dog. We are so glad she had such blissful years in the end of her life and we know she will be missed. Rest in peace, sweetie.
9/25/2015 Dahlia was a 17-year-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix who came to POMDR from Salinas Animal Shelter back in 2010. She spent quite awhile looking for the perfect family for her and was finally adopted into a wonderful home with Erika and Ryan in 2012. She was a charismatic girl with lots of pep in her step for a senior gal and was known for making the people around her laugh.
Dahlia spent the last few years of her life a very happy dog. We're so glad she got her second chance and found a home with people who appreciated her personality so very much. You'll be missed, Dahlia.
9/4/2015 Bailey, a 14-year-old Shepherd mix, came to POMDR after her guardian passed away. She was known being a happy, playful soul who really just wanted to be an 85-pound lap dog. She liked the outdoors and was great at showing you she loved you with the look in her eye. Bailey found her forever home four years ago with Howard, and spent the last happy years of her life in his loving care. Sadly, she passed away from cancer. We know she will be dearly missed.
9/1/2015 Fufu, previously known as "Lulu," came to POMDR all the way from a rescue group in Taiwan hoping she could have better life in the USA. She was a dainty Yorkshire Terrier who was cuddly and sweet once she overcame her initial bashfulness.
Maria adopted sweet Fufu in 2011 and she had several wonderful years as a loved family member. After struggling with recurring mini-strokes, Fufu passed away at sixteen years old. We are so grateful she came into our program and found a perfect forever home. Rest in peace, sweetheart.
9/1/2015 Jon Jack was a 14-year-old Wire-haired Dachschund/Cairn Terrier mix who came to POMDR after being picked up as a stray. He was a charming little guy who got along well with all people and other dogs. Jon Jack was adopted by Kathy and spent the golden years of his life being loved. We're so grateful he found his forever family. We know his presence will be missed.
8/27/2015 Snoopy left this life on August 27, 2015 to be with his devoted guardian, Brenda, in a better place. Brenda and Snoopy traveled widely and had many happy adventures until circumstances required Brenda to move to California to live with her son who had two larger dogs who didn't like Snoopy. The stress of being confined to a small space with snarling dogs so near caused many health problems for Snoopy until reluctantly Brenda surrendered him to POMDR.
Happy days were here again when Snoopy became patriarch in a family of Dachshunds at the Henney house. He lived in comfort and peace until his little body gave out four years later at the ripe old age of eighteen and a half. Rest in peace my old friend. You were greatly loved.
8/20/2015 Chase was a wonderful 14-year-old Dandie Dinmont Terrier mix who came to POMDR in 2013 from Santa Cruz Animal Services. This handsome guy did not last long on as an "Adoptable Dog" - his foster mama made the decision to keep him forever just a few short weeks after taking Chase into her home.
Susan dearly loved Chase and he has spent the last two years as part of her family. He was a great dog who was excellent at making new friends with other pups and people and thoroughly enjoyed a good trip to the beach. We are so grateful he had such an incredible forever home with Susan. Rest in peace, sweet boy.
8/18/2015 Suzi was a 15-year-old when she came to POMDR after her 102-year-old guardian passed away. She was taken in by a wonderful foster family with Meredith and Mike where she has happily spent the past two years being loved and cared for.
Suzi defied the odds and lived to be 17-years-old. She was a mellow sweetheart with heart-stealing brown eyes. She spent the last few years of her life in a peaceful, welcoming home and we are so grateful for that. Suzi became ill recently and it was decided that it was her time to cross the rainbow bridge. She will be missed.
8/7/2015 Foxy was a beautiful Long-Haired Chihuahua mix whose age we didn't get to know. A family rescued her as a stray and brought her into POMDR for help. They thought she was very old because she could barely walk and we sent them to the emergency vet.
Sadly, the vet determined that Foxy's abdomen was severely infected and her chances of survival were slim. The decision was made to let her go peacefully and end the pain she must have been experiencing. Hopefully this final gesture can be a token to her knowing she was loved enough for someone cuddle her one last time and end her suffering. Rest in peace, sweetie. We wish we had more time with you.
8/1/2015 Pumpkin was a 13-year-old Pomeranian mix that came to us from a shelter after being picked up as a stray. Pumpkin, previously known as "Reddy," came to POMDR in 2009 and was one of the first dogs to be adopted through our program. He was a very sweet boy who loved cuddles and going for walks.
Pumpkin found his forever home with Jill and spent his last five years being absolutely adored and cared for. Jill let us know that Pumpkin had passed away in her arms, knowing he was loved fully. He was "a precious little spirit" and will be greatly missed.
7/30/2015 Maisy was a beautiful 13-year-old Border Collie mix. Maisy came to POMDR when both of her senior guardians were no longer able to care for her. She was as smart and loyal as they come. She dearly loved walks, belly rubs and her squeaky tennis ball.
Lucky for Maisy, her sweet personality and silky coat stole Norah's heart from the moment they met and her foster family became her forever family almost instantly after coming to POMDR.
Norah was a loving guardian to Maisy for five years and said:
She was my sweet girl... I knew from the moment I met her (as my foster dog) that she was meant to be with our family for her last years. She is missed terribly... Thank you for bringing me my beautiful girl.
7/30/2015 Wyatt was a 13-year-old Dachshund and we are proud to say this handsome guy was just the second dog adopted out by POMDR. He was a super friendly, interactive pup who was happy to go anywhere with his person. He was always ready for a ride in the car, a walk or a cuddle.
It was love at first sight for Philip, who saw Wyatt on the front page of a local newspaper. They enjoyed almost six blissful years together, while monitoring some of Wyatt's medical problems. Sadly, Wyatt suffered from an enlarged heart that interfered with his breathing and it was decided that it was time to let him be at peace. Philip was by his side when he passed and he knew we was loved. We are so grateful he spent his final years in such a wonderful forever home.
7/23/2015 Bonnie, a 13-year-old Pekingese, came to POMDR in awful shape. She was suffering from skin allergies that had gone untreated for years and her eyes were swollen shut. She was a sad soul and didn't want to move. To everyone's delight, Bonnie came to life after receiving the medical treatment she so badly needed. She loved walks, playing with toys and became a whole new dog, who even found a forever home and fell in love with her person, Mely. Her transformation was truly beautiful.
Bonnie was diagnosed with Lymphoma several months ago, and fought a good fight. She outlived the vet's predictions by many months, but finally it became apparent to her loving guardian that the cancer had taken over her little body and it was time to let her go. Rest in peace, Bonnie. We are endlessly grateful that in your last few years of life you were finally cared for and loved the way you deserved.
7/23/2015 Bailey was an 11-year-old Cocker Spaniel with a happy-go-lucky attitude. He adored everybody including kids and other dogs and was really easy to fall in love with. Gwenn fostered this sweetheart and couldn't let him go - he has spent the last four years happily in the company of her and her pack.
Bailey had some heart problems and Cushing's Disease. Last week he decided it was his time to cross the rainbow bridge and slipped away peacefully in a little spot on their property. He was a very loved boy and his happy presence will be missed.
7/10/2015 Calypso, nicknamed "Cali," was a 10-year-old Chihuahua who was as sweet as they come. She came to POMDR after being picked up as a stray who was in need of medical attention. She flourished and after being in foster care for nearly a year, she finally found the loving home she deserved with Mitch and Scott.
Cali enjoyed love and attention from her forever family for a year and a half before passing away peacefully in their arms. They loved this little girl to pieces and will lay her to rest in a beautiful spot next to another beloved canine companion. Rest in peace, Calypso. We are so grateful you knew how much you were loved.
7/5/2015 Rosie was a 16-year-old Chihuahua, previously known as "Edna," who came to POMDR after being picked up as a stray in Santa Cruz County. She was lovable and adored having her tummy rubbed. Lorena fostered Rosie and eventually realized she was meant to be a permanent part of their family. They adopted Rosie and she enjoyed three years of happiness as a part of their little pack. She will be missed.
6/30/2015 Zippy came to us from San Jose Animal Services in January 2014. He was a fabulous dog - great with people and other dogs. Unfortunately due to some pretty severe separation anxiety and some bouts of anxiety even when he wasn't alone, he was bounced around from foster home to foster home to boarding to an adopter, returned, back in boarding. Finally Linda and her husband Mickey, in Oregon, offered to foster him. He lived with them for over a year and NEVER left him alone. They worked with a veterinary behavioralist and several specialists to manage his multiple, complex medical issues. He lived with two min pins and a senior yellow lab.
Zippy's health had been declining for the last several months, and yesterday Mickey and Linda knew it was time. His passing was peaceful and Linda said it best with a quote from a poem by Fred Chappell - "how powerful a presence is his absence."
Linda has this to say about losing sweet Zippy:
It was a privilege and an honor to care for Zippy. I want to thank you for trusting me with him. His time was too short and his life too complicated by his health problems but, I think he was as happy as he could be. He knew this was home and we were his family. I'm sure he knew how much we loved him. I am heartbroken and will miss him forever.
6/30/2015 Duncan was an 11-year-old, 44 pound Australian Cattle Dog/Labrador mix that came to us from the Salinas Animal Shelter. Sadly, Duncan passed away shortly after arriving to our vet, where he was going to receive badly needed medical attention. We believe Duncan had cancer that had metastasized. We are grateful he is no longer in pain.
Before arriving to the vet, one of our kind volunteers took Duncan for a walk. We are glad he had, even at the end of his days, a small confirmation that he was cared about by our volunteers and staff. We wish we had more time with this sweet boy.
6/29/2015 Smitty was a very special boy. He was a 14 pound, 3-year-old Chihuahua/Beagle/Shiba Inu mix that came to POMDR from the shelter after being picked up as a stray. His sparkling, vibrant personality stole the hearts of the POMDR staff and his amazing adopter, Candace.
Smitty's unexpected passing was heartbreaking. We had high hopes that he would have many years in his loving forever home. The vet suspected he suffered from heart failure or anaphylactic shock. We know how dearly he was loved - he was his Mom's constant companion. Smitty was a smart, wonderful dog and he will be dearly missed.
6/29/2015 Arthur was a 12 pound Schipperke mix that came to POMDR during the summer of 2011 after being found as a stray. This guy was known for being a perfect little gentleman who greatly enjoyed a lap to curl up on and got along great with all new faces - cats, dogs and people alike.
Arthur was a real gem and had four happy years in his forever home with Janis. The vet determined that Arthur most likely had a brain tumor and the decision was made to set him free. We're so thankful he was so loved and cared for. Rest in peace, sweet boy.
6/29/2015 Charley came to POMDR last spring after being found as a stray in Santa Cruz. Charley was a charismatic, cheerful dog who dearly loved going for walks. Charley was known for being a real heart stealer and Josephine fell head over heels for this adorable pup. They were a match made in heaven.
Charley and Josephine had a wonderful year together before Charley sadly passed away, probably from a heart condition. He was a special boy and will be remembered fondly. You will be missed, Charley.
6/28/2015 Sweet Gracie came to POMDR in a terribly neglected state in January 2013. Despite her condition and being both blind and deaf, Gracie was always a content little girl. She never missed a meal or a chance to wander around and say hi to the other dogs in her foster home. She was really a sweetheart of a dog.
Sadly, Gracie developed cancer and was transitioned to being in hospice care, receiving her last few months of TLC from her wonderful foster family of two and a half years. This adorable girl had survived so many obstacles in her lifetime - we are so grateful she left this world knowing she was loved and important.
6/19/2015 Daikichi was an 11-year-old, 11-pound Shih Tzu. This mellow fellow was a wonderful lap dog who enjoyed going for walks and making new friends. An all-around agreeable guy, Daikichi was not a hard dog to fall for. He had an endearing little face and a sweet disposition.
Very unfortunately, Daikichi passed away while on his trial adoption from heart failure. It was very saddening and shocking news - we had such high hopes that Daikichi would finally have the loving home he absolutely deserved. It is always difficult to lose one of our pups, especially so close to his "happily ever after." We are so thankful that Daikichi had the opportunity to feel important, loved and cared for, if only for a short while.
6/10/2015 Conner was a 12-year-old Spaniel mix that came to POMDR from the San Jose Shelter where he was taken in a stray. A total ragamuffin upon arrival, Conner blossomed into a handsome guy after a haircut and medical treatment. He was known for being gentle, sweet, soft, warm and floppy - all the best attributes a dog can have. He was a total heart stealer.
Kim adopted Conner in 2012 and they spent a wonderful three years together. Sadly, Conner was diagnosed with kidney disease and eventually succumbed to his illness. We will always remember his quiet, loving character.
6/5/2015 Momma Chow was a 43 pound, 15-year-old Chow Chow. This sweet girl came to POMDR from a Los Banos Shelter where she was surrendered with a bunch of small dogs. She was known for her gentle personality and her wonderfully soft fur.
Momma was in foster care for almost a month and was a loved member of her foster family's pack. When she stopped eating and was taken to the vet, they determined she most likely had stomach cancer and was in pain. With her loving foster Mom stroking her fur and letting her know she was loved, we let her go and ended her suffering.
Her wonderful foster mom had this to say:
I just wanted to tell you how much Momma was loved and is missed. She was one of those special dogs that you feel a connection with immediately... She was my constant shadow. She tried out every dog bed and at one point she made it up on the sofa and curled up next to my mom on Mother's Day. Momma was the perfect name....she was filled with love. I so wish I could have had more time with her. But thank you so much for giving her a chance.
6/4/2015 Rocky a 10-year-old, 12 pound Lhasa Apso mix came to POMDR from the Hollister Animal Shelter. He was in deplorable condition when he was dumped in their night box and we quickly got him the medical attention he needed. We had high hopes that with medical treatment and proper nutrition, we could give Rocky the life he deserved.
Sadly, Rocky was only with us for nine days before having a heart attack - probably from his previously existing heart condition. We are grateful, if even for a short time, that he was loved by the vet staff and our wonderful volunteers who spent time with him. Despite his rough past, Rocky had a wonderful disposition.
6/1/2015 Butternut came to POMDR from Monterey County Animal Services in need of veterinary care. He was a beautiful Pomeranian and was adopted by Annette, who renamed him Niki. Annette gave Niki a wonderful life in Carmel in his final years.. This very special little guy has now crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Farewell little Niki.
5/13/2015 Leeah, a 72 pound German Shepherd/Aussie mix, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on May 13, 2015. She was among several dogs adopted by Barbara at the DreamCatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary in Ravendale, California. She had been picked up as a stray and came to POMDR at approximately 8 years old. She had a poorly treated hematoma on one ear and severe dysplasia of both hips, all of which were properly tended. However, she was a loving soul, got along with all creatures and was a "big happy love bug." Her final years were spent in loving contentment.
5/10/2015 Sweet Pea, a Basset/Pittie mix, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on May 10, 2015. She was among several older dogs adopted by the wonderful folks at the DreamCatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary in Ravendale, California. She came to POMDR as a stray from the Monterey County Animal Shelter and was adopted by Barb September 5, 2012. She was "super sweet," had a big smile, loved to cuddle and get belly rubs. She had a big personality and won everyone over. She is sorely missed.
5/1/2015 Cody was a POMDR dog that was fortunate enough to be adopted before ever being listed on our website. Diana and Martin saw Cody, a Border Collie mix, at an adoption event while visiting from Southern California. They fell in love and off she went to her forever home. She is pictured here in her "favorite spot."
Kindly, Diane and Martin emailed to let us know of her passing:
She was such a gift to us over the past four years and we will always be grateful that she was a part of our lives... Without your organization, we never would have found her. For that, we will always be grateful.
4/23/2015 Pippy, a Terrier mix, came to POMDR after she was left in a drop-off box at a shelter. Fortunately for Pippy the best years of her life were ahead of her - she was in a loving foster home for six months and was then adopted by Nancy.
Pippy spent a wonderful three years with Nancy and she will be missed greatly. She was known by all for her timid yet incredibly sweet personality and her ability to give love.
Rest in peace, sweet girl.
4/20/2015 Gidget, also known as Sophie, was a lap-loving Yorkshire Terrier. She came to POMDR from Salinas Animal Services after coming in as a stray.
This delicate little dame was a real sweetheart who found her forever home with Leigh. Leigh offered Gidget the very best life possible in her remaining time here with us. Leigh described her as a "pistol" whose presence will be greatly missed.
Thank you for giving her a wonderful home, Leigh. Gidget, you will be missed little girl.
4/17/2015 Smokey, a Yorkshire Terrier, came to POMDR from Monterey County Animal Services after coming in as a stray in need of medical attention. He had the most endearing personality and was great with children, dogs and friendly when meeting new people.
Smokey was only in foster care with us for three weeks before he found his forever home with Julia. He spent the last few years of his life well-loved and he will be missed.
4/15/2015 Baby, a 40 pound Beagle/Terrier Mix, came to POMDR when her guardian could no longer care for her and was moving away. She was a sweet girl that was very fond of meeting new people and interacting with other dogs.
Baby was lucky to have three more great years with her adopted family, Marian and Dan. She lived to be approximately 17-years-old and we are very grateful she had a wonderful home during the last of her golden years.
4/15/2015 Sugar, a Cavalier Spaniel mix, came to POMDR after her owners surrendered her to a shelter in Los Angeles when they could no longer care for her.
Known for being incredibly mellow, patient and loving, Sugar found her forever home with Catherine. There she continued to do the things she loved most - going for rides in the car, curling up with her person and generally enjoying life.
Unfortunately, Sugar passed away suddenly from a heart attack. She will be deeply missed.
4/12/2015 Princesa came to us from Salinas Animal Services in May 2012. She was in several different foster homes over the course of two years, and was finally adopted by a wonderful family who met her at Doris Day's 90th birthday celebration.
She was with them for a year, until, sadly, she passed away of heart failure.
This is what her mom wrote to us:
Our sweet girl lost her rapid paced battle with her heart and we held her in our arms while she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. After several days of increasing difficulty breathing and not able to realize her desire to eat and play, Dr. Kate helped make her journey easier and Princesa could finally have a good rest... without discomfort or worry.
It has been so hard to meet these days since Sunday, the only sanctuary from our tears is the stacks of memories Princesa gave to us since meeting her online with the Peace of Mind Dog Rescue website and then holding her in my arms while in Carmel. Her position in our household pecking order rapidly ascended to 'Princess' as if she were Grace Kelly and we were her subjects...everyone who met her felt her gentle spirit...and we will forever miss her.
Raise a glass to Princesa tonight...she loved champagne!
4/1/2015 Squirrel was an 11 year old Chihuahua who was our last rescue of 2010. This sweet, wiggly, happy and affectionate girl came to us on New Year's Eve from Salinas Animal Services. She found the perfect forever home with Alicia in Susanville, CA.
Alicia and Squirrel had a very special connection. Squirrel followed her everywhere and they had more than four happy years together. Sadly, Squirrel passed away from heart failure. We are so glad she was so loved and had the chance to be Alicia's best friend. Rest in peace, sweetheart.
3/28/2015 Katie, a 14 year old Chow mix, came to us after her guardian passed away. She was fostered by Deesa for several months, and was adopted by her. After a year with her new family she passed away. Deesa sent us this email:
I wanted you to know I had to put Katie to sleep last night. I can't begin to tell you how much I loved her and how empty I feel without her. I knew the first moment I saw her she was going to stay with me. She was instantly part of the pack and she bonded with me so strongly. I tried so hard not to be a foster failure but she was meant to be in my life. She was such a character. She came when I was still grieving the loss of my Dhow who she looked so much like. I always said Tabby sent her to me. She took Tabby's place as big sister for Lolli ,my lab, who needed her. And she loved to herd Beau. She loved her walks every day and loved to eat! And she loved to talk! Boy was she vocal. A year with her was not even close to enough time with her. But it was a year of so many happy times and great memories. I can't thank you enough for giving me the chance to foster her and adopt her. She blessed our lives, and I miss her terribly.
3/28/2015 Shifu came to us from Santa Cruz Animal Services in 2012. He was fostered by Jonnie and Taz and quickly became a permanent member of their family.
Shifu had many adventures with his new family including a trip on an airplane to Florida for some sun and fun.
Shifu was with his family for three years before he passed away from a brain tumor. Rest in Peace little man. You will be missed.
3/26/2015 Roxie was a 12-year-old Shepherd mix. She was found as a stray and did some stray time at San Jose Animal Services. She had some medical needs so they asked us to take her into our program. We had a foster home lined up for her and eager to start making her life better. Sadly, Roxie collapsed at the shelter and her prognosis was grim. We had her rushed to the emergency clinic, but she was in a bad way. We did what we could to save her, but when she did not respond to treatment, we knew we couldn't put her through much more suffering. The vet believes she had a type of leukemia.
We are all very sad when a dog dies this way, feeling alone, depressed, and not feeling well. Roxie may not have known it, but she was loved by all our volunteers who saw her photo, heard her story, and were rooting for her. Rest in peace sweet girl.
3/18/2015 Pepper was his own man. Just before turning 17, his person passed which sent him out into the world at his advanced age. He had heart disease and we were told he could pass at any time. Rather than being a fragile old dog, Pepper marched around our home in confidence. He had never been neutered and he seemed to take pride in this status amongst a houseful of "fixed" dogs. As he walked around with his front legs bowed out like a muscle-man, he would find the places that echoed best and bark - typically facing a wall in the hall. He was only about 15 lbs, but his bark was the deepest and loudest of our pack. And with each bark, his head flew backward with its power.
We were Pepper's grateful servants. When he needed a human hand to help him, he barked his loud bark, and we obediently came as quickly as possible to pick him up and set him down in a safe place. Pepper did not seek out affection and though he would fall asleep on a lap occasionally, it was not because he wanted to be on a lap, but rather because he was willing to be on a lap. Likewise, he didn't play with the other dogs or cats, but lived alongside them in a "live and let live" practice. He obediently tolerated the twice daily eye cleanings, ointments, and medications and enjoyed the meal that followed. He was comfortable being groomed, presumably from a lifetime of such grooming and I will miss his silky soft hair.
The sick little hospice dog not only lived another 16 months, but he did not pass easily. No longer eating or drinking, his heart beat strongly until veterinary intervention finally quieted it and let Pepper pass.
We still hear him barking in the hallway, head thrown back, proud to hear his own voice. Always the little man, confident, accepting and independent.
3/15/2015 Panda came to us from Kern County Animal Shelter. He was a feisty little guy who only had eyes for his foster mom for two years until Sandy saw him on our website and fell in love. She took him home with all his quirky feistiness and gave him a loving home for three more years.
Here is what Sandy wrote after he passed away:
"I had so many wonderful days with him, even though he wasn't the active dog I had intended. He had such spirit, loved to eat, and was easy to include in my daily activities. I am experiencing a very bitter-sweet time. I know I can't replace him but I knew the day was coming."
3/8/2015 Wally was POMDR dog number 28! He came to us from Monterey County Animal Services in 2010. He spent three weeks in foster care until Christina saw him at the dog park and fell in love. Wally had a wonderful life with Christina and his brother, Dexter, and their kitties.
We received the following email from Christina after he had passed:
Wally, aka Taylor, shut down completely this week, refusing all food and water, so he was euthanized early this morning. He was a challenging dog with special needs, but as Carie wrote on the adoption papers, he was a very good boy. I shall miss my lamb chop deeply. Thanks to all who brought him into my life.
3/2/2015 Rudy, a 16 year old Chihuahua mix, came to POMDR when his senior guardian could no longer care for him. He spent 6 weeks in foster care. After his passing, this is what his foster mom sent us:
Although Rudy had the usual handicaps of senior dogs, basically deaf and blind, he adjusted within days, learning how to navigate in my home. Rudy's little body was muscular, I believe attesting to the care he got with his person of many years before he came into POMDR's care. He was a real snuggler, liking to sleep right next to me each night. He enjoyed small pleasures — eating and going for guided strolls whenever the opportunities presented themselves. The day he cried in pain when I tried to pick him up, I knew something dire was wrong. Upon the vet's evaluation, we decided that he could not be fixed. I only got to care for him for 6 weeks, but he held a prominent place in my heart from the get-go. I grieve his passing and will miss him. Sweet dreams, little guy.
2/28/2015 Lupey came to us 18 months ago after his guardian passed away. He was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his mouth soon after we brought him into our program. He was given six months to live at that time, but lucky for him, the mass barely grew at all for about a year. Then six months ago it started to grow slowly and eventually became quite large. He was still eating, enjoying walks, and having a wonderful life up until recently.
The last few weeks of his life, the tumor had become so large that Lupey began having trouble eating. We knew his time was coming. Then one morning his foster mom called and said it was time to let him go. None of us wanted him to suffer and his quality of life had taken a turn.
He was a real sweetie. He was our 500th intake. He had a really wonderful life after coming to POMDR.
Thank you Steve and Elaine for taking him into your hearts and your homes and making him feel as special as he was.
2/21/2015 Miley was an 8-year-old Cattle Dog. She came to POMDR from a horse sanctuary who had taken her in after she was abandoned on their ranch. She had a tendency to want to herd the wild horses on the property, so they asked POMDR if we could find her a loving home. The Berk's met her and fell in love. She was a beloved member of their family for just shy of 3 years. We received this email from the Berks:
It is with great sadness that I let you know that our beautiful, loving Miley, went to her final rest on Saturday February 21. Unfortunately she developed bone cancer in her left rear knee. It had spread before we found out. She was an incredibly brave and strong dog, but the growing tumor finally overwhelmed her. She was the most loving, and sweetest dog we have ever had the opportunity to share our lives with. We are so sorry we only had three years together. We had envisioned a long time together with our wonderful, sweet lover.
We thank you so much for entrusting her to us. We had a lovely, unforgettable time together. She will always live in our hearts and minds, reminding us of the loving, sweet character she was.
2/20/2015 Libbie, a 13 year old Chocolate Labrador, came to us with two other dogs after their guardian passed away. All three of the pups were friendly and outgoing and found homes quickly. Libbie spent the next six months wagging her tail and chasing her tennis ball. Sadly, Libbie only had half a year with her new family, but when she passed away, she knew she was loved.
2/17/2015 Maggie came to POMDR with two big dogs when her guardian could no longer care for them. She was a shy dog and was in foster care for three years before her foster mom decided it was time to make her a permanent member of the family.
At the age of 17, Maggie passed away from heart issues. We will always remember her gentle character.
2/10/2015 Otis was a 10-year-old English Bull Dog. He came to us from Monterey County Animal Services after being picked up as a stray. Otis was a gentle, loving dog. When we first met him at the shelter, he was laying down, looking out the back door of his kennel. He didn't even turn to see who was walking into his kennel. Our volunteer put a leash on him and he didn't budge. He was so depressed. Then we encouraged him to get up, and he became more animated.
He walked with us out to the front of the shelter and became interested in smelling and marking. He met one of our "tester" dogs and was interested in her, but gentle. He allowed us to pet him all over and kiss him on the head. We promised we would do everything we could to make his life happier.
Otis was emaciated, mostly blind, and had a very large testicular tumor. We were hopefully that with medical intervention and a new home, he would recover and have some quality years ahead of him.
Within a few days, we had a lovely family with two other dogs interested in fostering Otis with the intention of adopting. He went to his new family and started gaining weight and playing with their young boxer.
Otis had surgery to remove the large tumor, and sadly, although he did well during surgery, during post op recovery, his heart stopped. The vet performed CPR and tried to resuscitate Otis, but he was gone.
We are all so sad. Good bye Otis, we'll never forget you.
2/2/2015 Colleen came to us when her senior guardian could no longer care for her. At 14 years old, she wasn't a spring chicken herself. She was adopted by the Hobbs family and spent two and a half years in their loving care.
Colleen recently passed away at the age of 17. She was a sweet girl and will be missed by her family. We will all remember her always.
1/23/2015 Buff came to POMDR after her guardian passed away. She was as sweet and gentle as they come and it only took 7 weeks for this 14 year old dog to find her forever home. Everyone who met her fell in love with her. Her adopter notified us of her passing, with this email:
I just wanted to reach out to let you know that I put Buff down last week. She let me know it was her time. She was the sweetest, simplest girl, and I miss her a ton... she died very happily with the vet and I feeding her handfuls of treats. Like everything else, she took it with such an amazing grace. I miss her very much. Thanks for sharing her with me, I am lucky to have had a few months with such a big love.
1/20/2015 Magic, a male German Shepherd, was among several older dogs adopted by a wonderful rescuer, Barbara, at the DreamCatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary in Ravendale, California. He was adopted in 2011. Magic crossed the Rainbow Bridge on January 20, 2015. His final years were happily spent working the wild horses on the 2,000 acre sanctuary where he kept them away from the gates at feeding time. What a happy ending for this old boy.
1/13/2015 Zephyr was a 2 1/2 pound little sweetie. She came to POMDR from Salinas Animal Services after coming in as a stray. We did all we could for her, but she had several masses and a severe heart murmur. She would turn blue when being handled, excited, or examined. Sadly, she passed away while on her way to her foster home. This poor teeny tiny little girl. We hope she had some good years behind her. We are sorry we couldn't get her into a cozy, loving home where she could be treated like a princess for many years to come. We will never forget her.
1/11/2015 Gorgeous Alice, our 15 year old Chihuahua who came to us from POMDR via the Santa Cruz shelter, passed away after joining our family three years ago. Alice had a true zest for life and was always up for an adventure. She loved trips to the beach, hikes in the redwoods, rolling in fresh cut grass and making friends with every dogs she met. She also adored accompanying her family to dog friendly restaurants and participating in any and all dog-related events, such as the Million Dog March in San Francisco or Santa Cruz's holiday parade.
Good night dear Alice. You honored us with your love, you humbled us with your sweetness and loyalty, you made us laugh everyday, and in the end, you broke our hearts. Your light shines brightly in our souls. Now and always.
12/26/2014 Chug, also known as Hansel, came to POMDR after being found as an emaciated puppy by one of our volunteers. After receiving intensive care to save this sweet pup, he began to pull through. Perhaps it was all meant to be, because one of the employees at the vet clinic where he was receiving treatment fell in love with him and made Chug a part of her family after helping to save his life.
Unfortunately, Chug was attacked by a coyote on their property and passed away. He was 2 years old. Without the loving care of Sarah he would have never had those happy two years and we are grateful that even though his life was much too short, he was loved by many people.
12/25/2014 Minka (formerly known as Peaches) came to us from Monterey County Animal Services. She was very ill and was scheduled to be euthanized later that day. A POMDR volunteer spotted her and alerted our office. We were able to get Minka to an emergency vet where it was discovered she had ingested a rubberized material. She had emergency surgery to remove the foreign object and was on the road to recovery. One of our volunteers told her sister, Allyson, about Minka and she came to meet her, fell in love, and adopted her. Sadly they were only together for four months before Minka passed away after a series of health issues. Allyson and her sister let us know that:
Minka's rich life consisted of morning and evening walks in the neighborhoods and hills of beautiful Marin County; organic, home-cooked meals consisting of turkey, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and the like; snuggling into the pillows of a freshly made bed and, especially, snuggling under the covers with her mama at night; romping and playing with her 'babies' (Kong 'stuffed' animals or balls); adoring and being adored by all those that she met who watched her heal and thrive, especially the three women that make up Allyson's home office, with whom she spent many, long happy hours! To Minka!
12/13/2014 Lucy came to POMDR when she had medical needs that her guardians could not afford to take care of. Although we offered to help with her immediate needs through our helping paw program, they felt that her medical needs as she aged were more than they could take on. Lucy was adopted after three months in foster care. She went to live with several other mini poodles and was very loved. She was with them for just over a year, before passing away from a stroke and seizure. Her guardian wrote to us and said:
We were with her to the end. She kissed and LOVED me the whole time. We absolutely loved her with all our hearts, and we feel she was very happy for the last year with us. Thank you for letting us have this past year with her. I miss her little face so much.
12/9/2014 Lenny came to us from Salinas Animal Services after being brought in as a stray. He was in foster care for only a few weeks before he was adopted by Jan White. He was the apple of her eye for four beautiful years before he passed away. We are so happy that POMDR and Jan were there to give him love and excellent care in his golden years,
12/1/2014 Gracie, what a sweet little girl you were. We are so sorry that you died so suddenly. We had hoped that you were on your way to your forever home. Sweet little one, know that you were loved and you are missed.
11/27/2014 Mulan came to POMDR from a shelter at the age of 13 after being surrendered due to a move. She found a loving home with a family who had adopted several other POMDR dogs over the years. She blended with their little pack easily. After just over seven months with her new family, Mulan passed away from heart failure.
Her foster mom sent us an email:
We are so happy and grateful to have adopted Mulan. She has been a blessing and joy in our lives. For the past two weeks she has suffered from her growing heart murmur and congestive heart failure. We had hoped that the medications she was taking would help her for a long time but it seems this was not to be. We lost our beloved little angel this morning. We just didn't get to have her long enough but will always always know we were lucky to have her for even a few months. Please let her very nice foster mother know. We are grateful to her for entrusting Mulan with us.
I cannot tell you how torn apart we are at losing this beloved little girl. She had melted our hearts and we adored her like nothing else. I still hear her bark now and then and turn to pick her up- it's uncanny. She has meant more to us in these past few months than I can possibly explain and we are grief stricken and will be for a while I think. Your words and knowledge of love we gave to each other during the last few months of her life will have to sustain us for a while. But she was one in a million that's all I can say.
11/25/2014 Brandy came to POMDR with her companion, Sasha, after their 94 year old guardian went to a nursing home. They spent their last months together in a loving foster home. Sasha passed away on 11/20/14. For several days after Sasha's death, Brandy paced, and whined, and was out of sorts. Then she stopped eating and started having gastrointestinal upset and her old 3 pound little body just collapsed. Her foster mom rushed her to the emergency vet in the wee hours of the morning, but Brandy could not be stabilized.
She is back with her lifetime companion over the rainbow bridge. We are so grateful to her foster parents for all of their loving care.
11/24/2014 Kate came to POMDR with her companion Spencer. They were both very senior dogs, and at their first vet visit we discovered neither of them had long to live. They became hospice dogs and lived out their lives in foster care. Spencer passed away on 11/10/14. We thought Kate would live several more months, but just two weeks later, she passed away too.
Her foster mom wrote:
Kate--how can one describe her -- Katherine Hepburn, that's how. She was Hepburn all the way. Independent, strong willed, with attitude and a gusto for life. I can see her now, strolling past Pandy (the alpha female in this household), giving her the eye and truly only satisfied when she got Pandy in an uproar - off she'd go, mission accomplished! Her "where's dinner already!" bark to gleefully pushing her beloved Spencer out of bed whenever possible. She had it all and stayed around longer than any of us thought possible.
Sadly, Spencer passed away a couple of weeks ago and Kate began a downward spiral. I think it was a combination of all her ailments catching up to her and missing her companion. Her heart was tired, her kidneys were tired and Spencer was waiting.
I envision it like this -- Spencer waiting at the bridge, tapping his foot impatiently; always waiting for his Kate! Their favorite song is playing in the background, her favorite flowers strewn across the path to him and then...there she is, coming towards him. They're both young again and racing through fields together...and someday, I'll be racing right along side, if I'm very lucky.
11/19/2014 Sasha, a 15-year-old Maltese, came to POMDR when his 96-year-old guardian could no longer care for him. He lived out the remainder of his months in a loving foster home. We are grateful to his foster parents for giving him all the love and comfort he deserved. Sasha passed away in his sleep after a few days of not eating. His passing was peaceful which is always a blessing.
11/15/2014 Mimi was a 10-year-old Poodle who came to POMDR after being picked up as a stray and ended up at Monterey County Animal Services. Mimi was a very lovable dog who got along well with everyone and thoroughly enjoyed going for walks.
Mimi found her loving forever home with David and lived happily with him for two years. Sadly, she suffered from an intestinal blockage and the decision was made to free her from her pain. We're so happy she spent two years being loved and cared for the way she deserved.
11/10/2014 Spencer was a 14-year-old Dachshund mix. He came to POMDR from Salinas Animal Services after being picked up as a stray with another senior Dachshund we named Kate. At his first vet visit we found out his kidneys were in bad shape. He became a hospice dog and spent the next found months in a loving foster home up until his kidneys gave out, and we knew it was time to let him go.
His foster mom said:
Spencer was a gentle soul with eyes that reached deep into your heart. He was Kate's loyal companion for many years and only when he knew that she was safe and loved, was he able to cross the bridge to wait for her.
Spencer lived his last few months running, playing and eating to his heart's content. He would run like the wind down the hallway, flop down on his bed, all the while muttering about what a grand athlete he had become! Spencer didn't mind sharing his bed with Kate but when she hogged it, he would get out of the bed and pull up the side of the bed until she was rolled over to the other side. He would then smugly get back into bed and go to sleep.
He was also a thief of magnitude proportions - he stole my heart.
11/5/2014 Wally, a 14-year-old Dachshund, came to POMDR after his guardian passed away suddenly. He went to a foster home, but soon was adopted by an old friend who had known him since he was a puppy. He was so happy to be part of their family and with familiar friends and he was dearly loved. Sadly, he passed away from a brain embolism just a month after he was adopted. He was a funny little guy who loved playing with his ball and often had his snout in a toy box looking for something else to play with. We wish he had more time with his new family, but we are so glad he died in the loving embrace of those who loved him deeply.
11/2/2014 Oakley was a yellow lab with a big personality and lots of love to give. Oakley came to POMDR when her guardian became homeless and could no longer care for her. She had an adopter lined up, but at her vet exam before adoption we found out she had liver cancer. The adopter, Alexandra, adopted her anyway and gave her two wonderful months filled with love. The day after she let Oakley go, Alexandra contacted us and wrote:
It is with a very heavy heart that I am writing to let you know that I had to put Oakley down last night. While it was hard to say goodbye it was worse to see her in pain. She had stopped eating and was continually crying and moaning. Her decline was pretty quick which was in a way a good thing as I don't think that she suffered too much. I just hope that she enjoyed the two months we had together as much as I did. Oakley had a great spirit and so much love to give, she was truly a blessing in my life.
11/1/2014 Shelby was a 17 year old Shepherd/Chow mix. She was a big girl but she was as gentle as can be. She came to POMDR after two guardians passed away. When she went to her first vet exam, we found out she had a large anal mass and we thought she was a hospice dog. several months later when she had a recheck, the mass had disappeared. Shelby lived another 18 months in a loving foster home. She loved coming to POMDR events and interacting with all the people who wanted to pet her. Shelby had significant arthritis and her pain was controlled with medication for many months. When a disc in her neck ruptured, we knew it was time to let her go. We'll always remember this sweet girl's fluffy body and gentle spirit.
11/1/2014 Scout, a 5-year-old German Shepherd, came to us from Salinas Animal Services. It was obvious that he was a brilliant dog. He was extremely well trained and obedient. He quickly found a wonderful new home.
Sadly within a year he passed away. We received this email from his family:
We are sad to inform you that Scouty has gone to doggie heaven. Shortly after we adopted him, we discovered he had an aggressive intestinal cancer. We started a great treatment with Dr. Arteaga, the oncologist, which allowed Scout a wonderful quality of life for several months. When that treatment no longer worked, we took him to UC Davis where we were told there were very limited in options as the cancer was all over his body - which was causing seizures. One week prior to this last Thanksgiving we made the selfless decision to put an end to his suffering. We had him cremated and he is with us wherever we go in a beautiful wooden box. Writing this is gut wrenching, as Scout became a major part of our family, and we miss him like crazy. Thank you to Peace of Mind and all of the people such as yourself who help bring these amazing animals to their forever homes. We have so many pictures of Scout's short time with us. His life with our family is what doggie dreams are made of.
10/31/2014 Rusty came to POMDR after being picked up as a stray. He was in foster care for a few months before catching the eye of Lyn, one of our volunteers. She met Rusty and introduced him to her little dog, Dylan, and the two became good buddies. Rusty and Dylan accompanied Lyn to work and were with her almost all the time for several years. Sadly, they both passed away within the same month. Lyn said:
He was a perfect treasure in my life for 3 years and 4 months...not long, but so worthwhile. I miss him terribly. I was very blessed to have him that long, considering he was almost 15 years old when I adopted him. He was a great companion for my Dylan whom I adopted 14 years ago.
10/23/2014 Curly, a very happy, friendly 15-year-old labrador mix came to POMDR when his guardian, who was ill, could no longer care for him. He was only in our program for a little more than two months when he developed so much pain in his shoulder and joints that he had trouble standing. Nothing besides morphine could relieve him of his pain, so we made the decision to let him go. Curly was the kind of dog who made friends wherever he went. He will be missed.
10/15/2014 Casey came to POMDR in 2012 when her guardian could no longer care for her. She was quickly adopted by the Lund family and had a wonderful two years with them. Sadly, they had to let her go when her arthritis got so bad she could no longer stand. She was a sweet old girl and she is now chasing squirrels in doggie heaven.
10/10/2014 Ralph aka Bentley came to us from Monterey County Animal Services. He was a sweet, gentle dog and won the heart of his foster mom and his foster brother. They were hoping to adopt him. Sadly, Bentley had a cough and after further exploration we found out his lungs were filled with cancer. He went downhill quickly and started having seizures. It became obvious that the kindest thing we could do for Bentley was to let him go. His foster mom sent us this email after his passing:
I write this with a very heavy heart as now it's really affecting me. I just want to let you know how much I love being a part of the POMDR family! I am so grateful for the work this organization does in giving senior dogs their second chance in life and to have a loving family until their end. Bentley earned his wings early this morning and crossed the Rainbow bridge. I'm so sad that our time together was so short, but grateful and so proud that I was the one to be his foster mom and part of a loving family he was missing. I will never forget his smiling face and the love he expressed back. With time to decompress and heal, I will be back to offer another dog the same loving home they never had.
10/9/2014 Lucy was found as a stray in Soledad. We did all we could to find her guardian, but no one came forward for her. She was in foster care for several weeks and then she developed a troublesome cough. We found out she had aspiration pneumonia and mega esophagus. Sadly, her quality of life was not going to be good no matter what avenue we took for treatment. We made the decision to let Lucy go so she would not have to suffer any longer. We will always remember her sweet personality.
10/8/2014 Chance, a 14 year old Schnauzer mix came to us from Salinas Animal Services. He was a sweet, gentle, dog. Chance spent 14 months in the loving care of his foster family. They went to extraordinary lengths to help him when started having mobility issues. He had occasional seizures, but when the seizures started growing in frequency they knew it was time to let him go. His foster family said:
Thank you for the opportunity to spend a wonderful year with Chance. The level of compassion and care provided by POMDR is exemplary. As you know, this little guy really got into our hearts. Thank you for all the support you provided through the many challenging times. He is buried under a beautiful oak tree on our property.
10/5/2014 Angie came to us from Monterey County Animal Services after being found as a stray. She had been wandering on River Road in Salinas and was found by a good Samaritan who contacted POMDR the day after taking her to the shelter. We assume that she was dumped due to her age. She was a sweet, gentle dog. She was in foster care for seven months and was very loved. Over the months her mobility declined and she started showing signs of doggie dementia. She still enjoyed her short walked and never missed a meal up until the day she collapsed and became comatose, and we knew it was time to let her go. Angie will always be remembered. She was a beautiful girl.
9/29/2014 Lady came to us from San Jose Animal Services. She was emaciated and missing most of her fur. We were hopeful that her condition was merely a sign of neglect and not serious illness. Sadly, we found out that she had a large mass on her spleen that most likely had metastasized to her liver. We wanted her to have at least a few comfortable days in a home, being loved and cared for. She went home with one of our volunteers and enjoyed a few days with a foster brother sharing a soft dog bed with her, lots of kisses and pets and words of adoration. She became increasingly agitated and uncomfortable and we knew it was time to let her go. Lady we will not forget you. We wish your time with us had been longer and happier.
9/20/2014 Honey, a senior yellow Labrador, came to POMDR from the Kern County Animal Shelter. She went to a foster home who quickly decided to adopt her. She spent the last 4 years of her life enjoying roaming around their five acres and taking country walks with her family. She even took pleasure in giving the cats a little playful run occasionally. She will be missed.
9/9/2014 Sweet little Charlie came to POMDR after his guardian passed away. He went to a foster home where he fit in like a glove. After seven months in foster care, his foster family decided he was part of the family. Two years after he was adopted, his family was devastated when he died suddenly from liver failure. We'll always remember this sweet little one.
9/2/2014 Snowflake came to POMDR from San Jose Animal Services at the age of eight after coming in as a stray. This friendly, happy, easy going dog found his forever home with the Hansen family after just 30 days in foster care. He quickly became a beloved member of the family as well as a friend to the many dog lovers in their neighborhood. All who knew Snowflake were devastated when he developed painful medical issues and they had to let him go. His family sent us this email after his passing:
Snowflake was in a lot of pain. We decided to let him rest, and put him down today. We cried and are still crying. Our housekeeper cried, our next door neighbors cried. I can't believe our Snowflake isn't coming home. He was our beautiful dog and we love him so much.
Snowflake will be missed. We are grateful to his family for giving him the best three years of his life.
8/26/2014 Randy came to us after his guardian had to leave the county and could not take him along. He proved to be a most loving and happy guy. He was in a foster home happily romping with his Golden Retriever foster sitster for several months before we found out he had bone cancer. Randy fought the good fight, and we all had high hopes that he could beat the cancer. Sadly, the treatment and cancer took their toll on his body. Even when he wasn't feeling well, he had a kiss and a wag for his foster parents, but then when he began to whimper, they knew it was time to let him go. Randy your sweet smile and gentle spirit will live on in our hearts and memories forever.
8/25/2014 Sweet CJ was with POMDR for just over two years. He came to us when his senior guardian was ill and could no longer care for him. CJ lived out his life in a lovely foster home enjoying his foster siblings and sunning himself in the yard or snoozing in a warm dog bed. We found out CJ had liver cancer when he started to slow down so we made him a hospice dog. When it was evident that his quality of life was diminished, our vet and his foster mom knew it was time to let him go and not suffer with his disease. We'll miss him.
8/15/2014 Scarlett, a 10 year old black Labrador Retriever, came to us from Salinas Animal Services. She was nervous in the shelter and was jumping and barking a lot and not showing well. We were able to find a foster home for her where she proved herself to be an easy going, well behaved dog. After just a few weeks in foster care, Scarlett was adopted by the Wilger family. She had a wonderful year with her new family, but sadly she was diagnosed with advanced stomach cancer and they had to let her go. Her family said, "Though we had her for less than a year, she was a great dog and we miss her tremendously."
8/13/2014 Indigo came to us from San Jose Animal Services after coming in as a stray. She was quickly adopted by Susan from San Luis Obispo. She had 3-1/2 wonderful years with Susan and her little doggie pack. Whenever Susan would write to us with updates she would always stress what a sweetie pie Indigo was. Over the years she had more and more health issues and finally at the age of 16, it was time to let Indigo go. When Susan wrote to us to let us know Indigo had passed, she said, "She was such a good girl. Thank you for bringing her into my life." She will be missed.
7/26/2014 Jax came to POMDR after being surrendered to a vet clinic for euthanasia because of a chronic skin condition that his guardians couldn't deal with any longer. He was an all around great dog and was adopted to a new family within a few months. He was with them for three and a half years before passing away from Cancer. We are glad we could give Jax a second chance at the life he deserved. He will be missed.
7/21/2014 Cara came to POMDR from Monterey County Animal Services after being picked up as a stray. She was fostered and then adopted by the Wolf family. After her passing, Gina sent us this tribute for Cara.
I had no idea it would be so hard to compose a memorial tribute to our dear Cara. I guess that's because we haven't quite accepted that she is really gone; her personality was larger than life and her death snuck up on us when we weren't prepared. Although she had a diagnosis of CHF for over 18 months, she just kept on going and we were blissfully unaware that her heart would soon stop working. The very day that she passed, we enjoyed a leisurely pack walk and she ate her dinner with her usual gusto. With some hindsight, we see the blessing in this.
The void that Cara left behind is enormous. She was part of our family for a little over three years but it seems like she was with us for much longer. Such a confident little being in a silky soft brindle coat; the world was her oyster. Cara would not stand to be ignored; she had opinions and she voiced them, but Cara never met a person or dog that she didn't like. Show her a bit of attention and you got the immediate "rub my belly" flop-over. I don't know what happened in her life that she ended up at the shelter but I am so grateful that I saw her there and that POMDR was able to help by sponsoring her rescue. Cara enriched our lives immensely and we will carry her memory with us. She lives on in our hearts.
7/18/2014 Charlie came to POMDR from Salinas Animal Services in January of 2014. He was one of the saddest, most depressed dogs we had taken in. He went to a foster home and bonded with his new pack. When Charlie passed away, his foster mom sent us this email:
Even though Charlie was only in my home for seven months, his memory will stay with me forever. He had many health issues, but he took them all in stride. Nothing could keep Charlie down. From day one, his strength and determination amazed me. He was a kind and gentle soul, and I will miss everything about him. I'm so thankful that POMDR gave Charlie a second chance to live in a home surrounded by love. Thank you Charlie for being such a blessing in my life, and thank you POMDR for all you do for these wonderful older dogs.
7/17/2014 Emmy came to POMDR from Salinas Animal Services at a time when all our foster homes were full. One of our faithful foster families, took her in, even though they already had a full house. After seven months in foster care, they officially adopted her. After Emmy passed away, her foster parents wrote this tribute for her:
Emmy earned her wings yesterday. We loved every minute of the 44 months that we had this special little one in our lives. Her resilience and persistence were amazing to behold; we will look to her for inspiration when we are feeling like life is too hard.
Not slated to be moved up for adoption when she came into the shelter in November of 2010, Emmy reached out and grabbed my heart and home she came. She won over everyone who met her and she was a full-fledged pack member right away, although it took me awhile to admit it (I did take her to adoption events but I may have been known to have hidden her in my jacket...)
Emmy had a major "old dog vestibular syndrome" attack at the beginning of July in 2012 and a vet advised euthanasia, as her case was "hopeless" and recovery was "very unlikely." Emmy did not get that memo! We just passed the two-year-anniversary of the second time she cheated death.
Our shared journey has been full of love and play, companionship and adventure. We are ALL grieving the loss of our little Em and we know there will never be another one like her. We sent her off with love and kisses and told her to go find Betsy and Lucky, that they would be waiting for her. I imagined her weasel-hopping (she always ran like a weasel when she was happy - gathering up and bouncing more than any sort of "normal" dog run) over the Bridge with all of her youthful vitality. We have shed so many tears but we would do it all again in a heartbeat - Emmy was so worth it all.
7/15/2014 Brandy was an amazing dog! She was POMDR dog number 5 and came to us when her senior guardians could no longer care for her. She was adopted out to a senior couple and within a few years, they had both passed away as well. And then she went to a neighbor, Elie, who was also a senior. The two were a good match. Elie didn't want Brandy to have to go through another transition at her age, so she fostered her for the next 3 1/2 years. Brandy died just a few months shy of her 19th birthday. Her poor old back legs gave out and she had more and more trouble getting up. Her spirit was every present. She and Elie took a nice smell/walk the night before she was let go. Elie said that she learned a lot from Brandy and we know that Brandy was grateful to have Elie's unconditional love and care. Brandy's theme song was Sinatra's, "I did it my way." And she did, right up to the very end.
7/9/2014 Beasley came into our program in July 2013. She was in our care for exactly a year. She blossomed in that year in the care of her loving foster home. When it became apparent that it was time to let her go, her foster parents were there for her just as they had always been. After Beasley's passing, we got the following email from her foster parents:
Thank you all so much for your sympathy and kind, kind words, your emails and cards. We are overwhelmed by the love that has flown our way to wrap our wounded hearts. Your hearts are wounded as well, we know. Beasley was really more spirit than dog. She couldn't do a lot of dog things but she had the uncanny ability to bring out the light in everyone who saw her. People would stop and stare and be transported — parents brought their children close to touch her, seniors like ourselves would bend or kneel to pat her wild and wooly white hair. She would gamely walk along the Lover's Point Trail, using her unbendable back legs like crutches, her front legs touching down willy-nilly, each ear bobbing to a different beat. She didn't know how to be held or cuddled, yet a cuddlier, gentler soul there never was.
You all at POMDR pulled her out of the dustbin and generously and lovingly patched up her broken little body. You then gave Franny and I the gift of her company and the chance to show her abiding unconditional love for almost a whole year.
It wasn't long enough. Not nearly long enough.
We will miss her forever. And be forever grateful to you all. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. ~JD and Francine
7/9/2014 Benny was with POMDR for 485 days before finding his forever home. They had him for a little less than three years before he passed away. His foster mom sent us this email about Benny:
Benny was the kind of dog you wish you could have forever. His soulful brown eyes and gentle demeanor won over the heart of everyone who met him. Good-natured and patient, he was particularly adored by children. For our family, he was a devoted, trusting, and loving companion. He was in our arms and laps first thing every morning and the last thing every night. Throughout the day, he was either our shadow, following us around the house, or contentedly napping outside in the sun. He enjoyed being read to by the kids, playing catch, and visiting his dog friends on his walks. Often with a smile on his face, he was a part of every family celebration and holiday. We miss him terribly, but are grateful that he was in our lives for two and a half years. It is comforting to know that although we can no longer hold him in our laps, we will hold him forever in our hearts.
7/2/2014 Maisy, a 7 year old Pit Bull, came to us from Salinas Animal Services after being picked up as a stray. She was fostered by Caroline who ended up adopting her and moving across the country with her. Eighteen months after adoption Maisy became very ill and passed away. She had an exciting, happy life with Caroline and was very well cared for. We'll never forget this sweet one.
6/27/2014 Sweet, Sweet Talulah, an 11 year old Boxer, came to POMDR when her guardian could no longer care for her. She was part of a loving family and many tears were shed when she was surrendered. She went into a foster home and adjusted well fairly quickly. Within a few weeks, Gerry came to meet her and make him part of his family. He loved her very much, but sadly after only six month together, Talulah started having uncontrollable seizures and he had to say goodbye to her. Talulah knew a lifetime of love and for that we are grateful.
6/25/2014 Jessie came into POMDR’s care in October, 2013, after being picked up as a stray in Toro Park. He was such a dear soul who did a lot of lying around, often at the feet of his foster folks – well, actually – sort of on their feet!. Jessie was deaf and due to malformed front legs and problems with his heart, he didn’t get around well but still enjoyed giving an outdoor outing a good college try. Within a few months, it was discovered that Jessie had melanoma and, although some gallant efforts were made over a few months’ time to make him well and that gave him a bit more quality time than he might have had, he became too ill to enjoy life and go on. His foster parents were with him when he went to his final resting place. He has a beautiful plot in the yard of his most recent foster parents, under the trees, and among some other very special animals who preceded him.
6/23/2014 Tori aka Victoria came to us in October 2012 when her guardian who had Alzheimer's could no longer care for her. She was in foster care for 5 months before being adopted to an adoring guardian in Palm Desert. Tori had kidney issues and a old leg injury that made it hard for her to walk. Her new mama gave her the best of care and she pampered her much to her delight. Tori had another 15 months knowing she was loved beyond measure. Barbara sent us the following email to let us know sweet Tori had crossed the rainbow bridge:
It is with profound sadness and grief that I write you that I had to put our girl to sleep this afternoon at 3:30 pm. She went peacefully in my arms and the staff was wonderful. I don't know when I have felt a loss so deeply as this. I told her what was going to happen and continued to tell her "mama is here Tori - mama is here." That always comforted her.
And so, I say goodbye one year, 3 months and 10 days after you brought her to me. Thank you for the huge contribution to my life - she was a great little dog and taught me many things about just taking thing in your stride and not get upset.
6/23/2014 Waldo came to us from Monterey County Animal Services. He had been found as a stray. They greying in his face and feet meant that he was probably too old to be adopted from the shelter. They asked us to take him into our program. We moved Waldo to a vet clinic for an exam and blood work and before we could even get him on the website, the Howe family went to meet him and decided to adopt him. They had him for just over a year and made the last year of his life the best year yet.
Claudia emailed us to let us know of his passing:
It's only a year and a month ago that we adopted Waldo. Earlier this year, he was diagnosed with kidney disease and following that he started losing weight and then two weeks ago his health took a very drastic decline. With a heavy heart, our family took him on the last trip to the vet yesterday to stop his suffering and to let him go with dignity. We are grateful for the wonderful time we had with this sweet and adorable dog and only wish we could have been granted a little longer with him. He was such a great dog! We will miss him terribly as he was a big part of our family.
In sorrow, Claudia, Ron, Jennifer, Christopher, and Molly Howe
6/17/2014 Wilson came to POMDR from a shelter because they felt he was too old at the age of nine to have much adoption interest. The Thatcher family was thrilled to foster and then adopt him. He had the most wonderful two years with the Thatcher family and his two lab siblings. He never knew a day without love and fun and walks and the beach. Sadly, we received the following email letting us know he had crossed the rainbow bridge:
It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that Wilson just died in our arms. We are devastated as we loved him so much because he was just such a Thatcher Boy! Always up for anything, accepting of all, and willing to have an adventure. He was the best of the best next to (Shane, Shawnee, Loofie, Babe, Duke, Sia, and Jack) .
There will never be another Wilson. I loved him with a special place in my heart as did Mike. I don't know what I will do without him. He was a soul mate.
He accepted everyone and never had an unkind word about anything. He didn't owe us a dime.
Please, everyone, consider allowing an older dog into your lives. They are amazing.
6/14/2014 Pinky was a much-loved member of his family for many years until failing health caused his elderly guardians to surrender their beloved dog to the local shelter. He was 13 years old and quite a guy: full of life and lots of fun. Pinky was brought into our program until Diana, a friend of his foster family, met him and saw what a special guy he was. "I fell in love with him when I first met him," she recalls. Diana and Pinky lived happily together for nearly two years, taking daily walks on the beach and enjoying each other's company. "He loved to meet and greet everyone when we were out and about. We had such fun together," Diana said. Sadly, time finally caught up with Pinky and he passed away earlier this year. Good-bye dear Pinky. You brought happiness and smiles to so many who loved you dearly.
5/3/2014 Pickles was with POMDR for almost a year. When he first came to us his foster mom nursed him back to health. When she got him he had difficulty walking at all, had open sores on his feet, and under her care was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He spent 10 months in one foster home and then when his needs became more severe, he was moved to a foster home who could be with him around the clock.
His second foster mom said, "From the moment Pickles arrived at our house, I was aware of him constantly. He slept a lot, but the moment he woke up I would take him outside to potty. He was on 4 different medications so I needed to make sure I gave him all the proper doses at dinner. Even when he was sleeping, I paid attention to him. We even made ourselves a cot in the dining room and slept with him the first couple weeks until he got used to us. We were always near.
At his best with us, he was following me around when he was awake, slept near me (or the fire), and even would grab balls of my yarn and carry it around the house. Pickles' form of playing. It made my heart sing!
He was loved here. I know he knew that. We will miss him. The house seems empty without him here (even though we have our 5 dogs and 4 cats, and 14 chickens!)"
5/1/2014 Miss Spot AKA Miss Georgia, a 14 year old Cattle Dog, came to us in March 2013 and was in foster care for 3 months before being adopted. She lived 11 months being spoiled and loved by her new family. We received this email from her family:
"It's with great sadness that I write this. Our sweet pretty girl Georgia passed away yesterday. I knew it was coming soon, but this is still hard. This past Easter we had a big party and she got very spoiled with all the nibbles everyone was giving her. She even found herself a "boyfriend" of sorts in my friend's dog, Rocky, who was just smitten with her and would follow her around every time he came over.
I want you to know she was very loved. She was a part of our family, even if only for a year.
She is buried on my property, underneath an apple tree, facing the sunset. Her tag, as I've done with my other dogs' tags, is on my keychain now. She will be remembered with love and affection always and her sweet pretty face is all I see when I think of her.
Thank you for what you do everyday, and did last year, for helping to bring her into our lives."
4/21/2014 Greta came to POMDR in November 2012. She spent two months in a foster home before her foster parents decided to adopt her. Greta had a wonderful 18 months with her new family before she passed away from Lymphoma. We got this message from Eva, "With a heavy heart I have to let you know that we had to say good bye to our sweet little Greta on Monday, April 21. The cancer tumors on her neck had gotten so big that made it very difficult for her to breath and otherwise get comfortable laying down.
Ever since she was diagnosed with lymphoma mid-February we made sure to pamper her to the fullest, and last weekend when it became apparent she was getting close I got her a rotisserie chicken and fed her that all weekend (true to being Greta, her appetite never decreased). As much as I miss her, I am glad she was able to pass away peacefully in my arms.
Thank you POMDR for making Greta and I a perfect match; I will always be thankful that we crossed path."
4/19/2014 Beau came to POMDR in February 2012 and was in foster care for 10 months before getting adopted. He had a gentle disposition that endeared him to everyone he met. To know Beau, was to love him. Even with his mobility issues, he LOVED going for walks. When he was adopted by Laura and her father Don from the Bay Area, we were all thrilled. He couldn't have been in better hands. We got periodic email updates with video and photos that made us smile. Beau had 18 wonderful months with Laura and her family before it became apparent his time had come to an end and she peacefully let him go. Thank you Laura and Don for all your wonderful care of Beau, and thank you Beau for sharing your loving spirit. You will be missed and will always be remembered.
4/15/2014 Dear little Lucky came to us when his guardian was ill and could not longer care for him. Lucky was with POMDR for six months, and sadly he was never a very happy or healthy little dog. He paced and whined and pined away for his guardian just about every day of his life with us. It may have been a combination for senior dog dementia and the stress of losing his family, but after consulting with a behavior counselor and a vet specialist to see if there was anything we could to to improve Lucky's quality of life, it was determined that the dementia had progressed and he would not improve. We made the decision to let Lucky go. We wish we could have done more for him.
3/29/2014 Hope came to POMDR from a terrible hoarding situation. She learned to trust people and was adopted by the Gilman family who gave her lots of love and showed her what life is supposed to be like. The last years of her life were filled with comfort and love. We are so glad she had the opportunity to give and receive love and to trust humans again.
3/22/2014 We are sad to say that our dear Chunkers went to heaven last night at 11:45 while sleeping in Mark’s arms. We will miss her terribly, and while today is a day of great sadness, we also feel very grateful to Chunk’s for spending her last 13 month’s with us and also to POMDR for the important work that you do. Thank you for rescuing her from Salinas Animal Services. Because of the important mission you take on for these senior dogs, she was able to spend her last 13 months the way every dog deserves to spend their golden years…..
To live indoors with her family and be safe, warm and dry…..
To take daily walks exploring her neighborhood….
To go on car rides and play at the beach…..
To be hugged and kissed daily, and getting plenty of belly rubs….
To provide comic relief to her family, making them laugh everyday at her silly antics, not to mention her god given goofy looks….
To be the #1 homework distraction in this house, after all, “Chunker’s hasn’t seen me since this I left for school and she missed me,” so it’s way more important for our High Schooler to cuddle Chunker’s on her bed for extended periods rather than learn Alegbra…..
To be the Big Sis to two doggy brothers who learned so much from this wise old gal…..
And most importantly, to die in the arms of her family knowing she was loved…..
Thank you Chunkers for a magical 13 months, we will always love you.
Lisa, Mark, Josue, Adam, Noah Arthur and Sabrina
3/21/2014 Have you ever seen such a face? Bear, you grabbed our hearts from the moment we met you. During your previous six months in foster care you put on a lot of needed weight, and your coat was starting to grow back in splotches -- You were quite a sight! But oh, that face... In the ensuing year and a half in our pack of seniors, you had your choice of soft beds, custom food, and regular walks. You handled the passing of your sister, Fox, and accepted new adoptees with grace. As your nap time increased and your appetite decreased, we knew you were winding down. And eventually, we laid down with you as you let go, our hearts full, knowing you had, at last, had the loving, safe, nurturing home you always deserved. We knew Foxie was waiting for you, and that letting you go was right. Wishing you a joyful reunion and eternal romps in fields of doggie treats and lots of great smells. Miss you both. Thank you for gracing our home and our pack with your special spirit.
3/2/2014 Emily came to us after being abandoned in Salinas and left for dead. She laid on a lawn in Salinas unable to move for over 24 hours before animal control was altered to pick her up. Her thyroid levels were so low she had gone into heart failure. We almost lost her, but thankfully she rebounded and regained her health. Emily was a pampered and loved member of a new family for two years before passing away. We are so glad we were there for her and could be a part of making her last years years full of love and dignity.
2/13/2014 Missy was loved by everyone who met her. She had been in POMDR"s care for over two years before joining the Miller family. She was like another sibling to the three girls. She went everywhere with the family and was an ambassador for POMDR, winning hearts wherever she went and telling her story in schools, events, and even a magazine article. She had her own facebook following and would rack up the "likes" with something as simple as a photo of her sleeping was posted. Sadly, Missy developed pneumonia and put up a good fight, but she did not make it. She will be missed and she will never be forgotten.
2/5/2014 Sweet Simon was a gentle and loving dog. He came to POMDR from San Jose Animal Services and at his first vet visit we discovered that he was in hear failure. He lived out the remainder of his life in a loving foster home and for four months knew only love and kindness. We are so grateful to his foster mom for taking such good care of him right up until the end. When his breathing became too labored despite medication, she knew it was time to let him go. His passing was peaceful. He will be missed.
1/12/2014 Angel, a senior Shepherd mix, came to us when her senior guardian could no longer care for her. She wasn't with us long when the Lee Family spotted her on our website and decided to adopt her. She moved with her new family to a retirement community where she enjoyed visiting the other residents and the other dogs. She looked great for her age and received many compliments. Angel was a cherished member of the family for almost two years. When her arthritis pain become unbearable and unmanageable, they knew it was time to let her go. We are so happy she had such a wonderful last two years of her life.
12/27/2013 Billy came to POMDR in January 2011 from the San Jose Shelter. He had a sweet, loving, calm disposition and was fostered in a home with other dogs, cats, and a young child. He was probably about 14 years old at the time. He fit right in and although he was deaf, he became the "eyes" for his foster sister, Coco, a blind Chihuahua and she became his ears. It wasn't long before he became a permanent member of the Mcbride family. He went for a walk every day and delighted in spending time with young Kylie and her friends. He was happiest when he was with Kylie or laying at Ann's feet while she worked. He was a special, gentle little soul. They had almost three years with, before age and illness took their toll and the kindest thing was to let him go. Good-bye sweet Billy. You will be missed.
12/15/2013 Buddy came to POMDR after living in a backyard with very little attention for the previous few years. POMDR transportation volunteer, Lisa, picked him up from the shelter to take him to our vet clinic. On that short car ride, she fell in love and wanted to foster him. After the first night in her home, she knew she wanted to adopt him. Buddy adored Lisa and followed her everywhere. He had two new yellow Labrador sisters who he was in love with as well. He fit into their family like a glove and lived the life of a prince. There was a never ending supply of the softest beds, the best food and supplements and therapies for his arthritis, and oodles and oodles of love.
Lisa knew Buddy had life-threatening health issues and may only be with her a short time. She was determined to make the time she had with him the best months of his life, and she did. He died suddenly on a Sunday morning with Lisa and his sisters at his side. He could not have been more loved. He will be missed.
12/4/2013 Roxy, a 13 year old Irish Setter, came to POMDR when her ill guardian could no longer care for her. She was adopted the Armbruster family from Idaho who were involved with Irish Setter rescue. She was with them for a little over three months before her health issues became too much for her and they lovingly let her go. Paul said, "My time with "Roxy" was too short and I had hoped that we would have had more time together, but it was just not to be. I like to think that the time we spent together was quality time for the two of us. Today she is pain free and in the arms of GOD. Thank You Very Much for sending her to me!"
12/2/2013 Jacob, we were horrified to see the condition you were in when you were admitted to the shelter. You were a gentle soul who deserved a loving home and a soft, warm bed. So many people rallied around you and wished the best outcome for you. Sadly, the disease in your body was beyond treating and although we would have loved to have you around longer, we all knew the kindest thing we could do for you, was to let you go. You are at peace now. You will never be forgotten. We re-dedicate our efforts to help senior dogs in your memory.
11/18/2013 Mo's story is a tough one. He was found as a stray in a rural part of Salinas. He hung around a neighborhood for a week, but wouldn't come to anyone. Finally, he was trapped and taken to Monterey County Animal Services. He was too shy to go up for adoption at the shelter, but after a few days he started to come around, and we hoped he would gain his confidence and be able to go up for adoption with POMDR. Many volunteers and trainers and the staff at vet clinics worked with him to help him overcome his fears. Sadly, he showed serious aggressive tendencies in certain situations that made it unsafe to adopt him out. Mo, we are sorry that somehow we and the system failed you. We are sorry your previous guardians discarded you. We are just so sorry that you did not get to reach your full potential as a happy, loved dog. You are at peace now and you will never be forgotten.
11/16/2013 Lil Bear was a sweet Corgi mix who came to us from Santa Cruz Animal Services. He landed in the lap of a senior citizen who adored him and took him for daily walks. Sadly, he passed away after 3 1/2 years with her. He had a wonderful life as a beloved senior dog.
11/12/2013 Sweet Nala came to us from Salinas Animal Services after being picked up as a stray. She was adopted by the one and only wonderful Ms. Doris Day. Ms. Day renamed her Lovey II and Nala had a wonderful two years being pampered and loved. Sadly Nala's health declined and she passed away. She was a beautiful gentle dog and she will always be remembered.
11/5/2013 Precious was a little blind Chihuahua with lots of health problems. She was adopted by the people who found her as a stray and took her to the shelter thinking a guardian would come looking for her. When no one came for her, they asked to adopt her. hey were in love with her from the moment they found her. She came to POMDR first for her health work up and then straight to the Oiseth family. She had a Golden Retriever brother who she loved to play with. She lives much longer than anyone thought she would, and had a good life where she was very loved.
11/2/2013 Ripley was a fabulous German Shepherd. She was calm and regal and wanted a family to bond with, and that is just what she found. She was a devoted companion to the Powers family for 3 1/2 years before passing away at the age of 13. We will always remember Ripley and we know her family will too.
9/30/2013 Earlier this year, Lucy Belle came to us having just recovered from surgery to have a three pound tumor removed from her liver. We knew, of course, there was a possibility she would not be free of cancer. It was lymphoma that took her from us September 30, 2013.
The time in between was filled with absolute joy! Lucy walked in and laid right down. She was always ready for a walk, or a car ride, or to just hang out. Lucy loved life: people, dogs, cats -- everyone! She was happy and fit, and loved our daily walks. She was lovely, friendly, easy going, and easy to please always.
For the previous three years, Lucy had belonged to a man who had obviously loved her and taken excellent care of her. Sadly, he passed away from cancer, and Peace of Mind was asked to find his beloved Lucy a new home. We were blessed to be able to adopt her and become her forever home. We kept the collar and the tags she came to us with, including a beautiful St. Christopher medal, and we could often hear her around the house and in the yard by the pretty sound the tags made. (Her nickname was “Jingles.”)
In our hearts we know she is with her former guardian again, for all eternity, and that gives us peace. We are so happy to have been able to care for her when he no longer could, and to have her in our lives. She is greatly loved, and greatly missed. Rest in peace, beautiful girl.
9/26/2013 Toby was the most adorable little Spaniel mix. He was about 10 years old and was found in Salinas as a stray and a guardian could not be found for him. He was in foster care with POMDR for a few months, before Juanita from New Brunswick, Canada spotted him on our website. Sue Clark from Pilots N Paws undertook a big adventure with Toby taking him by plane and car all the way to Canada. Juanita adorTobyed Toby, but he did not adore her other dog! As luck would have it, a young couple in the neighborhood, who had no other pets, offered to give Toby a home. The adored Toby and had him for several months and adored him until he became very ill and they had to let him go. It took a village to save Toby. He knew he was loved.
9/3/2013 Sugar came to POMDR for the Watsonville Animal Shelter after she was surrendered because her senior guardian could no longer care for her.
She was with POMDR for only about a week before being adopted by the Moody family. She enjoyed three wonderful years with her new family, until she passed away from heart failure.
The Moody's said she was the best dog they ever had!
8/29/2013 Sammy, a 14 year old Corgi mix, was surrendered to Monterey County Animal Services when his homeless guardian could no longer care for him. He had been a well known dog around the shops of Carmel that his guardian frequented. He was adopted by a someone who knew him when he was with his homeless guardian and wanted to give him a better life. He lived another 3 years before passing away. He was a funny little guy and will be missed.
8/26/2013 Oliver came to POMDR after his guardian passed away. He was in foster care for just over a year before being adopted by the Reel family. He was a wonderful addition to their family and fit in perfectly. Sadly after just 18 months in his forever home, he passed away from spinal cancer. We are glad he was in a loving home in his last months.
8/24/2013 From Cookies Foster Mom: Regardless of our historically large dog household, weighing in at 13 pounds, Miss Cookie (aka Cookie Crisp) was the “biggest” dog we’ve ever had. She came to us in March of 2013 at the age of 14 after her person passed away. Having always been an outdoor dog, Cookie was a force to be reckoned with. Even though she had the face of an angel and the sweetest smile, wake her unexpectedly and you would think you’ve just evoked Cujo incarnate.
The first two days straight Cookie barked every 2 seconds she was awake as her way of letting the house know that things were going to be different. The barking wasn’t the only issue, there was a list. But two weeks later, the barking subsided, potty training complete and other issues resolved, Cookie settled in. She was a darling, quirky scampering pup, loving but independent who liked to sunbath in the dirt for hours or lounge in the sun on the deck. Even when the deck was being constructed, she was out sunning herself on the few planks in place, wanting to be in the mix of activity. The movement of the construction workers and noise of power tools never fazed her.
Cookie would totter after us wherever we went, wanting to hang out, chase the cats, herd the chickens and generally be part of the action. But mostly she enjoyed engaging us in a game of chase where she’d catch our eye and bolt best she could, running while looking at us over her shoulder, then collapse on the ground, roll over and get her belly scratched at the end of it. Cookie had a cute little smile and precious little “Flying Nun” ears. Little did we know that those smiles would be few and far between.
Unfortunately, it was rediscovered that she suffered from an enlarged heart that had gone untreated for many years. That and a series of events caused a rough couple months for Miss Cookie with other medical issues such as vestibular disease, mystery allergies, ear infections, seizures, weight loss. Three times we took her in for what we thought was the last time but each time, Cookie fought her way back to life. It was a tough road but she persevered. She’d rally, get to looking better but then something else would knock her down. We did this three times then right when Cookie was back to normal and was gaining maybe a little too much weight, scampering about and feeling good, suddenly we noticed the sudden onset of rapid breathing and a loss of appetite. We took her in to the ER and she spent 5 days in an oxygen tent nearly 50 miles away from home. We tried to visit her every day but minutes a day visiting isn’t the same as being home. In the hospital it was discovered that Cookie also has pulmonary hypertension, so it was just a matter of time. Thankfully, Cookie was released back into our care for the last time. On our drive back, although much weaker, she stood on my lap with her head out the window. Warm wind blowing her fur and sun shining on her face, she smiled all the way home. She was unsteady and weak but Cookie was home and she was happy and content. Unfortunately Cookie only lasted another 4 days, dying at the place she most wanted to be – at home. We will miss our little Cookie Crisp and her sassy girl quirky personality. Although Cookie was at times, an enigma, at the beginning, a challenge, she was also a source of steady laughter and a darling delight. We love our little Cookie and miss her every day.
8/16/2013 Maggie was the sweetest little Lhasa Apso. She came to POMDR after her guardian passed away from cancer. Sadly, right about the same time, Maggie was diagnosed with Lymphoma. We placed her under the care of an oncologist and for the first 5 weeks we were all very optimistic that she was headed into remission. Unfortunately, she took a turn for the worse, and we knew it was best to end her suffering and let little sweet Maggie go.
Her foster mom said, "Maggie was a delightful dog. She loved every person she met and enjoyed carrying around and squeaking her doggie toys. Maggie appreciated a warm lap and a soft bed. She was a joy and we were so hoping to give her another few years of being adored. We will miss her."
8/11/2013 Handsome Baxter came to Peace of Mind when his guardian moved and did not take him along. He was lovingly welcomed into the Hermansen household, first as a foster dog and then as an adopted member of the family. Baxter was 15 years old when he came to live with his new family, and although he was not with them a long time, the time he did spend with them was filled with love and compassionate care. The following was written by his adoptive mom.
Dear Baxter. Our time with you was all too short, but no less wonderful for it. You came
to us with medical problems and deafness, yet you adapted quickly and happily to our
home and pack. You loved your walks, your rubs, and always, always cleaned your
plate. You loved hanging out and sleeping; it made us smile to hear you snoring
contentedly in your favorite bed.
Sadly, you developed a head tilt, darting eyes that couldn’t focus, walking in circles, and
muscle weakness. Medication provided no relief, and your quality of life declined. Your
age finally caught up with you, dear Baxter, and we had to say good-bye to our “Good
Ol’ Boy.” Rest in Peace, handsome. We continue to love you and miss you.
Until we meet again,
7/21/2013 In May 2012, my fiancee, Kevin, and I opened our home and hearts to a 15 year old blind, deaf, arthritic and homeless St. Bernard/Golden mix named Trooper. Because of his age and impairments we were told that he would just sleep and lie around all day, which was true for the first couple days. After that Troop got a beauty treatment, started hydro and laser therapy, had two healthy and routine meals a day plus delicious snacks, had a soft bed, stable home and unconditional love. I believe this gave Trooper a new lease on life. Before long he was trotting alongside of us with a big smile on his face and followed us everywhere.
Kevin and I couldn't imagine our life without him so we decided to adopt Trooper. I emailed POMDR to move forward with the adoption process. An hour later, a heart arrhythmia was detected. An immediate trip to the cardiologist and a day later, Trooper was diagnosed with cancer. I was told that Trooper only had a maximum of eight weeks to live. Trooper was moved into hospice status and we promised to love, spoil and cherish him the remainder of his days.
We never told Trooper that he was sick, so he never knew and continued to live each day full of love, joy and happiness. His big happy smile, generous and powerful nose nudges and his uncanny ability to navigate around any obstacle and find us wherever we were (even several hundreds of yards away) by smell alone embedded Trooper more deeply into our hearts. Kevin and I (and everyone who met Trooper) must have remarked at what a good boy he was a thousand times in the 420 days we were blessed with his presence. And he was the very best.
After Trooper's diagnosis, Trooper's guardian of 14 years, Ken, wanted to see him one last time. I was worried that Trooper wouldn't want to go home with us and end up with a broken heart. Trooper was very happy to "see" Ken indeed. They spent a good 20 minutes reconnecting with a lot of pets and kisses but half way into their walk around the park together Troop's nose detected my presence 200 yards away and he immediately pulled Ken over, tail wagging, and didn't leave my side. Troop knew what I didn't, that he could have and love more than one family.
We continued to bring Trooper to visit Ken every week and invited Ken over on weekends to hang out with Trooper see how he lived. Ken repeatedly remarked that Troop lived "in heaven on earth". Ken was so comfortable with Troop's happiness, new life and our love for him that it enabled Ken to accept an invitation to move across the country with family.
Ken will always be in our lives and we'll always be indebted to each other. We gave Ken's beloved dog a home in a time of need and he gave us the most precious gift by letting Troop share his life with us for a short time. We thought we were doing Trooper a favor by taking him in when in reality every day we spent with Trooper was a gift from God. Truly.
We lost our good boy, our love, our big Bubala, Troop-a-Doop on Sunday, July 21st, two days shy of the one year anniversary of his diagnosis. A great deal of joy left our home and hearts with him that day and we'll never be the same. I know Trooper is blasting through heaven with nimble limbs, keen eyesight, and perfect hearing. That would be heaven for me indeed and what a sight it would be to behold!
7/19/2013 I adopted Bailey on September 24, 2011. She was such a sweet wonderful little dog, so full of love and gentleness. Everyone that met Bailey loved her. I lost her to pneumonia on July 19, 2013 when she died in her sleep.
Bailey followed me everywhere. If I got up from a chair she got up from her bed next to me and followed me. She was always underfoot. I had to be so careful not to drop anything on her or to step on her. Now I find myself still looking down around me to see where she is. The time I had Bailey was much too short.
No words can really convey how much she will be missed, but I think Charles Dickens came close. He wrote..."And can it be that in a world so full and busy, the loss of one weak creature makes a void in any heart, so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of vast eternity can fill it up". Farewell little Bailey. Joanne Marecek
7/14/2013 Daphne was in the right place at the right time when Debbie Blue spotted her at a coffee shop in Carmel. It was love at first sight for Debbie and soon Daphne, the blind poodle, was part of her family. She was a cherished and pampered companion for over 3 years. She died suddenly of a brain tumor, but she lived life to the fullest up until the day she died.
7/11/2013 Hector aka Walter was loved by everyone who met him. He had a calm, loving nature, and people gravitated toward him at adoption events. Walter came to us from Monterey County Animal Services after being picked up as a stray. He was relatively young for our program and at 10 years of age, we were eager to make the next five years the best years of his life. Sadly, Walter developed a limp. His foster family took him to the vet, and we all figured he had arthritis and needed some pain meds. We were all deeply saddened to learn that Walter had advanced, aggressive bone cancer and stomach masses and was in a great deal of pain. Our vet recommended euthanasia to end his suffering.
Two POMDR volunteers who knew and loved Walter spent quality time with him on his last day and were with him when he passed. They shared memories about him and loved on him before letting him go. His passing was peaceful, and he was surrounded by a lot of love. Run free Walter!
7/2/2013 Francesca came to POMDR after her guardian passed away from cancer. She found a wonderful home with the Watts family and lived to the ripe old age of 17. She died just a few days after her 17th birthday. She was a funny little character of a dog and she will be missed. She will never be forgotten.
6/19/2013 In May of 2012, we received a call from a realtor in Santa Cruz County. She asked for our help with two dogs who were living on a property she was selling. Fox and Bear were 13 years old when they were rescued by POMDR from a dilapidated shed where they had been living for six years. They needed extensive veterinary care and spent six months in foster care. Then one day Kathryn and Bruce saw their photos on our website and were able to provide the happy ending we had been hoping for.
Kathryn and Bruce said, " When our elderly dog, Lucy, was nearing the end, we came across the story of Fox and Bear, a pair of 13 year-old Chow-mix sisters, litter-mates who had been rescued from a situation of severe neglect. On a Monday, POMDR volunteers brought Fox and Bear to our home to meet our pack, and see if we might be a good match for each other. We said yes right away! Arrangements were made to bring the girls back for good two days later. The next day, Tuesday, our beloved Lucy died. It seems she was waiting for us to find the right dog(s)s to fill her spot in our hearts -- a nearly impossible task, we thought.
But Foxie and Bear arrived the next day, and from the first moment they were here, it seemed like they had always been part of our family. With their background, we knew there might be serious health and/or behavioral challenges ahead. POMDR, however, had already taken care of their physical problems: they both had gained weight, Foxie's dental problems had been addressed, and they were well on the road to recovery. The months Foxie was with us have been pure joy. That she could have been such a calm, mellow, wonderful dog after all she had been through is a miracle. She stood out from our many canine family members because of her sweetness and easy-going temperament, in spite of years of living in the worst imaginable conditions without, it seems, much human interaction. She and her sister loved going for walks, being brushed, and just hanging out. But the best thing of all for Foxie was getting her big, soft, furry ears rubbed! She could sit quietly forever if her ears were rubbed! And she was in Heaven just to be able to stand close by. She never begged, nor barked, nor bit, nor misbehaved in any way. "
"It was just pure joy to be with her! Her eyes were bright and her spirit loving until the very end, when she was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer, and there were no viable options for relieving her pain. We deeply miss our "velcro" dog, who asked for nothing more from us than companionship, sustenance, and a soft bed. We are so grateful to POMDR for allowing us to love her and feel her love in return."
5/14/2013 Trixie came to POMDR when her guardians lost their home. It was the only home she had ever known and she was used to living on several acres, She always had a desire to be outside and sleep on the porch. When we took her into our program, she had trouble adjusting to being a "house dog." She chewed through doors to get outside.
The wonderful people at Dream Catcher Horse Sanctuary in Raven, CA offered to give her a forever home. Trixie thrived there. She had a pack of dogs to interact with, she was never alone, and she loved herding the horses. She was in her element. We received an email today that Trixie passed away peacefully in her favorite bed at the age of 15 and a half. We are so happy that she had the time of her life in her last year.
5/12/2013 Redford was the big red fluffy dog with a gentle spirit. He came to POMDR from Monterey County Animal Services and quickly stole the hearts of all the volunteers and everyone who met him at adoption events. Redford would reach out his paw for a shake in the most endearing way.
Redford hit the jackpot when Diane and Hugh adopted him. He was part of a dog pack that enjoyed daily walks in the woods, soft beds, and lots of snuggle time. Diane and Hugh said "He was the absolute best dog ever. He was such a gentle presence from the start...believe me, we have spent many a day crying and remembering the goofy, lovely things he did in our short time together. Redford was a dog who lived to please....I used to tell people that he was so eager to please that he grew hair to make me happy....and grow hair he did! Red graced our lives for the last years of his life. It was an honor to be able to care for him and we miss him desperately." Thank you Diane and Hugh for giving this special dog the best three years a dog could ask for.
4/14/2013 Lucky was surrendered to Santa Cruz Animal Services when his guardians could no longer care for him. He had an exceptional personality and proved himself to be a delightful, loving dog. He spent two months in foster care before being adopted to the Howe family. Today we got an email notifying us of Lucky's passing -
"I am so sad to tell you that Lucky passed away today. We had a wonderful 2 years with this loving and warm dog. He made everyone happy with his beautiful puppy attitude. We will miss him very much!
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to have such a great dog in our lives! My husband saw his picture in the Carmel Pine Cone and my kids filled out the application within minutes. Once we met Lucky, we were even more convinced that he would be perfect for our family and a good companion to our other dog Molly. He has been a big part of our lives. We are so sad to see him go – he was 14 (we think), and unfortunately his health failed him. Good bye, to our friend and companion!"
4/14/2013 Noelle was a small Pomeranian mix who came to Peace of Mind when her third guardian passed away. Fortunately for Noelle, a friend of the family contacted us asking for help. Noelle went to a foster family who fell in love and adopted her.
This is what her adoptive mom says about her: I remember clearly the day I picked up Noelle for Peace of Mind. I drove to the parking lot when I was to meet her, and when I looked inside the car I saw this little nose sticking out from under a blanket. When I took her into my arms she trembled and buried her face in the crook of my arm. I knew at that moment that Noelle was probably never going to leave my home! I knew she had a troubling history. She lived in a car with her person at one point, and was mistreated by a person who should have cared for her. It took quite a while for her to feel comfortable in her new home, but once she realized that she was in safe place with people who loved her and other dogs who eagerly accepted her into the family, she was able to relax and be herself. And she turned out to be a silly girl. Meal time was her favorite time of the day, and she barked and ran in circles when she saw me fixing her food. She liked to bark at the neighbor cats who dared walked by outside, and she rode in her stroller like a Princess on parade. Not long after she came to us, she was diagnosed with heart failure, and two years after joining our family, her heart simply could not pump anymore and so we sadly let her go. But we take solace in the fact that for THOSE two years she lived a life surrounded by love and she was happy. She is gone now, but She left us with wonderful memories and a commitment to continue to help other senior dogs in need of love and comfort.
4/17/2013 Sweet Gracie, the poodle, came to us when one of our long time volunteers could no longer care for her due to his battle with Parkinson's Disease.
For several months, our Helping Paw Brigade walked Gracie daily so she could stay in her home. But eventually her guardian had to give her up. Right about that time, Gracie was diagnosed with an inoperable pulmonary mass. We didn't know how long she'd be in our care, but we knew she would be well loved. At first she enjoyed long walks with her foster parents and napping by the fire, but after three months in foster care, Gracie's illness was getting the best of her. When she was no longer eating and had lost her spark, we let her go. She passed away with her foster parents by her side knowing she was loved by so many people.
4/9/2013 Melody, was a sweet little 12 year old Pomeranian. She came to us from Salinas Animal Services after being picked up as a stray. She was adopted by the Hinson family and lived another three years as the apple of their eye.
4/5/2013 Rosie came to POMDR when her senior guardian could no longer care for her. She was a sweet and funny pug who brought joy and delight to her adoptive family.
She enjoyed a pampered life, but passed away just shy of her 15th birthday. She will me missed.
4/2/2013 Lizzy came to POMDR from Orange County after being confiscated from neglectful guardians. She was in bad shape when she arrived, but over time, with good care, her mobility improved and her skin and coat got healthy again. She even started chasing tennis balls! The last two years of her life where lived with lots of love and comfort. When her join and physical pain became too much for her to live with, she passed away with her loving family by her side.
3/30/2013 Today we got an email from Jasmine's adopter. We all remember Jasmine and are so glad she had a wonderful 3 years with Laura.
"In November 2010, I adopted a sweet black lab (mix) from you who was approx 12 years old. She had been dumped at a shelter in Sacramento, when her owner died. And saved by you and brought to Carmel Holistic Vet and then to Gwen of Carmel Valley Doggie bed and breakfast. It was at Gwen's that I met Jasmine, who was hiding under a piano bench, reclusive, depressed, sad. She came to me, and wagged her tail, which Gwen said was the first time she had done this since being at her house.
I agreed to take her in, although I was very scared, as I had just lost my 12 year old chocolate lab who was my best friend - and he had died suddenly. And here was a black lab who was 12, who needed someone, and had been picked over and forgotten and left behind.
And in return, you gave her to me.
What you gave me was a chance to take care of a lab I knew would have 3 years at most with me. A lab who was as sad as I was then. You gave me sweet dog who had been left. You gave me a chance to prepare for the end of life for an elderly dog, instead of having it come up suddenly and unexpectedly, as it had with my chocolate lab.
Jasmine died today, and I wanted you to know. She had a past of some kind, that I will never know. There were lots of things that scared her. And a few things made her bite. I will never know what happened to her that made her that way, but I never gave up on her. I didn't want her to ever feel forgotten again. She was a good girl, and she trusted me out of the blue, when no one else would take her. For that I am lucky, but heartbroken. I hope there are jasmine flowers blooming everywhere in heaven today, in honor of her pretty name, and to welcome her arrival."
3/27/2013 To Honor Our Bailey (aka Robbie).
Dear Bailey Boy, you were the dog we always wished we had. Such a beautiful canine creature. We wish we had seen you in your younger years. You must have been awesome! Even though we had you with us for only eighteen months and you were a senior boy - deaf, losing your leg strength, and in the last two months starting to show the signs of cognitive canine disease, you still displayed the intelligence, wisdom, and goodness of the Gentleman you always were.
We look forward to seeing you in the great beyond someday. Bailey, you will never be forgotten.
Love, your always guardians, Denita and Richard Jordan
3/19/2013 Jack came to POMDR via Santa Cruz Animal Services when his guardian was too ill with cancer to care for him anymore. Jack's story should have been a simple one of rescue and adoption. He seemed healthy and active for a senior dog.
But at Jack's first vet visit, we learned that he had advanced liver cancer. We decided to make him a "forever care" dog so we could provide the best care in a foster home for him in whatever time he had left.
Jack was able to enjoy a few good months in a POMDR foster home with romps on the beach, walks in the neighborhood and lots of snuggle time. Jack made quite an impression on everyone he met - who could resist that face? He always had a smile and a wag for everyone. His foster home said “Mr. Browne did leave quite a big hole in the household. For a little guy who wasn't here that long, he had a big impact. We all miss him.”
3/15/2013 Wilson came to POMDR from the Devore Shelter after being left in the night drop kennels with no explanation about why he was being given up. He came to us with an untreated lick granuloma on his front leg that had become infected and took months to heal. He was had the most gentle disposition and ended up being adopted by his foster mom. He went to work with her every day, and they were rarely apart.
After two wonderful years together, Wilson was diagnosed with bone cancer. His passing was loving and peaceful with his mom by his side. She said, "I am so glad I kept him." And we are too. We can't think of a better home for him to spend his final years.
3/13/2013 Isabel was a senior black lab mix who came to us from Monterey County Animal Services after being picked up as a stray. She spent a wonderful year and a half running on a ranch and playing with her guardians and her new doggie siblings. She has a passion for toys and balls that brought a smile to the face of anyone who saw her playing. She was so happy to be part of a family. Isabel passed away from lung cancer.
3/10/2013 Lucy aka Lupita was the 26th dog POMDR rescued. She was adopted to an adoring family in Washington state and recently was fighting a brave battle with cancer. Sadly, today we got an email from her guardians that she passed away. Here memorial is quirky, but so was she and so are her parents. Quirky in the best sense of the word!
"Last night, our brave little warrior flower went home. Lupita fought her cancer for nearly five months, but the past forty eight hours were rough, with bad signs abounding...so in order to spare us a tough decision, she decided to take her leave and join her old friend Grandpa at the Great Night Club in the Sky. I am sure that her friends Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker were on hand to greet her as well, and that by now, she has had her fill of the Patron Silver and Galoise cigarettes that she has not been able to enjoy for months.
Back on Earth, we are emotionally drained, but thankful that timing was such that we were both here with her, cradling her and talking to her, as she went into a deep relaxed state and drew on last big breath, followed by a wide eyed expression of astonishment and relief...and then she was on her way. It was impossible to believe for a second, and then it opened the floodgates for our own grieving. She is truly at peace now. Lupita never spoke much about her recent past, just before she came to live out her days with us...we know it was rough, because you don't become an expert shanker of other creatures out of boredom over garden club. We were privileged to give her two and a half good years, full of carnitas, her beloved la leche, and endless cuddling with her beloved Gene. Godspeed, little serpent...we hope that we made up for some of the suffering and loneliness that you endured before you came to us, and that now, you are beyond the pain of illness and enduring too many gringos around you. Vaya con Dios, Mija."
3/1/2013 Sassy was POMDR dog #1. She was our very first rescue and after three months in foster care, she was adopted by Wendy Smith. She renamed her Grandma Ethel Moonbeam and she was a beloved member of their family for three and a half years. We always delighted in getting photos and updates from her family. She passed away after the vet found a tumor in her throat.
Wendy said, "She had a happy life while she was with me and the rest of the cat and dog family. I gave her the best quality dry food, and homemade dog stew and treats, of course, which she cherished. We all loved her very much.I will always remember her funny bouncing walk, her loving tail wag, and her cute spirit. Even towards the end of her life, she would occasionally join the younger dogs in goofiness and play. She was a joy to know, and I thank POMDR for getting us together!"
2/13/2013 Shadow was a sweet, soft, cuddly dog. He came to POMDR at the age of 12, after being picked up as a stray in Hollister. Shadow was adopted after about 4 weeks with POMDR and had a wonderful life with his senior guardian, Eileen, for about a year. When Eileen's health began to fail, she moved closer to her family and into an assisted living facility, and we took Shadow back into our foster care. Shadow developed congestive heart failure and kidney failure so instead of putting him up for adoption, he became a POMDR forever dog in the care of a wonderful foster mom, Ann. Shadow looked forward to his daily walks right up until the day he died. He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. Thank you Ann and Eileen for giving Shadow so much TLC in his senior years.
2/1/2013 Jenni came to us in January 2012 with a 10 pound tumor on her neck. She made it through surgery and had a whole new lease on life. She was fostered first by Raquel for ten months and then when Raquel moved away, she was fostered by Kathleen. Kathleen's dog, Cubby, and Jenni became the best of friends.
Jenni lived with Kathleen and Cubby for ten more months. When she started having trouble taking walks, Kathleen pushed her in a stroller. Kathleen took Jenni for swim therapy and laser therapy to help keep her as mobile as possible and comfortable. Just a few weeks before Jenni's passing, Kathleen, Cubby, and Jenni enjoyed a day at the beach where Jenni enjoyed the sights and sounds and watching the activity as she laid on her blanket.
When Jenni's bad days outnumbered her good days, Kathleen knew it was time to let her go. She will be missed. Jenni melted the hearts of everyone who met her.
1/18/2013 Lefty was another wonderful Peace of Mind Dog who has crossed the rainbow bridge. He came to us from Salinas Animal Services after being found as a stray and was adopted by the Johnson family.
Here is there tribute to Lefty: Lefty came to us from his wonderful foster mom. Melissa. I just knew the minute I saw him he was the dog for us. In fact, I knew it when I saw his photo online and meeting him in person was just the icing on the cake. He packed more personality into his little body than anyone could have imagined. He was one of the most confident animals I’ve ever met, but never felt he had to push his way to the top. He taught my dog., Elvis, how to play.
He helped Elvis love being a dog. When I would wash the kitchen floor, Lefty would shyly make his way into the kitchen and one by one pick up all of his toys and take them into another room as if he had to keep them safe. Often he would just sit in his bed, holding a stuffed toy in his mouth for that little bit of security. When I would rub his belly he would tuck his chin in and close his eyes like he was just in heaven. When I washed his bed and gave it back to him he would roll all around in it like it was the most incredible thing he had ever experienced. He would stand in front of the cats, never bothering them but rather just grunting at them and doing a little dance back and forth. The cats loved him and would gently sniff at him while he slept or climb into an empty bed near him. His eyesight wasn’t great, so he operated mostly on smell. But out on walks, if Elvis started to bark at something, Lefty would focus really hard, finally see what Elvis was barking at and then start barking as well, almost like an echo. And what a bark he had, just like a basset hound. Lefty figured out how to open the gates I had closing off parts of the house that he wasn’t really allowed in. He would pull the gate just enough to slip in then find the best place in that room, usually up on the sofa. Elvis wouldn’t follow him because he knew better, but Lefty just like a teenage boy who is certain he can charm the teacher just went ahead and jumped up on the sofa figuring he was so irresistible he would never get in trouble....and he didn't. When I saw him, his tail would go a mile a minute and he would bury his nose as if he knew I simply could not get upset with him because he was just too amazing. The night before he passed away he was up on the sofa snuggling with me and Elvis and being his usual charming self. I could never have known that in less than 24 hours we would have a huge hole in our lives. I’m grateful that his cancer was silent until the very last day because I know he didn’t suffer but for a very brief period. He only shared our lives for about two years, with a whole lifetime behind him before we met. All I really hope is those two years of being spoiled and loved and snuggled and slept with made up for whatever sadness he may have experienced while wandering the streets.
I miss him so very much. I’ve had many animals in my life but the loss of Lefty is very intense. I am so grateful he chose to spend a couple of years with us. I am so happy he chose to be my dog."
1/7/2013 From Andy's Adopters: Andy (Angelo) actually Andrew Jefferson, came into our lives last February. I think it was a mutual finding. We (Ginger my wife and Satchmo our chow) were still mourning the loss of Molly our 11 year old chow who had passed in December. We had had Molly for a little over one year.
Ginger and I were looking at chows on the internet for no reason other than to just look when we see Angelo on the POMDR website. One thing led to another and a meet was arranged with Ginger and Satchmo. It went well.
Soooo, a rainy day in February starts with a drive to Santa Rosa to buy a bigger car because two big dogs won't fit in our current car. Then on the way home we stopped in Santa Cruz to pick up Angelo from his last foster mom (Melissa W.) his fifth in as many months.
Andy, as he was newly dubbed, had major, I'm talking major separation issues. He latched onto Ginger and couldn't be without her. We're talking panic attacks, destructive behavior the works. Plus, he was afraid of being indoors for extended periods of time. Did I mention he was deaf too? It was challenging to say the least. It pushed all of us to the limit of how to deal and help Andy. Honestly, there were many sleepless nights not knowing what to do. Did we take on too much? But we knew we couldn't give up on Andy. After all he had been through, he was the sweetest guy you could meet. He loved everyone, especially his mommy and Satchmo (his new ears!)
Slowly, so slowly there were little breakthroughs. It truly took a village to help Andy. POMDR offered so much help to us. Barbara (From The Heart Dog Training) was a tremendous help. She worked with us and Andy, which started the positive change for Andy.
We had a close friend ask us, why would you take on such and old dog? Well, you had to know Andy. To see the panic leave his eyes, to see happiness and joy and love in his eyes made everything worth it. To have him nudge your hand and ask for love was really heartwarming.
Andy came to love being inside with his brother Satchmo. He learned if mommy and daddy go bye bye, he gets a cookie and they ALWAYS come home! Andy loved his multiple daily walks, he loved getting groomed (he had a beautiful coat) and he loved his family. He woke up every morning happy and ready to go with the biggest smile on his face.
With all the horrible things that had happened to Andy, all the pain, all the suffering, all the confusion, all the crap people had done to him, he should have been the meanest dog around. But he wasn't! Andy was sweet and gentle and friendly to everyone. He trusted us and loved us with out a doubt.
Andy was with us for 11 months. In that time he gave us a lifetime of love and in turn we gave him the same. We miss him so much, our big bear, our big ol dump truck, our Andy.
A good friend sent us this quote:
"It came to me that each time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog and I will become as generous and loving as they are."
12/26/2012 Honey Bear and Skoshi, two Dachshund sisters, were fostered by Lynn, a dedicated POMDR volunteer. Skoshi passed in October, and Honey Bear the day after Christmas. This was written by Lynn, in their memory: "We aren't little dog people", at least that's what I said until Skoshi and Honey Bear, with no foster homes after weeks of searching, came to live with us. Skoshi only lived a couple of weeks, but Honey Bear was up for adoption. Unfortunately, she was hiding a serious illness that took its toll over the next couple of months. But during it all Honey Bear was enduring and burrowed her way into our hearts. She would get so excited when it was meal time and all 12 lbs of her would go barreling down the house to join the other five dogs for her meal. Never intimidated by anyone, yet never aggressive either, she accepted all that life gave her with resolve. She did not ask for anything, yet seemed quietly appreciative of affection she received. I still hear her quiet bark and see her out of the corner of my eye. I miss her."
12/12/2012 "Sal (formerly Sydney), the cattle dog mix, was a stray that became my foster dog in July of 2011. He found a potential adopter but returned to me within a week. Sal found yet another adopter but on the day I was supposed to take him to his new home, I realized he was already home, with my family. And so, he stayed.
Sal had a deep love affair with his bed and food, eating anything he was offered. Although he was deaf, his bark was strong, loud, and definitely ear-piercing. Often times, people walking by would ask what kind of dog made such a noise.
After arthritis made him grumpy and dementia set in, we said goobye to Sal, our dear old Cattle Dog. He was about 13 years old.
Sal, you were always wanted and we are so glad you came into our lives. You and your bark will be missed." Rebecca Gordano
11/11/2012 Cosmo was a loved dog. His guardians doted on him and loved him for 16 years. Due to failing health, his guardians faling health and Cosmo's increasing needs as a senior dog he was surrendered to POMDR and placed in a foster home. His "dad" was able to visit him weekly in his foster home for several months until Cosmo passed away. They enjoyed a walk and time together just a few days before Cosmo's passing. He was bright eyed and alert and happy to see his lifelong companion. The vet believes he had a stroke. He passed with his foster mom and his original guardians at his side. His foster mom says she was honored to be able to care for a dog who had been so loved and to be able to give them all that extra time together.
10/29/2012 Skoshi, a gentle and soulful 13 year old Dachshund, came to us from Santa Cruz Animal Services. She had been in a home where she and her sister were not being properly cared for. Although we knew that she was not in good health, we wanted her last weeks to be filled with warmth, comfort, love and a sense of belonging. A thorough veterinary examination determined that she was in kidney failure, and we knew she didn't have a lot of time left. She and her sister went to live in a wonderful foster home with a volunteer who is very experienced with "fospice" (foster + hospice) care for dogs. In that home, they received wonderful care and became part of a loving family. When her kidneys stopped functioning, she was let go, with her dedicated foster Mom by her side, and the love and sense of belonging we wish for every animal.
10/28/2012 Chelsie came to us when her senior guardian could no longer care for her. She was soon adopted by an active senior who was happy to make her a part of her life. They were together for two-and-a-half years before Chelsie passed away due to complications from aging. Chelsie was very loved and will be missed.
10/17/2012 Sweet little Princess. You came to POMDR through Sandra who fostered you and then ended up adopting you. You were a sweet, quiet dog and deserved all the love and care Sandra gave you. We are all so glad she was able to give you your forever home. We know you will be missed, but we also know you had the best last few years a doggie could have. Peace little one. Sandra says, "My dear Princess, I have never been loved the way you loved me. I will never forget the love in your eyes every time you looked at me. My little one, I gave you the best, the very best that exists within me. We were the perfect pair. Love forever, Mommy"
10/5/2012 Skipper came to POMDR after her guardian passed away. She was deaf and blind and didn't trust everyone she met, but she captured the hearts of Lisa and Scott who took her and loved her to the very end. Lisa and Scott wrote to POMDr and said "We miss her very much. She was a wonderful dog, very difficult, but wonderful."
8/12/2012 Candi was 16 years old, emaciated and a tiny 4 pounds when she came to Peace of Mind from Monterey County Animal Services Christmas week, 2012. Most of her teeth were missing, her eye sight wasn't great, and neither was her hearing. Although she was a tiny little girl, she had a huge heart. With the help and guidance of Dr. Merrianne Burtch at Pacific Veterinary Specialist, she was able to regain her health and she went to live in a wonderful foster home. She did very well with her new canine brothers and sisters, and enjoyed exploring her new home and backyard. She went to the dog park nearly every day! Sadly, after several months, she began to experience dementia, and she became disoriented and unhappy. With much sorrow, the decision was made to let her go, but she will always be remembered as adorable Candi, sweet as the candy cane she was named after. Rest well, Candi. You were a good, good girl.
8/1/2012 Sprite was a delightful 15 year old Lhasa Apso mix who came to Peace of Mind when his guardian had to move in with and care for her elderly parents. He was a very happy and friendly little guy who loved people (especially his new adoptive family!), his tennis balls and going for walks.He had a delightfully expressive face and beautiful brown eyes. He was grateful to his new family for adopting him and caring for and loving him during the time they were together. His family said he was a wonderful dog and they miss him very much.
7/28/2012 Maddy (Madeline) came to us from San Jose Animal Services. She was the cutest little dog with a sweet personality to match. We thought she'd be adopted quickly. Instead she was in a loving foster home for six months. After a brief illness, we discovered she had inoperable cancer and we had to let her go. We are so glad her last months were spent loving and being loved.
7/26/2012 Sally was 11 years when he guardian's poor health meant she could no longer care for her dog. Sally came to Peace of Mind and her loving personality and winning smile caught the attention of a woman who quickly fell in love with this friendly, gentle dog. In her new home, Sally enjoyed the good things in life: plenty of walks, tons of attention, good nutritious food, and of course, the love of her new family. Two years after adoption, Sally became ill with kidney and liver problems, and one day she suffered a major and debilitating stroke. Despite the sadness and pain involved in losing her loyal friend, her adoptive mom is grateful for the gift of their years together.
7/6/2012 Faith came to us a very shy dog who had lived much of her life in a hoarding situation. She was taken in by an amazing foster family who ended up falling in love and adopting her. We received the following email from Faith's foster mom, "I feel so honored to have been in her life. She came from a terrible place thank God POMDR got her out of there. She has come so far with trusting humans. I feel so blessed that she could put her guard down and let me love her. She got to run in the forest, go to beaches, and go on vacations with us. She has taught our family so much about love and trust. She is going to be missed so much. I fell in love with my Faithie girl. We truly loved that little girl." She will be missed.
7/2/2012 Pumkin came to Peace of Mind from a local shelter where he was brought in as a stray. When our volunteer first spotted him, she sent us this email - "I met this guy today; his stray period runs out on Thursday, and I'm pretty sure he will be put to sleep. His vision is limited by cloudy eyes, he has arthritis, he's missing most of his teeth, except his canines which stick out of his mouth at about 90 degree angles, but he seems very sweet. I understand that this is probably a lost cause but I had to mention him."
We don't believe in lost causes, so we took him to a veterinarian and he was given the medical attention he needed. When he found his forever home, he blossomed into a happy dog who always had a smile on his face. He appointed himself the guardian of the front yard and would position himself on his bed at the bottom of the stairs which afforded him an unobstructed view out the front windows where he would barked boisterously at the skunks when they invaded the front porch. Toward the end of his life, when his arthritis became severe, he still liked to go out and about in his dog stroller. All the neighbors would come over and say hello when he passed by in his stroller.
Pumkin's adopters say that "Pumkin was an extraordinary, loving dog. His daily presence reminded us of the millions of other deserving animals who do not make it out of shelters alive -- he motivated us to work on their behalf. He graced our family with affection, gentleness and love of life. Each day with him was a joy. He is missed so very much."
6/27/2012 Sugar was a sweet old lady dog who was cute as a button. She came to POMDR when her elderly guardian could no longer care for her, and she was adopted by another senior person who was devoted to her and gave her a loving home in her golden years. Sugar passed away knowing she was loved.
6/2/2012 Handsome and gentle Victor, came to POMDR from a horrendous hoarding situation in southern California. He and 300 other dogs were being cared for by one woman. When Victor arrived we thought he was the saddest dog we'd ever met. He was practically catatonic, not connecting with people at all. He had arthritis in his hips and xrays revealed he had most likely been hit by a car at some point without getting medical treatment.
Even after all that, Victor became the sweetest dog. While in his foster home, he began swim therapy and gradually became strong enough to walk again, but we wondered if we would be able to find a home for an older dog who had suffered so much. And then something miraculous happened: a wonderful woman saw his photo and read his story and fell in love. Victor had found his forever home! Caroline, his new guardian, says he was a very loving and special dog with a wicked sense of humor. Whenever there was a treat he really liked, he would pretend not to want it but would wolf it down if she left the room for a couple of minutes, then try to look innocent in front the empty bowl. He also liked having his face and ears wiped with a damp washcloth. He would press hard into the cloth, like he was getting ready to meet royalty and wanted to look good.
Although they were together for only eight months, Caroline says, "The only thing I can say about my short time with Victor is that I feel that I was the one who was saved. I think he knew that he was here to help me. I can't emphasize enough how very loving he was." Thank you, Caroline, for giving this sad and lonely dog the loving home he always wanted.
6/1/2012 Gumby was a unique looking, friendly little dog who was in our care for six weeks before getting adopted by one of the employees at Pet Food Express who fell in love with him after seeing him come to adoption events week after week. He became part of her family and enjoyed the companionship of her other small dogs. Gumby passed away peacefully in his sleep.
5/15/2012 Dear old Punker. Someone saw him fall out of the back of a truck onto the highway. This Good Samaritan scooped him up and took him to the emergency vet, and from there he went to the Monterey County Animal Shelter. After no one came looking for him, his story was posted on Facebook and a wonderful woman stepped forward to rescue Punker and offer him a safe, loving him. With a new name, Rusty, and a new life on a ranch in Oregon, Rusty knew he was now safe and much loved. Sadly, after only a little more than a month in his new home, Rusty passed away from a heart attack. His mom took him to the veterinarian, but they could not save him. He licked her face and passed away. Although his adoptive mom misses him terribly she remembers him as a really great old guy who was so happy in his new home. She also wants everyone to know that senior dogs are very special and she encourages anyone to open their home to one, no matter how long we get to be blessed with their presence. We were all blessed by Rusty's presence and we thank him for the many gifts he gave us.
4/21/2012 Bessie was found in Pebble Beach. She was emaciated, blind and deaf. The woman who found who walked the neighborhood knocking on doors to find her guardian. She put up posters and contacted the shelters, but no one came forward for Bessie. We believe she was dumped. She went to our vet clinic for an exam and blood work. She was very frail and was not interested in food. We knew she wouldn't be with us long, but wanted her to spend time in a home being loved and cared for. She went to a foster home but within a few weeks she withdrew and refused food and water altogether. Her final days were filled with love.
4/5/2012 Lobo came to POMDR with his father, Kaiser. They were both surrendered to a shelter when their guardian lost his home. They were very bonded to each other and when Kaiser passed away, it was tough on Lobo. He soon found his forever home with the Tambira family where he was probably the happiest he had ever been in his life. They were so devoted to him and him to them. He was with them for five months before making his transition. We are so grateful to the Tambrias for the love and kindness they showed our sweet Lobo.
4/2/2012 Gracie came to POMDR from the Hollister Animal Shelter. She had been abandoned by her previous guardian. A new foster family offered to foster her and soon fell in love and adopted her. She was a happy, friendly dog and the last eight months of her life were filled with love, joy, and good times. Gracie will be missed by her human and doggie pack.
3/22/2012 Beautiful Mindy came to Peace of Mind by way of San Jose Animal Services. Her guardian moved and left her behind and in terrible condition. She was thin and had a horrible, itchy skin problem. After many tests, her veterinarians were able to get her skin healed, but she was never completely healthy and then, suddenly, she became sicker and her vets believe it was due to cancer.
Reluctantly, we said goodbye to Mindy when we couldn't get her feeling better. Throughout her ordeal, Mindy was a goofy, playful bundle of white fur. She liked hanging out with her other foster dogs and she especially liked meal time. Her very favorite activity was to ride in the car, on the front seat next to her foster Mom.
She was a brave girl who never complained about the medical treatment she was undergoing. Until the last few days of her life, she woke each morning with excitement and joy. She lived in the moment, shared her happiness with everyone and delighted in even the most mundane things. She made her foster family smile every single day. Her kind and loving ways will be with them always.
2/23/2012 Woodrow, a 15+ year old Terrier mix, came to us after one of our volunteers saw him in the shelter. Her email to us said:
"I don't know how to start this e-mail exactly. I guess with the statement that I realize that this boy is probably never going to leave the shelter alive. If we had a hospice-friendly place for him to go, I would say 'get him there!' so he can live out his life with some dignity. In the best of circumstances, I would guess that he is in the last year of his life. I know that he is very confused about where he is right now."
The next day he went to a foster home. He was in bad shape with a painful mouth filled with rotting teeth. He was healthy enough to go under anesthesia and get his mouth cleaned up, and just doing that made him feel a whole lot better. He turned into a happy little guy, with a waggy stub tail. He enjoyed the pack of dogs in his foster home and loved being held and snuggled by his foster parents. He lived for 7 months in foster care and enjoyed every day right up until the day he died. His foster mom says, "I'm really going to miss that little precious boy, that little stump wagging, his determination, his inner Cujo and oh yeah his bark! "
1/23/2012 Sweet, sweet Daily came to us when his guardian went into a nursing home. At 12 years old, he was mostly blind and a little slow, but won the heart of everyone who met him. We saw him through cancer surgery, and he was adopted by a family who adored him. He was cherished by his family for 7 months before they had to let him go peacefully. Everyone who knew Daily will miss him and his gentle, loving soul.
1/16/2012 Sweet Henry. We thought you would go on forever. Henry came to us from Salinas Animal Services. He had to have one eye removed, but we were able to save his second eye even though he had no vision in it. Henry went to a wonderful foster home where he gained weight and enjoyed sleeping in his basket bed and roaming the yard at his leisure. His foster mom adopted him and gave him so much love and kisses and snuggles everyday. He was loved and very well cared for for the last nineteen months of his life. He will be missed.
1/13/2012 Josie came to us when her family could no longer give her the care and attention she needed. She was adopted by her foster dad who is also the person who brought her to our attention. Josie was pure sweetness. A gift to the world with a hello for every dog and person she saw. She fit right in with her new family and everything about her showed that she was happy and enjoying life at 13 years old. Sadly, Josie passed away suddenly from gastric dilation.
Her adopted dad emailed us with the news and wrote, "She was a very special little girl who was so full of life, and I know the time she spent with us was some of the best times of her life. She was so predictable, 2:30 was when she would let me know it was time to go play. I loved her. She had a way to make people smile."
Josie, you will be missed.
1/9/2012 Dear, dear, Dusty. How we wish you could tell us your story. You were found by animal control on the streets of San Jose, cold, dirty, frightened, your old 16-year old bones tired and weary. How did you get there? Where was your person? How long had you been out on the streets so alone? We will never know. All we know is that when we were asked to take take you in and give you sanctuary and another chance, we did not hesitate. Sadly, your body just could not go on, and after being with us for only two months, your kidneys failed you and we said our last good-byes. But while you were here, while you enjoyed two months of warm beds, good food, affection and comfort, you were able to rest knowing that you were safe and much loved. You were a gentle, trusting old soul, and your life, and death, is testament to one simple truth: all dogs are important and every life matters.
12/12/2011 Diego aka Connor, was found as a stray in Greenfield. He weighed just 3 pounds, was starving, had a head tilt and had a crooked little walk due to two bad knees. He was the sweetest little guy you would ever want to meet. Diego proved to be a favorite of all the volunteers who met him. He was always a hit at adoption events, but really hit the jackpot when his photo was spotted on our website by Krissa and Nancy of San Jose. They drove down to the peninsula to meet him and the next week was delivered to their door by his foster mom. He had a great year of lots of love and snuggles with his new brother, Toby. After his passing, we got this email from his family, "We loved him dearly and miss him every day. But we know in our hearts that we helped make his last year one filled with love and happiness. I am attaching a few photos we took of him throughout the year. Thank you again for the rescue work you do with these precious animals." Thank you Krissa and Nancy for taking Diego into your hearts and your home.
12/16/2011 Scared little Star was found as a stray and taken to Salinas Animal Services. She was too frightened to be put up for adoption, but one of the employees saw in her the potential to gain the trust of humans once out of the shelter environment. They asked POMDR to take a chance on her, and we did. When our volunteer went to pick her up at the shelter she was very sick with a bad case of kennel cough that had turned into pneumonia. She was taken directly to a vet clinic and started on antibiotics. After two days, she started to trust the veterinarian and was able to be held and cuddled. Sadly, that night, she passed away in her sleep suddenly. We are so sorry she didn't make it long enough to know a loving home. We are grateful that she had a day of feeling like someone cared and life might be ok. Star represents many more abandoned, frightened dogs who never make the transition from stray to loved family member. Each dog we rescue is in honor of the many like Star who we don't get to in time.
11/28/2011 Pearl was a diamond in the "ruff." She came to us from Monterey County Animal Services where she arrived so matted she was barely recognizable as a dog. It turned out under all that mess was a gem named Pearl, the most darling Mini Schnauzer. Everyone who met Pearl fell in love. She was as sweet as she looked. A delightful family from out of the area saw Pear's photo on our website and their hearts went out to her. A POMDR volunteer drove Pearl to Santa Barbara and the rest was history. She was adopted and loved and we got frequent updates about how she delighted them and enriched their lives. It was with great sadness that we read the last update informing us that Pearl had passed away peacefully after a brief illness. Pearl will never be forgotten.
11/25/2011 Buddy became a Peace of Mind dog when his family lost their home and they could not find rental housing that allowed dogs. At eleven years of age, he wasn't a good candidate for adoption from an animal shelter, and so he was placed in a foster home until his new family could be found. Unfortunately, after only a couple months, he began experiencing pain in his neck area, and an x-ray revealed a collapsed cervical disc. Various veterinary treatments were not able to relieve him of his pain, and so it was with great sadness that the decision was made to let him go.
Buddy was one of those smiley happy dogs -- like a golden retriever in a fuzzy bear/dog suit. Nothing seemed to faze him. He was eternally happy, ready for any adventure, or no adventure at all, if it meant he could snooze on your lap. His veterinarian called him a "sunshine" dog, so called because he seemed to radiate a warm glow all the time.
Buddy wasn't with us long, but the short time he did spend with us with us was filled with affection and a sense of belonging. He was adored not only by his foster mom, but by everyone who met him, and we are comforted knowing that he enjoyed the peace and joy of the life of a loved and wanted dog. We all mourn the passing of this gentle boy.
11/14/2011 Sport was a big sweet girl with a happy smile. She came to us with her doggie sisters, Maggie and Dottie. Sport and Dottie were adopted out together to a wonderful family. They both got to experience the joy of being loved and cared. Sport will be missed.
11/10/2011 Beautiful, ethereal Ebby became part of the POMDR program after her family of ten years did not have time for her anymore. She was placed in a foster home which quickly became her adoptive home. Although she lived only another year after adoption, that year was filled with fun adventures to local parks, days spent lounging in the summer sun, and lots and lots of love from her new family. The hole she leaves behind in the household, and in the hearts of her family, is immense.
10/31/2011 Sweet tiny Chuy could be as cuddly as a puppy, but he could also get frightened and be nippy. He never seemed to feel completely secure in new situations. His foster mom took him in with all his quirks and gave him a loving and safe place to be. Chuy was in his foster home for 10 months and was part of a little pack of Chihuahuas. Then one day, Chuy had a massive seizure, went into a deep sleep and never woke up. You are at peace now sweet one. Know that you were loved, quirks and all.
10/31/2011 Raelene was the eleventh dog POMDR rescued. Her person went into a care facility and Raelene was left in the home with another dog for over a month with just daily visits before POMDR was contacted to take her in. She went to a foster home that became her forever home. She probably had the best two years of her life being part of a pack of weenie dogs and snuggling with people who cherished her.
She passed away at the age of 19 after a long full life followed by a brief illness. "Raelene, you and Dad are together and are young and healthy once again! " ~Janis
10/8/2011 Morgan, a sweet and gentle Cockapoo, came to us at the age of 17 1/2 after his guardian passed away. He had lived a good, long life, and we were committed to making sure he was cared for for the rest of his life, however long that may be. Just three weeks after losing his beloved person, Morgan was reunited with her. He had gone into kidney failure, and we did everything thing we could to see if he'd rally and stay with us a little longer. His passing was peaceful with two of his foster moms by his side. Morgan will always be remembered by those who knew him. To know him was to love him.
10/7/2011 Gertie was the 13th dog we rescued after POMDR first got started. She was a well-manered, adorable little dog. We received this poignant mail from her adopter:
"It has been just a year-and-a-half ago that little Gertie rescued me. Gertie immediately made friends with everyone she encountered on our countless walks around Novato neighborhoods, open space trails, and our road trips nearby and far beyond. On Thursday morning - out of the blue - Gertie suffered cardio-pulmonary collapse and despite the heroic efforts of the veterinary emergency room staff, her heart and lungs gave out. I am grateful to the staff and also that Brandon and I were with her at the end. As sick as she was in the oxygen glass enclosure, she stood up and wagged her little tail when she saw us. The vet says she did not suffer, but the same cannot be said of me. This house is empty and quiet and lonely, and I'm lost and devastated and heartbroken."
Thank you Lillian for opening your heart and your home to our little Gertie.
10/2/2011 Sweet, shy little Misty came to us from Salinas Animal Services after being surrendered when her people could no longer care for her. She was adopted by a woman with a small pack of rescued Chihuahuas and was part of a loving family and pack until her passing at the age of 16. The last 9 months of her life were probably her best. She was loved beyond measure. Her family will miss her.
10/1/2011 Buddy, a two year old Pug, came to us when his senior guardians could no longer care for him. They had rescued him from a bad situation 6 months earlier, but then he started having seizures. They did all they could for him spending thousands of dollars on his care, but could no longer afford the medical expenses. We took him into our program and did further medical tests for him and found out he had Pug Related Encephalitis, a genetic untreatable condition. His prognosis was two months to live.
His guardians provided hospice care for him while he stayed under our program as a hospice dog. He had 68 more days of love and was the picture of health until the morning of October 1st when he had a cluster of major seizures and we had to let him go. He was a sweet, friendly, happy, funny little guy. We wish he had the chance at a longer life. He will never be forgotten.
9/15/2011 Molly came to us when her person was diagnosed with cancer, moved into a care facility and was forced to leave her beloved dog behind. Molly was placed in a foster home and was able to visit her person until the cancer took her life. Despite having cancer herself, Molly remained loyal and loving at each visit, comforting her friend during her illness. After her person died, Molly stayed with her foster family until cancer took her as well. Dear Molly, you were a wonderful sweet old girl. You had the biggest, funniest ears and the kindest smile. You loved feeling the sun on your face and the grass under your feet and snuggling on the couch at the end of the day. Good Golly, Miss Molly, you are missed tremendously.
7/30/2011 Sweet Kaiser. You touched the hearts of many people. We are glad we could provide you and Lobo with tender loving care for seven months after you were left to die at the shelter. Even though you didn't find your permanent home, you were loved by many and will be remembered always. We'll take good care of Lobo for you.
7/18/2011 Fergie won the heart of Sarah, one of the staff people at Carmel Holistic Vet Clinic. Sarah started fostering her and finally adopted her in August 2010. Fergie became her shadow and constant companion. She found a place in a soft dog bed at Sarah's feet where she would snooze the day away while Sarah answered phones and worked at the desk.
Ferige passed away suddenly after a brief illness. She will be missed.
6/29/2011 Sweet Sampson, touched so many hearts in the short time that we knew him. He had a group of devoted animal lovers and Sampson fans helping him and rooting for his recovery. The day before he passed, he had a warm bubble bath and sprawled on the grass in the sun. He rallied a bit and even played a little game of fetch. He snacked on boiled chicken and had a restful night's sleep. The next morning he could no longer lift his head and let his foster mom know it was time. He went with quiet dignity knowing he was much loved. Thank you to everyone who helped Samoson and special thanks to Barbara with Chesapeake Bay Retriever Rescue who took him in for his final days.
6/27/2011 Ms. Monroe came to us from the Kern County Shelter with multiple health problems. She spent time in a foster homes where she was loved and she knew it. When it was evident that her time was very limited, she was taken in by Tia, a volunteer with CAPE in Santa Cruz, who has the ability to bond deeply, but at the same time knows when it is time to let a dog go humanely. We are grateful to Tia for taken Ms. Monroe into her heart and her home and lovingly letting her go when it was time.
6/20/2011 Truman was nothing less than a miracle. He came to POMDR barely able to stand from a life threatening kidney infection and kidney failure. He was nursed back to health only to be diagnosed with a brain tumor. Even with that serious diagnosis, Truman had the most fabulous ten months of travel, adventure, family, love, and lots of kisses, wags and snuggles. He took a road trip with his human family and dog pack across the county and back and enjoyed every minute of it. Truman will never be forgotten. He touched the lives in a profound way of everyone who met him. Truman, your adventure continues. We are sure!
6/2/2011 Dottie, a senior Dalmatian Mix, was adopted by the Pritchard family and quickly claimed Joy for her own. She kept track of her all day long and reminded Joy to stay on schedule with her dining and hiking needs. She had been overweight, but soon was svelte and frisky! She taught her family about the characteristics and personalities of a non working breed dog and had a great sense of humor. If she chose to be in a particularly good mood she'd nip Joy gently behind the knees just for fun as they left for their hike. Sadly six months after adoption, she was diagnosed with an inoperable advanced Sarcoma and the choice was clear. Joy agreed it was time to send her to doggy heaven.
6/2/2011 Misty was a tiny dog with a lot of love to give. Thank you to the Torres family for giving her a loving home for the last nine months of her life. Misty passed away in her sleep.
3/18/2011 Iggy, you were an amazing dog. Coming to us from the Lancaster Animal Shelter in such horrible condition. You beat so many odds over and over again and won the hearts of everyone who met you. You were the "comeback kid." In the short time you were with us and then with your new family you learned to live life to the fullest and loved the good life.
We are so glad you got to experience so much love by all the humans in your life and that you were also loved by the pack of hounds that brought you into their family as well. You will never be forgotten.
2/28/2011 Lucy Lemon was the sweetest, most loving dog anyone could hope for. She was adopted in May 2010 by a couple who adored her. She spent nine months being pampered and loved before she passed away suddenly. Thank you to the Cambridges for taking such good care of her. Lucy, you will be missed.
2/24/2011 Corina was found on Laureles Grade. Presumably abandoned. She did her stray time at Monterey County Animal Services and no one came for her. It was our intention to get her a check up, make sure she was healthy and feeling good, get her into a foster home, and let her have some pampered golden years months or weeks - whatever it would be.
Unfortunately, the first night in our care, at the vet clinic, Corina collapsed, could not stand and the vet said that she was in pain and suffering and we should let her go. Corina, we are so sorry we could not do more for you. You deserved more.
2/23/2011 Delilah was the sweetest little dog. She came to us with multiple health problems, but still was able to find a loving home. She was pure love and she was lucky enough to get that in return from her two moms, Wendy and Valerie. Sadly, Delilah's little body gave out and she passed away, curled up in her sleep. She was taken too soon, had a life that was harder than it should have been, but we hope that the unconditional love she experienced in her last months made up for all the past neglect. You will be missed and will never be forgotten.
12/6/2010 Minnie, just a 5 pound little bundle of love, had been a stray, and came to us from the County shelter after two months of being overlooked for a permanent home. She was very timid, but wanted to be loved. She would hop around as if to say “pick me up”, then when approached by her foster mom, she would run under the kitchen table where she couldn’t be reached, show her teeth in a friendly way -- actually smiling -- as if to say “catch me if you can.” It was her little game.
She was almost immobile at first when taken out for walks, but after a few weeks she trotted along in great style, having realized that going for walks was great fun. She became the leader of the pack!
Unfortunately a tragic accident happened in her foster home. She was accidentally stepped on, and her little 5-lb.body, not able to withstand the weight, was fatally crushed.
Everyone who knew Minnie will miss her. Minnie was a big personality in a tiny little body. We are so sorry that she will not have a chance to find her forever home to live the loved and pampered life she deserved. Minnie touched many hearts and we will never forget her.
10/29/2010 Suzie captured the hearts of everyone who met her. She was a 13 year old Pekingese who came to us from a 91 year old woman who could no longer care for her. Suzie had been diagnosed with a bladder tumor, and her prognosis was not good. In her POMDR foster home, her symptoms showed improvement with medication, and the belief was that Suzie could live for another 3-6 months.
Even with this tough diagnosis, Suzie found a permanent home after Susan K. Lee, of San Luis Obispo, saw her on our website. . Right away, she became a beloved family member as a sibling to two male Pekingese who accepted her as their sister from the start. Suzie had two wonderful weeks being adored and doted on. She was feeling great, and we were all hopeful for her future.
Sadly, Suzie became very uncomfortable and was unable to urinate. The tumor had grown and surgery was not an option. Today, Susan made the heart wrenching decision to let Suzie go. She went peacefully curled up in her arms. Susan kept petting her, kissing her and telling her what a good girl she was, how much she was loved by the whole little pack, and how much her first mom had loved her. Rest in peace, Suzie.
10/29/2010 Everyone was rooting for Bruno. He was a 14 year old Black Lab who had lived outside his entire life. His people moved away and could not take Bruno with them. Neighbors contacted POMDR about his situation, and we were making arrangements for Bruno to go to a foster home. Then the neighbors found out he had heartworm and other complications that would make a very difficult future for Bruno. They made the very difficult, but loving decision to have him euthanized. He was just barely a POMDR dog, but his story, happy face and soulful eyes touched our hearts. He will be remembered.
10/19/2010 Jake was a funny faced Boxer who loved everybody he met - people, dogs, cats. He was finally caught by a good Samaritan after running loose in the streets for several days. At the shelter, he did not put his best foot forward and was deemed "unadoptable." We took a chance on Jake, and he turned out to be a loving dog under that tough street facade. He went on a big adventure flying to Mississippi where his permanent home was waiting for him. He lived three wonderful months with his new family until a horrific act took his life. Jake was found dead, shot in the head near his home. Jake, you deserved so much better. You will not be forgotten.
9/24/2010 Leo was left in the anonymous night drop box at the County Animal Shelter. He was a sweet dog, with a terrible skin problem and untreated ear infections. We got him to a vet clinic to begin treatment and get him ready for adoption. Sadly, about a week later, we found out he was bleeding internally and had an inoperable prostate tumor. We wanted to do so much more for him. We wanted him to get well and go to the adoptive home that was eagerly waiting for him, but it was not to be. We had to say good bye to this sweet boy. We hope he knows he was loved, even though we did not have the chance to get to know him well.
8/24/2010 Lily came to us from Monterey County Animal Services as a shy, scared, sickly little dog. The shelter staff wondered why we would take her. We even wondered ourselves if it was the right thing to do. But we knew we had to at least have her examined by a vet to see what was going on and if there was some quality of life left for her. With some TLC, proper nutrition and vet care, Lily's health improved. The day she went to her foster home, her foster mom took her to buy a harness and met a woman who fell in love with her at first sight and ended up adopting her.
Lily and Mary had six beautiful months together. They felt like they had been together many lifetimes. Everyone who met Lily commented on what a special dog she was. She had a calm, wise, quiet presence which brought light and love in her own gentle way to each soul that connected with her. Lily was the embodiment of peace and serenity. When it was time to go, it was with dignity and no regrets. Thank you Lily and Mary for sharing your special relationship with us.
8/23/2010 Molly came to us when her senior guardian could no longer care for her due to a move to an out-of-state senior residence. Molly was a sweet, beautiful dog, but due to her age we were concerned about the stress of transitioning to a new home after 14 1/2 years with the same person. We were determined to find her that new home though and give her the best rest of her life she could have. The day before we brought Molly into our program she collapsed, became lethargic and had trouble walking. To her guardian's surprise and relief, we still brought her into our program hoping to do whatever we could for her, medically, to get her ready for adoption. Sadly, we found out that Molly had cancer throughout her lungs and internal organs. Our vet recommended that euthanasia was the kindest option for her. Good-bye Molly. We believe you made your choice and moving to a new home was not in your plans.
8/11/2010 Sweet little Kramer. You came to us a matted mess. Under a bundle of unkempt fur emerged the most darling looking tea cup poodle with a personality to match. You blossomed into a happy little dog. Very playful and curious. Everyone who met you delighted in your gentle, loving spirit. We are so sorry for the tragedy of your death. It is not fair that you were neglected after adoption even after our careful placement of you into what seemed like the perfect, loving home. We will always remember you Kramer. Rest in peace.
7/2/2010 Alex was our 18th intake. Read his story on our Adoption Stories page. Alex had a wonderful life with his adoptive family and lived life to the fullest right up until the day he died. We received this email from his mom on July 1 "We absolutely love Alex. He is a very good boy. Since you've seen him last he has gotten much stronger. No skinny
bones for him. His fur is absolutely gorgeous. It's funny, but most people think he is a puppy and are shocked when I tell them he's 16.5! I was walking him in the fores
the other day. He was dilly dallying as usual. Sniffing here peeing there - just being a boy. Then a family came by......he took off at a trot after them. He was really booking! He is quite charming. I've attached a few pictures of a recent trip we took to the mountains."
The very next morning, we got this email, "Mr. Alex died peacefully in his sleep this morning on his 16 1/2 birthday. We miss him so much! He was the best dog. Thanks you so much for saving him so he could be part of our lives."
Alex touched the hearts of everyone who met him or read about him. He will be missed and will always be remembered.
6/29/2010 We were all rooting for Porter. Porter lived his life with a couple in a rural area in South Monterey County. He enjoyed being outside, carrying around his blanket and pillow and snoozing in his custom-made doggie condo. When the husband passed away, the wife was unable to keep up on the mortgage payments and the house was foreclosed. She had to move off the property and did not know where she would go let alone take along a 150 pound dog as well. Three POMDR volunteers met Porter and transported him to a foster home. He had never been in a vehicle before and was very shy with new people. We were working to socialize Porter, and he began trusting new people and walking on leash. Everyone who met him fell in love with this gentle giant.
Sadly, Porter developed bloat. He was rushed to the vet for emergency surgery. During surgery the vets found a mass on his spleen as well as a twisted stomach. Prognosis for Porter's recovery was poor. The vets believed it was more humane to let Porter go then attempt the surgeries and wake Porter to a difficult and painful recovery with a poor chance of survival.
We all wanted a much better ending for Porter. We hope he knows he touched our hearts and he will be remembered.
6/3/2010 Sweet little Grace came to us from the Salinas Animal Shelter. They estimated her age at 9 years. She had several health issues that the shelter vet noted when she examined her. POMDR was asked to take her into our care. Unfortunately, when we got Grace to our vet, we found out she had advanced, untreatable, Lymphoma. She was in pain and not well so we had to let her go. We are sorry we couldn't do more for her.
4/13/2010 Precious Jake passed away at 13 years old. We only had this sweet boy in our care for a few weeks but everyone that met him fell in love with his calm, gentle personality and his irresistible big brown eyes. Jake was the Belle of the Ball at the Good Old Days Celebration on Saturday April 10, 2010, just three days before his passing. He was eager to meet every dog and human that passed our booth. He soaked up the attention and pets and kisses from children of all sizes and had a wonderful time. We like to think this was his last hurrah and that he had a great day being loved and admired.
Jake spent the first half of his life as a companion to an elderly woman until her passing. At that point, he ended up at the Los Banos Animal Shelter where he was adopted by yet another senior. He was her devoted and loving companion for the last six years. When she became ill with Alzheimers his devotion to her only increased. Sadly, she was unable to care for him anymore and the caregivers in the house around his "mom" began to make him nervous and upset.
On April 13, Jake had a massive seizure and was bleeding internally. We found out he had a large, painful mass in his abdomen. Jake was suffering and we had to let him go.
Thank you to everyone who showered Jake with affection and caring in the short time we had him.
11/12/2009 Mavis was one of our first rescues. She was picked up as a stray and arrived at Salinas Animal Services on November 3, 2009. She was a sweet little old lady dog wandering the streets alone with a bulging eye that needed to be removed. She spent 5 days at the shelter waiting for her guardian to find her and take her home. No one came for her.
The shelter contacted Peace of Mind to see if we could take her in. On November 12 she finally got to leave the shelter and go to her foster home. After only a few hours in her foster home, she gave out a little cry and left this life. Mavis' story reminds us of all the dogs in need and of the dogs that never make it out of the shelter. We are grateful that she got to spend a few hours in a home being loved and fussed over and did not die alone in a cage.
From her foster mom:
November, 12, 2009
Poor little Mavis, said to be a 12-year old dachshund stray, ended up at the county shelter. Her right eye was bulging and pretty much clouded over. Her little back legs were wobbly, especially the right one which seemed almost to be dislocated.
As part of the charter of a newly formed organization, Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, we take senior dogs from the shelters and foster them for as long as it takes to find them a forever home.
Upon committing to fostering her, I picked Mavis up after she was brought to the Animal Friends Adoption Center last evening at about 4:30. She had been barking at the Center, I was told, and some of the volunteers had sat with her and comforted her during the afternoon.
I planned to take her for a walk with Lover Boy and Annie when I got home, knowing that the walk would be unusually slow to accommodate her seniority. I carried her to the garden area where she wobbled over to some overgrowth and plopped down, just looking at me. So I carried her to the grassy back yard, set her down, and she, again, just sat and looked at me. All the while, she was breathing heavy from her mouth and her little sides were expanding and compressing as if she had run a marathon.
So I took her indoors to the kitchen and provided a doggy bed for her. She got in and got out of it, tried walking about the kitchen, only going a step or two at a time, before plopping down, panting. Bob and I were really watching her, questioning how she could ever undergo surgery next Tuesday to have her eye removed. She actually stayed by my feet while I was preparing dinner, as if I’d always been her mom. I fixed her a yummy meal which she had no interest in.
She started moving about, stopping, staring straight at a wall. I told Bob that I thought she probably had dementia -- I’ve heard that senior dogs, like people, get dementia and exhibit similar behavior. I don’t know if she was deaf, but she did not respond to our voices at all.
Then, as we were watching her, talking about her, she sat down, she whimpered, and then fell over. We both moved to the floor on either side of her -- I thought she was having a seizure. We laid our hands on her, tried to calm her, to comfort her. She laid still, gasped a few last breaths, and stopped breathing.
All this happened within about two hours. Seemingly, not long enough to fall in love with her, but I know that I did. And the sadness is so great. I realize that it’s a lot because of her sad situation; living to an old age -- I really think she was much older than 12 -- being lost (?) by or turned out by people who should have taken care of her forever, ending up in a shelter. I am thankful to have been with her, even if only a few hours, before she passed. I really believe she felt the love.
The sadness is also because I know that there are so many others suffering in the same way and feeling a futility of not being able to help every one of them.
Say prayers for Mavis and all the others like her.