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 which led to congestive heart failure. In addition, he had a mass on his kidney that we chose not to remove because the idea of our dog running around without one kidney worried us. We fed him healthily, made sure his life was as normal as possible and enjoyed every day of his last 10 months. He was such a funny character. He could not catch a ball to save his life. He “demand” barked for a walk or a meal. He looked like a stallion when he ran. Neighbors would stop us in the street and comment on how beautiful he was. He never wanted to be apart from us. So much so that when we first rescued him he had such bad separation anxiety that we decided to foster another GSP to keep him company. Little did we know that Otie would fall in love with her (Gemma) and within one month, we’d adopted 2 dogs. Otis loved to cuddle, chase squirrels and neighborhood cats, POINT!, give you his paw, nibble on your nose and oversee his backyard. He did not have a mean bone in his body. When my twins were toddlers he’d let them pull on his ears and tail, dress him up…. He passed peacefully in our backyard on a sunny afternoon with my husband Rob, myself and his sister, Gemma. We will miss him endlessly.
-Danielle & & Rob Vogt