Photos of our dogs who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge
Hanson was surrendered to us in March 2017. He was in very bad health with congestive heart failure. His heart was significantly enlarged. The vet was concerned that Hanson would not live long. We were determined to make his time with us the best he could have! Hanson spent a majority of his time snuggled in a dog bed in front of an (electronic) fireplace. He mostly kept to himself but when he wanted to play, he played! He would race around the living room chasing his foster siblings. When his foster mom was riding her exercise bike, Hanson would sit where her feet would rub him. He was a character for sure, full of personality! We called him “the cleanup crew” because when he was around, there was no evidence of food left! Hanson’s heart finally gave out on him in June 2018. He lived with us for 15 months, much longer than expected! We were blessed to have this “old man” with us!!
Gigi was turned into the Lufkin shelter who contacted us. We suspect that she was bred then dumped at the shelter when she was no longer needed. Gigi was high heart worm positive. We started the standard injectable method for treating heart worms. She did fine with the first injection. Several days after the second injection, Gigi started having problems breathing. Of course it was 9 PM on a Friday night. We rushed Gigi to the emergency clinic. They put her in an oxygen chamber and started treatment. They suspected that she had a clot in her lungs (pulmonary embolism). I received a phone call in the middle of the night that Gigi was not doing well and I needed to make a decision. I went back to Gulf Coast and spent the last minutes of Gigi’s life with her. She was only with us for a short time but she knew love. Gigi passed away in February 2017.
Toby was surrendered to us after his owner passed away. Toby lived in a home with a smoker that apparently smoked A LOT. It wasn’t long before Toby was diagnosed with COPD. He had a chronic cough but that didn’t stop him from having fun. Toby’s favorite thing to do was to lay on the covered patio and soak up some fresh air. Sometimes he would go explore the yard and get a little exercise in. That’s where he took his final breath. He laid down on the patio and passed away peacefully on his terms, in his favorite spot, October 2016.
Rudy was our very first owner surrendered dog. Our Director drove 5 hours round trip to pick him up. Rudy was fat and happy while he lived in his foster home. His favorite thing to do was eat! Rudy knew when it was breakfast or dinner time. He would stand at the gate while Foster Mom was getting the bowls ready. Sometimes, he would jump up and down like a pogo stick. This was a feat as Rudy was overweight! Rudy was 12 years old when he was surrendered to us. He was 14, almost 15, when he crossed the rainbow bridge in April 2016. Rudy will be most known for his gas issues.
Cami lived her life breeding dogs and making money for someone who seriously mistreated her. She found herself at a shelter in a small parish in Louisiana. The wonderful shelter volunteers contacted us and drove Cami to us! Cami was in poor shape and was heartw orm positive. It took awhile for her to learn to be the dog she was meant to be. What a joy it was to watch her transformation! Sadly, Cami passed away from congestive heart failure in April 2014 just 6 months after coming to live with us. We have no doubt that those few months were the best of Cami’s life!
Wolfie somehow wound up in a shelter in San Antonio, TX. He was lucky enough to be adopted! Unfortunately, his owner fell on hard times and was no longer able to care for him. We knew by the looks of him that he wasn’t a Chinese Crested but he was hairless so we agreed to take him. Wolfie was diganosed with Cushings Disease which explained his hair loss. He lived with us for about 6 months before he crossed the Rainbow Bridge in June 2015.
Lil Bit was purchased from a breeder but was obviously a very sick little boy. His owner couldn’t care for him so we took him in. Initially he was being treated for a GI tract infection. The doctor did an ultrasound and discovered that Lil Bit had renal dysplasia. He was born with malformed kidneys. He was given a life expectancy of about a year to a year and a half. Lil Bit made the most of his time here on earth! He enjoyed sunbathing and feeling the breeze on a sunny day. Lil Bit’s system started shutting down and toxins were over taking his body. We helped Lil Bit cross the Rainbow Bridge in January 2016. He lived 3 years longer than expected!