Beloved Dog from Turkey, Downey, Passes Over the Rainbow Bridge

We are heartbroken to share the news of the passing of our incredible Downey. Though he had been sick for a while, we lost him unexpectedly on Sept. 1, 2020. Together, we put up such a fight to help him get better. Downey rolled with every punch until the very end. He truly was the best boy.

Downey came to us from Turkey. At that time, he was known as Vince, before being moved to Cincinnati in 2017, right after his arrival in the U.S. We got just 26 months with him, but we believe, without a doubt, that he traveled from so far to find us. He loved so many things: sticks of all sizes, tennis balls, deep leg stretches, dinnertime, green beans, fluffy toys, watermelon, cheese, peanut butter treats, endless pets, long walks, long naps and car rides. And he loved every person who crossed his path. He was beautiful, playful, quirky, smart, amazingly sweet, unconditionally loving and as tough as they come. He was our heart.

It is hard to describe the aching loss. We were only blessed to have him for a short time, but the lessons of love and resiliency he taught will stay with us forever. Rest well, Downey. You will always be in our hearts.

Stephen and Christa

Awesome Companion, Charlie Passes Over the Rainbow Bridge.

It is with great sadness that I have to say my sweet dog Charlie cross the Rainbow Bridge.  He was only in my life for 4.5 years but I will forever be grateful to GRRAND for giving me the opportunity to have him in my life!

We had a great time together!

Thank you.
M. Puckett

Sweet Emma Passes Over the Rainbow Bridge

My dear, sweet Emma passed away on Mother’s Day at age 14 years 4 months. I adopted her from GRRAND right after she was weened. She was an “only-puppy” of a pregnant young stray, a Golden mix, who was on the euthanasia list at a Western Kentucky shelter. GRRAND saved their lives!

At 7 weeks, Emma joined my 9 year old dog Maggie and me in Cincinnati. Our lives were never the same!!! As an only-puppy, Emma never learned to share. She was a wild child, always vying to be the center of my attention! (You can almost see that in the look in her eyes when first photographed with her new sister Maggie ?.) She LOVED humans, but had no use for other dogs.

When Maggie died at almost 15 years old, Emma, then 5, became an “only-dog” again. No longer needing to compete for anything, I watched her blossom into a calm, focused, smart, sensitive, loving, dog. She taught me that some dogs really do need to be the only dog in the house. Although I really wanted to adopt, again, and foster, I made a conscious decision to honor Emma’s wants and needs to the contrary…and she rewarded me ten-fold. We were inseparable for almost a decade.

She was a wonderful companion and I miss her more than my words can express. Thank you GRRAND for making this all possible. Emma and I had a wonderful time together!

E. Shuman
Emma’s Mom

Levi Waterman Passes Over the Rainbow Bridge

I rescued Levi with the help of GRRAND right after I got divorced in October 2015.  He was horribly mistreated previously and came to me bearing those scars.   What I came to find out is that I may have taken him into my home but it was him that rescued me!  He was my friend and companion.

Levi was not himself last week and stopped eating.  We took him to the Emergency Vet l and found out he was full of cancer.  He passed very peacefully and without suffering.  His wings were ready to fly but my heart was not ready for him to leave.

He is loved and he will be missed by everyone who ever met him.  Thank you to GRRAND for the opportunity to have Levi grace my world.

L. I. Waterman


Sweet Sammy Passes Over the Rainbow Bridge


It makes my heart hurt to have to tell you that 3 days ago I had to have Lap of Love come here to euthanize my dog, Sammy (aka sassy) whom I adopted from you in November.  A couple months after she came to live with me,  she had to have dental work for a couple of fractured teeth.  While at Mason Family family Pet Hospital, Dr. Monday also removed 3 growths that were worrisome and he x-rayed her hips. 

Both Sammy’s regular doctor, Dr. Susan Rogers in Yellow Springs and Dr. Sunday at Mason said her hips were so bad they couldn’t believe she could walk.  But walk she did.  Every morning she was in my face talking to me.  And every morning and every evening we walked.  In the morning she would go to the car cuz she loved to ride.  And we would go to a park and walk for half an hour. 

Then, after car rides her next favorite thing was visiting.  So most mornings we’d go visit someone and if they had a dog she was even happier.  She loved dogs so much that I started fostering so she would have a dog around.

Sammys x-rays also showed that she had been shot.  She had lots of pieces of shrapnel in her, especially along her spine which explained why any loud noise scared her.  And yet she was the sweetest, kindest, gentlest dog I have ever met.

I knew I wouldn’t have her long.  But figured she’d be here for a couple years.  That didn’t happen.  She saw Dr. Susan Rogers for an adjustment and acupuncture every month and was on pain pills and lots of supplements.  But none of that was enough.  While she had all the heart in the world, she was just too broken.

Gradually she didn’t want to walk much anymore.  So she’d just go sit by the car and we’d go for a ride.  But it was getting harder for her to walk up the ramp to get in the car. Two weeks ago she went down a step and the next day couldn’t lower her head to eat.  And she was a huge foodie.  After a couple weeks and doctors visits she was not getting better.  Actually worse.  I could not stand to see her in  pain.  Talked with her doctor and decided it was time to let her go.  It would have been too hard on her to load her and  go to Yellow Springs, so Lap of Love hospice came here.  Dr. Beth was so wonderful and so gentle.  She agreed that it was time and gently, painlessly sent her on way.

My heart is broken.  I have never met such a sweet, kind, gentle, loving animal, in spite of the pain she experienced daily.  The x-rays also showed terrible arthritis everywhere . The doctors said she probably had some level of pain from this her whole life.  But yet she loved everyone.  And everyone, even people that were afraid of dogs loved her.   She greeted everyone at the door and immediately expected pets.  And got them.  She never barked.  Except at 7 for breakfast, 5 for supper and whenever she felt I was ignoring  her or she wanted a treat.

My house feels so very empty.  I miss her so much.  Thank you for rescuing her and entrusting her to me.  When my German shepherd, Jake, died, I contacted you about a small shaggy dog named Bengi.  I knew that being older I needed to downsize .  But  Bengi had gotten adopted.

And somehow I ended up with, instead of a small male dog, a big girl dog.  On our first visit to Dr. Sue she said that Jake, my little GSD, had sent Sammy to me.  Well, I believe he did. 

There were so many wonderful people I dealt with during the adoption process.  I am so grateful to all of you.  Thank you for the gift of Sammy.

M. Long
Dayton ohio