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Susan Strickland Memorial

Co-Founder and First Vice President

Susan Strickland, made her final journey home Tuesday, June 14, 2016 to be with the Lord, in addition to family, friends, and fur babies that preceded her.  

Susan led a vibrant and active life, working in real estate, taking trips both domestically and around the world, and was active in her local community and animal rescue.  She championed healthy living, encouraging others to do the same, in addition to being a nurturer to her core. Political debating was something that Susan enthusiastically embraced; she even named a foster dog after a presidential candidate!  Susan loved animals of all kinds but dogs and horses held a very special place in her heart.  She would be the first to tell you that her animals are what kept her at peace.  Susan never turned her back on a stray.  Her family supported her countless endeavors to save the broken and forgotten four legged friends many years prior to the start of our rescue. 

Susan was simply so present, so spirited... so vital.  It is difficult to realize our countless DRDR meetings spent sitting at her kitchen table will never be the same again without Susan there to offer wine, water, and appetizers while we get off topic telling stories about pets from our past, laughing at each others antics, ​and plotting​ late into the night on how to save the lives of dogs.  ​Susan rescued 6 dogs during the 2016 year with 4 finding their forever families.  Her remaining two fosters will be lovingly cared for until their adoptive families find them.  DRDR will honor Susan’s memory by keeping what we made together growing strong.   
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In the arms of Angels, God Speed sweet Susan. ​​
Paw Prints remain forever on our hearts  
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The day we met you sat down in front of me, looked in my eyes, and placed both paws on each of my shoulders.  I knew you found me.  What a wonderful ride we had.  Couldn't of survived those years without you by my side old friend.  I always knew that saying goodbye to you would hurt.  It was an honor to stand by your side in the end.  Thank you for everything you taught me.  I hope I've made you proud.  Forever in my heart, until we meet again.  Momma loves you sweet Baxter.      
You were old and tired when I found you.  How could someone throw away such a lovely lady who was meant to be enjoying her golden years?  I am grateful you became mine and we belonged to you.  Because of you I have tremendous compassion for the old short fat boxer bulldogs in this world.  They are the most lovely because they remind me of you sweet angel.  If love could of saved you, you would still be here. But I know you are in heaven smiling down and blowing hot breath our way ;-)  We love you Juno.  Be good and have fun.  See you at the Rainbow Bridge.      
Koda Bear and Holly, two loyal and loved sisters.  Koda, the recliner just isn’t the same without you resting there, wagging your tail sweetly and looking up from your nap to find us watching you.  Holly you loved your toys so much, playing catch with your tennis ball made your heart jump with joy.  This loss that we feel is just a reminder of how lucky we are. 

 We know to ease our hearts and rest our minds,
 Our time with you was the best of kind.
 We could not have asked for better friends. 
 So proud to have shared the journey girls…
 to the very end.

Love, Mom and Dad