REMEMBRANCE

Please donate to The Peanut Fund to help us continue to provide care for our rescued dogs that develope respiratory issues.

 

 Please donate to The Molly Fund to help us continue to provide care for our Senior rescued dogs that need long term medical care.

 Excerpt from A Dog's Prayer

"..And, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest...and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands."  -Beth Norman Harris

In Memory Of Goldie

Goldie ~ Our ray of sunshine. She was picked up as stray with a softball-sized mammary tumor and somehow we knew she was terminal. That did not stop GCCSR and her fosters from fighting for her. She saw a oncologist and a holistic doctor and together we helped her gain weight and strength. 

We had 2 glorious months with the amazing creature. She had all the belly rubs, cuddles and love she could want. 

She was an unbelievably loving dog even after all she had endured. We will never forget you, Goldie... you took pieces of our hearts when you left us. We love you! ❤

In Memory Of Cody
Ambassador Cody joined everyone at the Rainbow Bridge on Aug. 10th, 2017-his 18th birthday. He was an owner surrender to BARC at the age of 13 when his family no longer had time for him and came to GCCSR hoping to find a forever home. He loved everyone and everyone loved and wanted him. But as he got older and was diagnosed with CHF in 2013, the hopes of a home dwindled. Cody became our Ambassador and did a great job fulfilling his obligations at all the events, supporting all his rescue brothers and sisters, and eating up all the attention. In September 2016 he was moved to forever foster status and would spend the rest of his life with his foster mom, who loved him very much. Dealing with arthritis issues over the last year and finding treatments were not helping-his little body became tired and ready to go. As it has been said our adoption events will never be the same without him. Cody touched a lot of hearts and even at the age of 18 still looked like a puppy. Without the love and support from Momma Stephanie, GCCSR, Coffee Nation, his Doctors and his Foster Mom he would not have had such a wonderful life. Run free little man-we love you and we miss you!
In Memory of Carly

In memory of sweet Carly, who crossed the rainbow bridge in June 2017.  This poor girl had a rough go at her life, but was loved immensely! Our third inductee into the Forever Foster Hall of Fame, Carly came into our program in January 2011, after having been picked up as a stray. In April of the same year, after jumping off her foster's bed, Carly found herself unable to walk, and had emergency back surgery at A&M. Two months later, she moved to a different foster home with two other GCCSR alumni, two kids of her very own, and a Foster Mom who works from home. There, she loved her life and lived out the rest of her days until, sadly,  we discovered an aggressive, untreatable oral/nasal tumor which took her quickly after we discovered it. RIP, angel.

In Memory of Holly

Holly came to us on December 22, 2015. She was a sweet, blind, deaf senior that had so much life to live. She fought hard, but succumbed to renal failure in February of 2017. She crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge, February 18, 2017. We love you, beautiful Holly!

In Memory Of Sam

Sam crossed the rainbow bridge February 2016. He spent the last few years of his life with us giving us much joy and love. Sam was known for his signature sideways tongue kisses because of missing teeth on one side of his mouth. He was a very happy and energetic senior who gave us quite a few chases when he would sneak out the front door or wait for another dog to find him a hole under the fence. We had to make the hard decision to let him go when his health declined rapidly and he lost too much weight. He was diagnosed with cushings and had been dealing with severe congestive heart failure. He will always be in our hearts and we miss him greatly. 

  In Memory of Izzy

Izzy was a sweet and quiet teddy bear of dog. He came from Lake Charles as a stray into GCCSR. He chased everyone to the door when they would leave because he didn't want them to go. Izzy crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on December 20, 2015. You will be missed Izzy Bo Bizzy

 In Memory of Barney

 

Barney passed away 3 years ago at the age of 17, but sometimes the sadness of him gone seems like it was yesterday.  I had him since he was 6 weeks old, and he truly showed me what unconditional love was. I am truly grateful for being in Barney's life, and there are so many happy memories of Barney.  When he was a puppy I entered him in a Halloween costume contest.  He was dressed as a baby (yes, I put a diaper on him) and as soon as we got to the party he pulled it off.  Needless to say, he didn't win, but he definitely won my heart from the start.  Barney was always a happy dog and full of life, but then in 2011 he started having numerous medical issues.  I would have done anything in the world to save him and I desperately tried, but as they say, God needed him more.  He is my little fur baby angel that will always have a special place in my heart.

~ Deborah Aggon, Houston, TX

 

 IN MEMORY OF MEIKIA

Meikia was very special girl just as sweet Lucky was. She came to us as a foster and won our heart immediately. She was 7 when she left us due to 3 separate heart issues. Having her for only a year and a half was not enough. Like Lucky, there will never be another like her. 

                                ~ Linda Parker, Colorado


Lucky was the 4th dog to enter the GCCSR program in July 2010.  Turned into Harris County Animal Shelter after his owners died and the children couldn't be bothered with him, he entered our program with a heartworm positive status and chronic bronchial disease. One of the most mischievous dogs we've ever had, he was returned 3 times to us, so he took up residence with Stephanie as a Forever Foster and blossomed into one of the sweetest, most loving dogs we had. Sadly, following two courageous bouts with pneumonia, his chronic bronchial disease got the best of him and took him across the bridge on 6/8/2015, just one day after Stephanie's birthday. He will forever be in our hearts and is the epitome of the kind of dog we seek to help through our Forever Foster program.

Click HERE to see Mama Stephanie's tribute to Lucky.

In Memory of Lucky

 In Memory of Bentley


Bentley was a very spry, buff senior. He made his way to GCCSR via a shelter in Arlington 12/12. He had severe skin and ear issues. He soon came to live with his foster family and he became a 'forever foster' in November 2013. He was the sweetest, most gentle soul. Bentley crossed over the Rainbow Bridge May 2015 due to congestive heart failure. He will be missed immensely by his forever foster family. RIP Sir Bentley.

In Memory of Precious

Precious was surrendered to the New Orleans SPCA in March 2014 because the family could no longer afford to take care of her. She entered the GCCSR program in May 2014, had chronic cocker skin, eye and ear issues, and was heartworm positive. After all these things were addressed, sadly at Christmas-time in 2014, Precious was diagnosed with lymphoma, and we helped her across the Rainbow Bridge in February 2015 when her illness got the best of her.  Special thanks to her foster home for showing her what it was like to be loved and cared for the way she should have been all along.

RIP Sweet ODIE

Another life lost too soon to Distemper.

 

RIP Sweet Sophie

Another life lost too soon to Distemper.

 

In Loving Memory

SOPHIA 

We lost sweet Sophia on 12/12/11 due to complictaions from Heartworms. Please give your dogs monthly preventative so they don't have to suffer through this horrible disease.

 

In Memory Of

CHASE

 

We lost Chase in October 2012 due to complications from an inoperable tumor that developed in his mouth. This boy had the best love in the time he had with his new forever family, and for that we are grateful. RIP Chase.

 

In Memory Of

RITA 

Miss Rita passed over the rainbow bridge in January 2013 due to complications from Heartworms.  We are so grateful she had time she did to experience the love and care from her foster mom. She will be missed.

In Memory Of

FRED 

In February 2013, after having raised the $3500 needed for his double ear ablation, we lost Fred suddenly as he waited at the vet for surgery. A necropsy indicated acute hemmorhaging in the lungs, and the cause was unknown. It is suspected he passed quickly and suddenly, without pain. Our hearts are broken that he didn't get to experience the pain free life that was in store for him, but are so grateful to all who were willing to help make his dreams come true. 
 

 In Memory Of

June Bug 

 
June Bug crossed the Rainbow bridge in March of 2013 at the age of 10 after a hard fought battle with Cushings Disease. She was a quiet and sweet little lady who strolled through life with a kind and loving soul. She brought joy and love to the hearts of many in GCCSR and reminded us of the many joys senior dogs can bring to our lives. Buggers, as she was called, was a fighter and had a love that never ended….she will be missed by us all!

In Memory Of

Genny 

 

 

Genny crossed over the rainbow bridge in October 2013. We tried to save this beautiful little girl, that apparently was hit by a car and had major breaks, internal damage and could not walk.  Unfortunately, short of a major miracle, we were not able to, without multiple major surgeries, to include plates, pins and hours of being under anesthesia. The prognosis was bleak at best. So, we had to make the hard decision to let her go to the 'Rainbow Bridge' and run free of pain and join all of those that passed before her. 
 

 

Harris crossed the rainbow bridge in October 2013. One day he suddenly lost the ability to use his right side. After the neurologists at A&M performed their exam, they were certain that there was a lesion in his brain of some sort. The condition of his heart was worsening, and it would have been too dangerous to put him under for an MRI. No matter what we found in the brain, we couldn't have 'fixed it', so we decided it was best to let him go peacefully. His foster family brought him back home to Houston to say goodbye, and then took him to our primary vet late this afternoon. Another heartbreak in a short period of time... but as cliché as it sounds, we truly ARE grateful he knew the love and care he'd been previously lacking, for the 3 months we've had him. We watched him blossom into a feisty, loving little guy, we all loved his smile, and he's another prime example of all that GCCSR stands for.
 

In Memory Of

Harris

 

In Memory Of

Bam Bam

 

Bam Bam crossed the rainbow bridge in December 2013. Despite the fact we'd only raised a few hundred dollars, we scheduled Bam Bam for surgery because his breathing was becoming more labored by the day. Sadly, the vet called during his surgery and said that when she got in there, the situation was very grim and she saw the worst case of lung cancer she'd ever seen. This wasn't evident on the radiographs, or via the biopsy, but she said there was ZERO normal lung tissues on the right side, and it had begun to travel up to the heart. She said it would be inhumane to close him up and ask him to 'recover', as he'd not have any quality of life... so we were forced to say goodbye. We are heartbroken to have lost another life so soon... this trend needs to stop... but we SO appreciate all of you who make our work possible.

Thank you for believing in us... and believing that he was worth the chance.

Nadia was a beautiful, black cocker spaniel born around May 2012. Her life was a little rough until she found her way out of an animal cruelty investigation and into the arms of a loving GCCSR foster home. She was only 9.5 lbs. when she was first saved by GCCSR, but she gradually gained weight and started to blossom. She struggled with an upper respiratory infection at the beginning, and we had planned surgical intervention on her double luxating patellas on the rear legs. However, pre-anesthetic labwork and exams uncovered a hole in her heart that allowed the mixing of oxygenated blood with unoxygenated blood. The only fix was open heart surgery, and worse than that, because of the severity of her issues, she had less than a 20% chance of survival. She was a young dog with a lot of spunk, but her heart just wouldn't keep up. Her loving foster mom kept her comfortable and happy until Nadia told her that it was time to let go. In April 2014 Nadia crossed the rainbow bridge. We are grateful for the time she had with us, and thankful in the end that is was time spent being loved and taken care of to the fullest extent.

In Memory Of

Nadia

 In Memory Of

Sandy

 Sandy was a great companion and a really playful doggy. She liked adults, children, as well as other dogs! She crossed the Rainbow Bridge in August 2014, and is already greatly missed!

 In Memory Of

Dexter

 Dexter was a sweet, old buff boy who came to us in September 2012 from a shelter in Ft. Worth. He had one health problem after another, including a pretty serious bout with demodex mange. He had glaucoma which led to multiple injections to relieve the pressure, and was mostly blind. His ears were more problematic than most, requiring constant attention, and his joints are old and achy, requiring several daily supplements. Dexter did well in his foster home with a seasoned 'rescue person', but was stressed by adoption events and never got any attention due to his age and health issues. As such, we'd inducted him to our Forever Foster program.  Sadly, old age got the best of him and we ended up having to help him cross over to the Rainbow Bridge on 11/29/2014.  We are grateful to our fans and followers who enable us to care for dogs like Dexter who sadly find themselves in a shelter after a lifetime of love given to a 'family'.  He was such a sweetheart, and loved by many.

  In Memory Of

JR

JR was adopted in 2012 after 7 months with Terry and a stay at Meadowlake for the New Leash on Life training program. He was a behavioral 'case' that we weren't sure we could ever find a home for, although he did have a faithful Facebook following with the antics Terry posted. When Linda (JR's forever mom) met him, she instantly loved him for who he was and committed to whatever guidance and discipline he may need to keep him in line. She'd had a 'snarky' cocker before, and our only fear was that she didn't take him as seriously as she should.

Over the past few years, she and JR worked diligently together in her quilting room to provide many "cuddlers" for GCCSR, raising a large amount of money for JR's rescue brothers and sisters in need. Linda helped transform JR into a different dog through her unconditional love, guidance and patience, and for that we are forever grateful. JR will be missed, but he certainly left his mark on our rescue family