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We miss them now and forever.


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The Rainbow Bridge
There is a bridge connecting heaven and earth.
It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors.
Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land
of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place.
There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and frail animals are young again.
Those who are maimed are made whole again.
They play all day with each other.
 
There is only one thing missing.
They are not with their special person who loved them on earth.
So, each day they run and play until the day comes
when one suddenly stops playing and looks up!
The nose twitches!
The ears are up!!
The eyes are staring!!
And this one suddenly runs from the group!

You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet,
you take him or her in your arms and embrace.
Your face is kissed again and again and again and again,
and you look once more in the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together,
never again to be separated.

These are memorial entries for MAGSR Dogs that have gone to wait at the Bridge.

Memorial tributes for our beloved MAGSR pups reported prior to 2016 can be found here.

Monday, December 9, 2019

We are very sad to tell you that our dear sweet boy Dega who we rescued in 2011 has passed away. We are heartbroken. We had lost our previous german shepherd of 14 years in 2011,  and we made the decision to rescue a dog in her honor. 

We met Dega in April of 2011 after my husband saw him on your website. He was stunning, all black with golden eyes. I cannot tell you how many compliments he received over the 8 years we had him.

 Dega was ball driven from day one that we met him. My husband would throw him the ball sometimes 30 times a day in every weather condition you can imagine. Dega never got tired of fetching and bringing the ball back. We also realized we couldn’t take him to my son’s baseball games because the urge to run out on the field and chase the baseball was just too great for him. 

Another thing Dega was famous for was his howling at the sirens. He would stop whatever he was doing and stand tall and howl. He almost looked like a wolf. Living near a firehouse you can imagine how many times a day this would happen and even in the middle of the night. We were woken many times by his “ singing” but we didn’t mind at all. 

Dega loved going to the beach too. Every year we would take him to the Outer Banks. We would walk him for miles on that beach and he loved it. Again, everyone who saw him there would say how beautiful he was. People were just drawn to his beauty and strength. 

Dega was our beach dog, snow dog, and a best friend to my husband. He would follow him around the yard whenever they were outside. He did not need a leash to be outside. He would sit and watch my husband wash his car or walk around while he was mowing the grass. They were inseparable. 

Dega was a good protector for my children as well. They were older when we got him, 16 and 12 but he bonded with them from the beginning. It was like he was meant for our family. When they say “ who rescued who” that is completely true. Dega came into our lives when we needed him and we will forever be grateful for him. He will be missed more than you will ever know. Thank you MAGSR for this incredible boy who has appeared on your Holiday card and calendar and changed our lives forever.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

We are saddened to inform you that MAGSR alum, Neena (adopted 2009), has recently passed away at the age of 13.5 yrs. She was absolutely the best dog we could have ever asked or hoped for. We know she was infamous at MAGSR for being "talkative" and needy, but our Neena-the-Needy ended up being the perfect dog for us, teaching us so much about being strong pack leaders. Throughout the 10+yrs we were blessed with her, we went through so many changes--human siblings were born, we moved to 5 acres, got horses, then moved to a 20 acre horse farm. She handled everything with ease. We've attached a few pics of her from throughout the years.  

Neena
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July, 2010 - Tuesday, November 12, 2019

After 6 great years with Maxine, she unfortunately had to be put down. Degenerative Myelopathy had completely incapacitated her back legs and incontinence was setting in. It was a very tough call to make, but we could tell Maxi was not only suffering, but losing her mental capacity as well.

She was the first of three dogs we adopted from MAGSR.

She had a beautiful coat right up until the end!

We miss you Maxi, and know you're back running on all fours in Canine Heaven.

Love,

Allan & Belinda Young

 

 

June, 2012 - Thursday, October 31, 2019

I am sending MAGSR this message to let your organization know of the passing of Tucker.  We adopted Tuck on 11/24/2012 as 5 month old pup that had a tough start.  He was always full of energy and was always ready to play with us.  Tucker had never had any health issues or showed signs of not being 100% until October 30 when he refused to eat dinner and then on Oct 31 did not eat morning food and would not even take treats.  We took him to our Vet, Cabin Creek Animal, where he was x-rayed and blood work completed.  He was bleeding internally. We then took him to PetsER in Salisbury where the bleeding was confirmed along with cancer that had started spreading.  He was extremely weak and unable to continue, so we made the decision to not let him suffer any more.    We miss him, he was so much a part of our lives. 

It is always so good to hear of the good the MAGSR does, and Tucker was the 4th GSD we had adopted from MAGSR.    

Tucker had a AKC Star Medal for training. Thank you to MAGSR for allowing us to care for Tucker for 7 years.

Tucker
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

I wish I could express how grateful I am for Riddick being in my life.  Thank you so much for matching us with Riddick. The joy and love that he has brought to me has been unimaginable.  He was the perfect fit for my small family.  I am so glad I could rescue him and provide him with a loving and active environment.  He was so gentle, yet full of energy.  We enjoyed teaching him how to swim and our family vacation adventures with him.  I loved how liked to show off his tricks – catching the ball, hiking, having no accidents in the house, winning at tug-a-war.  It was fun to watch him go insane trying to put our oversized ball in his mouth.  There was no toy that he couldn’t figure out how to take apart and destroy, yet he never chewed on anything in the house. He was so smart.  He was such a faithful companion and loved our hiking time.

Although he was almost 10, we had gone for our normal weekly 5 mile hike late September.  A month later, he succumbed to cancer.  Joe and I took him to his favorite place – Great Falls and spent some time with him before we had to say goodbye forever.  It was a perfect Fall day for all of us to reminisce over the last 7 years. It has been three weeks now and I am still bawling my eyes out.  I miss him so much. 

Again, thank you for introducing Riddick in our lives.  Joe knew right away he was the dog for us.  I wasn’t so sure, but glad I took the risk.

Rebecca DePrez

Riddick
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

We are writing to share sad news. Our Camden who we adopted in 2012 was put to sleep tonight. This morning he was happy and chasing treats but late this afternoon he had labored breathing so we took him to emergency vet. The vet believes he had a Hemangiosarcoma; We had x-rays done to confirm what the vet believed. Though we are devastated, I am happy that it was very sudden so he was not in pain long. He brought us tremendous joy and will be missed so much.

camden
October, 2010 - Sunday, August 18, 2019

I am very sad to inform you that my beloved dog Sammy left my side on August 18, 2019. I adopted him from MAGSR in October of 2010. He had just arrived at the kennel that very day. You named him Samson because he was so incredibly strong. Sammy was the light of my life and he brought me so much joy. He died from hemangiosarcoma. Know that I did everything medically to assist him. Today rather than speak of his illness I prefer to tell you the first of many of his stories. I came to your kennel that day in October 2019 thinking I might find a friend or maybe a dog that needs to be fostered. Anyway I went through every dog you had in the kennel and none seemed to be “the one”. The person showing us the dogs stated there was one more dog that just arrived and did I want to see him. I said no but my niece said yes so the person helping us ran off to get the new dog the last one to see.

Out comes a large beautiful black and red German Shepherd just like my last two dogs. I walked him around the grass area through the trees checking him out. I tested him to see if he would follow my lead and he did. The woman came back and asked me if I wanted to adopt him and I said no but my niece said yes. Then the woman asked if I would like her to put him in the kennel down the hill to see again later. I said no but my niece said yes. So she put him down the hill in the outside kennel for us. As the end of the day approached, the woman came back and asked if we wanted to see Sammy again I said no but my niece said yes and off she went to get the dog. My niece is an animal person and knew me and my past dogs very well. She knew something I didn’t that day but Sammy made the decision on his own. I walked him around again with all the other people watching. They were ready to make a run for him as soon as I gave him back. He would not have lasted the rest of the day at the kennel.

As I was walking him, he abruptly came to a stop and stared hard into my eyes then turned his head and stared into my niece’s eyes. After staring at us for quite a while he pulled me across the grass area toward the kennel so I let him lead me curious about why. He then made a sharp right turn and went into the parking lot. He went car to car up to the top of the lot until he found my car and he jumped up on it. He refused to leave my car-- he wanted to get inside. Finally, I got him back to the grassy area and he would no longer walk or do anything he just kept pulling me toward the fence separating the parking lot and the grass area. He had positioned himself in direct line with my car on the other side of the fence. So, I told the lady if she could get him a bath I would take him home. After his bath we saw him at the bottom of the hill just staring up at us. He was happy and absolutely knew he was going with us. I was given his leash and Sampson became Sammy as he moved to my side where he remained for the rest of his life. I loved him dearly and miss him horribly. I was so lucky he picked me that day. Thank you for such a wonderful dog.

Sammy (fka Samson)
Thursday, August 15, 2019

We are sad to inform you that we lost our beloved MAGSR dog, Mercedes. She passed away on Monday morning    Our hearts are broken but we are thankful for the five wonderful years of fun and love we had with her.

We adopted her from MAGSR over 5 years ago.  She was the love of our lives.  We will miss her. 

Joe and Jodi McCarthy

Friday, July 5, 2019

It is with broken heart that I write to you today to advise of the passing of our beloved Ginger.  We adopted her by her MAGSR name of Canela on April 3, 2009 when she was about 9 months old.  She was a loving part of our family.  We named her Ginger because of her coloring and we kept Canela as her middle name.  She was always glad to see her family when they would arrive home from work or school.  She loved running and playing but when it was time to go to bed a simple “are you ready to go night night” and she would grab a toy and go straight to our room.  She was a constant companion and was always at someone’s side.  Her passing will leave a great void in all of our hearts.

Ginger, unfortunately was not with us as long as we were hoping, but her health declined sharply over the last month.  She lost function in her back legs and her spleen was very swollen.  The vet had her on Prednisone, a pain killer and two different antibiotics over the past month.  Unfortunately she continued to lose weight and the vet advised that putting her down was probably best. 

Thank You MAGSR for bringing us together.

Sincerely,

Russell Lee

Ginger
Thursday, July 4, 2019

I am so sad to say that our beautiful Chancellor E. DeFeo passed away yesterday at home. He was taken from us way too soon and unexpectedly. He wasn’t feeling well the past three weeks and after two rounds of bloodwork and multiple xrays and other tests, we had him scheduled for an ultrasound for this coming Monday. But he collapsed at home and died in our arms, we still do not know exactly what was wrong but the veterinarian assumed a tumor of some sort. We are devastated. We adopted him July 2010 from you. Thank you for all that you do and for allowing us the joy of having Chancellor for these past 9 years.

Chancellor E DeFeo
June, 2019 - Sunday, June 30, 2019

   It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that Hartley went to the Rainbow Bridge last Friday after battling with Neuropathy for the last year. Hartley was a kind and gentle soul who gave us so much love and his life was cut far to short.  We only had him for about six short years but those years were packed full of love and joy and we will never forget him.  It was with his special and kind nature and love that he filled our hearts which great memories that will live with us forever.  I have a few pictures of our special boy that I'd like to share and want to thank MAGSR for the opportunity to adopt such a wonderful dog. 

Hartley
Hartley
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Dear All:

It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that we had to let our beautiful Dini (FKA Neecy) go on June 6, 2019. We adopted her September 6, 2006 and she came home with us on the 12th. She was challenging, smart and a wonderful companion. At over 14 years of age, DM and seizures diminished her quality of life and robbed her of her mobility. Of course, we are heartbroken, but satisfied that we gave her the best possible life and let her go with dignity and in her own home: happy, secure and enjoying her favorite treat of ice cream. She was a good girl.

Greg Root and Carol Siegel.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

In memory of MAGSR alum, Silver, adopted in May 2009. Silver died April 27, 2019 at the ripe old age of 14. A magnificent and majestic friend and guardian. We are grateful to MAGSR for helping us find each other.

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

We are heartbroken to inform you that Lily was diagnosed with metastatic and untreatable cancer in March. With medication we were able to have her with us -  and her frail elderly yellow lab companion -  still energetic and happy for 5 weeks or so. We then had to let her go in late April so that she would not suffer. She was only 8 having been born 10/10/10

Monday, April 15, 2019

We had to put our sweet boy Nash down today. He was 15 and gave us 13 wonderful years. Not sure that we will ever get to the point where we will want to replace him but thank all of you who helped us make him a part of our lives.

Rene Stein

Nash
Saturday, March 30, 2019

On March 30th, we lost our sweet girl to cancer. For 9 happy years, she was an important part of our family in ways we could have never imagined when we adopted her. We adopted Sadee after a scary incident with another dog that left our son injured. Due to her kind nature and the way she lovingly protected him, she helped him regain confidence and see dogs for the complicated, wonderful creatures that they are. When I gave birth our daughter about 2 years after Sadee joined our family, she further cemented her "awesome big sister" status by loving on the new baby in the same way that she loved our son. Sadee was a best friend to both of our children- always happy to run around the yard playing with them, and standing watch outside of their bedroom doors if they were asleep. She also became my favorite running partner in the whole world. When I could barely get myself out of bed in the pre-dawn hours, the insistence of her wet nose nudging me until I laced up my shoes would remind me that it was worth getting up early- as a run would reveal foxes to chase, exercise to be had and a sunrise somewhere towards the end. One of my favorite things about our runs was when we would pass another neighborhood exerciser. Sadee drew comments from everyone on her majestic beauty and excellent leash manners! I beamed with pride telling them she was adopted. In this way, I think Sadee was a great ambassador for other shelter dogs. After a long, thankless day at work for my husband or I, Sadee's unwavering and extreme excitement as we walked through the front door could remind us in an instant that things weren't so bad. She was there for us until the end. She fought hard, with characteristic German Shepherd stubbornness against an increasingly sick, hurting body. We can only help she felt how much we loved her. It will take time, but when our hearts are healed, we hope to adopt another dog from MAGSR.

Sadee
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Friday, March 15, 2019

Sadly we had to put our wonderful MAGSR dog to sleep tonight due to serious complications from a fall. Jillian - same name from adoption - was a wonderful blessing to our family for nearly 5 years. She lived a difficult life before being rescued by MAGSR, but finally found her forever home with our family, where she enjoy long walks, car rides, and playing in the snow. While her time with us was shorter than we desired, we will always remember her for being the best friend anyone could ever ask for.

She was here when we brought our daughter home from the hospital and their bond was grew stronger from the moment they met.

We will miss Jillian!

Jillian
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Monday, March 4, 2019

Indy fka Enzo adopted fall of 2012 was freed from his lymphoma today. We had Indy for over seven years, he was the sweetest dog I’ve ever had. He will be most remembered for his puppy like nature and wary but sweet demeanor.  His brother Duke (fka Luxor also a MAGSR pup), and the rest of the family will miss him dearly! Until we meet again Indy dog! 

Indy
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Friday, February 1, 2019

Hello,

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that we had to say goodbye to our beloved Samira that we adopted from you in August 2005. She was 14 and very much loved and spoiled for the 13+ years we were fortunate to have her. Sadly though her mind and spirit were willing her body was breaking down miserably and despite medication, and physical therapy and intensive love and care, her body was failing. It was a very hard decision to let her go but she was surrounded by her family and much love and dignity to the end.

 

Sincerely, 

Natalie Gaines

Saturday, January 26, 2019

When we adopted Kenya in January we knew she only had a little time left. 

We said goodbye to our lovely lady in the afternoon on Saturday, January 26th. She took one final ride in the car where she looked out her windows and watched the world go by. An hour later we covered her lovely fur in tears as we said our final goodbyes and told her to wait for us at the bridge. Although Kenya had only been formally adopted for a couple of weeks, she joined our family two years before when we opened our door to her and never looked back. Kenya was our feisty, loyal, playful guardian. She loved ear scratches, squeaky toys, and her walks; however, what she loved most was her human daddy. We think about our lady every day and are sure she is dictating a state of calm over the bridge. We love you Kenya. 

Sincerely, 

Will, Kate, Bear & Ally 

Kenya
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Monday, January 7, 2019

My father, Rand Lambert has asked me to email you regarding his dog Axel, previously named Shadow who was adopted in October of 2017. He has been treated by the vet for several days for what they believed to be gastroenteritis. He went to have him checked again and Axel developed a cardiac issue and passed at the Vet. Obviously my father is heartbroken as this is the second young rescue they have suddenly lost at such a young age although he did live a wonderful life with my parents and was very loved by my entire family. Axe was the third rescue we have adopted from MAGSR. Our first was my pup Bogart in 2003. My father will be contacting you very soon to adopt another.

Thank you so very much,
Rand Lambert and
The Lambert Family

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Hi MAGSR

I wanted to let you know that Maya crossed over the Rainbow Bridge today.  She was a wonderful and loving companion and I will miss her very much.  I can not thanks MAGSR enough for bringing her into my life.

Best,

Sue Underwald 

 

December, 2018 - Saturday, December 15, 2018

In July 2010, we adopted a very shy mild mannered girl from you. turns out, with a little love and confidence building, she was a HIGH DRIVE GSD! she was my heart. unfortunately, age cannot be defeated and we had to let her be at peace a few weeks ago. as you can see in the attached pics, she was spoiled and had a great life!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Our beloved dog, Jambalaya (fka Phaedra), passed away last week.  We adopted her from MAGSR in April, 2008.  Jambalaya shared many fun adventures with us.  She lived and played all over the country, from the California redwoods, the bayous of Louisiana, the hill country in southern Texas, and of course, to the mid-Atlantic region.  Jambalaya was truly the most empathetic dog I have ever met.  She was a steady companion and friend of our children when a parent had to be deployed overseas.  We used to joke that she acted more like a cat than a dog in that she was always looking for the closest sunbeam for a nap.  She lived for snuggles.

Over the past nine months, Jambalaya made many visits to the vet for various issues.  Finally, despite being tempted with steaks, Jambalaya refused almost all food and lost much of her body weight.  She was ready to cross the Rainbow Bridge.  We said our good-byes on December 12.  She was such a sweet girl.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

I wanted to let you all know that Scout crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday.  The Vet said that it was most likely an unknown tumor that ruptured.  He went down hard and fast and there was nothing we could do.  He was the most incredilbe dog I have ever had.  People wouold walk up and start petting him before they even asked permission which was amazing because he was such a big dog but he loved it.  He could have been a therapy dog he was so gentle and loving.  He was my constant companion and my heart is so broken right now.  I know eventually there will be another one but right now I really just want him back.  Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know.  Thank you for bringing us together. 

December, 2018 - Saturday, December 8, 2018

Ranger, also known as OG, Rangeroo, Range, Rangey, Bubby, Bubba, The Squirrel Hunter, G’boy, Sweet Boy, and Riley’s big brother and BFF has moved on from his earthly body.

Our handsome shep-mix Ranger was a WV stray at some point in his first year of life. MAGSR (Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue) in PA helped him find his forever home with us in October of 2007.

He was one of a kind. When we first brought him home he was a little aloof, sure he’d be out on his own again soon. He quickly warmed up and was a loyal and loving pet to our family for more than 11 years.

No squirrel was safe on our property (we lost count after the first 3 dozen kills), and he once took down a raccoon a third his weight. (Thankfully, it was not rabid.) Door-to-door solicitors quickly got the message that they were unwelcome since Ranger could spin up a ferocious and extended barking fit at a moment’s notice. Best guard dog ever.

Vicious-sounding bark aside, our sweet Ranger was gentle and loving to people and dogs of all sorts. He brought our family tons of love and joy. We are so grateful for his friendship and will miss him terribly.

Ranger Moore
3/1/2007 (est.) — 12/5/2018

Rest In Peace, Sweet Boy! 

Ranger
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

It is with deep sadness that I tell you we lost our beautiful MAGSR dog, Katie, to lymphoma. Katie was a sweet and gentle soul who represented MAGSR at many events and meet and greets over the past five years. She brought us so much joy and she will be missed beyond words. We are truly heartbroken. Thank you to all of our fellow volunteers who help so many dogs like Katie to find their forever homes. Although we lost her way too soon, we know her last years were happy ones.

Julie & Pete Switzer

Our sweet Katie Von Der Misty Ridge

Katie
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Monday, November 12, 2018

It is with a heavy heart I report that Rocket was put to sleep today. 

It was discovered that he had a growth in the abdominal area -  blood work showed anemia and high white blood count.  Also liver enzymes were slightly elevated.  We treated him with broad-spectrum antibiotics which gave him some relief from what appeared to be infection associated with this growth.  He also had an alarming amount of blood in his urine.   The vet agreed that treatment was not necessarily called for in a dog this age.  We kept him comfortable and happy but eventually, he refused food and water and quickly became emaciated.  We are sorry he had to go.

Sincerely, 

Trina Madani on behalf of the Madani family

RIP - Rocket (fka Dozer)
May, 2009 - Monday, November 12, 2018

Teddy was dearly loved by his family and was taken away by cancer.

Teddy
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Archer's family let us know that he was sadly laid to rest in October 2018.

Archer (fka Booker)

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