Lily - October 2004, 14 years, 10 months old

Lily literally ended up on my lap the day I went to care for her and her littermates after her owner called me because he had to work late the day they were born. I ended up caring for them every night after work and eventually, even with her little eyes closed, she crawled across a long floor and up on my legs like 'I know you're there! Take me home!' Well, of course, I did. We enjoyed her friendship, loyalty, and love for just shy of 15 years before Cushing's disease took her to the Bridge in the early morning hours of October 1st. Lily will always be sadly missed by her mom and dad, but mostly, her dad, who attached her to his hip during her final months and nursed her and cared for her every need. We miss you little Redhead. We will forever. Thank you for your love and total devotion during your time with us. With Eternal Love: Mommy, Daddy, Reggie and Rudy

Claratan 'Charlie' Brown McMullen - October 2004, 9 years, 5 months old

Dear Charlie,
When you looked back at us, we saw a human soul behind your beautiful golden face. From the time when you came to us as a last-minute change of plan, you were meant to be with us.We love you, our darling little baby brown and no matter what we gave you, you always gave back a million times over.

If tears could build a stairway
And heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
And bring you back again.

Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same.
But as he calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.

Perhaps He tires- always calling
The aged to his fold,
And so he picks a rosebud,
Before it can grow old.

He knows how much we need them
And so he picks but few;
To make the land of heaven
More beautiful to view.

Melvin - October 2004, 13 years, 6 months old

The house is very quiet without Melvin. He ruled the house as any dachshund worth his salt would. He patroled the food dishes and verified that no strangers were lurking in the front and back yards. He got us up early, way before the sun rose to begin our days and give him lots of cookies and kisses. He lay on the couch and caught the best sun rays weaving through the windows. He greated us home from our long days with excitement and love. He kept his brother Gus in line and made sure he didn't go where he wasn't supposed to.

Melvin preformed great services for us...eliminating the need for throw pillows (he ate them all) and blankets and also throwing up on the clean parts of the rug to provide 'uniformity'.

We put in grass for him that he avoided like hot coals. We loved as our little boy. We are trying to figure out what to do without him. We suddenly have a lot of time on our hands, time that was spent fullfilling Melvin's every wish and desire.

We miss you sweetie...

Carol, Susan and Gus

Augie - October 2004, 13 years, 2 months old

Today I lost my best friend, Augie. He was the best dog in the world. He was slowing down this past summer and I knew this day would come because he was getting on in his years, but still it hurts so badly. He was suffering from liver disease. I got Augie when he was five weeks old. He was a beautiful pup. Augie loved to play with his family. He especially loved when his granpa would stop by with kiebasi. We would put it on the counter and go into another room, and sure enough he would be at the counter waiting for a slice. He loved to go bye-bye in the car. When my husband came home he knew that whistle and would run to the door. Augie, you will be missed so much, I can't imagine waking up and not seeing you anymore. I am glad I stayed with you when Doc put sent you to the Rainbow Bridge. You're at rest now, Augie doggie - we will all miss you very much love you.
Dad, Mom, Joey, Eddie, Johnny and your playmate, Sonny

Mac - October 2004, 12 yearsold

I am going to miss you so much, Mac. The little things you used to do are now in my thoughts. Seeing your favourite chair empty now, hurts, I now imagine you being there. That big dog attitude you carried in a little body. Your barking at the thunder as the storms rolled through. Rolling onto your back to have your belly rubbed, kicking your paws for me not to stop. Finding you at the pound was one of the best parts of my life and will be looking towards the day that we cross the Rainbow Bridge together.

Redhound Satin Doll - October 2004, 14 years, 9 months old

Went to sleep on 28 October - our very special friend.

Barkley von Broge - October 2004, 11 years, 7 months old

My dear baby Barkley left this earth much too early. He came into my life in the summer of 1993 when he was about four months old, a gift from my aunt and uncle. Barkley stole my heart from the moment I laid eyes on him. He was my constant companion and faithful friend. Nobody could snuggle like he could. He had a great smile and the best word to describe him was joyful - he always had a wag and a kiss to offer. I found a quote by an anonymous author that I think describes him so perfectly: 'He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.' The emptiness he left will never go away. I don't know what I miss most - the dance when I would come home to him, or the sweet snuggles in bed at night. I love you, dear Barkley, and look forward to the day when I'll see you again.

Molly Rector - October 2004, 8 years old

Molly came to live with us in 2004. She was four, and the cutest girl - she was asleep on our back seat within five minutes of leaving her previous owners. She felt at home right away, and must have known that as soon as we saw her, she was in our hearts. She was a soft-tempered affectionate dog, as all dashshunds are, but she was taken too soon. Congestive heart failure at 8 - with little warning - it came on fast and took our girl. We will miss her forever. Now she'll be frolicking with all of our other great dogs at the Rainbow Bridge! Miss you Mols. . .

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