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Ernie 07-054-C

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ernie (#07-054-C) on February 10, 2015. Ernie will be deeply missed by his adopted parents, Ken and Carol, and his friends, Burt (bird), Spaz (cat), Vista and Echo (dogs). 

Ernie did not have a happy start in life, but with the love of his adopted mother he began to blossom. He stopped hiding when people came to visit and soon was insistent that everyone enjoy his affections. He was the king of the castle and any place he decided to take a nap was his domain, even the master bed. He loved teasing the bird, Burt, and once actually had him in his mouth. He was always getting into trouble with his buddy, Spaz, the neighbor cat and once he and Spaz climbed a tree (if you saw Ernie's size this was not an easy feat). Thankfully Spaz hung around and Ernie was found although it took 3 people to get him down. Ernie especially loved sunning on the deck and let it be well known that dogs were not invited. Ernie was a special companion to Carol and was always at her side when he was needed and even when he wasn't. Even in his last hours, suffering from liver failure that may have been caused by cancer, he had the staff at the vet clinic wrapped around his little paws as they all came to talk and pet him.

Ernie went quickly with no pain with his loving adopted mother and friend Carol holding him.

Thank you for rescuing Ernie and for allowing him to come into our lives.

P.S. When foster parent Les Hicks first opened the door to that carrier 8 years ago and Ernie ran out and hid under the bed, we thought, what have we gotten ourselves into? But now, we wish we could be starting all over again.

Age : >10 years
Breed : DSH tuxedo

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Eddie (formerly Queenie) 03-285-D

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Hello NASAP,

It is with profound sadness that I inform you that Eddie (aka Queenie, ID#03-285-D), has passed on.  She died quietly at home on December 19th after many years of illness with degenerative arthritis, liver disease and cancer.  Despite her many health issues, Eddie was nick-named Happy Girl—she was the most stoic dog and had such a will to live that we couldn’t slow her down.  We were blessed to have had so many years with her.  Eddie was a fantastic alpha to our other dogs, incredibly smart and the best friend I could ever have asked for.  She was my shadow and the grief of her absence is only lessened when I think she is now in a better place free from the illnesses that caused her pain.  She was such an amazing dog I have a really hard time describing her in a way that would do her justice.  Our hearts are broken and we miss her terribly—she was loved by all who met her.

Thank you NASAP for having given me such a beautiful friend.

Best regards,


Breed : unknown

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Ravyn 09-089-DD

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It is with the greatest of sadness that we announce the passing of our permanent care foster girl Rayvn on Thursday September 25th. Rayvn was diagnosed with Cushings Disease after coming into care with us. With this information and her age being taken into consideration we decided she should stay in foster care with NASAP. Sadly on Wednesday September 24th Rayvn suffered irreparable stroke like symptoms and we had to let her go at about 13 years of age. Rayvn was well loved and cared for by her foster parents Marilyn and Howard who feel her loss deeply. We are so grateful and appreciative for their love and attention to her and are comforted to know that her last years were joyful ones. Rest In Peace pretty girl.

Age : 13 years
Breed : Standard Poodle

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Riley 13-999-D

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We have had a very sad end to our weekend with the news of Riley's passing on Saturday. 15.5 year old Riley had been a permanent care foster dog with us for a couple of years before being adopted by his foster family who loved and cared for him so wonderfully. We are ever so grateful to them for giving this sweet old boy the best retirement he could ever dream of. Our hearts go out to them and to wee Sadie, a former NASAP older girl, who adored Riley and misses him terribly. NASAP would like to thank Calgary Trail Vet Clinic for all their care and support of Riley over the last few years as well. RIP dear boy. You brought so much joy to so many people.

"It is with great sadness that I pass along the news that we had to let Riley go yesterday. Late Friday night he started having pain and was really uncomfortable. Through the night he lost the ability to walk and we rushed him to Calgary Trail Pet Hospital where he was euthanized. Riley had many, many lumps and one of those lumps under his armpit grew quickly and so large overnight that it cut off the connection to the nerve endings rendering him unable to stand let alone walk. He was in a lot of pain and the vet took one look at him and immediately agreed with us that it was time. The lump even continued to grow as we were there. The vet thought that maybe even it had ruptured and he was bleeding internally. Calgary Trail Pet Hospital showed us great compassion and kindness.

It was so very difficult to say good-bye to our Riley and even as I write this the tears are flowing freely and I imagine they will continue to for awhile. He was such an amazing boy....gentle, kind, smart and loving. We are truly grateful for the time we had with him and to NASAP for taking him in in the first place. Thank you for trusting us with his care as we fostered him and for giving us the privilege of adopting him. Riley was truly a gift to us in every way and we loved him so much. His passing leaves a hole in our hearts. Sadie is also confused and keeps looking for sad! We will all miss him so much!"

Age : 15.5 years
Breed : unknown

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Ozzie (aka Triton) 01-004-D

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RE: Ozzie Renzenbrink (aka Triton)

It is with deep sadness that we pass along the news of Ozzie's passing. He will be reunited with his mentor, Bugsy and his other dog friends in dog heaven.

Our lives forever changed when I decided to start a running program and wanted a dog to run with. Hank spotted him in a Northern Alberta Society for Animal Protection (NASAP) ad and said this might be the right one. We first spotted him in Pet Smart lying on the floor with his blue jacket on with a small child climbing all over him. Since we had our first grandson already, Hank thought perfect, I thought, yikes and Rottweiler/Sheppard cross..such a BIG DOG!

The joy he brought to our house was endless. His gentleness with the grandkids, the kindness in his big eyes, the unwavering loyalty endeared him to all of our neighbors and friends. His boundless energy for running, racing through the woods and chasing every rabbit and coyote and deer in the neighborhood was legendary. After one particular quick chase down the street after a jackrabbit had a neighbor commenting "He almost got him"!!

He logged more travel miles than most people and always loved going places with us. Long car rides, rides in the back of Hank truck with his ears flopping were all favorite activities. Plane rides to Palm Springs, long treks via car to Vancouver were all happy events in his life. Anywhere we went he was content to go.

His silly fear of being sprayed with water made morning walks interesting as we had to cross the street at the slightest sound of a sprinkler system turning on. His ability to just enjoy his space and the neighborhood made him a regular sight for neighbors in his later years, watching the street from his veranda.

I will never forget all the hours of running and walking I did every day with Ozzie. The gentle nudging of his nose on my elbow while working in the office to tell me it was time to step away from the computer and go for a walk. The weekend family walks that got both Hank and I out together to start the day and his attempts to herd us out of the closet faster so we could start the walk. The complete and total love he had for both of us helped make our family stronger.
His constant presence, the sheer joy he exhibited every time we came home made us know we were loved unconditionally each and every day.

Ozzie, we thank you for giving us such happiness and for your unwavering companionship and love, The house will seem quieter and we will expect to see you at every turn, however, we know you are in a good place. Running with your friends, the pain gone, every day a dog day for a dog that brought love, companionship and loyalty and amazing memories to his family!

We love you and will remember you always!

Thank you to NASAP and staff for the work they do and for saving this wonderful fellow. we had 11 wonderful years with our dear friend. To the foster parents who looked after him and allowed us to have him, thank you for all these memories!

Breed : unknown

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