In Honor of Nestle (2001-2009)


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 ....




On my first day of volunteering at the AARF adoption stand I met Nestle and she came home with me that very day. Home she was and she never left. She wasn't thriving well in the kennel and needed a family environment to nurture her. Her battle scars were numerous and outwardly visible. The emotional scars could be witnessed in her eyes but she was thrilled to be home. That was four years ago and that sad look in her eyes long ago turned to a bright sparkle.

Nessie Lou, as we affectionately called her, was lavished in love and comfort for the rest of her life. Though she never had a close relationship with her other dog pals, she lived cohesively along side them and accepted them as her family too. She had children to play with and adore her. We were all fortunate to have this sweet loving creature in our lives, even if for only this short time. I made a promise to Nestle on that first day that I would always love her and she never had to worry about being without a home again, that she would live out her life as a part of our family. She passed away this week and though the pain is still heavy in our hearts, so is the sweet memory of our Nessie Lou. I know that she will be forever dancing to the N, E, S, T, L, E, S song in her favorite pink fleecie or lounging on the sofa with my shoes piled all around her, watching the Lifetime Channel and that she will never feel pain again. I was loved by Nestle and for that I will be eternally grateful.

Beverly Guidt and Family


Don't Grieve Too Long”

Don't grieve too long, for now I'm free.
I've followed the path God has set for me.
I ran to Him when I heard His Call.
I swished my tail and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To bark, to love, to romp or play.
Games left unplanned must stay that way.
I found such peace, it made my day.
My parting has left you with a void.
Please fill it with remembered joy,
A friendship shared, your laugh, a kiss.
Oh yes, these things I too shall miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life has been full, you've given so much,
Your time, your love and gentle touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your head and share with me,
God wanted me, He set me free!
Author Unknown