Don't Have Souls, Do
by Robert May
remember bringing you home. You were so small and cuddly with your tiny
paws and soft fur.
bounced around the room with eyes flashing and ears flopping. Once in awhile,
you'd let out a little yelp just to let me know that this was your territory.
a mess of the house and chewing on everything in sight became a passion,
and when I scolded you, you just put your head down and looked up at me
with those innocent eyes, as if to say, "I'm sorry, but I'll do it again
as soon as you're not watching."
you got older, you protected me by looking out the window and barking at
everyone who walked by. When I had a tough day at work, you would be waiting
for me with your tail wagging, just to say, "Welcome home. I missed you."
You never had a bad day and I could always count on you to be there for
I sat down to read the paper and watch TV, you would hop on my lap, looking
for attention. You never asked for anything more than to have me pat your
head so you could go to sleep with your head over my leg.
you got older, you moved around more slowly. Then, one day, old age finally
took its toll and you couldn't stand on those wobbly legs anymore. I knelt
down and patted you lying there, trying to make you young again. You just
looked up at me as if to say that you were old and tired and that after
all these years of not asking for anything, you had to ask me for one favor.
tears in my eyes, I drove you one last time to the vet. One last time you
were lying next to me. For some strange reason, you were able to stand
up in the animal hospital; perhaps it was your sense of pride.
the vet prepared us for your crossing over the Rainbow Bridge, you turned your head and
looked at me as if to say,
you for taking care of me."
thought, "No.... thank you for taking care of me."
In Memory of....
12 years ago I helped bring you into this world. I wiped your bottom and made sure your momma was feeding you.
Now I'm having to let you go back to her and your daddy at The Rainbow Bridge. I love you so much Maddie!
RIP 4/1/04 - 10/14/16 sweetheart
SPARKY..crossed the rainbow bridge on 6/9/2016.
We miss him so much!
My first BT fur child, Daisy Doo. She was 14 before she went over the rainbow.
St. Cloud, MN
Becky on the left--she passed October 2015 at age 12...and Sir Reggie
on the right--he passed in July 2013 at age 13. I can still feel them
sleeping beside me.
Sweet Tank left us in April 2015. He was the best boy ever. We miss him still. Love you my boy.
Kathy Etten Quartana
Obee crossed on Friday 9/16/16. Miss him terrible.
This is Big Daddy...aka Spuds. We were faithful companions for 13 yrs. I drove for a living, escorting over-sized truck loads all up and down the east coast. Spuds never missed a trip and as a woman working alone and having to be at truck stops and isolated areas, Spuds was my constant protection, never letting anyone get close enough to do harm. We got him a girlfriend when he was 9 yrs old and have his offspring to keep his memory alive for quite some time to come. He passed in 2013, almost 14 yrs old..and is sorely missed.
6/10/03-9/17/15. Louie was our first Boston.
She was sweet, very loving, gave the best sloppy kisses, loved to "help"
mow the grass, and was the squirrels greatest nemesis. She loved
chasing them and could jump almost to the top of our 6' fence. She
injured her back when she was about 8 years old and gradually lost the
feeling in her hind legs due to ruptured discs
and became totally hind-legged paralyzed at age 10. It did not slow
her down and she loved running around the backyard in her "wheels".
She was diagnosed with Cushings in April of 2015. She could not
tolerate the medicine and finally succumbed to it on September 17, 2015
when we helped her cross over the bridge. Sophie her Boston sister and
Freddie her Bichon brother as well as my husband and I miss her every
is my Miss Bug. 08/29/02-11/01/14. She was our first BT....our dogter
(we have no 2-legged)...our pride & joy. In her last year with us,
she was diagnosed with Cushings as well as issues with her kidneys. We
did all we could to help her with these issues, but in the end, we had
to see her thru her final journey. I held her in my arms as she
crossed, one of the hardest things I've ever needed to do, but I vowed
she'd not go alone. She crossed on the exact day, 12 years from when
she made our house, a home. Miss Bug will always be our little girl.
Loving her always, forgetting her never.....
Gibson Les Paul Morris
6/13/09 - 3/23/2016. The love of his momma's life and the best pup pup that ever pup pupped.
is our little "Ditto"....she was a puppy mill rescue dog. When we
adopted her, she had most of her teeth removed and her front leg had
been broken and never set. The leg was not useful, but she was able to
manage walking on it. We gave this little princess the life she should
have had all along....a nice comfy bed, great food, medical care and
most important, tons of love. She would come hobbling
to the front door when we would walk in and had a smile on her face.
When walking became more difficult for her, I purchased her a stroller
and she traveled in style. Our little girl was with us for about two
and a half years until she crossed over. My son still misses her and
she will always be in our hearts. Ditto left us in November 2009.
He went to the rainbow bridge June 6, 2015, just after his 10th
birthday. It gets easier but I still miss him so much. He was my first
Michelle Luongo Patel
Here's my Jack celebrating his
12th birthday. He died two years ago...a day after celebrating his 13
birthday...he had gotten very sick. I miss him every day. Jack crossed
over on August 11, 2014.
Loved and missed by Rose Anzaldi -
Sam stole my heart when I saw him. I had to wait 3 months to get him
because they wanted to show him and later I learned after I got him they
realized they gave me the wrong dog. I'll love him forever and if only
I could kiss him one more time I'd be in heaven. RIP Sam 8/1995 - 1/2007
Kathie C. Covell
Denham Springs, LA
is my Spike. He was such an awesome dog. He was born deaf and with a
hairlip -- and was our trucking companion for 12 years! He always knew
when we were home and getting ready to go back to work. He made sure he
went with us. RIP my baby 12-22-15.
recently lost my little boy, Rambo. He was a chihuahua/terrier mix
and full of wiggly energy! He never, ever left my side and I will
forever love him. Run free my furry baby! Rambo: May 17, 2001--June 6,
Michelle Ostdahl Watson
Las Vegas, NV
My sweet, loving, squishy boy Roscoe. He was my best and most loyal
friend. I love and miss him dearly, my heart aches. Roscoe: June 1,
2003 - August 6, 2016. RUN FREE MY SWEET BOY!
Michelle Ostdahl Watson
Las Vegas, NV
Angelia C Barton
was my heart dog Inde-nana.. my daughter bred her litter in 2001 and
brought her to me at 8 weeks old. She said "Mom this puppy is really
special".. I fell hard for her. We trained for many different types of
dog sports. We achieved lots of titles and had a lot of fun, many
disappointments and some sweet victories along the way. After her
retirement she worked hard at holding down the couch
and guarding the house. At 10 years old she became the best babysitter
ever to my granddaughter. Inde loved nothing better than giving the kid
a good slobbery bulldog kiss. By her 13th birthday she was really
showing just how hard getting old was. I was dreading having to make
"that" decision. On April 4, 2014 she had a heart attack and died in my
arms. I will never forget just how special she really was.
Elizabeth Ann Taylor Kraus
St. Leon, IN
was a sweet little boy who loved me unconditionally. He loved to swim
and play fetch. He was sweet and smart and will be missed no matter how
long he is gone. Mommy loves you Duke and I know we will be together
again one day.
Passed December 2014Loved by Rachel Albom Lucente
Staten Island, New York
Cookie was an owner dump at age 13 - she somehow popped up on my newsfeed and the rest is history. We fostered her and then formally adopted her. We had her for nine months. In that time, she got to go camping, have golf cart rides and eat her favorite treats of Pupperoni, hamburgers and pizza. Most of all she knew she had a family that loved her dearly. We think of you every day and miss you. Love u my sweets!
Owned and Loved by Sherry Zoellner
Gracie was my foster fail. As far as I know she was about 12 when she died unexpectedly this past June. I got her from the local shelter, and she had cancer, heartworms, worms, wasn't housebroken and wasn't spayed (I suspect she was a little backyard breeder). She was also missing one eye and that side of her face was partially paralyzed. It took a year to get her straightened out, and by that time, I was head over heels in love. She was SO happy, so cheerful! She made my day, and my life, better just by being in it.
Owned by Kathy Benke White
Doc was a rescue and came to me with severe fear aggression. About the same time I decided to return him, my house burned down and we ended up living in a little camper together. Neither of us was happy about it, believe me. Over time, Doc started talking to me, and in return, I started very cautiously touching him. We bonded over a period of several months and he became my best friend. He also turned into Mr. Social Butterfly and just knew the whole world loved him. He died of cancer this past May, 2016.
Owned by Kathy Benke White
Max was loving and absolutely crazy! He'd come tearing into the room with a huge grin on his face, ricochet off the back of the sofa, and keep right on going. He was also notorious for running into walls and doors. He loved loved loved his squeaky toys. He was terrified of thunder and would take off at the first hint, digging under the fence if need be. We lost him several times. He died much too soon, but his joy lives on. Died June 2011 of unknown causes.
Owned by Kathy Benke White
Sammy came to us in 2012 from a rescue in Chicago called Rescue Me Clifford. He was dumped by his owner because he was old they said and it's hard to adopt out senior dogs. Most seem to want a puppy! We said we would take him. We had 4 wonderful years with Sammy and he finally succummed to congestive heart failure in June 2016 at age 17. We'll see you in heaven one day sweet Sammy!
Loved and missed by the Holzerlands in Minnesota.
sweet baby was found this morning (5/20/15) near Ball & Vine St, in
Grapevine, TX. He had been hit by a car when found. He did not have any ID
tags. He was taken to a vet in the area and they came to the conclusion that his injuries were too serious, so they helped him cross over the Rainbow Bridge.
RIP sweet boy! He was in good hands.... Owners unknown.
Update: Owners found and they went to the vet's office.
Police K9 'Sultan'
A beloved K9 suffering from seizures
and arthritis received a final salute and a police escort, with lights
flashing, to the Maine vet clinic where he was euthanized.
Dozens of officers and firefighters turned out this
month to pay their respects to Sultan, a 13-year-old German shepherd
who sniffed out drugs and bad guys with the Yarmouth Police Department.
Officers gave a last pat or scratch to the dog. Then they provided an escort for Sultan's final trip to a veterinary clinic.
Portland canine officer Shane Stephenson said in a telephone interview
Monday that he took Sultan into his home as a pet when the dog retired
from police work at age 10. He said the dog was friendly and lovable to
the point of letting Stephenson's baby boy tug on his tail and ears.
"But when it came down to business, he was one of the best, too," the officer said.
Sultan was the first police
dog with the Yarmouth Police Department; he was in great demand across
southern Maine during his years with the department. He and former
Yarmouth Officer Mike Vogel, who now works in Florida, answered more
than 1,000 calls, capturing dozens of suspects and seizing untold
amounts of cash and more than 100 pounds of narcotics, the newspaper
said. Vogel said Sultan was also popular with schoolchildren.
"He was a gentle giant," he said in a telephone interview.
Police K9 'Odin'
Retired North Tonawanda Police K9 Odin passed away today, due to health issues. 2/21/15
The 14 year old German Shepard was involved in many narcotics and
marijuana related cases. He assisted the North Tonawanda Police
Department in successfully tracking criminals and locating missing
persons. Odin has assisted several Federal, State, and local agencies
throughout Western New York. Odin also was involved in K9 demonstrations for the community, showcasing his skills at various events throughout the City.
Odin retired and was living with his handler, Police Officer Timothy
Sylvester at the time of his passing. We would like to thank Odin for
his honorable service to the North Tonawanda Police Department and the
citizens of North Tonawanda.
North Tonawanda PD Facebook page
little angel Sparky crossed The Rainbow Bridge on 12-17-14 at 10 years
old. He changed my life forever introducing me to the world of animal
rescue. I saved and rescued my little angel Sparky when he was 4 months
old and I cannot believe they gave him away for free and he was, still
is, and will ALWAYS be PRICELESS in my eyes. He brought me so much Joy,
Happiness, and Love and made everyone smile. I am broken hearted and
missing him everyday, but I know in my heart that I will be with him
again one day up above, which will then be FOREVER.
I LOVE AND MISS YOU
EVERYDAY MY SWEET ANGEL SPARKY!!!!!!! XOXOXOX Until we meet
Kelli, Toby, & George Walters XOXOXOX
Rescued from a cold barnyard in the dead of winter in Minnesota by the Holzerlands, she eventually made her way to the home of Maureen Hellinga, where she lived in the lap of love and luxury and even became a snowbird. Sadie trotted over the Rainbow Bridge 5/19/14 to play with daughter Cookie below.
Loved and missed by Maureen and Hank Hellinga
Graduated from life 4/24/14 at the age of 10.
The Holzerlands in MN were honored to have
this sweet little girl as part of the family from the day she was born until she crossed the Rainbow Bridge and will miss her dearly.
Miss Katie was a puppymill breeder for the first 4
years of her life. When we adopted her she was so shy she would barely
stand up. We had a 13 year old cocker spaniel who had a ton of toys and
chew things. He had gotten too old to jump on the love seat. Miss
Katie did not know how to play but she knew that the toys were special
so every day she would collect all the toys and put them on "her" love
seat. Three years later we got Major Payne, a one year old Boston. She
immediately took over as mother to him and did more to teach him manners
than I did. She came into her own and had the sweetest personality.
She was and always will be my little girl. When she was 7 she required a
pacemaker - yes we had a pacemaker put into our little girl. Miss
Katie had a romance with Grampie over the Internet. She even had her
wedding dress picked out. Sadly Grampie passed about 6 months before
Miss Katie. She only lived to be about 10 1/2 but she packed as much as
she could into those 6 1/2 years she spent with us. Love you forever
Miss Katie. Ardyth Berens
Little Mitzi was my baby for sixteen and a half years. We were
inseparable. She loved me dearly and I loved her the same way. We went
through a lot together during her earth time, and she watched over me
the whole time. Mitzi was such a loving Boston Terrier, not just to me,
but to everyone. My angel baby probably is still watching over me from
her cloud in the sky.
I miss her so very, very much.
Went across the Rainbow Bridge June 14, 2012 just short of her
10 year birthday - June 29th. She was loved tremendously by her family,
Scott, Stef and Ike, stationed currently in South Korea and her foster
family, the Parker's in South Carolina. How blessed we were to be loved
by a big ole slobbering, drooling bloodhound!
We will miss you Belle!
Graduated from life, Oct, 2011 at age 13. He owned the Holzerland family in Minnesota. A brave protector of his home and his humans.... dearly loved and missed by all.
Graduated from life March 26, 2012 at the age of 14 1/2. He owned the Holzerlands in Minnesota.
Dearly missed by the humans that cherished and loved him. See you in heaven sweet boy!
"Our Yorkie, Pookie, who graduated from this life at the age of 13
1/2 on June 26, 2011. He brought so much joy and
love to our lives and
left a huge void which will never be filled. We love you Pookster!" Rodney & Marlene in MT.
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Do All Dogs Really Go to Heaven?
By Scott Ross
The 700 Club
– When we were at Love Inn (our ministry work in upstate New
York) our dog was a Border Collie, Alfie. He was the best Christian in
the place. He was hit by a car trying to cross highway Rt.13, and Nedra
still cries about him. She was telling Alfie stories last week and
cried. Then subsequently we had Lady, (looked like Lassie) she
was “dog napped.” Our next dog was Golda, a Golden Retriever. My
youngest son Ryan used to sleep on her. She eventually died of old age.
All of these dogs were loving, devoted, and faithful.
So, do animals have spirits? Here are some Bible verses and God’s perspective:
“Ask the animals, and they will teach you...In God’s
hand is the life of every creature, and the breath of all mankind.”
12:7 and 10)
“A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal.”
Not many people think of measuring righteousness by
And in regard to the question are there animals in heaven:
Ecclesiastes 3:19: "After all, the same fate awaits
human beings and animals alike. One dies just like the other. They are
the same kind of creature. A human being is no better off than an
animal, because life has no meaning for either."
Eccl 3:20: "They are both going to the same place---the dust. They both came from it; they will both go back to it."
Eccl 3:21: "How can anyone be sure that the human spirit goes upward while an animal's spirit goes down into the ground?"
Of course, the human animal can make choices in regard
to God/Jesus, but not the four legged beasts. But Scripture is pretty
clear that there will be animals in the new world after He folds this
I remember years ago, while broadcasting on radio in
upstate New York, having a young girl calling me on the air. She was
crying because her dog was sick. She asked me to pray for her dog. I had
never done that before, but she was so desperate, I did it. Some people
called me and said I shouldn’t have done that, because God wasn’t
involved in healing animals. Those folks apparently didn’t know God very
well. Because a short time later the young girl called back laughing
and excited saying her dog was better!
I have prayed for many animals since then.
The Scripture says He knows about every bird that falls
to the ground too. God does care about animals. As a matter of fact
there are some churches that hold a blessing of the animal’s service.
“God’s hand is in the life of every creature.”
“A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal.”
Romans 8:20-21 (NIV) 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
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