Dogs Don't Have Souls,
Do They?

Images by Robert May

I remember bringing you home. You were so small and cuddly with your tiny paws and soft fur.

You 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.

Making 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."

As 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 me.

When 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.

As 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.

With 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.

As the vet prepared us for your crossing over the Rainbow Bridge, you turned your head and looked at me as if to say, 

"Thank you for taking care of me."

I thought, "No.... thank you for taking care of me."


Dedicated to Yaya (a stray) who passed over the Rainbow Bridge 2/17/12.
She was warm, safe, fed and loved by
Ledyard Animal Control. See you at the bridge Yaya!

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

Roni Meltzer-Gossett
Marietta, Georgia



SPARKY..crossed the rainbow bridge on 6/9/2016.
We miss him so much!

Montana Sunrize
Livingston, MT


Daisy Doo

My first BT fur child, Daisy Doo. She was 14 before she went over the rainbow.

Janet Fjordbak
St. Cloud, MN


Miss Becky & Sir Reggie

Miss 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.

Miriam Share






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.

Sara Puskar




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.

Carrie Williams




Louie Francine

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 day.

Ellen Shutts
Lincoln, NE



Miss Bug

This 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.....

Michelle Mersberger-August
Plymouth, WI





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.

Corie Morris
Dallas, TX




Here 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.

Rose Anzaldi
Riverview, FL





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 born.

Michelle Luongo Patel
New Jersey




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 - Florida




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





This 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.

Sharon Whittenburg
Hackett, Arkansas




I 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, 2016.

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
Centralia, Washington



This 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



Duke 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 2014
Loved 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.


This 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.

South 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 intervie


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 i
n 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



My 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.


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



'Cookie Monster'

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




'Sweet Herbie'

Graduated from life 3/1/13
pic with his love & caretaker, Doc Ric Broz

Click to read Herbie's story



Sweet 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.
Sandy Carroll




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

CBN.comWhen 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.”
(Job 12:7 and 10)

“A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal.” (Proverbs 12:10)
Not many people think of measuring righteousness by this standard.

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 one up.

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.” (Proverbs 12:10)

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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