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.
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 quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
"Rocky” was GEM Beagles FIRST MALE CHAMPION. He finished his championship, from the BRED BY class, in only 6 weekends. Rocky was bred, born and earned his championship entirely in the Pacific Northwest. He had 4 Best Of Variety and 9 Best Opposite wins.
“Ricky” came to live with us at 8 months of age and he
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“Ian” was the love of my life.
Some of Ian's progeny who are Champions
CH Ladmars All That Jazz
CHAMPION GEM'S Here's My HEART
CHAMPION GEM'S Flower Power
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26 March 2011
Bunny is waiting for us at the rainbow bridge.
She was the great grand daughter of my first beagle.
We now have great, great, great grand daughters of Bunny.
She will live on through them.
She was a Champion both in the ring and at home and has produced many Champions
She was a great dog and we will miss you Bunny.
Garfield was a good kitty, we went through a lot together that cat and me. He was there for me through thick and thin. I know he was just a cat but he was no regular cat. He was a mighty hunter in his younger days. Loved goats milk, he actually would come when I called him . I never felt alone as long as I had my wonderful Garfield. I know now he is with Bouncer playing together on the other side of the rainbow.
Bouncerwas a great dog, always willing to please and she did it with enthusiasm. She was devoted to us and us alone. Time went by way to fast and she was with us for to short of a time. She has crossed over the rainbow bridge and I know she is bouncing around waiting for us.
We will miss you girl.
A Dog's Prayer
by Beth Norman Harris
Treat me kindly, my beloved master, 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, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.
When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though you had no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshipper.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp 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 in danger.
And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest -- and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.
Dogs In Heaven?
An old man and his dog were walking down this dirt road with fences on both sides, they came to a gate in the fence and looked in, it was nice grassy, woody areas, just what a 'hunting' dog and man would like, but, it had a sign saying 'no trespassing' so they walked on. They came to a beautiful gate with a person in white robes standing there. "Welcome to Heaven" he said. The old man was happy and started in with his dog following him. The gatekeeper stopped him. "Dogs aren't allowed, I'm sorry but he can't come with you."
"What kind of Heaven won't allow dogs? If he can't come in, then I will stay out with him. He's been my faithful companion all his life, I can't desert him now."
"Suit yourself, but I have to warn you, the Devil's on this road and he'll try to sweet talk you into his area, he'll promise you anything, but the dog can't go there either. If you won't leave the dog, you'll spend Eternity on this road."
So the old man and dog went on. They came to a rundown fence with a gap in it, no gate, just a hole. Another old man was inside. "S'cuse me Sir, my dog and I are getting mighty tired, mind if we come in and sit in the shade for awhile?"
"Of course, there's some cold water under that tree over there. Make yourselves comfortable"
"You're sure my dog can come in? The man down the road said dogs weren't allowed anywhere."
"Would you come in if you had to leave the dog?"
"No sir, that's why I didn't go to Heaven, he said the dog couldn't come in.
We'll be spending Eternity on this road, and a glass of cold water and some shade would be mighty fine right about now. But, I won't come in if my buddy here can't come too, and that's final."
The man smiled a big smile and said "Welcome to Heaven."
"You mean this is Heaven? Dogs ARE allowed? How come that fellow down the road said they weren't?"
"That was the Devil and he gets all the people who are willing to give up a life long companion for a comfortable place to stay. They soon find out their mistake, but then it's too late. The dogs come here, the fickle people stay there. GOD wouldn't allow dogs to be banned from Heaven. After all, HE created them to be man's companions in life, why would he separate them in death?"
Ten Commandments for Pet Owners
1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years.
Any separation from you will be very painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.
Do not break my spirit with your temper, though I will always forgive you.
Your patience and understanding will teach me more quickly those things you want me to learn.
3. Have me spayed or neutered.
4. Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for your kindness than mine.
Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment.
After all, you have your job, your friends, your entertainment.
I have only you.
5. Speak to me often.
Even if I don't understand all your words, I understand your voice when it's speaking to me.
Your voice is the sweetest sound I ever hear, as you must know by my enthusiastic excitement when your footsteps fall upon my waiting ear.
6. Please take me inside when it's cold and wet.
I'm a domestic animal and am no longer accustomed to the bitter elements.
I ask for little more than your gentle hands petting me.
Keep my bowl filled with clean water; I cannot tell you when I'm thirsty.
Feed me good food so that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to be by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to share with you my life, for that is what I live for.
However you treat me, I'll never forget it.
7. Don't hit me.
Remember, I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in you hand, but 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 am not getting the right food, I've been out in the sun too long, or my heart may be getting old and weak.
9. Take care of me when I get old.
You will grow old too.
10. When I am very old, when I no longer enjoy good health, please do not make heroic efforts to keep me going.
I am not having fun.
Just see to it that my trusting life is taken gently.
And be with me on that difficult journey when it is time to say goodbye.
Never say, "I can't bear to watch".
Everything is easier for me when you are there.
I will leave this earth knowing with my last breath that my fate was always safest in your hands.
I love you.