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He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.  

Author Unknown


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"Within the heart of every stray lies the singular desire to be loved"



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For anyone who has ever lost a beloved pet....

Rainbow Bridge

by M.A. Preston


Just this side of heaven lies the Rainbow Bridge.


When a beloved pet dies, it goes to the the Rainbow Bridge. It makes friends with other animals and frolics over rolling hills and peaceful, lush meadows of green.


Our pets do not thirst or hunger. The old and sick are made young once more; the maimed and the ill become healed and strong. They are as healthy and playful as we remember them in days gone by.


Though happy and content, they still miss someone very special, someone they had to leave behind.


Together, the animals chase and play, but the day comes when a pet will suddenly stop and look into the distance... bright eyes intent, eager body quivering.  Suddenly recognizing you, your pet bounds quickly across the green fields and into your embrace. You celebrate in joyous reunion. You will never again separate. Happy tears and kisses are warm and plenty; your hands caress the face you missed. You look once more into the loving eyes of your pet and know you never really parted. You realize that though out of sight, your love had been remembered.


And now,  you cross the Rainbow Bridge together....


Rainbow Bridge - Edited for Horses

Author Unknown

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When a horse 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 with the wind and enjoy the companionship of their own kind.

There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable; fear and worry free. All the horses who had been ill and old are restored to health and the vigor of youth. Those who were abused, hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we would want to remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The horses are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind, so long ago. In each mind there is a "someone" who was kind, gentle and loving. One someone who took the extra step, stayed the extra minute, reached out and touched with love, even once.

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, galloping 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 nickering rings in your ears and a velvet muzzle nuzzles your face; your hands again caress the beloved head and you look once more into the big, trusting eyes of your special love and partner, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Rescuer's Creed

Author Unknown

  • I promise I will take your unwanted animals.

  • I will heal their wounds, their diseases, their broken bones.

  • I will give them the medical attention they need and deserve.

  • I will nurture their starvation and give them a warm place to sleep.

  • I will spay and neuter them, vaccinate them against the diseases that can harm them.

  • I will treat them and honor them.

  • I will buy them toys, blankets, balls and teach them to play.

  • I will speak softly to them.

  • I will try to teach them not to fear, not to cry and not to hate.

  • I will whisper sweet, kind, gentle words into their ears, while gently trying to stroke their fear, their pain and their scars away.

  • I will face their emotional scars and give them time to overcome them.

  • I will socialize them, potty train them, teach them to be obedient, show them dignity

  • I will hold their paws and stroke their ears if they have endured too much and walk them over the Rainbow Bridge....


A Shelter Dog's Poem
Author Unknown

Once upon a time, you see, there was this little pup;
for reasons unbeknownst to me, his family gave him up

Maybe it was chewing everything that he could find,
maybe they were busy and just didn't have the time

They took him to the shelter and they just left him there
Outside, alone, in the cage...shivering and scared

Even though they knew inside, if he went through those doors,
he may never have the chance to find a home like yours

He sat there crying silently wondering what he did
that was so bad that they just had to leave him as they did

However fate was smiling on that little pup that day,
because a lady saw him and she whisked him right away

He got a second chance at life that others may have not
and now he's in a loving home with everything he wants

Everyday he gets that love that he was looking for
And silently is thankful for when she walked through that door

Others may not have this chance so open up your heart
and adopt a shelter dog to take and give him/her a brand new start


A big thank you to Mary Morgan for sending in this beautiful and touching tribute. If only all animals could experience the depth of love this author had for his pet(s).


A Dog's Plea

Author Unknown


Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me learn.

Speak to me often, for you voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.

Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I am a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.

Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding,  to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.

And, my friend, when I am very old, and I no longer enjoy good health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I  am not having any fun. Please see that my trusting life is taken gently. I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hand.



(My) Poor Dog Tray

By Thomas Campbell (circa 1799)

On the green banks of Shannon when Sheila was nigh
No blithe Irish lad was so happy as I
And no harp like my own could so cheerfully play
And wherever I went was my poor dog Tray

Poor dog, he was faithful and kind to be sure
And he constantly loved me although I was poor
When some sour-looking folks sent me heartless away
I had always a friend in my poor dog Tray

When the road was so dark and the night was so cold
And I and my dog were growing weary and old
How snugly we slept in my old coat of grey
And he licked me for kindness, my poor dog Tray

Though my wallet was scant I remembered his case
Nor refused my last crust to his pitiful face
Though he died at my feet on a cold winter's day
And I played a lament for my poor dog Tray

Where shall I go poor, forsaken and blind?
Shall I find one to guide me so faithful and kind?
To my dear native village so far, far away
I can never return with my poor dog Tray



My Dog Dash

James Ruskin (circa 1880)

 I have a dog of Blenheim birth

With fine long ears and full of mirth:

An sometimes, running o'er the plain,

He tumbles on his nose:

But, quickly jumping up again,

Like lightning he goes!

'Tis queer to watch his gambols gay:

He's very loving - in his way:

He even wants to lick your face,

But that is somewhat out of place.

But Dash is not content with this!

Howe'er, let all his faults be past,

I'll praise him to the very last.



An Honest Creature

Sydney Smith (circa 1835)


Here lies poor Nick, an honest creature,

Of faithful, gentle, courteous nature;

A parlour pet unspoiled by favour,

A patter of a good dog behaviour.

Without a wish, without a dream,

Beyond his home and friends at Cheam,

Contentedly through life he trotted

along the path that fate allotted;

Till Time, his aged body wearing,

Bereaved him of his sight and hearing,

Then laid him down without a pain

To sleep and never wake again.



A Dog's Purpose - From a Four Year Old

Author Unknown

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog'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 four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt 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 four-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."

Great Quotes by Dog Lovers ~

  • He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.   ---Unknown

  • The one absolutely, unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.  ---George Graham Vest

  • If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you.  This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.  ---Mark Twain

  • He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world...When all other friends desert, he remains. ---George G. Vest

  • Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity and all the Virtues of Man without his vices. This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery, if inscribed over human ashes, is but a just Tribute to the Memory of Boatswain, a Dog.    ---John Cam Hobhouse

  • But never yet the dog our country fed, Betrayed the kindness or forgot the bread. ---Edward Lytton Bulwer

  • The more I see of man, the better I like dogs.  ---Madame Roland

  • The gift which I am sending you is called a dog and is, in fact, the most precious and valuable possession of mankind.   ---Theodorus Gaza

  • Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, when doing nothing was not boring - it was peace.  ---Milan Kundera

  • I would rather see a portrait of a dog that I know than all the allegorical paintings in the world.   ---Samuel Johnson

  • My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet. ---Edith Wharton

  • To err is human , to forgive, is canine.  ---Unknown

  • Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet  ---Colette

  • The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.  ---Samuel Butler

  • Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. ---George Eliot

  • The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated  ---Gandhi

  • A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself  ---Josh Billings

  • I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself...but I think I have a right to resent, to object to, libelous statements about my dog.  ---Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • One reason a dog is such a comfort when you're downcast is that he doesn't ask to know why.  ---Anonymous

  • In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly dog.  ---Edward Hoagland

  • Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent.  ---Milan Kundera

  • The dog has got more fun out of man than man has got out of the dog, for the man is the more laughable of the two animals.  ---James Thurber

  • Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.  ---Alexander Pope

  • The disposition of noble dogs is to be gentle with people they know and the opposite of those they don't know. How, then, can the dog be anything other than the lover of learning since it defines what is its own and what is alien?  ---Plato

  • The best thing about a man is his dog.  ---French Proverb

  • Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity and all the Virtues of Man without his Vices. This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery, if inscribed over human ashes, is but just a Tribute to the Memory of BOATSWAIN, a Dog. ---John Cam Hobhouse

  • The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.  --- George Graham Vest

Dog Smarts

  • The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. - Anonymous

  • Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. - Ann Landers

  • If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers

  • There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. - Ben Williams

  • A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. - Josh Billings

  • The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. - Andy Rooney

  • We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made. - M. Acklam

  • I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. - Rita Rudner

  • A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance and to turn around three times before lying down. - Robert Benchley

  • Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog. - Franklin P. Jones

  • If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven and very, very few persons. - James Thurber

  • If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise.- Unknown

  • My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money. - Joe Weinstein

  • Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth! - Anne Tyler

  • If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man. - Mark Twain

  • You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!' - Dave Barry

  • Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. - Roger Caras

  • If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. - Phil Pastoret

  • My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. - Unknown

  • In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance...everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.  ---Dereke Bruce




If Dogs Were Teachers...

If a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.

Let others know when they've invaded your territory

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back in the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout ... run right back and make friends.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

Be loyal! Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

Enjoy Life!

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