These dogs have found their way to the Rainbow Bridge...
Dulce - July 28, 2018
Our beloved Dolce (aka Dolly) crossed the rainbow bridge on Saturday, July 28th. We adopted this sweet girl on Easter Sunday in 2015, and she was a true blessing to us over the last three years. Despite my wife's initial nervousness at having 2 labs, Dolce quickly attached herself to her, and they were inseparable to the end. Dolce consistently let us know we named her appropriately, as she was the sweetest girl we could have imagined and endeared herself to everyone she met during her time with us including her sister Bella, extended family, neighbors, and the veterinary staff who took care of her. Dolce loved to just be there with her sister and humans, making sure to stay close so we always knew how much she loved us and how grateful she was to be in our family. Even during rides in my truck (her favorite activity) she would have to have her head under my arm, so I knew she was there. Words cannot express the love we have for her and how much we miss her. Although she took a piece of each of us with her, we will always be thankful for DFW Lab Rescue allowing us to experience her love for 3 and a half years.
The Luse Family
Murphy - April 18, 2018
It is with great appreciation that I write this to you. In November of 2007 we were granted adoption for Dollar a (then) 1 year old female yellow lab. Dollar kept her name and had almost 2 years of training with Martha Lee (a resource for Texas Hearing and Service Dogs). She became an ambassador for the organization and helped raise thousands of dollars for that worthy group all the while acting like it was the best adventure ever. Additionally, she was a weekly regular at Brookdale Citiview, a retirement community. There, of course, she was a star. Best of all, she was our baby girl and greeted every day like it was Christmas morning. We three (my husband, Dollar and I) traveled north regularly by car and she again made fast friends wherever she went. She crossed the rainbow bridge April 18th of this year.
There are no words to express our loss. I write this to you to thank you, and remind you of the importance of the work you do. Your efforts for Dollar brought joy and comfort to so, SO many lives. While the hole in our hearts is not yet ready for another lab, we will assuredly be applying to you for another in the future.
Melinda and Jeff Davis
Murphy - June 18, 2018
On June 20, 2012 Murphy was pulled from the Ft. Worth animal shelter by DFWLRR the day before they were going to mass euthanize due to extreme over crowding. It was all over the news that summer. After losing our two Labbies that Spring, my heart felt healed enough to begin looking for a new fur baby. There were many Labbies needing furever homes, but when I saw Murphy’s picture posted online, I knew he was the one. I had to meet him. Murphy was in foster care for three months. Many families thought he was too big. But at our first meet-n-greet, there he was in all his loud and proud glory, and I loved it! After a three-week adoption process, he became a part of our family on August 25, 2012. We loved him, and spoiled him with all of our hearts and I’m so happy we were chosen to be his furever family. On Monday, June 18, 2018 we made one of the hardest decisions ever. His pain had become too great so we lovingly led him to the rainbow bridge where he could walk and run again. I know he’s chasing tennis balls and eating milk bones to his hearts content. Our family’s hearts are broken to pieces right now, and many tears are flowing as we remember and miss our big red dog. Godspeed buddy. Till we meet again.
Love, Steven, Erin, Kylie, & Caden Bright
Charlotte – March 5, 2018
Charlotte crossed the Rainbow Bridge on March 5 and took a piece of us with her. Charlotte rescued us in July of 2009 after we lost our first lab. She was our angel. She was estimated to be between 2 and 3 years old when we adopted her from DFW Lab Rescue. She was always happy, smart, and eager to please and her tail wagged constantly. She loved chasing squirrels, rabbits, and her red ball more than anything. She was a great big sister, playmate, and companion to Molly (our other lab that we got as a puppy 5 days after we got Charlotte). She was always following Mom around the house and was never more than a few feet away. Whether it was snuggling in a lap watching TV or wedging herself between us in the bed, she was always close by and loved attention. When she developed breathing difficulties in January, she was eventually diagnosed with advanced stage bronchial carcinoma (lung cancer). Meds helped keep her comfortable for a while but it finally became too difficult for her to breathe and to rest so we had to let her run free. Rest in Peace Charlotte - we love you and miss you so much. Sanford and Debbie Case
Izzi (fka Philippa) – Feb 28, 2018
Our sweet girl, Izzi, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on January 29, 2018 after a brief illness with cancer. Izzi spent 11 joyful years as a beloved member of our family. Her heart was pure selfless lab love each and every day. She was my best running/walking buddy and always met me in the closet while I put my shoes on to go out. Izzi didn't care about time or weather, she just wanted to go. She loved her walks, rides in the car with her ears flapping in the wind, fetching her toys, doing tricks for treats, meeting new friends, being with family, and of course, eating - pantry locks and dog-proof food bins were a must in our house! Izzi had a joyous, loving spirit and was a friend to everyone. She will be forever in our hearts and forever missed. Thank you for your part in bringing her into our life. The Korns
Bentley – Feb 8, 2018
We became first time fosters the summer of 2013 and Bentley was our charge. This big black lab was larger than life. People looking for a pet would see his age of 8 years and consider him too old, or they would come to see him expecting this older, calmer dog but instead find this big, rambunctious oaf. After several weeks it became very apparent that he had found his home with us so I failed as a foster. He was 100 pounds of pure love and excitement, getting along with the cat and two other dogs in the house. He loved the water and occasionally pulled me into the creek with him chasing ducks. Our walks were daily and many over the years but these had slowly gotten shorter the past months until in January when lymphoma took his strength. Up until just a couple of days before he died he was still that full of life puppy wanting to rough house on the floor pretending to be a ferocious animal without a bite. He filled my heart with so much love and his leaving has left such a hole in my heart. I so relate to the quote "It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are. ---- Mary Reid
Kayla – Dec 20, 2017
We have lost Kayla today. She is chasing squirrels somewhere else now. When Sara joined our family, Kayla let it be known that she was top dog. And she stayed top dog in our hearts to the end Always ready to bark at some nasty squirrel or when the doorbell sounded. And happy to meet anyone who came through the door. The world is a little bit less without her.
Thanks to DFW Lab Rescue for all the happy years we had with Kayla.
Thomas Stephens DeSoto, TX
Zoey (fka Miriam) – August 1, 2017
It is with great sadness I let you know my precious Zoey crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on August 1st, far too soon! She came to me just under a year and a half ago and we bonded immediately. I was struck by her beauty and sweetness. I loved her dearly and she returned that love and devotion each day we were together. She was also very special to her foster family, the Hughes. She loved chasing tennis balls, playing in the shallow end of the pool (never ventured out to test her swimming ability), dog parks, long walks and just hanging out with me. She was a good buddy to my son’s Doberman, who also misses her! She would get excited to make trips with me to the bank and go through the drive-thru because she quickly learned she would get a treat from the teller!! She lived too short a life, but one filled with love and fun! Sadly the seizures she suffered from started coming in clusters. When she went into a prolonged seizure, she was taken immediately to the ER. Unfortunately, the several rounds of IV meds they gave her just couldn’t bring her around. My heart is broken and I miss her so much. And although I had her just a short time, I will love her always!
Rest In Peace my sweet Zoey. ~Sherri Qualls
Sandy (fka Mandy) - June 25, 2017
On March 31, 2004, we adopted Mandy, who we renamed to "Sandy" because we didn't want that song playing in our heads all the time. Plus at the time, she had a mask that looked just like wet sand.
Her paperwork said that the vet estimated her age at 18-24 months, so we decided that she was two years old and marked her birthday as March 31. She recently (6/25) passed away peacefully at 15+ years old.
In the years between those events she was the sweetest, most loyal dog we've had the pleasure of having in the family. Everyone who met her couldn't help but be tickled when she brought them a toy from her extensive collection. Her tail wagged with such vigor, one of her many nicknames was "Wiggles".
The missus runs a tax consulting business from our house. The clientele, especially the elderly, just loved Sandy. She could tell when they "needed" to scratch her behind the ears or when it was best to lay down nearby and just watch and listen.
I could write pages about her antics. But the heart of her story is that she knew she was loved and returned it tenfold. The Sheltons
Maggie (fka Judy) - June 11, 2017
With the saddest hearts, we wanted to let you know that our sweet Maggie (you knew her as Judy) passed away early Sunday morning from liver failure. She brought more joy than you could possible know to our lives, and we will miss her so much. She was so very loved, and we are simply heartbroken by her loss. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of her life, even for such a short period of time. Stephanie, Kaitlyn and Hailey Urano
Nadya (fka Cherie) - May 26, 2017
I wanted to let you know that Nadya (aka Cherie fostered by Janet Fuller) passed over the Bridge on 26 May. She was far too young, but renal failure was relentless. Thank all of you who made it possible for me to adopt Nadya, the time I had with her was wonderful and far too short. Again thank you & Bless you, Terry Erbert
Carly - April 25, 2017
In September 2003, we adopted the most spirited and spunky yellow lab from DFWLRR that a young newlywed couple could ever want. Carly traveled the southeastern US, swam in the Atlantic Ocean in the Gulf of Mexico. She was a foster sister to 26 Labs in the program. eventually her own family grew, adding 4 two-legged children to her pack. She continued to be such a bright spark in our family as the kids grew up alongside her and our other dog, Reese. Knowing that our old girl was getting up there in age, we created a bucket list for her -- drive throughs, car washes, driving by the old house, etc. Little did we realize that on April 25, 2017, Carly would cross that rainbow bridge and leave an unfinished list and a lot of broken hearts. She was our first, our love, and our life. Time has passed, but there isn't a day that goes by that we don't think of her or share a memory. We are forever grateful to DFWLRR for bringing her into our lives 13.5 years ago. -The Morrisons
Reese - May 10, 2016
It is with a sad heart that I share the news of the passing of our beloved Reese yesterday morning. He was our 20th foster from DFWLRR but became part of our family in June 2007. Reese was a beautiful dog, full of love and loyalty. He was ball-driven yet the gentlest soul on earth. He loved to swim and go for walks. He enjoyed people and was a terrific help at cleaning the floors. He overcame so many obstacles-- abandonment, broken teeth, severe heart worms, upper respiratory infection, a ball in his tummy, torn ACL, happy tail, ear hematoma. He fought his degenerative myelopathy for 11 months but unfortunately, this was one disease he couldn't overcome. His body was ready to rest. Scott and I were able to hold him and be with him in until the very end, right in the comfort of our home. Our lives were changed for the better because of Reese, but my heart has a huge hole. Rest in peace, my sweet Reese-y. Love you forever. The Morrison Family
Wynnie (fka Gwyneth) - April 2, 2016
Gwyneth was with DFWLRR of many months clearing up medical mysteries but we now know that she was waiting to bring new light to Jim Bradel’s eyes. For the best 20 months of her life Jim was Wynnie’s everything and Wynnie was Jim’s. She had a personal trainer and earned top praise. The vet staff loved her too! Although her physical heart gave out unexpectedly, we know it was pure gold and dedicated to this man who adored her. To Jim – We share your heartbreak and appreciate all you did to give this brown eyed girl the safe, loving, and forever home she deserved. We honor her with your favorite quote.
“You can’t buy love but you can rescue it”
Chance - March 22, 2016
Last week our hearts broke when Chance’s long goodbye came to an end. This week his ashes came home and peace is settling. My heartfelt gratitude to every volunteer and donor that enabled this extraordinary boy to rescue us. He was my boy and Ray’s buddy, Betsy’s mentor and Riley’s partner in crime, snuggler and kisser, runner, racer and retriever, hide and seeker, office mate and assistant cook, paper delivery boy and resident groomer, Ambassadog and model, adored and adoring, a vet and PT staff favorite. He was loved beyond words and remains embedded in our hearts…forever. Susan and Ray Harris
Gus - March 23, 2016
Gus (formerly Rome) walked into our house three years ago and promptly stole our hearts. Our senior boy was especially close to Dad and his favorite place in the house was curled up next to wherever his best friend happened to be. Gus crossed over the rainbow bridge on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. He brought joy to our lives from the first day to the last. In that generous fashion unique to dogs, he lavished love and affection on every single one of us. He loved to touch his people-to lean in. He slobbered a lot. He was, shall we say, very food-motivated. He could sound like a herd of goats clomping enthusiastically, if not gracefully, down the hallway first thing in the morning. Sometimes he was so happy, he bounced. He was a puppy trapped inside the body of an old dog. He was so profoundly grateful for the love, the treats, the walks, the drives, but mostly the love. Love truly was his defining characteristic. Our hearts and house are a little emptier. There will be other dogs, because all of our dogs have taught us the best way to honor their memory is to keep on loving. But there will only ever be one Gus. Thank you, DFWLRRC, for trusting us with his care. The Webb Family
Zoe (fka Claire) - February 22, 2016
My girlfriend, Heidi, and I decided to adopt a lab in 2005. At our first DFWLR meet-and-greet, Heidi and Zoe(fka Claire) locked eyes, and it was over. Zoe entering our lives made the relationship between Heidi and I even stronger, and we married 1-1/2 years later with Zoe as our glue. We struggled through stepping on a nail, a broken tooth, running into a metal stake that required stiches, figuring out the cone of shame and picking the stitches out, figuring it out again and picking the stitches out, and AGAIN picking the stitches out until we had to take vacation from work and sit with her for a week until it was healed. We went to as many pools and water parks as would have us in the DFW area, went to the dog park every weekend, and brought a smile to each others faces every day. She was the love of our lives, and our heartbeat. We grew old together, slowed down together, gained weight together, and finally got to the point where it was too hard to walk. We knew it was going to be hard saying goodbye, but never imagined it would be this painful. She will always be in our hearts and souls, and her glue will keep the three of us together forever. We love you Zoe. Frank and Heidi.
Rome - February 16, 2016
Our hearts are broken. Today we loved our sweet Rome dog across the Rainbow Bridge. He came a long way from a puppy mill dog to know love and caring… first in Rachel’s home and then in our home. From not knowing what a leash was to prancing down the sidewalk like the Lion King, often attracting young kids who just wanted to love on him. From not receiving any affection to the nurturing of DFW Lab Rescue from the time he was saved. This big Bubba 90 pound dog could melt anyone with his big brown eyes and his wagging tail whenever you looked at him. It was funny to hear his monstrous lion-roar bark. Today he is running free with no more cancer pain. I hope he’s enjoying a huge never-ending supply of rawhide bones, his favorite thing in the world. Even though this is the saddest day for us, we can truly say “Absolutely no regrets!” The break in our hearts will fill with memories and happy thoughts of this very special boy. We wouldn’t trade these two short years for anything. RIP Rome… you were truly loved by everyone that knew you. Thank you for picking us! The Goodson Family
Tuck (fka Tex) - January 19, 2016
My two daughters and I adopted three year old Tex over ten years ago. We renamed him Tuck. This morning I woke up and found that he had passed during the night. He must have died in his sleep on his bed next to mine. He has always been a healthy boy and seemed great last night. I don't know what happened. Tuck was the best dog I ever had - loving, protective, kind. He was my companion, and I don't know what I'll do without him. Thank you for helping me find such an unforgettable boy. I will miss him very, very much. He was a once in a lifetime dog.
River - October 16, 2015
My husband and I adopted River on September 10, 2007 and we lost him due to breathing problems on October 16, 2015. When we adopted him, his estimated age was 4 years old but no one was quite certain. The following is a note I wrote to your organization on September 23, 2007: We have had River for 13 days and he has brought more joy to our lives than we could have imagined. He loves to play, and he loves his treats and his food. One of the many things that we have been amused by is River trotting (he looks like a Tennessee Walking Horse) around the pool. He has been in the pool one time, but seems to prefer trotting around it with one of his toys in his mouth. River likes to “present” us with a toy when we get home – not necessarily to give us the toy but, we surmise, to let us know how happy he is about our returning home. He is alert, interested and curious about his surroundings, and he continues to be very polite. He will present himself to let us know that he is interested in what we’re doing (especially eating), but he does not jump or drool or beg or try to snatch things from us – he is respectful. We took him to the veterinarian for his first well-visit and he charmed the staff with his alertness and good manners. It is evident that much of his discipline and good manners come from the care his foster family provided him. They nurtured him and helped him establish and maintain good behavior. We have had a lot of fun going to various pet stores and learning about the things he lets us know he likes, which is almost everything. (With the exception of sweet potato treats - he spits them out – who can blame him really?) Anyway, we just wanted to give you an update on River and let you know the joy he has brought us. Thank you for all the wonderful work you do on behalf of these marvelous creatures. After I wrote the note, we discovered he loved carrots and bananas. He slowly but surely made his way to sleeping on our bed, he befriended everyone and made a special effort with those who were initially afraid of him – he actually sought those people out and, every single time with no exception, made a friend out of them. He saw us through good times and difficult times and gave us comfort. He was our pride and joy. We were his forever family and he will be “our boy” forever. Jane and Dwayne
Nestle - July 15, 2015
Bowie (fka Renner) - July 7, 2015
I adopted Bowie on January 17, 2014 and I have to say it was one of the best days of my life. For an older dog (at the time of his passing, the vet estimated he was 10 years old) he was full of life and made every day an adventure. We would play fetch and swim almost every day, and everyone who met him was instantly fall in love with him. He was part of my family, and a best friend. Over the 4th of July weekend, Bowie fell ill very quickly and it was determined he had cancer. Unfortunately we had to say goodbye a few days later. I only had Bowie for a year and a half, and I still feel heartache to this day, but I am so grateful that he was a part of my life, even though it was such a short amount of time. I'll miss him everyday. Whitney Husbenet
Madie - April 16, 2014
On 4/16/2014 we lost our Madie girl, Mad dog, yellow dog. Though it’s been almost 2 years since she left us, our hearts are broken and we miss her presence every day. She had a very long and happy 16 years with us. We adopted Madie through DFW Lab Rescue in December of 1998. She was even featured in the 2000 DFW RSQ Lab Calendar May 2000 in a picture drinking from the water hose. She loved water, spending her summers at the lake, on the boat and hanging on the beach. She helped raise both our boys of 12 and 15 years. And though she was definitely a daddy’s girl, mommy especially loved that she kept her company throughout the day. Madie was the best guard dog you could ask for, but had a sweet and gentle spirit that melted our hearts and all those who knew her. Her job is now complete on earth, and we often find comfort in knowing she will be waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge. The Hazel Family.
Sammy (fka Samson) - October 5, 2015
It’s been a little over a month since we had to say goodbye to our Sammy and it is still very difficult to write about him without getting choked up. Back in 2008 we had officially become empty-nesters when we adopted Samson from DFW Lab Rescue. He was 2 years old at the time, and he quickly became more than just a pet for us. Sammy was a very laid back dog with a gentle disposition. He never met a stranger, whether a 2-legged one or a 4-legged one, with the exception of the squirrels who would venture into our backyard. He was great with our young grandchildren – nothing seemed to faze him - and he was excellent at cuddling. We would laugh at how he would take treats from our fingers in the most gentle and precise way with his teeth, very slowly and careful not to accidentally get part of a finger or hand. He went everywhere with us and was a faithful companion.
He loved his daily walks in the park more than anything…so many squirrels to scare off and lots of other people and dogs to meet. But in March of this year he began to drag one of his back legs when he walked. The limping got worse pretty quickly and soon he lost interest in the squirrels. The vet took x-rays, thinking it was a hip problem, but his hips were fine. We had to make the walks shorter and eventually Sammy didn’t want to go on walks at all anymore. Our vet thought it could be a herniated disk so we had an MRI done in August. The MRI revealed that he had a massive inoperable tumor that wrapped around his spinal cord in the neck area. We were told that he probably only had another couple of months to live, so we took him home, spent lots and lots of time with him, held him close, loved him and spoiled him as much as possible until the day came when he could no longer get around on his own. We made the heartbreaking decision to let him cross the rainbow bridge. We lost a loving and loyal friend on October 5, 2015, and our lives will never be the same. Sammy, you were the best dog ever. We miss you. Bobby and Gwen Sanchez
Fran (fka Francis) - March 5, 2015
The sky shines a little brighter tonight! With a broken heart, I want to let everyone know our permanent hospice foster Fran has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Diagnosed with mast cell cancer in November of 2011 she was originally given 3-6 months to live. We decided at that moment that we would keep her until it was "her time" to go. Well, "her time" proved to be 3 years and 4 months later! Defying all the odds, she kicked Cancer's ____ for that long! She's proof that love, the will to live and the dire need to fetch the ball was more powerful than the C word could be and Dr.s could predict. So, why do we foster? Because until they see forever, we are here for them committed to provided a safe, warm, loving place to live. Unfortunately, "forever" sometimes means that their spirit will just live on in your heart and not a forever home. Thank you St. Francis for giving us so long to love her. Fran taught us more things about life and simple living than any human ever could! Love live Fran! Run free of pain and cancer sweet baby girl. We love you and miss you already! Jennifer and Erik Rubach
Dixon - December 2014
Dixon had such an entourage that loved him dearly even outside of our family. We let him go to heaven today after 14 wonderful years of love. He smiled all the way to the end. Thank you DFW Lab Rescue for bringing Dixon to our lives. You should know that not only are you changing the lives of dogs, but the owners too
Montana - March 17, 2014
Dear DFW Lab Rescue, February 2012 we were very lucky to find a best friend for our chocolate Lab named Tex. Tex had lost his first best friend about 6 months before that and was miserable, sad and lonely - as much as his parents were. Our luck was when precious Montana became a part of our family - the sweetest, most laid back, fiercely loyal, fun-loving, beautiful chocolate brown. Montana was burnt orange when we brought him home - from neglect of being left outside 24/7.... couldn't walk on the stone floor for fear of paws burning. We had Montana a little over a year. His coat became glossy silky chocolate, his personality blossomed and he became bonded at the hip with us and Tex. We walked our usual walk on Monday, March 17.2014. We threw the balls less times than usual due to early morning meeting. We came into the garage and Montana began to collapse. I ran into the house to get a blanket...somehow he followed me in only to collapse in my arms. I ran to get his cushion and again, somehow he followed me...to collapse again in my arms on his cushion and take his last three breaths. Our hearts are broken....a huge hole in our home. Montana was loved, adored, needed, wanted. I only hope we gave him half the love and joy he gave to us. Thank you DFW Lab Rescue for bringing this love into our lives. Tex is letting us know not to waste too much time finding a new best friend for him. OriAnn & Jud Phillips
Odie- January 1, 2013
Our beloved friend, Odie, passed away 01-01-2013. We still grieve but are gradually being able to look at Lab-available websites again. He had cancer throughout unknown to us as he never appeared ill or in pain. This is a painting I did of him off to see the rest of his buddies at the Rainbow Bridge. We only had him 9 years. He is missed so much. Beverly and Dale Johnson, Fort Worth
Marcus - February 20, 2014
This is "Marcus" and he was viciously attacked by three dogs. He was found by FW Animal Control and we immediately went to get him and get him to our vet. He was a 6 yr old chocolate boy, severely emaciated, with bite wounds all over his body. We immediately took him in to begin being treated at our vet to get stabilized to do further tests to determine the full extent of his injuries. After a day he ate and drank only a "little" throughout the day, so IV fluids were started again to make sure that he stayed hydrated in hopes of developing a bit of an appetite. He was put on very strong antibiotics to hopefully curb infection from the multiple bite wounds. He was also receiving pain medication to try to keep him comfortable. Later in the day, the despair in his eyes was ebbing, being replaced by flecks of hope and gratitude. And of course that big brown tail gave a couple thumps to say "thank you". After a few days Marcus had a bath, ate a little and even walked around some. He then went to sleep and decided to make his journey to the Rainbow Bridge. He left our world knowing the love of human hands and hearts. The trauma and shock caused by his injuries proved too much for him to overcome. We are grateful that we were able to give him love and comfort in the end.
Ari - August 23, 2012
On August 23, 2012, I held Ari in my arms as he took his final breaths. There's a gaping hole in my heart and home. In May 2003, I adopted Ari from DFW Lab Rescue. My life was forever changed. He entered my home and life as a beautiful and energetic 2 year old who was short on confidence.
I was a runner and needed a partner. Our first run together took 1½ hours to make it around the block. But the next day we went again and before long he was happily running by my side where he would continue to run for the next 9 years winning several races during those years. Ari ran with me, but he also had his own activities. He achieved WETTDOG rescue XX (Water Educated Trained and Tested expert certified), K9 Good Citizen, beginner Tracker and was a Baylor Hospital Therapy Dog. Additionally, he was an ambassador dog at the annual DFW Lab golfing event. Over the years as Ari excelled in activities, his confidence grew.
Ari helped me through terribly difficult times in my life. We shared a heart. He was also the reason that I would later foster several dogs for DFW Lab. He taught me that life should be fun and enjoyed and he provided a companion to share in the fun. We went through terribly sad times but also the happiest times together. Ari's confidence grew so much that he recognized his importance in my life and knew exactly how much he was loved. Yes, he was a spoiled monster at times. If company came over, they came over to see him and he would bark at them until they too realized it was Ari who they were to pay attention to. He would let me know when it was time to eat with not just a bark, but a demanding multiple LOUD Lab bark. I'm sure there are others who know this bark. He would bark when I wasn't throwing the bumpers fast enough and when he wanted to go outside to eat the forbidden fruit that had fallen from the trees.
His favorite place to be while I worked during the days was on top of my feet underneath my desk. While I showered he would press his body against the shower door and keep me shut in the shower until I could get him to move. In the kitchen he was always under foot. The first days without him, it's the everyday things that are so hard. I miss him on my feet and I miss the 4:30 a.m. bark waking me up to eat breakfast. I know that Ari lived a wonderful life and felt strong enough to chase the Longhorn Cattle behind our back pasture his final day. I'm so thankful that I woke up and held him his final breaths.
I used to say that I had the best dog in the world and that everyone should consider adoption as their best dog in the world was waiting. I know my words were true. Ari was the best dog in the world. I will forever be grateful to DFW Lab Rescue and Tami Stanley his foster mom for taking a chance on a dog that was huddled in the corner that only made eye contact after the 3rd visit when Tami came with hotdog bites. DFW Lab Rescue and Tami saved Ari's life, Ari saved my life and I provided Ari a great life that all dogs should live. These tears I cry, I know are only tears for me as I've lost my best friend and my heart.
The two pictures are from the day Tami brought Ari to my home taken a few minutes after she left and from this year's annual blue bonnet pictures taken In April in my back pasture where Ari ran chasing Longhorns.
Kathy Wickersham (mom to Ari Wickersham)
Max - August 27, 2012
We got our beloved Max from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Lab Rescue over 12 years ago. Animal Control found him abandoned on the side of a highway and he was just about to be put down before Lab Rescue came and got him. And we were so lucky to get him after that. As grateful as he was to us for becoming his permanent family, we were even more grateful for him and having him in our lives for so long. At the time we got Max, we had Abby, an elderly black Lab. Max followed Abby's lead. He also literally licked the wounds from Abby's head (in the form of a few warts she had on her noggin). Max and Abby became inseparable. And when Abby passed away in 2002, Max took over as the chief (actually, only) dog of the house. Then we got Bo, a wonderful fox red Lab, also from DFW Lab Rescue. Max became Bo's teacher and they became inseparable. Max loved the water. His favorite thing was to jump in our pool and fetch the tennis ball. Bo, who is afraid to swim, would wait on the deck and retrieve the ball from Max - and then return it to me for another round of fetch. In time, we will continue the cycle and get another Lab from DFW Lab Rescue that will be a new companion for Bo (and us). Of course, no one will ever replace Max. But as we all know, every Lab is special in their own way --and we look forward to the day that we can take in another Lab that will give him (or her) his own "new leash on life" (as DFW Lab Rescue says). Max: RIP. You will always remain in our hearts.
Sydney - May 16, 2012
Just wanted to let you know that our dog, Sydney (one of three dogs we have adopted through your organization), passed away at the ripe old age of 14. We got to have her in our lives for seven years and it was a fantastic seven years! Sydney fit into our family from the moment she arrived, no awkwardness, no 'breaking-in' period. It's like the moment we all met, she said 'this is home' and she adopted us right away. She was the sweetest, most loveable, gentlest dog and she made every day a joy. We just want to thank you for what you do-for helping connect us with another fantastic lab who truly became part of our family. We will miss her so very much and if it weren't for you, we never would have known her. See you on the rainbow bridge, baby!!
Shiloh - February 14, 2012
February 14, 2012, we said goodbye to Shiloh Foley. Kevin adopted her 8 years ago and loved her laid back, loveable and easy going personality. After spending just a few hours together, he knew she was the one for him! Little did Kevin know that Shiloh was leading the both of them to embark on new adventures. After taking Shiloh to Custer McDermott Animal Hospital for an appointment, Kevin met veterinary technician, Jessie who had just adopted a yellow lab puppy of her own - Popeye. The two bonded right away - Popeye and Shiloh too! In 2006, the two households merged and Jessie and Kevin were married! If Shiloh had not captured Kevin's heart, Kevin and Jessie never would have met. Shiloh loved chasing a tennis ball with Popeye, swimming in a lake but not particularly swimming in pools. She would "tolerate" a swim if Kevin held her and walked around the pool. She much preferred to sun by the pool and "relax". Shiloh could snore louder than most humans! Kevin loved each moment of this and found it incredibly comforting. While Popeye would sometimes raise her eyes and look at us, as if saying, "you think I can sleep with that?" Shiloh suffered from seizures and they were managed for 7 years. Recently after a move to Tennessee, Shiloh's back hips and legs began to decline, even with medication, she struggled. Even through her tough times, she never gave up time for a good tummy rub or food! She loved laying on her back and "scratching" it on the floor. Her expressive eyes let us know that she was worn out and loved us but could be more comfortable. Kevin, Popeye and I made the trip to the vet hospital and made the decision to send her to the Rainbow Bridge. The procedure went incredibly smooth and Shiloh went out in her style... snoring. We love and miss you girl.
Bailey - November 3, 2011
We had to say goodbye yesterday to our beloved yellow lab, Bailey. It doesn't seem like it's been over 14 years since we adopted her from DFW Lab Rescue. "You've got to come in and see this one - she's really cute! She's the color of toast." That was how Cathy Brown, the adoption coordinator, described the little female Labrador that had been spayed that July morning in 1997. Bentley and I drove out to the veterinary clinic where Lab Rescue housed some of their dogs, and soon a scrawny little girl with long legs and giant paws came out for her introductions. She draped her front paws over Bentley's knee, and looked up at me with her liquid gold eyes, and we were hooked! At six months old, she understood the basic commands and only had one accident in the house, but she did need some training for walking on a leash. She decided she loved going for walks, and with her boundless Labrador energy would be happy to drag us all over the neighborhood so she could get her fill of the smells and squirrel sightings. She was three years old when we moved into a house with a pool, and she was wary of it for about a year, but when she was finally coaxed into stepping down into the pool, she discovered the true joy of being a water dog. She would swim for hours, retrieving her toy boats and fishes, hop out to sun herself on a lounge chair, then get back in the pool for more fun. I will never forget one day when we were having a repair done in the house: I came through the kitchen to see the repairman staring out the kitchen windows toward the pool. Bailey had decided to entertain herself by taking a nice cool dip. With his hands on his hips, the repairman drawled, "That dawg shore is enjoyin' that pool!" Yes, she was.
Anything made from paper was considered a toy for Bailey. For years, toilet paper and paper towel spools were for Bailey to chew on and shred, along with Christmas wrap and newspaper ads. Christmas was always great fun for her, whether she was plopping herself down in the middle of the wrapping paper that I was using, or shoving her head into gift bags, there was always something to do! She would stare you down until you finished a bottle of water, waiting for the moment when she could crunch into the plastic. She did her share of recycling!
Bailey was plagued with arthritis in her hips for a number of years, but it really only started to slow her down during her last year. While there wouldn't be any more walks or days of swimming, she was always happy to greet visitors with a wagging tail or a nose nudge. She never ventured too far away from her food dish, and she kept us on a rigid schedule of delivering her regular meals and numerous treats throughout the day. Completely loyal and happiest when she was laying at your feet with your foot or hand rubbing her back, she brought warmth and love into our hearts and completed our family. Her goal in life was to love us and make us happy, and we totally adored her. Our home won't be the same without her.
BAILEY - Jan 15, 1997 - Nov 3, 2011
Only a dog, but such love she gave cannot have perished in the grave. So constant and faithful and true a heart must, in eternity, have some part. And sometimes I fancy when I've crossed life's sea I'll find her waiting to welcome me. ~ Anon.
Misty (fka Darringer "Miss D") - October 2011
Miss D was diagnosed with a malignant pancreatic tumor. She is sorely missed by her family and was an amazing, loving baby.
Ike - October 12, 2011
I wanted to let you know that Ike was a great dog and my best friend. He was well behaved and had the best temperament; and pretty good looking to boot. He has had many a compliment thrown his way. He greeted me at the door every time I walked in and that would always make my day. He always had that smile on his face. He was everything you could want in a dog and more. Even though I had him for 3 short years, they were 3 great years. I do not know if you are still with the lab rescue, but, you and that team are doing a wonderful job.
Packard - June 2011
Packard was found wondering down a busy Dallas road in the rain and cool temperatures we had early May. A good Samaritan and fellow dog lover pulled over and got him to safety. With no place to keep him she took him to the Dallas Shelter and contacted us. We got him into our program and I fostered him. He was treated like the King of the house. He got so much love and affection from the entire family including the family dogs. Everyone who met Packard instantly fell for him but due to a prior head trauma he was a bit lopsided and unique. His appearance didn't change how beautiful he was, both inside and out. I am so thankful I could give him love, affection and good care for the last month of his precious life. His favorite things were to of course chase the ball and throw it back to you. He loved scout, the 12 week old puppy that often visits for dog sitting. He let her pull on his tail, bite his collar While pulling on it and shaking her head. Scout would jump on him and over him while he was chewing on a bone. He just let her play like a wonderful old grandpa would do. Packard loved to sleep on the cold tile floor. He was rescued and loved for a short time and very much missed! I believe he is with Darwin and Humphrey chasing those tennis balls, swimming in lakes and rolling around in the green grass! Godspeed Packard! We love you and miss you!
Darwin - March 16, 2011
Darwin aka "DarDar" came into our program from the shelter where his owners had left him there to dispose of him. He was in the adoptions but time had run out and he was on his last day. DFW Lab Rescue got him out of there and was off to the vet. He was heartworm positive, slightly malnurished, had a raspy voice and a tumor on his side that was removed. He went on to foster care only to find out his tumor was a stage III Mast Cell Cancer. This is not good news. So as he was deemed unadoptable so his foster asked to adopt him. He quickly had a family to call his own. He was treated for Heartworms and the cancer didnt come back until over a year later. He lived a year of a wonderful very loved life. He was the King and had a few princesses around him. He had an infectious personality that drew people to love on him no matter where we went. He was the Sporting Chance Golf Tourney Ambassadog as well as the program cover model. Darwin was featured in the Fort Worth Magazine 360 West last August "Hearts to the Rescue". Darwin's breathing continued to become a challenge as time went on. After diagnosed with Laryngeal Paralysis and a surgical procedure to help; only did so for a short time. Sadly DarDar left to cross the bridge on March 16th. Our house is not the same without my huge love bug of a Yellow old man Lab. Darwin you are very sadly missed but we do celebrate the year we were blessed to have you in our lives. The Hamilton family
Annie-Belle - February 28, 2011
We adopted Annie-Belle (formerly known as Annie) as a pup from your wonderful organization in January, 2000. We moved to CT in 2002 where she had a blast romping in the snow and for the last 6 years, had another rescue Lab to play with. It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that Annie-Belle was put down on 2/28/11. She suffered from degenerative myelopathy, a non-reversible neurological condition that made her hips/back legs very weak. Her quality of life was compromised and the decline started to accelerate the past few weeks. We were with her until the very end; the least we could do for our constant companion and family member of over 11 years. We will miss Annie-Belle's presence and there is a noticeable void in our home.
7 years old
January 4, 2011 - Cancer
Humphrey lived an entire life of horrible neglect. He ended up in a shelter with an uncertain future. A local vet got him out of the shelter and gave him the medical care he so deserved. He had several surgeries and was desperately in need of just good ol fashioned TLC. He was transfered to DFW Lab Rescue and and went to foster care where he recieved all of the Love and kindness he so deserved. While we initially wondered how long we could help Humphrey with all his medical needs, our time with him turned out to be a true gift. If he could go through all he went through and still have such an unconditional heart of gold until the end, it makes us put our petty problems in perspective. He did have to stay at the vet for a week in the beginning of December and was diagnosed with his bladder cancer then. But after that he came home with us for the remainder of his days and he really did well getting up to 6 block walks twice a day, a little running in the backyard with our other lab, put on some weight and became almost a normal happy dog. He did remain incontinent the whole time so we kept a diaper on him except for walks and really had a great time with him for another month. In the end, he began to have more difficulty urinating due to his growing bladder tumor. He was catheterized once to relieve his bladder right after New Years Day and then we took him home for one last day and give his bladder one last chance to work normally. I took that last day off work and took him and our other dog down to White Rock Lake just to walk and sniff around and lay in the sun. After that, my wife and I gave him a "hot dog and cheese party" where he got lots of good people food as a final celebration. He was unable to urinate that last day so we did take him to his vet to be put down before he started experiencing any discomfort from his steadily distending bladder. We tried to keep that entire last day as a celebration for him, although the last couple hours that day with him were difficult for my wife and I. He did depart us in comfort and peace on January 4th with my wife and I petting him and holding him all during his final moments of life. In reflection, he was really happy those last two months, always wagging his broken up tail and enjoying lots of attention, walks, petting, and love. He was able to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years with all our family and friends who helped us surround him with plenty of love and companionship. I am amazed how quickly he became a close member of all our family and am thankful we were able to spend those last days celebrating life with him. He really was a special being. I thank DFWLRRC for helping give him a chance at an enjoyable and happy end of his life and show him that humans can be caring and compassionate and life can be fun. I know for a fact he left this earth loving life and everyone he encountered. Rest well Humphrey! We love and miss you!! The Hull Family
12 years old
December 31, 2010 - Heart Failure
Riego indeed made it to us just in time to know the love and compassion our volunteers and donors have. Although his stay wasn't long, he passed with dignity in a warm safe place with loving care, instead of on a cold shelter floor.
Java - September 17, 2010
More than eight years ago, I adopted Java through your great agency. He died suddenly Friday morning, probably the result of r