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This page is dedicated to all those trusting and loving dogs out there who have made our lives better by being in them. 
We miss them now and forever.

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The Rainbow Bridge
There is a bridge connecting heaven and earth.
It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors.
Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land
of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place.
There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and frail animals are young again.
Those who are maimed are made whole again.
They play all day with each other.
There is only one thing missing.
They are not with their special person who loved them on earth.
So, each day they run and play until the day comes
when one suddenly stops playing and looks up!
The nose twitches!
The ears are up!!
The eyes are staring!!
And this one suddenly runs from the group!

You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet,
you take him or her in your arms and embrace.
Your face is kissed again and again and again and again,
and you look once more in the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together,
never again to be separated.

These are memorial entries for MAGSR Dogs that have gone to wait at the Bridge.

Memorial tributes for our beloved MAGSR pups reported prior to 2016 can be found here.

September 22, 2023


It's with a heavy heart that I share that Hunter (fka Windsor) crossed the rainbow bridge today.

He was taken to the Emergency Vet's office where they found he had carcinoma, fluid around his heart, and internal bleeding. He left peacefully surrounded by his family.



August 20, 2023

Run Free, Jax
Run Free, Jax

It is with heavy hearts that we are notifying you of the passing of Andy, renamed Jax, adopted July 18, 2012.

He became ill and over the weekend became much worse.  We took him to BeL Air, Md Pet ER. He had fluid in chest and abdomen and heart was failing, nothing could be done so we made the decision then to euthanize then, we did not want him to suffer.

He was a sweet, loving gentle Giant and will so miss him.

Thank you for letting us take this wonderful dog into our home for 11 years.

Patricia & Charles Carling 

August 20, 2023

Sweet Pea
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We wanted to let you know that our beloved MAGSR girl Sweet Pea died last week.  She came to us in February, 2013, was only around 12 years old (young by our standards!), and had been completely healthy and spry until just a few weeks ago.  Despite multiple trips to the vet and a stay in the Pet-ER, we never did get a firm diagnosis, but we do know that she had some type of malignancy, her kidneys were degenerating, and she was declining very fast.  At least we were able to bring her home and have a vet come to our house, so she could die on her bed, surrounded by her family.  She was indeed a sweet pea, a real “bomb-proof” dog as our MAGSR adoption coordinator had said, wonderful with children and other people and dogs.  We miss her terribly. 

Here are some favorite photos.  Her canine companions (GSD Bear and our daughter’s malinois Finch) are both alums of BARCS.  (Two other companions, Joey and MAGSR alum Bailey, died before her.)  You’ll probably get another adoption application from us soon.  Finch is only an occasional visitor and Bear needs a new partner.  He’s pretty lost without his Sweet Pea.

Thank you for having brought this wonderful girl into our lives.


August, 2023 to August 18, 2023

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As a follow up to our previous email, it is with unfathomable sadness that I must tell you that our sweet Zeena passed away on Saturday.  She made it clear to me that it was her time. Although she could still raise her head and she could follow me with her eyes, she could no longer stand up that morning.  I spent 8 hours by her side where she could see me until the vet from Blue Pearl could come to our home and put her to rest. Sadly my family is out of town and could not be here for her.

In tribute to Zeena's  2 1/2 years with us, I created the following video for her. 

Sincerely, The Geslois Family

August 10, 2023


In Loving Memory of Bianca: A Loyal Companion and Faithful Friend

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved white German Shepherd, Bianca. She graced our lives with unwavering loyalty, boundless affection, and countless cherished memories. We adopted Bianca as a puppy from MAGSR, and her journey began as a ray of light that would shine brightly in our lives for years to come.

Bianca was not just a pet; she was a cherished member of our family. With her striking white coat and soulful eyes, she captured the hearts of everyone she met. She had an endearing habit of curling up in front of the fireplace, basking in the warmth and providing us with a sense of comfort and coziness.

Her joy was contagious, evident in the way she would eagerly nuzzle up to us for scratches behind her ears. The simple act of petting her brought immeasurable happiness to both her and us. Bianca had an innate ability to connect with people, making her a favorite among our neighbors. She reveled in the attention and affection she received from them, always ready with a wagging tail and a welcoming demeanor.

Bianca had a spirited personality that manifested in her playful interactions with delivery drivers. Her vigilant barking at their arrival, though sometimes comical, served as a testament to her protective nature and loyalty to her family.

One of her endearing roles was that of a vigilant guardian of our bedroom door against the antics of our mischievous feline companions. She took her duty seriously, ensuring a sense of peace and order in our home.

In the garden, Bianca transformed into a devoted assistant to our mother. Her enthusiastic presence made gardening a delightful shared activity, and her companionship provided solace during hours spent among the blooms. Together, they would chase away critters and squirrels, a dynamic duo that kept the garden thriving.

Bianca's sociable nature extended beyond our household, as she became a familiar and beloved figure during her daily walks around the neighborhood. She would proudly lead the way, tail held high, stopping to greet neighbors who had grown to adore her presence.

Bianca's legacy is one of love, devotion, and joy. She touched our lives in profound ways, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts. As we bid farewell to our dear friend, we find solace in the countless memories we shared and the unwavering bond that will forever connect us. Bianca, your spirit will continue to brighten our lives, and though you have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, your memory will forever live on.

Rest in peace, dear Bianca. You will be forever missed and eternally loved.



August 10, 2023

We rescued Hailey on Jan 2, 2013 when she was 1 1/2 yrs old. She lived to 12 1/2 yrs old. Hailey loved playing, swimming in the pool and being around our family. She was such a loving dog and we miss her terribly. A piece of our hearts are in heaven.

July 31, 2023

Run free, sweet Gloria

It is with deep sadness that we share that sweet Gloria earned her wings today. Gloria has only been with us a short time and it didn't take long to see that she has had a rough go at life and was in pain in her backend. We quickly got to work, making her an appointment with an orthopedic specialist and getting her moved to a medical foster home. Upon review of the x-rays, the orthopedic specialist confirmed our fears that she was in need of hip replacements. We just completed the pre-surgery check and she was scheduled to get her first replacement on Wednesday, August 2nd so she could begin her journey of healing and finding a forever family. 

At around midnight last night all was well and she was taken out to potty by her foster mom and put to bed for the night. Upon getting her out in the morning her foster instantly knew something was very wrong and put her immediately into the car and headed to the nearest vet as she knew Gloria was bloating. During the ride,  her foster mom knew something wasn't right, she pulled over and it was clear Gloria was passing, so she held her in her arms and loved her. They may only be with us a short time, they may only be fosters but we love them as our own. We are so sad for the loss of our wonderful girl. Gloria was adopted by her loving foster family. Please keep Gloria's foster family and all the MAGSR volunteers in your thoughts as this is very sad day for MAGSR.

July 25, 2023


In October 2015, we adopted Griffin from MAGSR.  Ever since that time he has brought us great joy and has given us many good memories.

On July 25th, with great sadness, we had to say goodbye to Griffin due to a degenerative spinal condition. 

Griffin was a wonderful GSD and we were lucky to have had him as a part of our family.


July 17, 2023

It is with a sad heart that we inform you that on June 30, 2023 we sent Duke over the Rainbow Bridge. He enlarged our house by four feet and filled our hearts for nine years. He enjoyed dispensing love and kisses to everyone in Damascus (especially in exchange for belly rubs and treats!), He enjoyed beach vacations and snuggling on the couch. The void he leaves is immense.

July 15, 2023

RIP Sweet Sonya
RIP Sweet Sonya RIP Sweet Sonya

It is with great sorrow that I must report the passing of my precious Sonya. Yesterday, July 17, 2023, I had to help my baby cross the Rainbow Bridge.  I miss her dearly, my heart is broken.  Sonya adopted me and my family on March 26, 2016.  We did not have enough time together, those 7 years and several months, flew by way too quickly.  I’ve attached her picture, a sketch of her, and attached a poem my sister (her Aunt) wrote in tribute to our beloved sweet Sonya.

One of her nicknames was Half Pint, though there was nothing half pint about her other than size. 

 Mary Kay Miller

July 8, 2023

Our sweetest boy Tucker passed over the rainbow bridge last night. We only had five years with him, it wasn’t long enough. I am already so lost without him. Thank you Trish and MAGSR for giving us the best boy ever.


July 4, 2023

RIP Frances, née Brinley, MAGSR 2012 adoptee

Frances passed away two weeks ago just shy of her 11th birthday. She was in perfect health until the last hours when she suddenly went into shock and organ failure from apparent splenic tumor rupture and was euthanized peacefully and with great dignity - which was also how she lived her life. She matured into the loveliest disposition I have ever known in a dog: intelligent, playful, humorous, lively, but with the deepest sense of respect and responsibility to all other creatures. She was such a happy dog who brought such joy to so many. Thank you for bringing her into my life and so many others.





June 30, 2023


 With extreme sadness, I want to tell you that we had to send Jasper to the Rainbow Bridge this morning, after 9 months of his struggles with DM. Complications due to DM and the horrible impacts it had on his ability to move and relieve himself got to the point where he was no longer able to control his bowels.  His hind legs became completely non-functional.   He was a great dog and we'll miss him dearly.  We had three wonderful years with him, albeit a short period of time. My heart is broken and our house feels empty without him.  Our veterinarians at Bayside Animal Medical Center in Severna Park, Dr. Oliver and Dr. Buchanan got to know Jasper quite well up until the very end, as we did everything we could to make sure he was as comfortable and healthy as possible, and received the best medical care we could provide. 

Jasper was very special to us and we developed a very special bond.  Near the end today, as he was being sedated prior to the final shot, I laid next to him and, while stroking his head and telling him what a good boy he was, he gave me two gentle kisses on my cheek.  I have a huge hole in my heart right now and it's going to take me time to heal from this loss.  Today I cried and cried.  Losing a dog like Jasper to DM, a very cruel disease, hurts.  I watched Jasper decline physically over time, while mentally he remained alert and aware of his surroundings.  His brain was all there until the end, but he was robbed of his physical abilities to enjoy life the way a dog deserves to. 

Here's an attachment picture of Jasper that we took today before taking him to our vet:

And lastly, I want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to adopt Jasper and make him a part of our family.  Although there is pain in losing him, I'd like to think that our reward lies in giving dogs like Jasper a loving home and a chance to live a good life.  

June 12, 2023


It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that we had to say our goodbyes to Jessie yesterday evening.  Over the past weekend, her quality of life took a turn south as she lost majority control of her back legs, lost her appetite, and started to visibly look distressed and in discomfort.  We consulted with our vet and it was mutually agreed that it would be the right time to assist her in crossing the rainbow bridge peacefully with the love of her family next to her.  


A tribute to Jessie:  After 9 years of having a dog in the house, it is extra quiet today. We'll miss her excitement to see us as we walked in the door, how she always wanted to lay in our daughter's room at bedtime, her pauses to lean on you during walks, and how she needed to do her bedtime treat routine before she would settle down. Until we meet again, love you forever, Jessie dog.  April 12, 2014 (adoption) - June 12, 2023. 

Matthew and Megan

June 8, 2023


I am writing to inform you of the passing of Kaia, who we adopted in September, 2014 when she was about 8 months old.  Kaia was so sweet and gentle. We learned pretty quickly that Kaia was afraid of men.  It took about 3 weeks of working with her daily, for her to get used to my husband.  We also learned pretty quickly how stubborn she was, especially when we would come home from work and find she had broken out of her crate. This occurred for many days until we finally got rid of the crate.  She did much better without it.

Kaia and our other dog, Nya, were about one year apart and bonded instantly.  They were inseparable.

Kaia loved to run and play.  Her favorite pastime was eating.  She loved her food and had a bottomless pit.  But most of all, she loved her squeaky toys.  The louder the better, which is often how she greeted us in the morning.

We were blessed to have 9 years with her.  Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with lymphoma in December, 2022. We were told she had about 3-6 months.  She lost her fight on June 8, 2023.  She passed peacefully knowing she was loved.

Our hearts are broken and we miss her tremendously.

Thank you MAGSR for bringing us our sweet angel.

Kathy & Lenny

May 25, 2023


Bria was almost 15 when we made the impossibly difficult decision yesterday. She was such an angel who blessed us by joining our family just shy of 14 years ago. She had so many nicknames, Bree Bree, Fuzzybutt, Precious, Wooly Mammoth, Sweet Girl and so many more. She was a gentle giant who loved us endlessly. A million thanks to magsr for allowing us to be her forever family.

April 17, 2023


I write to you to inform you that our beloved Thor has passed away and crossed the rainbow bridge. In May of 2014 we adopted Thor from MAGSR. He was my soul dog, my partner in crime, and most importantly my son. 

Thor  was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy this past year. I believe his organs failed last night. He batted to the end and hid his problems from us.

My family would like to thank you for allowing us to have him. We spoiled him for the last decade. 

The Urbaniaks


April 3, 2023

I am writing to inform you of the passing of Mal (fka Malakai) on 3/29/23, who passed away due to kidney failure. Mal had two brothers who were rescued from a farm where they were left to fend for themselves, and all were adopted out by MAGSR. His brother Jasper was adopted about a week before I adopted Mal, and we met his other brother Herb at a MAGSR reunion picnic. 

Although Mal seemed to have a sibling rivalry with his brothers, he was the most even keeled GSD I have ever met, taking all of life's ups and downs in stride with no complaints. He had many human and canine family members and friends in the neighborhood who cared about him deeply. He was very loved by the staff at his doggie daycare, who became like his second family. While a lot of training was required to break his bad habits from his past for him to transition to living as an inside dog, the one phrase he always responded to from the beginning is "Mal's a good boy". He certainly was all of that and then some.

I feel fortunate to have been able to give Mal 6+ years of friendship, companionship and love, and I hope he feels the same. Mal will be sorely missed.


October, 2012 to March 24, 2023

RIP Sweet Max

I wanted to make you aware of the passing of our beloved Max who we adopted from you in July of 2016. Max went to the Rainbow Bridge on March 24, 2023. Even though Max suffered from debilitating disc disease, he rebounded well after surgery last summer for a ruptured disc only to rupture another soon after that was inoperable. We are grateful for our beloved Max. He is forever my wingman.

Many thanks to MAGSR for bringing Max to us

Martha Spencer

March 24, 2023


Good morning.

Reece [Burke] was a German Shepherd/Malamute mix that was owned by Wayne (Mitch) and Gail Burke. She was adopted from your organization many years ago when they lived in Timonium. Reece was 13 1⁄2 years old and in seriously failing health and Mitch and Gail had her put to sleep on Friday. Our entire family is mourning her loss. She was a wonderful dog that gave them and the rest of the family much love and joy during her life with Mitch and Gail. We would like the donation to be specifically used for your "Sammy's Place" fund to support senior dogs. 

If possible, please show that the donation was made by the following people: 

Ann & Bob Riemer 
Jane Garvey & Mike Millson along with Winston and Mama 
Betty, Pat & Echo Murphy 


August, 2016 to March 14, 2023


Unfortunately, I have to report that our handsome dog Titan passed away on March 14, 2023. He gave us five wonderful years of love, loyalty and entertainment. He was very happy, active, and seemed healthy right up to the end. Turned out he had pancreatic cancer, which ruptured, and he suddenly died. There were no symptoms. We miss him terribly.

For his human parents, Titan was a big lovable teddy bear who loved affection and any attention. He was big, handsome and smart, with large wonderful fluffy paws, which he would willingly shake. He loved his people and his canine siblings. Titan and our other dog Floyd would play every day, including chasing each other around the woodshed.

Titan instinctively trusted his human parents, but trusted only his human parents. He feared everyone else and everyone else feared him. Titan was large with a ferocious bark. We could not socialize him with anyone, which made family gathering difficult. But we loved him and miss him terribly. Titan knew he was loved and in a safe forever home. Although he only trusted mom and dad, Titan did eventually learn to trust his vet and his kennel staff.

Titan took his watchdog job VERY seriously, protecting us from all manner of dangerous threats; squirrels, chipmunks, bunnies, crows, deer, mowers, leaf blowers, string trimmers, guests, and of course delivery drivers. For five years, Titan saw our neighbors every day, and for five years, Titan barked at our neighbors every day.

Titan did have a number of challenges including massive fur which required frequent attention, skin allergies which we finally had under control, ear infections, and knee surgery.

One of my favorite memories; whenever I would step out of the house into the backyard, Titan would be right there at my side, looking up at me earnestly as if to say “Dad, what do you need me to do? I’m ready, should I bark at something?”

With Titan, we took the good with the bad, and never regretted it for a moment. He gave us five wonderful years of love, loyalty and fun. And we think we gave Titan five good years in return.

Thanks and Regards,
George Schmidt

December, 2013 to March 12, 2023

RIP Arya
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We adopted Arya from MAGSR in 4/2013( actually she adopted us), as from the first time she came to meet us she placed herself on top of her new dad’s feet and looked up at him as to say, “Hey I’m yours now”.

She spent 9 years with us and we were so blessed to have her. She was so smart and very sweet but she was also protective of her family. Her nightly sleeping spot was in front of our door despite having a comfy bed. She lived her usual life up until her passing with the exception of slowing down a little on her walks. She loved her humans and had her routine with each of us. The one thing I am grateful for is that because of COVID I now work remotely and I was able to spend every day for the last 2 1/2 years with her during her golden years. She will be missed always!

Thank you MAGSR for giving us such a precious gift!

The Abeyta family.

March 4, 2023

Buddy (fka Lord)
Buddy (fka Lord)Buddy (fka Lord)

My name is Elke Anthony, I adopted a male shepherd named Lord (he was renamed Buddy) about 7 years ago.

Unfortunately he became sick and ending up having a brain tumor. He passed away this Saturday from continuous seizures.

He was a good dog and companion. I will deeply miss him.

Thanks for allowing me to adopt him.


Elke Anthony

February 21, 2023

Courage (fka Jedi)
Courage (fka Jedi)

I’m sorry to say that I’m writing you with sad news today. On June 4th, 2016 I rescued Courage from you, (though you had him down as Jedi originally).

Yesterday, we had to say goodbye and put him to rest as age finally caught up to him.

He has been truly amazing and I thank you for allowing me to give him his fur-ever home.

Thank you,
Domingo Retana

February 6, 2023

On February 6, 2023, Bayli crossed the rainbow bridge.  She has been missed truly every minute of every day since then. She will always be missed because we lost a part of us when she left. Bayli was our best friend, baby, and dog soulmate, and losing her has been so painful because of all the joy that she brought into this world. 

Bayli came home with us on September 12, 2015 from MAGSR.  When we first took her home, she was fearful and anxious, especially of men. In just a few short months she grew into a confident girl. In her early years she loved going for long walks and as she got older and her mobility decreased, she was completely content to lounge around and snuggle. Above all, Bayli loved being with her family, cookies, and laying in her bed (not necessarily in that order).  She knew what life was all about.

While there is heartbreak, we are so hopeful when we see adoption stories on MAGSR because we know someone is just beginning their happy journey.  We are forever grateful to MAGSR for giving us the chance to know and love her and be loved by her. 

January 16, 2023


Losing Riley has been very difficult for us. We adopted her from you in May 2016. From the second she jumped in our truck it was like she had always been with us. She came into our home and went right to the bed we purchased for her. That evening she came up with us to go to bed and immediately walked over and curled up on hers. She slept through the night without issue. She was so amazing and we loved her with all of our heart. She loved to be out on the porch or on the deck and looked forward to evenings around the fire pit and she loved her walks. She was so much more to us than a pet; she was family.  We love to vacation in a cabin over in Virginia and we always took her with us. We have not been the past two years because Riley’s degenerative myelopathy made the three hour drive too difficult for her and we would not leave her behind.  On January 16th we had to say goodbye to our sweet girl. It was the hardest thing we have ever done. We know in our heart of hearts if she could say anything to us she would tell us to do for another dog what we did for her. Our hearts just are not ready right now. She truly was our world. We thank MAGSR for the opportunity to have her in our lives. We appreciate all you do for so many dogs in need of love, affection, and a good home.

We are forever grateful,

Lora and John Wakefield

December 16, 2022


Our dog Jedi, whom we adopted from MAGSR in 2016, ran free over the Rainbow Bridge on December 16, 2022 after not enough years as a beloved member of our family.

Jedi is loved in continuum by Valerie, Graeme, Ryleigh, and Todd who were blessed to have found a furry companion so loyal, loving, and playful until the last calling. We surrounded him as he passed over and never imagined being so in love with a beast both ferocious and cuddly.

Jedi loved his ball playing more than anything and had to be outside to supervise all grass mowing activities involving the riding mower.  His daily treat regime evolved from showing off his paw control to racing Ryleigh to the couch and barking/yipping while sliding through the twisting route from kitchen to living room. Jedi often overpowered Graeme in frequent games of rope pull but I think both let the other win an equal amount of time without admitting to any purposeful losses.

Jedi loved the creek and hated baths, he was a weirdo from start to finish.  Use the garden hose fill up his water bowl, or just say water in general and he would disappear. Mention the creek or start hiking through the woods and he would be in the water, over his head, trying to drag logs off the bottom before you could call him back. I'm not sure Jedi understood the creek is made of water, the same water he was so careful to avoid in any other circumstance, he didn't always utilize his rational brain.  He did learn how to unlock, and open, the sliding basement door so we are not entirely sure if he was a savant or simply a screwball. We are leaning savant as he learned how to spell the words we couldn't say without an excited reaction.

We still can't believe he's not lying in wait for us to get out of bed, come back from an errand, or monitoring the four of us from a central position. We miss the clack of his nails on the floor, the pilling of GSD fur in all corners, under every piece of furniture, and winding up in every drink or dish prepared.

None of us were ready for him to go but with two torn/bad knees and a late-stage cancer diagnosis we did everything we could to keep him at home with us from hand feeding to carrying him up the stairs when he couldn't get enough momentum to hop all the way up. 

Jedi was the heart of our house and the void without him is longingly painful. Jedi was our everything, we love him endlessly and are thankful for the circumstances that brought him to us and angry for the circumstances that took him away.

We are forever richer for having loved Jedi, and we know he is still with us, watching over us, forever our companion.

Todd & Valerie Harshman

December 13, 2022


We adopted dear Tillman from MAGSR on June 30, 2013. Sadly, he crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday, December 13, 2022. We were blessed with his presence in our lives for nine plus years.

Please accept this donation in Tillman's memory - we miss him dearly.



Sandy and Willie Thompson


December 10, 2022


Our sweet boy Jasper who we adopted from MAGSR in 2017.

December 6, 2022

Our boy Judd
Our boy JuddOur boy JuddOur boy Judd

it is with a saddened heart that we pass along that JUDD, a purebred GSD passed last night.  We got him from you in 2016 and he has been an amazing family member since then.  Judd suffered from a very large tumor in his abdomen which was causing paralysis in his hind and back.  Pair this with difficulty breathing and not being able to eat or drink much of the time - Judd was not himself and in pain. This medical diagnosis was only recently found and the onset of symptoms progressed quickly.  Because we did not want to see him suffer, we as a family decided to send him to a place where no pain exists.

Judd spent much of his time "talking to us."   He would sit and "yip" at you with this high-pitched voice when you did not pay attention to him or play games with him.  He was a talker, providing insight with his voice when he was not happy.   Pair this with a deep barrel-chested bark - he was a character.  When Judd finally settled into the house years ago - we learned that he LOVED ice cubes from the ice machine.  He would eat ice cube after ice cube.  It was his favorite treat and knowing where he came from we understood why.  It surely was a means of survival in the wild for him.  He was an amazing learner - having my youngest son teach him how to play "soccer" was the best of all.  Instead of eating a soccer ball, he learned to "kick it."  Judd was a handful at first, gaining weight quickly and with such a gain we learned his stomach was "temperamental" to a steady diet.  But he was amazing.  He took a bit to get comfortable with us at home, but after a few months, he knew where his throne was in the castle. 

We would like to thank you for bringing him into our lives and we are ever so thankful we could rescue him from sure death in Tennessee.  Judd is buried in a place he called home and we know he is looking down on us and saying "THANK YOU" for giving me a home and a family who loved me.

Chris and Joy Davala