Sad news

We wish there was no sad news to report but...
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.

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 a part 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

Sydney Aug 2010
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.  

Saturday, August 15, 2020

We lost Travis to Osteosarcoma in August. 2020 was truly an awful year. Miss him daily, he was a great dog.

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

Essie Essie Essie Essie Essie Essie Essie Essie Essie Essie Essie Essie Essie Essie Essie

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.

Friday, May 1, 2020


We are writing to inform you about the sad news that our beloved and wonderful German Shepherd rescue, Chesney, whom we adopted from MAGSR in October 2012, died peacefully this morning.  Thank you for bringing her into our lives.


Thank you,


Sherry, Rohit, Caroline and Jessica Khanna

Friday, April 17, 2020


We are devastated to report the passing of our beloved Spike D. on April 17, 2020. Spike (Nell) joined our family on July 9, 2011. We are heartbroken to lose our wonderful, loving and smart girl. 

Life is not the same without you Spike.  We miss you every day. 

Beth, David and Dylan

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of Shadow on March 18, 2020 at the age of 13 ½ (October 21, 2006 – March 18, 2020).  We adopted him September 2010 and we had almost 10 amazing years with him.  

The day we visited MAGSR, we walked with two dogs:  one was a female, and the other was Shadow.  We just seemed drawn to him, and he to us.  We were told he was a little high strung, and to be cautious playing and petting him initially.  Well, on the drive home, he was licking my ear from the back seat!  When we got home, he was warm and affectionate, and rolled over on his back and let us rub his tummy!  He knew he had found his forever home, and we knew our family was complete.

Shadow was an amazing and loving companion.  He was fearless, and loved chasing deer and squirrels!  We would watch in awe as he would reduce a huge deer antler to a small twig!  Shadow loved the beach.  He would play in the surf, and loved biting at the waves!  We trained him in German commands, and people would stop and remark how majestic he looked – he always made us proud.

The past year was extremely difficult for him due to his failing body, even though his mind was clear.  However, he never gave up, never complained, or showed signs of pain.  He was truly stoic until the end.

We thank MAGSR for bringing Shadow into our lives.  Although his loss is incredibly painful, we have beautiful memories of him.  Not a day goes by that we don’t see something that reminds us of him, and makes us smile as well as brings tears.  Shadow brought joy and unconditional love into our lives, and we will be forever grateful.

Jim and Heidi Johnston

Tuesday, March 17, 2020


We love you, Airborne! We are imagining you running around now up in heaven with four perfect legs and hoarding all of the toys and balls for yourself. We already miss you so much. 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Macklee & Deisel


It is with a very heavy heart I am sending this update.

Yesterday, after a very short but strong battle with lymphoma we had to put down our Diesel boy.

Macklee and her brother Nate are very unsure right now.

Diesel and Macklee played together and picked at each other like brother's and sisters do. Macklee seems a bit lost today like we all are. She was very attached to Diesel. Heck she picked him immediately as hers!

The Warner Family,

Kevin, Vanessa, Nate and Macklee.