Giving A Second Chance To Homeless And Orphaned Animals
MEMORIAM - ASHLEY
PET PROTECTORS MOURNS
PET PROTECTORS MOURNS THE LOSS OF BEAUTIFUL AND LOVING ASHLEY
OUR FIRST RESCUE DOG
She was the driving force and start of PET PROTECTORS animal rescue. Ashley and many dogs like Ashley that are considered "never adoptable" have proved them all wrong.
Ashley - If only you could have talked and told us of your previous abuse and abandonment. I knew you were scared and just needed to have the time and patience to trust and love someone. I believed in you and you surely believed in me.
I knew that you could do it and I never had any doubt.
Others had little belief that you could be the warm, caring and loving pet you turned out to be and Linda and Mark helped you immensely. They gave you the chance that no one else was willing to do.
You had a wonderful life and I was lucky enough to be able to see and visit you throughout your many years of a wonderful, happy, unbelievable life. I thank God you were able to have all that and know that so many people loved you so much.
You lived with several other rescued dogs and accepted all of them in time. You even had a few "special dog buddies" you lived with - most importantly you had Linda and Mark's love and caring and you knew that from the first day you came to their home.
On Monday, November 30, 2009 you went to dog heaven and I still can't believe you are gone. I was able to see you and talk with you the day before you passed. Thank you Ashley for your never ending love and affection you gave to me from day one, and because of you, and all your encouragement and motivation you were a big reason for my starting Pet Protectors, and rescuing, saving and protecting so many other dogs like you that would never be given a second chance.
Diane Settani, Founder and President
THE SIMON FOUNDATION
THE SIMON FOUNDATION, LINDA AND MARK GREENBERG, MOURN THE LOSS OF THEIR PRECIOUS ASHLEY:
Fifteen years ago, responding to an ad in the paper stating, "ASHLEY Needs A Home For the Holidays", Linda had no idea what kind of dog Ashley would be. She just knew she was saving a dog from potentially being given away to the wrong people.
Ashley, who had suffered horrible neglect and abuse at the hands of her owners, was wild, frightened, and mean. She bit Mark the minute she met him, and several other people during those first few years. She was aggressive towards the other dogs, making life difficult since Mark and Linda had so many of them.
Ashley had an immense fear of confinement. Linda laughs when she tells the story of how they were sitting outside when Ashley came crashing through the window, glass flying everywhere because she didn't want to be locked up inside.
Those were some crazy times, but in the end Mark and Linda's efforts paid off. Ashley learned to feel safe, and once she did, she settled in as a loving member of the Greenberg family. It's success stories like Ashley's that makes us see how special Mark and Linda are. Most people would have deemed a dog like Ashley as "unadoptable". Shelters would have euthanized her. But Mark and Linda knew she was a good dog turned bad by horrors experienced at the hands of humans, and they accepted her for what she was, and patiently dedicated the time necessary to turn her around.
And turn around she did, living happily for 15 years in their home. Ashley was the epitome of what The Simon Foundation stands for, and she will be dearly missed by all of us.