In loving memory of Marilyn Doudt
Marilyn K. Doudt, 54, passed away
I am not sure whom to blame for getting Marilyn involved in Airedale Rescue. Becky Preston adopted Penny to Marilyn and Don. Penny was a very difficult-to-place female Airedale that had real aggression problems. Penny's life was transformed by the love and attention Marilyn and Don provided.
When I was still in Texas and desperate for help with rescue, Becky gave me Marilyn's name. That was the beginning of our friendship and the addition of a most devoted, caring individual to Airedale Rescue. Marilyn always put the welfare of the dog first. But she was more to me than a rescue comrade. On the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer Marilyn was the first person I called. I knew she had been down this road and would understand. She was a constant, loving source of support.
What Marilyn said about Penny when she crossed the Rainbow Bridge applies to Marilyn as well. Marilyn said:
"We will miss our baby aka Princess Penny, but know she is no longer suffering or in pain. Penny put up a courageous fight, but in the end couldn't fight the infection that was in her lungs.
Goodbye Princess. We miss you and know there will never be another one like you."
Marilyn had been fighting the spread of cancer for a long time. But she continued to help Airedales despite all the tests, clinical trials, the pain and the medication side effects. Her Airedale like tenacity had her fighting the disease with all her might. Marilyn displayed incredible courage in the face of a devastating illness and she set a magnificent example to anyone facing life-threatening illness.
Marilyn, like Penny her beloved Airedale, put up a courageous fight. Her devotion to Airedales in need was unparalleled and she will be missed throughout the rescue community but particularly by those of us whose lives she touched.
Dorothy Dunn Duff
Marilyn was an incredible and unique lady. That feisty little gal had an energy level that was only exceeded by her passion for the mission of Airedale Rescue. She always went to whatever measures were necessary to protect the sick , needy , homeless and abandoned dogs that found their way into Airedale Rescue. She felt personally responsible for them and always ensured that each and every one of them was properly taken care of from the moment they came into Rescue until the time they were placed in their forever homes. I always was amazed how so many of these dogs would be placed in the perfect home for both the family and the dog. She had a real talent for facilitating that perfect match. The evidence of this was the extremely low percentage of dogs that had to come back to Rescue because of a family / dog pairing that did not work. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to have Marilyn as a dear friend and will miss her as I am sure many others will also.
Read more tributes at the Online Memorial for Marilyn.
|Thank you to the following for Donations to National Airedale Rescue, Inc., in Memory of Marilyn Doudt
If you would like to make a donation to National Airedale Rescue, Inc., in Marilyn's memory,
you can use your credit card or PayPal account by going to our donate page.
You can send a check to:
| National Airedale Rescue
c/o Rusty LaFrance, Treasurer
8524 Maggie Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89143
You can make a donation in Marilyn's memory to:
Cancer Foundation For Life
Tyler, TX 75711
Dr. Osborne, Marilyn's oncologist, is doing research with this group to determine how exercise impacts breast cancer.
Click here to find out how.
Each year several hundred Airedales find their way into rescue and begin new lives. Because of the generous support of donors like you, National Airedale Rescue, Inc. is able to assist with the financial needs of Airedale rescue organizations throughout the United States and Canada each year so these great dogs continue to find loving homes. We appreciate your donations!