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Remembering Cruz

 

 

It is with the deepest sadness that I share with you the passing of Cruz.  He was part of the Fabulous 5 Pack, plus one.  The Fabulous 5 were the best dogs I could ever had wished for.  They helped train all my foster dogs and Cruz became the plus 1 when I tried to adopt him out twice and he was returned twice in less than 24 hours.  He proved the be the greatest challenge to the Fab 5 and he was their greatest triumph.  I guess you can say that Cruz chose us and wanted to stay and be a part of the Pack.

 

Cruz had been struggling with problems with his back legs for 2 years.  He had bad hip dysplasia when I got him, over 8 years ago, but DM had taken over in the last 5 months.  He needed help going up and down steps and then he needed help getting up. He was having terrible allergies and was treated 3 days ago with a new auto-immune booster drug that seemed to work well but he was still uncomfortable.  You could tell there was something more going on.  Then he wouldn’t eat, even his most favorite cooked foods.  He never stopped panting and his huge body would heave up and down and he would almost shake.  It hurt to watch him breath.  In just 2 days he stopped eating and wouldn’t get up to go outside.  I could see in his eyes it was time.  I couldn’t watch him suffer any longer.  I wanted him to be out of pain.

So today at 10:30 he peacefully went to sleep and finally the pain went away.  I cannot believe how much we miss him.  Everyone seems lost.  He was such a presence in our house, the anchor, the ever present presence that made our house seem like a home.  In his last few years Cruz became a real huggable love.  No one could resist petting or snuggling him.  And he loved that.  The most difficult dog I had ever encountered had turned into an amazing dog.  He truly became a gentle giant.  You couldn’t walk down the street without people stopping to say how magnificent he was.  He truly was a one in a million dog.

 

Now Cruz has gone over the Rainbow Bridge and has joined the Fabulous 5, where it all began.  The circle of life is complete.  I look up at the moon each night and think of my Fab 5 and now I will think of Cruz, too.  I tell them I miss them and love them and I will be with them soon.  But first I have more GSDs to save.  

 

Please give your loves ones a hug and tell them how much you love them.  It can happen so fast and those memories you make will last a life time.

 

 

Rest in Peace, beautiful baby boy.  My heart is broken……

Donna J.

 

 

Max, Cruz, Sable, Dutch, Rolphy, Valentine

 

 

In memory of Cruz

Terri Gerlich

 

 

 McFly

 

 

We’d like to welcome McFly to our Shepherds Hope family.  McFly has had a very sad start to his young life. His father locked him in a tiny crate and put him in a closet and then shot himself. Five days later Mc was found in the closet beyond traumatized.

 

After 2 weeks in the shelter the staff decided that he could only be taken by rescue or put down. We just had to take him and give him a chance.

Here’s Mc on his ride home, a bit confused and sad but glad he is going to a home. At 1 1/2 years old and only 41 lbs. he is very emaciated so we are feeding him special food and small meals.

Next stop the vet for a full medical check up and another bath.

We’ll keep you posted on his progress. Despite everything Mc has been through, he is very sweet and wants to trust and love again. Baby steps. 

 

 

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