January 21st 2008 8:22 am
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My first post is being written for me by one of my two moms. I've been safely home at the Rainbow Bridge for 6 weeks now but Momma Cathy is just finally able to write a story for me without a box of Kleenex next to her.
You see, I was an abandoned dog at a time in my life when I should have been comforted and taken care of by the family. I was originally adopted from the pound as a pup and lived for about 12 years with that family prior to being thrown out. The people that I loved put me out on the streets for some unknown reason and when contacted by animal control after I was identified by my microchip, they told the dog officer that I could be PTS, that they didn't want me anymore. How could that have happened to me?
Luckily my shining spirit and my gentle ways helped me to get rescued by Loving Touch Animal Rescue in Queens, NY. Who would want a 12 year old Rottie with bad arthritis? Heck, I could hardly walk. God was watching over me that day and I was taken out of the dog pound and brought to the nice people at Loving Touch.
I had a wonderful but short life with my family, passing on December 9, 2007. Momma Cathy was asked by the rescue to write a short "eulogy" for me. She is posting it here. I hope it will inspire others to help save elderly dogs who deserve to be treated with kindness and be given the opportunity to leave this Earth in a dignified way when God calls them home.
The Power Of A Loving Touch
The Legacy of “Mr. Salomon”
Our “Mr. Salomon” (AKA Sully,SullyMan) met God’s Angels at the Rainbow Bridge on December 9, 2007.
Sully came to Loving Touch in March 2007, having been abandoned by his family. His fate would have been sealed if a kind volunteer at the AC&C had not gotten the word out about this gentle, dignified, senior pet.
Over the next several months, Mr. Salomon was challenged physically with diagnosis after diagnosis that would have most certainly been the demise of any other dog. But not our Sully. He smiled every day and showed us what dignity, perseverance, and unconditional love was all about. He went for picnics and walks in the park, was the guest of honor at fundraising events, hobnobbed with celebrities, and made the most of every day he shared with us.
Two types of cancer and severe arthritis may have ravaged his body but no disease could dampen his spirit. Sully fought the good fight and continued to enrich the lives of those he met on a daily basis.
On December 1, 2007, while attending a
”Pet Photos with Santa” Fundraising Event, Sully asked Santa to give him a forever family for Christmas. Later that same day, Santa granted Sully’s wish. Phil P, Cathy L and Zulma C officially adopted Sully. (Cathy nicknamed him “SullyMan”).
Sully knew that he had received the best gift ever; a family who truly loved him for all that he was and would stand by him no matter what!
Just eight days later, Mr. Salomon succumbed to pneumonia. Phil and Cathy were by his side as he took his final breath. Through a river of tears they kissed Sully goodbye, for now.
Sully understood the Power of a “LOVING TOUCH” and, now, thanks to you, Mr. Salomon, …….. so do we.