Scout – passed away October 28, 2017

We said goodbye to Scout this morning. He’d slowed down a bunch recently but was still eager to join us for chores every evening. Last night he had mustered the energy for a stroll in the pasture while Colby, Mickey, and Woodie ran around like pointers do. He seemed to soak up the sunshine. This morning he could no longer rise…it was time… He came to me in my time of need and we had seven great years together. Godspeed my dear friend…give my love to Finn and Coconut…may you be reunited with your sound body and boisterous voice…until we […]

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Dante (Kent in rescue) – passed away October 20, 2017

It is with great sorrow that I have to let you know that Dante (adopted as Kent) has gone over the rainbow bridge. He was the sweetest and most loving dog ever. A cuddly boy who loved his routines: Got up at 6 AM to go for a run in the garden, always the same counter-clockwise turn, come in and have his breakfast. Go for a walk with his dog friend always on the hunt for something. We never got to learn his manners when putting his leash on, he was crazy happy to go out for his walks and […]

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James – passed away October 4, 2017

Rest in Peace, James Von Miller.  You were quite the character.  I loved when you’d get a wild hair up your butt and start romping around like a goat.  You were a big part of my life for over a year and I miss you.  No more mountains to climb, sweet boy.  Run free! Love, M

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Fawn – passed away October 1, 2017

Fawn brought a lot of happiness to a lot of people. It started with Ron the day Fawn adopted him. In the 10+ years with Ron, she was a great dog. Fawn was quite the squirrel hunter and a fantastic swimmer. As she aged Fawn just got sweeter though her nuzzling we affectionately referred to as the ‘alligator death roll’. Fawn never had a health issue, not even so much as an ear infection, she was the model GSP and loved by everyone who met her. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with cancer and had only a few months to live. […]

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Addie – passed away September 2017

We love Addie so much and think about her every day.  We love her personality, her silly antics, she was truly the best dog ever.  She even got along well with Stan our cat after ~a year.  She loved running around Bernal Heights and Fort Funston.  We took her with us on so many adventures — Tahoe in the wintertime, Mendocino when Albert and I got engaged, and road trips to LA to see my sister and my niece & nephew.  We miss her every day. -Imee and Albert

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JAX (fka Jazzy) – passed away September 11, 2017

For 12 years she enriched our lives with her boundless energy and unconditional love. Although she was 50% GSP, she cared deeply about birds of all kinds— and adored people as all pit bulls do. Tragically, her older “brother”, Boz, passed 5 days after Jax. We are heartbroken.I hope that they are running together on a beach filled with birds and dog treats. -Marie and Amy

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Charm – passed away September 7, 2017

Our sweet Charm has crossed over the rainbow bridge. She had lymphoma and had gotten to the point where she could barely eat and her breathing was getting more difficult. We are very, very sad but are also grateful for the gift of her presence in our lives. I think Charm has been the perfect dog. Sweet. Loves everyone and everything. Fun. Always ready for an adventure. We will miss her immensely. -The James Family

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Duke (fka Duke2008) and Charlie (fka Farley) – passed away August 2017

We rescued Duke and Charlie in 2009. They brought such love and joy into our home. It saddens me to have to report that we lost them both last month 19 days apart. Duke passed away peacefully at the age of 14 from old age-related complications. Charlie passed from mast cell cancer at the age of 9.5. We thought we had several months left with him but unfortunately, the chemo stopped doing its job. We are devastated and miss them both terribly but we are so thankful to NorCal GSP for allowing them into our lives. They will always be […]

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Austin (fka Franky) – passed away August 2017

This picture of Austin was taken on 7/25/2017, his 16th birthday. When he arrived at our house he was, of course, a little confused. He was used to a female household, and oh, boy! He had ‘boys’ to play with!! He soon had my husband and my 25 and 35 yr old sons right under his paw. I was raised with hound dogs. Hound dogs bark! We just let him be the hound dog he was. He would bark at a leaf if it startled him! But we loved to see him being a dog. We can only hope that we […]

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Hot Spot – passed away July 30, 2017

Back in August of 2007, I offered to foster a VERY pregnant GSP named Miley. By the time she got to our house, she came with nine 1-day-old puppies! And surprise—all the puppies were black. It was the day before school started (I teach middle school) and that litter was raised by a village of NorCal GSP Rescue volunteers. My daughter was seven at the time and she picked one of the puppies to keep. A word to the wise—if you foster a litter of puppies, at least one is staying! We kept Hot Spot. (How he got his name […]

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Pippie (fka Lexi) – passed away July 14, 2017

I am absolutely devastated – just two months after her toe was removed, and her pre-surgical ultrasound, x-ray, and EKG were 100% clear, this news was crushing. Pippie was euthanized at home today after a routine x-ray for arthritis on Tuesday revealed a large mass in her chest, placing heavy stress on her heart and spine. By today, she was in heart failure, and her heart was very weak. She had a peaceful, easy end, and I will miss her terribly. She was quite a character. Thank you for being a friend to her, even if she wouldn’t let you […]

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Bella – passed away July 8, 2017

Her name was Bella, but we called her Bell Bell. Our little girl Bella died from torsion. We are broken-hearted and crushed. She was everything to us. She played every day around our pool, and at night she slept under our covers. She was obsessed with her ball. Ball playing started first thing in the morning ended at bedtime and then she slept with it in her mouth all night like a pacifier. If you were playing ball with her and she put it in your lap, she would peck at you until you threw it. She was adorable. I’ve […]

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Bella (rescue name Bella2) – passed away June 17, 2017

It is with deep regret that I must let everyone know that Bella passed away in my arms on June 20, 2017, at the veterinarian’s office of cancer. Bella was a great friend and I miss her a lot! She had battled cancer, had several operations to remove growths, but two days after the last operation we were told that she would need chemotherapy and that would only slow the spread. Our time together was way too short. The first time I had seen a picture of Bella up for adoption I just fell in love with those eyes. My […]

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Gauge

Handsome Gauge came to us in need of a little extra TLC. He had two surgeries to remove four mast cell tumors, and both times he recovered like a champ. Lucky for him, his two foster moms (thanks Desirae, and later Micaela) are both vet students at UC Davis, so he was in very good hands. He’s had great test results lately, but will remain closely monitored in future. Meanwhile, this six year old just wants to play ball, and more ball, and some more ball after that. He is also a champion snuggler who adores his people and gets […]

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Daisy – passed away June 9, 2017

We said goodbye to Daisy, our 13-year-old #GermanShortHairedPointer. We rescued her from @NorCalGSPRescue about 12 years ago as a companion to Hans, our other #GSP that we also rescued from the same. D-Dog, Crazy-Daisy, Looong-Beak, Houdini-Dog… She answered to many names over the years and was the best #FamilyDog anyone could ask for. Insanely athletic, able to escape from any crate, and always ready with a smile, nudge, and lick, she was the subject of many stories and fond memories. Daisy was infamous at every kennel in the tri-city area and my favorite story was the employees at #PetSmart Hotel […]

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Shelby – passed away May 29, 2017

We should all be so lucky to go like Shelby. She was running in a field of grass like a puppy and with the puppy for 30 minutes when she had a stroke and passed within minutes. She was 15 (we think) and had no arthritis pain. She was proof that if it fits, it sits. We will miss her so very much. Panzer will miss his surrogate mama. Thank you NORCAL for bringing her to us. – Carol & Mike

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Maximus – passed away May 14, 2017

I think Maximus’ quiet gentleness and his ability to cope so beautifully gave him such a long life…..he loved walking in the pioneer cemetery and perhaps the peacefulness there was appealing to his quiet, sweet self.  I know he’s waiting on the Rainbow Bridge, and this time, I know that at last, he can see me. – Sherry Miller

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Casey (rescue name Cassie) – passed away May 6, 2017, and Tawny (rescue name Grace) – passed away February 2017

We are sending a gift in memory of Cassie (we renamed her Casey). She gave us so many years of joy. When she reached the age of 17 we called her “the wonder dog.” Jim walked her almost every day and we fed her Science Diet dog food. She traveled the USA with us and our RV trailer and was a great traveler. Her favorite pranks were tearing up napkins and Kleenex and stealing bread from the counter! She loved her Kongs and to retrieve sticks. We will miss her so much. The photo also shows Tawny (on the left), […]

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Clark – passed away January 14, 2017

We adopted Clark from NorCal GSP Rescue in 2008 at the age of 9. We will always remember our first moments with him. He came running into the kitchen at his foster home, and after a few introductory pets, flopped over on his side so we could give him rubs, groaning in happiness the entire time. Only very recently did he start to slow down. For the last 8+ years, he was game for anything, whether it was just a stroll around the block or a three-mile run. Clark was the perfect dog – calm and stately, but also silly […]

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Dottie – passed away January 11, 2017

Dear Dottie, We’ve been so sad since you left us. Our hearts are heavy and it’s been hard to smile. How did you do it? You went through so much before coming into rescue, yet you kept smiling, your tail kept wagging, and your spirits were always high. Tell us your secret. What do we do? From: Too Many Tears Dear Too Many Tears: Thank you so much for rescuing me. I’m so grateful to all of you. I got over the bad times by thinking good thoughts. I think about all the good things you did for me and the […]

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Vicki – passed away December 2016

Vicki was found as a stray by Animal Control. Repeated notifications to the last registered owner went unanswered. The trauma of being in the shelter had Vicki not able to stand. Examinations by the shelter vet did not reveal a reason for her mobility issues. She was classified as PTS (put to sleep). Our rescue was notified and I wanted to foster her and see if we can figure out her issue. The transportation volunteer went into her kennel with a leash and Vicki jumped up and walked to the car! After a 2 hour ride to us; she came […]

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Danica – passed away November 2016

No matter her health setbacks, Dani was always happy and continued to think that despite her age, she could do anything her younger, faster, foster sisters could do. She loved to “play” frisbee, although her version was more like chasing and yelling at the younger dogs, regardless, she always had a blast. Sometimes she pretended that she couldn’t hear anything (usually when something outside smelled really good), but her ears miraculously recovered whenever she knew whipped cream was being put on my ice cream! She loved to follow her little sister Lady wherever she went. She happily slept the afternoons […]

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Rosie – passed away November 2016

Fostering is an exercise in emotions. Happy tears when a dog finds the furever home, training frustration, laughter at their goofy quirks, calmness from their touch and love, and tears when they leave for the Rainbow Bridge. After almost 3 years with Rosie, she had a stroke and needed our help today. I knew it was coming, but I guess preparedness doesn’t really ease the sadness. RIP my lil old lady. -Carol and Mike

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Rocket – passed away May 2016

Due to complications of old age, I had to help Rocket pass over the rainbow bridge at the age of 14. He was a wonderful pet and we spent so many happy years together running the beach. While all dogs are great, some are more special than others and Rocket was definitely special. He saw me through many of life’s events, some good and some bad but he was always there. He is sorely missed. Thank you NorCal GSP for connecting me with such a wonderful companion who was beautiful both inside and out. I hope I served him as […]

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Koa (rescue name Tristan) – passed away April 24, 2016

We adopted Koa when he was two years old – a tall, barrel-chested 90 lb. GSP. That first night home, Koa carefully climbed into my lap. The next day we purchased a big dog bed and put an end to his lapdog days. That first weekend we carefully watched Koa to make sure he would be gentle with our five-year-old daughter. We were planting tomatoes with Koa resting nearby in the driveway. We caught our breath as we saw our daughter back up and stumble over the dog. Koa looked up and promptly put his head back down. That was […]

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Finn – passed away April 22, 2016

Finn was the perfect dog who came along at the perfect time. He was the biggest lover and comedian who always knew the perfect moment to steal his brother Scout’s toy. He was a great kitchen helper, picking up vegetable scraps (including brussels sprouts) and meticulously cleaning dirty pans. He was a great traveling buddy and a social butterfly. He knew when to call everyone together at mealtime with his melodious “whoo-whoo” (one of the things we already miss) and brought us together as our ring dog on our wedding day. Always ready for that deep ear rub, a cookie, […]

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Meg – passed away April 2016

We rescued Meg and her daughter Jo in January of 2014. Meg then found her forever home with her foster home, Charlotte and Al, who have fostered and adopted many NorCal GSP Rescue dogs. Meg and Al bonded big time. She became his dog through and through and they had a wonderful few years together. In April 2016, Meg developed fluid in her lungs that made it more and more difficult to breathe. She went to the rainbow bridge in her own bed surrounded by those that loved her. Rest in peace, Meg.

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Buster (B.J.) – passed away March 2016

We lost Buster (B.J.) to cancer in March 2016. The seven years we had with him just weren’t enough, and he’s greatly missed. Buster was the happiest dog we’ve ever had, tail always wagging. He loved swimming, gopher hunting, counter surfing, exploring, and meeting new people. He could never pass an open car door or body of water without jumping in! He didn’t like fireworks and the cat standing between him and the water bowl. I’m pretty sure the cat really misses terrorizing poor Buster. It’s impossible to say good-bye to such a great friend. So, I’ll just say we […]

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Otis (rescue name Enay) – passed away March 2016

It is with deep regret that we inform the league that our dear, sweet Otis passed away on March 31, 2016, at 9.9 years. Otis came to our family in January of 2008. My husband and daughter were skiing that day so I was home alone when Otie arrived. He ran in the door, jumped up and licked my face, ran to the back yard all in a matter of seconds. I fell in love with him the moment I saw him and he melted our hearts. I am certain he knew he’d been rescued. Otie had a heart murmur […]

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Prince – passed away March 2016

It is with a heavy heart our Prince went to rainbow bridge last night. He had been in reasonable condition and suddenly he developed fluid in his lungs. He was such an amazing dog we rescued in 2003, he was 17-1/2 years. I am so lost without him being here and all of his things are around to remind me. Run free my sweet Prince for you are without pain and you can use your rear legs again. There will be friends waiting to show you around. Until we meet again. -Deborah & Richard Thomas

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Lassen aka Buffy – passed away March 2016

I am contacting you with a sad and heavy heart of Buffy passing, (Cancer) she was my best friend, and our story makes it harder to have lost her. She lived a very comfortable life going everywhere I went for the past few years. She followed me everywhere including the restroom at times, she was never far behind me, always my shadow as my wife so called her. She loved to float down the river with me in my drift-boat, fishing. She was able to make a full recovery because of your efforts in healing her back up. Buffy was […]

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Spuds – passed away February 2016

We are sad to announce we lost our sweet handsome boy, Spuds. He was a very special boy. I passed him over when viewing his pictures several times. Then I found Coconut and he was being fostered at the same house as Spuds. So, we requested a visit and Spuds was a throw-in. When we got to Catherine’s property BeBe and Coconut took off full speed ahead. He wanted nothing to do with me. I then turned to meet Spuds. Within 30 seconds I was on the ground holding him and saying “I have to have him!” It was Love […]

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Mo – passed away January 15, 2016

I have some very sad news…  My beloved German Shorthaired Pointer, Mo, passed away last Friday. I was absolutely heartbroken. Mo was my faithful companion and friend to many winery visitors, and he will be greatly missed. Mo came to us at the age of 5 as a rescue through the NorCal GSP Rescue organization. That was 8 1/2 years ago. He had a long and happy life, but at the age of 13 1/2 his body just gave out. Someone once told me that Mo won the “doggie lottery” when he came to us. I say that WE are the […]

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Roxi – passed away January 4, 2016

What can we say about our old girl Roxi other than you were so very kind, loving, sweet and accepting of others whether animal or human. The little romps you would do when walking out to get the mail and the little rocking jumps and howls when following the garden tractor were way beyond cute. Have fun romping, running in your new healthy body while enjoying the wonders of heaven. While tears fill our eyes we will always love and miss you. We take joy in your new freedom. We Love you our old girl. -Charlotte & Al Johnson

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Gretchen – passed away January 1, 2016

Gretchen Gravely, GSP Adoption 2009 – It is with great sorrow that we have to let everyone at the GSP Rescue know that we lost our beloved Gretchen on January 1, 2016, at the age of 17. We adopted Gretchen as a senior dog (age 9) and have loved every minute she was with us. She was so playful when we first adopted her, loving to go for walks, play in the park and sleep on the couch while we watched television. She was a joy to be around and brought happiness and joy to use every day. As she […]

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Case – passed away January 1, 2016

It is with heavy hearts that our Case Boy has passed onto the rainbow bridge today. He was as they all have been the bestest lovable child for Chris and I. As much as it hurts, the saving him in the beginning and making his life a dream come true helps with the pain of his loss. The pictures show him as he was, loving and giving and loving like mom the sun! RIP Dad’s Boy ……… -Kelly Lawrence & Christi Woodwards

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Cyrus – passed away September 5, 2015

He chose me.  His gorgeous gray face lept out at me when I was idly looking at adoptable dogs.  We’d just lost our basset hound and really, truly, we weren’t ready for another dog. Until I saw Cyrus’ face.  Even now, thinking of that moment, I tear up.  He was that beautiful, though he preferred the terms “handsome” or “majestic.”  The moment we met him, he wagged his stump of a tail so hard.  I hugged him, scratched his back, and asked if I could be his mom.   He wasn’t a young man when he came home to us.  […]

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FlapJack – passed away August 2015

Flapjack spent about a month in foster care after we learned that he had aggressive cancer. We knew he didn’t have much time left, but we wanted to make sure every moment of it was happy and full of love. He made the most of his time left, crossing items off his bucket list. Flapjack passed away peacefully with his foster mom by his side. Rest in peace, sweet boy!

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Tango – passed away June 2015

This is Jojo. His original name was Tango. He was an English Pointer adopted from GSP Rescue over 10 years ago. After contacting Wendy Hilton about our other GSP “Max” passing away, Wendy suggested we adopt Jojo, as he would be a perfect fit with our other pointer Rescue “Sadie/Doocy”. He was a very special guy. Never complained, never barked (unless he was playing), never ever growled, loved children… perfect!!! This picture is of him celebrating his 11th birthday last month – May 1st, 2015. Until his last 2 weeks of his life, he never showed any signs of illness. […]

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Fred – passed away June 2015

Fred was rescued from a shelter by NorCal GSP Rescue in April 2015 and he had a wonderful two months with his foster home. Although he was not with us long, this 14-year-old left quite the impression and was very loved by all who met him within the rescue. His foster mom says “he knew he was loved when it counted.”

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Einstein now Mason – passed away April 2015

I wanted to share with you that we just had to put to sleep our GSP that we adopted from your organization 7 years ago. His name with your organization was Einstein and we renamed him Mason when we adopted him. Just this last week we lost Mason but I know that we gave him the best life a GSP could dream of. He live on 6 acres with a big pond that he swam in daily, he hunted gophers and chased birds. We also have a female GSP and a female Rottweiler that were his sisters. His self-appointed job […]

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Otis – passed away March 2015

Otis was only with us a short time, but he left an impression on everyone he met, from his transporter to his foster home, to his foster case manager. We are so grateful that we had the chance to know Otis and that he had a warm bed and a loving home at the end of his days.

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Quinn – passed away February 7, 2015

It’s hard to believe that Quinn could have become such an important part of our lives in just a few short weeks. Although he was clearly not in great shape, he wagged his tail, looked at us with total trust and gamely followed us out of the shelter and into a new life. He loved his bed, his walks, his yard and his dinner – things every dog should have, but which he had been without. In return, he gave us his obvious adoration. He was a good dog and we are grateful for the time we shared. -Barbara & […]

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Rhett – passed away February 6, 2015

Rhett fought a valiant battle with a number of serious medical conditions, but in the end, he continued to lose weight, he stopped enjoying all the things that shorthairs enjoy, and we knew it was time. We are glad that he spent his last five months with us getting love and care. His foster home described him as a Great Dog, who was super friendly to anyone, anywhere, and any other dogs. He loved sleeping on laps, even if it was to get his ears cleaned. His favorite activity was cornering the cat, despite getting his snout bloodied on several […]

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Bowdie – passed away November 4, 2014

In 4 years he taught me more than any other animal; both in medicine in how to care for senior pets, and in life. He was happy every single day, and made the most of every moment despite losing vision, hearing and mobility. He never had a bad day. He loved everyone, every animal (whether it was a cat, dog or squirrel), and every vegetable he ever met. I’m so thankful he was in my life. -Jeralyn Terry It’s with a heavy heart that I tell you that our precious old man passed away yesterday. He passed away gently with […]

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Elliott – passed away October 10, 2014

We wanted to let you know that Elliott passed away peacefully on Friday, October 10th. He was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma in mid-August. Our brave little guy recovered from a splenectomy beautifully and gave us two months of love on bonus time. Looking back, Dan and I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into with a GWP. We, somehow, just knew that we wanted Elliott and only Elliott.  Thank you for trusting him in our care. What a fantastic journey we have had with him over the last 10+ years. So much love, fun, and mischief all around. Two […]

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