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September 27, 2009


I'm sitting here crying. I know you wanted more time for him, and with him. But man, he was so lucky to finally have found his forever home with you guys. Just the fact that he knew love, he knew you and Alayne cared about him is such a wonderful gift he received and you received love in return. I'm so sorry for your loss. He sounded like a wonderful little guy. You are both in my thoughts.

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of little Teddy. He was such a bright little star and I wish I could've held him myself he was so adorable. You gave him happiness at the end of his life, which is a LOT. Hugs to you both.

I too read your blog every morning when I come into work. I couldn't believe what I was reading. I don't know how you both do it - yet I do. Thank you for being there for all those poor animals that wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for you both.You have given so much to so many (both animals and humans). I thank the Lord that there are people like you in the world. My heart goes out to you both. Thank you for giving the animals all the love and care that they deserve.

Even though I never held him...losing this one hurt...a lot.

Thank you for your gift in opening our hearts. We are sending you love and light on your spiritual journey. We will never forget you sweet one.

I believe dogs live in the moment and thoses moments Teddy lived with you were the best moments he ever had. He was happy and loved at the end. What more could he or any of us ask for?
I'm so sorry for your loss.

My heart aches for both of you. Teddy loved you both and his new wonderful home. Thank you so much for giving him the love and tenderness he so much needed.
God bless you both.

Steve and Alayne,
I'm heartbroken for you... but as traumatic as his last moments on earth were for you, to have been in your arms had to be the greatest comfort possible. Your very best care and investment of heart & soul for Teddy were priceless. I'm thankful he could find the best of humanity before gaining his wings. Peace to you all. So sorry...

I'm so sorry for you and Alayne. Teddy was very lucky to have so much love in the last part of his life.

I'm so sorry to hear about losing Teddy. He had the face of an angel. I feel like I've lost one of my own. I'm thankful he was blessed with joy and love from you.

Dear Steve and Alayne,
My deepest condolences to you on the loss of your precious little jewel. You and your vets and everyone connected with making him better were his way to happiness, even though it was short-lived. He most certainly got the good he deserved, though for a short while, because of you. I'm thinking he has already seen angels so he won't be scared in heaven. You are there with him - and know how loved and respected you are by your fans for what you and all your colleagues do every day so bravely.
Rest in peace darling Teddy,

What a crappy and tearful way to start a Monday! I'm terribly sorry to hear of Teddy's passing but I absolutely KNOW you two gave him more love in the 10 weeks you knew him than he received his whole life. My sincerest condolences and hugs to you both and thank you for giving Teddy some very loved and cared for weeks.

You went to extraordinary lengths for Teddy. His spunk & bright little spirit endeared him to all of us. As Moira Anderson has said:
Peace yo him & to you.

Oh, I'm so sorry. Yes, it does seem unfair. But the important thing to remember is that Teddy doesn't think so. All he knows is that for the last part of his life he was happy, and in his last moments he was with the people who loved him and gave him that happiness. Try to hold on to that, and be comforted knowing you made those last few weeks good ones.

I was not expecting that this morning. I clicked on the page and saw his sweet face, and then read the subject, and I just could not put the two items together. Teddy died? What? No, it had to be a mistake. Maybe they taught him how to lie down and play dead or something. But as I scrolled further and further down reading, it appeared it was not a joke. What a little fighter he was! And so unfair is exactly right. I'm absolutely stunned right now. I refuse to cry at work, but I will definitely be crying later. A lot.

I've only found your rescue group a short time ago, but one of the first posts I read was about Teddy coming to the ranch. My heart went out to him and I was so glad he found a home with you and Alayne. I am so sad to hear that he is now gone. I can only hope that it's true what they say, that dogs only live in the moment and not in the past. He no longer remembered cruelty and despair, but sunshine, love, respect and warm laps, and that is what he took with him.

My heart goes out to you and Alayne.

My heart is breaking for you both. It's just not fair that we have these sweet little companions for such a short time. Please take comfort in knowing you gave Teddy the best 2 months of his life and he died happy at the RDR.

Alayne and Steve, What a heartbreak for you. His short time with you was full of love and care that he never had. Bless his little soul.

I am so sad, and I'm crying too for the loss of Teddy. Sweet, sweet little guy. I felt like I knew him.
Thank you for giving him such a fighting chance these past few months, and all the LOVE and CARE he deserved. How precious that he knew your lap was just for him!
God bless you and Alayne.

So sorry to hear about little Teddy. With the both of you he knew what it was truely like to be loved.
Rest In Peace little Buddy Teddy!

Steve and Alayane, thank you so much for taking Teddy in and giving him a safe, secure, warm, and happy place to spend his finals days. I am sorry he is gone. God Bless you both and the work that you do.

I am terribly saddened by the loss of sweet Teddy! I'm am so very thankful that he got to see how the good life was before he went. Bless you two for all you do for our forgotten animal family!

Sweet little Teddy the heart bandit may have earned his wings but he made quite an impact in such little time.
Thank you Steve & Alayne for sharing him with us and making his last days on earth the best humanly possible.
The price you pay is high opening your hearts & home to those who truly need it, investing your emotions and love on those who are beyond deserving.
My thoughts are with you both today and I will hug my own little rescue extra close with Teddy in mind.
I wish I could vote a thousand times in remembrance of him today, instead I will make extra efforts to let more folks know about the shelter contest & voting.

I'm so sorry to hear about sweet little Teddy. I know he appreciated all your efforts, you did everything you could. Poor little guy. I'm sorry.

I am so sorry for your loss.

I am so very glad he had you for the time he did, though! He knew he was well loved by everyone!!

Dear Steve and Alayne..
I'm just brokenhearted in reading about our little Teddy! He was a precious little dog..and we are all going to miss him so very much. He will be waiting for you both at the Rainbow Bridge. I'll say a prayer for Teddy..and you guys too. Thank you for all the wonderful work you do for our precious animal friends at the ranch. May God bless you both.

I am so so sorry Steve and Alayne,
Teddy was a survivor and he had
the best of the best the last 10 weeks. I know how hard this is having lost my own little fighter
a month ago. Teddy will be missed.
Thank you for all that you do for these guys.

I read your blog every morning when I get to work and this was just not what I was expecting. I burst in to tears with co-workers wondering what on earth happened. I am so sorry that sweet little guy didn't have more time with you. At least he knew what love was even if it was only for a short time. We're certainly all better people for having known him. Please take care and know you and Alayne are in our hearts. Thank you for being there for sweet little Teddy.

Steve and Alayne, I am so very sorry to hear about sweet, lovable Teddy. My deepest sympathies to you both. You did your very best to save him. As many have mentioned before, he spent his last months feeling safe and surrounded by love.

Take good care of yourselves.

Bless you both for the work that you do taking care of all these "thrown away" animals. I too am in animal rescue and fostering. My heart goes out to you on your recent loss of little Teddy. Even though he was only with you for a short time he knew you loved and cared for him more than anyone else ever did. He now will wait for you at Rainbow Bridge with all those that have gone before him. God Bless


I am very sorry to hear about Teddy's passing...please take comfort in knowing he did not die abandoned in some street...he died surrounded by love...the greatest gift of all!

Thank you for all you do and suffer for these little ones!

Everyone fell in love with Teddy. Each day I would await news on how was Teddy doing. I was so upset about the shape he was in when he came to you. How horrible. I am so grateful he found a momma and daddy to love him , I just wish he had more time. I know your hearts are breaking it is clear from your post how much you loved him. Thank you for taking in this sweet baby when you did.

I'm so sorry to hear of Teddy's passing!

We only know for certain what the past 2 months have been like for Teddy...filled with care and love; from you and his Vet staff. Great food, doggie friends and a great lap to sit on. I don't think a better life had been seen by him and I'm grateful that the last few weeks he had were spent with you and Alayne. What a true miracle!

He will be remembered and missed and continually....loved.

Peace to you sweet Teddy.

My heart is breaking. I have tears in my eyes. Teddy knows he was loved and wanted the last weeks of his life.

Dear Alayne and Steve,
We are so very sorry--Teddy was an adorable little guy! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Nancy and Buddy in NJ

He had the best home in the world and all that love for 10 weeks. You guys did the best job!!!! What a cutie he was!

Rest In Peace Little Man

I'm so very sorry for your loss. (and ours, too) Even thought we don't get to meet the animals, we care about and stay close via your blog. At least he knew he was loved and was around caring people and animals for a short while before his passing. He will be missed.

I am so, so sorry. This is a heartbreaker. At least he got to spend the last bit of his life with people who loved and cared for him.

OMG I cried..Poor wee Teddy such a cute wee man..I think he finally had perfection with a family who he knew could not have loved him more. May he go on to the rainbow bridge and dance and frolic with the other animals till we all meet our beloved pets again..Your blogs make me laugh and cry. Know that every day your comments touch the hearts of myself and my kids down here in New Zealand..Thank you both for loving and caring for these wonderful animals..Bless you both..

Gosh, am so SORRY!!! I have tears running down my face here at work while reading about adorable Teddy's unexpected death!! With your loving care, he was able to enjoy his days with you two!!!

Oh, I didn't need to read this today. My breath caught and my tears started to fall as soon as I saw your headline. I fell in love with Teddy the day you introduced him and I hoped that each day's blog was about him--some update or story about him. I am so glad that he felt so much love and comfort in his last few months, so much so that he showed you his spunk and attitude! Love is having a little doggie curled up in your lap, asleep.
In an earlier post, I said that I was voting in honor of Teddy; now I will continue voting in memory of Teddy. I hope he is playing over the Bridge with Spirit, the little Yorkie who first introduced me to RDR.
Teddy was loved by many and is now missed by many. Thanks to you and the vets for taking such good care of him these last weeks.
Teddy, you'll always be loved and you'll never be forgotten.

I am so sorry for your loss. Bless you for taking care of him.

Dear Alayne & Steve, I'm crying as I'm typing this...

I, too, believe it's just terribly unfair that Teddy was allowed such a short time in the place where, at long last, he had known love, good food, sunny days, new friends to play with, comfy beds & chairs to sleep on and excellent veterinary care.

Once again, I wonder how you can cope with such heartbreak...:-(°°°

I truly admire you.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

A huge hug to you both from Italy.

All my sympathies go to you and Alayne. You did so much for little Teddy! I am so sorry for your loss.

I am so, so sorry, Steve and Alayne. I loved that little dog through the computer and it just breaks my heart he is gone. I find comfort that he lived his last days knowing he was loved and safe and valued. And in the end, isn't that all any of us need? Steve, the honesty in your writing is such a gift to us readers. You are an outstanding teacher and I am always so greatful for how you explain things in detail. I am so thankful for everything you and Alayne do for the animals. It's time like this I am reminded that I need to send more donation money so the two of you can continue your amazing journey to help animals that others have given up on. I pray for God to bless you both and give you strength and comfort.

I'm sitting here, crying with you - and for you. SO sorry to read about little Teddy. SO glad to know that he was surrounded by love and knew he could go peacefully. Thank you for your faithfulness to these little ones. May God bless you and give you peace tonight and in the days ahead!

Well darn it. I just had a feeling before I checked it that your post for today was not going to be good news, so I put it off, guess I was right. Just take comfort in knowing that you gave little Teddy the best you could & that he was loved by not only you but all your followers. Who wouldn't love that scruffy little face? His last few weeks were probably his happiest thanks to you & Alayne. Bless you & again thanks for all you do.

Dear Alayne and Steve
Passing of Teddy leaves a heartache no one can heal; His love and grace leaves a memory no one can steal.
I am saddened by passing of much loved Teddy

Bless your hearts for the love and time you give these animals. Teddy is no exception. It was a blessing to him to have his time with you in the end, to be surrounded by love and caring at the time of his passing. Thank you for all you do and for loving dogs like Teddy when the rest of the world has walked out.

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