It is with a heavy heart and many tears that we are posting this update on Doc. Sadly, after months of treatment for renal failure, Doc crossed the Rainbow Bridge peacefully in the loving arms of With A Golden Spirit and his brother and lifelong companion Wyatt at his side.
When you bring an orphan into your life, you begin a journey. A journey that will bring you more love and devotion than you have ever known, yet will also test your strength and courage. If you allow, the journey will teach you many things, about life, about yourself, and most of all, about love. You will come away changed forever, for one soul cannot touch another without forever leaving its mark.
When the time comes, and the road curves ahead to a place we cannot see, we give one final gift and let them run on ahead, young and whole once more. “God speed, good friend,” we say, “until our journey comes full circle and our paths will cross again.
Please don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
Meet Wyatt, a golden at heart, needing a ‘furever’ home. Wyatt lived nine years with the love and companionship of his owner. Regrettably, due to a military commitment, s/he was deployed and he ended up in the ‘care’ of a friend. Months rolled on and his care diminished to the point of being neglected and subsequently surrendered to a rural shelter where, sadly, his time was up.
Wyatt came to us from North Carolina. Perhaps some will ask what is a golden retriever rescue doing with lab, in a few words – saving his remaining years. In the ‘Spirit’ of this rescue we said “Why not”.
Wyatt is requesting to interview ‘furever’ people who live in or near Southwestern Pennsylvania, although not mandatory for his adoption. Wyatt was DNA tested and the results returned were normal. Wyatt is challenged with some neurological issues although it does not inhibit him in walking or running. Wyatt does require prescription eye drops in each eye otherwise he is a big mellow lab. Wyatt is housebroken, loves other dogs, walk very well on a leash and have a very mellow temperament.
We ask that you think about what it means to support a rescue and decide what adoption donation is appropriate. Their minimum suggested donation is $300. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and request an application. The adoption process starts by – first, completing, signing, then scanning or faxing the application; second, call your vet and give them permission to give us a reference on previous pets; third, a phone interview; fourth, a home visit; fifth, a meet and greet. We do all of this to ensure that the ‘furever’ home is better than the life they lived previously.
WAGS wants to thank all who expressed concern with regard to Wyatt’s continuing journey. As in a number of intakes, WAGS responded to a third party plea from a rescue group monitoring a rural North Carolina kill shelter requesting immediate help in an emergency situation for Doc and Wyatt. The background information on the two was limited, but WAGS acted on what was available at the time in order to provide a safe haven as soon as possible.
Subsequently, WAGS is initiating a search to discover the identity of the original owner who, upon deployment, entrusted Doc and Wyatt to the care of those who eventually relinquished them. If we are unable to find or we receive negative results in that search, Doc and Wyatt will soon become available for full adoption procedures. Because there were no indications of abuse, only current signs of neglect, and because we are grateful for and value the sacrifices made by our military, we are taking this additional step to ensure that there is no expectation for reconciliation and that it is the right time for Doc and Wyatt to move on. In the interim, please know that Doc and Wyatt are safe, comfortable and cared for with WAGS and will be resuming paws forward soon.
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