On behalf of the staff at Heart With Wings, we are honored to pay respect to our beloved animal friends who have passed.
Our beautiful 14 year old hound-collie cross, Sasha, walked over rainbow bridge last week, on November 6th. Our hearts are still mending from loosing our loyal and gentle protector. I adopted Sasha when I was in university at a difficult time in my life. She carried me through some difficult years, and was with me in the joyous ones too when we got married, moved, and had our three babies. She was always so very good with our three growing children and I will never forget how she would lay beside each of them when they were just babies. She was never far, and even in her last days she still followed us around the house making sure everyone was accounted for. Sasha, we expect you to walk around the corner or up the stairs looking for us. We miss you dearly, girl.
Thank you to Dr Coulter for ensuring her passing was peaceful and that she passed with dignity. She went to sleep eating treats from my hands under the sun in our backyard.
Doug & Helena Vanderby
Late into her 22nd year on September 28, 2020, Fritz crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.
Fritz gave us so much love and adventure and truly found her way into our hearts – she will be deeply missed.
Fritz was a very unique feline – loving, loyal, intelligent and yet fiercely independent – she took no crap from anyone or anything. Most likely a result of being a very young kitten living on the fox inhabited streets of her first hood. There, she was never approachable, it became a challenge for me, to earn her trust. Eventually the trust came, especially during the January/ February months during freezing cold snaps. She would respond to my whistle come to the door and I would bring her into the basement at night, feed her and then let her out in the morning on the way to work – we had a great routine going. Her future mom, who at the time was not a pet person, had no idea….
Eventually, Fritz moved in and to say the least, it’s never been the same since.
She became family.
Fritz always greeted us at the door with a meow, no matter what time we were coming home.
She had a special relationship with her mom – she was her first pet: They loved each very much. Many times, Fritz would gently use her paw along her mom’s face to wake her.
She show unconditional love towards us and we towards her.
Fritz knew her time had come and could not have crossed the Rainbow Bridge in a more loving peaceful way. Her last day was filled with love from her Mom and Dad. She was in our arms at one of her favorite spots, on the dock under a warm bright blue sky.
A special thank you to Dr. Laura and Autumn for their empathy, compassion and professionalism during this time. We could not have asked for a better team during this time. And to let you know, Fritz thanks you – the last place she wanted to be was at a Vet Clinic…..
Bonnie, JC and Nicholas Arenes
Our Master teacher, heart opener, entertainer and inspiration. Always loved and memories cherished.
This girl loved to be groomed. She would also pose for the camera. She eagerly awaited the next dog show and jumped to get into the truck to go to wherever we would travel next. She enjoyed the travel and camping at various venues, not to mention the extra treats along the way. She quickly earned her Canadian Championship in addition to her Canine Good Neighbour Certificate. After her show career, Voo Doo became a Mom. She gave us two beautiful puppies and she was an excellent Mom. They too, have followed in her footsteps and became Canadian Champions. Voo Doo was excellent at magic! Without formal training, she proved to be an excellent therapy dog. Her natural instincts and knowing ways brought smiles to many seniors living in retirement and long-term care facilities. When Voo Doo was not performing her magic, she loved the outdoors, enjoyed sunbathing on the deck, relaxing by the pool, and cuddling on the couch to watch a movie. She has taken with her a big chunk of our hearts but has left us with so many wonderful memories. Our sincerest thanks to Dr. Laura and Autumn for helping our girl and supporting us through this most difficult time. Rest in peace Voo Doo. We’ll see you at the Rainbow Bridge.
Love Dad, Mom, Jeff, Sarah and Your Collie Kids
Brad and Mary Anne E.
Here is a photo of our wonderful Bear on his last day with Brad – enjoying a canoe ride!
Ian and Barb Sinclair
Kiefer was the dog we were never suppose to have!
After spending three days visiting the kennel, we were focusing on his brother, however on each visit he was relentless in trying to get our attention. His warm loveable manor became unavoidable to notice and he sealed the deal when he climbed up on my knee and put his head into my neck ❤ hence began the 13 years of the greatest journey of joy one could ever hope for.
From puppyhood till around four years, I should refrain from saying “Joy.”…you couldn’t leave food on the counter, it would be gone when you returned … he had a special attraction for shoes, especially if they belonged to a visitor (new smells).
He received a sister giant schnauzer when he was 2 years and became the best brother/teacher to what evolved into a very beautiful close relationship. He taught us all a lot on multiple levels.
We Miss you so very much Special Boy, we still expect to see you run around the corner with you favourite ball in your mouth. Jumping on the sofa giving you special hugs and kisses, all along thinking you were a lap dog. You have left a massive foot print on our hearts and a large void in our lives, your memory is a blessing we will always have! Thank you for choosing Us 💕
On the day he walked across the “Rainbow Bridge”, he ran in the meadow, greeted Dr. Coulter and Autumn with a wagging tail and thanked them for the gift of bring four tires for him to smell.
WE are extremely appreciative for all the professional assistance and guidance given by Dr. Coulter and Autumn….Thank You
With forever Love
Dad (Ian), Mom (Barb), Sister (Gemma)
Robin and Paul Crowder, and Family
Dingo, the well travelled, and even better loved…
While posting pet rescue messages in attempt to move innocent victims of human indifference (and far worse evils) I discovered an image of a soulful boy in an Atlanta, Georgia kill shelter who had reached his “put to sleep” date. His colours were different, but his size and markings were those of our girl Tequila.
This particular image reached into my heart so strongly, I knew immediately I had to personally save him.
I had him pulled to a foster care provider, who gave him safe haven and a wonderful place to await my transport arrangements.
This was no easy task. I didn’t possess a passport at the time and none of my trucker friends’ routes came anywhere near Atlanta. The foster and I communicated and I spoke with Dingo over the phone to familiarize him with my voice.
I tried contacting relay drivers, but they were few and far between back then in 2011.
My search was running out of avenues, looking bleak and I was on the verge of resigning myself to losing the chance to save this dog.
At the time I had met a family through involvement in the committee for the inaugural Innisfil Celtic Festival. This wonderful family offered to reroute their return from a Florida vacation and picked Dingo up for me. An unknown dog in a minivan with their children on a very long journey. Who ever would have imagined such a kindness ? One of the greatest gifts of my life. We remain friends to this day.
Dingo’s foster and I maintained a friendship and still talk today, with news of Dingo’s life with us. Our boy made a lasting impression on the hearts of all he encountered.
Dingo arrived in Innisfil and into our home, on St. Patrick’s Day 2012. How fitting for a ginger haired pup. We used the date as his “BIRTH(with us)DAY”. His age was estimated as senior at the time, but this mainly due to the abuses he had suffered at the hands of evil. His teeth were ruined from chewing on cage or chain. Looking into his eyes and judging by his fitness level, though, I think he was 5 or 6. Dingo’s breed even a mystery… Speculated to be a Collie /Lab mix. I suspect Collie /American based on some physical traits. The demeanour of a saint. But his trust issues were no surprise.
Terrified of the dark, stairs, and stormy weather; Dingo would also not enter the bathroom or let anyone touch his paws to clip. During his first few days with us, he had to be coaxed away from the patio door, after days spent only there with the 101 Dalmatians towel he arrived with as his one treasured security item. We still have that holey, well loved towel.
Every single meal had to be coaxed into this poor sweet boy, even right up to present, where funny little rituals and phrases needed performed in order for him to start eating.
In the first days Dingo had an extra aversion to males and older children. We suspected his abusers had been these. But he grew to love Paul and our kids and grandkids very much. Even in our short time with our crazy, over-exuberant Lily, Dingo was a stern fathering figure. Tequila pestered him to play at first, but they settled into an old canine married couple routine.
Those two became inseparable, often sleeping hind to hind on the living room floor or on the dog beds in the kitchen and bedroom… Yes multiple beds… Spoiled. And deservedly so.
When one went out the other wanted out too. One barked, the other chimed in, not even necessarily knowing why. Just supportive vocalization.
Years of love and patience drew out his trust and his sweet personality; he didn’t know how to play (even afraid of some toys) but eventually he decided he liked chewing sticks from the yard.
Dingo made our lives more beautiful for having the privilege of homing him with us. He was so visibly appreciative of every little treat and luxury. He graced our lives for 8 1/2 wonderful years.
Yesterday Dingo crossed the Bridge to reunite with Lily, 6 years plus one day after she departed. I’d like to think he’ll have the energy to keep up with her now.
Until we meet again my beautiful Big Ginger Boy. I love you always…
John, Tammy, Ashleigh MacDonald
Princess was our rescue dog. She was a surprise to our daughter Ashleigh as an early Christmas gift. When we went to see all the dogs available for adoption, she was the one that cowered in the back corner of her cage while all the others jumped & yelped to be seen. John instantly fell in love with her & that was the beginning of our (almost) 16 years together.
Run free Princess. Go find Midnight & reunite with her.
Thank you so much to Dr. Coulter & her assistant, Autumn for the kindness they showed us during Princess’s last moments. You made the process so much less painful than we expected. You truly do care about the feelings of all those involved. Thank you from all of us, John, Tammy, Ashleigh (Penny, Aria, & Sadie – the other pet children).
Alison & Jeff Williams
Floyd was a gentle true spirit and a force of nature all in one. His passion was frisbee and he could play for hours. Always a cattle dog he would have your back and make sure all was safe at home and away. His main concern was that the pack was together. He was always up for new adventures and loved every season and every activity… swimming, hiking, snowshoeing, canoeing, going for ice cream or just being still and enjoying the natural surroundings with us.
The service that Dr. Laura and Heart With Wings offered was wonderful. Floyd had an amazing life and when he was ready we were able to let him go in a compassionate and loving way. He was at home, outside and peaceful. Goodbye to our handsome boy and thank you for your love and loyalty. May the universe experience your energy as we did.
Jason & Teri Wardrope
Zoey was just the most devoted dog to her humans. She was a daddy’s girl for sure but was mommy and the kids protector always. She loved to play ball, she loved walks, she loved helping to shovel the driveway to play in the snow and catch snowballs. Zoey loved to lay out in the rain on rainy days and smell the smell of the storms.
Zoey was definitely loved by all who knew her. You couldn’t help but laugh at her she had an amazing personality. This girl was as loyal as they come we couldn’t have asked for a better dog. Even through the last few years of her struggle to get up and down of the floor or the stairs she remained loyal and determined and loved with all she had, we all remained her number one priority, she continued to follow her daddy around everywhere and was still trying to protect the rest of us and make sure we were safe. Right to the end she never gave up and never complained.
We would like to thank Dr.Laura and Autumn for their wonderful service. Our Zoey’s day was one of peace and calm for her thanks to their compassion it was stress free for her and that was so important for us as her family.
Goodbye sweet girl, you will always be in our hearts and we will forever love you.
Love, mommy, daddy, the kids and your fur siblings
Sandra & Danny Kendell
Hailey was my therapy dog. She was always happy and had a zest for life that was contagious. Hailey got me through many hard times in life; from the loss of my husband to radiation treatments. There was no time to be down or sad, life was an adventure and she wanted us to live each and every one. Her love of life was infectious and everyone who met her loved her and she always made them smile! Hailey absolutely loved people. She wanted to greet every single person who crossed our path!
Life was for living, and that’s what we did! We had so many adventures. She was my co-pilot on our trips to the States, we played fetch for hours-that was her favorite thing! We took hikes in the woods enjoying the beauty of nature and she absolutely loved to swim. She was a shining star, a beacon of love; but she also had her goofy and silly side too!
Toward the end we lovingly helped that heart of gold get up and down the steps and we walked much slower on the walks; letting her lead the way.
With the help of Dr. Laura and Autumn we gave her a beautiful transition she so deserved in her backyard with peace and dignity and love!
A heart of gold stopped today;
We helped her on her way, If it had been up to her, She would have never went away!
Thank-you Hailey for all your love! You are forever etched upon our hearts! All my love my Golden Girl is sent with you this day!
Sadly missed by all the hearts you touched and especially missed by Mommy (Sandy) and Daddy (Danny)❤
Amber & Dan Leal
Reufus was the absolute best partner in crime. He was our first baby together. He was easy to train, a fantastic demeanor, and always protected all of our kids like no one’s business! He handled the introduction of Dozer like a true wise old Senior. Up until the end, he remained my unrelenting buddy that would sneak his head under any unsuspecting hand for a pet. We miss you terribly my love. What an amazing service Heart With Wings offers. He was so at home on his farm, with his family – eating treats and getting love.