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Just this side of Heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they miss someone very special to them; who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.......

Our Beloved Sadie

Image Our Beloved Sadie Sadie was a Pitt Bull, sweet, gentle, loving and full of energy. She loved running for the throw of a ball. Sadie was only 4 when we found out she had cancer. Too short of a life, we miss her terribly. Pitt Bull's are wonderful, loving dogs. :) Thank you for letting me share this fantastic breed. :)

My Best Buddies

Image My Best Buddies Cats Willie and Chessie each came to me at the tender age of 5 days, about a year apart. I was President of the Williamsburg SPCA back then and I took these fragile little beings home to care for them on formula. They both won places in my heart and lived with me for more than sixteen years. I couldn't have asked for two more loyal and loving friends and so, at their end, I was relieved to be able to euthanize them gently and humanely and witness their departure from this world. I feel blessed to have known them both. Dr. Ellen

Everyone loved Toby!

Image Everyone loved Toby! Toby came in my life in 1994, as a cute 7 week old kitten, and has slept in my bed with me ever since. We had a communication that no other animal has, and if I didn't understand what his "meow" meant, I could tell him to "show me" and he would walk me over to what he wanted. Everyone who has ever been to my house has fallen in love with Toby Tobers, as I called him. Cancer took you from me way too soon but I hope to see your adorable face greet me at the pearly gates someday. There will never be another cat like you.

We'll always love you

Image We'll always love you You were the most love it dog, patient, brilliant and kind that we ever had. Your lost has touched us all in the deepest way ever imaginable. She was 4 month old when we got her and since that she grew in our hearts as fast as air. She was love for all our family and everybody that came here, she was a really special dog and in her eyes you could see her kindness of heart. She always helped us in our trouble times with a lovely cuddle or a big kiss. She was lost on Aug 31st from cancer. We lost her in two weeks from discovering her illness. She started coughing very strangely for a few days and when I took her to the Vet she had a mass on her left lung, two days later we arranged a surgery for Sept 1st, the day before the surgery when I woke up she was having problems breathing and when I took her to the Vet she had metastasis. There was no hope at that point so I had to put her to sleep. Since that day she has been missed and cried. She was the best dog ever and she will always be loved and miss.

My closest friends

In recent years I have lost may family members and close friends; however, nothing has been as devastating as losing my best friends...Sampson and Goliath. After interviewing with the breeder, his children, and the puppies we were allowed to select a new family member. While playing with "Big Boy", soon to be Goliath,(head and shoulders larger than his brothers and sisters) we heard a continual scratch on the wall...the scratching was "Mocha", soon to be Sampson, (runt of the litter). We had no intentions of adopting two dogs however after seeing the two puppies play together we knew that we could not seperate them. For the next twelve years they were the twinkle in my eye and the pep in my step! It has hurt so badly knowing that they have gone to rainbow bridge without me and I miss them so much. For the longest time I could not understand why it hurt so much because I had lost so many people in my life and hadn't shed a tear. A friend gave me the answer..."because you allowed them to love you back". As William said "My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep. The more I give to thee the more I have for both are infinite". Sampson & Goliath I shall meet you at the Rainbow Bridge and we shall enjoy eternity together.


Image Fluffy Though a 4 1/2 pound Toy Poodle Fluffy had the heart of a German Shepherd. We found her in our backyard and for over ten years she was a faithful companion, buddy and someone that would listen to you.
She never ceased to amaze me with her talent, wits and big heart.
God willing, one day Fluffy, Proton and I will meet once again and spend all eternity together.
Thank you my faithful friend for being part of my life. I hope I made you as happy as you made me!
Love, Dad

Shawnee Showgirl

Image Shawnee Showgirl Manhatan's “Shawnee “ Princess
3/25/93- 5/5/09

I woke up 5/6/09 two hours before my alarm went off. The silence woke me. A deafening quiet. No panting, or bumping into the dresser, the mirrored closet doors, the bedroom door could be heard. Only myself breathing. My eyes still swollen from crying all day yesterday.

I let my beloved 16 year old Chesapeake go. She’s been slowing down allot lately. She was very tired. No longer able to go for walks as anything more than a block would exhaust her. No longer able to go to the park as she was worn out by the time I coaxed her up the dog ramp into the Explorer. Only daily outings in our front yard.

She’s been having “accidents” daily in the house, so daily I would be cleaning carpets, always telling her “it’s okay, Momma’s not mad at you.” But I must admit, I too was getting tired. She suffered from arthritis in her hind legs & I suffered a shoulder sprain two weeks ago & found it more & more difficult to help her stand up with a bum arm. A dear friend of mine who just put her 14yr old to sleep last week gave me a harness so I could wrap it around her middle & pick her up with my good arm. That in her last week made it easier for both of us.

I’ve been fortunate to work close to home so I’d been coming home on lunch breaks to check on her. Every once in a while she wouldn’t eat a breakfast or dinner. This morning I couldn’t even get her to take her favorite treats from me by hand. It took me 2 hours to get her to stand up, then another hour to get her to drink some water. I called the vet & they said they could come to our house by 1pm.

I held her head in my lap, stroked her face & kissed her gently, telling her all the while how beautiful she was & how much I loved her. That it was going to be okay, she wouldn’t be in pain anymore. She slowly relaxed her breathing & let go of this world.

I let her son Comanche say his goodbye’s to her & will try now to focus on all the positives... Now he & I can go for walks again as I never wanted to leave her behind. He & I can go to the park again & play Frisbee.

I felt blessed to have my niece Melissa here with me & she brought the sweetest stuffed bear with a curly coat just like the Chessie’s have. I’ve been holding on to her and brushing the soft coat with my fingers, remembering how it felt to hug & love on Shawnee. I’ve also added her dog tag to the heart necklace my sister Loreli gave me last month. Inside is a heart shaped charm with paw prints on it; she understands how much I love my dogs.

My late husband Brian loved all his animals but he had a special place in his heart for her. He took her through the dog shows & she won not only in conformation but obedience, which was unheard of for Chesapeake’s. Its how she got one of her many nick names… “Shawnee Show girl” because she loved to perform with him in the show arena. I called her “my little apricot” because of the way her coat would take on an orange hue in the summer months and I hated the term used in AKC for their light blonde called “dead grass”.

She also brought us two other dogs to love in Sioux & Comanche out of a litter of 8 puppies, of which she only had 6 teats, so every two hours when the pups where feeding I had the job of rotating them out so everyone got their fair share. She was an excellent nurturer. Even as I had a miscarriage, she jumped up on the couch just to lay there by my side and comfort me.

We hiked everywhere we could, swam everywhere we could & traveled everywhere they would allow dogs and when they didn’t we brought the motor home. She was, still is a part of my family.

Shawnee is now reunited with the love of her life, our 1st Chesapeake, our 140 pound Chinook & her Daddy Brian, as well as her daughter Sioux in heaven.. I still remember the excitement I had in picking her from the litter in Sacramento. She never made a sound the whole way home. We placed the dog crate on the front lawn & proceeded into greet Chinook after being gone several days. We let him out onto the front lawn to “do his business” and as he was heading towards his favorite tree he smelled something that momentarily distracted him. He stretched out as far as he could towards that smell & this sweet 8 week old puppy let out the most ferocious growl, far bigger than her size, to which he responded by promptly lifting his leg & peed on her. Welcome home!

I will remember all the love & joy she brought to my life & take comfort knowing she’s not suffering any more. She’s free once again over that Rainbow Bridge, riding the waves with Brian. She is after all a Chesapeake & oh, how they love the water!!!

God Bless you my “fur angel”…

doberman angel

When I was just 6 yrs of age I prayed for a friend. God sent me Damion. He had been hit by a car. He had tags but that only led me to find his owner had passed and they didn't want him back. I had a friend at last! He stayed at my side for years. He protected me from any harm. He met me every day at the bus stop ever faithfully. One day he didn't come. He was getting old. He layed in my bed. I lost my best friend that night but he still remains here in my heart.He will never be far from my mind.

Brave Faver

I took my three very small dogs, 5, 7, and three pounds to visit in another state. I was in the back yard supervising the potty detail when the coyotes came out of the woods. I screamed for my dogs to come but the two smallest ones ran toward danger. Chin Chin, (3 pounds)was snatched up in his jaws. Faver, (5 pounds) attacked the beast, he released Chin chin and killed Faver. My injured dog was in intensive care for four days, had emergency surgery, and three blood transfusions. But she will live thanks to her courageous sister. Thank you for letting me have a place to tell my story. Clara B.

Our Friend, Buddy

We were shopping one Saturday morning and happened across a women who was selling Black Labs, They were so gorgeous and after holding one for a while and not really having the money for him, She gave him to me out of the kindness of her heart. Buddy came home and instantly fit in with our family. He was so well behaved, an always kept bad dogs away from our children,he was our sons shadow, anywhere Jakob went Buddy was sure to be there. We went and got Buddy legal with all the paperwork and tags, Buddy loved to be outside, so one afternoon while cleaning house he was out chasing birds and squirrels, when I went to call him to come in, he never answered me and never came home, We put fliers up all around town and a small reward, but no one ever answered, I hope whoever has our Buddy will treat him with the same respect he gave us. We love and miss you 1/07-5/07


Image Coco We will miss you so much. You were a great companion and friend. You will always have a special place in our hearts. We know that you are in doggy heaven where all the great doggies go. We love you always, Esparza Family

Cheyenne, My Beloved Best Friend

Image Cheyenne, My Beloved Best Friend Cheyenne was with me for 15 years, since she was 8 weeks old. I was 20 years old when she came into my life & we grew up together. She was my shadow and meant everything to me. She helped me get through being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis & many other things - always by my side. We had a deep bond and she remains forever in my heart. I feel at peace that she is no longer suffering with the brain tumor & pain that she was in towards the end of her life. Letting her go was the hardest thing I have ever had to do but I could not bear to see her suffer anymore & it was her time to move on. She more than did her job while here on Earth & I know that her spirit lives on. She passed away May 9, 2006 & not a day goes by that I don't think of her & miss her & always will. In honor of my beloved Cheyenne...

Our precious Miko

Image Our precious Miko Gary brought you home from the ballfield. The scorekeeper said you had been there for 3 nights going back and forth between the dugouts competing for the love of all those big, brawny guys playing softball. Gary said the guys argued over who got to "sit the bench" each inning to stay in the dugout to cuddle you. As we already had a number of "rescues" at home I vowed to take you to the shelter the next morning. It never happened! Gary was right - there was just something special about this kitten-of-kittens. How we came to know that and appreciate and adore you. I work in the medical field and didn't worry when our vet softly said he detected a heart murmur. Lot's of my patients had heart murmurs and I knew that was no big deal. At least not for humans. Little did I know that it is very different in the feline world. But we went on for 5 delightful years. I am glad to say we never took you for granted. We had rescued MANY kittens throughout the years and we marvelled at our luck in finding you...or did you find us? You truly were the ultimately "unique, special, amazing little friend" in our lives. We never dreamed you would be alive and feisty one moment and then just somply gone the next - in the blink of an eye. Doc says he figured it was a heart attack. But you were only 5 years old!! Doc says that is very typical of heart-murmur situations in cats. Sudden death occurs at 3-4 years of age!! I think I am glad I didn't know about this. I would have been in dread for years. Hard to understand why we should be so blessed only to have you taken away so soon and so suddenly. Yet I am glad God chose us to have and know you for those short years. You have been gone for 3 years now and the pain is the same. Only the thought of a righteous God who originally created all living things to have an eternal "breath of Life" lets us accept what we must, in the thought of again holding you on a distant day. We love you so much little MIko, and we will miss you until that day!! Mommy Sue Papa Gary

i love my pet

I had a lush rabbit called Cookie but it died. I was so upset but now I am ok cuz I know he is ok up in heaven. love you Cookie. Bye xxxx


Image kc This is kc, my best friends beloved cavalier king charles spaniel ruby who sadly passed away October 9th 2007 after a short illness. He loved going for walks with me down to the riverbank and potteries. I miss him terrible that he is no longer here. kc, i hope you are feeling better now playing with the other dogs and angels in heaven. I hope we will be together again someday. Miss you loads, baby boy.

R.I.P. Girly

Image R.I.P. Girly My pretty little Girl found me about five years ago. I lost my best friend April 30, 2006 to failing kidneys. I miss her terribly. My room is so empty with out her. She had her own little bed with a warmer but every night she would jump into to mine to snuggle with me. She was my baby and I miss her so much. Momma loves you Girly!

Fly High, Apollo

He was a great dog, and died at four. A big akita/shepard mix Apollo had the habit of jumping for the sky. His gorgeous rare blue eyes brought people out of stores and shops to get a look at him. Friendly and brotherly, he never let me or my siblings fight and scolded us by plopping his big body on our laps, he was so silly! But he's in a better place now, and I just want to let him know to reach for the stars. He always jumped for them like he could fly.