Wednesday, October 1, 2008

~Bella~ (aka Maddie)

Most of you will see this face as a VERY familair one!!! Maddie was in the Barnwell Co. Shelter and was to be euthanized. GROWL asked for a couple of days to help Maddie find a place to go, well the next morning the shelter workers walked in and found Maddie had given birth to a litter of 12 sweet babies!!! Well things changed then and Maddie mothered them the best she knew how, but Maddie wasn't letting them all eat and there were 5 that didnt make it. For the safety of the other 7 we pulled them from Maddie and sent them up on a single van run to NJ/NY to be bottlefed. Luckily when the babies got up north there was a mama shepherd that had just finished nursing and accepted these coonhound babies as her own.

This left Maddie in SC and also Maddie had heartworms. Maddie was placed in foster and treated for heartworms as well. She then went into boarding for a very extended time and it took us almost 5 months for a spot to open up for Maddie as she was such a big girl!

Well we are THRILLED to inform everyone Maddie is happily in her new home in NJ and we want to tell the Singer family thank you so much for opening your home to such a lucky girl!!!! She overcame so many obsticles but still made it out of the shelter!!!

Here is Maddie at the shelter.....

Here is a new pic of Miss Bella (Maddie) in her new home!!!!

Collie and Ibizan Rescue of Central New Jersey

At GROWL we are always in need of foster homes, but we also want to extend this and ask if any of you have room in your homes to foster a Collie please contact Collie and Ibizan Rescue of Central New Jersey.

GROWL has worked in the past with their founder Terri, with the groups help many collies and even mixes were rescued as they never told us no. It was just this August Terri past away very suddenly. Holly has taken the rescue reigns and is in the process of pulling everything together. It will indeed take a little extra time to get things going strong once again, but with Terri looking over everyone all will go smoothly!!!

I remember even the last conversation with Terri and its just so real that I too cant belive she is not there to answer my calls and emails! Bless this group for continuing Terri's work!!!

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Thelma "Terri" Silverman
FRANKLIN TWP. -- Thelma T. "Terri" Silverman passed away on Monday, Aug. 25, 2008 (her mother's birthday) at Hunterdon Medical Center. She was 73.

Born in 1934 in New York City, she was the daughter of Max and Mollie (Schneider) Silverman.

Terri lived in Franklin Township for more than 35 years.

She attended City College of New York and held a B.A. in biology. Terri worked for Merck Pharmaceuticals in both Rahway and Readington Township.

Terri enjoyed many of the arts -- music, pottery and stained glass. But, most of all she loved her dogs. As president of the Collie and Ibizan Rescue of Central New Jersey, she found homes for a great many otherwise unwanted dogs.

Surviving her are a sister, Harriet Lewis of Queens; two nephews, Fred Lewis of Olean, N.Y. and Ronald Lewis of Boca Raton, Fla. and their spouses; three great-nieces and one great-nephew; and her five collies and two Ibizan hounds.

Her body was cremated through arrangement of the Robert L. Ford Funeral Home in Flemington and her ashes will be spread upon the Atlantic Ocean, where she will swim with the dolphins, as she always wished to do.

Memorial donations can be made to Collie and Ibizan Rescue of Central New Jersey, c/o Holly Huff, 1003 Croton Road, Pittstown 08867.

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Rescuer's Rainbow Bridge

Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch

It wasn't long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often.

He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge.

With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly and infirm. They weren't playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.

One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for awhile to explain it to him.

"You see, that poor animal was a rescue. He was turned in to rescue just as you see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge."

The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, "So what will happen now?" As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life.

"Watch, and see.", said the second animal. A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed him towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.

"What happened?"

"That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of her work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn't place on earth across The Rainbow Bridge."

"I think I like rescuers", said the first animal.

"So does GOD", was the reply.

Bless you Terri....