It is with great sadness that I have to report that Trooper has lost his fight and crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Jennifer Stacy Remeta and Shay Morris made the heartbreaking announcement on Facebook on February 19.
Abby's Animal Angels, the wonderful upstate rescue who fought so hard to save Trooper, posted a statement for those who have followed the little guy since he was found blind and half frozen in the cold in early January.
"We at Abby's Animal Angels are still struggling with the loss of Trooper, he was such a bright soul in an otherwise dreary world. But we are determined to continue our battle, and in memory of him to expand and help even more animals in need. At 12:42 this afternoon, while laying snuggled in a cherry red puppy bed, content in Shay's arms and enjoying the sunshine on his face, Trooper gave up his fight."
Trooper, who had been doing so well, had a setback over the weekend, and when Jennifer and Shay went to visit him at the vet Tuesday morning, they both knew he was dying.
They brought Trooper home so he could die in a peaceful setting. He was in the back yard, where he wagged his little tail and told them both he was going to a better place, and that he was ready to go.
Trooper died on Tuesday, after touching countless lives where he brought dog lovers nationwide together. Dogs freezing to death has unfortunately become the norm this winter.
Trooper was so fortunate to have known the love of not only those involved with Abby's Animal Angels, but those who followed his story through their Facebook page.
"Trooper was the toughest, most amazing little puppy we may ever have the privilege to have met. He brought hundreds of people together in prayer and shed light on our common goal to save the animals that the rest of the world gives up on."
Abby's Animal Angels has created a YouCaring page in memory of Trooper, where they hope to raise $15,000 to build a last chance sanctuary for the special needs dogs and cats they rescue. Abby's Animal Angels is well respected in upstate South Carolina, as they take on some very tragic cases.
Trooper, your legacy will live on. No one who heard your story will ever forget you. The Examiner articles describing the rescue of this miracle puppy are listed under suggested by the author.