this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
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”
(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
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
October 21st, 2003
Went to the Rainbow Bridge
March 29th, 2004. A little dog
who taught everyone the gift of
trust and forgiveness.
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.
briefly they shared our lives they helped light the
dark spots in our days.
Diva (aka "Angel")
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
Memorial for Maggie
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
From his Other Mother, Shirley Hansen
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
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!
Miracles Memorial donor: Susan