At Marty’s Place, we provide senior dogs with a meaningful quality of life for as long as they are with us. Over a few months or many, a year or several, residents become friends, family members. They bond with each other and with their human caretakers - the dedicated staff and volunteers who feed, walk, snuggle with and care for them. Losing friends is an inevitable part of this endeavor, and while there is grief and sadness when it comes time to say goodbye, there is also comfort in knowing we have done our best to provide loving care for these members of our family.
Chloey, one of our long-term residents, was nothing short of a miracle girl with the strength of a lioness. She was our queen of the east wing surrounded by her stash of stuffed toys.
Rocky was a 6 lb Yorkie who loved sitting on someone’s lap, getting treats and roaming around in our yard.
Bobbi came to us when his elderly owner could no longer care for him. He arrived to Marty’s with dermatitis and lower airway disease. Bobbi loved to snuggle and lay in your arms. He warmed up to all of his fellow residents and quickly made himself right at home.
Boomer, our lovable 12 -year old Beagle joined our family in May 2018. This sweet boy had been through two transitions before coming to Marty’s Place. Boomer loved mealtime and when he got excited about food or seeing his friends he'd break into a howl! Boomer will be missed by all.
Bo Handsome came to us from the mid-west at 9 years old. Bo had a hard life. From a shelter he made his way to NJ and eventually to Marty’s Place. He enjoyed ice cream, but loved swimming even more. His exercise routine, along with pain medication helped through the years with his degenerative disc disease and orthopedic issues.
11 year old Buddy was our gentle giant. From the time of his arrival he had a larger than life presence. He loved his mid-day peanut butter snacks, sofas, walks with his best buds, and lots of kisses. He was a gentle yet forceful soul with tremendous magnetism.
One of our original residents at Marty's, Morgan loved to be in the center of attention, but watching it from the comfort from her soft, cozy bed.
Sasha was a sweet, gentle girl who liked to quietly walk around the sanctuary visiting all of our other residents. Her favorite things were chicken, ham and cheese.
Gracie was only with us for a short time, but in that time everyone fell in love with her. She was a sweet, quiet little girl who loved to snuggle up in your arms.
Ralphie was an 11 year old Maltese who was blind and deaf. He was a little guy with a big appetite and loved hanging out in the family room with his friends...on the big bed.
Mugsey was a 15 year old pug. He was an energizer bunny that loved being held and would follow anyone around for food. He loved food and loved his BFF, Morgan even more.
To know Kosmo was to love those ears! But perhaps deeper than that, it was his soulful nature. He owned any space or room he occupied, but also welcomed and shared with everyone, human and canine alike. He became a helper dog and had a look that conveyed - whatever it is you're dealing with - all will be well. He was a resilient boy bouncing back valiantly from a few health issues, but it was now time for him to rest. We are thankful for the time he was with us, the joy and laughter he brought us with his antics and impish grin, and we are especially grateful to everyone that provided him with friendship and loving care.
Teaker was an 11 year old Labrador mix. He was a big presence at Marty's and loved to hang out with all the other dogs in the family room. Teaker was adopted from Marty's by a wonderful family who gave him a loving home in his final days. Everyone was very sad at the passing of Teaker, but happy to know he spent his final days in his own home with his family.
Kato was a pint-sized powerhouse of grit and grousiness. But hold him in your arms and he would melt into a peaceful sleep. He had several health issues including cancer. We know Kato is now reunited with both Shady and Zeus and will enjoy the comfort of being back with his best buds and free from pain.
Cali joined us in August 2016 when she was 9. She was a gentle sweetheart who could always be found sitting quietly in the living room on her favorite bed taking in all the hugs she could get. Diagnosed with cancer, we were committed to giving Cali a great quality of life for as long as she was comfortable.
We will remember Blondie as a big teddy bear. She filled a room with her personality and endeared herself to staff and volunteers alike. She enjoyed her walks with other dogs. Her favorite activity was snuggling next to a person, rolling on her back and asking for a belly rub, to which everyone was happy to give her.
Shady came to us in May 2017, with his buddy Kato. He had cataracts and dry eye and suffered from arthritis. But with the right medications and pain management, Shady enjoyed his time of relaxation at Marty’s Place. Shady hated baths, but loved treats. His little furry face will be missed at Marty’s.
Louie joined our family in July 2016 at the age of 9 ½. He was a giant in size, personality & presence. He loved very simple things - his treat ball, walks with volunteers, neck rubs. He was a protector & educator. He loved his job as house greeter & anyone who entered the front door had to go through Louie first. You could often find Louie walking the hallways of the sanctuary and attending meetings in the conference room. We are grateful that Louie found his way to us, and while we will miss him greatly, we will celebrate the joy that he brought to all.
Zeus, a large, sweet, 12-year-old Rottweiler came to us clearly feeling his age. He had his quirks and preferences, as any dog does, but he got along well with his canine and human companions, and was usually willing to go on walks. Of course, if he didn’t want to go in a certain direction, you couldn’t convince him otherwise. Some might call that being stubborn, but we came to see it as Zeus knowing his own mind - which he most certainly did.
10-year-old Moochie, a large yellow lab, and his brother Teaker, came to us when their owner passed away. The boys had spent their whole lives together, and no family member could take them both, so our Sanctuary was a good choice for them. We knew our time with him would be short, but our mission was to ensure he was loved, cared for, and kept as comfortable as possible. In the few months that followed, everyone at Marty’s Place came to love him and appreciate his big personality.
Bear, a 12-year-old Rottweiler, was not accustomed to socializing with a broad range of people or animals and needed to get used to having new people around him. So our volunteers read to him. Although Bear had never seemed to like being with our other dogs, during the last few months he was with us, he found his canine friends in Buster and Morgan, a pug. Whether all three were lying together on a bed or Buster was walking over Bear to get through a doorway, it was heartwarming to see them together.
One of our first residents was a sweet beagle named Casey, who arrived with her lifetime companion and fellow beagle, Quincy. Casey had a special friend in Steve, who, at 88, was happy to walk her at her own pace and have her snooze on his lap while he watched football. Steve and Casey are remembered with love by all of us at the Sanctuary.
Buster, a Pug/Chihuahua mix, was already 14 years old when he arrived, quickly befriending his fellow residents and capturing the heart of every person he met. He was beyond pleasantly plump at that point, and had a tough time getting around - although that didn’t stop him from following our volunteers from place to place, wanting to be a part of everything! He enjoyed resting - quietly in the comfort of his room or under the shade tree in the yard outside. Ultimately, he let us know it was time to let him go.
Jessie, a beautiful golden retriever/chow mix, was with us only a short period of time. At an amazing 17 years of age, she demonstrated her resiliency on a daily basis. She enjoyed her walks around the building and got her morning exercise walking back and forth in the east wing corridor. Her mobility became limited as her neurological deficits increased, but she was happy being around people. Our staff and volunteers showered Jessie with attention and love during her time at Marty’s Place.
Ace came from a life of hardship -never having had a real home - and with the added challenge of being deaf. Ace was full of life, and he certainly knew how to fill up a room with his personality. Everyone at the sanctuary, staff and volunteers alike, embraced Ace and wanted to help him have a great quality of life. His presence is greatly missed, but we know his spirit will always be with us.
Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary® provides a safe, loving and protected environment for senior dogs that do not have homes.