We remember them with love.
Just this side of heaven is a place called 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 that they miss the people who were very special to them.
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....
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Little girl, you left too soon, without a full grey muzzle. For over 6 years, we shared 7,000 walks – even as we are both slowed by arthritis. Now I can only miss you but never grow old with you. Come spring, when the river beneath the red cliff runs fast & clear, I’ll scatter your ashes from the footbridge where you delighted in watching swans & kayaks pass by. You can catch the clear light & the gentle breeze again, then ride the currents out to where the sea meets the sky.
Bandit. He was my heart and soul. Although I only had my handsome boy for a short 6 years, I was fortunate to have many wonderful and countless memories and adventures with him. He loved fetch, sunrise swims, hikes on quiet trails, and mostly snuggling up with me. Bandit connected me with so many wonderful people in ACD rescue and the dog training community, all of whom helped me make him feel comfortable and safe in this world. He only wanted one person in his life and I am honored it was me.
Not all are lucky enough to mourn the loss of a dog. If words could heal, they would be inadequate. The pain and emptiness felt is instant and unlike any other. Only dogs get the full, unabridged version of ourselves. We open our hearts wider for them than anyone else, and when they leave, they take a piece of us with them. Our dogs, they are reminders of who we can be. To love fully and openly, to be present, to never look back, even after they are gone.
Although Bandit was not an ACDRA dog, he is the reason that we stumbled upon the rescue group and got involved. He taught us so much and we have made wonderful friends through ACDRA. He was always a great foster brother and would teach the scared fosters how to do the steps and would give them lots of space to decompress. He will be missed!
Tugger Bear would have been 15 at the end of March. We rescued him at about 1.5 years old. He certainly was an amazing cattle dog. He was a big, gorgeous, tough, loving ACD. Everyone always remarked on his beautiful markings. He was fiercely loyal to us and his home turf, but we loved him all the more for it. We had many wonderful adventures with Tugger, and will hold closely to the memories he made with us. We loved and protected him and he loved us back with his entire cattle dog being.
In the short time you were a part of my world you enriched my life in more ways than I can express. The love you poured out, the joy you brought to my heart was more than I could have asked for. You were the sweetest, kindest, snuggliest little guy I ever had the pleasure of knowing. Miss you with all my heart and I think about you every day. Thank you for being a beautiful light in the world. I carry you in my heart wherever I go and I will do my best to honor you. Justin and Cooper
Piper was my best friend for 10.5 years. I will never forget how as a 8 wk puppy she would not leave my side after meeting for the first time. She was a part of our family and loved by all. She was the "mother" of our pack and was nurturing to cats, dogs, horses, and even squirrels. She allowed babies to tug, pull, and climb. She was a smart trick dog who impressed all our house guests. She was smart, devoted, loving, and always there for a kiss or hug. She lives forever in our hearts.
I loved you very much old man. I know you had a hard life, but I'm comforted by the fact that the last year was much happier than the previous 13.
Macho came to my attention in 2014 when ACDRA requested I do a evaluation at the Atlanta Humane Society. We adopted him. He was deaf but for him it didn't seem to be obstacle. He loved riding shotgun in the truck ( he would always dance with excitement when he knew he was going for a ride). Nothing ever seemed to bother Macho. He fit into our family and with 2 elderly dogs. What a lover dog he was...and he is missed very much. He passed this year due possibly a mass near his heart.
I will always love you to the moon and back! You brought so much joy and love to everyone you met. You were the most faithful and loving of the Cru. I will always be your human and your mommy. I will always be grateful to ACDRA & Tina for giving you that second chance. I love you more than words can say. Forever in my heart, Your Mommy
Darien Rae is the most special girl that passed way too soon. Her heart might have stopped but the love continues on.
Michael Paul Diehm had a love for dogs and was a member of the Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Association. Besides rescuing dogs, he loved to bicycle, fly fish, play guitar, and was a talented song writer. He is best remembered for his generous heart and loving spirit to all those who knew him. Mike had many roles in ACDRA and will be sorely missed.
Rue was a beautiful blue girl. She liked life. She liked to run. She liked to frolic. She even liked to run after her people and herd them, sometimes, in really safe places. She liked to sniff and play with her foster siblings, sometimes. She was always nice to her foster dog siblings, and to her people. Rue probably had her Progressive Brain Atrophy long before she came into care with ACDRA. She probably got it early in her short life. Rue is remembered with love by many.
Geronimo was rescued from a NC shelter just in time only for us to find that his time was limited. He was a true sweetheart who loved belly rubs, always had a smile on his face and an intense love for pizza despite his illness. He was adopted by his foster mom shortly before he crossed the rainbow bridge after fighting for 88 days. He was loved completely by so many and he is very much missed.
my nay nay..i miss you so much. you were such a good girl. I loved you so much and I am heartbroken without you. it was the worst day in my life when I lost you. mia and biggie miss you too, our house has not been the same..it will be awhile before I get to see you again but we will be with each other and we will play Frisbee and swim and climb trees and everything else we did together. ron,shell,sandy,frank,heather,all miss you too..you were the best everyone loved you. my nay nay
My constant and faithful companion for 15 years, the bestest and prettiest doggie in the whole world, PepperAnn and I were joined at the hip from the day I brought her home to the day she had to say goodbye and leave me heartbroken. She was one in a million. Barely a week went by where someone didn't stop us during our walk and ask what breed she was and comment on how beautiful she was. I miss her so much; a part of me is gone.
Dol- you were always Josh's dog. From the moment he saw you on the dogs in need list to getting you from transport, to listing you for adoption and loving you for five weeks before you were adopted, you were his girl. It still hurts every day that you didn't get your happily ever after and we continue to work to save dogs in your memory. Miss and love you, Dol.
I got Jessie in the year 2000 as puppy in Queensland Australia. When I came to the USA, Jessie flew here too. She was such a great pup and typical of an ACD, extremely loyal. I have had ACDs all my life in Australia, but she was very special in her personality and demeanor. I miss her dearly...I couldn't of asked for a more faithful companion. I hope you're running free Jessie.
People always assumed that Dexter was the crazy one in the relationship. The opposite couldn't be more true. And when it came to love, Dexter was "all in". I was, too. Miss you bunches, pal.
Clary was a sweet senior girl who came into foster care after her person died. She spent time in 2 ACDRA foster homes and stole the hearts of all she met. After being in foster care for several months, she was diagnosed with liver cancer. Unfortunately, it metastasized to other organs fairly quickly. Even so, she lived several months as a sweet and happy girl. When the pain became too much, she was helped across the rainbow bridge by her foster mom and the vet who treated and loved her.
Maggie, a senior dog, came to me as a foster through the wonderful ACDRA organization. After having her for one month, I knew I couldn't give her up and I adopted her. She was the perfect dog. She never left my side, fit in great with my pack, and was friendly to all. I am so sad to say I only had the pleasure of her company for 1-1/2 years. Her kidneys stopped working and she crossed the rainbow bridge February 23, 2015. I miss her so much but treasure the time I had with her.
Sallie Mae blessed our family for 2-1/2 years. It was a joy to teach her tricks and commands as her extreme intelligence allowed her to quickly master everything I challenged her to do. She was diagnosed with lymphoma and was given two months to live in November, 2012. The Spunky Girl made it well beyond expectations, crossing over the Rainbow Bridge on July 12, 2013. We choose to remember her like the very first day we saw her, sitting on a curb, when we decided to adopt her.
Rusty was taken to a shelter after being found bleeding in a field. He made it through 2 rounds of kennel cough while at the shelter – often a death sentence for older dogs. At the ripe age of 9, Rusty became an ACDRA foster dog. After 4 months in foster care, Rusty was adopted by a couple in Virginia where he lived very happily on their acres of rolling hills for a year and a half. Rusty crossed the Rainbow Bridge peacefully on March 14, 2012. He is missed by all who knew and loved him.
Rocky was a handsome, happy and well-adjusted dog. He was just days away from being saved when he crossed the Rainbow Bridge. A volunteer with ACDRA was going to foster him. Then we learned the shelter had an outbreak of canine distemper, a contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure. The shelter went into lock down and attempted to keep the healthy dogs separate from the sick. Unfortunately, Rocky began to show signs of distemper and was humanely euthanized on April 2, 2012.
Calvin the wonderful Australian Cattle Dog, passed away on1/29/13. He was probably 16 years old, maybe older. He came to us in 2003 after being picked up as a stray. He could do everything but hear. He loved greeting his neighbors, snuffing after the occasional vole out in the woods, wading in the Little River and drinking his fill, sitting on his front porch and watching the sun go down, a ride to the dump, reading the peemail at the dog park, hikes on any trails, a good head petting.
Love lives on forever...ACDRA is more than an organization, we are a family, woven together with love to help dogs in need. Like so many we meet, "Cohutta" was a purebred Cattle Dog surrendered to a crowded NC shelter. This beautiful dog was a must save and touched so many lives. This dynamic boy was adopted by his foster home, offering them joy, love and laughs before he passed away from a brain tumor 5 months after he joined their family. May he rest in peace, knowing how loved he was.
Audrey was a sweet 1 year old who was calm and obedient despite never having had formal training. She was friendly with other dogs and she won the hearts of the people who worked where she was living -- in a shelter. After undergoing her spay procedure Audrey unexpectedly died from complications. She is mourned by her loving advocate, Ellen, who was working diligently to find her a forever home.