my beloved pets

WHO HAVE CROSSED THE Rainbow Bridge

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"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures
from the shelter of compassion and pity,
you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."
-- St. Francis of Assisi

Blessed are you, Lord God,
maker of all living creatures.
On the fifth and sixth days of creation,
you called forth fish in the sea,
birds in the air and animals on the land.
You inspired St. Francis to call all animals
his brothers and sisters.
We ask you to bless this animal.
By the power of your love,
enable it to live according to your plan.
May we always praise you
for all your beauty in creation.
Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures!
Amen.

 

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of Heaven is a place called 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, 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 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...

*Author Unknown*

 


Many Pets have come and gone over the years.......  and those are not forgotten.  They still live in my memory as wonderful loyal friends, who are thought of with warm fond memories.  The pets below are ones I have had since 1972

 

 

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Tasha's Page

 

Doberman Pinscher

4/4/92 - 7/26/01

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Buddy
"Baron Von Kolan"
1972 - 1988

My first experience with a Doberman Pinscher, what a "Great" dog he was.  I took him through an 8 week basic obedience course, starting it when he was 4 months old.   At the end of the 8 weeks there was a contest against all the other dogs in the class.  My precious little puppy won first place against older grown dogs of all breeds.  He was always so eager to please me.  Sometimes he scared me because he was so smart.  Somehow he seemed to know what I wanted before I asked him.  I always said he minded better than the kids.  :)

 

   
Buddy started having seizures when he was about 15 yrs old, the older he got the worse the seizures got and the inevitable had to happen, I had to make the decision to have him put to sleep.  Each day on my way home from work for months I would wish I would find him dead when I got home so I wouldn't have to make that awful decision.  I know that was selfish of me but I just didn't think I could take him to the vet and have it done.  Well the time came that there wasn't any putting off any longer and I took him.  I sat on the floor and he laid down beside me.  The vet administered the lethal dose and he laid his head in my lap.   Looking at me as he slipped peacefully into his eternal sleep.  An experience I will never forget.  I became so hysterical that the Vet and assistants wouldn't let me leave till I could compose myself. 

A loving, affectionate, loyal, obedient and protective friend who is still greatly missed to this day.  He was my companion for 16 years.

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Sugar
? - 1990

Sugar is the small dog in the back on this picture.  Sugar adopted us.  She came to live with us in 1978.  Since I live in a rural area we get a lot of dogs abandoned on our road.  When she showed up at our home she had a companion, an old "Tom" Cat.  They were the best of friends and would sleep together in the barn.  They would eat out of the same dish.  Where you saw one you didn't have to look far to find the other one.  She got her name because she had to be one of the sweetest dogs I had ever owned.  The kids named her.  Our lives were enriched when she adopted us.  A great little dog.

Lady
Rotweiller
? - 1991

Lady came to us in 1987 ... as an older dog who needed a good home.   I still don't understand why the people didn't want her.  She had no faults and had a very passive personality.  She was a very sweet dog who didn't bother anything or anyone.  I don't think she liked small children much because when the grandchildren would come to visit she would go off to another room and stay out of sight.   Although she never showed any aggressiveness towards them if they found her.   She got along with all the other dogs real well and fit right in to our family.   Lady became very ill one winter and we couldn't do anything for her.  She is still missed. 

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Lady was a great companion, loving the 5 acres of land that we have.  Lots of room to run and play.  I think she was much older than the people told us when we got her.  It wouldn't have mattered anyway how old she was ....  we loved her the short time that we had her.  I hope her last years were as happy for her and she made them for us.
Buddy & Lady

This was their Christmas picture one year.  Buddy adored Lady.  They were great friends.

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Simon
Rotweiller/Labrador Mix
1988 - 1995

Simon came to us at 6 weeks old, what a huge puppy....  Simon hated being in the house and therefore he became an outside dog, being in the house always made him so hot.  He was miserable in the house.  He had a nice warm stall in the barn with lots of hay/straw to keep him warm in the winter.  He had his own entrance cut into the barn where he could come in and out at his own will.  Even on the coldest snow days you would see him laying in the snow.  As you can see by his picture he also loved water.  This was his favorite cooling off  place.   Simon loved to swim and would swim after the ducks.  I would sometimes fear he would drown because you couldn't get him out of the pond.  He was a really strong swimmer. 

Simon was a very large dog.  Even though he towered over the fence, he never tried to jump out.  He weighed 120 lbs.  He liked everything and everyone but "cats".  The barn cats knew it too ......   and never got into his stall.  simon2.jpg (19841 bytes)

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Occasionally we would bring Simon in the house, as you can see, even though he was an outside dog he still remembered being held from his puppy days and wanted to sit in your lap.  Simon was a happy dog and very affectionate. People were afraid of him because of his size, but all he ever wanted was attention. 

He got a growth in his throat, and had to have surgery to remove it.  The night of his surgery he died from complications.  I was  grief  stricken when I lost him.

   I still miss this "Big OLE Dog"

 

 

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