Snickers Rugby Mitchell - May 2003, 5 years, 6 months old

I can not believe how hard it has been to lose you, Snickers. My shadow, my baby, my friend. I cannot sleep at nights without you lying between my legs. I miss you greeting me with wagging tail every time I walked in the door. Your love and devotion well be in my heart forever. We love you Snickers!

Kaleigh - May 2003, 14 years old

Lieve Kaleigh,

we zullen je altijd missen! Dear Kaleigh, We will miss you always!

Reg,Anda,Dion Fabian en Sannah en Jiggel en Indra

Spuds - May 2003, 15 years old

I will forever miss you Spuds, you are my heart and soul!!!

Rickey Land - May 2003, 15 years, 1 month old

Rickey - When we were sick, you stayed at our bedsides. When we were lonely, you were our best friend. When we were bored, you reminded us to be curious about everything. When we hurt, you gave us lots of loves and licks. When there was a threat, you were our loyal protector. You never let us forget that you too were a part of our family and wanted to be included. In all things you were brave and unafraid in both sickness and in death. You trusted us and we trusted you. You were a blessing from the day you first came into our lives at eight weeks until the day when you left us at the ripe old age of 15. You never seemed to age, but was always our young pup. Rickey, wait for us on the other side in Puppy Heaven where there are always treats, lots of other sweet pups, and a loving Master. You live in our heart and eternal gratitude.

Poptart - May 2003, 13 years old

My precious Poptart,

Words cannot express how much you meant to me, my little angel. You were there when I needed you to be, and always ready with a snuggle. I miss you so much and it hurts so bad right now that my heart just feels like it is breaking. I know that you are at the Bridge, and I know that Dad met you there with open arms ready to hold his beloved Poptart. Mom and I love you angel, and will always miss you.

God speed little one,

Franklin von Falcon - May 2003, 13 years, 4 months old

Frankel, you were our 'able' dachsie who could do and command just about anything! The three years we were graced with you little Franklin were far too short. They were also the happiest, most intensely gratifying of our lives. You have taught us a great deal about living one day at a time, enjoying each day for the simple pleasures they bring, and just how very important good food, a human roof over your head and lots of love and well-timed snacks are. You are a dog of no excuses. You're also a tough, spunky little guy and were so absolutely adored and loved. Mike and I and your siblets (Johnnie, Soosy, Sibble, SonDog and Magellean) will always love you and will miss you terribly. You are forever inside each of our hearts. We hope one day to be with you again. Please be the one to give us the precious gift of you again. As we like to say in our little home....GOD is spelled DOG backwards!

Lots and lots of love, big hugs and kisses on all your soft wrinkly parts your mama oh-so-loved. Please watch over us while we are apart and make a cameo appearance whenever you can.

Cindi and Mike Yates, Harlingen, TX USA

Otto Dackel;Crist - May 2003, 7 years, 3 months old

Otto, My Little Master.

Your leaving for the Rainbow Bridge, after your sudden intestinal illness, left me so very sad my tears are still flowing strong. Life will never be the same without you. You lived faithfully by the 10 Dachsiemandments, you where indeed the Lord of the House, and your territory shall always be yours alone. I will always hold you in my heart, 'till I can hold you once again in my arms and shower you once more with love and affection upon your demand.

Love you always, Mama

Oscar Meyer Weinerman - May 2003, 9 years old

Oscar brought life, laughter, and love into our home. We lost him to a back injury that was too much for him to indure. Our home is not the same without him. It's amazing how quiet it is, even though we have two other dogs. He was a powerful force in our home. His soul was way bigger than his body could handle. In his prime he ran agility, did obedience and was learning fly ball. He loved everything about life and everybody. We miss him dearly.

Herbie Wirick - May 2003, 14 years, 5 months old


We miss you so very much. The days are not the same without you by our side. You touched so many lives for such a short-legged guy. You are missed by so many and we will never, never forget you...

Always in our hearts and Souls...we love and miss you very much and keep on waggin' your tail...

Love, Mommy and Daddy

Merlin - May 2003, 11 years old

Merlin was like a member of our family, in fact he was the patriarch. When he wanted to sit on the couch he would let you know, and if you didn't put his blanket on just so than you would hear the wrath of Merlin. He had a very distinctive personality and you could always tell what he was thinking. Even though all of our other dogs are much bigger than him, he made sure to keep them in line. I will grieve for him deeply because I have lost not only my dog but also a very close friend.

Bocci - May 2003, 6 years old

My little bundle of energy and fun. You were the light in my life during the dark times, a cold nose and loving lick when things seemed their worst. Even in those times you could make me laugh with your antics. You left me too soon, and with a hole in my heart and silence in the home. But I know you are no longer suffering, and are now free to run and do as you please. I will love you always.

Your broken hearted Mom.

Rusty DeAblo Smith - May 2003, 4 years, 8 months old

Rusty would have been five years old this September. I couldn't have children so my husband got me Rusty when he was nine weeks old - we went through a lot together. My husband was a violent man and Rusty saved my life the last time my husband tried to kill me. We are divorced now and I wasn't afraid to be alone 'cause I knew Rusty would never let anyone or anything hurt me. I was visiting friends two days ago and had let Rusty and his little sister, Jessie, stay outside while I was gone 'cause it was such a pretty day. Rusty was protecting Jessie from two larger dogs while I was gone and got killed in the process. I still have my little Jessie girl but my Rusty is gone..... He was so much a part of me, it just doesn't seem possible that he isn't here anymore. I just can't imagine being without him. I still keep expecting him to walk through that door with his tail wagging and that little smile on his face. I have had to deal with a lot of things over the last few years and Rusty was my strength. He always knew when I was hurting inside and when I just couldn't take any more and he would come up and press against me (hug me). And he would love on me and It always gave me that extra energy and strength I needed to make it through. Now I need him more than ever to help me get through this heartache and he can't be here to help me through. I know he will always be with me and a part of me,oh but to think I have to live without ever seeing his beautiful little face again just breaks me into and my heart is literally hurting. I have a daughter now, a miracle from God, But Rusty was and will always be my first child and I truly hurt for I have lost my baby...

Brisket Burnett - (aka Briskee, Briskee Maru, Mr Moo) - May 2003, 17 years, 11 months old

The name Brisket came from me kidding around with my Uncle Don. He asked what we were going to call the little dog. I said, 'I'll fire up the grill and call him a brisket if he doesn't behave.'

Brisket came to live with us in September 1985. The little red dachsund was about two-and-a-half months old. We were told he was the runt of the litter with no personality. The first night home we tried everything (including a wind-up alarm clock) to get him to sleep in a box. As soon as we left him he'd start crying. We moved him out into the garage but he cried loud enough to keep us awake. So, onto the bed he came and stayed 17 years and eight months. What a con this little dog was. He had our number from the git-go. He learned the words 'ready to go' in about two trips. He loved to ride in the car and insisted on the window being down so he could take air samples. His favorite treats were french fries or cantaloupe. We almost lost the little dog at about two years old. Something he ate punctured his intestine and he almost bled to death. He was in shock by the time we got to the vet and he stayed in ICU for a couple of days. Brisket had bad teeth so we had to have them cleaned on a regular basis. He also went through two back surgeries and two bladder stone surgeries. He was such a tough little guy, always recovering quickly and 'ready to go'. He loved playing fetch-the-old-sock or fight-with-the-hand. And, I hate to burst so many other dog owners' bubbles but this is just a fact: Brisket was the best dog there ever was. Wednesday 14 May 2003 was the toughest day of our lives together. Brisket woke us up before the alarm clock went off. He was having some kind of seizure. He was not able to stand up or hold his head up even after a couple of hours. Fortunately he didn't seem to be in any pain. He had been blind and deaf for about a year and a half and had been on arthritis meds for several years. Up until that day he had still been carrying on a pretty good routine and still seemed to be enjoying himself. Anyway we had to make the most painful decision a pet owner ever has to make. We spent four hours holding him and loving him up. We held him till the very end - right where he would have expected us to be. Brisket, we love and miss you. See you in a little bit.

My Hamlet Hackney - May 2003, 8 years, 2 months old

On 28 May 2003, my darling dachsie baby left this world for a better place. Hamlet, we miss you so much and hope that you are now at the Rainbow Bridge, reunited with your big brother Pepper (terrier-poodle mix). It grieved us so to see you hurting and having trouble breathing but at least you didn't suffer long. We were at your side as your spirit left this earth. Oh, our precious little fur baby, our Hammy-Dooder, we miss you so very much. We hope your heart is strong and healthy once again and you are chasing blue balls, playing with squeaky toys, and romping in the sunlight. We will see you again someday, Little Hamlet (the nose).
Love, Mom, Dad, Jenny, Tybo and Sassy

Sweet Elvis - May 2003, 2 years old

To A Puppy

May you now be romping,
Digging, digging, playing
Where it is always seventy-two
Where the sun is always shining.
I hope that is where you have made your way to -
Where the sun is always shining -
While here from now on we will be pining
For what now will never be.
There is a tragedy in losing you,
My dear, dear friend.
A cliché perhaps
But right now it seems that our pain will never end.
However, the greater tragedy would have been
The absence of your love and you in our lives
So I have to believe, need to believe,
For you do believe
That you are now somewhere above
Romping, playing, digging, living
Where the sun is always shining,
Where it's always seventy-two.
I will believe that always because
It gives me hope that someday
I will see you
Again. My dear, dear friend.

Tigger (Lady Ann) - May 2003, 16 years, 3 months, 19 days old

It seems so hard to be writing this - she was everything to me and still is. What started out in my lap ended in my lap. She was no bigger than a personal check. When I got her at about five weeks, I was 22 years old, and had just lost a beloved friend of 12 years. Tigger came into my life when I needed it the most. She knew when I was sad and needed a kiss or just someone to cuddle with. She slept with me every night on her blanket and it's still on the bed .I still feel her there with me. She will always come and sleep there with me. I well never love like I love her. I promised her I could take care of myself and she could go, but I didn't say I wouldn't cry and miss her. Some days I cry a lot but I know she is not in pain with her pancreas or kidneys or her tummy any more. I stayed up at night with her when she was. I had such a bond that I could feel her pain at times and knew when she was going to be sick. Now she is never sick - she is her young happy self again and I will see her at the Bridge some day.
With all my love, Mommy

Miss Millie Maxximus - May 2003, 6 months old

We loved you, Millie, and miss you greatly. We will be together again someday.Millie's Poem

Dear master and mistress
I know you're heartsore
But please don't be blue
Don't cry anymore
I'll wait right here for you.

God lent me to you
Four months and 12 days
Then He called me back
Yes, it was a short stay!
Here's where I'll wait for you.

Where the old seem so young
And the hurt have been healed
There is no more illness
Only comfort we feel!
In this place where I wait for you.

I'll remember your voices
Your gentle caresses
I'll miss licking your faces
And nipping your tresses!
While I am waiting for you.

I know that you loved me
With a love pure and true
I know that you miss me -
I miss you, too!
I'll dream while I wait for you.

Many others are here
Romping and playing with joy
The grass soft and cool
With no shortage of toys!
May I play while I wait for you?

I want to join them
And bark, jump and run
I know you won't mind
When you call me, I'll come!
Because I am waiting for you.

Love, Millie

In loving memory of Miss Millie Maxximus, born 22 November 2002, came to us 17 January 2003, died 28 May 2003.

Heidi Kleines Jafari - May 2003, 12 years old

To my best baby girl in the world. I love you with all my heart and know that you will always be with me. Remember the fun times we had at the beach boogie boarding and riding around in the car. Until we meet again.... I love you.

Charlie Oscar (Char Char Binks) - May 2003, 5 years old

To our darling boy, Charlie Oscar (Char Char Binks) - You brought such joy and love into our lives in five short years. Even when you chewed a hole in the couch or tried to play with Kourtney's stuffed animals, we still loved you. Putting you to sleep was the hardest decision we have ever made but we knew it was for the best: you couldn't play ball or run and chase the squirels anymore; your back was not getting any better and we did not want you suffering anymore. We still have our "charlie moments" when we think of you. Our hearts are still hurting but we know you are in a better place. Rest peacefully now our little sweetheart. We will never forget you. Your loving family.

Maxie Vanderfeen - May 2003, 12 years, 6 months old

For our darling Maxie,

Your unending love kept us smiling when things were down,
Your joy for life made us forget our worries with a laugh,
For all your giving you asked nothing,
Now I give you a piece of my heart to take with you,
Your sister and constant companion misses you, so does everyone who knew you,
I'll see you in my dreams, sweet boy.

Duchess Fugate - May 2003, 19 months old

I loved my silver dapple pup with all my heart. I still love her and think of her dail.y Someone took her from my heart and I will never get that back. I know I can never replace her, she was so special to me and she was a very couragious pup. We all miss you sooo much Dutchess.
Love Mom, Dad, Jacob, Noah, and Sandy

Claire - The Baroness Chocolate E. Claire - May 2003, 13 years, 2 months, 14 days old

Our beloved diva dachshund, a.k.a.The Baroness Chocolate E. Claire, or 'Claire' to friends and family, was an amazing soul. She lost her long battle with cancer on 5 May 2003, surrounded by all of her family who adored her. We could not let her suffer and helped her pass to end the pain of inoperable cancer and multiple siezures. She was a 12 pound mini chocolate smooth who loved everyone and everything. She was smart, funny and wonderful with a true passion for life. Claire enjoyed everything from den trails to pet therapy and loved to show off her great beauty both inside and out. Her greatest delight was hunting chipmunks in our back yard and, to our amazement, she actually caught one last summer. Claire was our world and we will miss her sweetness and gentle love. Our lives have been so enriched by her presence and even though we only held her in our arms for 13 years, we will hold her close in our hearts forever.

Fritzgerald of Kent - May 2003, 3 years, 8 months old

Fritzy, Daddy is going to bring you your collar some day and we will play together once again... I love you and miss you more each day...
Your loving Daddy

Dach - May 2003, 8 years old

My family and I adopted this loving dog named Dach. He was the best dog in the whole world. He would come when you called him and look at you when there was something wrong and with that cute innocent look you knew everything was ok. When he left our house everything was different and it's not the same. We all miss you, Dach, very dearly. Wait for me at the Rainbow Bridge.
Love you lots, love Eva-Marie

Nina Simone - May 2003, 3 years, 2 months old


The day has come for us to part.
The pain has struck my heart -
My soul is disturbed.
The time has come for us to say good-bye.
I tried so hard to forget the pain
But it was a never ending pain.
You dealt with it the best you could.
For days I thought about it
But could not find any solution.
My mind is kept on play all the time.
The happy fun days filled with mischief and laughter
We shared together Nina, my angel.
They just seem to be yesterday, Nina.
The wonderful spark you left is still afresh, my little angel.
I cannot imagine life without you
But I look to the Lord for guidance.
Thank you for sharing your short life with me.
Good-bye, great one. I will love you forever.
May your soul be laid to rest -
Rest on all your good deeds.


Brea - May 2003, 3 years old

Dear Brea,
This is from your Aunt Tami. I want you to know that your Mommy, Kim, misses you sooo much! She talks about you all of the time. Your little life was cut way too short. You had so much more to give, like the baby that you gave me here in my lap. Tiffani is the best thing that you ever did - everyone says how much she looks like you. Your mommy gets to see her and loves her lots, but Brea, there will never be another you. Buster misses you and so does your son, Dozer. We all hope and pray that you are happy and hope to see you at the Bridge.

Love Mom Kim,Daddy Wayne and all who knew you, and from me and your daughter Tiffani - Love YOU...

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