In Memory of Roseanne and Wally Simmons
Volunteers of Furbaby Rescue

 

THE SHIP

 

I am standing upon the seashore.  A ship at my side

spreads her sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.  I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white just

where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

 

Then someone at my side says:  “There, she is gone!”

 

“Gone where?”

 

Gone from my sight.  That is all. She is just as large in mast

and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is

just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

 

Her diminished size is in me, not in her.  And just as the moment when someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!,”

There are other voices ready to take up the glad shout:

 

“Here she comes!”




I first became acquainted with Roseanne, when she adopted one of the Sultan puppymill dogs.  And subsequently became a foster home, opening up her home and heart along with her husband Wally to take care of our special babies.  Roseanne continued to foster till her husband became so ill with cancer, it was too much to continue and help Wally.  I along with other volunteers spoke to her frequently.  She called me to ask, since we all understood that Wally's time was very limited, if Furbaby Rescue would ensure that her babies would be taken care of.  I gave my word, but believed in my heart, that her dogs were much older, and Roseanne had years ahead of her.  
Wally crossed to the bridge after several months of fighting this dreadful disease.  Two days after Wally's funeral, Roseanne went to bed, and crossed the bridge also.  We do not know if the strain of losing her husband or she simply gave up.  All of us were so sadden by this news.

Possibly because Roseanne's instruction were not clear or misunderstood. their beloved poodles, Gracie and Poppy were taken to the shelter.  These babies became hysterical, they lost their Mom and Dad within days of each other, and than to be put into such frightening circumstances, added such sorrow to their lil spirits.  Poppy especially since he is epileptic and has heart problems.  But by the Grace of God, Roseanne's son found out, and raced to get them safely..and now our journey began.  Transport arrangements were made to get them from Vancouver, WA to Seattle, WA where they were cared for by one of our Seattle, volunteers Jill....now what should we do.  

We felt strongly that everyone would want sparkly, dancy lil Gracie...but she had to stay with her brother Poppy who is also darling, but he is at least 12 years old, and has medical issues...which doesn't stop this fiesty lil boy.  The answer became clear, we made a promise to care for them, and we will do just that.  Our volunteer who had relocated to Ft. Mojave, Az and said" they could always make room for two more in their home
"  Gracie needed a Dad, and Poppy needed a Mom..and they would always be cared for, no matter what.  Arrangements to get these babies there was proving difficult, cargo was not a possibility because of the heat,  a wonderful lady who adopted Ashley  offered to fly down, and take each one with her at different times..but flights kept being booked, making this difficult...finally a shelter run from CA to WA was being arranged for other dogs..and these babies hitched a ride to California, and our foster home meet them in CA...

Gracie and Poppy are so happy, they love their new parents, but they will never forget the camping trips, flea markets, and wonderful parents they had with Roseanne and Wally.  I pray they are looking down and smiling..and when Gracie and Poppy's time comes, they will see them again.  And now they are joined again with Tasha, Fritz and all the other babies that left before them

We miss you Roseanne

Thank you Milissa and Wendy for contributing in honor of Rosanne, you donated the money to help Rooty, who also has passed to the bridge, the money will go to Rosanne's dogs, as they need ongoing medical help, our appreciation is great.

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