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....
Elvis Honey Bear a/k/a "Elvis"
October 4th, 2009
Sly Little Teddy Bear
a/k/a "Bear-Bear" Jan 11, 1984 to Feb 3rd, 2001
Lil' Bit Dizzy a/k/a "Dizzy"
May 25, 1999 to May 11th, 2013
Little Shelby Lindsey a/k/a "Shelby"
November 16, 1992 to
September 29th, 2008
IN MEMORY OF SIMON
Departed this world on May 4, 2005
A Letter from Simon
I will never know what I did to deserve such an awful life full of abuse and neglect. My life had become so sad and lonely it was like living in an endless, dark tunnel. I remember looking up one day and seeing a bright light shining at the end of the tunnel. The light was so bright I thought that God must have sent an angel to finally end my suffering. God did send an angel, he sent you. The bright light I had seen was your smiling face. You promised me that my days of neglect and abuse were over. My battered body and broken spirit hardly dared to believe it was true. You opened your heart and your home and gave me more love and comfort and safety than I had ever known. You gave me the softest bed my tired, aching bones had ever felt and more toys and attention than I had ever dreamed existed. I no longer cringed when a hand was raised near me, because your hands had only kindness and treats to offer me. I no longer feared the sound of feet approaching, because your feet had never kicked me. Although "quantity" of time can be measured in days and weeks, there is no way to measure the "quality" of time. So there is no way to really measure just how deeply your love and devotion affected my life. But sometimes, even love & devotion and all the medical attention in the world can't heal a body that has been battered and broken for too long. So please do not be sad that I am gone. You performed a miracle in what little time we had together. You made my spirits soar and helped my soul find peace and contentment. From the day I met you I never suffered again, not even at the end. Just knowing that my memory would live in your heart forever gave me the strength to let go and find my way to Rainbow Bridge. So go forward from today with only happy memories of me in your heart and let them give you the strength to keep on lighting up sad, lost lives. Remember I will live forever in your heart and in the stars up above and my star will shine brighter with every life that's touched by your love. "Until we meet again..."
My Goodbye Letter To Simon
Simon, while I will never understand why it was your time to go. I know that you are now in Heaven and your spirit still lives here in my heart. For we only had three days together, you left us your memory that will live in our hearts forever. While I know that your in Heaven with God now, and while it seems selfish of me to want you here instead, I know that you knew what love was before you left. While I have never grieved this much, I know that you are where you were suppose to be and I have come to believe that I was your Angel sent to rescue you from that cold and wet cell of hell you were living in at the shelter, and to set you free. Perhaps in time my heart will mend and my tears will dry and I will just remember how happy you were before you left and crossed to the other side. It is not over, for I plan to seek justice for you my friend and when I do, perhaps then I can dry the tears that seem to forever keep running down my face and perhaps I will be then be able to sleep at night knowing that no other animal will have to suffer as you did at that shelter. You will be forever young and no longer in pain, in Heaven now. We miss you Simon.
Love the Angel that saved you and set your free & was able to show you what love was before you had to leave us so soon.
Tears seem to flow upon my face, because you have left without a trace. The hardest part, the agony, is knowing you will not return to me. One moment, my Love, I held you near, but then my heart was filled with fear. You looked at me with saddened eyes, a look that would be our last good-byes. There is a deepened scar within my heart, from the moment I watched your soul depart. And time will lessen this horrible pain, but the scar of loss will still remain. My little one, I miss you so, I wasn't ready to let you go. I couldn't imagine what life would be, without you always following me and being right by my side. Your face is an image I can't erase. But I've been told by one so dear, the Rainbow river flows from every tear. From the joy we feel from the moment of birth, to the sorrow and heartache of our last day on earth. And so, my Beasley, until we meet, when my own heart ceases to beat, I will meet you by the River's edge, by the meadows of the Rainbow Bridge....
Love, Grandma Sharon
Dizzy, I can often see your face. I often see your shadow. I miss you our little Dizzy girl. You were always so loving, so happy and everyone that ever met you, felt it too. Mommy is sorry that we did not discover the cancer in your little body, until it was too late for us to do anything about it. You never showed any signs of being in pain, of hurting or that there might be something wrong. I feel I let you down, that I could not do anything to save you. I know that you are in Heaven now, with Elvis, Bear and Gismo, and Shelby and Simon. I know that you are no longer in pain or suffering. Grandma misses you so much Dizzy and she wishes there was something she could have done so that you didn’t have to leave us. You were always there when I didn’t feel good. You were always happy to see me whenever I would come home. Your never once complained about anything. You were the best dog anyone ever could ask for. I want you to know I loved you Dizzy and I never wanted you to go. I miss you so much!!! We know you are in Heaven now with Elvis and are no longer in pain. We will always love you and even though you are no longer here with us, when you left, you left a piece of you to remain in our hearts forever. We will cherish your memory always, until the day we meet again. Love, Mommy
This was our "Little Shelby Lindsey" a/k/a Shelby. Shelby was the second Shih Tzu that I ever owned. She came from a breeder in Missouri. She was given that name by her grandma, because Shelby is short for Michelle and that is my middle name. Grandma says when I was growing up I never listened and neither does Shelby. She was born on November 16, 1992.
When I first got Shelby, I had only had her 2 weeks, when I found out I was going to have to get major surgery that would require me to be bed ridden for 6 to 8 weeks, this meant, I would not be able to housebreak a puppy, so my mom decided she would keep Shelby while I was recovering. Well when it was time for me to bring Shelby back home, she was not happy with that idea. Shelby had came to known my parents as her owners and she was furious when she felt they abandoned her with me. She started having accidents in the house, and being snippy with me, and not a happy little girl. My mom said well I don't know what is going on, because she never has accidents in our home, and I said well she does here. So my mom came and picked Shelby up and she lived the rest of her life with my parents, whom is Shelby's grandma and grandpa. Lucky for me they only lived 10 min away, so I could go see and visit Shelby anytime.
Shelby had 17 AKC Champions in her Pedigree. However, I didn't buy Shelby for show quality. Shelby was fine with that because she didn't like her hair long and being brushed everyday or wearing those ribbons in her hair. Not only that but her grandma never had the time to keep her in full coat.
Shelby always followed my mother everywhere she went. That was her little Shadow, my mom would always say. I always use to say that Shelby was a split image of my mother, because she acted just like her. In the mornings she was bitchy and did not like to be bothered when she first woke up. In the evenings, when it was time to go to bed, she didn't like anyone to wake her up once she went to sleep. If she didn't want to be bothered she was quick to snap at you to let you know. In her younger days, she would love to play house with my niece, and would love to play with the baby dolls and play dress up and wear head phones and listen to music. Shelby had a stuffed Piggy the Pig that she just loved from a puppy and it was always her favorite toy. When she passed, we buried her with Ms. Piggy. Shelby was always getting attention at grandma and grandpas house. Every morning when Grandpa would get home from work, Shelby knew she would be getting a treat from Grandpa. When Shelby got older, she did not like a bath. My mom would have to wear thick gloves when she went to put Shelby's diaper on her, when Shelby started losing control of her bladder and having accidents in the house, because Shelby did not like having a diaper put on her. Once when my mother was bathing Shelby in the sink, we swear we heard Shelby say "Grandma", like it was crystal clear. Who knows, she probably really did it. lol
For the most part, Shelby was always healthy and lived a very long life. There was only one time that I can remember that she was even sick and it was when she had ate a "Greenie Bone" and sallowed it whole and my Mother had to rush her to the ER and they took an x-ray and had to extract it out. For it had became life threatening and my Mother got Shelby to the ER just in time.
Shelby lived a long and very good life with my parents. For when she died, she was 2 months away from her 16th birthday. This was the longest that my mother has ever had a pet, so when it came time to let Shelby go to Rainbow Heaven, my mom was not ready. I think for the last year of Shelby's life, on and off, my mom would tell her that tomorrow, she would be going to Rainbow Heaven to join Elvis and the others. Then the next day would come and my mom would always find an excuse why that day was not going to be the day and that Shelby was going to stay a little longer. Then the next time would come and everything would be repeated, another excuse why that day would not be the day either. Finally, it came the day, and it was the hardest thing my mother said she has ever had to go through. My mother buried Shelby at her house, as I told her I already felt like I had a pet cemetery at my house with all the other dogs that have passed away. We also buried Shelby with a model Ford Mustang Shelby, and on a note we buried with her, we told her that when she got to Rainbow Heaven, that her and Bear could ride around in Heaven in her Ford Mustang Shelby. My Mother said that after's Shelby was gone, she often could still hear Shelby around the house and see her presence every now and then. It was very difficult for my Mother when Shelby passed because Shelby was with her for almost 16 years and then all of a sudden she is gone. In time I think my Mother has healed but I know she still misses Shelby, as we all do. We often say she is in Heaven now with Bear, Elvis and Gismo and Simon and Dizzy, all probably wanting to ride in her Ford Mustang Shelby we sent with her to Heaven. lol One thing we know for certain, is that Shelby is no longer in pain and suffering, and that is what matters to us the most.
We miss you little Shelby. Love Mommy and Grandma and Grandpa.