Each story shared here is a poignant reminder of the profound bond we shared with our canine companions. We invite you to join us in celebrating the lives of these extraordinary dogs and the profound impact they had on our lives.
We adopted Lilly (the artist formally known as Aster) from RMLR in November 2011. We originally decided to adopt through RMLR because of a beautiful brown lab named Hershey. We have two cats, Kit Kat and Snickers, and thought it was meant to be. It wasn't - evidently Hershey wasn't a fan of cats or children. We through the website and decided to meet Aster. I was nervous at first because I had never had a dog as an adult but we decided to go ahead and adopt her. Lilly was the light of our lives. She was the most perfect dog we could have asked for. She outsmarted us when it came to getting to the litterbox, the trash, and food we thought was stored high enough. Once we even came home and found an empty bread bag in the pantry (the door was shut when we left and shut when we came home - I don't think we will ever figure that one out). In addition to being smarter than us she also trained us well. Thank you guys so, so much for doing the work you do that brought her into our lives. We might have initially been the ones to rescue her, but like you know, she ended up rescuing us.
We adopted Loki in March 2012, when he was about 4 years old. His background wasn't particularly clear, but it was obvious that Loki came from difficult circumstances. It took some time, but Loki was able to enjoy life and we took great joy in caring for him. Loki is just a very special dog. Loki was diagnosed with prostate and bladder cancer last July and was given 6-12 months to live. I am so sad to say that Loki passed away 3/18/16. I cannot put into words how wonderful Loki was. He was extraordinary and we are so glad that he could be part of our lives. Thank you RMLR for bringing Loki to us. We are eternally grateful. The McElwain Family
On Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 9:31 am, my Best Friend crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Luke, you were a special gentle soul on this earth. You were a blessing to have in my life. I love you and will miss you greatly. RMLR, In early 2008 I was so very fortunate to find your website and see the beautiful mug of Luke. I couldn't forget that face and soon he was sharing life with me. Thank you RMLR for the work you do and the introduction to the love of my life. They wind themselves around your heart and you are changed forever and for the better. Christine Landry Luke - Late 2006 thru 3/29/2016.
We adopted Luke on 10-15-2017. He had been heart worm positive and had a TPLO before we adopted him. He was a handsome lively dog and remained so at the age of 10 .He was different in personality from any dog we'd had. His past did not appear to have been good. Our goal was for him to find his "happy". He learned, he chased squirrels ,barked at deer , lived for walks and car rides, and learned to love cold and snow.Our Texas rescue became a "Mountain Dog". He was very proud to wear his red buffalo plaid fleece jacket in minus temps and grew a beautiful thick coat of his own.He was very treat motivated and loved to be told how handsome and good he was. He guarded the house from UPS (his arch nemesis ), birds in the feeder, rodents and mammals and any strange sounds the house made.He was our family member and best friend. I am heartbroken to say his time with us was all too short. He was euthanized on 2-01-2021. He is now free of pain and any limitations and will be missed beyond belief. He was a beautiful dog that deserved a chance. Darlene and Randy Hartford
A treasured member of our family.
In loving memory of our precious girl that we lost to dementia in late September 2022. We adopted Maddie (formerly Lindsey) from RMLR in May of 2008 and had 14-1/2 wonderful years with her. She is the first rescue that we have ever had, and was the smartest and most loving dog we have ever had! On the day that Maddie came to our house for a visit, my husband told me and our two kids that we were going to adopt the right dog, not the first dog. At the close of our visit, my husband picked her up and held her on his lap and she laid her head on his chest. He was sold! Like I said, she was the smartest dog we ever had! We loved her dearly and will miss her for a very long time!!!! The Lyons Family
Madel, affectionately know as Monkey, sadly lost his courageous battle with distemper. He was a sweet, beautiful boy who touched many lives in the short time he was with us. We are so grateful that he came to RMLR and was able to experience love, kindness, and warmth from his foster homes and everyone who took care of him. His story reminds us all of the importance of vaccinating our pets, supporting rescues who continue to fight the battle against irresponsible breeding and reminding everyone to spay and neuter their pets. But most importantly, ADOPTING a dog in need. Your generous donation and support will help us win this battle and help puppies like Madel. We continue our mission in his memory.
Mary Beth Piercy
RMLR Adopter and Volunteer The Huigens/Hill Families, Deer Creek Animal Hospital