My Beloved Rambo passed away in his sleep on December 28, 2009. He was one of the most special dogs that I ever loved. His life was a combination of tragic and happy as he lived 8 years of his life in a shelter alone with no home to call his own. But close to his 9th birthday , I discovered Rambo and took him home to live with us. Unfortunately, he was not welcomed by my male and I spent 8 months looking for the perfect home for him. Although it was the hardest thing for me, it was the best thing for him as the most selfless, generous family made him a part of their family. He lived with them for 2 glorious years in which he romped and played with his canine sister 10 years his junior. He was able to experience a new home in Pennsylvania with fall leaves and cold weather and snow……..which he loved and came alive in. Most of all he experienced the miracle of love and the doting of the family that considered him an unmatched treasure.
I have copied the letter I received from Rambo’s adoptive parents reflecting on their life with Rambo. And I have also reproduced the letter that I wrote to them which I hope does justice to my feelings for them and of course my beloved Rambo.
I have been struggling with writing this to you. It is with great sadness that I write to tell you of Rambo’s passing. He passed away on December 28, simply falling asleep and not waking up. There were no signs of any distress, in fact he had had a really good day the day before. It must have just been his time.
I can’t tell you how much joy he brought to our lives. As Vince put it just today, he is in the running for the greatest dog ever. I know that neither Vince nor I have ever had a connection with a dog like we had with him. We are so thrilled that we could provide him so much love in the last part of his life. He will never know, however, that he gave us so much more than we ever gave to him.
Thank you again for bringing Rambo into our lives, Kathy, and thank you on behalf of all the animals and people whose lives you change with your incredible work. God bless you.
Kim and Vince