In Honor of Gypsy

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We love you more than words could express!
You are and will always be part of our AARF family and always in our HEARTS !!!
We miss you so ....





GYPSY joined TRAMP this week (June, 2014) at the Rainbow Bridge. Click the link below to read about how they originally came to us. Its a wonderful love story. Gypsy and Tramp, you will be missed more than you know. Together forever.

In July 2002 my wife and I adopted Gypsy & Tramp from aarf at the Ukrops in Short Pump. I cannot begin to describe the love and joy they have brought into our home and our lives during the past 8 years. Thank you so much for making it possible for us to share their lives. Although they were husband and wife, and steadfastly loyal to each other, they accepted us into the circle and allowed us to become part of their family.

Gypsy and Tramp's Original Story - we always remember

Gypsy and TrampGypsy, Tramp & family came to AARF thanks to a phone call from a good samaritan who found the 4 pups while visiting a grave site at Forest Lawn Cemetary. He quickly notified AARF that there were more pups plus Mom & Dad in need of rescue. Volunteers immediately set to work setting up traps in order to capture the remaining family members. "Mom" (Gypsy) a beautiful 2 year old collie/husky mix, was the first to be rescued and was immediately reunited with her 4 pups. As the days went by, two more pups came in.

Although Gyspy was obviously happy to see them, she still seemed depressed and sad about something. Finally we captured the elusive Tramp, otherwise known as "Dad" who turned out to be a 3 year old shepard/husky mix. The reunion of Gypsy & Tramp was a pleasure to behold, the likes of which the AARF volunteers had never before seen. Gypsy immediately perked up when she saw Tramp and the nuzzling and kissing went on for quite sometime. The pups too, were happy to see their "Dad" once again. The pups, although full of ticks & fleas were in good health, while Mom and dad had a longer path to recovery. Both had heartworm, Tramp had them especially bad and did not fare well through the first treatment.

That is when Heather & Eric Racer came into the picture. Knowing that separating Gypsy and Tramp would further complicate their recovery these devoted foster parents decided to take them both in. They have seen first hand the unmistakable devotion these two have for one another. Heather writes, "While I have always understood the unbreakable bond that often exists between a dog and his or her human, Gypsy & Tramp introduced me to the unconditional love that two dogs can have for one another. Their first night at our house, Tramp stood bravely between Gypsy and my husband to protect her from the camera that we were using to take their pictures. Tramp still refuses to eat unless Gypsy is in the room with him, and Gypsy whines if they are separated for even a few minutes before bedtime. Every so often we catch the two of them snuggling against one another like two people in love. While Gypsy & Tramp are certainly a dedicated couple, they have individual personalities as well. Gypsy is very gentle & ladylike with exquisite manners, though she does have a penchant for stealing socks. Tramp, on the other hand, is naturally happy and loves life. He smiles constantly and enjoys a good cuddle or ball game. Gypsy and Tramp are more than best friends; they remind me of a devoted married couple. The love that these two share with one another can only be multiplied when they find a loving home where they can spend the rest of their lives together."

The happiest of endings came on July 3rd when both Gypsy & Tramp moved into their new home with Sam and Gwen Hopkins. This great couple understood the importance of keeping the two together. Gypsy seemed to sense immediately that this was where she belonged and settled comfortably down on the living room rug for a snooze. Tramp was on the alert for about 24 hrs. but quickly responded to the love, attention (and treats) that Gwen and Sam showered on him. The two now enjoy their daily brushings and love sessions. On their daily walks, Gypsy & Tramp strut proudly, secure in knowing which sidewalk now leads them home.

To have loved and then said farewell, is better than to have never loved at all.
For all of the times that you have stooped and touched my head, fed me my favorite treat and returned the love that I so unconditionally gave to you.
For the care that you gave to me so unselfishly.
For all of these things I am grateful and thankful.

I ask that you not grieve for the loss, but rejoice in the fact that we lived, loved and touched each others lives. My life was fuller because you were there, not as a master/owner, but as my FRIEND.

Today I am as I was in my youth. The grass is always green, butterflies flit among the flowers and the Sun shines gently down upon all of God's creatures.
I can run, jump, play and do all of the things that I did in my youth. There is no sickness, no aching joints and no regrets and no aging.

We await the arrival of our lifelong companions and know that togetherness is forever.
You live in our hearts as we do in yours. Companions such as you are so rare and unique.
Don't hold the love that you have within yourself. Give it to another like me and then I will live forever. For love never really dies, and you are loved and missed as surely as we are.

Your Pets In Heaven