On behalf of the staff at Heart With Wings, we are honored to pay respect to our beloved animal friends who have passed.
John & Rhonda Almond
In Loving Memory of our beloved Riley
You came into our lives and our family 7 years ago and forever changed it. You brought us great joy and happiness as you grew from a puppy to a cherished member of our family. We were blessed to have you as a part of our family. You loved everyone unconditionally. You were such a great character and were joyously intertwined in all aspects of our lives.
We are going to miss the greetings and hugs when we come home, the walks, the snuggles, and the wet kisses you gave so generously. Even though you barked at everyone who tried to leave the house, we knew you were just trying to keep the “pack” together. Camping trips and special occasions will never be the same without you.
We lost you way too soon, but we were so blessed to have you in our lives. There will always be a huge hole in our hearts and an emptiness in our home now that you are gone. But, we know you are in a better place now with no pain and suffering and that you are doing all your favorite things like chasing rabbits, playing ball, and eating anything you want.
When the time comes, we know that you will be waiting at the Rainbow Bridge, and we will be together again.
Love you forever, John, Rhonda, Meghan, and Melanie
Jan & Murray Laraman
We said goodbye to our two beautiful boys today. Stewie, so fun and loving. Cody, the sweetest, most gentle old soul. For almost 14 years, we adored you both. You grew up together, brothers in bond and spirit, and today, you left this world together to be free from suffering and pain.
We are grateful for the gentle and compassionate care received from Emily and Dr. Laura. We are so grateful for this in-home service, giving our boys stressless dignity, in their own home, in their final moments. Rest In Peace, my beautiful boys, and know you both will always be so deeply missed and deeply loved. You’ll be forever in our hearts. ❤🐾❤
Doreen and Debbie Magerman
Toaster’s balancing act. It is with broken hearts and profound sadness that we bid farewell to our beloved Toaster. We marked her 13th birthday in March, and today, she left us as gently as she came into our world.
As the last line of 7 generations of Goldens of my own breeding or co-breeding, she was clearly the most beautiful but the bossiest. You couldn’t put anything past her; she was always watching and trying to supervise everything that went on around here. At the same time, she was easy to live with; she was well-mannered, happy to welcome guests, great with kids and strangers, and a pleasure to travel with. She greeted every visitor silently, ball in mouth and tail a’ wagging ready for a game. She was a gardening companion to Debbie, a teacher to our young Lab Bridge, and a loyal companion to me. I took such pride in her work as a “sniffer dog,” even though we didn’t take up the sport until after her 10th birthday. We enjoyed working together, and I believe the mental stimulation contributed to her well-being and longevity.
Throughout her life, we were asked the meaning behind a name she came by so honestly; when on her best behavior, we would Toast’s when she was naughty, she was Toast, all the while resembling the color of toast.
She sailed through 8 weeks of chemo administered at OVC at Guelph after being diagnosed with a deadly mast cell tumor in early 2020. With that began the regular travel for treatment and subsequent follow-ups. Her bravery and happy disposition earned her many friends in the oncology department, where the vets and techs all knew her and looked forward to her visits. In the end, thanks to their amazing care, it wasn’t cancer that dealt the final blow but deteriorating mobility and degenerative muscle weakness.
She passed at home with dignity and surrounded by love. There will never be another like her, and the void left is huge.
Molson was the kindest, most gentle of souls, always asking for a helping hand or permission before he pushed through an open door or hopped up onto the bed. He was happiest outdoors – swimming off the dock at the cottage in the summer and hiking at the ski hill in the winter. Molson adored his human pack, and we loved him terribly, as did everyone else who was fortunate enough to meet him (and forced into scratching his bum as he stood in between their legs). Molson peacefully ‘went out on a high’ on August 13, in his happiest place and surrounded by his family after a week of indulgence in doggy and human treats alike. We are hugely grateful to his veterinarians at home and at the cottage, who cared for him for thirteen years. We extend our deepest gratitude to the team at the OVC in Guelph and to Dr. Erin and Alison at Heart with Wings in Barrie for their compassion and kindness during Molson’s final months with us. Our ‘sweet boy’ will be missed beyond words.
It is with great sadness that we have brought our “Arlo” to crossing the bridge…today.
Arlo was the first boy of a litter of six and had the biggest heart and floppy ears.
Arlo was greeted by his his new family, including other furry friends and our beloved golden retriever,
“Archie”, (who passed in 2018).
Arlo was just as heart broken as the family was, when Archie left us.
He loved Archie and they were inseparable, from the moment they met.
Walks/swims/meals/cars rides/playing in the snow, and simply just relaxing together and enjoying asking for treats and
watching friends and family play guitar and jam together, as well as watching the Blue Jays and hockey and movies with their human parents.
As we mourned…Arlo also mourned the passing of his buddy and it left a mark on his heart and he pined and longed for his friend for several weeks.
Arlo soon had another new buddy, “George”, our adopted Goldie and he soon appreciated his new buddy..but certainly missed Archie.
Arlo had plenty of energy and a beautiful calm disposition..except when he wanted to go for a walk…than he became..
Arlo loved playing catch with his orange ball and lacrosse stick. He would carry his ball for nearly 2 hours on a walk. In the winter, he would fight his buddy, Georgie for the largest stick.
Arlo loved Rockin Roll, especially out on the fresh cut grass/ parks and piles of snow.
Arlo was our heart…our connection to Archie..our beautiful boy with a perpetual puppy face and when he looked at you, your heart melted.
Arlo has given us so much love over the years and always made the worst days a lot brighter, just with his presence and unconditional love….
Arlo is at peace and running and playing with his buddy , Archie..
No more suffering…
It’s ok Arlo..we will continue to love you…and feel your presence.
We will cherish all the moments ..
even the barking and wanting extra treats and taking up the
entire bed and your big bear pars..when you want to talk…
You were one of a kind..
There will never be another Arlo
Rest in Paradise.. puppy
We love you this much…….arms wide open…..and with our whole hearts…FOREVER……….xoxoxoxox
Justin, Tara, Alyssa, & Dave
At 16 years old, Jet has remained a faithful and loving family member through the ages! He was with us through the good and bad days of life and was always a wonderful confidant and secret keeper. As stubborn as they come, he filled our lives and hearts with love every day. Surrounded by people who love him, spoiled with steak and tasty treats, we said goodbye to him on a warm summer day – sun shining, birds chirping, under the shade of a big maple tree in his own backyard. We miss him deeply and know he waits for us in a better place. We love you, Jetter Pooh Bear!
We want to thank Dr. Erin for the level of care she sincerely offered Jet in his final moments and for the deep compassion, she offered to us on our hardest of days. It was a beautiful, calm, and dignified passing for a loyal family member who meant so much to us all. Thank you, Dr. Erin, for helping us guide Jet to his next great adventure.
Sarah & Jill W.
Once again my family & I had to say farewell in Jun. 22nd, 2021 to a best friend, our beloved boy Magnus, brother of Miracle who we just bid goodbye to in Feb. 2021. They were the closest of brothers, & Magnus so missed his brother for the last 4 months, perhaps this hastened his decline. Magnus’s love of life was such a joy to us all. He looked forward to visits from the kids, especially his ‘special’ brushes from Andrew. He loved to swim in his younger days at the Lake Salerno cottage, but most recently would joyfully settle for a soak just lying in the shallow waters of Georgian Bay. And car rides, he would perk up his ears and head for the door if the phrase ‘wanna go in the car’ were spoken. He was my best friend & companion on countless road trips & the car is now very empty without him, as is my bed. On his daily walks with his dog walker Roman (another cherished friend), he would visit neighbors along the way. A true lab, he loved his food & enjoyed McDonald’s hamburgers, toast with peanut butter, liver treats & chocolate cupcakes during his final hours! I am devastated at Magnus’s passing but know he is in pain free & up in heaven with Miracle & his ‘Dad’. His ashes will be sprinkled under the memorial maple tree at the cottage, his tag joining the others on the branches. I will miss hearing both of my boys ‘singing’ & Magnus’ s deep bark & tapping toes on the hardwood floors. You were so loyal & loving my ‘big Maggie bear’, & you are already so missed by your Mom. Love to you all, see you one day on the other side!
Sarah & Monica & Ron G.
Dear Marlee & Darwynn,
We had to say goodbye to you one week ago. You were both the most amazing souls. The true meaning of gentle giants. You possess wide smiles, happy tails, sweet spirits, and goofy sides (oh the goofy sides). You both have been fighters and worked hard to stay with us, but after 13 & 11 years (we knew you would be close but never thought this close) respectively, your bodies finally said it was time to rest and that is ok.
And so, we made the decision. The decision that, sooner or later, all of us who give our hearts to a dog will have to make. We wanted to give you the last, most unselfish gift you have to give. As you left this world, we know nothing would be left unsaid or unfinished. We wanted you to understand how completely you have been and were loved.
Every day coming home, waking up, and going to bed, we sat on the floor, hugged you both close, and cried into your necks. You leaned into us and kissed away our tears. Over and over throughout the year, we told you how much we loved you both, how precious you were to us.
We wish you could know – really know – how grateful we are for you, how much you have changed us, how better a person we are because of you. But if we had the opportunity to tell you in words you could understand, where would we start? What would we say?
Thank you for the laughter.
Because of you, there was not a day that went by that we did not laugh. Even in the darkest times, the bleakest moments, you managed to put a smile on our faces. Whether chasing a squirrel or dancing at dinner (Miss Marlee), you both found the fun in every little thing and encouraged us to do the same.
Thank you for perspective.
It’s true, especially I (Mom) sometimes take myself too seriously. I think too much about work and worry about the small stuff… don’t sweat the small stuff. But you had been a constant reminder about what’s truly important. With a gentle paw on our leg, you convinced us to walk outside, feel the sun, and stretch out with you on the grass. Enjoy every moment, you seemed to say, because this moment is all we have and the only one that ever really matters.
Thank you for connection.
As introverts, we found it comforting and comfortable to be alone and love our own company, to shut ourselves away, to avoid idle chitchat. But you, dear dogs, made that impossible. Walking with you was like walking with rock stars. Strangers would want to stop and talk, ask about you, fuss over you, and watching children want to give you hugs was so beautiful. Through you, we had the chance to meet people from various walks of life. Even more than that, you showed us that making friends was far easier than imagined. Apparently, all you must do is smile and wag.
Thank you for being such wise teachers.
We have been lucky to have had some great teachers in our lives. But you are among the best. You taught us the meaning of faith and truest, patience, and hope. Because of you, we set out on a whole new life path, and along the way, learned that we’re capable of more than we ever thought possible.
Thank you for being there.
We’ve had our fair share of ups and downs. Hellos and goodbyes. Life and death. Triumphs, failures, and uncertainties. But what never wavered was you, Marlee & Darwynn. Regardless of what was happening around us, there you both were in the center, our large (though you didn’t think so) furry touchstones. Giving us something tangible to hold onto. Keeping us grounded, whole and balanced.
Thank you for just being.
It seems impossible that by not doing anything, you still managed to do so much. Your happy attitudes in the morning (yippie breakfast) – this is the best day of my life! – set the tone for the rest of our day. Sitting near you in the same room while we worked or chatted helped us focus. Even the moments when you both were snoring quietly (or not so quietly) filled us with peace and made us calmer. Just the fact that you exited somehow made life better.
Dear Marlee & Darwynn, we always said that you would both live forever. That we would never have to give you the gift that we did one week ago. We knew, of course, that not to be true. That no matter how much we wished it or willed it, that day would come, and it did, and that a piece of our hearts would leave with you. But we also know that even now, even at this moment as they break, our hearts will be bigger because you were both a part of it.
We will love you forever and will cherish every day we got to spend with you. Thank you for choosing us to have been your guardians, we are forever grateful.
Love you always and ever
Mom & Dad, Gizmo & Xiao Mei
Sarah & Katie O.
Rayne was one of a kind, he was a sweet boy that got sick far too young. He will be missed. Sleep in peace with your full tummy, never to feel hungry again 💗
Terry, Lana, Billy, Larissa and Crosby M.
Dear sweet Sidney. For 14 years you were so full of life. Running like the wind, catching all the little critters that dared to come on our property. You were so loved, and were known for your sweet shy smile and dancing front paws. We all miss you every day, and your twin brother Crosby is lonely without you.
Dr Laura, thank you. Thank you for the amazing care in her last 6 months. As painful as it was to lose Sidney on March 20/21, it could not have been a better experience. Your kindness and compassion will always be remembered. Sidney was able to pass peacefully, in the comfort of home, in the spot she chose, and cradled with the love of her family. It was truly beautiful. ❤
Denny “The Hunter” passed in his 13th year after his diabetes got the best of him. He passed peacefully in the garden & than my arms. It was difficult to let go of my best friend. Dr Laura & her assistant made the process peaceful & I thank them for their kind compassionate hearts. He lived years in the country. He would walk to get the mail with me everyday. He always like to bring me his new prey. One year he sucked frogs up in his mouth & one by one I had to relocate the frog population. He started to bring snakes in my house which wad the worst. He was a brave warrior of the forest he roamed in. Denny is sadly missed as he was more than a cat. He was my little buddy.
Our Cooper peacefully fell asleep surrounded by his favourite things and his favourite people. He is missed so much and will live on in our memories stories about him. He was a typical lab with so much character and just so incredibly smart. He loved to run, swim and was up for our many adventures. We thank Dr. Laura from the bottom of our hearts. His final moments were filled with love, family and treats. Rest well our good boy.
Cooper, Coops, Coopy Poopy.
January 22, 2011-May 20, 2021.
We love you and miss you so much ❤
We are sad to let everyone know that we had to say goodbye to our beloved Beau today. He passed in the comfort of our home, laying, in his favourite place, in front of the fireplace, surrounded by the love of his family, his favourite Lovies’ beside him and his little buddy Louis with him. Beau has been struggling with mobility for the past couple of weeks; he was really hurting and had stopped wagging his tail. He has finally been given the relief he needed to step across the rainbow bridge and run free. We were blessed to have had him in our lives for over 16 amazing years. We picked him from a farm in Wallenstein where he stood out from all of his siblings; when Jordana picked him up and he nestled right into her arms. He was the perfect one! I still remember the car ride home with him; sitting in the backseat between his sisters; which I might mention is the only time they sat in the car without fighting. Katie, aka Sissy, was only 11 years old when we got him and now she’s living the other side of the world.
Karen & Marty K.
Thank you Dr Laura. This was a difficult day for our Max but knowing he was no longer in pain helped a great deal. Max was a crazy fun loving dog who will forever be in our hearts.
RIP my sweet Max
Cody & Cori S.
Kaiser Vom On Gaurd, our goodest boy:
It was hard not to notice the strong love you had for us all, especially the little extra sensitivity you always showed with Mom. You were our first love and were present for so many pivotal moments. We brought you home to our first home. You witnessed our marriage, then became a big brother to our 2 boys and then became their guardian. We are so thankful to have had the last few days to spoil you – even more than you already were! ;p We hope that you enjoyed the short 7 years with us because we have been reflecting on how much we cherished every moment. Watching you enjoy the last 15 months in our new home with some property and “personal” beaches to take a dip has made us so happy. We will think of you when the boys are getting on and off the bus for their first times and when we’re raising chickens next year. Kaiser’s Coop will be a thing, we promise!
Please keep a watchful eye over our family as you always did.
Until we meet again wildman!
Mom, Dad, Nolan and Liam
Sandra, George, Taylor & Kristina M.
Our beautiful little boy AJ came into our lives 17 years ago with his brother Scooby. Unfortunately Scooby passed on when he was only 4 years old and AJ was stuck with us. He was a much loved member of our family, travelling with us on many adventures and keeping us entertained with his antics. His favourite past times were looking for boxes to sleep in and getting into the shower for a quick drink.
AJ crossed the Rainbow Bridge on April 5, 2021 surrounded by our family.
We cannot thank Dr. Erin and Emily enough for their care and compassion for AJ and making sure he passed peacefully at our home. It made it easier for all of us.
We are sure that AJ is with Scooby and Oma now frolicking and eating bananas.
Thanks to Dr Laura, Ace fell asleep for the last time chewing a treat, with two orange balls in his favourite bed in our home.
He had a great dog life with lots of love, walks, car rides and treats. I will miss my shadow.
RIP Ace March 21, 2009 – April 1, 2021.
Wendy and Peter D.
Having a dog will bless you with the happiest days of your life, and one of the worst days.
We had that day last week when we said goodbye to Dylan, our dog for 15 ½ years. We are heartbroken but we know that he is no longer in any pain.
We are so lucky that when we went to have “the pick of the litter”, Dylan chose us. Despite us putting the puppy back so we could see the others, he kept coming back to play. He captured our hearts right then and there.
Dylan was the gentlest of dogs and everyone that ever met him knew he was a gentle spirit. He has been with our family since Andrew went away to college, quickly becoming best friends with Samantha’s cat, Topaz and a couple years later with Kita. The quickest way to Dylan’s heart was with a quality scratch of his ears, a rub of his belly or just cuddling with him. Dylan greeted all of our grandchildren as they were born with his usual gentle way.
We will miss him terribly and can’t imagine our lives without him. We are grateful to have had Dylan as part of our family.
Dylan will be greatly missed by many, but none more so than Peter and I. Through thick and thin, we loved him with all of our hearts, and though the pain we feel without him is great, it in no way would compare to having never had him in our lives.
Please give your dog an extra hug, belly rub, and treat, they leave us too quickly.
Blake, Shelley & Family Petherick
We lost our best friend on February 23, 2021, too soon he just celebrated his 12th birthday. He was the kindest most warm loving companion anyone could ask for. It was the hardest thing to do but we couldn’t allow him to suffer anymore. He brought so much love, companionship, and fulfillment to each of our lives. He was such a big boy that he would often knock the babies down as he was passing by, they would giggle and carry on till the next time. He loved opening wrapped presents he got and would put it in his mouth and prance around the house so excited. We still look for him in the darkness making sure not to trip over him or him greeting us as we come home and making a dinner plate for him as we have done for years. We are so very grateful that with Dr. Laura’s service we got to have the service in his home where he was most comfortable.
R.I.P Bear we love and miss you.
Lori & Marc B.
We thank Dr. Laura and Autumn for their compassion and kind handling of our very sore hearts as they helped us say goodbye to our little golden lion king, Ziggy Stardust (formerly of Grandeur). We will see him in every puddle of sunshine that hits our dark floors and smile for the gift he was in our lives these past 7 years. Beautiful, bright and stoic, we will never forget him. He’s in Valhalla now with the other Viking cats, resting by a fireside and purring to beat the band. His cheerful grandkid, Maisy, will carry on to take care of us now.
Our beautiful little Stripe came into our lives 21yrs ago. She has brought such joy and happiness into our world since the day she was born and her shining light will continue to guide us into the coming years ahead. Every memory we have fills us with love and warmth just like the feeling we would get burying our face in her fur whenever she was curled up sleeping.
May you find your final peace with Mama & Grey little lover~xo
I had to say goodbye to my beloved Miracle on Feb. 3rd/21, just 5 days short of his 11th birthday. His littermate Magnus was with us for Miracle’s passing, he too will mourn his brother, never having been separated from each other during their lives. Miracle gave us so much love, loyalty & companionship, it was such a privilege to have him in our lives. One of Miracle’s best friends was his dog walker Roman who was also devastated, as he was such a big part of Miracle’s life. Miracle is in heaven now, my late husband’s turn to have him close, how lucky they are to be together again. Miracle’s ashes will be sprinkled under a very special maple tree planted & dedicated to his memory along with our 7 previous pets over 30 years, all as special as Miracle. Miracle’s dog tag will join the other tags on the tree in memory of them. The tree is at a cottage on Lake Salerno, where Miracle loved to swim, retrieve sticks & soak up the sun with his brother & family. We know you will all be keeping watchful eyes on us. Rest in peace my dear Miracle, how your loving personality, big smile & loyalty will be missed!
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.