Frankie’s friends

As many of you know, we had to say good-bye to our fur-ever friend, Frankie, this summer.

13 years & 22 days with the world’s greatest dog.

So lucky, yes we were.

Smart and hilarious, I found him at the Humane Society. (More about his adoption here.) In his honor, we decided to pay it forward and sponsor the adoption of another lucky mutt.  He was all about sharing (especially food!) and I think he would have appreciated that.

Last week, still feeling the pinch of his absence, I received an email that made my heart smile.  Read on:

Dear Marilyn:

I wanted to let you know that Frankie’s memorial gift was used on a terrific family today 🙂  They adopted Penny – a 1.5 year old Pointer/Hound mix who has been with us since October 8.  The cool thing is that Penny joins their Golden Retriever, Sam, who was adopted from us in 2010.   The photo of the adopter, her son and the 2 dogs together is below.

Penny (L), her new brother, Sam and their family

Penny (L), her new brother, Sam (L) and their family

The adopter was so overwhelmed by your generous gift that she started to cry.  She couldn’t believe the kindness of you and your family and was even more touched because she just had to put her cat down last month.  She wanted to keep the generosity going so she made a donation to help more animals!

Thank you again to you and your amazing family!  It is truly an honor to be a part of your fantastic story!

On behalf of all of our animals,  we thank you!!!

Nicole C.,  Humane Society of West Michigan.

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We like to think of Penny and her brother, Sam, as “Frankie’s friends” and we’re happy to be part of their success story.

Ever had a “pay-it-forward” moment?  Please share!

 Well done, Mom!

Frankie would have approved 🙂

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26 thoughts on “Frankie’s friends

  1. Oh, I love this story, MJ. I can’t think of an immediate story except for our decision to donate the “cuy castle” we built for our Anderson to another family who is going to rescue some Andean guinea pigs. It’s just the right thing to do.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • Thank you, Kathy. I’m sure your cuy friend is very impressed with Anderson’s castle 🙂 You’re right, absolutely the right thing to do.

      Hugs to you in Ecuador !

  2. What a fantastic post to read this morning… Frankie is surely smiling down!

  3. Sniffling here. My paying it forward experience to date was being a Big Sister after being Little to an amazing future doctor. Your post makes me want to look for more opportunities and share hem with my son.

    • very nice, Deborah!

      I’ve learned that I get far more from giving than I do from getting so, on that note, I’m looking for more ways to give … 😉


  4. That is so wonderful! When I was working we would pay it forward to coworkers by paying for their coffee when they were in back of us in line. No matter what it is, the experience is especially great because it’s so unexpected. I posted about it here

    • Very nice; I have done that but never had it done for me! I loved your reading about your experience and yes, I loved that movie, too.

  5. This made me cry to. What a wonderful idea and great way to honor his memory. You’ve inspired me to do the same when the time comes.

    • Thank you, Leah. I’d go get another couple of pooches right now if I didn’t have the schedule I do .. just not fair for a new dog right now. Thanks for your kind words! MJ

  6. Touching MJ

  7. In the true honor of Thanksgiving…wonderful story and truly inspiring!

    • oh! Thank you, never thought about it like that. I am very grateful to have had a great experience with the Humane Society people and to have had a wonderful furry friend for 13+ years. Miss him every day.


  8. Love it! I’d never heard of or thought about doing a “pay it forward” in this arena of life. You have a big heart and inspire me. Thanks for sharing your life! DM

  9. Aw…..Frankie’s smiling down on you for doing this! So sweet!

  10. This is such an inspiring story. I have been looking to do “more” in some way. The rescue group that connected Lucy and me keeps coming to mind. Your story just affirms the fact that this is where my something more needs to go.

    • Sadly, the need never goes away… there are always lots of dogs and cats looking for fur-ever families. I’ve also donated dog toys and food; most groups have a wish list you can read up on, the HSWM has an Amazon page that makes fulfilling their “wish list” super easy!!


  11. Wonderful story! Paying it forward and examples of RAKs need to be shared. As I see Dianna’s comment above I remember a memorable post by her a while back about when MM surprised two elderly ladies…and Dianna… at DQ by springing for their ice cream.
    Years ago when D2’s camp had to be sold off and another was conceived to replace it, Rick bought a needed cabin to house future campers and keep the “Summer Dreams” alive. We’re not in a position to repeat that in our transitioning to retirement years, but I’m so glad he did when we could.
    Happy Thanksgiving, MJ.

    • it doesn’t take much to pay it forward — and the return is better than any gift I could ever get. 🙂

      Some of the $$ we gave was also used to pay for a Veteran’s dog adoption (no photo, though) and that made this patriot’s heart smile even more!! 🙂

      Loved that when you and Rick could do it .. you did. ‘Nuff said sister!

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,

  12. What a great legacy for Frankie.

  13. What a wonderful way to remember Frankie! I love paying forward, just warms your heart to think about helping someone who needed what you had to give! Good for you, and good for them! ~ Sheila

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