Ivy Rose was Laura's first dog on her own. Ivy was born on the streets of Albuquerque, NM and once found, was sent to the Boulder Humane Society in Colorado in August of 2007. Laura adopted her on August 16th, 2007 and the journey began! Since Laura wanted the best for Ivy, she started researching as much as she could, and got a lot of hands on experience too! All this research and experience pointed her towards natural and organic living. When trying to determine a new farm name after moving back to Georgia, Laura wanted a name that would have meaning forever and no matter if they moved, the name would be meaningful and could travel with them. And so, Ivy Rose Farm was created.
Ivy Rose was a very special dog. Her and Laura's spirits and energy were always aligned and interwoven. Below you can read Laura's messages about Ivy in the days after her death.
"My heart has been ripped from my chest. My soul lost a piece of itself. On Monday, July 1st, 2019 - my sweet girl, my everything, the love of my life, my first child, my whole life, my Ivy Rose - left this world and moved onto her next life. There has never been a dog like Ivy, and I doubt I’ll find one again like her. For those that knew her, you know how special she was and how strong our bond was - we were synced from the start. For months now I had a gut feeling the end was coming. It turns out she had - a type of cancer that is not preventable, hard to diagnose in time to prepare, genetic, and even any treatment would not have been able to save her fully from succumbing to the tumors. She died in my arms surrounded by loved ones and out in the sunshine.
She was a free spirit. She loved to sunbathe even on 90 degree days. She was a great rock climber and loved to lay down in water (but only swam if I asked her too - and she always would for me). She spent many nights howling away, singing her song. Her howl and barks were piercing but I loved them. I’ll miss them. As a puppy she came to every class with me - no one ever believed how young she was with how well she behaved. She went to so many classes, they let her walk with me for my sociology graduation. She was such a chill dog, unless of course there was another dog around that she didn’t like. She helped “raise” countless puppies, teaching them the ropes. She and I were together as much as possible. I wish she could have come with me when I traveled around the world. Instead we traveled around the country whenever I could bring her.
She loved to play and roll around in snow, but only if it wasn’t too cold out. She also loved to roll around in the grass. She loved to roll period. Especially in stinky things. That was her favorite! She used to watch the world go by out the window for hours. Chasing squirrels was one of her favorite pastimes. Being together made us both feel complete. She was as fast as the wind, and still barely showed her age in the end. No dog could keep up with her. She loved to play chase. When she was outside - she was in her element. I’m happy that many of her last days were spent outside. What I would give for just one more day...
She always knew when someone needed cheering up or wasn’t feeling well. She was a weirdo, so we were a perfect pair. She loved to go on hikes or curl up on the couch. We snuggled every single night. I never left the house without giving her a kiss. It’s going to be rough for me for the rest of my life. I’ll carry her spirit and I know she has been reborn somewhere, I hope I get to cross paths with her again. She was there for me through it all, and I was there for her. I will see her in everything I do and everywhere I go. I named my farm after her, so I will have a daily reminder of my beautiful girl.
She was so photogenic. I’m happy I took a billion photos of her over the years. I had hoped she would live to 20, at the very least I expected a few more years with her. These last 12 years she was my sole purpose in life, my partner, my best friend, and my child. She leaves behind our other dogs and animals to help fill this massive hole in my heart. Though I know it will never be fully filled, I’ll continue to pour my love into my other animals. I’ll channel her vibes from beyond.
She had a lot of people in and out of her life. But for the last 6 years Bernie was her dad. She loved him and he loved her - and I love how much of a bond they developed too.
She was fed the best of the best from the start and was given supplements galore. I’m confident, and so are the vets, that because of how I fed and cared for her, she lasted this long. Based on her symptoms I think she kept these tumors at bay for almost two years possibly.
The day she left us, she sent me a double rainbow and a fiery sunset. My baby girl is no longer in pain. She was actually born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. So it is full circle that she died in Chama, New Mexico. Life works in mysterious ways and everything happens for a reason - even if we can’t see it right in the moment.
I’m still in complete shock. I’m devastated. I’m heartbroken. I am also thankful I could be there for her last moments. I am thankful for everything she gave me over the years. I am so grateful that I chose to look at her that August 16th, 2007 at the Humane Society - she was my 3rd pick for the dogs I wanted to visit with. Once I met her though our fate was sealed. She was mine and I was hers.
If anyone has old photos or videos, please share them with me. I would be forever thankful ❤️🙏
My little dew dew, doodoo head, faceface, my ball of dew, my velveteen rabbit, my aliendew, my Miss Ivy Rose. I love you with every fiber of my being."
-Laura Labovitz, Facebook Post, July 3rd, 2019
Ivy had the best facial expressions!
The double rainbow and sunset the night of Ivy's passing
Ivy had some intense eyes! Always felt like she was staring into your soul.
Our grief is just our love spilling out trying to find a place to go.