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Roxie 03-999-D

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My ex and I adopted Roxie on May 4, 2003.  We had just lost our little dog, Lady, who always acted like a big dog, one month earlier on April 4.  When we saw Roxie (Sweetheart) at  Petsmart Store in W. Edmonton, it was love at first sight but the wonderful NASAP volunteers wouldn’t let us adopt her until the next day when they could check our house out and the fence in the backyard.  Also, we had 5 cats and Huskys are not supposed to like cats so they didn’t know if we would be a good fit for her.  Well, they walked in the house the next day and I believe that my little Lady’s spirit was waiting at the door for the big dog that she always wanted to be and slick as a whistle, Roxie had a new spirit in her. Roxie went past cat 1, then cat 2, 3, 4 and 5 without so much as a sideways glance , went to have a drink, ate a few cat crunchies in a dish, trotted up the stairs, jumped on the bed and said “Nice snowbank, I think I’ll stay”  And the fence was high enough to contain her so the adoption went thru and Rox started her new life.  The 1st day, she spent most of the day outside, jumping up against the fence every 6 –12” apart trying to find the weak link and when she found none, she never tried jumping again!
 
Of all the cats, Magic (also a NASAP kitty) who was adopted a couple months later, became her favorite kitty until he would give her love bites in her armpit then the tussle would begin. She loved all the cats though and thru out her 15 and a half years, had many canine and feline siblings and she got along with everyone.  She was on a raw food diet from the beginning up until about 6 months before she passed and was very healthy with the exception of being incontinent the last few months.
 
Her very favorite person was my neighbor and friend, Lorraine, who lived right across the street.  With the high living room windows, she could lay on her snowbank (my bed) and look directly across to Lorraine’s house and would  do her Husky yodel for her every time she saw her.  Lorraine took her on many long walks and whatever and wherever Roxie wanted, Roxie got – with Lorraine and so it was a love affair that spanned the years.  Lorraine was with me and Roxie’s Golden brother, Buddy, when we took her in to the vet that morning.  Just the morning before, she had gone on her regular 1.5 hour walk with Lorraine but that night, she suffered a stroke and I knew there was no recovery this time.  Two years ago on Christmas Day morning, she fell down the stairs and at age 14, I thought she would not recover but I treated her with every homeopathic & herbal anti-inflammatory supplement that I had in the house and administered it to her every 2 –4 hours for 4 days and on the 5th day , we went out for a walk. And she had a total recovery!
 
Roxie had a few escapes over the years (never by jumping over the fence though) and it was hard to outsmart her – smart like a fox.  I guess this is why many folks can’t live with a Husky because if you have a need for control, a Husky is not for them.  They are free spirits, determined, and stubborn but oh, so beautiful.  I always got so many compliments on how beautiful she was and she knew it.  If someone didn’t pet her or say how beautiful she was, Roxie, the DIVA would look back at me as much to ask “Don’t they know who I am?”  Too funny!  One winter I bought her and my other dog, Kayla, each a nice red coat , Well Kayla, the Yellow Lab, loved her coat and was so proud of it.  Roxie, on the other hand, was mortified and disgusted and embarrassed to the point of going upstairs and refusing to go out in public with a coat on .  Again, it was like “I’m a Husky, you know.  We’re not wieners, we are tough and I don’t want my friends to see me dressed up” Point taken and the issue never arose again!
 
Back to the Lady spirit, why I believed this to be true was when Lady was alive, her and I would play little games that just her & I knew.  Right from when Roxie came to live here, she started playing the same games and one day I actually told her that I knew that Lady was “in you” and she looked at me as though to say “Don’t be telling anyone about this. It is between you and me so keep it a secret” Actually got goose bumps, so in effect I guess you could say that Lady has lived on in her 21 yr old  little body and another 15.5 years in the big body she always wanted – Roxie.
 
Roxie loved babies, toddlers, big kids, adults, other dogs and cats with the same depth of love for all.  When we said our goodbyes, she was relaxed and went peacefully.  Our hearts, on the other hand felt broken and a huge hole has been left by this wonderful sweetheart of a dog called Roxie.  
 
Thank you NASAP for all you have done for me with my other pets I have adopted from you and for all the good you do for all the other pets. God bless you all!

 

Age : 16 years old
Breed : Husky X



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Daphne 02-000-DA

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I adopted Daphne from NASAP in 2002 and sadly had to say good-bye to her Sept 19th. She was 15 years old & such a blessing in my life.

Brigitte

Age : 15 years
Breed : unknown



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Max 04-999-DA

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We adopted our loving pet from you in January of 2004 when he was only 6 weeks old. He was been found in a bag with his entire litter at the side of the road... And he was the only survivor. Thank you for allowing us to adopt such a loving dog! He truly touched the lives of everyone around him. We named him Max! We was such a gentle soul...However today we lost him to cancer... It's very heartbreaking, but he would have never been able to spend his life with my family if it wasn't for NASAP caring!

Breed : unknown



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Sterling 16-002-C

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Sterling was by far the best cat ever. He loved everyone and everything. Sterling did not have a mean bone in his body and never once hissed or growled at anyone. Sterling would always follow his people around and loved to cuddle. He would quietly sneak up and sit on your lap. He gave the best cuddles. Sterling also loved all the foster animals that he got to meet. He would sit patiently near them while they adjusted to their new surrounding, he was so easy going that he always made the new foster kitties feel safe. Sadly sterling had to be euthanized at just 16 months old due to a fatal condition called FIP. There will never be another kitty quite like Sterling and he will be missed terribly.

Age : 1 year
Breed : DLH grey tabby



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Red 04-999-D

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In May 14, 2004,  my husband and I picked up Red from a NASAP Foster Home.  We weren't sure what to expect with Red at the beginning. Red was very timid and fearful of many things.  But quickly, Red let go of all his fears and became an amazing dog.  Red was gentle, wise and loved by everyone he touched.  Our family was blessed to have Red in our lives for a little over 12 years.  On July 20, 2016, Red passed away in our loving arms.  Our family will forever miss Red's beautiful brown eyes, his floppy ears and 360 degree tail wags.  Our family couldn't have asked for a better dog. Red is greatly missed. Thank you NASAP for bringing him into our lives.

Charlene

Age : >12 years
Breed : Shepherd X



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