“ Heidi ”
Ellyka Hengiven Heidi
12/16/2010 - 10/29/21
When Heidi came to us, the plan was for her to follow in the footsteps of Shadow and Karri, visiting nursing homes. When that became impossible due to the progression of Sharon’s illness, Heidi decided to devote herself to keeping Sharon’s spirits up. Even on Sharon’s darkest days, Heidi managed to get her to laugh. And after Sharon passed, our little clown was even able to get me to smile.
Heidi was almost 11 when we lost her last Friday, though she always acted much younger. We were fortunate that she only had a few really difficult days, and I was able to be with her at the end. She has joined her best canine friends Johann and Karri at the bridge.
You’ve been the best, baby girl. We’ll meet again.
11/19/2006 - 2/3/2017
Loki Bear was truly a gift. Born in a horse barn on November 19, 2006, fate decided we belonged together. I saw an ad in our local newspaper and ventured out to "take a look" at the puppies. After seeing his little face I knew I couldn't leave without him. I've never known a dog more loving and joyous. He was excited about everything...especially treats! He gave me 10 amazing, happy years of his life which I will cherish til the end of time.
On his 10th birthday he had to have unexpected emergency surgery to remove a tumour on his spleen. Our wonderful vet took such great care of him and he bounced right back after his surgery. Tragically, the tumour was cancerous and in the months to follow it spread. On February 3th, 2017 I had to say goodbye to my best friend. My heart hurts every day and I would give anything to have him back by my side.
|Erickson aka Mr. Erick
4/14/2005 - 6/24/2015
My Boy past away after ten years with me. Erickson was one of the best friends a guy could have. He was born April 14, 2005 and came home to me on Jun23 of that year. He was born in Kansas and he was not just my best friend he saved my life. As a veteran I was severely depressed after my elkie Sheena crossed and he was in my life a week later. He rescued me from depression, helped me sleep soundly, and was eventually classified a service dog. He was the most amazing loving elkies I have ever been owned by. Sadly on Jun 24, 2015 my Erickson lost his battle with a brain tumor shortly after our move to Colorado. He did enjoy four winter months of Colorado snows and weather but on the night before he crossed I knew it was time. I grabbed blankets and pillows and for the last time I slept with my boy on the floor as he couldn't move much. I didn't let him suffer and my heart broke when our vet came to our home to help him. I know every one of my elkhounds have been just as special but this boy was more than just a dog or companion. I still miss him today and still shed tears from time to time. This is why it has taken so long for me to be able to ask for him to be honored on your memorial page which also has his sister from 2005.
“Old dogs come and old dogs go, old dogs always seem to know,
…. from “Old Dogs” by Bill Staines
Ch. Windy City's Guardian Angel
Memories of Stig
Stig met Fran and myself for the first time at the
Colorado Springs Shelter. We had gone there because we felt the
need for a New Friend, since we had just lost Mason. And we wanted
She came to rescue in 2010, 6 yrs old, heartworm positive, and abandoned when her owners moved. Many thanks to Carol and Larry Gray for fostering her through HW treatment and to Andrea Baker for moving her here after treatment was finished. We fostered her for two months before we finally realized WE were her adopting family. Looking back, she decided that far earlier than we did as evidenced by her couch photo taken on her second day here.
She was always smart and seemed to know exactly what we were thinking. I asked her Wednesday if she thought she was ready to travel to the Bridge and she went straight to the car. She wasn’t into car rides that much and it was clear that she knew she wanted to leave. She did make her last statement about entitlement when she was offered soft treats at the vet office. She dove into the treat jar and ate as many as she could. If she had been able to breathe more easily, she would have taken them all. They all knew her there from having had two cruciate ligament repairs and were well aware of her “nothing holds me back” attitude. She left this life with the same spirit we always loved. With her, she took a large part of our hearts.
You are loved and missed, Doodle bug!
Pam, Tom, Andy, Lucky and Starbuck