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Always In Our Hearts

Some of us have been fortunate enough to have a special dog as a friend at some point in our life. During their short lives, these gentle souls take root in our hearts and change us forever. This page is dedicated to the dogs we'll never forget and always miss. Donations to Catahoula Rescue, Inc. have been made in their memory so that others of their kind might also find that special someone. If you would like to remember a special friend, please Contact Us for details.

"If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again."

In Loving Remembrance
April 1990 - March 1999

Bulldog was his name, not his breed. Bull was a good ol' Texas cow dog from working stock. He was Catahoula and Black Mouth Cur, with some Shepherd thrown in. Bull knew more about life than I ever will, and all my rescue efforts are dedicated to his memory.

- Mary DuPont


From the time of her rescue, Gumbo has always held a special place in this world. Karen and Mike overcame many obstacles to bring Gumbo home and give her the life that she deserves and Gumbo never forgot. She was always the heart of the Deli pack. The look in her eye would automatically make people smile. She was even a model for a greeting card line bringing happiness and joy to people she never even met. She will always be missed but Karen and Mike will forever have that twinkle and sparkle in Gumbo’s eyes looking over their shoulders. She will always be with the pack...Karen, Mike, Gordy, Gabby, Groucho, Josie and of course Gumbo. We love you Gumbo!!


Louis was a sweet, fun dog, with a love for life and for our children. We lost him too soon. We, along with his brother Skipper, miss him dearly. We will never forget you, dear Louis. Thank you to Catahoula Rescue for all that you do.
The Layfield family


Here is a picture that we took on the 4th of July of Angie and my grandaughter, Laila. Angie loved children and was always so gentle around them. Angie touched a lot hearts in her short life and she will be greatly missed. She always gave so much more than she took. We want to thank you Mary, for all that you did to nurse her back to health so that we were able to have her in our life. She was very special to us and will never be forgotten. Angie, you left us way too soon. We would also like to thank all the people involved in Catahoula Rescue for all they do to save these dogs.
Thank you again, John, Sharon, and Dallas


When we first met Breezy she was a "poster girl" for the Washington Animal Rescue League in DC, having been rescued from Hurricane Charlie in Sarasota Florida--and she was in need of a home. We happily offered her that and she quickly claimed our hearts as well. Her journey with us was all too short and, after two surgeries and much struggling with what was diagnosed as cancer (hemangiosarcoma), we allowed her to take the road to the Bridge and her final rest. Our hearts go with you Breezy Girl. You're the best. God speed.
Carol, Ken and Rainy


"Aggie, April 23rd, 2009. The sweetest girl to ever grace our presence. We know that you are still sniffing, chasing squirrels and eating as much as you want! We will always remember your ladylike ways and your crossed paws, such a pretty girl. You were loved and will be missed." ~ Katie and Brian Rich


Dixie passed away on the third day of July, 2008 almost immediately after giving birth to her last litter. Dixie was a "rescue" of sorts ... she was orphaned herself, at three weeks of age near Camden, AR. Dec, 2001. When I first saw her I fell in love with her. There was just "something" about her. Dixie was a Catahoula /Blackmouth mix, with a little Bulldog thrown in. She was a hunter (she loved it), a sweetheart, a friend, a guardian, and a baby sitter. She was tough as nails and as gentle and affectionate as any dog I've ever known. With love and affection, Sam and Yeller.


It is with great sadness that I must say goodbye to Ryker. He has been a great companion and my best friend for 12 years. He has also been the most loyal dog I have ever had and during his 12 years with me he never left my side. Six months before he died he saved me from a rattlesnake bite that ultimately took his life. I will never forget what he did for me that day and regret that I could not do more for him. I will carry you in my heart forever Ryker. I miss you boy, but I will see you again someday...Kent Andersen


Ten years old and riddled with cancer, Kimmi was dumped in a cold concrete shelter and left to die. Her sweet face touched the heart of a Catahoula Rescue Angels and she was given a wonderful home to live out the rest of her life. She was given two weeks to live, but once there she blossomed, no longer on death's doorstep. Given a new life, Kimmi was renamed Hope.

"On December 8, 2006-one year, five months and eight days after Hope came into my life, I smiled through my tears as I laid my dear old friend to rest. Hope has taught me more about the power of love and life than any human ever could…." Barbara McGillicuddy

Beau Grady

Dear friends, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend, companion, and master squirrel hunter, Beau Grady (Spanogle). The toughest dog on the planet left us Tuesday night, after a long fight with osteosarcoma - most rounds of which, he won. Jax, Maggie, Chris, Bonnie, Earl and Tig will miss him very much. He's now in a place with no traffic, thunderstorms, or fences....Run fast, hound dog. Run fast.

In lieu of flowers, bones, or sympathy steaks, we'd prefer that you make a tax-deductible donation to Catahoula Rescue, and help another wonderful dog like Beau find a forever home. You can make a secure on-line donation by clicking on the PayPal link below or at www.catahoularescue.com or mail to: Catahoula Rescue, Inc, P.O. Box 58, Flatonia, TX 78941. Special thanks to Mary D. for her tireless efforts in helping Beau and other Catahoulas across the country. Bow Wow! Love,Bonnie and Chris


" It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Lisa A.'s Echo. She was a true and loyal friend to Lisa and her family for a great many years and the inspiration for Lisa's artwork, including the Bellamy Brother's T-shirts above and numerous other pieces, to raise money for rescue. She was and always will be the original Modelhoula, a great spokesdog for the Catahoula breed as a whole and especially those in need. Goodbye old friend and thank you for all you have given us, your legacy will live on in the countless Catahoulas you have helped save. You are now free of pain and old age, to run and play at the rainbow bridge.


"Big stick lover, rock carrier, elk chaser. Thank you for all the lives you touched in eight years. Now, run free, chase wallabies and howl all you want. Caleb, we love you! With loving memories, your pack and family."  David Huhn


Pinky, my first Catahoula. Deaf, sweet, and a wonderful friend, we lost her last August after 9 years. Her inability to hear never got in the way of her ability to love her family...  Rick Zand

Juma Lobell

In loving memory of Margie's Juma,
from her friend Carol Weiner.


In memory of our beloved Reilly. He needed more than we could give or get for him. He is at peace and in the loving hands of Our Lord. We know Reilly will be there to greet us when our time comes. Happy Days! Rei, Rei. We Love You!
Patti Ayers and family


For Renee, in loving memory of Whiskey.

PRESSY     &            INKY

1998 - 2005
Two sisters, always together; now they wait at the bridge for Pat and Karen.


1989 - 2005
Impetus for the Westminster Dog Park (Venice, CA) and Dockweiler Dog Beach

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