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Jim adopt­ed Aug­gie Dog­gie, a Bea­gle Bas­set Mix, from Philadelphia’s Mor­ris Ani­mal Refuge.  Togeth­er, along with felines Mr. Bates and Ash­bury, they moved from a Philadel­phia row home to San Francisco’s Cas­tro Dis­trict. The menagerie com­plet­ed their lit­tle fam­i­ly when Jim and Diane were mar­ried at a loca­tion over­look­ing the Gold­en Gate Bridge. Togeth­er the blend­ed fam­i­ly cre­at­ed mem­o­rable moments.

Aug­gie Dog­gie loved rid­ing in the car and was Diane’s con­stant com­pan­ion accom­pa­ny­ing her on busi­ness calls and errands. Truth be told, Augggie Dog­gie had aban­don­ment issues and refused to stay home.  When Jim and Diane trav­eled out of town on busi­ness or vaca­tion Aug­gie Dog­gie went too.  Dog friend­ly hotels often had him list­ed in their guest data base. It was not unusu­al for room ser­vice to wel­come Aug­gie Dog­gie with a ground beef pat­ty in the shape of Mick­ey Mouse.

Jim and Aug­gie Dog­gie loved to take long walks; often tra­vers­ing steep city hills and wan­der­ing along paths over­look­ing the San Fran­cis­co Bay. It was on a walk through Dolores Park when Aug­gie tore his right ante­ri­or cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment. Surgery repaired the lig­a­ment and Jim dili­gent­ly fol­lowed up with phys­i­cal ther­a­py exer­cis­es to rehab the injured leg.

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Jim and Aug­gie Dog­gie were able to resume mod­i­fied walks; but eigh­teen months lat­er the left ACL rup­tured.  This time, surgery was not rec­om­mend­ed.  Aug­gie Dog­gie now had to be car­ried up steps, lift­ed into the car, and he could only walk short dis­tances.




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We bought a Radio Fly­er Red Wag­on and Jim returned to walk­ing the streets of San Fran­cis­co and pulling Aug­gie Dog­gie in the wag­on. Aug­gie Doggie’s lit­tle red wag­on became like his coat of arms – rec­og­nized by many.






Always a very engaged pooch Jim made fre­quent stops along his walk for Aug­gie to social­ize with his dog bud­dies and their peo­ple.  Aug­gie Dog­gie was a trea­sured mem­ber of our fam­i­ly.  He was 17 years old when he crossed the Rain­bow Bridge.

Jim and Diane have brought Aug­gie Doggie’s lega­cy full cir­cle by return­ing to Philadel­phia with Aug­gie Doggie’s Red Wag­on.  Our desire is to con­tin­ue to cre­ate new mem­o­ries by putting Aug­gie Doggie’s lit­tle red wag­on back into ser­vice by ini­ti­at­ing the first annu­al neigh­bor­hood Hap­py Howl-o-Ween pet food dona­tion event to help fill Philadelphia’s Red Paw Emer­gency Relief Team’s Wish List.

The Red Paw Emer­gency Relief Team is an emer­gency ser­vice, non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that assists pets dis­placed by fires and dis­as­ters in Philadel­phia, Bucks, Mont­gomery, Chester, and Delaware Coun­ties.

To read more about Red Paw Emer­gency Relief Team (Click here to vis­it web­site).