In Memory of

Thor Edwards

Our hearts broke the afternoon of June 23, 2024, when we took him to the ER vet. He had not been himself the previous 2 weeks. He was originally named Dasher but we named him Thor – he was our God with long blond hair! He loved to dash out the door and run down the street as we held on for dear life. He loved running and smelling everything in the neighborhood. But those two last weeks he would only walk! We attributed to the stifling heat!
But that Sunday morning he looked terribly weak and we took him to the ER vet. Then, the word I dreaded came to us: hemangiosarcoma, a large mass on his spleen which ruptured…He had hours!!!
He loved to sit on the deck with me when I did my morning reading, He loved to run with my husband and my sons. He loved car rides and visiting his grandma. And he loved his cousins – Bella, Goldie, Houdini, and Luna….
Dash free Thor, smell it all until we see you again!
With much love, your family!

Skyler/Bubba Meyer

So it is so heartbreaking to announce another loss in our family, our beautiful dog Skyler, whom we called Bubba. He was truly one-of-a-kind. A 110 pound golden retriever with a huge head and paws and a heart of a teddy bear.

He passed away very suddenly on June 3rd, 2024 and we’re still in shock and so sad. He was fine and happy and then this weekend took a turn for the worse and we didn’t know what was wrong. Took him to the emergency vet and were told he had a tumor on his spleen. Which they believe ruptured which is what caused his rapid decline. We didn’t even know he had cancer. They said sometimes it can grow very quickly. They could have done surgery to remove the tumor, but if it had spread they would put him down right then. If he survived the surgery he would need chemo, which might only prolong his life maybe 6 months. And he would never have the quality of life that he had. We knew we couldn’t put him through that, and that we had to let him go peacefully.

Bubba was a wonderful part of our family. If you’ve ever come over our house you know the happy greeting he gave you. He loved going for rides and walks. Meeting new people. He went to the beach and camping. Came with us on trips to Pennsylvania to see family. He loved to dress up in his bow tie and volunteer with SEVA GRREAT. He and Rylee are in this year’s calendar in August for the rescue. He was even chosen one Christmas to be a dog actor and walk across the stage during a performance of the Nutcracker ballet in Norfolk. He dressed up as a lion to greet trick or treaters on Halloween. He was a great big brother to Rylee who adored him. But his favorite things to do were eat popcorn, play fetch in the backyard and swim in his pool.

We are devastated by his sudden loss. Thank you, Bubba, for the nine wonderful years we had with you. You’ll always be with us in our hearts.

Bruno Jens

My best friend arrived from Turkey with no history and a passport that read Comet, a name given to him when he was rescued from the unknown. His foster family renamed him Bruno and I didn’t have the heart to change his name again so “Bruno” stuck like the good Velcro dog he was.

Bruno loved everyone he met. Most of the canines in my new neighborhood were little bullies, however, so Bruno didn’t have a lot of pals to play with for the first couple of years. We were best friends and loyal companions for each other. Eventually, a few new dogs moved in and what a thrill it was to see my 72 lb. boy gently touch noses with a 4 lb. puppy.

During our 5 ½ years together we never spent a night apart. I couldn’t bear to think of Bruno in a boarding cage while I was somewhere else having fun. Our only overnight trips were to the Outer Banks where he enjoyed the salt air, ocean breeze and walks on the beach as much as I did. Eventually, arthritis took over his hips so all of our walks got shorter and beach house rentals had to have an elevator. He never complained. Last fall he started limping on his front leg but both his York vet and a specialist could not find the cause. Medications hopefully helped with the discomfort and he never turned down a good massage at the end of the day. He even still enjoyed chasing a tennis ball; just how he managed that I’ll never understand.

It’s so hard for us humans to know when it’s enough, when it’s time to say goodbye. I attended a seminar in February devoted to that topic which was immensely helpful even though I didn’t think I’d have to rely just yet on what I’d learned or use any of the resources. It’s difficult to watch anyone go downhill, and the last thing I wanted was for Bruno to suffer. His last few hours I believe were joyful. It was a beautiful day so we spent the time in the yard, romping and lying in soft, spring grass. He ate all the treats he wanted, big and small. Neighbors and family stopped by to enjoy his company one more time. Not only did he look happy and enjoy all the attention, I couldn’t have asked for a kinder, gentler send-off for the sweetest dog anyone could ask for. I miss him so!

Beau Murray

He was “Sunny” when he moved in (2014) but became “Beau” for obvious reasons. He was my husband’s retirement pal, and as I’ve said so many times, the wife he should have had: adored him, never argued, always obeyed (well, mostly). And thrilled to share whatever we were eating. He had 14 1/2 wonderful years. He monitored the two streets he could see from our yard and wanted EVERYONE to stop and pet him. The day after he died, neighbors brought flowers and stopped to cry and hug. Many said, “He was the neighborhood dog.” We’ve had 3 goldens; Beau was extraordinary.

Jax Hill

We were blessed to adopt Jax in July of 2016 and grateful for the years we had with him before having to saying goodbye this spring. He was the bestest boy. We sometimes called Jax our 110% golden retriever. His size, his heart, his enthusiasm, his love of people, his fur- take any golden retriever trait and multiply it by 110% and that was Jax. He made friends everywhere he went. We can’t thank SEVA GRREAT enough for our time with him. We were so lucky to have him in our family!

Coco Miller

Coco crossed the rainbow bridge on 1/1/2024 due to cancer.

Coco wasn’t with us long but we loved every moment shared with her. She loved the snow and the beach, car rides and walks, but what she loved the most was food. When laying down comfortably, you would think she wasnt, but she loved to lay in crazy positions. She couldn’t wait to be let out everyday as she would go chase rabbits. When she slept she would talk in her sleep and have some wild dreams. We would make up stories that she was chasing the rabbits in her dreams.

She had some rough teeth from living on the streets in Turkey but that did not stop her from enjoying food. She would sit out on the porch with us and watch the storms come in or just watch the birds fly by. She loved to be outside. She loved her tummy rubbed and treats.

We are going to miss her greatly.

Marigold Lucado

Marigold came to me about 3 1/2 years ago at age 7, intending to be a foster dog for SEVA GRREAT but before the day was even out I knew this incredibly special girl was already home, with me and my other golden retriever Maddie. She walked right into my home (and heart) like she’d been there forever, she and Maddie accepted each other immediately which was also a huge determining factor that she was ours. One of her nicknames was ‘Joy’ because that’s what she spread every day, whether it be with us at home, with friends and family, with people she met on one of our adventures and even the staff at our Vet office who were all in love with her. She’d walk in the door and soon was surrounded by vet techs and receptionists excitedly calling out her name once they learned we were there, some even saying they were in the back hoping they’d be the person who assisted the Vet in the examination room so they’d jokingly argue about who got to be with her. Marigold greeted them always with a big smile and wagging tail as they fussed over her, she was an excellent patient and even spread Joy in that setting.

She loved people more than anything and that includes food or treats and if she had to pick between a person she loved or something yummy to eat she’d pick the person every time. She was my velcro dog, she followed me everywhere, she could be in a deep sleep in one of the rooms that I walked out of and I had to pay attention because when I would turn to go back where I was she’d was right THERE, took a couple of tumbles learning that valuable lesson but we got it down.

There’s so much I wish I could say about her but then this tribute would take up tons of space but I will say she was my clown, she could make the silliest faces that made me laugh every day, she also would do her little dance with a cute growl letting me know she needed a potty break. She never learned to go to the back door to let her out, the dance and growl was her way of communicating about that. Even though I didn’t have her for a long time the immense Joy she brought to my every day life equaled years of love. She had her health issues from day one but we tackled them as they came along and she’d get better.

Unfortunately she had chronic kidney disease and eventually the treatments and medicines stopped working and that’s when I knew I needed to say goodbye to this amazing soul, with dignity and compassion, giving her the greatest gift of love any person can give to someone who means the world to them.

In closing, Marigold was one of the best dogs ever born, she was sunshine, kindness, sweetness, silliness and love, all wrapped up in one body. I will miss her forever, I am so grateful that she came into my life, I think I formally adopted her around my birthday, BEST gift I could ever have received. Maddie and I will see you again some day sweet angel.


Bear Thomas

And for a brief moment in time, he was ours……He came from the country of Turkey in 2019 brought over by a rescue in need of medical help. Bear experienced multiple health issues over the years, but handled them like the trooper he was.

Through the years with us, he made friends in all the neighborhoods he walked, and inspired even non- dog owners to keep dog treats for him whenever he stopped by to visit. He made friends with both young and older people, and helped teach some little ones not to be afraid of dogs. He found love late in life in a May/December romance with a pretty brunette named Anna, who watched out her window waiting for him every day. He was always a friend and mentor to his foster siblings showing them companionship, leadership and loyalty.
He was our special boy, and we will miss him dearly. R.I.P., sweet Bear. ?

Gracie Welch

Our Gracie (adopted in 2010) crossed The Rainbow Bridge yesterday, August 21, 2023. She was from the first mixed breed retriever SEVAGRREAT took in who was pregnant in a cold pen. The “red retriever” gave birth on December 2, 2010. Gracie was the best girl EVER and lived 12 3/4 years with us. We are grateful to SEVAGRREAT for allowing us to give her a loving home.

She was a wonderful foster mom to 35+ fosters over the years and a big sister to our rescue pup, Tucker.

I’ve never been so bonded with a pet before and I am forever changed by her passing and, on the bright side, so grateful that SEVAGRREAT allowed us to love her through the years.

Moose Young

We were blessed to have Moose in our lives for over 2 years. He was a senior dog but had the energy and goofiness of a puppy. He made us laugh everyday and brought us us so much joy. He loved having his picture taken and was always smiling! It was heartbreaking to say goodbye, but after having a debilitating stroke, we didn’t want him to suffer. He will miss playing with his friend and fellow SEVA golden Lucy, but he has joined his “sister” Stella who preceded him over the rainbow bridge. You were the love of our lives sweet Moose and we hope to see you again one day!

Friday Morris

When you think of the days of the week, I believe it is fair to say that Everybody Loves Friday. 14 years ago, we named a fluffy marshmallow puppy “Friday”. Since then, we have had the pleasure of experiencing Friday every day of the week. Everyone who met her would comment on how she was so beautiful. When Friday would look at you with those dark brown “baby seal” eyes, you could feel her unconditional love. But it was her inner beauty that truly made Friday so special. She was a blend of everything good and sweet. Friday loved all people and dogs. We could take her anywhere and put her in any situation and not have to worry about how she might react. Friday loved attention and affection, but she did not demand it. Friday had a calming effect with her easy-going temperament. She was a real blood pressure lowering specialist. Hers was a life well lived and loved every day. A happy girl with no interest in dominance, competition, or jealousy. She loved playing with others, swimming, and laying in her sandbox. But her most favorite thing of all was just being with us. She had so much love to share. Friday lived her life with a song in her heart. She enjoyed singing by putting her head back and barking to the music. And she had the best happy dance! She loved it when we sat by the firepit; sometimes she would sing with me while I played the guitar.
There are a lot of words that could be used to describe Friday; yet there are not enough words to portray just how special Friday was. The last 14 years with her have been amazing. It’s been above and beyond all expectations. The memories will live on with us…Friday will live on with us…Forever and Always…. EVERYBODY LOVES FRIDAY…

Toby Rowe

Toby came to live with us 8 years ago when we lost our last SEVA golden to cancer. We have always had two goldens, so he was welcomed to our family by Cooper. They loved each other and we loved him! He was a silly boy and loved to dig and hang out in the flowers and would greet everyone with a pillow or toy in his mouth.
We would take daily walks which he adored even though he had a huge fenced yard to run around with Cooper. He survived cancer surgery in his mouth and was missing some gum and teeth, but still a happy fellow following the surgery. Last year his rear legs became weaker and we knew it would continue to worsen. We finally made the heartbreaking decision to let him go and meet his brother, Cooper at Rainbow Bridge (We lost Cooper just 3 months ago to cancer). Toby smiled and kissed us as the vet carried him inside where we laid with him and said Goodbye. Our home and hearts have a terrible void. We Love you Toby.

Trey Trahan

He arrived on August 18,2022 as a FTA. As soon as we opened the door we were ready to sign the adoption papers. Dad changed his name to Trey, our third SEVA GRREAT golden. Trey was a beautiful English Cream who we described as our Gentle Giant. Trey quickly learned to love his backyard, his walks, his fleece Hugglehounds which quickly became his favorite toys and laying next to dad being serenaded while watching tv. You arrived as a 6 year old, but could show energy, curiosity and that tilt in your eyes reminiscent of a much younger pup. Enjoying perfect health and increased mobility this all ended way too soon when you succumbed to cancer on July 28, 2023. Our deepest gratitude to Jane, Shannon, Barbara and all SEVA GRREAT volunteers for placing Trey with us and to Dr. Leigh Hofmeister, Coastal Vet, for your compassionate and consummate care. Trey, we loved you so and we’re not the same without you.

Molly Knight

Molly joined us in September 2009 at about 6 months of age. She had been found running loose. She did not know that she won the adoption lottery with two old retired folks who like to travel. Shortly after she joined us she experienced her first RV trip where she got to swim in the James River. That was the first of many trips, where she went swimming in more than 27 states. She made friends at several RV rallies and dipped her paws in the water at Acadia National Park, Lake Michigan, the Colorado River, Oklahoma City, and her favorite – Brohard Paw Park on the Gulf of Mexico in Venice, Florida. She was still quite a puppy in Bozeman, Montana when she retrieved a dead fish instead of the retriever training dummy. She also tried to follow a duck down Spearfish Creek, but we managed to catch her. Although she had a terrible fear of a flyswatter, she never met a person that she did not like and made many friends with her daily walk through the neighborhood. She never complained and was typically happy. She took us through some rough times as she blew out her knee, and had other surgeries. Finally, it was (of course) cancer that took her from us at age 14. We just hope that as she crosses the Rainbow Bridge she finds a great place to swim. We miss her terribly.

Lacey Krom

I know that “the worst day of my life” is an overused expression, but today is one of those days. Please send prayers and positive vibes as we send Lacey over the Rainbow Bridge this afternoon. The kidney disease and arthritis have taken too much of a toll, so it’s time. Lacey’s having a good day today, which gives me comfort as she deserves a great last day. I’m sure I’ll have much more to say in the coming days about this special girl, and I am trying to stay positive. So I’ll start with pretty much a classic picture of the girls – looking AWAY from the camera. Boy, could she be stubborn about having her picture taken. Soon she’ll be running free, no longer needing the harness lift, and chasing all the tennis balls she wants. We will miss her so much.

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Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here,
that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends
so they can run and play together.

There is plenty of food, water and sunshine,
and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor.
Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,
just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;

they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes
when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
His bright eyes are intent.

His eager body quivers.

Suddenly he begins to run from the group,
flying over the green grass,

his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted,
and when you and your special friend finally meet,

you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.

The happy kisses rain upon your face;
your hands again caress the beloved head,
and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,

so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…

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