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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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Willie- Our Beloved Drama Queen
Our Beloved Little Willie was a black and tan short hair mini Dachsie Guy. My son got Willie as a puppy. When Willie was 2 years old, Jason moved to an apartment and Willie needed to find a new home. Jason called me and asked me if I wanted Willie? Of course I did! The following weekend, I drove 19 hours and 1350 miles from Rapid City, SD to Phoenix, AZ to get Willie and make the return trip to Rapid City and Willie's new home. Willie soon became known to one and all as a "Drama Queen" because if he wanted something he would begin to whine and this would escalate into a ear shattering shriek until he got what he wanted! Willie developed chronic kidney failure in late 2007. We were told our Little Boy probably wouldn't be with us for Christmas. But, he not only got to open his Christmas Stocking, he helped Ring in the New Year and saw the beginning of Spring. We had been able to control the kidney failure with a strict diet of Specialized food, tons of chopped baby carrots, and sub Q fluids three times weekly. Then, on April 17, 2008 in less than 1 hour, Willie developed twisted stomach or "bloat" and began screaming from the terrible pain. We rushed him to the emergency Vet clinic where he had gone 3 times a week for iv fluids that helped control the kidney failure. When Dr Heidi explained what "twisted stomach or bloat" was; showed us the Xray was and explained that a healthy 2 year old only had a 30 to 40% chance of surviving the corrective surgery. Our Little Guy was 14.5 yrs with failing kidneys and in terrible pain. With tears flowing down our cheeks, we kept our last promise to Willie and held him in our arms as we helped him began his Journey to The Bridge. Willie, while you wait for Papa Russ and Daddy Bob, run and play with Gretchen I and II, Trina, Heidi, Fritz, Schotize, Leibshen and Lilla. You were Our Drama Queen and Our Best Little Boy! We will miss you every day for the rest of our lives.

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