Tribute from Dixie’s Mom:

Why Did I Choose Dixie?She needed a home. She was an older dog and generally, people prefer younger dogs. She had been discarded in favor of a human female. Her past loyalty didn’t count,and she became an inconvenience.

Unlike her previous owner, I wanted an older dog in need that no one else wanted. In essence, Dixie needed a  home, and I needed Dixie.

I am a Hospice volunteer and believe in the benefits of animal therapy with patients. Some patients have separated from their pets because of their hospitalization . Other patients have lost their beloved pets due to illness and subsequent death.Dixie bridged this gap and became a great candidate for therapy dog certification. She knew what it was like to need love and had the innate ability to love all. She found a special bond with my  6 year old granddaughter Mae, who came in from Colorado when Dixie had and passed her TDI test. Also present for this big day was my brother Butch, who she would always meet at the door and know she was in for biscuits galore!

Dixie bonded with Gracie, my other Golden, sharing a love of tennis balls, biscuits and cuddles during the evening.She was an eager to please companion who followed me throughout the house, always wanting to be close. I shall miss her and her unconditional love.

I tried so hard to get rid of the ugly cancer that claimed her life.  I thank Dr Heidi Gordon for all her help, support and efforts.Dixie will always have a part of my heart !

Rest in peace Dixie until we meet again!
Nancy Burnham Family

Sister Gracie misses her friend

Memorials for Dixie:
MAGRR Board of Directors



Blessing of the Animals – 10/1/16
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Dixie (l) and Sister Gracie at Blessing

Dear Lord, please open your gates
and call St. Francis
to come escort this beloved companion
across the Rainbow Bridge.

Assign her to a place of honor,
for she has been a faithful servant
and has always done her best to please me.

Bless the hands that send her to you,
for they are doing so in love and compassion,
freeing her from pain and suffering.

Grant me the strength not to dwell on my loss.
Help me remember the details of her life
with the love she has shown me.
And grant me the courage to honor her
by sharing those memories with others.

Let her remember me as well
and let her know that I will always love her.
And when it’s my time to pass over into your paradise,
please allow her to accompany those
who will bring me home.

Thank you, Lord,
for the gift of her companionship
and for the time we’ve had together.

And thank you, Lord,
for granting me the strength
to give her to you now.


Brandy Duckworth, 1998