“It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be a dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.”
― Unknown Author
In loving memory of Holly 12/30/2007 – 10/29/2018.
We lost our beloved Dalmatian, Holly, to cancer. Her two Dads tried desperately to save her in every way imaginable – we did all we could… we tried everything… but God had other plans. Holly passed away peacefully at home with the help of Lap Of Love hospice care as she transitioned over to “The Rainbow Bridge.” It was a dignified, peaceful, and loving ending of a wonderful life here on earth, and Holly “went to sleep” on her favorite comfy couch while her Dads held her and told her over and over again how much we love her. Holly was named after Holly Golightly from the film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and her Dads played (Holly’s favorite song) “Moon River” while she was entering the gates of heaven…we still play it every morning in her memory. ❤
Holly was unlike any other dog we’ve ever had, and it would take far too many words to describe her. However, we will do the best we can. For nearly 11 years, our Princess was a part of our lives in every way imaginable and brightened every day with her “Hollyisms”:
For Holly’s first Christmas, we gave her a water bowl with a Santa Claus picture printed🎅 at the bottom of the bowl. She immediately “dove” to get Santa and ended up blowing bubbles in the water as she tried to “bob for Santa” to no avail. She obviously liked it because for the rest of her life, Holly continued to blow bubbles in her water bowl…but if one of her Dads were nearby, Holly waited for us to grab a paper towel ready to wipe her face before she drank and took her “bubble bath.”
Ever since she was a puppy, Holly was a hugger and always greeted us with the best hugs when we came home or if she thought we were upset – Holly hated to do anything wrong. She even turned around and hugged me one time after I fell on the ice during our walk.
Holly loved to play “balley” and often “tore up our tv room” trying to hide her ball for her Dads to find, and we loved every minute of it❤ Each Dad played a different role in Holly’s life. One Dad was the “food Dad,” and one was the “play Dad” for example. Holly would love to “play bite” one Dad but would never “bite” the other Dad’s hand. Even if she couldn’t see whose hand was whose, she knew the difference and would “never bite the hand that fed her.” Also, Holly would just look at one Dad with her deep, brown eyes if she wanted his seat on the sofa…of course I gave it to her ☺ Holly would wake one Dad up every morning by sniffing and touching my face with her whiskers and/or licking my face…at which time I had to hang my pillow off the edge of the bed so she could wipe her nose again and again. It was our morning ritual. She was amazing!
Holly would always let her “brother,” Rusty the cat, eat her food and would stand back until one of her Dads took Rusty away. We got a very small cat house for Rusty, and ever since Holly saw Rusty use it, practically every night, Holly would put her nose into the opening as if she wanted to use it too. We’d always say, “not tonight, Holly,” and she would walk away. Too cute for words! Now Holly’s ashes are in the cat house… a place she always wanted to be😪
Holly liked to chase leaves and always tried to catch and eat the first snowflakes of the season as they fell in front of her.
We’d often feel a tug on the leash as we walked Holly in the warm weather. She loved to suddenly drop and roll on her back in the grass and then get belly rubs😃
Holly hated to have a wet face and would always immediately wipe her face on our pants whenever she came in from the rain.
She was a true Princess and started to limp outside one time because she got a blade of thick grass caught between her toes.
She would open the kitchen cabinet with her nose when she wanted treats… but never helped herself.
Holly would pin us down on the floor when she wanted kisses and wouldn’t let us up until she was done. She also gave kisses on command.
She liked to steal and run with paper napkins, was so good with her nightly teeth brushing and manicures, got so excited when she knew she was going for a ride, and like to be covered up before going to sleep in her bed at night.
…Oh, and so much more…
Holly loved to sunbathe so now she can lay in the sun to her heart’s content in heaven.❤☀
Some of our nicknames for Holly:
“brave little toaster”, “tweety”, “sweetie”, “sugar”, “sugar-face,” “puppy”, “schmoosh-face”.
We love and miss her more than words can say and are heartbroken, to say the least. It has been six months since Holly left us and hardly a day goes by that we don’t shed tears for her – she was that special and has left a painful void in our lives full of heartache💔😰
God must have really wanted her in heaven…
We prayed to God, St. Francis, and anyone else we could think of to save “our girl.” We initially thought that our prayers weren’t answered but then soon realized that we were blessed by God after-all…just not in the way we expected:
Sadly another DRSF alum has received her wings. We were just notified that Audrey passed away today. We are saddened to hear about Audrey. She was a very special and beautiful loyal companion and will be missed. Audrey had a great life. She knew love and compassion during her adopted life for which we are grateful. Run free now sweet Audrey. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Audrey’s family.
Another family’s hearts are broken today. Mike Whitney and family said a very sad farewell to DRSF alum Diesel yesterday. He was the absolute love of their lives. We remember fondly the day this sweet boy was rescued from the shelter and the day he drove off from DRSF with his new family to his happily ever after. Seems they’re with us such a short time. Sorry, Dexter that you lost your buddy Diesel Our thoughts and prayers to the family while they mourn their loss. Many memories were made in the home that loved Diesel so much. Cherish them in your hearts. God speed Diesel.
After a week of excellent supportive hospital care, lots of love, and the very best our veterinarian and staff had to offer, we knew we were fighting a battle that we would not win.
Hunter came back to foster with his family, had a few days of tail wags, happy times and companionship with his pups and wife Ava. This morning Hunter got up to go out to potty, collapsed and took his last breath on this earth. Hunter was surrounded by his family. We are very sad today. It has been our privilege to care for this magnificent Dalmatian. It was our hope against hope and constant prayer for a better outcome. God Speed precious Hunter. Run free in your new body. Our beloveds who left us all too soon before you will welcome you at the bridge. You were loved and will surely be missed.
Dalmatian North Miami Beach, FL
- Adult Male Medium Black, White / Cream
- CHARACTERISTICS: loyal, loving, calm
- COAT LENGTH: Short
- HOUSE-TRAINED: Yes