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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.

April, 2004 to Wednesday, June 21, 2017


We are heartbroken to report the passing of our beloved GSD Piper over the bridge. She came to us via MAGSR back in 2004 when we still lived in Maryland. Twelve years ago we took a chance and welcomed this young, undisciplined puppy into our lives. She was a Tasmanian devil of cartoon fame (for which she earned the nick name 'Hyper Piper') and she never ceased to amaze us with her boundless energy or her ability to try our patience. To put it bluntly, she fit right into our household. And yet, what she lacked in discipline she more than made up for in the undying love and affection she gave us these last 12 years. It was a love that knew no boundaries and an affection that was as infinite as her beautiful and gentle soul. When she wasn't begging to catch frisbies, tossing her bed around, or making a run for a quick swim in the pond, she would thrust herself into our presence as a way of saying “Pay attention to me!” And when she got that attention, like any dog with a bone, she held on to it until SHE decided it was time to stop, always with a trademark "harumpf". 

Our house and home will seem a bit larger now without her incredible love that so greatly filled it. 

She is gone now beyond the vale to play with her pack brother Baxter, but her love and spirit will never be far from our hearts.

Many thanks to Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue all those years ago for allowing us to share in her life and love

Thursday, May 25, 2017


My husband and I adopted Riggins on April 29 2007.

He instantly fit right into our family. He had so much personality. He won 2nd place in obedience training, went on to tracking training. Riggins was the most polite well manner companion until he felt my husband or I might be in danger. Then he was right there. I could share so many wonderful stories about Riggins, but I will keep it short.  The most important reason I am sharing this is to thank you for connecting us to a forever friend. Thank you giving us the ability to spend 10 amazing years with the best companion ever. 

We lost our buddy Riggins on May 25 2017 due to health issues from DM.

MAGSR we thank you for what you do.  

February, 2006 to Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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It’s only been 6 weeks since we lost our Basil and it seems like forever.

I met my Basil at the Reisterstown Festival in Sept 2007. I fell in love with him the moment I met him, but I was going on vacation in October and I didn’t have anyone to watch him. When I returned, I got in touch with his foster to see if there was anyone interested in him. When I found out there wasn’t, I knew he was going to be mine. It was fate. He was a baby and had lots of energy and I couldn’t seem to tire him out. He was wearing me out though. So after a few months I decided he needed a sibling.

Then I received an email from a friend, that a Husky needed a new home. We went to meet the Husky and Basil seemed to like her, so we piled in the car. On the way home Basil started a fight in the back seat. We got home and everything was fine for a little while but my Basil would start fights with her on occasion. He was wondering when she was going home. When he finally realized Kesha wasn’t leaving he decided to love her instead of fighting with her. You could tell him to go give Kesha kisses and he did exactly that. They became best friends and were pretty much inseparable. Basil was a huge part of my life. He was such a special dog. He was with me all the time.

Then when I met Mark, Basil became special to him too. Both Basil and Kesha were in our wedding pictures. Basil loved his toys, especially new toys. Whenever he got a new toy he would play only with that toy for a while, as if he was saying 'thank you, I really like this' . He loved them so much he used them as a pillow to take a little nap. Everyday he met me and the front door with a toy in his mouth. He was a smart little boy. Did you ever see a dog bring his toys back inside from the yard? My Basil did. “Basil go get your toy, bring it inside”. And he would. He would do anything I told him to do. He was such a good and smart boy. He was also a creature of habit and loved to stay on schedule. He would get so upset with me when I strayed from that schedule on the weekends. My Basil definitely understood comfort. He loved to sleep in bed with his head on a pillow just like a human. I don’t think Basil knew he was a dog. Basil loved my Mom and Dad. He knew them as Mommy and Daddy and would get so excited when I told him “Mommy and Daddy was coming to see Basil”. He would run to the window and look for them. Basil had so many people that cared for him. He was such a loving dog. My Basil had many nicknames and would answer to all of them: Little Man, Angel, Baby Boy, Baby Doll, Brown Dog and Boom Boom (since he was scared of anything that went boom). My little boy would get so upset when it thundered and when there were fireworks.

I tortured Basil and Kesha by dressing them up every year for their birthdays, Halloween and for their Christmas pictures. And they both went along with it. Basil actually loved getting his picture taken. He was like my child and I would have done anything for him.

My Basil stopped eating which was very unusual for him. That was one of his favorite things. Within 2 days he was diagnosed with liver cancer. We got a 2nd opinion and unfortunately it was the same. We were able to keep him comfortable with meds for just a little while. Just about a month later when he started having trouble breathing I had to make the hardest decision ever. I promised him when the bad days outnumbered the good days I wouldn’t let him suffer any longer. He was probably suffering longer than we ever realized, but when my Basil stopped eating we knew something major was wrong.

We miss and love you Little Man…… RIP my precious animal! If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever!!!


Mark & Beth Tudor


Saturday, May 13, 2017


It is with great sadness and heartache, that we send this notice of our Sweet Gusty “Gus” passing over the rainbow bridge.  My husband and I adopted Gus and his sister Hailey in 2006, after losing my first Shepherd.  Gus went to bed Thursday May 10th and when we woke that next morning, Gus was paralyzed from his mid spine back.  The vet told us that many German Shepherd’s can get an autoimmune disease that affects their spinal cord at his yearly appointment a few months prior but never thought it would happen so quickly.  My husband and I are completely heart broken over his passing, not to mention his sister has been pretty depressed.  I cannot thank MAGSR enough for rescuing these pups and giving us the opportunity to make them a part of our family.  Both Gus and Hailey have the best temperament for any dog let alone a Shepherd.  Gus will forever be in our hearts…………


Joseph and Kristina Dillon, North Beach Maryland  

April, 2015 to Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In Loving Memory of Dutchess, 04/18/2017.

On this sad day Dutchess, a young, beautiful, girl passed over the bridge.

Dutchess came to MAGSR as a 2yr old GSD from a local shelter on 03/24/2017, a victim of alleged abuse. The abuse left her w/a slight tilt to her head & blindness in one eye; still when she came to us she was a trusting, happy dog, exhibiting the resiliency that dogs generally show. MAGSR says "Till We Meet Again" Dutchess, your life here on earth was much too short & hurtful. Go now, find all the MAGSR dogs that have preceded you, there you will find you can trust again, never more to be abused. You will be welcomed, loved & in a better place than you've known.

Beautiful girl, you deserved so much better than you received, Run Free W/Love, RIP Dutchess.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

I adopted Saydalee, or she actually chose my daughter and me, from an adoption event in 2002 when she was 1 year old.  She and her brother had been surrendered because they weren't "cocker spaniels", and Saydalee was found to be quite a jumper.  I had been advised that she shouldn't be left in a fenced yard if I wanted to keep her.

Saydalee was the largest dog I had ever had, and she kept me running, walking, and extremely happy for the past 14 years. She was the absolute best dog that anyone could have ever shared a life with, and I miss her terribly. She made friends with everyone and every animal she met, even was step-sister to 4 cats. She gave me so many happy moments over the years, that it still hurts to realize that she is gone. Although she had a torn ACL and arthritis had set in, she continued to walk with me up to a week before her death.  She was pure heart.  I was blessed to have her in my life.  She went to the Rainbow Bridge to wait for me on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the age of 15 years, 4 months. 

Margaret L Sullivan
Baltimore, MD


Thursday, September 29, 2016

RIP Luke

Handsome Luke came to MAGSR beat down, with long nails and various age-related ailments.  His life changed for the better once he came to MAGSR and his foster took him in. 

Recently, Luke was having increased difficulty to get around and started to react badly to those around him.  It is with sadness that we report Luke passed peacefully yesterday with his loving foster parents by his side. 

We thank his fosters for taking Luke into their home and loving him during his twilight years.

Run free Luke. RIP.

January, 2007 to Wednesday, September 7, 2016


It is with a very heavy heart that we must report the loss of our very precious Ziva.

We adopted Ziva November 1, 2014, the same day that she adopted us. Ziva was a senior dog at the age of 7. We had almost 2 years with her but would of loved many more. Ziva crossed the Rainbow Bridge September 7, 2016 at the age of 9. Ziva was diagnosed with Hermangiosarcoma , A very aggressive cancer (Blood vessel cancer) on August 22, 2016. By the time Ziva showed any sign of illness, she already had a massive tumor on her spleen, smaller tumors on her liver and lung. Our vet told us that the outcome was very bleak with this type of cancer. So we made the decision to just make her as comfortable as possible for the time she had left. The meds seemed to be helping at first but than she started to decline rapidly and was showing signs of internal bleeding. We had to make the hardest decision of our life to let our baby girl go. We are sure we did what was best for Ziva, but it still breaks our heart that we didn't have alot more time to spend with her.

Ziva was a total joy to have as a member of our family. She was much more than a pet. She was like our child. Ziva fit right into our daily routine from day one. She was meant to spend the rest of her life with us. We are so happy that we could give Ziva the happy life that she deserved. Ziva certainly made our life happy everyday! She loved us as much as we loved her. She wanted to be with us no matter where we were. Ziva loved to ride even if it was just a short trip into town or a long ride on vacation. All you had to say is, do you wanna go bye byes and she would turn inside out. Ziva loved to go on long walks and loved people.  (She was protective of her mommy) but a real gentle giant. (Just bein the German Shepherd that she was suppose to be.) She did pretty good most of the time when we met other dogs. There were a few she didn't like. She was a very spunky 9 year old. She loved to play. Tug of war was her favorite but she liked to fetch also. She was our Angel. A very BIG BEAUTIFUL GIRL. We always got alot of compliments wherever we went because she was so pretty and well mannered.

Ziva always watched mommy leave for work and as soon as I pulled out she would grab a toy and make daddy play with her. Ziva was always laying at the front door when it was time for mommy to come home from work and jump up when I pulled in and met me at the back door. I always got lots of kisses everyday and boy do I miss them! Ziva would come into the bedroom in the morning and give me a big kiss than go around to daddy and stick her cold nose under the covers until she found his back. When Ziva got up everybody was suppose to be up. She made us laugh everyday. Ziva had such a wonderful personality. Ziva was a true gem! We could go on and on about our wonderful girl, but I guess I better stop here. Thank You MAGSR for giving us the chance to make Ziva's and Our life so much more fulfilling.

Ziva we love and miss you!!

Jeff and Wanda Hallowell


Monday, July 18, 2016

RIP Sherlock

In Loving Memory of Sherlock, A Big Handsome Boy


We thought of you today,
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday,
And days before that too.
We think of you in silence,
We often speak your name.
Now all we have is memories,
And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake,
With which we'll never part.
God has you in his keeping,
We have you in our heart.

Run Free w/Love Sherlock,

No More Pain, RIP Sherlock

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Duchess (fka Bryson)
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It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Duchess (fka Bryson) went to wait for us at Rainbow Bridge today.  She was diagnosed with kidney failure last fall and her condition progressed to the point that we made the painful decision to let her go. Duchess came to her forever home in March of 2007 and quickly became the focal point of our daily routine.  Dogs pick their humans, and Duchess picked my wife.  Those two were inseparable; whenever I suggested that we go somewhere or do something my wife's response was "can Duchie come too?"  My wife grew up with dogs but says that Duchess was the best dog ever! Duchess loved playing Chuckit, or any kind of catch.  She would sit on the landing at the top of our stairs and catch a ball lobbed at her and then drop it, then with her foot she would push it back down the stairs for us to catch.  She would do that for hours if she could.  Another game she would play was to lie down on the kitchen floor with a ball in her mouth and flip it or kick it towards you to see if you would kick it back.

Duchess became a dual citizen in the summer of 2007 upon her first trip to Canada.  She was a reluctant traveler at first – the only time I ever saw her show teeth was when the nice Northwest Airlines baggage handlers loaded her onto an airplane.  But as time passed she became more used to travel. She really loved our farm in Canada and the freedom it gave her and was pleased when we retired here last year.  She especially loved our walks through the fields off leash and free to explore and sniff.  Unlike me, her favorite season was winter; she couldn't wait to play in the fresh snow! Duchess was very patient with children, although we don't have any. 

One of our most favorite sayings came from the three year old daughter of good friends who was unsuccessful in trying to catch up  to her and said in frustration, "but Duchess, I just want to hug you."  We have been telling her that ever since! She got along with just about every dog around (and even cats), but her beau was the next door neighbor's Dachshund.  It was comical watching the two of them play.  

Our girl was a great ambassador for dogs.  Even people who didn't like dogs would comment on how well behaved and sweet she was and many came to love her.  We would like to thank the staff of MAGSR for all the work they do.  We would adopt from you again except we are now in Canada. We loved our girl very much and are very sorry that she had to leave us, we will miss her.  

Rest in peace, Duchie until we meet again.  We will never forget you.
Tim and Mariane Harroun  

Tuesday, May 24, 2016



Haylee was a beautiful dog with a very friendly personality. Once she got to know you, she would cover you with kisses (aka licks). She was happy both running around, acting goofy and relaxing. She was wonderful with children and loved her chew toys too.

This beautiful girl was diagnosed with Addison's Disease in November. Prednisone and steroid injections helped to keep her healthy until now.

Sadly, due to the Addison's and other accumulating health issues, our sweet Haylee crossed the rainbow bridge this evening with her fosters by her side.

Thank you to Haylee’s foster family who opened up their home and hearts to give her so much care and love in her last days.

Monday, May 16, 2016


Our handsome senior boy, Wyatt, crossed the rainbow bridge yesterday afternoon. Wyatt came back to MAGSR in January 2016 after his owner was in a serious accident and was still in shock trauma critical care with a severe brain injury. Since coming back to MAGSR, Wyatt was fortunate enough to be loved and cared for by his wonderful foster family. I received weekly updates on and pictures of Wyatt from his foster, as did his prior owner’s family - we even had a kind soul in California find Wyatt on our web page and fell in love, so he donated towards his care. Unfortunately, Wyatt continued to decline over the last month or so. Recognizing that Wyatt was ready for peace and no more pain, he crossed with his foster mom by his side. Run free handsome boy without any more pain.

Thank you to Wyatt’s foster mom who opened up her home and heart to Wyatt and give him so much love in his last days.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

RIP Bear

On May 15th my family and I tearfully said goodbye to Big Bear. We adopted Bear shortly after our German Shepherd Lani (MAGSR alum) passed away. My family and I felt an immediate connection with Bear when we met him. He helped heal our hearts and brought a lot of love and peace to our home with his kindness and gentle manner. His heart matched his big presence.

We were a little reluctant adopting a senior dog before Bear, but we are so happy we did. People often say that he was lucky to have us being a senior dog but, in retrospect, it is we who are the lucky ones. He was super smart, playful, and a faithful companion. He had so much to offer and so much love to give.

My family and I would like to thank MAGSR for bringing Bear into our lives.

Love you and miss you buddy. Meet you at the Rainbow Bridge.

The Svejda Family


Monday, December 7, 2015




MAGSR is so sorry to report that Spartacus will continue his wait for a forever family at the rainbow bridge.

Spartacus was a favorite among the walkers at the kennel for his goofy puppy-like personality.

May Spartacus run free with all the other MAGSR dogs that have crossed the rainbow bridge. He touched a lot of peoples' hearts.

Run free, sweet boy.

November, 2016 to Sunday, November 8, 2015

RIP Lucky

We are sad to report that our beloved Lucky (formerly India) left us on 11/8/15 to wait for us at the Rainbow Bridge. We adopted her in December 2003 when she was just eight months old. We renamed her Lucky because we knew she was lucky for being rescued but we were even luckier to bring such a sweet dog into our lives. She had been with us for almost 12 years and was the perfect dog for us. She grew up as part of the family and was always one of the kids along with her human siblings (the youngest her same age). She was the perfect hiking and play partner but also enjoyed just hanging by our sides. Age slowed Lucky down and she began to have difficulty moving. Finally, old age took over and we had to make the difficult decision to say goodbye. Our hearts, home, and lives are a bit emptier these days and we miss her wagging tail that greeted us every day. We have attached a picture of her when she was just a year old. This is how we picture her now, running in the tall grass and free of pain.

We thank you for providing us with our wonderful companion.

Jeffrey , Michele, Jared, Ryan and Marissa Ross

June, 1997 to Thursday, March 15, 2012

I adopted my dear Akira from MAGSR in 2001.  She was a surrender and had her papers so I knew she was born in 1997.  She died in March of 2012.  She was the best dog I have ever had.  

I just adopted Olivia from the GA 38.  I am sure that Olivia will be happy and settle into her new life here even though it is going to take much time and patience and love.