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Weep not for me though I am gone i nto that gentle night.
 
Grieve if you will, but not for long u pon my soul's sweet flight.
 
I am at peace, my soul's at rest t here is no need for tears.
For with your love I was so blessed fo r all those many years.
There is no pain, I suffer not, t he fear now all is gone.
Put now these things out of your thoughts, i n your memory I live on.
Remember not my fight for breath, r emember not the strife.
 
Please do not dwell upon my death, b ut celebrate my life.  

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Montie
It was in September of 2017 when I first met Montie during an  AZBTR meet and greet.  I thought he was so cute and he ran through the pet store and picked out a giant stuffed toy.  We rescued and adopted him right after we got back from a cruise in the beginning of October.  We knew he had some issues, but all  in all he was the most loving and playful old soul.  He was so spoiled and really took a liking to my husband.  He loved to be on his lap and give kisses when he wanted to clean the bowl or plate after dinner.  All he needed was love on his terms and that is what he got.  He loved laying in the chairs on our patio in the sun.  He also loved being wrapped up in a blanket especially the "Boston Red Sox" blanket.  He loved that blanket.  He also loved his big stuffy ball toy and would shake it and run after it for hours. He was a picky eater, so of course he loved FreshPet.   He also wanted to be sure by the end of the night that everyone in our family had come home.  I'm so glad we had the past 20 months with him.  His illness came on so suddenly and worsened within two weeks. W e wished we could of had more time with him   He crossed over the rainbow bridge at 14 years old on June 12, 2019. Our hearts were so broken but so relieved he was no longer in agony.  He came to us for a reason and we fulfilled our duties to love him to the end.  One day we will meet again "Montel".  
 
Sandra and Mark McQueary



Toby

With heavy hearts we wanted to share with you that our Toby good boy, passed on the morning of October 4th, 2018. We rescued Toby from AZBTR in 2015. We were looking for a small semi young Boston. What we found was an 80lb olde English Bulldog and we fell in love. He was a senior rescue , but he still had a bit of pup left in him. Toby loved to splash in puddles, roll in grass and was a talkative goofball, and he bonded with my youngest in the way a boy and his dog do. 
Over the past few months his age was finally catching up to him. It was getting harder to get up and move around. Our walks were shorter and much slower, his piggy appetite turned peckish and his usual “I’ll knock you over” butt wiggle greets turned to “I’ll just wiggle in my bed to let you know I’m happy you’re home” . 
We knew his time was approaching and did our best to make him comfortable. 
Wednesday evening, our grey faced old man wouldn’t leave my side except to hobble over to his boys (the kids) and plop down on the floor, and I felt in my heart he was saying goodbye. I was right. The next morning he waited until the kids left for school and it was just the two of us, and he let go. 
I’m happy for the time we got to share with Toby, he was a clown, gentle and such a sweet boy. No amount of “being prepared “ will ever really be enough when the day comes I’ve learned. We will miss him, and we thank you for the opportunity to be his family. 

 Much appreciated -Stefanie, Ethan and Aevin




Winston
I wanted to share w/ you that my beloved Winston passed away recently 6/22.  You knew him as Burt the English Bulldog. He started his adoption w/ my close friend Jeff who instead adopted Pugsley while I adopted Winston. 
 
Winston had a hidden heart condition that went unnoticed till the very end. It happened very fast & absolutely nothing that could be done to save him. The last 2 months of his life both Jeff & I shared his life as we both loved this dog so much. Jeff was able to extend Winston's life by 2 months w/ medication & constant care due to my job hrs. I would have been lost w/ out Jeff taking care of Winston & giving us 2 more months together. 
 
Winston was such an awesome dog. He changed so much in his time here. He was the most loving gentle dog& a hilarious character of a dog. He was good w/ all,  dogs, cats, kids...you name it he was happy! He lost his food aggression behavior through work & stability in knowing when he was next getting fed, lost his separation anxiety until the end when he became sick. He loved his walks, ear rubs & butt scratches. Loved loved loved his treats & his humans.  
 
I didn't get much time w/ Winston. Barely a year before he was sick & gone...but thank you for giving me such a fabulous dog to love. 
Winston's mom



Mabel

With the heaviest of hearts, we wanted to share that our beloved Mabel crossed to the Rainbow Bridge on January 10th, 2018.  Although Mabel wasn't a rescue, she has been part of the AZBTR family from the very beginning, and attended the very first AZBTR picnic...and has been attending throughout her life.  She was the boss of all that she surveyed and raised her adopted siblings with an iron paw.  Throughout her life she worked tirelessly in ensuring her pack was brought up properly and obeyed all of her rules. She experienced the good times and the sad, watching 4 of her adopted pack pass to the rainbow bridge.  He latest project puppy is Billie Lou who she has recently shown the ropes, and we suppose she felt her training was complete.  Mabel worked hard and has earned her rest.  Her task on this earth is complete and she was called home.  Mabel was sweet as honey and tough as nails, but the 2 strokes  in 3 days  and her failing heart was just too much for her petite little body.  We will forever miss her shrill bark that would meet us at the door or her warm licks that would calm us before bedtime.  Our hearts are broken beyond repair and we will miss her to no end.  Sleep well baby. 

Gregg G. (Mabels Grampy)




Enzo 2006-2017

I wanted to share the sad news with you that our little boy passed on Sunday September 3rd  Jane and I are so heartbroken. He was such a great smart and loving dog. We were so lucky to have him for the past 7 years. The vet believes he had hemangiosarcoma and aggressive form of cancer that shows zero symptoms until it is too late. Friday  he was normal.  Saturday h e woke up and was not himself, by Saturday afternoon  he was panting and drooling and not wanting to eat and could not walk well. They kept him overnight for 24 hours to give him fluids and was hopeful he would improve but by Sunday  evening he was becoming anemic losing platelets and his lungs were filling with fluid and blood. They believe a tumor ruptured Sunday and from there it went downhill fast. They said they could do a blood transfusion but no guarantee. They could do surgery to find the bleeding but were not sure he would he would survive the procedure so the last option was to euthanize him as they were not sure he would make it through the night.

We sat with him for about an hour, he licked my face and gave Jane love, we took him for a brief walk the best he could and that was it. He did not suffer long but it happened all too fast. I miss him terribly. He was so smart and was everything to Jane and I. I want to thank you for allowing us to be his parents. He was a wonderful ray of sunshine in a sometimes cruel world.

In your adoption description of Enzo, you said that he was a “big boy who loves his toys”… and that was true throughout his life. The night before he got sick, he was running crazily around the house--beyond excited with a new toy that had just arrived in the mail that afternoon. Our boy loved his toys, and we take comfort in that being our last healthy memory of him… playing happily with his toys… without an inkling of what was to come that next fateful day.

Matt and Jane
 



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