Big Boy passed away on January 7, 2008, and his memory will always be with us. Big Boy came to us 11 years ago when he was only 11 months old. He was infested with every worm known to man, including heartworm. He was malnutritioned and the veterinarian said he was about 3 days away from being dead.
So we fixed him up and he was one of our best dogs ever. He became guard dog #61 for Pinellas County, but most of all, he was the love of our life. Wherever we went, Big Boy went with us. Big Boy, we will miss you and you will always be in our hearts. And we will meet you at Rainbow Bridge...
George & Georgeann.
How Could You???
I was just a pup when first we met.
We knew nothing about each other yet.
Those first few weeks, You treated me well, but when I had to go out, you'd just yell that it was up to the kids to let me outside.
When they did not you paddled my hide.
I did what I could to make our bond strong, but being quite young, I did something wrong.
When a month had passed, I heard you say, "Boy, Do I regret the day!"
A collar of steel you put on me and chained me to the maple tree.
A shipping crate was my new home; into yours again I'd never roam.
As the years sped by, I longed for you to talk to me like when I was new.
The kids put food almost in my dish as I gazed at them and often wished that I had done something to make you Love Me, like I do you from this silent tree.
I guarded the house and barked the alarm when I thought that something could cause you harm.
The years have past.
I'm feeling my age;
I think you can see that I'm not the young dog I use to be.
You're standing beside me patting my head, my heart is breaking.
I'm feeling your dread, unlocking the chain that bound my lifetime; I kiss your face for what's the last time.
We go out of the city where the air smells clean.
I really don't think you think you're mean.
As you open the door to set me free, I wish you would glance back and look at me!
I'd rather be with you although you've strayed from the one person I've lived to obey.
I want it to end by that tall old tree, not here by myself, in the open country!
Don't drive away with tears in your eyes!
Please take me to die beneath familiar skies!
I'M SCARED, CAN'T YOU SEE?
I loved you no matter how bad you'd treat me!
How could you leave me here on this road?
Isn't your guilt a heavy load?
You're driving away in your car all alone!
Returning to the only home I've known without me!
Who gave you my years on the end of a chain,
PLEADING THROUGH TEARS!
(Poem By Kathleen Whiteman)
This goes out to Peter:
Peter passed away, but his cats live with us and some day they will go to see their daddy. When Peter knew he did not have much time left, he and a female friend sent his cats to live with Homeless Hounds to make sure they would never be put to sleep. We just wanted to say: If you are reading this, Peter, your cats are in good hands with Homeless Hounds and will never be hurt and will always love their daddy who really cared about them.
George & Georgeann.
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 to them, who had to be 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 quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him 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 the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.