June 2018 - A TRIBUTE for DANNY, from his adoptive family:
“As a rescue, we know only a bit of Danny’s life from his time in the LA area (Seal Beach) shelter. Thankfully, through Ridgeback and Friends, Danny became part of our lives in February of 2017.
At that time, we wanted a senior, having recently lost our 12 year-old Rhodesian the previous Fall. Looking through Ridgeback and Friends’ website, Danny’s loveable white face stood out, and we knew that we had to meet him.
As we walked in the door, Danny plodded right over to us, with wagging tail, and plopped down, fully at ease. That was his nature, so easy going, so gentle, never a fuss. On the drive to his new home in the Bay Area, Danny stretched all of his 113 lbs. body on the floor of the minivan, from the front seats all the way to the second row. Everyone could give him pets while he napped.
Jazz the Westie and Stella the husky mix greeted Danny at his new home. Everyone got along. Even Sammi the cat got along with Danny. Soon, he found his early favorite spot in Maya’s room, at first on the floor, then later on her bed.
Eventually, he added the queen bed in the next room to his list of favorites, then finally the family room. In the family room, Danny could lounge on the couch or lie along the coffee table where it was easy to keep an eye on snacks that might be left unattended.
Danny’s love of food was amazing. He would do anything for a bite. Early on, he rode along on a grocery run. When the tailgate of the van was opened, he moved to the last row and hung his head over the seat. As the first bag passed by his nose, he saw the baguette sticking up and in the blink of an eye, 3 inches off the end went into his mouth. Wow! That was impressive!
However, going for rides was his second love after food. To Danny, these rides were so exciting whether running errands or driving to the park or making beach trips to Carmel and Half Moon Bay. At each place, Danny would get out and prance and bark and have fun with sisters, even if he was barking in their ears. Stella especially got that extra attention.
The few times Danny did complain, he would crank up a humorous high-pitched “woe is me” over and over. It was so unique, it earned him the nick name “Wub-Wub” which he actually would respond to when called.
Around last Thanksgiving, Danny’s skin began showing early signs of an illness. He visited four vets and was poked and prodded, but his gentle, easy-going way never wavered. Through it all, Ridgeback and Friends provided such wonderful support and guidance at every step of the way. We were very grateful that we had their help.
In the end, our dear friend crossed the Rainbow Bridge on May 30th. His collar sits on the coffee table, near the edge where he loved to keep watch for snacks.
If the world were made of more Dannys, it would be a better place.
Wub-Wub, you were a good boy, and we miss you……
With appreciation and love,
Maya, Colleen, and Ken Mizuki”
Ridgebacks and Friends is most grateful to his previous foster mamas, Erin Elliott and Kerry Gordon, who showed him such love and devotion. We would also like to thank Stonecreek Animal Hospital and Adobe Animal Hospital for his stellar medical care. Thank you to the staff at Seal Beach Animal Shelter for taking such good care of him while he was in their shelter in the Fall of 2016. Finally, we consider ourselves blessed to have found the Mizuki family, a loving, wonderful family who gave Danny the best last 16 months. Although brief, his life with them was perfect.
Danny was a beneficiary of our “Soraya Seniors” program, which was established last Spring to assist with our senior ridgebacks’ medical care and therefore incentivize the adoption of these older, deserving souls.