“Just this side of Heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridges.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridges. 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 sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals that have 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. 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 Bridges together..”
I ONLY WANTED YOU
They say memories are golden well maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories, I only wanted you.
A million times I needed you, a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly, In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place no one could ever fill.
If tears could build a stairway and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven and bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken,and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
--- Anonymous ---
A Dog's Prayer
Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.
When it is cold and wet, please take me inside... for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements... and I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth... though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land... for you are my god... and I am your devoted worshiper.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.
And, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest...and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.
--Beth Norman Harris
Dear Bucky, you were the love of my life. You came to me when you were only 6 weeks old. We developed a very close bond, like no other and none will be so strong. You gave me so many happy memories. Memories that will stay with me for the rest of my days, until we meet again. I think of you often and remember you swimming, chasing your ball and fetching the birds. In the end, neither of us could walk or run but, when we meet again on the Rainbow Bridge; we will run and play together again. I miss you Bucky
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2011 - 2014
Lilly was born here at Crooked River Saints. We bottle fed her until she was 4 weeks old. This was because we believe that if you hand feed a dog they get more attached to people. We called her Lilly Bug or Buggie for short. She sure loved her mama. She would do anything I would ask of her. She was always the quickest to come running when I called. Buggie never had puppies but she loved them just the same. She raised our Mayla and taught her everything she new. Lilly passed away of Bloat while I was visiting with my daughter out of state. When I got the call it broke my heart. I never got to say good-bye to my buggie. I wish I was there to see the signs so I could have gotten her help. I just hope she is waiting for me just on the side of the rainbow bridge when I cross it. Mama loves you Lilly Bug.
1999 - 2014
Trapper lived a long life of 15 years. I had him since he was 8 weeks old. I got him for Bucky because Bucky had separation anxiety. Trapper was a good boy. He loved to be in the room when the moms were delivering their puppies and of course all the moms did not mind. He loved the puppies in a box. He would lay beside them and watch over them when the moms were out of the pen. If we had a sick puppy we would put the puppy on a heating pad in a box. Trapper would guard the box to make sure none of the other dogs would get near the puppy. He wanted to keep it safe. As the year went by Trapper could not move as fast. He was happy laying beside me all day. The only time he would get up was if I moved to a different room. He always had to be by my side. Trapper loved his people. We will miss Trapper greatly. Rest in peace good buddy.
8/5/07 - 1/30/14
We experienced the greatest lose. Our Lord Justice has fallen. Justice survived 3 bloats. This is not a hereditary problem. It can happen with any large deep chested dogs. The bloating caused his stomach to harden and his last bloat he got a hole in his stomach. After a long 3 day battle we ended his suffering.
Justice was the kindest soul. He loved everyone. If you got a chance to meet Justice you know what I mean. I am going to miss how he would jump into my lap when I would come through the door. He would rest his head on my shoulder and put a paw on the other and pull me close and give me a real hug. He loved to play the light game and carry around his armadillo toy.
His beautiful line will live on in his son Datafarin. His name means "created by Justice" Justice loved his boy. He would clean Farin's ears and let him bite his jowls. He enjoyed playing with his son.
After my accident he was the one who kept me going. He gave me the strength to keep living my life as best I can and continue doing what I love to do, working with dogs and puppies.
Justice, it will never be the same around here without you. I will remember our love forever. We had a special bond that will never be broken. I will see you again at the rainbow bridge. Until we meet again, I love you and will miss you so much.