We adopted Token from Echo Dogs in December of 2006. She was being fostered in Pennsylvania by Kathy Miller. We saw Token online and fell in love with her immediately. She was caravanned across the country by a very dedicated group of volunteers who wanted to make sure she was with us for Christmas.
Token was almost completely deaf and for the first few weeks it seemed as though she was always waiting to be moved along to the next place. After about 5-6 weeks she realized she was with us to stay and jumped in with all four paws! We used to laugh and call her our "rags to riches" rescue! She quickly bonded with our other shepherd Keira and they became inseparable. It seemed as though Keira knew Token could not hear and would always look out for her.
Token came to love lazy summer Sundays hanging out in the backyard while we grilled, taking out the trash with Dad on Wednesday mornings, the dog beach in Michigan and lots of car rides! She loved to be hugged and cuddled and got plenty of it!
For some reason she LOVED bread and somehow knew whenever we took it out, she of course always got a slice! Token had the gentlest personality of any dog I’ve ever known. She was kind, loving, protective, playful and gave her love to us unconditionally.
Token developed bladder cancer in July 2009 and despite all of our efforts and her grace and courage we lost the battle on October 31, 2009.
Token taught all of us never to give up...even when the odds are stacked against you. She allowed us the opportunity to show her that humans really can be loving and gentle.
We had her for such a short time. We hope in that time she understood the true meaning of love and family. We take comfort in knowing that she’s pain free, fully restored, and will wait until we can all be together again.
I hope in sharing our joy and sorrow more people will take the leap of faith we did in rescuing one of these deserving and amazing dogs! Echo Dogs you did a great job in rescuing her and giving her an opportunity to find a real family and we could not be more grateful for your organization.
With Kindest Regards,
The Murphy Family
Elk Grove Village, IL