Since House with a Heart opened its door in 2006, we have said good-bye to eighty-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.



Dixie and Marlie have lived their entire lives in a local community of Sisters, however, the Sisters have been relocated, all but one to nursing homes. So they were unable to keep their beloved pups, and we were glad to welcome them to HWAHDixie was a spayed female Rat Terrier. She was friendly and incredibly loving!Dixie Doodle as we called her sometimes was a real Diva!!! She would rush up to anyone who arrived at HWAH to give them an effusive hello, a little dance move on her hind legs…MAYBE a quick kiss, and then POOF! As if the curtain has come down on the last curtain call….D O N E!! Head high in the air, Decorum back intact, off she walked, all prim and proper!!! It was fun to watch her let the facade slip away once in a while. Dixie was definitely not a cuddly pup, but she was beautiful, and when she did give you her attention it was really special.Sadly we lost her March 8th after a two week battle with pancreatitis,along with related complications.

Sugar – Memorial

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.

Nora – Memorial


Nora lived outdoors on a chain for 9+ years. She was a resilient dog who is the sweetest human loving dog. She loved and respected other dogs and cats. She loved attention, and we made sure she got it after all she’s been through.End of the story: Big Bruno said….. “Ms Nora was happy to see me…she even smiled. Sher spoke with the vet and we all knew it was time. They placed Ms Nora in my lap and she went peacefully. Big Bruno was there in the beginning when we got her and at the end. Thank you Sher for giving her the best 3 years any one can ask for”.

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.