Since House with a Heart opened its door in 2006, we have said good-bye to seventy-one of our cherished residents. They will always remain in our hearts and we are eternally grateful for the time we had them in our lives. We find comfort in knowing we fulfilled our mission by providing them all with a loving home for the last years of their lives. On this page we Honor some of these special friends.
Our sweet Sugar crossed the Rainbow Bridge in February of 2016. This fifteen-year old, four-pound Mi-Ki stole our hearts from day one. Her fur was as soft as a rabbit’s and her dark eyes were so big and bright. She had lost her bottom jaw to the ravages of dental disease and she always looked like she was smiling, the tip of her tongue peeking through. She never made a sound, but certainly was adept at letting her wishes be known. If she didn’t want to be bothered, her toothless mouth would try to nip your finger and, when it was breakfast or dinner time she would act like a crazy girl. You just couldn’t help but smile at this tiny clown.
Tragically, Sugar’s health had been in a steady decline. All of her systems were failing and we knew it was her time. One of our very dedicated volunteers, France, who was very bonded to Sugar asked if she could take her special friend to the vet one final time. She asked that she be permitted to take Sugar alone. And there Frances bid farewell to the little dog she loved so well.
Logan – Memorial
This sweet hound came to HWAH when he was nine-years-plus, after spending most of his life in horrific conditions in the hills of Appalachia. But despite years of the abuse and neglect. Logan was a gentle old guy who got on well with people, cats, and other dogs, especially his BFF, Jenny. He was the Ambassador of HWAH and greeted all visitors with love. He will be missed greatly by all that met him.
Logan passed away in August this year from cancer that had invaded his liver and his lungs. We miss Logan so much and have been giving Jenny special love and care as she is missing her constant companion. August 2017
A terrified Tammy arrived at the shelter, likely suffering severe abuse. After an unsuccessful period of adjustment, she was scheduled for euthanasia. But on her way to the procedure, a staff member saw Tammy’s tail wagging! Sent to HWAH, every time Tammy, our miniature schnauzer was called, this sweet spaniel mix responded! So, she became Tammy Two-Too.
“We had to let her go today. It seems she had a stroke……….. It was quick…she was calm and quiet and Dr. Neville came to assist her in her passing. She was the longest resident at House with a Heart – she came to live her with Sher in 2009” October 5, 2017
Tobi – Memorial
Tobi was a twenty-year-old min pin who certainly doesn’t look her age. She joined us when her mom passed away and the family could not care for her. Tobi was a quiet little girl who enjoyed pets and scratches as well as snoozing in a comfy bed. We were so happy to happy to have her with us.
She was always calm and quiet and composed., a true, little Lady. We happily shared our lives with Tobi for several years and she passed in June 2017 of old age.
Farewell, Master, yet not farewell.
Where I go, ye too shall dwell.
I am gone, before your face, A moment’s time, a little space.
When ye come where I have stepped, Ye will wonder why ye wept.