From an ME owner: “Not many folks say it out loud, but is ever sooooo true. They come back in various “forms” either identifiable or other. Some appear in dreams which we so wish we would have of our beloved recently gone Panz (Sonnig’s non ME brother), but other things happen to remind you that they are still among us somehow. Actually heard our prior GSD Krieg barking in our entry way one night months after he died. Got up and he barked until I crossed out of the bedroom. Knew he was saying he was having fun and just fine. Also and MOST strange: Panz and Sonnig were born June 1st 2000. We didn’t pick them up until 8 ½ wks later. But…would you believe our beloved female GSD Stormie (Bear Bear) died June 1st, 2000? We also realized Panz and Sonnig’s pedigree had both our other two Shepherds in the breeding lines too. How about that for a part of them still being here? Actually it is an old Native American belief among some tribes that spirits can and do pass to another living being sometime after death. We are firm believers that this was no accident that we were led to this particular breeder and that specific litter. How we picked Sonnig that day was also testament that our paths are made far in advance since we are the ones who would do anything with our ME baby to keep her. Just some reassurance for all those gone before us that we will be reunited some way some day.”

From an ME owner: “I lost Louie’s other brother Barkley ( non ME) last March and I miss him beyond belief. I’m a pet sitter and since then when I am walking other people’s dogs I feel him beside me. At night I will hang my arm over the bed and I swear I feel him licking my hand. More importantly he is forever in my heart and I carry his beautiful spirit with me. I had a memorial bench made with this inscription: “Gone yet not forgotten, although we are apart. Your Spirit lives within me, forever in my heart.” Devoted friend and companion…Love knows No bounds.”

They say memories are golden,
Well maye that’s true.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.
A million times i needed you,
A milion times i cried.
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died.
In life i loved you dearly,
In death i love you still.
In my heart you hold a place,
No one could ever fill
If tears could build a stairway,
And heartache made a lane,
I’d walk the path to heaven and
Bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same.
But as god calls us one by one.
The chain will link again
…And don’t despair my passing,
For I won’t be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I’ll stay.
I’ll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I’ll run,
…a well dog once again.
Author unknown

From an ME owner: You know, it is always painful when a special pet is called up and we have to say goodbye. Often our mega-e dogs are mega-e dogs for reasons (medical reasons – I am not arguing theology here) we do not always know, and often their passing is from diseases other than mega-e. But one thing that our special needs babies leave behind is a story about us. We find strength and abilities we didn’t know we had. Friends we didn’t know before, and the opportunity to make a difference to other dogs, often those we don’t know and won’t hear about. I was thinking about Barbara and the comments about her hand made Pro Collars for others who can’t make them. Rusty and Barbara are one example, and a shining inspiration, of this gift.”

From an ME owner: “I live in the Cincinnati area and wanted to share these two links with anyone i my area. Angels Paws is a pet hospice and crematorium with free pet loss support groups and really low rates for cremation. I don’t know what I would have done without them.”

Angels Rest Animal Sanctuary is located in New Richmond OH and they take care of special needs and puppy mill dogs that otherwise would be euthanized. They have experience caring for dogs with ME and lucky me, I now work there! Please check us out at and on facebook at!/pages/Angels-Rest-Animal-Sanctuary/134422549924351

From an Owner: “My lovely old chap Chip died at 2.00 today. Exploratory surgery found inoperable cancer and the vet waited until his sister Canasta and I could be there to say goodbye. I’m trying not to be a mess as that seems bad form after sixteen years of joy, companionship and laughter. I keep reminding himself that grief is the bill life hands us for happiness but right now I’m looking around the room at his messy bed and chewed up toys and my heart just aches. So do spare a kind and gentle soul a thought today and remember all they do for us. Chip was my rock in turbulent times and my comfort in the calm. Sentimental though it will sound, I long ago came to the conclusion that nothing in this life on two legs will ever love us quite like our dogs. And if that isn’t worth our eternal gratitude and uncontrollable tears, what is? So, to my faithful shadow, a sincere and profound thank you.”