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Good Dogs

  by Louise Bouchard

              A while ago, I read about a place where all the good dogs



                                  It's a place, not too far away,


                      With rolling meadows where they can play.


                            They gather there.... While they wait,


                                 Our coming on a future date.




                        They roam and jump and bark with joy,


                               No longer old, no longer slow.


                       Regained they have their youthful spunk,


                    Their hearts resorted with a new lease on life.




                                    Ivory, Figa,  Houston too,


                      And Jodie and Cody with their younger brew.


                               They play and lay around all day,


                      With no one to tell them when to sit and stay.




                                 And so it is, we must prepare,


 They will be waiting for our last return, To join with them once again





  If every cat and horse and dog, awaits their master beyond the fog,


                               Imagine the reunion that will be,


                     Once they catch our scent from behind the tree.




                        In bounds and leaps they will come forth.


                          To give us the welcome we so adore.


                               Never again shall we be apart,


                  From creatures that put so much joy in our heart




     So if it's time for your pet to depart,  Don't despair and have a  heart.      


    Remember they're all waiting there, For our arrival from the      


                             world  we   use to share.




                 The    Rainbow Bridge



There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of it's many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.


When our beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play all day with each other.



There is only one thing misssing. They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. So each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! The eyes are staring! And this one suddenly runs from the group!


You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and againd and again and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.


Then you cross the Rainbw Bridge together, never again to be separated.



                  My Forever Friend



                        I know that it must be different


                         Now that I am no longer here


                        I realize how much I was loved


                            and how all of you did care.




                           I know it will be hard at first


                          when you look around for me.


                          Expecting to find me in my bed


                             or beside my favorite tree.




                        Someday you will begin to see,


                         although it'll take some time.


                       the memories are yours and mine.




                         I'll remember you, my family


                      and how much you meant to me.


                 So please don't grieve and don't be sad,


                           it was just my time to leave.

Our little Tuffy guy.  2000- 2008. Had to have him put to sleep October 30th, It was indeed a very sad day for me. I miss you little man but will meet with you again at the Rainbow Bridge.


                            Cat Poem


                                          by Linda Barnes


                             The cats who've shared our lives


                              In subtle ways they let us know


                                  Their spirits still survives.


                                Old habits still make us think


                                We hear a meow at the door.


                                Or step back when we drop


                                 A tasty morsel on the floor


                             Our feet still go around the place


                                 The food dish used to be.


                         And sometimes coming home at night.


                                  We miss them terribly


                       And although time may bring new friends


                                 And a new food dish to fill


                              That one place in our hearts


                           Belongs to them.......and always will. 




I Rescued a Human Today...


Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels.


I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she
wouldn't be afraid.

As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

 Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one. I rescued a human today.

With Love from a Lonely Dog
I wish someone would tell me
What it is I have done wrong,
And why I must be chained outside
And left alone so long.
They seemed so glad to have me
When I came here as a pup,
There were so many things we'd do
While I was growing up.
The master said he'd train me
As a companion and a friend,
The mistress said she'd never fear
To be alone again.
The children said they'd feed me
And brush me everyday,
They'd play with me and walk me
If I would only stay.
But now the master hasn't time
The mistress say's I shed,
She won't let me in the house
Not even to be fed.
The children never walk me
They always say, "not now!",
I do wish I could please them
Can someone tell me how?
All I had, you see, was love
I wish someone would explain,
Just why they said they wanted mine
Then left it on a chain.
Author : Edith Lassen Johnson
 Thank  you Wendy for letting me know that your Grandmother wrote this.  It is a   wonderul poem and brings tears to my eyes
every time I read it. I have enjoyed it over than 25 years

           Lend Me a Pup 


I will lend to you for awhile
a puppy, God said,
For you to love him while he lives
and to mourn for him when he is gone.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years,
or maybe for two or three.
But will you, till I call him back
take care of him for me ?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you
and (should his stay be brief)
you'll always have his memories
as solace for your grief .

I cannot promise that he will stay,
since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught below
I want this pup to learn.


I've looked the whole world over
in search of teachers true
And from the folk that crowd life's land
I have chosen you.

Now will you give him all your love
Nor think the labour vain
Nor hate me when I come to take my pup

back again.
I fancied that I heard them say
"Dear Lord Thy WIll Be Done,"
For all the joys this pup will bring,
the risk of grief you'll run.


Will you shelter him with tenderness
Will you love him while you may
And for the happiness you'll know forever

grateful stay.

 But should I call him back
much sooner than you've planned
Please brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand.

If, by your love, you've managed
my wishes to achieve,
In memory of him that you've loved,
cherish every moment with your faithful bundle,
and know he loved you too.
                                             Author Unknown


Don't Cry For The Horses




Don’t Cry for the horses
That life has set free
A Million White horses
Forever to be.

Don’t cry for the horses
Now in God’s hands
As they dance and they prance
To a heavenly band

They were ours as a gift
But never to keep
As they close their eyes
Forever to sleep

Their spirits unbound
On silver wings they fly.
A million white horses

against the blue sky.

Look up in the heavens

you’ll see them above.
The horses we lost
The horses we loved.

Manes and tails flowing
They gallop through time
They never were yours
They were never mine

Don’t cry for the horses
They will be back someday
When our time has come
They will show us the way.

Do you hear that soft nicker close your ear?
Don’t cry for the horses
Love the ones that are here


              ~author unknown

It is always hard to say good-bye to someone that you love so much. To make that final decision either financially or out of kindness. If they are suffering, and you can't fix the problem, it is the only decision to make, the other option is to be selfish....

                           I Remember


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 softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."


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 today. Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.


I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there.


I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "It's me."


You looked so very tired, and sank into a 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 "Good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."


And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.


I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out... then come home to be with me.


- Author unknown


"A Dog's Plea"

Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world
is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of mine.

Do not break my spirit with a stick or yelling for though I should
lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding
will more quickly teach me things you would have me learn

Speak to me often, for your voice is the worlds sweetest music.
as you know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep
falls upon my ears.

Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I am a domesticated
animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements. I ask no greater glory
than than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.

Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to rump 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 and any danger.

And, my friend , when I am very old, and I can no longer enjoy good health,
hearing and sight, do not make the heroic efforts to keep me going.
I am not having fun. Please see that my trusted life is taken gently.
I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw
that my fate was always safest in your loving hands



                                        Author unknown




1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.


2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.


3. Place your trust in me.. It is crucial for my well-being.


4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.


5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.


6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.


7. Before you spank me, or strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.


8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.


9. Please take care of me when I grow old... You too, will grow old.


10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.





Firelake's Fancy Dancin at Groomroom

                     AKA LOLA

This little girl reached a year old before she left for the rainbow bridge.

I had many plans for her, but sadly her life was gone too soon miss you my silly little girl!!! 2010-2011

As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,
I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade.
I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble-free
Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.

I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side
Were meadows rich and beautiful -- lush and green and wide!
And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see
Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be!
My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new
And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do.

I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright
That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright Glow pierced the night.
'Twas the Glow of many Candles shining bright and strong and bold
And I knew then that it held your love in its brilliant shades of gold.

For although we may not be together in the way we used to be,
We are still connected by a cord no eye can see.
So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart
If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart.

By Cate Guyan © 1995 Used with permission

Our sweet baby, little Kyah has left for the Rainbow Bridge this morning to wait for me there.  

2000- Saturday October 17, 2009

Sure gonna miss you little girl.

Mr. Beau Jangles 2001-2008 miss you little man.            

Rialto's Angel in Black Lace 2001-2012


      Miss you baby girl


Yoshi 1996-2013 

17yrs of attitude in a very tiny body. Never put up with anything from puppies dogs or people whether they deserved it or not.


Our Jade 2003-2015

Beautiful girl with a beautiful attitude. She was loud when she barked and looked mean but nobody could see her little stubby tail wag so fast, showing she was happy to see you and just saying "HI" She might knock you down to lick you to death.

We will miss you baby girl, will love to see that wagging her butt again at the Rainbow Bridge...


Poppy  July 2004- Dec 2014

One of our favorite girls ever. We miss you so much little girl. You will never know. I am looking forward to seeing you again at the Rainbow Bridge...

      Torbecs Lovely Lady Lolita

Lolita was a Standard Poodle, anorexic all her life, had him dysplasia and in the end had to be put down due to a twisted stomach, We miss that wild little monster she was a hand full. 1996-2008 wait for me at the  Rainbow Bridge

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