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Luv4K9s Dog Rescue

Rainbow Bridge

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...

-Author Unknown

This page is dedicat
ed in loving memory of Michael F. Fassett, born 3/23/51 and lost to us on 4/15/09...a good friend and supporter of will be missed but never forgotten.

We are so sad to report that that Ilka Fremder, a long time volunteer and foster with Luv4k9s died on 9/19/16. 

She had a big heart and helped so many of our puppy mill dogs adjust to life outside of the mill and find their new forever home.  She will be missed by all 
of us here at the rescue but we know she has found all her beloved furbabies on the Rainbow Bridge, ready to welcome her home. 


OpieOpie Pennington

Leeloo's mom was pulled from a high kill shelter very pregnant. Leeloo was one of six puppies born on 06/23/08.

Leeloo was adopted out only to be returned due to being deaf. She went into a foster home that started to work on hand signals. Then a wonderful family inquired about Leeloo. We talked to them about the difficulties of raising a deaf dog but they did not care and were determined to make it work. THEY DID!!! They worked hard to make her part of their family.

Leeloo started to have some problems with her bowels.  The family took her to local vets and then on to specialty vets sparing no expense. Leeloo was diagnosed with a fatal kidney disease. She only had a matter of time, but the family continued to do what they could. On June 12,2010 Leeloo lost her battle and passed with her family by her side. She would have been only 2yrs old on June 23,2010. She had a wonderful life and gave her family so much love. She will be missed.


Lily was a cocker spaniel that we pulled from a puppy mill. This dog was so badly scarred and only around 2yrs old that we felt strongly about putting her down. But one of the fosters husband saw something in her and wanted to try.

Wow, what great a great dog she turned out to be and she found a wonderful family to call her own. They adored Lilly and today she lost her life to what they believe was liver failure. It took her very fast. Our prayers are with her family. She touched so many lives.

Roxy (Formerly Squirt)
R.I.P Roxy d. 10/14/2010
So little and yet so big in the ways that make life matter. Although we only had Roxy for only three years, she filled every space and heart with joy.

She was old and frail when she came to us but her spirit was full of adventure. She loved to travel, camp and hike in her pooch pouch. It was as if she were determined to make the most of every moment with us and her two amigos, Peanut and Chico, and she did.

Braya was only with us a short time and found the perfect family. Braya left this world 12/11/10 shortly after being adopted by a wonderful family and they miss her dearly.

Mollie Bear
I adopted my Mollie Bear on a Luv4k9s 'clean up mission' of an extremely underfunded shelter in rural Kentucky. She was already 10 years old, I was just hoping I would make the end of her life a happy one. She gave me four more years of unconditional love and so much laughter. On Mother's Day 2012, she had a stroke that rendered her back legs paralyzed and at 14 years of age, I had to make the unthinkable decision to let her go.

She will always be my 'Mayor McFatty' and I know she isn't any more pain. I hope she knows how much she was loved and that she added a dimension to my life that I never expected. Thanks to Mollie for everything she taught me about loyalty and thanks to Luv4k9s for the gift of finding my baby girl.


Such a sweet little boy. I still can't believe he is gone. He was just my baby boy. We had a special bond, one of those once in a lifetime relationships.

Betty Grable
Sweet little Betty Grable was only 5 months old when she passed away in a tragic accident on 8/3/12. She will be missed by her family and fosters alike.

Poppy crossed the rainbow bridge on August 13, 2012.  Although we only had her for three years, she wrapped that little pug tail around our hearts and gave us so much joy. 

My anger at puppy mill operators is surpassed only by an overwhelming grief and thankfulness that she was part of our lives.  It is unbelievable what a loving, sweet dog she was after suffering years of abuse as a breeding dog.  I will be forever grateful that she was part of our lives and I know now that she is happy and pain free, still wagging that little pug tail.  Thank you for the great work that you do!


Fenton/Appa came to us from a puppy mill. He was coughing and had a smaller then usual head size when we got him. He had a case of pneumonia when he was first admitted to our vet and it took a long time for him to be released to Nicole(his new mom). He had to be re-admitted on April 21st and one lung was damaged beyond repair. On April 24, things went from bad to worse. He was struggling to breath. We changed his treatment plan all around to try and relax him but it had no effect.

He knew love only a little while please keep his mom Nicole in your thoughts and prayers.

Bogie crossed the rainbow bridge today (May 1)...we adored Bogie for so many reasons. He didn't love everyone, but if he loved you then you felt special. He is in no more pain....his hips are letting him chase those bunnies and squirrels as he did in his younger years. He and Stella are back patrolling the neighborhood and making sure all is safe. We will forever miss you our dear Bogie boy..

Keaton now sees his mama's face for the first time....he went with Bogie over the bridge where he is seeing all the things he missed for so many years. Despite being a foster dog, Keaton was a part of our family. We will miss you our Keaton boy and know that your sight is now those eyes and enjoy!!

Brooks was an amazing little pup. He was great with everyone and we had a hard time saying our good-byes when he was adopted. When he was returned to Luv4k9s because he was having seizures, we didn't hesitate to take him back into our home. He was an honorary member of the family. We made the best of his last week with us. We played, went to the park, and snuggled. Then the seizures returned. Despite our best efforts, the guidance of our vets & the ICU, we lost our sweet boy. He was only around 18 months old. We weren't ready to say good-bye again, he had a home with us and unconditional love.

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