NEWS & EVENTS

To the Rescue is now available for your KINDLE at Amazon.
It's a great way to have To the Rescue with you wherever you go.

Al Emond sent this memorial to his dog, Maggie.
Maggie's story appears in To the Rescue on page 5.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF MAGGIE, OUR BEST FRIEND AND COMPANION, WHO WAS ADOPTED FROM THE DOG POUND WITH HER NAME ON THE LIST OF DOGS TO BE
EUTHANIZED BECAUSE SHE HAD BEEN BADLY HIT BY A CAR. MAGGIE OVERCAME TWO LIFE THREATENING SURGERIES, WENT ON TO BECOME A CERTIFIED PET THERAPY DOG WITH DELTA SOCIETY/PET PARTNERS AND IN TWELVE YEARS SERVED OVER 5,000 PEOPLE, BOTH YOUNG AND OLD, BLACK AND WHITE, IN SCHOOLS, CONVALESCENT HOMES, HOSPITALS, AND PRIVATE HOME VISITS. WE THANK YOU, MAGGIE, FOR THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN TO ALL OF US.


Announcing the publication of a wonderful children's book:

Rusty, The Story of a Very Lucky Dog
by Sophie and Derek Craighead

Rusty's story also appears in To the Rescue on page 47

This message from Pam Bertz on the loss of her wonderful dog, Gina. Gina's story is told in To the Rescue on page 82.

The last two days have been very hard, but today about noon, we made the decision to let Gina run over the Rainbow Bridge.

She was our sweet little girl, who overcame so many obstacles. She was abused and left in the desert and found her way to a shelter, where we were fortunate to find her at 1 1/2 yrs. old. She was deathly afraid of men and most sudden movements. But, she overcame all her fears in order to follow her sister into Therapy Dog work in 2004 and then into HOPE Animal-Asssisted Crisis Response in 2005. She overcame spinal surgery

and countless bouts with allergies. Her main desire was to curl up with you, be petted and loved, and in turn return that love.

During those times she touched so many lives and gave so many hope, compassion, and love. Her story, and the help she gave to one young man she bonded with at a youth shelter, are told in a book To the Rescue - Found Dogs with a Mission by noted writer Elise Lufkin, and for which she won an Honorable Mention in Delta Society's Beyond the Limits award. She retired from HOPE work in 2010 due to physical problems, but still looked forward to, and loved the visits at the youth shelters.

To my sweet little girl so full of love and compassion - we love you and now you can rest easy, run and play with abandon, as your job with us is done.

An interesting article on Joe Hurlburt and his dog, Volkl. Their story is on page 124 in To the Rescue.
http://www.valleycitizen.com/stories_news_detail.php?pkStories=418

Steve Briggs has written an interesting article about his experiences with animal-assisted therapy for patients with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Steve and his dog, Serena (To the Rescue, page 10) have been working with autistic children.
[click to download article ]

From Frances Pilot, a memorial for her great therapy dog, Louis. You can read his story on page 8 in To the Rescue.

Louis Raymond PIlot entered into rest today, November 11, 1010, a month before his 10th birthday. He is at peace after a short, but violent, struggle with kidney failure. My gentle giant died as he had lived with dignity, courage, and grace. I will miss him always and treasure his memory -- he was the love of my life.

Louis worked for many years as a therapy dog, first, at St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center and then at the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases, where he touched the lives of many adults, patients and staff alike, and children with his compassion and empathy. He was recognized for his achievements in the book "To the Rescue" and in the Time Magazine (Time.com) video "Rescued Stray Becomes a Therapist."


Louis had an incredible zest for life. He loved eating, playing, chasing tennis balls, swimming, and boating. (I've attached a photo of the two of us enjoying a sunset in the good days before illness and age took their toll). Although his life was much too short, he taught me a great deal about patience, acceptance, and unconditional love. I miss him deeply -- there's an emptiness in my home and heart.

Frances Pilot

From Billie Peters, a memorial tribute to Batman (page 116 in To the Rescue)

He moved to my home over 5 years ago and into my heart 5 minutes later.  As soon as he was eligible he earned his Delta certification as a therapy dog and started spreading his special magic of compassion, acceptance, love, and sloppy kisses with that wildly wagging tail going like 60, to all he met.

The children from schools, libraries, camps and Special Ed events never forgot  his name and will enjoy his book marks for years “ I read to Batman “ with his picture proudly showing off his Batman Collar.  He always knew that collar meant he was off on a new adventure that could be a nursing home, hospital, demonstration or wherever his presence was requested.
He was a great ambassador for Greyhound Rescue and seldom missed a Meet n Greet with his grey friends. He was the picture of nobility, enthusiasm for man and canine and even loved cats.  What a GUY.
You blessed my life with all that is loving and good.  I will forever be thankful as you enriched my life and taught me so much BIG GUY.
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From Eileen Roemer about her dog Bailey (page 3 in To the Rescue):

It is with tons of sadness that I tell you that Bailey is gone.  Who would have thought that this dog, rescued from animal control and meant for a grieving family, full of ticks, fleas, in bad health, starving with rotting teeth, would turn out to the be the hero he became.  He helped bring closure to families of 9/11 Pentagon victims.  He followed me wherever I chose to take him:  endless training and searches for human remains (usually based on some lying informant's information); to Mississippi from Virginia; from Mississippi to Maryland;  to Florida from Maryland.

Bailey was the last one in, after my other two goldens, Riley and Annie, and he's now the last one out.  He was 14 years old and he was a typically stoic and loyal Golden Retriever dog.  I truly believe he hung around to make sure that I was okay and that I would have the chance to live "happily ever after".

For the last several weekends, Bailey has been swimming in the pool.

This morning, he just couldn't stand up.  I loved him dearly and will miss him always.  I am comforted by the fact that they are all together now.  It was a great run!

Bailey Roemer, aka "Waterloo's Last General"
6/30/1996 - 7/24/2010
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Click below for a memorial tribute for Fred,
To the Rescue's cover dog, his story on page 87: warlkids.blogspot.com

Fred was Diane Shust's beloved dog.  For ten years they visited students in Washington, DC schools, bringing delight and humane education to many children.
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Posthumous award for Deb Zapusek's Laddy
(To the Rescue, page 39) from the Companion Animal Association of Arizona

Today I was honored to accept The John Suardoni Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award in memory of Laddy from Companion Animal Association of Arizona a Social Pet Therapy Organization. I thank God for blessing me with this exceptional dog and his mission and I am committed to continuing my support to these programs in his name. 

Thank-you CAAA. I am truly humbled. And this one's for you my precious Caregiver and Soulmate.

Love and prayers,
Debbie

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