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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.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Hello MAGSR –


It is with a very heavy heart and tear filled eyes that I inform you of the passing of my rescue baby, Maddie.


I visited your kennel on May 24th 2014. Maddie was the first dog brought out to me and we hit it off immediately.

We threw ball and she brought it back to me as if we were doing it for years. I took her home.


She has literally been at my side for almost 7 years, a true ROCKSTAR.


A few months ago I thought she was having hip trouble so I took her to the vet. Nothing seemed unusual so we had

blood work done and results were not good. The vet said he never saw bloodwork so out of kilter on a living dog.

We went to Metro Vet in Norristown for X-Rays and Ultrasound. She had cancer. Masses on her spleen and an

enlarged liver. She made almost two more months with the help of steroids and anti-biotics. I had to let her go

last night. She was having trouble getting up and walking up a step into the house.


Thank you MAGSR for uniting us and giving both of us so much joy.


I will see you at the rainbow bridge my Sweet Pea. I love you.


Jeff Passe

Tuesday, December 22, 2020


We are writing to let you know that our precious, sweet Pete passed away Tuesday, December 22nd. 

Pete was known as "Chase" during the (very) short time he was with you.  We adopted him on August 29, 2010 when he was an 8-10 week old pup.  Puppy days are hard, but boy was he worth every second.  He evolved into such an amazing dog.  He always knew what we needed or what was expected of him before we even said anything.  If he didn't know exactly what you were saying to him, you could see in his eyes that he wanted so badly to. 

Pete went everywhere with us.  Massachusetts to visit family?  He was in.  The beach?  The mountains?  Tree farm to tag a Christmas tree?  Wherever we were going, he was in.  He was the absolute perfect dog for our family, and an amazing dog for our boys to have grown up with.

Unfortunately, he fell very suddenly ill in August, at which time we found out he had hemangiosarcoma.  He underwent an emergency splenectomy, followed by metronomic chemotherapy and a regimen of other medications and supplements recommended by his oncologist.  We had three amazing months with him, but then he fell ill again the day after Thanksgiving, and we learned the cancer had spread to his liver and possibly his heart.  The emergency vet said he wouldn't make it through that weekend.  Well, they didn't know our Pete.  He made it through not only that weekend, but a couple more.  Eventually, though, it became too much for him, and we had to make the awful decision to end his suffering. 

I'm sure in time there will be other dogs here at Casa Zanelli, but there will certainly never be another Pete.  He was truly our heart dog, and we miss him terribly.

Monday, December 14, 2020

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It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have to write this.

About a year ago after a MRI scan Sylvan was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, I started taking Sylvan to physical therapy to try and mitigate DM from getting worse. Sadly, over time she started to lose the mobility in her rear legs and was unable to walk fully, could still stand up and move her front legs while dragging the rear legs, but slowly she started to lose function in her front legs. Until a few months ago she was developing a UTI, treated with Antibiotics only to return much worse with blood during bathroom runs. On 14 Dec 2020 I made the final trip to Anna Arundel Vet and had Sylvan put down as her degenerative myelopathy had progressed to a point she couldn't continue.

I provided as much care and comfort to ease her suffering as I held her paw and head in my hands wishing that she would never have to face this hardship again.


James Stanley

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

It is with profound sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved Mina. We adopted her (after fostering her for two days) in April of 2010. We knew after two days that we couldn’t part with her. She gave us 10 amazing years, which we will cherish forever. Thank you MAGSR for having given us this amazing sweet dog. Until we meet again Mina. 

Monday, December 7, 2020

One of our Favorite pictures of Jack!  We Love you buddy

It is with deep regret to report the passing of MAGSR alum, Jack.

Jack came to MAGSR from a local shelter. While in his former home, he kept getting loose and ending up in doggie jail. But the last time he did this, his people said they no longer wanted him and told the shelter to keep him.

Their loss! Upon meeting him for evaluation and soon thereafter, we fell in love with him and once again failed fostering. We never had any issues with him being a flight risk. He never gave a resident dog or foster any problem, whatsoever. He was confident and loyal yet friendly and even keeled. He was a wonderful ambassador for GSDs at the house and in public places. Everyone just loved him; it was impossible not to. We adored him and he will always have a special place in our hearts. Our home just isn't the same without him. He was 13 years old.

Here's one of our Favorite pictures of Jack!  We Love you buddy

Monty and Sheri

Friday, November 27, 2020

Simba In Greece
Simba in DC

This past Friday, our beloved Simba crossed the rainbow bridge. 

e adopted him from MAGSR in November 2011 and the nine years that followed with Simba were wonderful ones. I always said he drew the Lucky Dog card, as he spent many summers on the beaches of Greece with us where he is pictured below. He swam and fetched stones and was my constant companion abroad and in Washington, DC. 

I’ve owned other dogs, but there was never a dog quite like Simba.
Thank you for your organization which reaches out to help this outstanding bred.

Simba, RIP

February, 2010 to Saturday, November 21, 2020

Apollo the puppy

Hello, my name is Kate Wood and I called about a week ago about my boy Apollo. We adopted Apollo December 11,  2010. We lost him on November 21 2020.  He had degenerative Myelopathy and could no longer walk.    

Adopting him was one of the best things my family did.  He was a big boy and very intimidating. He was so good though. He loved my grandchildren, all 5 of them.  He would let them lay with him, play ball and play doctor (he was the patient) or anything else they wanted to with him.  I will miss my boy with all my heart, that is still breaking. Thank you MAGSR for allowing my to have one of your angels. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

I'm sorry to pass along sad news. Charlie (formally known as Bennie) died today from complications with cancer. He owned me for 8 good years and I thank you all for giving him to me all those years ago.

Dr. Naomi Abrams

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

RIP Gianna
Run free Gianna

We adopted a wonderful mixed German Shepherd from your organization in 2008 (approx) when we lived in Dayton, MD.  Her name was Gianna.

Sadly, Gianna passed away on November 11, 2020.

She was a great dog and a faithful companion to us and to her dog friend, Even Steven.  


Bill & Liz Foster

Monday, October 12, 2020

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Packie (formally Zach) and Shelby who we adopted in 2013 from MAGSR.  Brother and sister who have never been separated one single day in their lives.  On October 1st Shelby passed away due to Heart Failure and severe Osteoarthritis and muscle wasting and today, October 12th Packie passed due to bone cancer and I’m sure a broken heart. These two shared a love that I never even saw with humans. They never left each other.  We feared Packie would go shortly after Shelby and we were right. These are the saddest days of our lives but we are so grateful for the 7 years we had with them.  They were both 12 and they lived an amazing life with us.

As five time adopters with the MAGSR, please know we are forever grateful for all that you do. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Max with his puppy
Max at home

We adopted a cute and adorable puppy from MAGSR almost 12 years ago.   

Max passed away this morning from complications from surgery at Colorado State University Vet Hospital. 

Thank you for rescuing this wonderful guy so he could be our forever guy.  We have loved him deeply & he will always be our hearts. 

Monday, October 5, 2020


It is with great sadness that I inform you that "Jaxson aka Ozzie" whom I adopted in 2018 was peacefully laid to rest on October 5th. Last month APAW Veterinary Hospital diagnosed him with lymphoma and within 3 weeks his health declined. He had an old soul and a wonderful spirit, and he was my gentle giant, my companion and my protector. His pawprints will forever be in my heart!

I enjoyed having him by my side for 2-1/2 years. Thanks MAGSR you for your support.

Julia S. Banks

Monday, September 21, 2020


It is with tremendous sadness that I report to you the passing of our precious Candy. We had to euthanize her on September 21st; She was eight years old. Tragically,  Candy slipped a disk in her back and our veterinarian tried to heal her, but apparently there is no reasonable treatment for dogs for with her type of injury. Candy was so sweet, loving, and always wanted company from mommy and daddy that they thought it fitting to name her just that, Candy. We were apart of the majority who gave our furbabies nicknames. A few of hers were Candy Pants, Candy Cane, Pudding, and Black Velvet. Eager to please and extremely intelligent during her first week she was able to learn how fetch my newspaper. Candy also loved playing with her indestructible ball and would play in the yard for hours, which was a great pleasure for us as well. She became the fearless protector of her family and home, but still loved having visitors over with our permission. 
We will never be able to thank MAGSR enough for trusting us to care for Candy and Remington.. They will occupy a special place in our hearts forever. 

Friday, September 18, 2020


It is with a very heavy heart that we notify you of Chaka’s passing. He lost his battle with cancer on May 20th of this year. It has taken me so long to write this as it was difficult to even start.Chaka came in to our lives August of 2010. He was such a loving, gentle, smart, bossy and loyal part of our family. Chaka loved playing frisbee and loved playing ball, he could do both for hours. Chaka also enjoyed long walks during the week with his mom on the trail. Every morning he would join his dad on the back deck to keep an eye out for deer and other wild life. He loved to chase and play with his human brothers. Chaka also loved to open everyone’s Christmas presents! Chaka was a big part of our family. We will miss and love him forever.....

Andy Bredesen

March, 2009 to Wednesday, September 9, 2020

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Sydney June 2020

We're writing to report the sad news that our beautiful Sydney passed away this past week.  We got Sydney from MAGSR in August 2010.  It was love at first sight and we had an amazing 10 years with her.  We couldn’t have asked for a better family dog.  Over the past several years our lives revolved around her as she battled what appeared to be DM.  But she never let that slow her down and we are heartbroken that she is gone.  

Thank you helping to put her in our life.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

It is with great sadness to inform you that my baby girl Calypso crossed over the rainbow bridge August 30th.  Calypso came into my family as a foster in April, 2010 and from day one I knew I couldn't let her go.  She was a happy, outgoing and lovable girl.  In May, 2011 she became my K9 partner as she was certified as an Explosive Detection Dog.  She served as a K9 deputy until retirement in April, 2016.  She lived out the rest of her days just being a happy pup and sister to her two brothers. Calypso was a true rescue success story!!!  She will be greatly missed.  

August, 2020 to Thursday, August 13, 2020


It is with extremely heavy hearts that we have to inform you that our sweet Ruger had crossed the Rainbow Bridge last night. For the past 11 years he has been truly the best dog we could have ever dreamed of having. We are so blessed to have been able to spend so long with him and our hearts are shattered from losing him. We are so thankful for MAGSR for taking him in so many years ago and for allowing us to be his forever home. 

The Tillis Family 

April, 2012 to Friday, August 7, 2020

He was an MAGSR alumni. He was born April 1st and was part of the Irish name pups.  He was 12 years old.  Just wanted to let you know he crossed over rainbow bridge August 7th.  He was wonderful.  He was a sweetheart. Very smart. Could open doors. Had to use baby locks. Noah my son was locked out. He open the sliding glass door by sitting on the bottom lock and then pushing lock on handle up.  He was very much loved. He and my son were inseparable. Thanks again for all you do.

Friday, July 24, 2020


We are sad to say our dog, Jessie, passed away peacefully at 17 1/2 years old. 

Jessie was apart of our family for 16 and 1/2 years. She kept up with our other dogs up until her last day, you would never of guessed how old she was. She was always a puppy at heart Jessie loved to play in her water bowl instead of drink out of it and was quite the escape artist. 

We are so sad to see her go but we know she lived a great life and are so grateful for our time with her. 

Our family will not be the same without her, we will miss her everyday. We were so lucky to have her a part of our family. 

Friday, July 10, 2020


King has crossed the rainbow bridge.

His poor legs finally failed him.  He was weak behind, he had good days and not so good days.  It was very sudden.  He was fine at dinner time and then was paralyzed.  My vet thought it was nerve damage or disc.  So with that knowledge I made the difficult decision to help him pass.  It makes me happy to remember how thin and sad he was when I adopted him.  He had a happy and healthy life with me.  He was the best boy ever.  Laila and I miss him so much.

- Deb Dennis

Friday, June 19, 2020


Carma was such a loving soul and touched the hearts of our three adult sons and their families. So much so that they came to the pet hospital to tell her good-bye. I appreciate the chance to share a little bit of what Carma meant to us and our family. 

Carma was one of our MAGSR fosters. The one we couldn't give up and adopted. She became an integral part of our extended family that included grand-dogs and grand-daughters. Carma was gentle and good natured. She loved to play ball and could hear a cheese wrapper open from anywhere in the house. There were several times we didn't know if Carma would rally from hip problems. Each time she'd come back with renewed energy, she looked young for her fourteen years. It was cancer of the spleen that took our little girl. We miss her a lot but know she's with our other four-legged pups that have gone on before.



Wednesday, June 17, 2020


Sadly, we had to say goodbye to Bentley on May 2nd (formerly known as Kiernan whom we adopted back in June 2011) due to cancer. He was an incredible dog and a very much missed member of this family.We’re just glad all the kids have been home with him every day, all day, for the last two months… he couldn’t have been any happier!

Thanks MAGSR for bringing him to us and us to him!!!


Friday, June 12, 2020


We adopted Mac from MAGSR on Jan 22, 2011. His records indicated that he was born on 07/07/07. I don't know who was more lucky, Mac or myself, as I know Mac was most certainly a 'Daddy's Boy.' All was good up until about a year ago then he started down that slippery slope. Arthritis in his knees and hips. He developed a 'swagger' which then turned into a limp. Our daily walks became slower and shorter. On Friday June 12 my wonderful vet made the final house call for Mac. He went to a new forever home over the rainbow bridge. 

Sunday, June 7, 2020


Hello MASGR Friends,

It is with a very heavy heart that I have to let you know that our Caesar (FKA Denver) was taken to his final home on June 7, 2020.  He had been diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma 7 weeks earlier. For 8+ years He brought so much joy to us and to everyone who met him.  Weather he was "smiling" or "talking" to you.  He loved his family, rides, walks or just being in the yard. 

Thank you MAGSR for finding our boy Caesar for us to adopt him. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.  He will never be forgotten.

Troy and Kelly Regan

Monday, June 1, 2020


We adopted Tela from your organization on July 22, 2016.  Sadly, we had to put her down last Friday, 5/29.  

Our vet's best guess was that she was suffering from degenerative myelopathy.  I had a genetic test done and she was a carrier of the disease, so it is possible but not totally conclusive.  In her last days, Tela totally lost function of her back end.  

Our family is heartbroken.  

I wanted to reach out to let you know and thank you for pairing us with our perfect dog.  Although things started out kind of rocky (she was very aggressive toward any visitors in our home) she ended up being the most perfectly, wonderful dog.  I feel like she was meant to be ours. She quickly became an integral part of our family and will be missed terribly. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Jax (fka Kerouac).  Run free!

Dear MAGSR Family,

We are sad to inform you that we had to make the really difficult choice to say goodbye to Jax on May 27, 2020. His battle with degenerative myelopathy took a quick turn for the worse, he lost function of his back legs and there was nothing more we could do to help him. 

Jax was a fantastic addition to our family for the past 3 1/2 years. He showed us how rewarding rescuing a more senior dog is and emphasized to us how opening your home to a rescue truly changes their lives (and yours). He will be deeply missed by his entire family, including his little sister, Ava. 

Reed and Sarah Schuyler

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we would like to inform you of Buddy's passing, previously "Duke."   He had an inoperable, fast growing tumor on his spine and he deteriorated very quickly.  He was diagnosed at Veterinary Neurology and Imaging of the Chesapeake in Annapolis, MD on 5/22/2020 through an MRI with Dr. Archambault.  He was humanly euthanized today at Pocomoke Animal Hospital In Pocomoke, MD after he lost use of the rear half of his body. We appreciate the honor MAGSR gave us to be his furever parents and home for the past 3 1/2 years.  He was a GREAT dog and we will dearly miss him.  We hope we gave him as much love and joy as he brought and gave to us.  

Jeff and Robyn Pettit

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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I was on a work trip to Butler, PA in 2018 when Cody called and said MAGSR had a bonded pair to foster. I was like seriously 3 dogs and we have to give them away eventually? Three dogs was re-donk. We got these two girls and Essie HATED Captain. She actually went after him the very first day and I thought to myself ‘this is NOT going to work.’ 

She had a big lump on her side that we had removed. It was cancer. She ripped herself out of her create and ripped out her stitches. We watched her do it on our camera.

We took her to puppy classes so she would learn to socialize. She bit the puppies and tried to escape the pet store. One of these pictures is her ripping through the blinds in the townhome we rented in between houses. And then last year she learned to love tennis balls. And stole every single one of them from him, even in 90 degree weather. All summer when we lived in the townhome.

We called her Ess the Mess and Essie Pesci.

Her lumps came back. Everywhere.

She loved car rides. And hamburgers. And stealing Captains toys. And barking at the neighbors dogs.

She was the snuggliest dog. She would nudge you when she wanted pets. She slept in the bed the last couple of weeks. And kicked, scratched, and pushed me out of the bed.

And then she stopped being snuggly and playful. She stopped doing all the bad messy things she loved to do. 

We thought it would get easier after Kaz- we wanted to adopt seniors and thought this was part of the process. It’s not any easier but we are so grateful for the two years we had with her.

As always, please adopt the senior pups. It’s rewarding and sad all at the same time.

 Elizabeth & Cody Fenstermacher

Tuesday, May 12, 2020


Hi.  I wanted to report that Wiley, a beautiful GS we adopted from you 11 years ago this month, crossed the rainbow bridge at 3:21pm today.  He had cancer and became paralyzed last night.  Nothing could be done to remove the tumor and he was in a lot of pain.  We loved him everyday we had him and he loved us.  Godspeed, Wiley

Michael Milone

Monday, May 11, 2020

We wanted to let you know that our beloved German Shepherd, Kimber, died from hemangiosarcoma.  He was surrounded by his family and passed away peacefully at home as the sun set.

He pre-adoption name was Axel. 

May MAGSR continue to find homes for German Shepherds.