Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A Tribute to a Fellow Dog Lover

I have just received very sad news. 

The wonderful woman, Joy, who rescued Champ and rehabilitated him for adoption, has passed away tragically while hiking with her beloved dog, Blue over the weekend. 

She was caught in an avalanche. 

Her devoted dog led rescuers to where she was buried, but it was too late. 

Two people died in the avalanche. 

Champ was deemed unadoptable and Joy had just about given up finding a home for him when I saw his photo (above) on the Border Collie Rescue website. 

Something told me that this was the dog I was looking for. 

Joy and I had kept in touch since the end of last June when I adopted Champ. 

Recently, she had sent me this link from her blog when she was fostering Champ.

She loved her dogs and loved to take them on wonderful hikes in the backcountry. 

Sometimes I do believe there are Angels walking this Earth, and she would be one of them. 

It took her 9 months to rehabilitate Champ after terrible abuse. 

And now I have a devoted companion and protector. 

She was a kind, loving, caring human being. 

Thank you, Joy for all the lives you have touched. 

Especially the Four Footed ones. 

Bless you, Joy and Bless your Dear Family and Friends in this time of sorrow. 

I know you will be Dearly Missed. 



  1. oh, i am so sorry, karen. i had read about that on the internet. so sad to know she was a friend. sweet champ...

  2. Oh Karen, I am so sorry for your loss and our collective loss of this kind woman. May her spirit be at peace.

  3. Karen

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Dearest Karen,
    This is so sad; of all people that had a purpose on this world, Joy was one of them! But her own words in the side line of her blog maybe best sum it up:
    May I be at peace

    May my heart remain open

    May I be aware of my true nature

    May I be healed

    May I be a source of healing to others

    May I dwell in the breath of God

    May Joy indeed dwell in the breath of God and may her family and loved ones, four-footed and others, find the strength to follow in her footsteps.
    Hugs to you,

  5. What awful news. I will keep her family in my prayers.

  6. Karen, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. What wonderful gift she gave you by rehabilitating Champ.

  7. Keep praying for you my friend...

  8. I am so sorry to hear your news Karen. I have also lost a dear friend this week, but to an aggressive cancer. Sometimes I question why these wonderful beautiful people are taken so early. Take care of your wonderful Champ, a testament to her. Chel x

  9. Oh I am so sorry Karen this is horrible. Champ is beautiful. Take care. Hug B

  10. oh that is so sad...i am so sorry for your loss....what a gorgeous dog champ is...

  11. Such a lovely tribute to a wonderful friend.

  12. So sorry to hear of your loss of a friend. Your wonderful pet will be constant reminder of her loving spirit.

  13. Oh what a tragic ending to what was I am sure a beautiful life...caring for animals, loving them. Your Champ will be a reminder of her love!!

  14. I am so sorry for your loss. It sounds like Joy was definitely an angel and such an amazing woman. I'm so glad that she took the time with Champ to save and rehabilitate him. Champ is a great living tribute to the kind of woman she was.

  15. Rest in peace Joy. Her family will be in my prayers tonight. How wonderful of you to write this tribute to her.

  16. So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend Karen. She sounds like a sweet lady.

    Take care,

    Madelief x

  17. I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your friend....she sounded like a wonderful woman. What a precious dog Champ is!

    Love and hugs to you,

  18. It is always sad when a friend dies, she will be missed as she was a wonderful person.

  19. So sorry for the loss of your friend, Karen. How wonderful that she was able to rescue and rehabilitate Champ and you could adopt him. May she rest in peace.

  20. She sounds like an amazing spirit. I love a person who cares for animals so much. What a terrible tragedy. My thoughts go out to her friends and family.

  21. What a sad, sad tragedy! She seemed like the most amazing person, and I hate she died the way she did. How wonderful of Blue to lead the rescuers to her body. What a terrible loss for the human world and dog world alike!


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