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Bertie Crosses Rainbow Bridge

Pam Lowery has had a really sad afternoon. Not one, but two, of her pups crossed Rainbow Bridge this afternoon – her foster dog Cinder, and her foster, then furever girl, Bertie.

This was always my favorite photo of beautiful Bertie. She came to rescue about two years ago and Pam agreed to foster her. Pam is a very experienced foster family who has fostered a number of pups and adopted them out to great families. Bertie was a special girl. Pam and her family felt an instant connection as if Bertie had always been part of their family. However, we learned while Pam was fostering that Bertie had some medical issues that required a rather expensive medication for the rest of Bertie’s life. Pam, a single mom, updated her budget so she could accommodate Bertie’s health needs and adopted her. Bertie’s health had been deteriorating over the last few weeks, but Pam was hopeful medications could be adjusted so they would have more time.

Please send Pam virtual hugs. It’s been a hard day for her. Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland is so lucky to have Pam and her family as a home for goldens.SONY DSC


1 Tara Loos { 04.06.15 at 5:13 pm }

Oh, Pam, so sorry for your heartbreak. I had to assist two of my senior pets within two days of one another last year at this time. It was crushing. You gave so much love to Bertie and Cinder. It is those that needed us most that are the hardest to let go. Hugs. So sorry for your losses. You are an angel on earth.

2 Tonya Smith { 04.06.15 at 5:14 pm }

So so sorry about your loss. I am praying for you and sending hugs from Tennessee

3 April Altiere { 04.06.15 at 5:39 pm }

Oh, Pam, I’m so sorry to hear about your losses. I can’t imagine the pain you’re in but sending you hugs!

4 Christine Kernozek { 04.06.15 at 5:40 pm }

I’m so very sorry for your loss, Pam. Not sure how you get through losing two in one day. I hope you and your family find some comfort in knowing that you did right by Cinder and Bertie. They were lucky to have you as their foster/adoptive family for the last years of their lives.

5 mike grossblatt { 04.06.15 at 5:48 pm }

So sorry for the loss of Bertie. May Bertie and Cinder play free now. Thank you for opening your home and heart to them.

6 Kathy Hunt { 04.06.15 at 5:58 pm }

Pam, I’m so very sorry to hear of the passing of Cinder and Bertie. You are a special angel to all the pups that you have cared for. Sending hugs to you at this difficult time.

7 Nancy Heise { 04.06.15 at 6:13 pm }

Bertie and Cinder together in heaven thanking you for your greatest act of love. You are a very special person Pam endowed with a greater capacity for caring and sharing than most of us can imagine. Sending prayers for comfort and strength.

8 Barb Davis { 04.06.15 at 7:07 pm }

Oh gosh so sorry Pam. To lose both on the same day is just heartbreaking. They both were so fortunate to have come and found you and your family. Thinking of you.

9 Ginny { 04.06.15 at 8:31 pm }

Pam we are so sorry to hear about Bertie. Our hearts go out to you. Sending prayers and love from Dunkirk.

10 Susan { 04.06.15 at 8:41 pm }

I’m so sorry, Pam- it must be very hard to let go. It takes a very special person to give these Golden oldies the love and comfort that they need and deserve at the end of their lives!

11 Lisa Orton { 04.06.15 at 8:57 pm }

Pam- I am so sorry for your losses today. You are an amazing person to have fostered and loved these angels in fur. Please know you are in, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of loss….

12 Barb Saylor { 04.06.15 at 9:11 pm }

Pam, we are so sorry. Thank you so much for loving Bertie and then Cinder. Thank you for bringing them into your family and giving them a beautiful life.

13 Beth Schroeder { 04.06.15 at 10:13 pm }

Pam, I’m so sorry for your sad day–cannot imagine what you are going through. I hope it will give you a bit of happiness to know how much you helped Bertie and Cinder. They were so very fortunate to have you in their lives to look after and love them, especially in their final days. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

14 Kristi Baker { 04.07.15 at 8:59 am }

So sorry Pam! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

15 Deb { 04.07.15 at 4:03 pm }

Pam, so sorry to hear that both Bertie and Cinder crossed the Rainbow Bridge on the same day! It just breaks my heart! It sounds like you have much to be proud of…making their final chapter happy and loved. I know that you will miss their loyal devotion daily and I pray that you will find comfort in the days to come because you did share your love and your home with them& I pray that you will continue to reach out to the next Golden in need in memory of Bertie and Cinder,knowing just what a difference you were able to make in their final chapter! GOD BLESS YOU!! (((Hugs)))

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