After the news of Lucky’s passing emails began arriving. If you can believe it, these are just a sampling of what people had to say about him…
Every time I touch anything Paws & Hearts related, I think of Lucky – even if I catch a glimpse of the USB stick I use to copy the database back and forth to your office. When I visit the office, I see all the pictures of Lucky and I wonder how you can stand it. He was such a special little dog – with a heart bigger than many humans I’ve met.
I heard a young woman once ask a priest if her dog would be in heaven with her. His answer was that if when she arrived in heaven, the only thing that kept her from experiencing paradise was missing her dog, then, yes, the dog would be in heaven with her. Richard, Lucky is in heaven right now. I hope it’s many years before the two of you are reunited, but he will be there ready to greet you (and show you around the place). He’s a little doggie angel and will watch over you for the rest of your days.
My heart goes out to you and Scruffy. Lucky was the best dog ever. I know you will both miss him. The piece in the paper was so special. Lucky is in heaven with all my dogs and they are having the best time running and and playing. I know that it is not the same as having him with you and Scruffy, however he is very busy watching over you.
I hereby propose that the 2011 annual "Dog Walk" be dedicated to "Lucky" Waxman...
I just got back from my trip to Mexico and I am at a total loss for words on your recent loss. My heart goes out to you and may Lucky rest in peace and no one will ever forget Lucky. Much love coming your way in your loss.
Wanda & Barry + Raisin
I just wanted to let you know how much of an influence the pair of you and Lucky, and then later Scruffy had on my life. You all as a team gave me the gift of knowing how good it feels to volunteer and help other people smile and feel better.
I still have my Annie, but, its not quite the same now that she is retired. I am so sorry for your loss as I am having a bit of a hard time over Lucky's passing myself. Do the best you can, and know we are all pulling for you. Give Scruffy and big hug and kiss for me.
Lucky will be so very, very missed by so many, many people (of course including me). You of course, will miss him the most and Scruffy too will miss his “brother” in his own way.
Thank you for the email notice.
I am so sorry for your loss…….. I still remember the first day you came into Tish’s office with Lucky…..
What a special part of your life……I am sure he is in a VERY good place due to what he was able to accomplish while he was with you…..You will probably never know how many people he was able to touch and make feel better……
Good morning, Richard
I just heard about Lucky's passing. I know how much he meant to you and could see how much you loved him. I hope you take comfort in knowing that he gave joy to so many people in their time of need and helped many on their road to recovery. I'm sending you all my prayers through this difficult time.
Communications and Public Relations Specialist
Eisenhower Medical Center
I'm so saddened by the news about Lucky! I,too, felt he WAS Paws and Hearts. I'm out of town, now, and when I get back I would like to make a contribution in his name. I'm so sorry, Richard.
Please accept my heart felt condolences on your loss of a fine friend and companion. You and Lucky are in our thoughts. We wish you and all your ambassadors well. Keep up the good fight.
With Warm Regards,
I am so, so sorry and shocked to hear of the sudden passing of your beloved Lucky. Words cannot express how I feel – only that being a dog mom of wonderful boys myself, I can understand and sympathize with the grief and heartache you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with the soul of your little boy and with you and Scruffy.
Chief Program Officer
Desert Healthcare District
I'm so sorry for your loss. I can only begin to imagine how you must be feeling, as I dread the day I am in your circumstance. It was a beautiful obituary, well deserved, and a tear jerker. Thinking of you.
Bruce and Kinsey
We send our sincere condolences to you and Scruffy on the loss of your sweet Lucky. I heard that your boy had passed away when we were visiting the Carlotta this morning. Maddy and I drove to your office after our visit to extend our sympathies and were sorry we missed you.
Rest in Peace Lucky,
Sue & Maddy Taylor
I am so very sorry. It is said that our four legged children are the first to meet us at the gates of heaven and welcome us home. I have no doubt that Lucky will be there to greet you. It is never farewell but just good by for now.........
So sorry, Lucky was a true gentleman and an inspiration to all of his fellow volunteers. We will all miss his furry little face and happy bark.
Love to you and Scruffy.
Ann, Rey and Andy
I am soooo sorry to hear the news.
I too am speechless on what to say, from my own experience, loss is a toughy. The obituary is beautifully written. I hope you will find comfort in the good work he did and the memories of the many visits you both went on together over the years helping patients feel better. Please know I will be sending in a memorial donation.
Love you, Richard.
Desert Community Foundation
I was so sorry to hear about Lucky’s passing this week. I’m so sad for you and of course for all the patients who will never meet that precious pup. We’re sharing the news with staff at Eisenhower, so I know many, many kind thoughts will be sent your way.
Thinking of you,
Director, Marketing and Public Relations
Eisenhower Medical Center
I am so sorry. Lucky leaves a great legacy and some big pawprints to fill. How fortunate we were to know him.
You and Scruffy cling tight to each other.
There are not words to express my sadness over Lucky’s passing. I know from experience that there is nothing worse than losing one’s beloved pet. That Lucky changed so many lives during his own too brief life is little consolation, but it does help to know that he influenced so many people. Richard, my heart goes out to you. Know that you and Lucky remain in my heart.
I am so very sorry. I know losing your sweet Lucky is so hard - he was your buddy for so long. What joy he brought to so many.I send you my condolences...
I am so sorry to hear this news. There is no doubt that wherever and whatever dog heaven is, Lucky has a front-row seat there for all the wonderful work he did. May you be comforted, in time, by the beautiful memories of Lucky and all he did to help make the world a better place.
ohh Ricky i am so sorry, i wish i can take a little piece of that pain for you so you can feel a little better. you loved him fully and wonderfully, as best that can ever possibly be, and Lucky knows it and feels it now, and you will most definitely see him again and again.. I love all of you!
I'm so sorry that your sweet sweet Lucky is gone. He made a difference in the lives of so many of our cancer patients and so many people in our valley.
My heart is with you,