In Memoriam

They will not go quietly, the dogs who’ve shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know their spirit still survives.
Old habits still make us think we hear them at the door.
Or step back when we drop a tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go around the place the food dish used to be,
and sometimes coming home at night, we miss them terribly.
And although time may bring new friends and a new food dish to fill,
That one place in our hearts belongs to them, and always will.


In honor of the amazing animals that have helped many throughout the Vail Valley.



Chico worked at VVMC from 2006 till 2008.
He truly loved his work there and was so incredibly gentle , for his immense size.
I think I can honestly say that he was a favorite with the staff for the great hugs and kisses that he gave.
In 2007 he got bone cancer, but even after his amputation, he still continued to work when he felt good.
His highlight was passing his re-certification with a perfect score on 3 legs.
We were all so very proud of him! He is certainly missed.



I went to the animal shelter in Minturn(1996) for a cat but none connected with me. Strange. I’ll just walk through the dog area. I was completely undone and left in tears. A dog?! It took awhile to realize that no, I wasn’t going to get a cat, I was going to get Murphy. This didn’t make sense. He was a rascal, a very energetic rascal. It took a village…Blondie, Mark, and my sister who all spent countless hours with him. What a surprise when Blondie trained and took him for Delta certification and he passed! He visited many people in the hospital through the years.
We shared 14 years of companionship, what a buddy. He loved leaping in the air for snow, playing soccer and frisbee with kids, being chased, going for runs, and being with his family and friends.



Kate and Mack


Karen & Sammy