Rainbow Bridge
This page is dedicated to the little ones we have lost.


A Little Dog Angel

High up in the courts of heaven today
a little dog angel waits;
with the other angels he will not play,
but he sits alone at the gates.
"For I know my master will come" says he,
"and when he comes he will call for me."

The other angels pass him by
As they hurry toward the throne,
And he watches them with a wistful eye
as he sits at the gates alone.
"But I know if I just wait patiently
that someday my master will call for me."

And his master, down on earth below,
as he sits in his easy chair,
forgets sometimes, and whispers low
to the dog who is not there.
And the little dog angel cocks his ears
and dreams that his master's voice he hears.

And when at last his master waits
outside in the dark and cold,
for the hand of death to open the door,
that leads to those courts of gold,
he will hear a sound through the gathering dark,
a little dog angel's bark.

Noah M. Holland

 

Losing one of these guys is tough at any time.   It breaks my heart, but I know I gave these guys the best opportunities I could possibly provide.  They were loved dearly during their stay here with me and those that went to their loving homes had the very best.. 


Chance - passed August 24, 2017 - approximately 10 years old.
Chance was with us such a short time.  When getting his vet care we found mouth cancer that had penetrated his throat and lungs.  His trachea was nearly completely collapsed and his heart was working overtime to keep him going.  We made that horrible choice to allow Chance his peace and let him pass on to Rainbow Bridge.  He had love and comfort from every person along his journey and we are thankful that he didn't go through this end of life alone.


Precious - rescued August 26 - passed October 29, 2016 - approximately 10 years old.
One of the most heartbreaking things we encounter in senior dog rescue are dogs that pass shortly after we get them.  Precious was a super sweet and loving girl who passed peacefully in her soft bed.  She is no longer in pain from her bad hips and knees, she is running happily through the fields loving her new home.


River - arrived August 14 - passed October 12, 2016 - approximately 10-15 years
River had two months in our home before passing away quietly in her sleep.  These are the difficult sad things that we get with the senior kids.  She was much loved during the short
time she spent with us.


Prince - September 27, 2016 - approximately 7-10 years
We tried so hard with Prince.  He came to us with a large tumor on his side and kidney failure.  After removal from the shelter he went to our Calif vet where he stayed for about a week on IV fluids.  After the kidney values had improved he went into a foster that was able to get him eating and well enough to transport to Oregon.  Here we determined that removing his tumor and getting a dental (very badly abscessing teeth) was the best route to help him continue his improvement.  Sadly two days following his surgery he went into kidney and renal failure and passed away.  This one was so hard - we took what we felt was the best route for him to have a chance at recovery.

My heart hurts from this loss - My love flows to every single person who helped us help Prince.  All of the love and support that flowed to him gave him the best chance we could offer him.  From the time he was removed from the shelter he knew love and compassion.  He knew homes, gentle touches and was kept out of pain.  He passed away in the arms of someone who cared very much for him.  Now he is romping with the angels, out of pain and free. 

Coco -
Rescued Sept. 28, 2015 - Feb. 2
5, 2016
12 - 15 years old. 
Coco lost his elderly owner before coming to us. 
Making the final decision for these guys is one of those things I wish I never had to do.  Coco's health dictated his need to cross rainbow bridge and find the owner who loved him his entire life.

Quizmet - Rescued October 29, 2015
February 22, 2016
12 - 15 years old.  "RIP Quizmet, we will never forget you."

Trace - Jan 27, 2014 - Oct 20, 2015
Sadly Trace had to short of time with his new home.  "Trace passed on Oct 20.  He had problems from the beginning. I did everything I could to give him the best life he could have and to see him decline broke my heart. For the 21 months I was blessed to have his love and companionship there wasn't a moment of regret that we adopted him. He wasn't with us nearly long enough. Knowing what I know now, I'd still have taken him. I will miss him always.

I hope you are doing well and I thank you for allowing Trace to come to us."

Cara - May 25, 2015
Cara was part of our 2011 Mass Rescue, she lived, loved and was adored by my grand daughter Samantha.  We believe she was about 13 years old.  "RIP Sweet Baby Girl♡ Mama loves you and will miss you!

You saved my heart in so many ways, God knew I needed you, and you comforted me through so many hard times, and you celebrated many good times.♡♡♡"
 


 

Annie - February 27, 2015
almost 13 years
Annie was placed by us in 2012 and thrived in the three years of her life when cancer overcame her little body.  Her family was blessed by her sweetness.

 

Fancy - February, 19 2015
approximately 11 years
"It is with great sadness that I am writing this email. On the morning of February 19, we had to lay Fancy to rest. She was in her usual happy friendly self but we woke up with her breathing heavy. We took her to the emergency vet. She did well on oxygen throughout the night but then all of a sudden took a turn for the worse. She needed be intubated to breath. The vet thought she needed to be mechanically ventilated if not intubated. Sadly we had to let her go.

I just wanted to thank you for giving us the opportunity to have Fancy in our lives. Even though our time with her was short, we loved and adored her incredibly. She will be greatly missed.

- Cheryl"

Taffy - December 26th, 2014
approximately 4 years
"Our little girl is running free in heaven now. We only had her 10 short months. She developed a rare pneumonia which took her away from us. We miss her so very much! Taffy was the most loving little girl. Our other two fur babies miss her as well. I know we will see her again someday, but for now she can watch over us from the other side. We miss her cute little bark and her bouncing little body as she ran with her two sisters guard us every time the door bell rang. Rest in peace my little sweet heart, you were and are still so very loved! Until we can all be together again, we will miss you!

your loving mommy."

Maggie - June 17, 2014 - approximately 15-18 years
Maggie came to us looking for a hospice home with advanced age and multiple senior issues.  We were not able to find that home, but she spent the last of her days knowing loving touches and gentle care.  Even with best of vet care God needed her as one of his angels.  We are glad that we were able to help ease her through her final days.

 

Tiger - November 26, 2013 - approximately 9 years
Tiger's passing took us by surprise.  He came to us originally in 2010 from and was placed in a home at that time.  He returned to us, three years later, when his family situation changed no longer leaving a place for him.  Placement failures like this frustrate me as we go to great lengths to make the best choice possible for the dog and the family.  Tiger spent a few months here in my loving arms again before he passed away. 
He is now frolicking with the angels a happy dog.


 

Foster - October 24, 2013 - 13 years
It is on of the toughest things ever when our little guys leave us.  Even though he was a senior Foster's passing was much sooner than we anticipated.  We take comfort in knowing that he has know love and now have an even sweeter love with the angels.


 


Timer - September 18, 2013
22 years

Timer was nothing if not a tough little cus.  He charmed us completely and his loss is greatly felt.  He was the rescue I couldn't place.  I feel completely in love with this little man.  We are so appreciative of the two short years he spent here with us and selfishly wish it could have been more.
Rest in Peace little man.

 


 

Mimi - January 2013 - 8 years
Mimi spent 6 months in our home being loved and cared for where she had never had that care before.  We thought she was on the road to recovery, but God knew that this little one needed to be in his care.

 


Solo - August 2011
approximately 11 years
Solo's little heart just couldn't handle the stress of all that he had been through.
He now rests in peace.

 

 


Lend Me A Pup
-Author Unknown

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 when his job is over
you'll always have his memories
as solace for your grief.

I cannot promise how long 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 labor 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.
 

 

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