Andy Brown Obituary, Death – We’re deeply saddened to share the unexpected passing of our longtime volunteer and devoted multi-dog adopter, Andy Brown. This news has hit us all with great shock and sadness. Andy’s journey with us began when we first crossed paths at Pets at Home in Christchurch, where he was accompanied by his beloved shaggy white shepherd, Ellie. Once Andy opened up, he became a regular at our events, always ready to lend a hand.
Andy’s big heart led him to adopt two white shepherds from our rescue, Sherman and Crazy Legs Michia. His calm and soothing demeanor made him the perfect companion for these dogs, and they quickly became inseparable, enjoying their time at the Muscliff pad. Later on, Andy added Feeny to his pack, a faithful companion who accompanied him everywhere, whether they were tracking, attending shepherd school, or sharing a simple meal.
Throughout the years, Andy was a constant pillar of support as our rescue evolved. He witnessed and actively contributed to the transition from kennels to our headquarters (or as Andy called it, “HQ”). His dedication was unwavering, from helping with renovations, including ceiling removal, floor excavation, concrete mixing, and tiling. Although his stint as a dumper driver was short-lived, his willingness to tackle any task never wavered.
Andy’s inquisitive nature, particularly regarding dogs and their behavior, was a defining trait. He was known for initiating conversations with his favorite phrase, “Here’s a question for you.” His social media exchanges were brief but direct, often featuring phrases like “What’s the job,” “Right-e-o,” or “FYI.” While some dubbed him “miserable Andy” due to his sardonic humor and grumpy exterior, those who knew him understood the golden heart beneath. Andy’s true love was reserved for his four-legged companions, and he had a deep and abiding affection for the dogs in our care. Andy’s presence will be sorely missed, and his legacy of compassion and dedication to our cause will live on in the hearts of all who knew him.