Tag: In Memory

Official Plans for “The Hoss Fund”

As many of you know, Hoss did not live to spend all the funds that were donated for his medical needs. At the time of his passing, after paying for his X-Rays, vet visits, euthanasia and cremation (his food and his giant foam bed were paid for by TASP and his foster family), the Hoss Fund contained enough money for TASP to keep the account open, to be officially turned into a memorial fund for giant breed (over 100lbs.) dogs in crisis. Since then, thanks to a generous donor angel who loves giants, the Hoss fund has continued its mission of helping XL dogs get the care they need to get healthy and safe.


Hoss was generous in size and in soul and his memory can be appropriately honored and immortalized through offering help to other giant dogs who, like him, need special assistance to prevent their suffering.

Anyone who wishes for their donations to be specifically applied to this purpose is welcome to do so through the Hoss Fund, by simply adding a note on their check, letter, Paypal or Givebutter donation, indicating it is for Hoss’s Fund.

As always, 100% of all donations will be applied to the animals, as we are a 100% volunteer organization. Thanks for caring about Hoss and for all the giants out there.

To date, The Hoss Fund has helped save NINE giant breed dogs: 214lb. Tinkerbell, big, beautiful Izza, service dog, Maia, Chief the giant GSD, King James the handsomest Cane Corso ever, Maybelline the Neopolitan Mastif, Buddy, the gentle giant Chocolate Lab mix, Blossom the sugar-pop English Mastiff, Noah the gentle-giant Golden Retriever. Some of these are owned dogs who came to us for help with veterinary care; others were brought into our Bright Futures foster and adoption program so they could receive the extra-special special TLC they needed to find their just-right home. We are happy to report ALL these generously proportioned canines are now Living Large with their families thanks to contributions made specifically to the Hoss Fund for Giant Breed Dogs! Wouldn’t Hoss be proud?

If giant dogs are a particular interest of yours and you wish for your donation to TASP to be applied specifically to the care and support of the bigguns, please just mark your check, Paypal or Givebutter donation, “Hoss Fund,” or just say it’s “For the Giants!”

Rosie’s Story

Hi, my name is Rosie.

TASP was honored to have cared for this wonderful little senior beagle, making the last chapter in her life as good as it could possibly be for her. After being struck by lightning in July of 2013 while tied to a steel cable in her former home’s yard, Rosie’s external injuries eventually healed. But the damage her kidneys suffered from the trauma could not be reversed and eventually claimed her on May 15, 2014.

Throughout those ten months, Rosie lived in TASP foster/hospice care with other animals and people who adored her. She never let her past inhibit her sense of joy for living or her gentle disposition toward everyone she met.  Every day, she enjoyed the best in veterinary care, wholesome food, and exercise. She had her own thermal beds around the house to keep her warm through the winter and in spring, she enjoyed hunting for bunnies under the shrubs in the yard with the other dogs.

Rosie’s last days were spent quietly enjoying the beautiful yard and the cozy trailer at George Kautz’s place, where she, Patches, and Buttons could peacefully take in all God and TASP could offer. We can only imagine the wonderful time she is having in the afterlife with all the wonderful people and animals already passed over the bridge, who surely greeted her upon her arrival.

Rosie in her foster home.

In memory of Rosie.