Welcome to A Forever Home Rescue Foundation’s Memory Page. On this page we honor all of the wonderful dogs who have shared their lives with us. Although they are gone from our lives, they are never far from our hearts.  Please email your tribute and photo to info@aforeverhome.org.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in a joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…

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Image credit: Image by Graham Lowe from Pixabay

Sadie (Ruffles) Our Sweet Girl

In 2012 I had bought my first house and I thought that it would be nice to get my first dog, Jude, a friend. I found Sadie at AFH while looking for Rottweiler/lab mix puppies that would look like one of my childhood dogs. It appears now that she somehow found her way in with a litter of real rottie mixes and no one was more surprised than I when she grew into not being a Rottweiler mix at all. It didn’t matter however, because she became my best friend. She was my wife’s shadow, her closest confidant. Sadie welcomed our 2 kids home with open paws and selflessly became their guardian and protector. We said goodbye to our sweet girl just a few days go after a long fight with lymphoma. We loved Sadie, and she loved us.

Abby – Never Forgotten

My husband and I decided that we wanted to adopt a puppy in 2008, when I was retiring from teaching.  One of my students, Abby, waters fostering two adorable boxer/bloodhound mixed puppies, so she brought them to school one day.  The minute she put one of the puppies in my arms, I instantly fell in love with this little girl.  We named her Abby after my student.  This pup was everything we had wanted in a dog: bright, curious, loving, and fun to be with.

We had so many adventures on our country property.  One event that I will never forget was an encounter with a bear family.  Abby and I were sitting on our front porch when we spotted a mama bear and her two cubs strolling by our front field. Before I could grab her, Abby jumped our porch gate, which she had never done before, and raced after the bears. I was terrified for my girl!  I finally found her in the woods under some brush.  She was shivering, but unhurt.  Mama bear must have let Abby know that she was not welcome to play with her cubs!

 Our girl passed away a year ago, but Abby will never be forgotten!  We are so thankful to have had her for 15 years. Thank you AFH and Abby’s foster family for bringing her into our lives.

Lainey – Will Be Missed Forever!

We came to AFH in 2009 when we were looking for a dog– supposedly for my husband. We decided to look at a dog named Lainey. When we arrived at Julie Kearn’s home Lainey went right to my husband like “you have finally come for me.” Once she weaned her pups we picked her up on my birthday and became OUR DOG. She was so wonderful – never got into mischief like chewing things she shouldn’t. On Christmas she tried to give baby Jesus from the nativity a bath, but when we old her no never did it again. In later years she did get into the kitchen trash so we would if there was something of interest in it! She outgrew 2 sweaters in the first year so we decided that she had to be a 1 year old when we got her, not 2. She loved our 1/4 mile walk through the woods where my husband cut a path for us. She also went to Niagara Falls with us for our anniversary and Florida to visit friends. She always behaved in motels– no accidents. At home she adopted our window seat and would bark if anyone went by. She also forewarned of company arriving. She developed glaucoma in the last few years and the eye Dr. Said she was the best behaved dog they ever tested. We did medication rather than removing her eye due to her age. She also developed an intestinal issue, possibly a tumore, but lived with it for several years. Still she was her usual loveable, friendly self until November 16th. She became seriously ill and died in my husband’s arms at the vet. We will miss her forever. We had her cremated and she has a forever home in a beautiful box.

Sweet Jack Straw (Dallas)

Our home and our hearts are a little emptier tonight, the latter of which is blown apart. Our sweetest boy, Jack Straw, has left us. After being rescued by A Forever Home, Jack “found” us as a puppy in the fall of 2008 while nestled in the arms of foster mom, Diana Fulton. In that moment, we knew this tiny scruff-muffin was meant to be with us along with our other rescue, a ‘larger-than-life’ Weimaraner, Althea. Raised under her tutelage, Jack grew up to believe that he, too, was a Weimaraner. Despite this, he was a go-along-to-get-along kind of fellow that had no aspirations to be a leader.  He lived a simple life comprised of routines, and he was always happy to get butt scratches and treats, especially oyster crackers.  When Jack became an ‘only dog,’ he joined me on RV adventures across America. Throughout the years, he logged thousands of miles traveling from coast-to-coast, north to south. (How many dogs can say they have been to Area 51?) He brought joy to everyone that met him and found fame with the attached photo that was taken at Bryce Canyon National Park on one of our hikes. For fifteen and a half years, Jack was loved beyond measure, living the very best, most full life possible. Eventually, time took its toll on his little body, and there are just some things that all the veterinarians and money in the world cannot fix, so we made the very difficult but loving choice to bless and release his gentle spirit.  We are so grateful to A Forever Home for trusting us with Jack. He was a one-in-a-million dog whose memory will always live in our hearts. Now, heaven has a new angel, and we are confident he was greeted by his beloved Big Girl Dog who has been patiently waiting to take him on another marvelous walkabout. 


Reba Jean – Gone Too Soon

Reba Jean, adopted from AFH in October of 2018, passed away from lymphoma at the age of 5 years and 8 months. She was part of the country singer litter of dogs from Charlottesville. We will miss you, Reba!

Stevie (Stefan) In Memory

Dear Folks,

Enclosed you will find a check in rememberance of Stevie a black Chihuahua Mix that I adopted from AFH twenty years ago, or there about. I have had him since he was adopted in 2006. He was my companion, my clown, my sidekick and the reason I care to also care for two more chihuahuas. He gave me years of pleasure and was known in the neighborhood for his adventuresome ways.

One day there was a knock on my door and when I opened it, a young guy from the street was standing there. He said, “That’s him”….(pointing to Stevie who was standing beside me). “He stole my sandwich!” ?The guy had been working in his yard and turned away for a moment and when he turned back he saw Stevie with his subsandwhich hanging out of both sides of his mouth, trotting off back home. The guy followed him and told on him and I fixed him a replacement sandwich.

I justed wanted to thank you for all the effort you put into saving lives, day in and day out. I have certainly benefitted from your generosity.

Sincerely Lois

Mila (Duchess) – Will be forever missed!

Mila (AFH Duchess) crossed over the rainbow bridge on March 13, 2024. I saw her photo on the AFH website and had to meet her. I was lucky to adopt her in December 2012. She was the sweetest, smartest and most loyal fur baby. We would hike with her every weekend where she would chase squirrels and make friends with everyone she met. She was well known in our neighborhood and loved by all. We had the best and most loving 11 1/2 years with her. We will miss her forever. She was one of a kind. Karen and Dean Brusie.

Steve (Butch), Best Ever!

We adopted Butch (his foster name) in 2014. we named him Steve with a nickname (Bubbies) and he left a mark on everyone’s heart who meet him. Steve Crossed the rainbow bridge January 10th, 2024. He had a gallant fight with Osteosarcoma, he seemed to be winning that battle when another cancer got him. His was the best ever and will be greatly missed. Here is a photo of Steve taken September 25, 2023.

Stella – Loyal Companion

Stella has been my loyal companion for over 17 years and a witness to much of my life. Through young adulthood, loss, rebuilding, marriage, and starting a family. She was an energetic puppy who loved everyone, but developed some anxiety towards others after a mystery illness that was thankfully treatable. We started running together to get her energy out, and so began a lifelong love of it. She has always been a fighter, overcoming a cancer when she was 9.  She was unsure of our kids in the toddler years, but as she and they got older, a precious bond formed. They were able to care for her and snuggle with her in her old age. It was the sweetest thing to witness.  I am so grateful for her. Our sweet Stelle Belle, we will love you and hold you in our hearts forever.

Sweet Girl Magnolia “Maggie” (M Pup Mandy)

Hello,  We are heartbroken to share that our Magnolia “Maggie” Grahame passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Dec. 26, 2023 from acute Leukemia. She was her sweet, smiley and bouncy self right up until the bitter end—she never showed us any signs of how sick she was inside. Originally M pups Mandy, we renamed our sweet girl Magnolia in honor of the state in which she and her littermates were found, Mississippi. From the day we met her, Maggie was our best friend and our biggest blessing. She was there when my husband and I got engaged, when we got married, when we bought the house we were renting, and present during just about every project that came after that. She saw us through difficult family losses and other trials and tribulations, and was always the brightest light in our lives. Whenever we were going through a tough time, we’d say “at least we have our Maggie.” Maggie loved truck rides (especially to the farm), running around the garden, chasing “wiggles” aka squirrels, playing ball (and keep-away), getting cozy under blankets, napping in HER circle chair, following her Dad anywhere and everywhere he went, brushing her “teef” (via Greenies), and kissing all of her many family and friends. To know Maggie was to love Maggie, and we are heartbroken that our time together was cut so short. Thank you for trusting us with Maggie, who gave us the best 3.5 years any puppy parent could ask for. We hope she is running through endless fields with her friends and family in Heaven, and look forward to the day when “the three best friends” can be reunited again. 

 Rachael and Mason