In Memory of a Special Friend
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill, Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still. Where the friends of man and woman do run, When their time on earth is over and done. For here, between this world and the next, Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest. On this golden land, they wait and they play, Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day. No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness, For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness. Their limbs are restored, their health renewed, Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued. They romp through the grass, without even a care, Until one day they start, and sniff at the air. All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back, Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack. For just at that instant, their eyes have met; Together again, both person and pet. So they run to each other, these friends from long past, The time of their parting is over at last. The sadness they felt while they were apart, Has turned into joy once more in each heart. They embrace with a love that will last forever, And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.
|Nala Martin May 29, 2000 - September 25, 2012|
|Our gentle soul, left this world in peace. She was such a good girl. |
Nala, pure love, you will never be forgotten.
Every tear shed is totally worth it for the love you gave us.
|Leinie Morgan went to the Rainbow Bridge June 29, 2012|
He was my warrior - protected me from all. The most recent story was when I was leaving for work, it was still dark out, there was somebody next to the house by my door. It startled me, and alerted my dogs. Leinie wedged the door open - away from my hands. I thought, from the force of this, it was the person getting into my house. But no - it was the dogs coming to my rescue. Little Bit chased the guy off the property and Leinie stood by my side, tightly adhered like glue. No one was going to get me!
|By: Claudia Wolfe "In Memory of Jafari" 29 February 2000 to 19 March 2011|
| It is with a heavy heart that Jim and I tell all of you that on Saturday March 19th our beloved Jafari went to the rainbow bridge. His spirit left his earthly form at 9:38 and I could feel it leave. |
Jafari came into rescue with the help of RTI and RRUS. He spent 8 months in TX before coming to Iowa to be fostered with Beth and Gus. Jafari then known as Sunrise Jeffrey, was deemed unadoptable because he would fight at the drop of a hat. He would have to fight for food and of course he was “mean”. When he came to Iowa he had been living outside in a dirt kennel and had never known the joy of living inside with people who care. Beth and Gus changed his name from Jeffrey to Jafari which means dignified in Swahili. This name was a perfect fit and he lived up to his name.
When we adopted Jafari on April 9, 2006 we were so excited. Beth brought him over to our house where he promptly tried to mark a house plant. I guess it was his way of saying “hi, I’m home”. In the next few days, he marked one of new chairs but after several frantic calls to Beth about what to do, this stopped and we all settled in for a happy life together.
Jafari filled our hearts with love and joy. Everywhere he went with us, he captured the hearts of people who met him and there wasn’t a person he didn’t like. His beautiful brown eyes were captivating and he would just look at you and you had to give in.
He was also a wonderful foster brother. He was kind and very tolerant. Our first foster dog Chloe would come out of her crate in the mornings and run up to him and either smack him on the head with her paw or sit on his head. He put up with this behavior the entire time she was with us.
When we were fostering Queen he was fabulous. Jafari taught her many things she needed to learn. These things ranged from how to go in and out the door to go potty to loving Jim. If Jafari thought something was ok, then so did Queen.
In February 2010, he was diagnosed with cancer and had 2 quite invasive surgeries.
Radiation was not an option for him and our wonderful vet even researched a new chemotherapy protocol to try. He was very upfront with telling us he didn’t know if this work for him or not. After 2 days on chemo, Jafari was so sick we stopped the treatment.
The tumor on Jafari’s rump was huge and he was very disturbed by it; he kept licking and trying to bite it. His last night with us was spent with Beth and Gus for some playtime and loving with the first people who ever showed him that people can be good, there would always be food and water and as much love as you could take. Their home was a second home to Jafari.
Run free Jafari .
Claudia, Jim, Queen, Morgan and foster girl Koko
By: Gerald J. Piro "In Memory of Bachhus" October 19 2007 - March 4 2012
| Never was there a more handsome, dignified or regal companion than Bacchus. He literally would stop traffic and have passers-by ask "what kind of dog is that--he's beautiful!" Bacchus was both beautiful on the inside as well as on the outside. During his first two years of living with us he was a joy, full of life and active in every way. Most notably he would take his squeaky toy, make it squeak and then respond by singing back to the toy. Obedient, trustworthy, self-maintained yet in love with his human family, never was there a more affectionate dog that will be greatly missed by not only a family but by a neighborhood. He was strong in fighting an illness that slowly drained away his strength, his speed and his abilities but never his heart or spirit. Never was a dog more loved than our Bacchus.|
We miss him every day.
Gerald J. Piro
| By: James Quistorf|| "In Memory of Joe-the-Dog"|
| || 22 September 1996 to 26 October 2010All who met Joe-the-Dog loved him and he loved everyone he met!The most loyal, affectionate, and loving friend we have ever been blessed to know.Joe, you are sadly missed but will never be forgotten. Joe-the-Dog will forever hold a special place in our hearts!|
| By: Jeff & Kathy Allbright|| "In Memory of Bogey"|
| ||Bogey, The Bogster,Bogey-Meister, Bogey-Pup 2000-2010|
| ||Bogey has crossed over the rainbow bridge. Bogey was a rescue Ridgeback that we adopted in December 2003. He was named “Bogey” because our home was one home over par for him. He settled right in, and became part of our family. He was a true “couch potato”; as Ridgebacks are…he pretty much slept/lounged all day. He did look forward to his walks and play time with us. About the only time he barked was during thunderstorms or when he heard fireworks. He was a gentle, kind special friend, and we know he loved us and our home. It was hard for us for Bogey to go, however he is no longer in pain/discomfort. He may be gone from our side, but his memory of the love he gave us is in our hearts|
|By: Cristina and Idelia Suarez "In Memory of Bella"|
| December 3, 2007 - June 21, 2010|
| When Bella (a pug breed) came into our home at 2 month of age (even though I was not ready to have a dog ha-ha,) I loved her the moment I saw her Betty Boop eyes, her tiny body, and a nose as big as a prune and I knew I was in trouble. Never forget... My daughter came to pick me up at the airport and there she was. For over 2 years she made me laugh, gave me lots of company and lots of love... She drifted away 48 hours after surgery due to an aggressive tumor in her intestine. We missed you a lot.. My house is empty without you.. You were my shadow at home. A piece of my heart went with you... |
Thank you Mi Bellita for sharing your life with us, even though I wish it were for much longer.
Love you for ever...
|By: Laurel and Kevin St. Petersburg, FL|| "In Memory of Ruby"|
| || April 26, 1997-June 19, 2009One year later you are still missed beyond measure. Few in this world experience such devotion, love, and loyalty. We consider ourselves blessed to have shared your home for 12 short years. Our lives will never be quite the same. |
| By: Robert Boswell|| "In Memory of Rudy"|
| Go get a squirrel my freind!|| April 26, 1997-June 19, 2009After many years of fighting mast cells, the old man has crossed the bridge to sunshine, warm weather and doggy friends from the past. Rudy is by far the best dog I have ever had or known. Sweet, smart, caring, gentle. Nicknamed "Sheriff" for not putting up with shenanigans, he kept true to form and was scolding his 2 brothers even while he lay on his pillow waiting for the final moment. Rudy came to me at 8 weeks, It was 8 weeks after I had bought my first house. I needed someone to share it with me and he did that as my first companion for nearly 13 years. I miss him, as do his Brothers Lancelot & Ceasar.|
| By: Brenda Murphy|| "In Memory of Cisco"|
| || My beloved Cisco, Not a day goes by in which I do not see you someplace in the house. I miss the sound of your foot steps. You will forever be in my heart and hold a special place. Your knowing eyes and comforting nudges are greatly missed. I know you are no longer suffering and you can run and jump again. I must remind myself of this. The tears continue to fall, but the memories make me smile. Take Care my dear friend|
| By: Amy Herman|| "In Memory of Kora"|
| || Oct. 16, 1999 to May 27, 2009You came into my life at one of it's lowest points. I was fighting cancer, and you helped me through it with your sweet presence. You taugth us all the meaning of unconditional love. I miss you and think of you every day.I know I will see you again, but until then, wait patiently. Amy Hermann|
| By: Patti Abramowicz|| "In Memory of Curtis"|
| || Dec. 22, 2009I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.Then someone at my side says:"There, she is gone!""Gone where?"Gone from my sight. That is all.She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as shewas when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says "There, she is gone!" there are other eyes watching her coming,and other voices ready to take up the glad shout:"Here she comes!"And that is dying. |
Fly With The Angels Curtis....From Henry Van Dyke, An essay called "A Parable of Immortality".
| By: Jeanie Rance Marr|| "In Memory of Inkosi Inkulu"|
| || June 7, 2006 to Oct. 24, 2009 His name means "The Great Master" in Xhosa.AKC HP 2298603Confirmation Championships: AKC, UKCInternational Championships Performance:Rally Novice, Companion Dog, Endurance Trial,Junior Courser, Behavior: Canine Good citizen, Therapy Dog, Multiple AKC Breed Winner and Group Placer, Multiple UKC Best show Winner, TVRRCOT Regional Specialty Award of Merit Winner, Top Twenty 2008 RR Club of the USA|
| || "In Memory of Captian"|
| || March 26, 1998 to October 7th, 2009 "Captain" Ch. Zareba's Midnight Runner, RCh, CD, RN, TT, JC, CGC, TDI, VCBest friend of Marie Sajewicz and Marcin Glodowski|
| By: Sandy Wolk|| "In Memory of Scooby"|
| || Scooby ... passed October 28th 2009Scooby ... the love of my life... My heart will never be the same.. Since you blessed me with 13 years of your presence.. Thank You for your beauty, your elegance, your wiadom and compassion... and for a heart as big as they come......I will forever be touched by you...,,, What an honor to love and be loved so trully,,,Sandy |
| By: Laurie Martin|| "In Memory of Dylan Martin"|
| || March 7, 1994 - November 26, 2007 Dylan, Dylan, Dylan boySoft as velvet, you're Mama's little boy.Dylan, Dylan, I love soGo to sleep my baby,I't's time to let you goWait for me my baby,I love you so.|
| By: Amy Henderson|| "In Memory of Teddy Henderson"|
| || March 30, 1995 - January 15, 2009 |
To one of the true loves of my life.
My heart is still broken.
Mommy loves you and Imiss you everyday Teddy.
| By: Sylvia Lassales|| "In Memory of Ramses"|
| || Sept. 22, 1998 - Sept. 15, 2009 I know that it was time for you to leave.. Now you are pain free and running around all over heaven.You are gone from my sight..but the love you gave me never departs. Forever you will have a special place in my heart.|