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Gary came to us on November 24, 2012 originally as a foster. We took him until Golden Gate Basset Rescue can find him a forever home, it turned out his forever home was with us all along.
He was a very quiet and handsome basset and we fell in love with him immediately. He was very loyal to his humans and was very easy to please. Gary only liked his humans…he did not like having other dogs in the house and clearly he showed his dominance towards his four legged companions. We had issues that we needed to iron out but through trials, failures, and success we managed to figure out what he liked and so did the other bassets in the house.
Clearly, Gary was a very strong willed and regimented dog and he needed a family who can keep his schedule just the way he was used to. During this time, we were in the midst of moving to Kansas and decided to keep him because we know underneath all his issues he is a very good dog; and he truly was.
After four years with us, at the age of 12, Gary was laid to rest on September 9, 2016 in the comfort of his home lying next to me. His mobility and anxiety has taken a toll on him and we knew he will be okay if our vet came to the house to make him forever comfortable. No more thunderstorms to scare him off, no more loud noises and no more pain; he is safe now with his friends at the Rainbow Bridge. Despite his issues and quirkiness, he was a great dog and he truly left a piece of him in our hearts and home. We will miss him so much, he followed me everywhere and kept me company especially in the kitchen.
We will always remember Gary when we hear the rumbles during the summer months in Kansas. We have wonderful memories of him and we will never forget Gary. He is safe now.
With all our love,
Daisy - She was on the brink of death when found wandering in the streets of No. California but was rescued by GGBR and nursed back to health by Dr. Mark and Fran Madden and Sally and Mike Mitchell - before being adopted by our family. She was one of the most loving bassets we ever had in 35 years of basset ownership. Before being rescued she had birthed many litters and she was always looking for small dogs she could "mother". She was an incurable "flirt" and always drew a crowd on walks and convinced even the most reluctant passers-by to pet her. Her favorite past time was sunbathing. Even after more health challenges the last year of her life (having to have her eye removed due to cancer) her spirit never flagged. Sadly she went to the bridge 5/21/16 after becoming suddenly paralyzed. She was at least 10 years old - probably more - and given the nature of her condition and prognosis for recovery we made the sad decision, in collaboration with the emergency vet, to send her on to the bridge. She went peacefully and without pain. We feel privileged to have had her in our lives. In so many ways she taught us how to love unconditionally. Her resilience will forever inspire us. RIP sweet girl. You will forever be remembered and loved by your final family - Carol, Peter, Kimberly, Reed and Benjamin and brother-basset "Rufus".
We had to say good-bye to our dear and faithful friend and companion Buddy today. Your huge personality will be missed and our house will be so quiet without you. We are always so sad when we hear of someone dying of cancer. Well it affects our good and faithful animals as well. We loved you over these past 8 years, Buddy. You left us too suddenly. Rest peacefully.
Barney Dec 2014
Barney came into our lives in November 2014, when someone found him running loose with no tags in the town of Linden, and dropped him off with Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue. From there, he found his way to GGBR. Through Barney’s microchip, we were able to contact his original owner, who said he had purchased Barney as a puppy in 2005, but had rehomed him years ago. After 30 days, when no one came forward to claim Barney, he became our foster dog and was made available for adoption. Barney was happy, friendly, good with our cats and, for the most part, good with other dogs. He was happiest, though, when our other dogs were away and he didn’t have to contend with canine housemates encroaching on his space. For that reason, we had hoped to find him a home, where he could be an only dog. Sadly, in April 2015, Barney was diagnosed with lymphoma, which changed his status from “adoptable” to “hospice”. In May, shortly after his cancer diagnosis, Barney attended Spring Fling. I think Barney had more fun there than anyone! It was so wonderful to see him thoroughly enjoying the crowd of people and dogs! Barney lived out his remaining months feeling okay and eating well, but gradually becoming weaker. Last week, his appetite and strength were gone. Barney had so many fans. We don’t know how many homes Barney had in his 10 years, but we were happy to have provided his last home. Rest in peace, little buddy.—Fran and Mark Madden, Billy and Bob. August 2015.
Greetings, My name is Roberta and this is In loving memory of Gracie: Eleven years ago I fostered Gracie via Northern CA Basset Hound Rescue - the director lived in Petaluma. Gracie was removed from a very bad situation in Richmond CA, was removed from someone’s apartment by the police, went to the Richmond Shelter and wound up in a veterinarians pet hospital in Napa where she was being treated for a skin ailment that nearly killed her. The rescue director and I met at the hospital in Napa and I brought Gracie home - that was the first day of 11 years of love. At the time, Gracie was known as Pandora - because of her awful beginnings, I immediately changed her name to Gracie to help her start a new chapter in her life. She was still very ill with a rather challenging skin condition. After a few months of no progress, the rescue director pointed me in the direction of a very fine veterinary dermatologist who turned turned Gracie’s life around. After about 2 years of treatment, she was finally off of all medications, gained much needed weight and was off and running. There is a long list of participants who were integral in saving Gracie all those years ago - Basset Hound Rescue leading the list. Gracie certainly deserved everything all of us did for her. She has been a sweet, loving little girl with a kind and forgiving heart. She brought joy to everyone she touched especially me - I was lucky enough to get to share my life with Gracie and have the please of her company for the last 11 years. Gracie died on May 29th after having a stroke. She lived to be about 14 years of age and because of work of yours and others like you, most of those years were happy and joyful. I could never explain my deep gratitude for your rescue efforts and for saving my Gracie. Love, Roberta
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