Rainbow Bridge


bepatientI stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying...you found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear.
"It's me, I haven't left you...I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea.
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today, your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you that I am not lying there.
I walked with you toward the house, as you fumbled for your key,
I gently put my paw on you. I smiled and said, "It's me."

You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know that I was standing there.
It's possible for me to be so near you every day.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."

You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew...
In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over...I smile and watch you yawning
And say, "Goodnight, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."

And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we will stand, side-by-side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to be with me.

-Author Unknown


Forever Our Sweet Angel

Oct. 1997 to Oct. 2010

Dearest Friends,

As many of you already know, our Sweet Brutus succumbed to bone cancer this past Saturday, October 2nd. We are so sad for our loss but are taking comfort in the support we are receiving through the wonderful e-mails, cards, phone calls and visits from our friends and family in the "dog community". Only time will help us through our pain. Our Brutus will never be forgotten. 

There are no words that can truly justify what Brutus meant to me but I thought I'd let you all know the path "Mr. B" took me on because you are all connected to the story. 

Read more: Brutus


Heart of a Champion

Jan 1999 to Oct 27, 2011 

It is with great sadness that I let you all know that Scott & I said our final goodbye to Lewis this past Thursday evening. He has left a very large physical void in my life but his spirit fills my heart and I know the hearts of many. 

Some of you (who are on Facebook) will have seen the post I made after he passed. Many people saw Lewis in different ways, some saw him as a Regional Agility Champion; some as Lewis The Paralyzed Dog or The Wheelchair Dog; but I hope most will see him as an inspiration because he was so much more in his life.


Read more: Lewis

A Dog's Purpose

Acording to a six year old


BelkerBeing a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish wolfhound named Belker. The dogs's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.


I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life - like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?"

The six-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."



July 9, 2013


Owned and handled by Lisa Rayes
AAC ID: 14340

My dear sweet girl has lost her battle with lung cancer and was euthanized on July 9th. Ragy had such a wonderful sweet nature and loved to please. She will be remembered by her happy face and "helicopter" tail she used to greet those people she knew and trusted. She loved all her agility buddies and was happy to be out tracking in the woods and in the fields.

I will miss her so much.

- Lise