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So we will make it their best chance ~WROC
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Coco, April 2010 - September 2016
We were lucky enough to be chosen as Coco's parents and it has been the most fulfilling, amazing, and loving six and one half years of our life. She was spunky, cute, and friendly. She had so much energy that she did not sleep very much. Every morning she woke her Dad to play and every night fought her sleep so she could stay up more.
Our life was so full of love and happiness because of her. We lost her on September 15 to lymphoma. We miss her every minute of every hour of every day. Thank you so much for saving her, we are so grateful. Kathryn & William
Wesley Wiggles the Westie, January 2000 - August 2016
Our beautiful senior boy of 16 3/4 years has crossed the rainbow bridge and gained his wings. While not a WROC adoptee, he was an awesome companion & mentor to our Molly (WROC alumni). We are so very heartbroken but feel honored to have had Wesley be such a treasured member of our family for 16 ½ years. We will truly miss his amazing temperament, fun loving, playful, gentle and cuddly personality. He will truly be in our hearts for ever more.
We love you and miss you our sweet boy Wesley. Joni & Jeff
Baylee Rose, March 2005 - September 2016
HER STORY: Rescue from puppy mill, abused "discard", adopted 10/23/10, age estimated approx: 5 (no birthdate records), no name, no vet care records. The caring rescue vet named her Lesley after her first visit for rescue care and hernia surgery. We re-named her Baylee Rose. The first night she was here, she sat in my husband's lap & looked into his eyes for 2 hours. I know she realized that we would be her forever home.
She came with an inguinal hernia, vestibular damage, doll eye reflex, vocal cords cut, the beginnings of lung disease from exposure, overbite, front leg joint degeneration, just whelped puppies (again), no muscle tone, and no idea what a ball or toy was, and every ounce of food was precious to her. She endured so much before she was adopted, this lovely Westie deserved every ounce of happiness and care that was denied her for so long. Baylee Rose had the love of Max, her westie buddy/mentor/friend, and we will always remember the day she first played with a ball, barked and found her voice was something that mattered, ran, swam and played with a stick in the sand at the beach, jumped, went up a stair, went for rides in a car, stroller and front pack, on the boat. Bubble baths, blow dry and brushing became a favorite beauty day for this princess, who we were delighted to give a cinderella story. As she became more and more confident that being her sweet self was safe, she just blossomed. She had so much beauty, sweetness and gentleness that has taught us all about unconditional love and, through the difficulty of the lung disease, still never complained. Baylee Rose is now breathing full breaths and running again in the grass playing ball. We miss her dearly and will always remember her unselfish love and gentle Westie kisses. God Bless - we will always love you sweet Miss Baylee Rose. Sincerely, Beth, Bill and Max
Will, March 5, 2005 - August 27, 2016
We had to say goodbye to our handsome little boy Will today. In the far too few short months with him he completely stole our hearts and had us wrapped around every one of his sweet little Westie paws. We will never forget our one-in-a-million charmer. He gave us so much more than we ever imagined possible.
We love him fiercely. Rochelle & Judy-Rae
Thor, August 10, 2016
Our little God of Thunder Thor, was laid to rest yesterday morning at 3 am. He was an amazing dog that brought us so much joy and laughter and he was truly a very happy boy. He was adopted once and returned for being "different". He was unique and he used it to his advantage. He was a thief, a manipulator, and broke foster rules often without a care in the world. And every night, he would inch his way up to the bed barreling over anyone in his way so he could get the prime spot. Being different is what made us fall in love with him.
The last two weeks, Thor did not have an interest in his beloved Kong balls and they were put away. It has only been a day, and balls keep appearing out of nowhere. We believe this is his way of letting us know he made it to Kong Heaven. God speed little one. It was an honor and privilege caring for you and loving you. Thank you for brightening our world. We'll never be the same without you. Karen and Kay
Lilly, July 2016
Our sweet, loving, gentle Lilly has gone to the rainbow bridge after an amazing life of 15 years. She gave us all her love every day and we were so fortunate to spend her life with her.
She is so greatly missed.
Jill & Dave
Tyler, November 2004 - June 2016
In greatest remembrance of Tyler aka Ty Ty. Our boy ran over the rainbow bridge on 6/24/16. So many great memories of joy and love! Thanks to Tyler we met so many wonderful people from WROC as well as 4 great rescue westies.
If it weren't for Tyler we would not know any of them. Eva, Bill, Nikki, Maxie, Gigi, Kiki, Coach and Oscar love you and miss you dearly.
Forever remembered in our hearts. The Nagy's
Bruiser, November 9, 2003 - April 14, 2016
All though your name is fierce. As fierce as you were chasing squirrels, you were the sweetest most loving Westie I have ever met. You came into our lives with such enthusiasm from the start. You lived for chasing and running around the kitchen and anything else you could chase. You lived for play. Anytime, anywhere. And you lived to win…. That was your mantra. You had to be the fastest, and play the hardest. And you succeeded. What an inspiration you were to the neighborhood. And all the other dogs in the neighborhood were jealous of your abilities. And the fact that mommy and daddy encouraged all your habits. Good and bad. You could NEVER do any wrong. NEVER! And you didn’t. Always a good citizen you were. A teacher to all. An inspiration to all. A wonder to all. A precious love to mommy and daddy. You were loved hard, and you loved hard! A hole in our hearts now that you are gone. Never to be filled again. Because there is no other like our Bruiser. What a special treat it was for daddy to carry you to bed every night. Your love bites…. Your silliness, your gift of obedience. Your love of watching television and Utube on the laptop. How did we ever deserve you? Daddy and I miss you my precious. Forever, you are a missing piece for both of us. My arms ache until I will embrace you again in heaven. Until then, I will remind myself you are with your brother Cruiser who will be waiting for you as you cross into heaven. Standing with Jesus, waiting with the ball and squeak toy and many squirrels to chase. The emptiness in the house screams at us that you are not here. Sadness is overwhelming. We are broken without you. What are we to do? So many tears we have cried…. Kisses to you my precious…. Kisses to you…. Kisses to you! XOXO Mommy
Lucy, January 2016
When I come to you in dreams, I’m really there.
When you see me out of the corner of your eye, I’m really there.
When you “sense” me around the place, I’m really there.
I haven’t left you, not really.
My spirit is everywhere but especially with you.
Heather, November 23, 2003 - January 18, 2016
It's with a heavy, heavy heart that I now add Heather to the Rainbow Bridge page. She was my loyal little white shadow from the day she born to Abby in my bedroom. She was Abby's BFF, sidekick and playmate. When Abby passed in December of 2014, Heather, being blind from SARDS, was lost and steadily declined. Our adopted WROC Peetz helped ease her pain and kept her company.
Heather never knew anything but love in her life. She was my perfect girl little girl when all of her litter were into trouble, I never had to worry about Heather. She loved to cuddle and most of all make me smile. It's hard to let go of one that's loved so dearly, but she let me know it was time.
It's not goodbye my little lass, it's "I'll love you forever." Wendy and Peetz.
Lucky, November 2015
Lucky was the sweetest boy to ever grace our home, never a cross word to anyone
All along we knew he was not well, but the extent was so hard to tell
Everyone loved him because he was so brave, so many trips to the vet, hoping that he would be saved
Finally, he whispered in my ear, telling me his end was near
In the distance a bell rings, our sweet angel Lucky got his very own wings
Watson, June 2015
In the dictionary according to Jeanne, the definition of Watson is as follows….
Watson means, PROTECTOR of his human (even though he was smaller than most creatures. He knew when he was able to push his advantage!).
Watson means, ATTITUDE. He knew who he was and just loved his walks and his p mails. He proudly pranced when he walked and was serious about smelling everything that happened in his ‘hood since his last trip.
Watson means, LOVE. He wanted to spend every nanosecond of the 5 years that we had together with me.
Till we meet again, Watson. Hope that you, Simpson, Sandy, Sheena and Sparks will have decided how you will welcome me over the Rainbow Bridge to you.
Thanks to Kay at WROC for letting me know that Watson was turned into the shelter in SC. He was 10 years old and appearance challenged!! In the 5 years that I had with him, he saw me through some turbulent times in my life and I miss him every second of every day.
MacTavish, June 2015
No one wore yellow as brilliantly as MacTavish did.
“Dogs' lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you're going to lose a dog, and there's going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can't support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion.
There's such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and the mistakes we make because of those illusions.”
― Dean Koontz
Mellie, May 12, 2015
Our dearest Mellie past over to rainbow bridge on 5/12/15. Unfortunately we did not have her long but she definitely made her mark. She will be greatly missed by all her Westie brothers and sister and the Nagy family.
She was kind, gentle and very sweet, definitely left her paw print on our hearts. Love tall the Westies
The Nagy Family xoxo
Jasper, April 2015
Our hearts are heavy and our heads hang low today. We awoke to discover our beloved Westie Jasper had passed away while we were sleeping. He was old and frail and had lived a good life, and we've known for a while he was living on borrowed time, but we still were not prepared for the gaping wound his absence leaves behind. Adopting him as a puppy was one of the first things we did when we moved to LA 15 years ago, and he's been by our side ever since, in three different houses, and he's flown more miles than many humans, accompanying us to Boston, Cape Cod, Little Compton, St. Paul, Fort Myers, Lake Tahoe and many other locales far and near. He helped us pick out our other two dogs, Duncan and Charlie, and he never begrudged them a thing, welcoming them to the pack and happily sharing his good fortune with them. When you adopt an animal, intellectually you know that you will likely outlive him, but part of you still holds out hope that the day will never come when you have to say goodbye. He was so smart- there were moments when he literally seemed on the verge of human speech- and so loving and loyal. He was part of our family. He will never be forgotten. And he will be so, so missed. Sleep well, sweet prince.
Baxter, November 2013
He was born December 2, 2000 and crossed the bridge while in my arms on November 21, 2013. He loved his people and his food. We called him our "great northern" westie as he weighed 25 lbs. He enjoyed playing soccer with kids and hiking in the woods. In winter, he loved to play in the snow and in the summer he enjoyed laying on a rock on the water feature for a sunshine bath.
He taught us about "terrier time" and his antics brought us much joy and laughter. He loved to talk to us and did not like to be left out of anything. Baxter was a very happy and charming guy who made friends wherever he went. He was such a special boy and we will always cherish our time with him. Carol
Rosemary, March 2015
My wife & I were the luckiest puppy parents to the most wonderful and smart little girl. She was so smart, with a vocabulary of we don't know how many words. Whenever we would say one of those words, she would look up at you, tilting her head back and forth, as if she were saying "okay, if that's what you want to do, let's do it." Two of her favorite words were "Home Depot", I would take her and her sister Ivy every weekend with me while picking up items I needed. Okay, sometimes I went just to give them a ride in the shopping cart, just enjoying time with my babies. That is one of the many things I will miss most, not having "Daddy's Girl" and my "White Shadow" near, as she was never more than 3 feet from me, whether in the house or yard. She was also " Momma's Vacuuming Partner" never barking, just going back and forth as if watching to see if my wife missed something, so she could let her know.I could go on and on for hours with all the things she did. That is now the most painful part as we are now without her after 9+ short but WONDERFUL years. She was diagnosed in February with a lung tumor, we looked into removing it but it was too large. She was a very brave and courageous fighter, after twice being given 24-48 hours, in her last weekend with us she did things we had not seen her do in months. We believe she was smart enough to know her time with us was growing short and she just wanted to show us one more time, how very, very much she loved us and would do anything to please us. When things turned worse a third time, she was just too weak. It is was with great sadness and very heavy hearts on March 24th my wife and I held her as she crossed Rainbow Bridge. Thank you Rosemary for all the love and wonderful memories you have given us! We miss you very, very much! Love, Momma & Daddy
Oliver, February 2015
We enjoyed every moment of the nearly 8 years we had with sweet funny little Oliver. He had a rough start for his first year and a half, but once we rescued him, he had a wonderful life with us and big sister Molly. He was the epitome of cute with his baby face, short legs, big paws and crooked tail. He was very playtful and loved the overflowing box of toys. His favorites were the largest toys that he had to hold high as he ran with them so he didn’t trip. He had a really deep bark for such a little dog and all he wanted was to be loved, which was very easy to do.
He was a great companion for Molly and really kept her young. She is nearing 13 years old and we never expected to lose Oliver this soon. He was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease last year and was on medication to control that. We lost him suddenly to an undetected autoimmune disease that came on really fast. The vets who were treating him indicated the treatment for Cushing’s disease can be a contributing factor. He gave a lot of love and happiness and we miss him dearly. Rodger & Barbara
Miss Bree, January 2015
The day has come to say goodbye to my little girl, Miss Bree. We have been together for almost 17 memorable years and I will miss your sunny disposition and cuteness every day.
I send you off to be with your Daddy. I know you have missed him just as I have. You gave him strength & companionship while I was away and I know you made a difference in providing comfort and genuine love by not leaving his side. Take good care of our baby girl, Ronny. She comes to you with a huge smile on her face, a straight up wagging tail and a big kiss from me. You will always be my Queen Bree. Victoria
Nilla, December 2014
In loving memory of the sweetest dog ever. Never a cross word, always grateful, the nicest Forever Foster that we could ever imagine.
We are so grateful to have spent her last years granting her evey wish and making her happy.
Rest in peace, sweet girl.
Dodgeball, December 2014
Remembering the Dodgeball:
His great big paws
His most perfect and enormous head
His love of eating, waiting at the gate
His fondness of Nilla, giving & taking comfort from each other
His quietness...he only barked once...just one bark
His perfection in every way imaginable
I loved holding him.
Mojo, December 2014
It is hard to fathom that such a young boy could not be saved despite our efforts. We had a few wonderful months with MoJo where he experienced the joy of other Westie companions, the wonderment that toys brought, warm hearty meals but most of all, love and compassion.
He passed away peacefully, knowing that people really do care and that he was and will always be forever loved.
Abigail, May 30, 2002 - December 1, 2014
It's with a heavy, heavy heart that I add Abby to the Rainbow Bridge page. She was my little white shadow from the day she was rescued from a bad living situation. She was my educator on what puppy mills are. She was my bridge to learn about rescues. I came to be part of the WROC community because of what I learned. She was Heather's BFF, sidekick and playmate.
She was eternally grateful for the life she had and though she had baggage, it got smaller and smaller as the years went by. We had a good 11 years together. She was my naughty girl and my perfect girl. She loved to dig in the garden, get muddy, chase squirrels, cuddle and most of all make me smile. It's hard to let go of one that's loved so dearly, but she let me know it was time.
It's not goodbye my little lass, it's "I'll love you forever." Wendy and Heather.
Demon, 2001-2013, Joy, 2001-2014
In loving memory...
Beloved ranch dogs and big brothers to all of our Westies.
You are forever in our hearts and memories.
Nikki, Eva, & Bill
Miranda, November 2014
We found you, loved you and lost you in such a short time.
We take comfort that your time with us was happy.
You were taken so quickly...
You were our candle in the wind.
Reddy, November 2014
I knew you before I met you, You came to me in a dream
Such a tiny little rescue. Not so long ago it seems
I will miss your little antics, And enormous love for food
The way you trot in the park. And your funny little moods
I will listen for your bark. And remember the way you sleep
One foot always on the floor. I smile as I weep
I will never forget you. Now a shining new star
Lighting up the heavens. And in my heart never so far
Just a little rescue, It was always meant to be
Back where you always belonged
Always, with our Westie family, Karen & Kay
Max, July 1997-November 2014
As you fade away, it's like a light
Has gone from the world
But I am sure that there is a place
Where it will burn on forever
And as we say goodbye, I can hardly see
For the tears in my eyes
You are shining like a million suns
And there's a new star up in Heaven tonight
Our dear sweet Max, you have been such a part of our family for so long. We will miss you so. Kay & Dan
Scruffy, July 2014
Dream of that special day and time
when we will meet at the Bridge and all will be fine
We will fun and play side by side
with a soft warm feeling deep down inside
Your memory will live on in each one of us
you will always be number one to all of us
Have a safe journey through the night
I promise when you awake, you will be in God's light
So with heavy hearts and tears in our eyes
Just for now my baby girl, we say goodbye
Patricia & Bryan
Chloe, June 2014
It is with a very heavy heart that I relay to you that Chloe passed away. So far it has not gotten any easier and we spend every day mourning her loss. Piper misses her sister dearly but we have done our best to keep her routine consistent and let her know how loved she is.
Kevin and I thank you for trusting us to care for Chloe. Our lives were so much richer with her in it and we will always miss her.
Best, Amanda and Kevin
Abigail, WROC Forever Foster, June 2014
We found you at the shelter, your person left you there
For days you sat waiting, you thought no one cared
But dear sweet baby angel, your rescue was on the way
No wiser at the time, that you were actually here to stay
So beautiful and quiet, so tiny and so sweet
We knew a special adopter, would go crazy when you meet
Your eye was bothering you so, we brought you in to treat
We found out you had cancer, we prayed it could be beat
The news was so painful, there was nothing that we could do
But to take you back home to LOVE, we know you wanted that too
We wish we found you sooner, for we’d never let you go
But even in the short time we had you, we loved you like our own
You relished wagon rides, with the sunshine on your face,
The park right down the road, was your own special place
You never made a sound, not a bark or even a cry
Then you let us know its time, this was the hardest of goodbyes
We miss you napping on the dog stair landing, and how you’d curl up like a bug Or join us on the big bed, but most of all we miss the hugs
If there was one thing we could tell your previous owner, this is what we’d say, You missed one of life’s most precious moments, loving her thru her final days. Being with you to the end, is a gift we will always treasure, Thank you for your sweet kisses, you are always in our hearts. Forever loved, Karen and Kay
Timmy, February 28, 2000 - April 17, 2014
a beautiful boy,
and always remembered by Robert.
Duffy O'Greenbrier, April 2014
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved fur-child Duffy O’Greenbrier. Duffy passed as a result of a transitional cell carcinoma, a tumor in his bladder. He was 10 years old. However, we will not mourn, but honor and celebrate his life which was as rich as any animal or human could want. He was always loved, never abused, never hungry, never left out in the cold or wanting for any of the good things except maybe another squirrel or two to chase. He travelled to 36 states and 5 Canadian provinces and left his mark in every one of them. He was always at our side protecting us from those small boys on skateboards, pesky trash trucks, mail trucks and UPS drivers. In the 10 years of his life he was only away from us for 3 nights. He was a happy dog full of Westietude and gave as much love as he received. If you would like to honor Duffy hug your pet, give him/her a special treat today and tell them how much you love them, and if you can send something send it to your local rescue group or Westie Rescue of Orange County and Beyond. Duffy went to the Rainbow Bridge in the arms of his family surrounded by our love. He gave us 10 years of joy, devotion and adventure. Run free sweet Duffers, run and put your mark on that Bridge. You were the best “good boy” ever. Dave & Vicki
Cruiser, June 19, 2004-December 20, 2013
My Sweet Baby Boy Cruiser left our home on December 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm. I was holding him as he took his final sleep as he laid his head next to my heart as I kissed him. He was diagnosed with IBD 3 weeks after we rescued him from the pet shop in November 2004. He was doing well until October 2009 and we almost lost him 3 times, but Cruiser was a fighter and came through that with the fighting spirit he was born with. Although he was on several daily meds, you would have never thought he was ill due to his tenacity. On December 18th 2013, we found out Cruiser contracted lymphoma of the liver and pancreas. It was such an aggressive and rapid cancer there was no hope of Cruiser surviving it. Cruiser made such an impact on all who came in contact with him. To this day the neighborhood, friends and family are still in mourning. The out pouring of comfort and love is so overwhelming that we (mommy, daddy and brother Bruiser) all though still so saddened by his departure, we are comforted by the spirit he left those he encountered and are grateful and thankful for the lessons of never giving up he instilled in us! He was the cutest dog in the world! And he knew it and so did others. He loved chasing squirrels with his brother every Saturday at the park and was so excited to go that he barked all the way there! He loved playing with the ball and taking naps with mommy. He was by heart! I love you my baby boy, and until my heart is reunited with yours, and you are once again in my arms, my longing for you will never leave, my arms ache for you! But my heart will remember the blessings and joy in the memories you gave all of us. Sleep well..Your mommy!
Annie, November 2013
I am so sad to tell you that our little Annaliese “Annie" is no longer with us - she has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. I can’t believe how empty our hearts and home are without her. Annie was so full of love and joy. She was everything you said she was - sweet, cuddly, playful.
Even though we only had Annie for two years and six days, it seems like she had been part of our family forever.
With love, Becky, Jim, Jessica & Angela
Towser, November 2013
Our handsome boy of 11 years battled adenocarcinoma in his nose for three months which towards the end became very aggressive. It was heartbreaking to see him in so much pain, on November 23rd, 2013, we made the difficult decision to put Towser to sleep.
Towser was our first family dog and his mommy’s white shadow. He knew how to do lots of tricks and his favorite thing of all was to play with bubbles. We miss him so much, he will forever have a place in our hearts.
Ellie, November 2013
It is with great sadness that I share the loss of our precious Ellie. She underwent surgery Thursday for a blockage extending from her tummy to her large intestine and while she showed improvement, early this morning she experienced a seizure which lead to cardiac arrest.
Ellie brought so much joy and love to our lives during the short time we shared together. She has forever touched us and we will miss her so. Love, Mark & Heather
Patti Gamberg, October 2013
Patti was one of our most favorite people. She was the proud owner of Westie Lacy, then Westies Kadie & Max. We are sure that Lacy was waiting for her and greeted her happily with kisses at the bridge.
Rest in peace lovely lady.
Lucky, August 2013
I remember Lucky...
When I found him at the shelter bedraggled black & grey,
I took him home anyway.
When I had to shave him to the skin just to see,
a beautiful white Westie emerged just for me.
When he was adopted, and when he came home,
he was loved and always welcome.
When his steps grew slower and his sight not too good,
how he loved his carriage rides and his tasty food.
When he took his last breath and went quietly to sleep,
he left a lasting imprint on my heart quite deep.
I will always remember Lucky...
Wallace & Campbell (aka Rudy & Elvis), September 2013
Just wanted to send a note to let you know that sadly, Campbell and Wallace went to sleep last night.
They are in doggie heaven and are SO missed. I can't believe that I rescued them from you when they were 12 and I had them for more than 7 years.
They were honestly 2 of the best dogs ever. I was so glad to give them a good home and spoil them. Thank you thank you for all that you do for taking in the Westies. I can't thank you enough for bringing them into my life. Grant
Kate, March 2013
There is something missing in my home,
I feel it every night.
I know it will take time and strength,
Before things feel quite right.
You have brought such laughter to my home,
And richness to my days...
A constant friend through joy or loss,
With gentle loving ways.
Companion, pal, and confidant,
A friend I will not forget...
You will live for always in my heart,
My Sweet Forever Kate.
Our Kate is missed by Jane and Steve and all of us at WROC.
For 20 years we have loved, cared for, nurtured and raised this lovable Westie, Sir Snowball McGruff (his AKC name) 3/23/2013 he went to the Rainbow Bridge and can run, jump and play to his hearts content. My Cousin is a DVM in Indiana and he told us.."The last great act of love we can show our boy is to let him go and love him enough to want him to have had a quality of life". Snowball was ready but unable to communicate it to us. Snowball has been an absolutely wonderful part of our family. He leaves us with wonderful memories.
Lola, March 2013
O ne of a kind
Lola was the light of my life. She was only with us for a short time but she showered us with enough love and life lessons to last a lifetime. She was precious! I don't know how I'm going to live without her. Lola was my purpose and a most rare and precious gift. Her story & life touched so many people. I'm humbled and overwhelmed by how many became so endeared to her. Lola, we LOVE you so, so very much! I will see you in everything beautiful and magical until we meet again. Laura & Rafael
Avalinea, May 16, 2006 - February 4, 2013
In loving memory of Avalinea
Every day was full of light, every day was bright
She was so much more than just a dog, she was family
She will be very missed by her brother Tyler, her Nana & Papa and her Mommy
The Nagy Family
Lindy, January 2013
My friends, please don't mourn for me
I'm still here, though you don't see.
I'm right by your side each night and day
and within your heart I long to stay
Our Lindy was loved by Carol Ann & Howard. She left us far too soon. She is missed by all of us.
Bentley, January 2013
We are devastated to let you know Bentley lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday. What a precious perfect gift he was.
He's gone to find Kate, we're sure!!!!! He was beautiful and so loved.........Marilynne and Ken
Rick, January 2013
Although we may not be together in the way we used to be,
We are still connected by a cord no eye can see.
So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart
If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart.
Our lovely senior Rick was adopted by Carol & Tom. He lived a wonderful rest of his life with them and is missed by all of us.
Skye, January 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Skye as she arrived at the “Rainbow Bridge” early this afternoon. This is the eleventh time that we watch one of our dogs travel there & Skye was the third in less than 14 months.
Skye came into our family on September 20, 2002 when we rescued her as part of the West Highland White Terrier Club of California’s “Westie Rescue.” From the very start Skye was Linda’s pride and joy. They were inseparable, particularly when Linda was recuperating from the transplant surgery in 2005. Skye was the leader of the pack and was so gracious to every little dog that came into our home either as we rescue, foster or adoptee over the past 10+ years. Just recently, she had been alerting Jim when Linda was having a few episodes of low blood sugar . Skye was the sweetest dog and our remaining two, Chappy and Sugar Cookie are in “missing man formation” looking for their alpha.
In September we took Skye in for a well-dog checkup when the Dr. Myers found a mass in her bladder. On October 8th she had the tumor removed and biopsied. The results came back as Transitional Cell Carcinoma, which we later found out that this type of cancer was common among the Westie breed. We consulted a wonderful oncologist at the Veterinary Cancer Group in Tustin. Skye started a regiment of chemotherapy, which she had completed three and was scheduled for a fourth on the 17th of this month. When we heard the prognosis we decided to let Skye make the journey to the “Rainbow Bridge,” where by the way, Linda’s dad (a.k.a. Peapa) is in charge. Skye went very peacefully while lying on a couch between the two of us. There were plenty of tears as we said our goodbyes. The two of us will miss Skye dearly and the love that she gave us these past 10+ years. All of our love, Linda & Jim
Corky, December 2012
Last Friday December 28th, at 12 noon, Corky, our little 10 year-old Westie crossed the Rainbow Bridge to doggie Heaven. At about the same time, a friend called to tell us that she had just seen a rainbow from a park where she was walking her dog. Since that time, there is a big void in our hearts and sadness everywhere we go. Corky touched so many people and taught us so much about love, patience and selflessness. He was the most well-behaved and obedient dog we have ever known. He loved being around people and got along well with both dogs and cats. He was always ready to be petted and asked for it by scratching us with his paws. Corky's favorite spot was at the top of the family room sofa. Sometimes when we sat on the sofa, he would put his head on our shoulder and kept it there for a long while. He would always sleep on our bed and snuggle against one of us. On occasion, he would have vivid dreams and hearing him bark in his dream was such a treat. Sadly, Corky's life was cut short and he succumbed to a rare type of cancer that had quickly spread to vital organs and compressed his spinal cord, causing him to become paralyzed. He could no longer jump on the sofa or wag his tail and this was a difficult thing to watch. We are comforted that he is no longer suffering and will cherish his memory. We hope that his memory will live on through donations that we will make to help other Westies with cancer or other medical problems. Mahmoud and Peri
Penny Grace, November 2012
I am at peace, my soul's at rest
There is no need for tears.
For with your love I was so blessed
For my last special years.
Ann and Larry are very special people and we are so happy to know them. They wanted to rescue an older dog and they opened their home and their hearts to our Penny. Rest in peace sweet girl.
Rudy, November 2012
Hailey, "Hailey's Luck", South Australia, December 3, 1999-August 10, 2012
It is with enormous sadness, that I report the passing of our beautiful Hailey. Hailey passed peacefully in the arms of her human parents at 9.35 am on Friday August 10 2012. The clouds parted and the sun came out as she passed.....of course she wouldn’t of had it any other way.
She passed away wrapped in her favourite pink blanket and with her two favourite toys. Hailey was the typical feisty Westie girl that loved to run and chase balls and hunt the occasional rat or lizard, up until she was 11 ½ yrs old when she was struck with the rare disease of Neosporosis. This disease took the use of her back legs , but she refused to let it take her determination and fighting spirit. Her determination and courage struck many around the world and is reflected in the love and support she receives in return. Hailey is a face of dogs with disabilities and a face for courage, spirit and determination. Hailey continues to be a face for raising awareness and funds for Westie Rescue. Thank you for sharing your wonderful life and spirit with the world. Rest in peace beautiful girl. xx Matt & Jules
Bailey, June 2012
Warm light coming from far below,
Twinkling, sparkling is the candle's glow.
All is well up on the ridge,
The place we know as Rainbow Bridge.
Our babies sleeping in heaven's light,
Tended by candles in the night.
Peaceful dreams be theirs to keep,
As they slumber in this night so deep.
Hearts on earth that miss them so,
Take comfort in the candle's glow.
Watching for them in skies above,
Bound eternally by a cord of love.
Bailey was adored by Cathy, David, and Baxter and he is greatly missed.
Andy, May 2012
To our family and friends, I write with a heavy heart that the Mayor of dog park and the Concierge of Life, our Andy boy, has changed his post up to Rainbow Bridge in heaven wagging his tail at every passerby.
At the age of 3 years old we adopted Andy from Westie Rescue and brought home this perfect dog. The first night together when I sat down, he jumped up on the couch, landed on my lap, let out a big sigh and looked up at me. And that was our routine for the rest of his life when we were home at night for the next 8 years. Who knew that Westies were lap dogs, but Andy sure was!!! Anyone who has met Andy thought he was a great dog. His purpose in life was to wag his tail at all living beings and bring smiles to their faces. On the very rare occasion that I would have to scold Andy for something, he would just look up at me and still wag his tail. I could never get angry or upset with him. What a good life lesson! He knew how to work the crowd too! Andy figured out if he sat on his broad rear end and lift his front paws at you and look at you with those big deep brown almond shaped eyes that he would get some love and attention by pats to his head. Mind you, this was not for food, just for attention and it was self taught!
Andy was a wonderful brother having to tolerant two sisters in his life, Reilly, the wild one, and now Kenzie who loved being near him. In his younger years he played with both of them until he'd let them know he had enough! I could go on and on about what a great dog Andy has been but most of you already know.... On Friday when Andy's health changed drastically and my heart was breaking I asked Jon why do we put ourselves through this. He gave me the perfect answer, "Because we love them and they love us". We will always love our Andy Boy, AB, Andy bo-ou-oy....and we will love another Westie again, take care of them and give them the best life we are capable of giving. With love for our boy, Tammy, Jon & Kenzie
Rascal, May 2012
High up in the courts of heaven today
a little dog angel waits;
with the other angels he shall play,
and wave to me from the gates.
He shall run through the meadows, slowing only for a glance,
wagging his tail while he lives his eternal dance.
My heart is aching the loss of my boy, he brought me life, he brought me so much joy.
Until we meet again sweet Rascal. Forever in our hearts.
Michael & Sandra
Munchkin, May 2012
We had to make the difficult decision to have our little Munchkin put to sleep late this afternoon. We rescued Munchkin on Oct. 14, 2005 from the Orange County Animal Shelter. Linda rushed to the shelter in 5:00 traffic because a "pure bred" Westie was in the shelter. Linda went to the shelter's office to sign the paperwork while Jim waited for the handlers to bring the dog to him. When the dog finally arrived and he took one look at her and said, "that is not a Westie, that's a Munchkin." From that point on we called her Munchkin. Because she did not fit the standard for a Westie she was difficult to adopt, so after a couple of months we once again failed "fostering 101" & adopted her.
After we returned home with no Munchkin, our other three: Skye, Chappy and Cookie wandered around the house in missing-man-formation looking for their little buddy. To us Munchkin was one of a kind and her passing over the Rainbow Bridge today has left a void in our household. Love to you all, Jim & Linda
Willie, January 2012
Willie our senior Westie crossed over the Rainbow Bridge today. We adopted Willie 4 years ago when his loving owner Maggie passed. Willie came to us at 10 years old and was full of love. He quickly became part of our family and was there when we rescued his new sister Carly (Bonnie) from the "Fortunate 15" in 2010. Being around his young brother Cody who is 6 and his young sister Carly who is 3 kept Willie feeling young. He loved getting in the car every morning and taking his brother Dominic to school and having all his classmates seeing him sitting in the car.
Willie was overcome today with his fight against cancer and we helped him cross over peacefully to once again be with Maggie and not feeling anymore pain. Willie gave us unconditional love these past 4 years. I will miss him greeting me at the door everyday coming home from work. I will miss watching him laying on the patio in the sunshine or laying together on the couch with him. Getting kisses from him was a special treat. You will be greatly missed Willie. Thank you for being part of our lives for the past 4 years. Paul - Connie - Dominic
Bella Wortman 1995-2011
Bella, Today we picked up your ashes and the pain of losing you hit us again like a tidal wave. Nothing has been the same in our house in your absence. We have received condolences from near and far and many people have said how lucky you were to have a family like us. What they don't realize is how lucky we were to have you in our lives.
Never before have either of us experienced such a caring, empathetic and intuitive dog. You cared for us every bit as much as we cared for you, and without you, our home will always feel a little bit emptier. We will miss you forever, our beloved dog-ter.
Amanda and Kevin Wortman
Lacey, September 2011
Our sweet Lacey gave us such joy
She was so much fun and never coy,
Big kisses she gave to everyone
Her love was boundless and never done.
She is remembered in our hearts always
She brightened all of our days.
Farewell to our very special girl, we miss you very much...
Patti, Kay & Dan
Mabel, May 2011
Mabel was a beautiful sweet Westie. She had a wonderful life with a family that adored her.
She was loved for 14 years by Jenny, Stan, Jack & Eli.
She is missed very much.
Mollie, April 2011
Mollie collapsed yesterday morning. Doctor Dalem was on staff and helped to her to sleep. I was with her the entire time. I do hope her spirit knew her Mom was holding her when she left this world. I was blessed to have her 16, 1/2 years.
Mollie will always be forever loved and will never be forgotten...Lisa
Roxy, February 2011
On the day I lost you, it rained.
through the day and also the night. torrential and gusty as I lay in bed, I could hear the drops pounding the tile
I thought for a moment it might break through on the bed, and soak us and I didn’t care I almost hoped it would and take away the salty burn of tears maybe I would wash away with the house along with the pain of remembering
your loving eyes, your head on my shoulder as you were older
the time you escaped from the park and we found you home
in the driveway legs prone, panting, waiting “What took you?” feeding you soft serve from my mouth
The day we brought you home and we sang ..Roxanne…in the car as you climbed your way up to a warm spot between my neck and the headrest. your gentle kisses
I don’t know how to do life without you. Ann & Larry
Lexie, December 2010
Here is my sweet Lexie. She lived form Nov 2000-Dec 2010.
Lexie was a spiritual dog. She picked up on everything, saw things we did not understand and mothered everything. particularly all my other Westies. She raised Lola and was very good with Pinkie too. There are more than a few times when the unbelievable happened with her. She was truly the sweetest dog I ever owned. Lindsay
Frank Dugan, September 2010
In loving memory of Frank Dugan, lover of Westies, a spiritual man, artist and owner of the fabulous Westie Luke. He trusted WROC with his most prized possession, Luke.
Luke now resides and is loved by very good friends of WROC, Mark & Barbara and Tommy & Jordie.
Bradley, August 9, 2010
Bradley, our quirky little rescue who touched many lives.
He loved his carriage rides in the park and basking in the warm California sun.
He was such a brave little Westie. He reminds us of why we rescue.
He was loved very much and is greatly missed.
Dusty, June 1, 2010
Dusty, age 15, 4/16/95-6/1/10
Passed away from TCC (transitional cell carcinoma) Bladder cancer.
"The Greatest Dog in the World"
Our beloved Doodlebug.
Rosemary, Mike, and Radar
It is with a sad heart that I write you today.
Our little Zach died this morning of heart failure.
Thank you for the opportunity to have him to love and be a part
of our family.
Sweet, sweet Bailey.....that is how she was from the minute we picked her up as a puppy. We have had many dogs in our lifetime, but we always called Bailey our perfect dog, because she was. She never went through a puppy stage, just wanted to please and love us. It's like she knew that was her job and she did it to perfection.
When she was diagnosed with cancer, we were devastated. Bailey would not give up though. We were blessed with two more Christmases with her after the doctors only gave her months to live.
When we adopted our Westie, Cailey, I feel like she knew she could let go. Cailey would take care of us now. Bailey....we miss you so much. Cailey....you are our lifesaver. You make us laugh everyday.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumns's rain.
When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush.
of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the stars that shine at night.
Please do not cry for me,
In your hearts I will always be.
Perry, we will miss you so, tap, tap, tap at the refrigerator door. You were the most amazing little rescue dog. With heavy hearts, Kay, Dan, Karen, Toni
Our sweet Heather crossed the bridge yesterday morning. Though Heather’s progress was short lived, we believe she did it for us. She gave us the greatest gift all by showing us a glimpse of her Westie ways, her sweet demeanor when pills weren’t involved, and her love of gentle belly rubs. She was the sweetest animal imaginable who shared our home and our hearts for two very short weeks. As she made her final journey, we held her close and our tears soaked her head. She was loved and cared for as if she had been our own for 17 years. No matter how much time we are given with our pets, it will never be enough. Heather was not just an old rescue dog. She was “our” dog. We are comforted that Heather died knowing she was wanted and loved. We miss her terribly, Karen & Kay
I lost my best friend this year. I miss him more then words can say.
8:50 am July 25th, 2009, 10 minutes before we were to leave for the
vet to make that horrible decision Murfee gave me one more gift, he spared me from having to make that decision.
And took his last breath at home in my arms next to my heart.
Always with me,
Our darling Hannah crossed the bridge today,
Life will not be the same without her sweet way.
She was such a joy to be around,
The most wonderful Westie spirit to be found!
Farewell sweet Hannah, you will be sorely missed by Dick & Pat and all of us at WROC. You truly touched our hearts.
Reilly, a beautiful little pup adopted in 2004, sadly left us today in the early prime of her life. Reilly suddenly and inexplicably took ill, and although her Mom and Dad and so many wonderful doctors did everything they could, she quietly passed away today in the arms of her loving family. She crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, tail wagging and looking for her toys and fellow playmates.
Reilly was always quite a character, from when she was just a wee puppy to her grown up years, and although a bit smaller than most of her Westie cousins, she never yielded in making sure they all knew she was the Alpha Dog/Head of House.
She lived a happy life with her adopted Westie brother Andy playing with him every chance he would allow and enjoyed so much fun with him and all their friends at the Rancho Bernardo Dog Park, Dog Beach at Coronado, neighborhood walks with Andy, and in backyard BBQ’s. Reilly was such the party girl sharing her toys with all of our friends at our parties and events.
She will be missed dearly, remembered and cherished forever, and will always remain in our hearts, our lives, and our memories. Thanks to our many special friends for being so kind to Reilly all these years and allowing her to be a small part of your lives. Tammy & Jon
Wesley, March 2009
Every day of the 18 years Wesley and I were together he made me smile and taught me how wonderful West Highland Terriers are. There are dogs and then there are Westies who are more like "People of Fur".
I was fortunate to have him come into my life and I'll never forget how wonderful he was. Robert
I remember her sitting on the side of her bum like Westies do with her head tilted and that quizzical look on her face. Everyone loved her in such a short time, she ruled the house. Love Marilynne, Ken & Bentley
We will all miss you, sweet Kate. You were a very special rescue girl who touched so many people. You are the reason that WROC began this extraordinary journey.
XOXO Kay and Karen
Sadie, December 2008
She was my inspiration on much of the art and crafts that I did.
She was such a special girl!
Sophie, September 2008
Sophie, oh Sophie
My heart aches for you
My precious little girl
Sophie, oh Sophie
I miss your Westie howl, your little wroo..roo…roo
I miss you my sweetie pie…my sweet pea
My precious little girl…my baby
Sophie, oh Sophie
I knew it was you…that white butterfly that followed me on a hike
I know you are in the stars that watch over me in the sky at night
My precious, precious little girl…my angel
Cappuccino, September 2008
I miss the wagging little tail;
I miss the plaintive, pleading wail;
I miss the wistful loving glance;
I miss the circling welcome-dance.
Denise and Art
MSTie, March 2008
Today, March 5, 2009, marks the 1st anniversary of MSTie’s crossing the Rainbow Bridge to unite with her sister Nestle – I’m sure they are both happily romping together, enjoying all the blessings of the Lord and an existence without pain or suffering, only pure joy. MSTie was a very special pup and I was so lucky to have shared my home with her during the best years of her life. Joan
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