A Tribute to Atlas

For anyone that’s had the pleasure of meeting Atlas knows that he was truly an exceptional boy. From being found on the streets of Florida with some burn marks, he already proved to us then and there that he was a survivor. Atlas made his way to Connecticut and eventually became a part of the OC family. With a series of serious medical issues, he was one of the lucky dogs to move in at the Sanctuary. Yet, we believe we were the lucky ones to have been a part of such a special life.

There were a lot of ups and downs with Atlas’s health, and there were many times staff were left with more questions than answers. Throughout everything, Atlas always had the biggest smile on his face. He was the gentlest, patient, and most loving dog that deserved the world and more. Yet, Atlas was the type of dog to be simply happy with a belly full of food and a comfy couch to snooze on!

Both OC staff and Sanctuary dog volunteers worked together to help our boy feel healthy and loved during the two years he was at the Sanctuary. Atlas’s perseverance and tenacity to fight each health battle gave us hope and motivation to find the light at the end of the tunnel.

That light finally came when he went on a “permanent sleepover” with our vet. She knew Atlas very well and his extensive medical needs. Being with a loving family in a stable home filled the last piece of the puzzle for this love bug.

During his time at the Sanctuary, Atlas was never short on friends, adventures, or naps! Atlas always had a smile on his face and never failed to put a smile on anyone he met!

Over the past two years, Atlas helped us celebrate many holidays and was the perfect model for all of our photo shoots! Though the news of his passing wasn’t easy, knowing that he spent his last few months in a home with a family that loved him dearly brings a special kind of comfort to our hearts.

Thankfully, his family wanted to honor the life of Atlas with his OC family. We held a small ceremony at the Sanctuary where friends and family shared memories and laughs we had with this gentle giant. One by one we spread his ashes over the pond where he’ll always be a part of the Sanctuary, the organization, and our mission to help those in need.


  1. janice levett on October 14, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    thank you OC for a beautiful ending for Atlas, great story.

  2. Joan Brodeur on October 14, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Very touching. Thank God for Our Companions.

    • JoAnn & Bruce on October 15, 2019 at 2:07 am

      Oh, sweet Atlas. I didn’t know you but seeing your beautiful face in these pictures touches my heart. You were a blessing to the humans atound you. I know you are running with joy at Rainbow Bridge. Thank you for touching the lives you left behind. And thank you OC for caring. Blessings, love, & light to all!

    • Suzanne Carlson on October 15, 2019 at 10:41 am

      What a great story. Atlas touched so many lives. Thank you for putting a smile on my face.


  3. Sue Jacobs-Lariviere on October 14, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Reading Atlas’ story brings to mind my boy Jasper and his passing a year ago. Like Atlas, Jasper had many health issues, but always made you smile. Hopefully this quote that I keep taped to my laptop will help with the healing.
    Happiness makes up for in height what it lacks in length. – Robert Frost

  4. Carole Brunell on October 14, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you OC for never giving up on him. He obviously never gave up on himself either. So happy he lived his last few years knowing love and getting all the care he needed. You guys ROCK!

  5. June Day on October 19, 2019 at 12:15 am

    Beautiful touching story. I know the pain of losing a furry companion that has touched your heart. No matter how old or how sick or how handicapped, you still grieve and they remain in your heart forever.
    Beautiful tribute to a very special canine.