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"Thinking of the day
When you went away
What a life to take
What a bond to break
I'll be missing you"

"I'll be Missing You"
Puff Daddy and Faith Evans

Photo by Robin Wilson.

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.

It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge is a land of meadows, hills and valleys, all of it covered with lush green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this lovely land. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. There, the old and frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole once more. They play all day with each other, content and comfortable.

There is only one thing missing. They are not with the 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! Then the nose twitches! The ears are up! The eyes are staring! You have been seen, and that one suddenly runs from the group!

You take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.

Then together, you cross the Rainbow Bridge, never again to be seperated.

Author Unknown
"Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul"

On February 23, 1999 my big bear went to the Rainbow Bridge. He had a second stroke and apon examination he had Degenerative Myleopathy. He was my first GSD (actually the first dog the I owned, registered in my name). He was a gift for my 11th birthday.

He was the type of dog who went everywhere, anytime. The GSD is described as aloof to strangers, he never read that part of the standard and loved everyone and everything. He never set foot inside the conformation ring, he was bought to be a little girl's best friend and that he accomplished with the greatest of ease.

What I shall miss the most though is his solid, easy going nature. I often called him my rock. In any situation he never wavered. Whether it be carrying cans to collect money for the SPCA, playing with a child, travelling around the country, or taking the temperment test and only glancing over his shoulder when the gun was fired. He was always honest, easy to read and steady as a rock.

He did make it into the ring though. The first dog I ever went to a show, entered, and trialed with. He gave me many highs and lows there. He non qualified four trials his first time out and gave me a lesson in patience I will never forget (as he lay under the judges table while I did the heel free without a dog). But he got his first leg at the National Specialty. For his second leg he achieved a High In Class (now just between you and me, his score was 175 the highest he ever got ). He got that by being the only dog to qualify. But that's OK, people outside the ring said he deserved extra points. You see on the sit stay the Labrador Retriever on one side got up and came over to him to say "Hi!" (you should have heard the crowd hold it's breath ). Then on the down stay the Siberian Husky on the other side decided the Lab had a good idea. And he too come over to check out my boy, who just rolled over to let the Sib get a better sniff. When it was over the judge commented, that he had the best stays she had ever seen on a GSD.

It's hard to believe he's gone. Faithful friend, beloved companion, bear dog and my rock. I shall miss you always........ "May there be many good smells where you are, wait for me at the Rainbow Bridge."

Photo by Robin Wilson.

...We sat together for a while after Belkar's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animals lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."...

He said, "Everybody is born so they can learn how to live a good life - like loving everbody and being nice, right?" The four-year-old continued, "Well, animals already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."

Robin Downing D.V.M
"Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul"

"You just call out my name,
and you know where ever I am.
I'll come running,
to see you again.
Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall,
all you have to do is call.
And I'll be there yes I will,
cause you've got a friend."

"You've got a friend"
Carole King

Azzie has waved hello times.


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