2018 Pet Memorial Tribute by Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice | Jan 1, 2019 | Pet Memorials | 1 comment In honor of all our loved ones waiting at the Rainbow Bridge. – Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice 1 Comment Toni Anderson on December 10, 2019 at 10:05 pm Four years ago, after one of my dogs died, I found through a website, a German Shepherd about 4 years old at a rescue out of state. When I searched through the dogs listed, I realized that almost all of them were to be euthanized. I drove to N.C., found the shelter and went in to see the dogs. One caught my eye, a German Shepherd female mix about 4 years old. It turns out she had been horribly abused, and had severe Heart Worm as well. She was one they were going to put down. I filled out the application after checking her and her temperament. She was extremely frightened but gentle. She left with me that day and we returned home. It was winter. That first winter I could not catch her or get her to come inside voluntarily. I did have a fenced yard. She insisted in sleeping in the cold snow.There was a shelter she could use but she didn’t. I hired a trainer to help me so she would be less fearful. In the four years she lived with me, she was still afraid of everything but was gentle. My other two dogs loved her, and I did too. But any unusual movement or sound would send her running for safety. She did regain her health, but remained fearful of touch. This past year, her fourth with us, she came closer to me physically for petting. It was a joy! This fall she had her yearly exam and was in good health. But a week ago, without any warning she died suddenly in the living room. I was grateful I was there to see she did not suffer at all. I was looking at her just a few feet away when she arched her head, put it down, and then her forelegs shook. It was over in 3 minutes. How I will miss her and her gentle nature. Hampton Roads Vet Hospice helped me with a dog in severe pain several years ago. I didn’t know who else to call so called them for “Layla”the name I gave her upon adoption. How thankful I was in the middle of the night to know they could come to my aid and take her. They will be bringing her ashes to me Thursday. I didn’t have money for a special urn, so they are bringing a wooden, carved box free for her. I am grateful for the loving care they provided for her and for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.