This is Sally as a puppy in August 1998 not long after she joined our family. Sally was one of the "children" to us as we were told I would not be able to have children. She helped to heal some of those pains and our dogs Pupster and Baxter accepted her fully and became an inseperable pack. They have since passed as well so she was the last of our original "crew". I know they are so happy to see her again.
Here I am with her and my faithful Baxter. Sally always liked to lay in our lap and be carried around like a baby....then she grew into a 100 pound bundle of love, so that started to become more difficult.
She was there for us through all our moves, our heartaches, our joys and touching the lives of everyone she met.
When God blessed us with our girls by nothing short of a miracle...Sally became their protector and loved them with all her heart. Each day would she would sit at the front door and wait for them to come home from school and for me to come back inside after taking them out. She'd also accompany me to the mailbox.
Always faithful...these girls could climb on her, tug her ears and tail and she'd never flinch...
She liked to take long walks with my Dad at their house.....
My brother in law Brent taught her how to give you her paw and as you would sit down she would come up next to you and continuously give you her paw. As long as you kept petting she was good...as soon as you'd stop she'd kept hitting you with her paw over and over....
As long as she could be right with you she was happy....
Come on PopPop! I'm ready for my walk!!!
And I know you have some treats waiting for me too....
She was always such the lady...crossing her feet each time she layed down.
THE RAINBOW BRIDGE POEM
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....
BEYOND THE RAINBOW
As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,
I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade
I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble-free
Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.
I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, an on the other side
Were meadows rich and beautiful - lush and green and wide
And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see
Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be
My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new
And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do
I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright
That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright glow pierced the night
"Twas the glow of many candles, shining bright and strong and bold
And I knew then that it held your love in it's brilliant shades of gold.
For although we may not be together in the way we used to be
We are still connected by a cord no one can see
So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart
If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart
I stood by your bed last night; I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying you found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today; your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today; you tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you; I smiled and said, "it's me."
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew...
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning
and say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to be with me.
- Author Unknown
Prayer for pets #1
Heavenly Father, Creator of all things, thank you for having entrusted us with a loyal pet.
Thank you for letting him teach us unselfish love.
Thank you for the memories that we can recall to brighten our days for the rest of our lives.
Finally, in gratitude, we return our pet to you.
Prayer for pets #2
Heavenly Father... We know that not even a sparrow falls without your knowledge, so we know that you are here with us today.
Although this beloved companion animal will be missed very much, we give thanks to you for allowing us to have so many wonderful years with her. Thank you for this and for all thy blessing, Lord.
Prayer for pets #3
Lord Almighty God, this animal brought sunshine to us and was a vital part of our lives.
His passing has created a void in our hearts that cannot be filled.
We do not question the will of God, but ask Him to be merciful in our loss.
Kathllen said last night "she'll be up there with Uncle Patrick now, right? And he'll take good care of her won't he?" Yes sweet girl he will......
Sally we will miss your kisses and hugs, your presence everywhere, your devotion, our car rides together, your favorite meals , treats, and foods, your warm fur and soft nuzzles....we're missing a piece of our hearts...
"The one, absolute, unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog"
-Sen. George Graham Vest
Rest in peace dear Sally.....we already miss you so much. This house is so hard to be in here by myself without you.