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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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Charlie Brown
Not too many people got to meet Charlie Brown. He was a gorgeous brindle puppy we fostered for a short time. Charlie had started out life pretty normally with his litter mates. Then he just stopped eating. He came into rescue to see if there was anything that could be done to help him. He would not eat on his own - but we could syringe in food and he would swallow it. Every possibility was explored - but the mystery was never solved. Charlie was a very cuddly boy. His favorite time was when we would sit down and I would have a lap full of dogs. He would come and snuggle right down in the middle of all of them - usually right next to Dudley - another of our fosters. Dudley loved Charlie Brown. Whether Charlie was inside or outside Dudley was next to him. Charlie loved to snuggle in Dudley's fur. On July 28, 2013 Charlie Brown passed away. He took a large chunk of my heart with him.

A little memorial about Chelsea. Chelsea you had a lot of spunk! I knew you were meant to come home with us. You fit right in with our family. We loved the way you would chase your tail and bark at yourself :) we would laugh so hard, you gave us such joy. We loved you so. I loved the way you would sleep next to me and snore. The way you would sleep on your bed and sprawl out always made me smile. You were Taylor's sister as she would often call you. We miss you terribly, but we know you are with shania and Tina and she's introduce d her to you and I'm sure shania said thanks for caring for my sister while I wasn't able to

"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."

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. :)


You came to us after your beloved "Guardian Mom" passed away in June, 2009. Although your time with us was fleeting, we were reminded again of the true meaning of unconditional everlasting love. Your eyes asked only one question:" What happened to the "One" I loved? Endlessly you walked through the house, looking & hoping to hear "Her" voice or see "Her" face. Hours spent watching the street and waiting ; listening for "Her" footsteps on the path, "Her" gentle touch and know "Her" Love once again. Finally, you would curl up next to me on the couch snuggled under the blue blanket and nap; only to awaken and begin your search again. Silently, like a ghost, you became my constant shadow, your eyes asking only the ONE question: "Where is She"? "Can you help me find "Her?" Taking you in my arms was the only comfort I could offer. At night, you cried out in you sleep; sitting by your bed I stroked those nearly bald ears. Summer changed into fall and I sensed that you had grown weary of waiting for "Her" and had given up! Your vision dimmed and hearing muted, your daily piece of chesse and snuggles on the couch became our life together. As fall faded into winter, I knew our time together was growing shorter. I began a new nightly ritual of bringing you up big bed along with your "Foster Dachsie Pals". Maybe you wouldn't leave if I kept you close. No longer feeling alone in the inky darkness, you would drift off to sleep. Then, on the cold dark winter morning you said "Good Morning" to Foster Mom Diane and minutes later, with your customary grace and dignity, quietly slipped away from us. Rest long legged senior dachsie gent. Now your search is over. 12/10/09 Foster Dad Bob, Foster Mom Diane and All theVolunteers at DDR.

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