DEBO - At Rainbow Bridge the 3/31/07
Debo was picked up in NYC by one of our great volunteers, Sharon and
transported to CT where he was going to stay
the night and then continue on his way to his new foster home in VT the next day. Unfortunately that evening, Debo
passed away. We suspect that it may have been renal failure as a result of tainted dog food, but cannot be certain.
BAR would like to pay tribute to Debo. Here are a few comments from those who had the pleasure of meeting him
and from his surrendering mom:
From Gary: Debo's over night hostess called me at 8:30 tonight and
told me that Debo was having labored breathing and was not sure what to do.
As we were speaking and deciding what to do, she said he was starting to relax a bit and appeared to be getting a bit better. She did call her
emergency vet and told him what was going on, he suggested to give the dog something to relax him...he suggested some benedryl and did not
feel that he needed to see Debo at that time.
Rayna: Just wanted to let you know that Debo was laid to rest this
morning. We buried him in a field behind our house. My 5 year old
was having trouble comprehending the fact that Debo wasn't ours, and he didn't want to pass him over to the vet without being able to get his
remains back. So he's buried near our beloved dog "Casey."
Jenifer (owner surrender): I am so sorry to hear about Debo's passing. We are all so shocked
and distraught, as we know you are devastated.
Please know that you were doing the right thing by releasing him to BAR. When I read your surrender form, it was very obvious that he was
very loved by you. Even though you weren't with him the last couple of hours, please know that he was loved by the Bishop's. You probably
have learned that they have placed him next to their beloved dog on their property. Even though BAR has known Debo for only a few hours, he
has touched all of our hearts forever. We believe in the Rainbow Bridge and some day you will see him waiting for you and you will cross the
bridge together...He knew you loved him so much! I hope that you can find comfort in that. Please take care of yourself and know that we are
all thinking of you. Sincerely, Gail DeGraff, Director of Adoptions, BAR
I want to thank you and every single person in your group. Once someone told me that people can be angels when they help each other and I know
you are angels. You helped me and Debo and did it selflessly. I was feeling so desperate and you came through for us.
I know that it was Debo's time to go, though it is hard to avoid pangs of guilt. I just know, though, that everything happens for a reason. It means
so much to me that he spent his last afternoon with children and good people who understand boxers and could see his beauty inside and out.
I know that everyone helped to make his final day a good one. I am sorry that the kids will be sad, having just met Debo. I stayed home from work
on Friday and spent time with him, and on Saturday morning we had a great game of fetch in Central Park.
I am holding on to the idea of the Rainbow Bridge and I will be looking for him when I get there. I know that I will never have such a good friend as
long as I live.
I have taken comfort when people from your group have told me that I did the right thing. Your network is
such an important thing. Please tell everyone I am so grateful for their help and support and love for Debo.
I want to thank you specifically for listening and talking to me with empathy on that day when I first told you about my situation, and for your
I don't feel alone with Debo's passing and I feel your group's support tonight like a hug. You are really special people. Thank you so much, Jenifer