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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.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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A letter Ashley wrote about him:.

“Joey was a great dog, he had a hard life, but he came to know, love & trust us in the end. he took awhile to warm up to us. He had a tough life in the puppy mill and didn’t know how to act or be a real dog. He was also an older dog and that was good too. he liked to sit with us and cuddle with us.

In the end, Joey had a lot of love and he really did care about us. We all were very discouraged when he had to be put down on June 8, 2010, but we will love and care for him always. Ashley and Family”

Barb Dininger

 Joseph Thomas Lavin
(August 2, 1945 - October 20, 2005)

Joe is the father of Almost Home Canine Rescue member, Julie Lavin. Joe loved animals, and especially dogs. Joe's
first dog was Rex, a beloved terrier mix. He is survived by Lucy, his Bichon Frise, who misses her daddy very much. Obituary

If you would like to add a photo and brief story in memory of your pet. Please submit a picture of your dog, and a suggested donation of $25, to be a part of our Rainbow Bridge Memorial Site. Contact


Rescued October 21st, 2003
Went to the Rainbow Bridge
March 29th, 2004. A little dog
who taught everyone the gift of
trust and forgiveness.

Carl Hoel and Duchess special friends of Almost Home. Carl crossed the bridge January 30th of 2004.Duchess joined Carl on the other side of the rainbow bridge February 15, 2004.

However briefly they shared our lives they helped light the dark spots in our days.

Diva (aka "Angel")
Found her way to Ky's heart and bed from July - November, 2004 - Was dearly loved in her very short life. Beloved best friend always. Will see her again over the bridge.

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

Thomas Neuman May 9, 1954-February 2, 2007

Tom Neuman and his wife Manuela provided foster care for many homeless dogs over the last 3 years. Tom dearly loved each and every dog and provided the best of care to each as they waited for their forever home to be found. Tom will be greatly missed by everyone at Almost Home.

Memorial for Maggie Leibel

1991 - 2006

What a wonderful life we shared!

"Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.
Yet, if they find warmth therein, who would begrudge them those years that they have so guarded? And whatever they take, be sure they have deserved."

In Memory of Puddy Joe Boldt

He was a much loved little friend and is missed so very much.

From his Other Mother, Shirley Hansen
Miracle's Memorial

Little Miracle lost her battle for a new life during surgery 07/19/2006.

Last week we rescued 13 puppy mill survivors. We kept 3 of the dogs and the other 10 went to another rescue.

My vet called me about 10 am on Friday to let me know that she was taking the silver toy poodle into surgery. An hour later the tech called and said that they opened her up and found huge tumors and a ruptured uterus, and tumors were attached to major organs and she did not think they could save her.

I went to the clinic about one o'clock to visit with the vet and find out what was happened. I was thrilled to find out that they were still in surgery trying to save her!

My vet believes the poodle was pregnant, giving birth and was having a hard time, so the miller gave her Oxytocin to force her to give birth and not have to do a c-section. This caused her uterus to rupture and the pups were never born. The pups stayed inside and basically rotted in their sacs and the sacs attached to her bladder, spleen, stomach and intestines. Her intestines were pulled and entwined into the mess. They had to cut and reattach her intestines in 2 places and delicately cut the mass off her organs. The mass was enormous for this little 6 pound poodle, the mass weighed 1/2 pound. My vet called another vet into surgery, a vet who was from western SD filling in for a vet on vacation. 2 vet techs assisted. Neither vet had ever seen anything like this and could not believe she was alive. The vets said she would not have lived 2 more weeks like this. She was a fighter throughout the surgery and the vet named her Miracle. I stayed with her post op, and she came out of the surgery ok! Her little docked tail even wagged when I talked to her.

Over the weekend, Miracle developed pacretitis and Peritonitis. She needs our prayers and thoughts for a speedy recovery; she is very ill.

The mass was enormous and absolutely horrifying. Miracle had to be in misery for a long time. This is the misery of puppy mills!

Julie Lavin: posted 07/17/06
Miracles Memorial donor: Susan Battista