Sadly Rex crossed the Rainbow Bridge April 25, 2018. We wish we had more time to honor him for his service to our country. He was loved and well cared for until the end. To remember and memorialize him his picture will be up at the Mission BBQ in Gainesville.
Rex was a beautiful senior shepherd, who was thought to be around 14 years old. He was flown to VA from Kuwait, thanks to a generous donor donated their airline miles for him. He came through the connection Ruff Ranch Sanctuary has with a shelter in Kuwait. They have taken a few into their rescue from this shelter. Upon arrival it was discovered Rex was not able to do stairs, due to degenerative Myelopathy, so a change had to be made in the original foster arrangement, and Gray Face Acres offered to take him. We also discovered a tattoo in his ear which led us to believe he may be a military dog, so one of our dedicated volunteers has been researching this possibility and has found an organization called “The United States War Dogs Association” to help in our search to possibly know more about his history. Rex was sent a beautiful bandana, a patch and a poem commemorating his service.
Bubba came to us in October of 2017, at the ripe old age of 18 years. When I heard that his owner had lost his job and his home, and he had to leave all of his dogs at the shelter, I felt we had to help. Especially with Bubba. He was by far the most senior of all of them. An 18 year old dog has about no chance of being adopted, unless somebody happens to take pity on them. Bubba’s story is exactly what Gray Face Acres is all about. We don't ever want a senior dog to spend his last days in a shelter. So Bubba came here to retire. He was riddled with fleas, and very skinny, with a brittle coat. His blood work revealed nothing some good food and supplements could not fix, and he did begin to flourish. His coat became thicker, his skin healthier. A little sparkle shone in his eyes, and a little bounce appeared in his step.
The winters are always harder on our senior dogs (and on Bob and I!). He struggled with his footing on ice, snow, and mud, when he went outside. I hoped he would have a Spring and Summer with us, but was grateful for the mellow Fall. The time we get to spend with them is a gift, and I think of that time, not the time we don’t have. Making a dog’s last days the very best they can be is what we strive for! We had to say goodbye to Bubba just a few weeks ago. I was happy he had a few days of sunshine, and grass to snooze in before he left us. It was such a pleasure to care for this sweet old boy at the end of his life. He knew he was loved.
We know that when our pups cross the Rainbow Bridge, we were able to bring happiness to their lives. Once over the Bridge, they'll be youthful and healthy once again.