We try to post positive pieces and available dogs in our program, but every once in a while, we pull a dog out of a shelter or situation that is just truly heart wrenching and the only humane thing to do is to have the dog put to sleep. Yesterday was one of those days. We were informed about a female ddb that we could NOT say “no” to. She was in a shelter, but had been found wondering the streets. We were told that she was a stray, and that per state law, they could not immediately put her to sleep, even though she was suffering. She was in the final stages of lymphoma, had stopped eating, had dropped down to 44 pounds (yes, you read that right, 44 pounds). Her organs were failing. So, one of our amazing volunteers went to the shelter and with the help of another rescue who is allowed to pull “medical” cases, Miss Doe was pulled. Our volunteer took her home, laid with her (cuddled her until they both fell asleep), then took her to the vet to see if she was really as bad as the shelter said (and as bad as she looked). Of course, she was just as bad as we were told, end stage cancer with organ failure. She left this world knowing she was loved in the arms of our rescue volunteer. Even if only for a few hours, Doe was truly loved and cherished by ALL of us. We at DDBR are THANKFUL to have such amazing volunteers (thank you so much Patti, you don’t know how much this means to me and DDBR). Doe’s ashes will remain with her foster mom, who will hold her in her heart for eternity, just as though she spent a lifetime loving her.

Donations in Doe’s memory have been received from:

Patti Stroup

Kris Munday


Princess came to us at 10 years old and sadly was only with us for a few weeks, but those few weeks were wonderful. Her poor old body was riddled with cancer, she had numerous masses and an open tumor. She was very much loved by those who helped her, she was the perfect Bordeaux in every sense of the word, loving, protective, smart, sweet, everything a ddb should be. THANK YOU to everyone who helped with Princess.