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158. Bailey

Trudy has purchased a pillow previously and bought this pillow for Bailey's mommies. More info below.

  

Bailey is a Yorkie, as you can tell. She lives with her Mommies in Maryland. She is a Fan Club Mascot. She is two years old now (2021), and quite the little sensation.

Trudy purchased the pillow with her picture because of her being a fan club mascot and it was a gift to her mommies.

She is addicted to cough drops (LOL), which usually ends up in one of her Mommies shoes. Bailey aka "Doodles" loves going on trips with her family and is so well behaved. She is spoiled rotten and is very loved.

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157. Victor

Michele sponsored this pillow for Victor's family. He was an abused and very sick/wounded dog who was scheduled to be euthanized, but he was rescued. He became healthier and loved...and also became quite the Internet star and Pitty advocate. Scroll down to read his story and see many more pictures.

  

In 2011, Victor was found in a shelter in Georgia. He was labeled "pregnant female" and scheduled to be euthanized. A rescuer saw him and pulled him immediately.

Victor was filled with liquids because he was in the final stages of heartworm. When he made it to Linda, they also discovered that he had been shot many times, his hip was smashed from being kicked repeatedly and he had numerous bite scars on his face and chest.

Victor's hip was fixed (resulting in a shorter leg), some shot was taken from areas near nerves. He started the 1 1/2 year journey to cure his heartworm. His training started and he was introduced to numerous people and situations. He was listed for adoption.

It was found that Victor forgave people for what was done to him. He, unfortunately, reacted poorly to other dogs approaching him from the front. This is a common trigger in many bait dogs.

Victor was adopted by Linda in 2013. His Facebook page, "Unlucky Victor", grew to over 16,000 fans...many of whom actually traveled to see him. People came from other countries and from just about every state in the USA. Linda's famly opened their house and home to all...Victor enjoyed every minute! His signature sign-off for every post was "That made me smile".

Victor was an amazing spokes-dog for all pitbulls! Victor was gentle, sweet, and loving toward all. He went to schools and camps to help his "Mom Linda" speak to children and adults alike about prejudice, rescue, and responsibility. He was on calendars, a Milk Bone box, the subject of articles...too many things to recount here. He was the face in many fundraisers for rescues and shelters.

Victor was not supposed to live more than a couple years, given the damage to his heart and lungs. He lived until 2022, (taking tons of pills every day)...content and happy. Victor passed in his family's arms...and will be missed forever.

His Facebook page remains. The other dogs who live in the home are featured, along with new foster dogs. "Unlucky Victor and Family" continues to provide smiles to many.

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156. Willow

A friend of mine's wife ordered two pillows of her sister's dog, Willow, who passed away too soon. Scroll down to read Willow's story and see more picture.

  

  

Willow, a La Pom (Lhasa Apso/Pomerainian), came to me as a puppy from Illinois. This little girl had no idea what adventures lay in store at her new home in the Blue Hills of Northwest Wisconsin.

Black bear are abundant on our 62 acres and they frequently visit our home, leaning on and peeking through the windows. So, bringing Willow outside for potty breaks and play was no easy task. The raptors; turkey vultures, bald eagles, owls and the like were very much predators to her due to her small stature.

Taking Willow for long walks along the field/woods line was stressful for both dog and owner as she was the perfect size for a bear type snack, even so she certainly enjoyed sniffing out acorns, chasing butterflies, playing with pine cones. Getting a coat full of cockleburs was a hazard at times, that's when her hairbrush got quite the workout!

When Willow sighted the pond all her inhibitions flew right out the door, then SPLASH! into the water she jumped. A refreshing, cool swim on a hot summer's day. At the water's edge she liked to seek out toads and bullfrogs, they made for good afternoon playmates.

She was a great friend to our very large and elderly St. Bernard/Husky/Lab mix, Ruffles, who is now 15 years old. Wherever Ruffles was so was Willow, the little girl protecting the older lady of the house.

Willow was a wonderful companion to my husband and I in our retirement and gave us purpose, someone to love and care for. She is sorely missed and crossed the Rainbow Bridge too soon at 7 and a half years old from diabetes.

 

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155. LEO Fox

Sarah ordered this pillow for LEO K9 Fox who was retiring, along with his partner Ofc Paul Wells. Together they'd served the city of Warwick, RI. Scroll down for more info and pictures.

  

K9 Officer Paul Wells has retired after 29 years on the force, according to the Warwick Police Department. Since 2012, he’s worked alongside his parner, K9 Fox, who is also entering retirement.

K9 Officer Fox gained national attention after he and the Warwick Police Department were often seen on A&E’s Live PD.

The department wishes Officer Wells and Fox the best of luck in their future endeavors.

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154. SAR Squirrel

Winter contacted me to let me know that, sadly, she needed to sponsor another pillow...this one for her friend who recently lost her beloved Search And Rescue K9 Hero Squirrel. Be sure to scroll down to read more about Squirrel and see several touching picture of this K9 Hero, who saved many.

  

"At 11 years old, Squirrel along with his handler Carla were still mission ready. As a NAPWDA certified live find Search and Rescue team, Carla and Squirrel helped assist in the search for and recovery of multiple individuals. Squirrel and Carla were also an AKC certified therapy dog team and frequently visited area hospitals. Even at 11, Squirrel wanted to work.

"Squirrel's body, however, could not fight the mass cell tumors rapidly spreading across his skin. With the first mass being discovered in May 2021, Squirrel endured two rounds of surgery, multiple medications, and several steroid injections. On October 6th, 2021 Squirrel passed peacefully from this world while at home cradled in the arms of his partner Carla. 

"Run free, old man."

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153. Allie

Allie belonged to my friends. And it really hurt to make this pillow, because Allie was my two goldens' mommy!

In Spring of 2012, we had to put down our much beloved golden/GSD mix, Cassy, after 13 yrs. A month later we learned that our friend's golden had been mated with another friend's golden and pups were on the way. We ended up taking two of Allie's pups...a girl and a boy. And our little girl golden not only looks exactly like her mom, but has so many of her characteristics...including the black mark on her tongue. It broke our hearts to learn that Allie was nearing her end. And making her pillow after she passed was a tearful project.

Rest easy sweet Allie. You are greatly missed by many!

  

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152. LEO Myk

Little Bear wanted to purchase two pillows of Vernon County, WI, Sheriff's Office K9 Hero Myk who passed, peacefully with his family at his side, on Dec 2, 2020 from cancer. She wanted one pillow for his partner and one for her. Since K9 Myk passed while still on active duty, his partner's pillow was free of charge. Myk was special to Little Bear, so she only had to pay for her own pillow to honor and remember this K9 Hero.

  

You can view a video story of K9 Myk's memorial, here: Vernon County Sheriff's officers honor fallen K-9 deputy Myk (news8000.com)

"The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office will say goodbye to a beloved member of its team with a memorial service Wednesday, Dec. 16.

"Sheriff John Spears said it was with great sadness that he reported the untimely passing of K-9 Officer Myk. Myk was born in Germany on April 26, 2010, and later imported to the United States.

"'Because of the diligent work of our citizen canine committee and generous donations from the community, Myk became a sworn, full-time member of the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office in July of 2012,' Spears said.

"Myk attended police canine training at Steinig-Tal Kennel in Campbellsport, Wis. attaining Dual Purpose K9 certification by Instructor/Owner Larry Filo. Myk served the citizens of Vernon County with two handlers: Deputy Adam Malin until 2016 and current handler, Deputy Mark Bellacero.

"Myk participated in tracking, search and rescue, detected countless amounts of illegal substances, and aided in criminal apprehension and officer protection, according to the sheriff’s office.

"'Myk was known for greeting fellow officers and loved all the attention he truly deserved,' Spears said.

"Myk worked his final patrol shift Friday, Nov. 27 at the age of 10 years and 7 months, with his partner Deputy Mark Bellacero at his side. Myk was recently diagnosed with having cancer and suddenly passed away in his sleep on Dec. 2, at home with Deputy Bellacero at his side.

"'We extend our sympathy to Deputy Bellacero and his family, fellow officers, and all those who dearly loved Myk. May he rest in peace,' Spears said.

Sheriff Spears said he remains committed to continuing the K-9 program so Myk’s legacy will live on.

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151. Ruger

Ruger was the family dog in a home with a couple of Military Contract Working K9 Heroes Geli and Mazzie. Scroll down for more info on this much beloved dog, as well as more pictures.

  

Ruger was born on April 7, 2009 and was adopted by Jim and Linda Crismer on June 13, 2009, which is their anniversary. His official name was Linda’s Golden Ruger. From the start, he was the most loving, affectionate dog ever. His true love was his older “sister” Raven, a black lab. They were always together and it was only right that Ruger was with Raven when she crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

When Ruger was 6, he generously welcomed CWD Mazzie into his home and willingly shared his mom and dad with Mazzie. Ruger patiently helped Mazzie adjust to civilian life. When Raven passed away, Mazzie helped Ruger grieve for her. Two years later another war dog joined the family. Ruger loved CWD Geli from the moment she entered his house. They played together, ate together and basically enjoyed being cherished pets.

Ruger loved the grandkids that came to play with him. He always followed his mom around and could be found wherever she was. He knew how to pose for pictures, and would always stare at the camera.

On August 23, 2020, he suddenly became sick, and the vet advised us that it was time to let Ruger go. So in our backyard with his dad, mom, brother Mazzie and sister Geli by his side, Ruger peacefully crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He was 100 pounds of golden goodness; he was the best.

  

  

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