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Rainbow Bridge

 

THE RAINBOW BRIDGE

 

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 . . .

~Author Unknown

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Hercules

Hercules wasn't a dachshund but he was the guardian of the dachshunds. When we brought Joey, our first foster dachshund, home he was in horrible shape and he found great comfort in being by Hercules' side. When Hercules died suddenly we knew we had to do something in his honor, that's how DDR came about . We loved our lab and our dachshunds and Hercules shared his bed, his bowl, his home with any dachshund that came through our door. Our big red dog now wanders the 100 acre woods across the Rainbow Bridge. I know he waits there for us so we can garden, chase rabbits and play as we used to. He'll someday be the keeper of the dachshunds again.I miss my big red dog!




Joey
Joey was our very first foster for the Humane Society, before DDR ever was a thought. Joey was so afraid of people, when you approached him he was splay out on all four legs as close to the ground as he could for fear you would hurt him. It took a very long time, lots of love and another outgoing dachshund named Phoebe and a great lab named Hercules to help Joey learn to trust and then love us. Joey taught us the true meaning of unconditional love. Rest in peace my little friend, chase the rabbits with Hercules, keep Grandpa Dick company while you wait for me at the Rainbow Bridge.


Chuck Norris
I just wanted to give you an update on Chuck Norris (not sure if you remember every dog that comes your way.) It's not a happy update, Chuck (or George as my kids renamed him) passed away on Saturday. He didn't suffer much, he went into cardiac arrest (unexpectedly) and the emergency vets did all they could, but it was just his time. I just wanted to give you a HUGE amount of thank yous. What you do is amazing and just want to encourage to keep it up! George (Chuck) was only in our house for 2 years, but we are so thankful for every moment we spent with him. He was the best! Probably the smartest dog I've ever met. He could communicate with us by pointing with his nose. I've never had a dog that did that (or maybe I did and I wasn't paying attention.) He loved life, his bed, his many toys, our other dog Chip (they became best buddies), playing games that he would invent, watching the Great British Bake Off, herding my kids, his backyard, and he love routine--which made my wife say that he was a dog after her own heart. It breaks our hearts that the first 10 years of his life he was in a puppy mill, we can't imagine what that must've been like for such a smart boy like he was. I wish I could tell the owner of that place that they missed out on an incredible dog. Thank you, thank you, thank you and Dakota Dachshund for rescuing him! We will never forget him. We loved our Georgie boy! Our oldest boy said that even though it was only for two years, it was worth every moment. With Love, The Nichols Family (Chris, Sarah, Jonah, Neeley, and Violet) p.s. I attached a picture of him with his best buddy, Chip. Our bed was George's favorite spot in the house. :)

Chester
"When we decided to get a fur baby, we looked around for a long time, and at a LOT of different breeds. But then we found a group that rescued doxies. For our lifestyle and home, we came to the decision that that kind of dog would be the best fit for us. What sealed the deal was the picture of the most adorable, brown-eyed little boy we'd ever seen. Those stereotypical sad looking eyes that make anyone melt, even a halfway tough guy like me, sold us completely. From the moment we met him till the last breath he took, he was part of our family. He was a "wonderful" protector, if not maybe a little over protective. And he never, up until the last couple years, was found without a toy in his mouth or next to him while he was sleeping. And when our daughter was born, he was so gentle with her, never once nipping at her, no matter what. As time went on and she got old enough, he would perk up as soon as she came down the steps because he knew it was food time. He's going to be very, very sorely missed. Rest easy Chester, and we'll see you when we cross over that bridge."


Nitzel
Nitzel or as we would call her our Nitzypop was a loving dog who would greet you everyday with a wag and a lick and once you settled in she would cuddle or take over any chair she deemed hers. We fell in love with her quirky personality and those ears would just make you laugh how she could stand them up and I do mean straight up. She had the biggest eyes that always said she loved her owners and her roommate. She started having health issues a few weeks back and was not living to her fullest we did all we could do to keep her happy, we had taken her to the vet to have her tested when her neck swelled up to only be told that she had cancer in her lymph nodes. We are sad to say that the vet did everything he could but he felt it beat to let her gain her angel wings and set her free from the pain. RIP baby girl and run free.

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