SylviaRest in Peace our little angel.

Our hearts are breaking at Gateway Pet Guardians today.  Sylvia got hit by a car yesterday.  It took me awhile to figure out that she actually had passed away, that she was really gone.  Sylvia was one of the dogs living on the streets in East St. Louis.  PJ & Gateway Pet Guardians goes every single morning to feed these dogs and take them in as we get fosters.  Sylvia was very skittish and we had attempted to rescue her once, but her boyfriend, a black, scruffy looking pit bull had gone in the trap before her.  She wouldn’t get anywhere near the trap that day and there were several other dogs that would.  It is either triage or chance, or determination that determines rescues.  If a dog is injured, we take them.  If the dog jumps in the car, we take them.  If they are puppies we take them.  The others require carefully planned rescues, and many multiple attempts.  They are very skittish around people.  I just want to mention Sylvia, as she represents so many of the “forgotten” animals living on the streets.  She was/is a complete angel and we are all heartbroken that she left us before we were able to rescue her.  Her scruffy looking boyfriend is a gentle giant.  He looks rough around the edges, but is a total lover and lets kids and other animals climb all over him.

Sylvia did leave behind 3 very little puppies that PJ was able to find.  They were under a porch so she crawled under, grabbed all 3, and tried to avoid all of the nails and ambiguous debris while finding her way out.   They look like a cross between Sylvia and Ronnie, so we know they will be very gentle and full of love.  Please consider giving her man, Ronnie, a forever home.  I have never seen a dog so docile.  And please keep her 3 puppies in your heart.  While they currently have a foster, we will be looking for “forever” homes in a little more than a month.

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.”

~ His Holiness The Dalai Lama