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In Memory of Our Goldens -
About Almost Heaven
Dudley Randolph ~ April 12, 2018
4/21/04 - 4/12/18
On Thursday 4/12/18 another infamous alumni of Golden Retriever
Rescue, Dudley (14 years old), crossed over the ole rainbow bridge
to be united once again with his siblings, Maggie and Baylee.
He undoubtedly became the head of our Household from basically
Day 1, which was 10 years ago at age 4. He was a tough guy who
was gentle at the same time. Dudley was a sentinel who protected
us against such neferious creatures as the garbage man, the UPS
man, and the mailman. Such a great snuggle he was...especially
on inclement weather days. We are very grateful for the many lessons
he taught us along the way like taking an afternoon nap is a good
idea. He was one to never turn down McDonald's chicken nuggets,
a T&L hotdog with everything, good ole pepperoni roll, a good
cheeseburger, or a Wendy's baked potato with chili.
Dudley was truly the best companion ever and he always gave
so very much and asked very little in return. We'll miss Mr. Dudley
more than imaginable, but we shall always cherish the wonderful
memories that we have of our boy what a magnificent companion
our Lord did create. We're sure He was glad to welcome him home.
He was truly one hellacious warrior who fought the good fight.
We can but say in retrospect as a fitting memorial tribute to
a truly cherished member of the Randolph family "thank you for
showing us the True power of unconditional love."
You'll forever be with us partner.
Rest In Peace dear Dudley
In Loving Memory, Gene and Claudia Randolph
Teddy Too ~ August 5, 2018
Teddy, in the brief time you were with us, you
were a total dear - gentle and easy going. We were saddened to
say goodbye and wish we were able to spend more time with you.
~ Loved & Missed by the Carol Free
Harley ~ April 30, 2018
Harley came into our lives late Dec 2008. We
had recently lost our Golden, Ben, and needed another in our lives.
Thanks to Carol & Skip Free, we were able to adopt Harley
at the age of 8 months. He immediately started obedience classes
and my husband, Tom, was in charge of that training. Tom took
him through the CGC and TDI tests. Harley was an awesome dog.
He loved visiting elementary schools and provided "therapy"
for students as well as teachers. I took over training for obedience
titles and he was able to earn a BN, CD, and rally titles. It
was discovered a few weeks ago that Harley had cancer and up until
the lst few days of his life, he was his usual busy energetic
self. We will continue to love and miss this sweet soul forever.
Thanks, Carol, for allowing us to adopt him.
~ Adopted, Loved & Missed by the Anderson Family
Golden Bear ~ April 20, 2018
Our Bear adopted my wife and was velcroed to
her. He was pretty much never much more than 5 feet away from
her. The whole time we had him he never barked at anything (except
the squirrels he chased in his sleep). RIP Bear see you at the
~ Adopted, Loved & Missed by the Martire
Chance ~ March 31, 2018
You were VERY loved by everyone here and you
will always reside in our hearts. You will be dearly missed by
your human and canine friends alike.
~ Loved & Greatly Missed by Carol
Dempsey ~ November 25, 2017
Dempsey was not the original dog my parents and
I went to meet at Almost Heaven but we couldn't have been luckier
when we left with him. Named after Tom Dempsey for his stubbed
back foot, our Dempsey knew no bounds in enjoying life,
from playing with his "lamby" toy, doing zig-zag runs, and rolling
down hills to anticipating his kibble and green bean dinner, nosing
for pets, and seeing the sunrise on the beach. Goofy, gentle,
comical, and loving, he wanted nothing more than to hang out with
his favorite people, particularly my dad Charlie and my nephew
Callan, his two besties. He was without out a doubt the happiest
dog I have ever met and we miss him tremendously.
Run free, Dempsey Doodle Dennis. We love you
~ Anne Six and Family
Hank ~ November 5, 2017
Hank was loved by everyone here and was a huge
part of our family. He will live on in our hearts.
~ Loved & Dearly Missed by Carol
Jackson ~ October 6, 2017
IN MEMORY OF JACKSON
A Life well Lived ~ well Loved ~ well Deserved.
such that it was I had to let him go
only after one last trip to the Suburu
"Where to now?" I have heard so often these past months.
bowed his head and let the little hands touch his soft crown
and humbly moved on with their gleeful smiles echoing being him.
There was light in his shadow...he was an angel. And I was blessed...but
there are and will be tears. A chunk from my life was filled with
his company and a chunk will be left with his memories. When I walk
on paths coated in thick moss, I too will feel the glee and be reminded
of his soft crown and the comfort of feeling him by my side. I believe
in meadows of flowers and cool breezes and sent him to find the
love of his life Cinder who will be there to greet him.
'He is a special one'..and he was.
Gentle ~ Generous ~ Wise ~ Respectful ~
Handsome ~ Playful ~ Loyal ~ Graceful.
He pranced rather than walked. Listened
rather than spoke. For those who feared, he
Until we meet again Jackson you will be comforted
deep in my heart.
~ Loved and Deeply Missed by Nancy Meyers
Gabe ~ October 5, 2017
We lost our Gabe today. He's joined his buddy
Henley across the rainbow bridge. We'll miss him dearly.
~ Adopted, Loved & Missed by the Coulson
Bear Ellison ~ October 2, 2017
He was part of our family for the past 8 years
(not long enough)! Bear was our protector, our companion, and
in later years, our foot warmer.
~ Always in our hearts and always loved
by the Ellisons
Lily ~ October 2, 2017
You evolved into such a wonderful girl...running
around the yard and playing almost all day every day. I hope you
know how loved you were.
~ Loved & Deeply Missed by Carol
Rosie ~ September 16, 2017
She was one of the most gentle sweet souls on earth
and she was very loved.....
~ Loved & Dearly Missed by Carol
Zeus ~ August 30, 2017
Zeus may have been turned into the rescue 2 times
due to issues but that was just because he was waiting for his
soul human...ME. There will never be another dog to fill my heart
as completely as Zeus. I will love other dogs but Zeus will always
be my soul dog. Until we meet again baby.
~ Loved & Deeply Missed by Juanita
Ruby ~ August 6, 2017
She was a beautiful Golden...the most beautiful
and loving dog I've ever known. She loved life, treats, walks,
and being with us and other dogs. I miss her very much. She's
so in my heart.
~ Loved & Deeply Missed by Karen and Mike
Sniffy ~ August 16, 2017
Though never formally adopted, Sniffy had a home
here and he will always reside in my heart and memories.
Thank you Sniffy for so many smiles - for teaching me so much
about bloodhounds - and autoimmune disorders.
You were and are loved ... My heart is truly broken.
~ Loved & Deeply Missed by Carol
Orion ~ June 20, 2017
You were VERY loved by everyone here and you
will always reside in our hearts. A sweeter soul has never existed
- you will be missed by your human and canine friends alike.
~ Loved & Greatly Missed by Carol
Oscar ~ June 16, 2017
Although never adopted, he was not homeless and
he will live forever in my heart. I miss that old, silly boy so
~ Loved & Dearly Missed by Carol
Henley Chance ~ June 2, 2017
We lost our beautiful boy Henley Chance last
night. He left this earth on his own terms and when we got home,
we found him outside where he laid in the grass on a crisp clear
day and crossed the bridge to heaven.
He loved being outside. Henley was 14 years old
and he became our fur kid when he was 2. A wild boy who once chewed
into the drywall and tore a door apart. He calmed down and as
he grew became one of our most loyal loving dogs. We will miss
him so much; but the stories and memories we have will definitely
keep us smiling and laughing. We love you Hen.
~ Love, Joan and Family
Sunny ~ March 2017
Sunny spent his time with us being a great dog
-- always ready to go for a long walk, eager to see his friends
(the human ones especially -- in his mind, most dogs were kind
of second-best) and he was determined to supervise all kitchen
activities, with the hope that the cheese drawer might open and
he might get a little snack. We're going to miss him for a long
~ Adopted, Loved & Missed by Linda, Don and
Smiling George ~ February 14, 2017
George died today - he went under anesthesia
for surgery and we didn't wake him up. We knew he had a necrotic
oral tumor but we didn't know his lungs, brain, and virtually
every internal organ in his poor body was also full of cancer.
The veterinarians called us with the horrific news - Had we allowed
him to wake up - he wouldn't have been with us long and his death
could have been horrific. There was NO chance for recovery. NONE.
George was found shortly after the terrible tornadoes hit his
home town in Georgia. Some very kind souls found George, dried
him off, and kept him safe until he could come to us for more
medical treatment. We're sorry George. We really tried. We wanted
you to live, to run and play and catch the ball thrown just for
your pleasure. We wanted you to know what it felt like to be loved
- cherished, warm, dry, with a full food bowl. Run free, George
- pain free and young again. Run free - --
~ With great sorrow Carol, Julie, and all
that tried to help George
Willow ~ January 13, 2017
My dear, sweet Willow. You will be missed more than
one heart should have to bear.
~ Loved, cherished, and deeply missed
Rebel ~ October 17, 2016
He was just a big, goofy dog and very loveable.
He loved his rawhide bones and going for car rides. He was a very
oral dog and always had to have something in his mouth - whether
it be carrying around bones or going into my dirty clothes hamper
to grab what he could!
I'll miss you, my furry friend! ~
Smiley ~ December 9, 2016
He was such a good boy and so polite. Even though
we had a short time with him, we loved him very much. Smiley loved
to go for walks and would get so excited when he would see his
leash! He loved to lay in the bed and put his head on the pillow,
and his favorite thing was beggin strips. That would really get
his tail wagging! He was just such a happy boy and it was so hard
to see him sick. I'm glad we could be there for him at the end
~ to love him, hug him, and kiss him. There will never be another
dog like Smiley! He will be missed forever.
~ Adopted, Loved & Deeply Missed by the McCoy
Annie ~ March 23, 2016
Annie was a gentle soul and will always hold a place in our hearts.
~ Adopted, Loved & Deeply Missed by the McCall
Mimee ~ October 2016
We only had a short time with Mimee to enjoy her. Our nickname for her was "Sweetie" because of her great demeanor. Except, of course when she would do a little tap dance while she was waiting to be fed! She will be missed...
~ Adopted, Loved & Deeply Missed by Peter &
Max ~ August 29, 2016
Max, we were so lucky to have your great friendship,
unconditional love and devoted companionship. We have so many
great memories! You were loved by every member of our family and
will always have a special place in the hearts of many people,
especially ours. I can't believe a dog could bring such joy and
happiness to a family. We deeply grieve your passing, but are
glad you are no longer in pain, and we take comfort in knowing
we were able to give you a great and comfortable life with our
~ Adopted, Loved & Deeply Missed by the Yula Family
Major ~ August 11, 2016
IN MEMORY OF MAJOR
Major came to us in 2006 at the age of about
2.5 yrs; he was skinny, undersized and rather timid, he had been
chained up outside for most of his short life, apparently in all
weathers, and his coat was consequently very thick. Despite all
Carol's TLC, Major still had issues-he was afraid of steps, the
television, the vacuum cleaner, and-like many canines-the sound
of thunder. Despite all this, he quickly became a treasured member
of our household and gradually overcame his fears. Over the next
couple of years, with good feeding, he grew to the size of a normal
healthy golden and his coat was a thing of beauty. People were
constantly remarking on "this beautiful dog." Major was friendly
with everyone and welcomed all who came to our house. Perhaps
not the best watchdog, but you can't expect perfection, and his
happy nature was far more precious than any protection instincts.
We have been blessed with more than ten years
of great experiences with this dog. He travelled with us on all
our many long camping trips, crossing the entire United States
several times, always ready for a walk and a new adventure. He
became Leo's shadow and followed him everywhere. If you wanted
to find Leo, you just had to look for the dog! When Leo was out,
Major would lie at the top of the stairs, waiting patiently for
his best friend to come home.
In his later years, he slowed down considerably
but still gamely went for his daily walk in the park and slept
most of the rest of the day. When he developed vestibular disease
he seemed to do quite well for a while with treatment, but suddenly
started to "go downhill" very quickly. In mid-August 2016 it was
discovered he also had cancer. It was with great reluctance and
much sadness that we decided it was time to say goodbye. Major
has taken a piece of our hearts, but has left behind so many wonderful
memories that we will always treasure.
~ Loved and Missed by Patricia and Leo Deege
Rhett ~ September 13, 2016
Thank you for bringing these incredible dogs
into our lives. You blossomed into a goofy, happy Big Dog. We
will miss you Rhett.
Thank you for being a part of our lives.
Memories of Rhett & Ruffie:
of Lessons" by Michelle Doell
~ Loved and Missed by the Doell Family
Bailey ~ May 27, 2016
Everyone who met Bailey commented on what a special
dog he was. We thought so, too. Four months after we adopted him
from AHGRR, Bailey was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that
almost killed him. With a lot of trips to the vet and a whole
lot of love, he pulled through. Life was never easy for Bailey,
though. It seemed like there was always one ailment or another
that we had to keep after, but he didn't let any of that get him
down. He was such a kind, calm soul. His favorite thing was to
go to the dog parks. Until we meet again, here's to Bailey running
around pain and ailment free in that big dog park in the sky.
~ Loved and Missed by the Cherry Family
Decker ~ 2016
Decker was adopted 13 years ago from Almost
Heaven and was the BEST dog and GREAT companion. He will be greatly
missed. We will meet again at Rainbow Bridge.
~ Loved and
Missed by Ellan
Moses ~ July 24, 2016
It's a very sad day as he was with Almost Heaven
a very long time and was truly part of the family. I will look
for you at the bridge. You were truly loved and will be deeply
OMG Dog ~ July 8, 2016
We are missing a big chunk of our Yheart. You
were truly loved and will be deeply missed.
~ Carol & Michael
Josie ~ June 21, 2016
Who taught me the meaning of
kindness and gentleness in everything you do.
~ Chris McLaren
Bo ~ May 25, 2016
I will look for you at the bridge. You were
very loved and are sorely missed..
Bessie ~ April 23, 2016
My little cookie muncher ~ my Bess. You were
very loved and will be dearly missed. I'm heart broken.
Zoey ~ April 3, 2016
Sweet Zoey, you were Loved and Will be Dearly
Biscuit aka Henry ~ March 18, 2016
Goodbye to my angel Biscuit whom I adopted in 2003 from Almost Heaven. He had a friend - pure bred german shepherd named Schatzi, whom I swear kept him going till the end. Loved and
~ by Cindy and Schatzi
Bear ~ October 16, 2015
He was a special gift to our family from you.
A very gentle soul who loved nothing more than playing fetch.
We will miss him.
~ Loved and Missed by the Coulson Family
Rosie ~ March 15, 2015
From the day Rosie arrived, it was obvious she was always meant to be here. Her brother, Moses, was a bit of a snob when choosing his canine companions,
but he and Rosie were inseparable from day one. Rose fell head over heels in love with her daddy. I have never seen a dog look at another human being with the amount of love
shown in her eyes when she was close to him. He was always first in her heart. She left a big hole in all of our hearts when she left.
~ Loved and Missed by the Warner Family
Maple ~ September 28, 2015
You beat the odds so many times, little man.
You just didn't have one more left in you. Your "corner" is very
empty without you. Until we meet again ~ I hope you know how loved
Shelby (9/2015) and Brady (Summer 2012)
We were blessed with two specials dogs from
Almost Heaven, the graceful Shelby (red) and the ultimate gentleman
Brady. They brought us immense joy.
Both are Loved and Deeply Missed.
~ by the McGowan Family
Ripley (Ripper) ~ September 15, 2015
14 years young
My dear dear Ripper ~ losing you is one of
the hardest things I've had to endure this year. There was nothing
but sweetness in you ~ and though we tried to give you more time,
your body was just worn out and couldn't fight any more. Wait
for me, old man. Run free -
~ Love from your second Mom, Carol
Rex ~ August 2015
You were loved every single day you were with
me - just a gentle, sweet soul that sadly saw the horrors of lab
experimentation - (the results of which finally killed you), and
yet you could still open your heart to be loved - and give love.
I will be looking for you at the Bridge, Rex - and until then,
will carry your memory tucked safely within my heart.
Ruffie aka Bodhi ~ August 24, 2015
You and your foster Mom, Amy, put up a gallant
fight but the cancer won. It was incredibly hard to say goodbye
to such a special boy. You will be deeply missed and never forgotten.
Ruffie ~ July 3, 2015
To our sweet Ruffie... Despite all you went
through before coming to us, you still taught us how to love unconditionally,
to forgive others and how to live with pure joy in your heart.
Thank you for being the perfect Little Buddy and the sweetest
creature we will ever know. It was an honor to be your family,
your spirit will always fill our home and we know you will always
be with us.
We love you more than words can express.
~ The Beckman-Doell Family
Chino ~ June 2, 2015
It was a pleasure knowing you and you seemed
to enjoy your time with us also. You will be missed dear boy!
Sadie ~ April 11, 2015
Sadie (Beans) came into our lives and we fell
head over heels in love with that crooked smile and that beautiful
wrinkled nose. She was a funny girl, always searching for attention
where ever she could find it, and also the biggest snuggle bug
and loved to curl up to have those beautiful ears rubbed. She
would never leave a day complete without one of us laughing at
her for something funny she did that day. She was pure happiness
and it was contagious. Her little sister Lucy and Sadie were best
friends and in the short time that we had her they truly became
sisters... Unfortunately after a strong fight we lost our girl
on April 11th to cancer. Our hearts are completely broken and
we will never be the same without our Beans. She was always so
happy, even on her last day she laid around multiple tennis balls
with a smile and a tail that will always wag. She was a strong
fighter and as hard as it was to say goodbye we know in our hearts
she is at peace and pain free. Rest in Peace my sweet girl you
will always be missed.....
~ Adopted and loved by the Ross Family
Chewie ~ September 2014
Our beautiful boy, Chewie! He was a kind and
gentle soul, and brought such joy to our family. We are heartbroken
without you. Loved and Deeply Missed.
~ by the Laderberg Family
Haylee ~ April 7, 2015
Haylee was such a sweet and gentle girl with
the only goal in life to make others happy. She was able to share
her kind and gentle spirit as a volunteer with pets on wheels
for about a year. This little lady knew no strangers. At home
she ruled and always reminded her 2 brothers who was in charge.
Even though her illness came on fast her love will last in my
heart for ever!
~ Diane Edwards (Haylee's Mom)
Baby ~ March 25, 2015
An angel in a furry coat - everyone's friend
- just a damned good dog. Wait for me Baby - I'll be looking for
you at the Bridge!
Janey Grace ~ February 20, 2015
We will miss her as will her brother and sisters.
She was a very special angel to all of us.
~ Marcia and Margaret Tester
Thor ~ January 19, 2015
Saying Goodby to you, dearest Thor, is probably
one the hardest thing I have ever done. I can't believe you're
gone. You are deeply Loved and Missed.
~ by Carol Free
Mr. Crowley ~ January 16, 2015
It broke my heart in a lot of places having
to say goodbye to you, beautiful boy. May you enjoy romping free
of pain at Rainbow Bridge. You are deeply Loved and Missed.
~ by Carol Free
J.B. (Jim Bob) ~ November 19, 2014
After seeing his picture on PetFinder; it was
love at first sight. He was much loved by our Family, in our neighborhood
but especially by the children at Stoddert Elementary School where
his fans would rush out each morning and afternoon to pet him.
It was a blessing to have J.B. in our lives. He will be dearly
~ The O'Donnell Family
Ol' Fella ~ May 8, 2014
I still think of you every day. Adopted and
~ by Leslie Nickel
Nina ~ 2014
We bonded on our way home (from the rescue)
over a ham & cheese sandwich and that was it. I was in love. Her
gentle spirit touched everyone who ever met her. Our lives, and
the lives of many of our friends, were blessed by the addition
of this beautiful girl to our family. We will honor her memory
by rescuing another giant breed baby and giving him or her a safe
and loving home. Rescued dogs bring the gifts of unparalleled
gratitude, joy and affection into the lives of their forever families.
We can never give back nearly as much as we gain from our relationships
with these precious souls.
~ Olga Watkins
Eddie ~ August 6, 2014
Raised, Adopted, Loved, and is Now Very Truly
~ by Liz Brannan
KC ~ August 2, 2014
One of our longest sanctuary residents, 9 years.
KC, although you were too traumatized to find a
forever home. You were Much Loved by everyone at
Almost Heaven and will be Deeply Missed.
Poppy ~ July 28, 2014
Poppy was the best little dog I've known ~
and he will be soooooo missed.
Heather ~ July 14, 2014
Adopted and Loved for 10 wonderful years.
~ by Candis Johnson
Lucky Bear ~ May 18, 2014
Sweetest Girl - You will be dearly missed.
We're so sorry we didn't have time to give you the life you deserved.
See you at the Bridge
Olive ~ February 18, 2014
Our poor sweet little hound girl with the strange
voice. Your health issues were such an uphill battle - we just
never could seem to "fix" everything for you. In spite of it all
- you seemed happy to the very end - - and you were VERY loved.
I miss you "O" girl!
Diablo ~ February 17, 2014
I hope now you can find the happiness and peace
that you so needed. You will be missed!
Hannah Bannana ~ February 17, 2014
Old girl - you were something else - a character.
I only wish we could have given you that second chance you so
See you at the Bridge - Carol
Aubrey ~ January 5, 2014
Adopted and Loved
by Leslie Nickel
Bea ~ January 5, 2014
Bea ~ I can't believe you're gone. I had grown
so attached and was so looking forward to sending you off to your
forever home. So many people offered you a great home ~ I will
thank them for you.
Run free my Bea ~ See you at the Bridge.