In Memory of

You can now make donations in memory of a lost pet or loved one that has crossed over the rainbow bridge.  If you wish, you can have a picture and note placed on this page. Send images to , and please put 'In Memory of' in the subject line and attach your image, name of pet and/or loved one along with your name.

In Memory-2014

This page is dedicated to loved one's lost. This page is for us to remember the special animals who have touched our lives and who will always be in our hearts. Our goal is to place as many dogs as we can so that they can live out their lives in happy homes. Sadly, we cannot save every dog who needs our help, and sometimes no rescue comes for them. We honor their memory here. We miss you dearly. You are gone, but never forgotten. 

In loving memory of Feliz
Rest in peace

As rescuers, we know how to fix the broken limbs, lift the broken spirits and make things right for those that cross our paths. We know we can't save them all but we try. But sometimes, life puts a special case in front of us that we can't fix...all we can do is provide lots of love. Major was one of those cases. He gave us more than he took. He made us laugh, made us cry and ultimately took a piece of our hearts with him when he left us. We are grateful he found his "home" in the last months of his life and we are thankful that we were given the chance to know, love and learn from this special little "old man."
RIP Sweet Little Major. You will be very missed.

In loving memory, The Klass Family

Lucy was abandoned as a puppy in the Pecos Wilderness area of New Mexico, and found her way to the St. Francis of Assisi room at the Benedictine Monastery there, where a friend of ours was doing a private retreat. Our friend brought this scared and scrawny puppy to us, and through love and careful care, Lucy overcame her fright and shyness and has been a sweet, gentle and loving companion for more than 15 years. Everyone who came into contact with her remarked on how beautiful she was and how sweet she was. She will be very deeply missed.

Our beloved Piper left us only 19 months after joining our family. She gave us the best 19 months and even though she died much too soon, we would not change a day, an hour, a minute of the time we shared with her. What a special soul she was! It's hard to put into words how her spirit and charm made you love her instantly. She was an old girl when she came to us and was the fastest foster failure we've ever had (about an hour after arriving, we knew she wasn't going anywhere). There will never be another Piper, but she will always occupy a special place in our hearts.
The Brittain Family
In Loving Memory of Ferbie Olesker Samet
Saying goodbye to you was the hardest thing we've ever had to do.A part of our hearts will always be with you. We know that you are now in a place where you are young, free of pain, and happy; But we can't help but miss you every day. We are broken hearted without you. Your brother Barney misses you very much too, and looks for you every where. We will see you on the other side my angel. Just know that no one could have loved you more than we did.

For although we may not be together in the way we used to be, We are still connected by a cord no eye can see.So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart. If you look beyond the rainbow and listen with your heart.

Loving you always and forever-Melanie and Brian


It is by far the most heavy hearted of rescues, that leave us with only days to make a difference. And as rescuers, it is our duty, our responsibility, to acknowledge that even when we are only left with days, we still can make that difference in the life of an abused and neglected animal. It is through those rescues that we learn that our mission is not about quantity of time; it's about using whatever time we have left to show kindness before we must say good bye. We are grateful you left this world for the next, knowing you were loved by so many.

Your MMR Family~


In loving memory of Louis (Pug) Ziegler.
December 18, 1999 – July 16, 2013.

Louis spent 13 years being loved, cherished and adored by Ron and Joyce before he crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He was their sweet boy, loving companion and faithful friend. Louis you will always be loved and will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

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 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....

In Loving Memory of Scooter.
Scooter was born in the wake of those 2001 Dalmatians movies. Estimates are that over 100,000 were killed in shelters during the couple of years after the movies because every kid wanted one. Mills & backyard breeders flourished. About 10% of Dals are born deaf anyway, but this massive breeding & inbreeding caused that percentage to increase. Add in the fact that Dals can be hyperactive & not suitable for children, & the ingredients for massive killing were in place.

Scooter's original caretaker bought him as a puppy from one of those greedy breeders in December 1999. Upon realizing that he was deaf & hyperactive, she promptly chained him out way in the far corner of her yard. We got him in 2000 when he was a year old. He learned hand & light signals & let his fellow doggie pals become his "ears." He was incredibly affectionate & so tuned into the sense of touch. His ice blue eyes sparkled like diamonds.

Loved by Pam Leverett and family.

In loving memory of Henry Samet.  Life was cut too short for you Henry. Brian and I couldn't have asked for a better, more good natured dog, to share our lives with. We feel it was a true blessing and gift, to be able to have had you in our lives-even for just a short time. We truly did feel like we were the lucky ones. "There are moments in life where you just miss someone so much, that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real"....Charlie Brown

I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side
Were meadows rich and beautiful--lush and green and wide!
And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see
Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be!
My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new
And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do.

I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright
That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright Glow pierced the night.
'Twas the Glow of many Candles shining bright and strong and bold
And I knew then that it held your love in its brilliant shades of gold.

For although we may not be together in the way we used to be,
We are still connected by a cord no eye can see.
So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart
If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart.

With all our love now and forever-Melanie, Brian, Shiloh, Barney and Ferbie

TRACKER JENSEN 1998-2013-Oh, where do I begin and is it even possible to find an end to the happiness that Tracker brought to our family. It's hard to explain  just how special he was to us and what a fighter he's been his whole life. It was ok for him to want to rest. We adopted Tracker from the shelter back in 1998. He was 1 of 8 in his litter. We must have chosen wisely because he was pretty much the only survivor in his litter. The shelter kept calling us to ask if everything was ok with Tracker. When I confirmed that he was fine, they shared with me that his litter mates were passing away from seizures. I knew then that we picked a fighter. He was a great family member who never really cost us much more than dog food, toys and an annual trip to the vet for his wellness exams. In 2010, his stomach flipped and required emergency surgery. The doctor was honest and told us that it was a flip of the coin if he would survive because of his age (12 years old). Some even thought we were a little crazy to spend that kind of money on a "senior dog". It was the best money we ever spent AND it bought us two and a half more years with Tracker. Priceless. This past week, he was diagnosed with a kidney infection. At over 14 years old, he was just having a hard time accepting treatment. After 4 days of unsuccessful treatment, we decided to take our cues from him. He showed us what we didn't want to accept. He could no longer fight the good fight. We made the painful, but unselfish decision, to let him rest in a comfortable peace. Definitely one of the hardest yet easiest decisions of our lives. 

I can't wait to meet up with him again on the other side. While for me it will seem like an eternity, it will only be a blink of an eye for him. Until then, I know he will always walk beside me. 

MMR's recently adopted Sassy lost her fur brother, Tucker, on January 8, 2013, after a brief battle with lymphosarcoma. Tucker was rescued by the Ange family when he was a young pup and was only with them for the 5 short years of his life. Less than 2 weeks after the Ange family adopted Sassy in December, Tucker was diagnosed with the aggressive form of canine cancer. In that short time, Sassy and Tucker became very close, and Sassy brought such comfort and joy to Tucker during his final days. We ask that you keep Sassy and her family in your prayers during this difficult time.

MMR only had Bambi a few weeks before an infection took over her body. She crossed over the rainbow bridge loved by her foster momma Dawn, as well as her MMR family.  We are glad she knew love and kindness in her final days. RIP Sweet angel. Gone but not forgotten.

Shiloh left his loving adopted family about ten weeks past his 15th birthday (on Flag Day, just like his human mom). Although there were moments that made them relieved that he was one of a kind, he was a gentle and loving dog, always graciously making room for the other creatures in their home (both temporary and permanent). 

He had two moms in his life – the canine one who was dumped, pregnant, at a local shelter; and the two-legged one who was with him from his sixth week to his last breath. To the end, his spirit was willing even though his body and mind was not. He will be missed by everyone at the Dog Farm.

Good night, sweet Shiloh, and may angels sing thee to thy rest. Please send our love to Harmony, Roxy, Spoot, Ophelia, and Cosette when you meet up with them -- and tell Mary's dad and Phil's mom to blow some bubbles for you to catch, because you’ve been a good, good boy. 

In memory of Niko Brigadier Kanagy, whose human companion had to say goodbye to his best friend of 13 years on August 27, 2012. Through intelligence, courage and loyalty, Niko showed him the true meaning of unconditional love. Niko was the best companion one could have ever asked for, and he will be missed dearly.

8/28/12-In memory of Isabelle. Loved by the MMR family. Gone but not forgotten. 

Boomer came into MMR in July of 2012. Once in our care, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Boomer stayed in our care through the remainder of his life. Rest in peace Boomer. 


On July 28th, 2012 Pippin, a beloved member of our family passed away. He was eleven years old but provided endless joy and companionship. We will miss him dearly. –The Williams Family.

Bo - you brought joy each day with every puppy dog kiss and wag of your tail. So many of our favorite memories surround your silly antics and surprises -- from sitting on our heads to wake us up in the morning, to eating treats from our mouths, to making splashes at the local dog pool. Every day was an adventure together.

My best friend!!~ In memory, Rosemary Pascarella

In memory of Riley. He was born in May, 2001, and was Jim's constant companion since then, sticking with him through many a hard time. His real name was No Bull White Lie. But named Riley B after BB King. He got the name Mr. Big because he tipped the scales at 80 lbs. And he had one tooth on the bottom that stuck out when he smiled at you. He loved to walk in the woods with Bucca, his doggie brother, and go down by the stream to soak his big shovel feet. And he LOVED laying in the sun. When he decided to plop in the yard there was no moving him. "Mr. Big" brought a smile to EVERY person he met. I enjoyed his big sloppy bulldog kisses, and the way he "talked" to me all day long. He was a true blessing to our lives, and there is a big hole in our hearts. The last month of his life was filled with pain due to what they think was a tumor on his spine, making it difficult for him to move his back legs. On Saturday, March 31, he found he could not get up at all. Our vet rushed to the house and , sadly, informed Jim there was nothing to be done to help. Riley laid on Jims lap, cradled in his arms , as the vet eased his pain, and said, "No more pain, Riley, no more pain!" He crossed the bridge peacefully, knowing he was loved tremendously! He lived a long life for a bulldog, but if I could , I would have taken his illness and pain so that he would still be with us. As I write this, there are Cardinals outside my glass door that have been here every day since he crossed the bridge, and I cannot help but think that he is trying to tell us he is healed now, and will be waiting for us when WE cross the bridge. Run strong and free Mr. Big!!! We love you and miss you so much!!!! Jim, Renne, Bucca and Magoo

In Memory Of Old Maxwell

In late May of 2010 Maxwell came to Fat Dog Farm to live the good life for his last years. He was about 14 years old and was completely blind and deaf. Big and silver with a bucket head and cantankerous attitude, he quickly adjusted to his new home and life after only a few days of mapping out the house and the walk to the big maple tree, under which he loved to snooze on his blanket in the shade. Another favorite past time of Maxwell’s was to hang out in the garden with his foster Mom while she planted and worked. She would give him a fresh egg from the hen house and let him work on it until he cracked it and lapped up the fresh inside. His foster mom made sure he had plenty of things to keep his nose and taste buds happy, since these were his only senses. He loved a good marrow bone too, and would hold it in his paws and lick and chew for hours……awww those were good days. He even enjoyed walks on a leash around the farm. We always did the same path so he became very comfortable and would even do a little jog (now close your eyes and plug your ears and try running). Sometimes he would howl at night, and foster mom would put her slippers under his head for the scent to comfort him. She found him sleeping with his head in those slippers many times…maybe felt like she was near.
Maxwell passed away peacefully on the afternoon of May 6th, sleeping in his favorite bed on his favorite blanket. He was buried under the hydrangeas with his blanket and his foster moms slippers under his head. He is dearly missed by Debbie and Bob. He was with us for a year. Run with the puppies dear Maxwell, and see and hear everything!

In memory of Brody. Forever loved by Susan and Jim Brittian. Gone too soon.

1/27/11-Justice,you were gone too soon. No "justice" was given to you. You will forever be a part of our hearts. Although we didn't know where you came from, you were home with us. You took a piece of us with you when you left this world. But clearly God had other plans for you. You are finally free of pain and suffering, and can run free in heaven. We will always love you. Rest easy now. You were an angel on earth.

Nikki, our abused puppymill breeder dog, died suddenly. We love you Nikki and will miss you terribly. You were loved. Heaven is lucky to have you...Now your wings are real. 

"Life was not a valuable gift, but death was. Life was a fever-dream made up of joys embittered by sorrows, pleasure poisoned by pain ... but death was sweet, death was gentle, death was kind; death healed the bruised spirit and the broken heart, and gave them rest and forgetfulness; death came and set him free."
 - Mark Twain




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