The Rainbow Bridge
Between Earth and Heaven stretches the glorious Rainbow Bridge. When an
animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to
the 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, water
and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigour;
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 each miss someone very
special, someone who was left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops
and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body
begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from the group, flying over the green
grass, 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 those trusting eyes, so
long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart. Then you cross
the Rainbow Bridge together...
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I rescued Oliver at 6 months old, he was chained to a well house, he was in a snow storm and could barely see past the snow, his owner was horrible and wanted me to pay for him so I gave him $50.00 and cut his chain and took him home with me. I had him ever since. He passed his CGC and became a Therapy dog. I also taught him how to be a Safe Kids Safe Dog and brought him to all of the schools and he taught the Elementary kids dog safety. I came home and found Oliver laying at my front door where he had died of a massive heart attack, his sister Saki was watching over him looking at me with pleading eyes for me to fix him, only I couldn't. Oliver gave me TEN beautiful years and I loved him and I miss him more than I can put into words and only wish I could have said goodbye. so here my friend I say goodbye, I hope you find Cannon, Tonka and Lt. Dan and I ask you wait for me as I will see you again one day my sweet Gentle Boy. I loved you my gentle Giant. Mommy
Cannon !! Born March 15, 1997, Died December 19,2009.
What a journey..........As sad as I am that I have lost this amazing Rottweiler, I am very much at peace with the fact that I gave him the GREATEST life any dog could have ever wanted. Cannon had so much adversity in his life, put up for sale at 3 weeks old, born with elbow dysplasia, had thrown out both knees causing me to buy him mechanical knees, ruptured discs in his neck from Wobblers Disease and nearly became paralyzed but after 3 neck surgeries, I had them put fake discs in his neck, during the surgery, they slightly touched his spinal cord causing him to walk a bit funny, but did that stop him ? Absolutely not, Cannon loved life, every year I took a special vacation that was just for him. We went to Hilton Head, Charleston, the mountains, Virginia. He would play on the beach and swim in the ocean. His favorite was listening to the bands play at the beach, he would tilt his head from side to side when he recognized a song and bark when they were finished playing. He was a parade junkie, if there was a parade, he was sitting on the curb watching. He would bark and get so excited when he saw floats or horses he liked.
Cannon was my very first Therapy dog. He went to retirement homes and nursing homes and visited with the people that needed to be loved. He started the Safe Kids, Safe Dogs project in my area and would go to Elementary schools and teach the children how to be safe around dogs.
Cannon loved to dress up and wear clothes, his best outfit was his leather bomber jacket and sunglasses, everyone would comment on how cool he looked. He loved the weekends in the spring and summer, that meant walks in the State park and a swim in the lake. But Cannons absolute favorite thing in the whole world was his little ducky. He would carry his ducky around, he would swim with it in the jacuzzi and rescue it when it went in the skimmer. He would swim after it as I threw it in the ocean or the lake and he would always return it to safety.
Even as he got older and could not get around as well, my boyfriend came over and built him a ramp so he could still go out in his backyard and do his thing.
God called him home on Saturday the 19th.
There will never be another dog like Cannon, he had some pretty big shoes if another dog wanted to try and walk in them.
The next time you think of me, or think of Boo, toast to him, Toast to his wonderful life and that he had a mommy who loved him more than anything else.....Suzi
********************************************Dedicated to Cannon:
I never went away....
I stood by your bed last night. I came to have a peep. I could see that you were crying. You found it hard to sleep. I whined to you so softly as you brushed away a tear. "Its me. I haven't left you, I'm well...I'm fine...I'm here to stay (don't fear.")
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea; you were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me. I was with you at the shops that day, your arms were getting sore; I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could have done more.
I was with you at my grave that day, you tended with such care. I wanted to reassure you that I'm not lying there. I walked with you toward the house as you fumbled for your key. I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "its me."
As you looked so very tired and sank into the chair. I tried so hard to let you know that I was standing there. It's possible for me to be so near you everyday, to say to you with certainty..."I never went away."
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew....in the stillness of that evening I was very close to you. The day is over, I smile and watch you yawning and say "goodnight, god bless, I'll see you in the morning light of day."
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide, I'll rush across to greet you and we'll walk side by side. I have so many things to show you, there is so much to see. Be patient, live your journey out -- then come home and be with me
Tonka who was born July 16, 1999 came to me when he was abandoned in my kennel at the age of 2 years. I brought him home as he was an akita and they are hard to place, but he was also the absolute sweetest boy I had ever met. He and my Rottweiler Cannon instantly bonded and they became the best of friends. Tonka was the pack leader in my house, he kept all of the peace and all of the other dogs in order. Tonka would curl up in my bed with me and let me lay my head on his soft hair whenever I couldn't sleep and he would stay there with me while I slept, He was the most innoffensive dog to have ever met.
On April 26, 2009, one of my Rottweilers Lt. Dan (akaDanny) got into a spat with Tonka, and Danny accidentally bit Tonka in the juggular vein and Tonka died within seconds. I am so completely devestated, I just want my baby boy back, I miss him so, he took part of my heart with him.
Lt. Dan (Danny)
I rescued Danny from Hurricane Katrina on September 19,2005, he was a true survivor, We named him Lt. Dan seeing he was from Louisianna. Danny swam out of the Hurricane to a fire station where we picked him up and brought him to Lamar Dixon for safety. After fostering him for a couple of weeks I decided to adopt him as he was so in need of me. Danny fit very nicely into my home and got along great with my other dogs. I taught him how to not be afraid of Thunderstorms, to ride in the car, and not destroy all of his toys. He let me dress him up for Halloween, and was such a cuddler. I loved him. Danny started to realize that my Akita Tonka was getting older and Danny started to challenge Tonka a bit. On April 26th, Danny and Tonka had a spat at my house and Danny accidentally bit Tonka in the juggular vein and Tonka died within seconds. As much as I would have done anything to forgive Danny for this, my other dogs would not forgive him for taking out their pack leader and they exiled Danny from the pack. I miss Danny and Tonka terribly. No one should ever have to experience losing 2 dogs you love at the same time.
Tonka and Lt. Dan............You will always be missed and live in my heart forever, I wish I could get past this tragedy. You guys took part of me with you.
Please accept this donation "In memory of Nikko", who I adopted on Aug. 2, 2006. He passed away March 13, 2009.
Nikko was the joy of our family - loved by all who met him. He spent every moment with me from running errands to doing yard work, to going to the barn to ride my horse. He loved life. He is greatly missed, and will forever be a part of me. Thank you Miranda for allowing us to adopt him.
Cindy Van Tiem
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