THE 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 the Rainbow Bridge together.......
- Author unknown
This page is dedicated to our basset hounds that have gone to the rainbow bridge.
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Almost 5 years ago, a beautiful little tri-color basset hound girl made her way to my front door with the help of her foster mom, NTBHR volunteer foster Jeannie Oppenlander Burkett. This was Ruthie who came to my house that day looking for her forever home. She had been sent to two other homes, but Ruthie made it clear she was not happy at either and expressed her displeasure by howling and barking at the front doors. Only 3 months before Ruthie came to my door, my Ellie Mae had gone to the Bridge. Because I believe God performs miracles, I'm sure that through Ellie Mae, God sent Ruthie to my house that day. The rest is history. My basset hound, Blossom and Blueman, my Sussex Spaniel and I adopted Ruthie into our family, and she didn't howl and bark at the front door asking to leave. She made herself a permanent place in our family, and she became part of us. Ruthie was a puppy mill mama, having been rescued by North Texas Basset Hound Rescue at the age of 8 and 5 months before she found us. My goal was to give Ruthie the very best life possible, and for the most part she experienced that. She was a fighter having endured major spinal surgery less than a year after she came to us. She recovered as quickly as she could, but some of the damage in her spine could not be repaired. Over the past several months, she had begun to lose her ability to use her left back leg, but she continued pushing on. Other health issues cropped up as well, but Ruthie continued fighting. On May 2, 2020 the road for Ruthie became too difficult for her to bear, and I made that heart-breaking decision to let her go. Ruthie was special in so many ways to me and to her foster mom, Jeannie Oppenlander Burkett. We will always love and miss her, but she will be in our hearts forever.
My Darling Little Girl passed away February 1, 2018. I still get choked up about it and it's been heart pulling. Peaches brought me so much laughter, happiness and companionship. She truly was the "apple of my eye" She loved going for her walks and she loved owning the couch with her personalized pillow. Losing her and her brother Luke has been one of the hardest things. I am fur-ever grateful to the NTBHR, Tyla Aguilar
My best friend and companion of 13 years passed away on March 13, 2020 Words can not describe the love and joy he brought to me. He was the love of my life. As I shared when I adopted him, he truly is the one who rescued me. Tyla Aguilar
"GusGus – Celebration of Life" Gus, who in his later years became known as GusGus, was brought into my life by his NTBHR foster Mom, Mittie Keefe, on Saturday August 25, 2012. Miss Mittie wasn’t sure at first GusGus and I would ever make it since he showed little to no trust in anyone of the male gender. We were pretty confident that in his “previous” life little GusGus was mistreated, to say the least, by the male human in his home. He was my first attempt at adopting and also my first attempt at becoming attached to a “rescue pup”. GusGus was around 7 years old when we first met that day in 2012. Needless to say we defied the odds and over the next 7 years became joined at the hip and were almost inseparable. He was my heart, my soul, my companion, my BEST friend for almost 7 years to the very day. GusGus arrived at the Rainbow Bridge on Friday August 23, 2019. Never in all of my 50+ years have I become so attached to, so fond of, so dependent on anything as I did that furry little four legged Basset Hound. GusGus LOVED his naps, his couch, his chairs, his blanket, his pillows and his fuzzy little purple star squeaky toy. But most of all he LOVED going for a ride in the truck, the laid down backseat piled high with his blanket, his pillow and his toy belonged to him and only him. And he LOVED going outside so he could walk the entire backyard fence line all the way around, no matter the weather or time of day or night. Besides his Daddy and his meals those were the things little GusGus LIVED for. He is loved. He is missed so very much. “Until We Meet Again At The Rainbow Bridge”
Linus was our original hound adopted from NTBHR in the spring of 2008, and we had the good fortune to have him in our lives as both a young hound and a senior until sadly we said our final goodbye on February 19, 2019. We knew that day was coming, as that was part of the price of having a truly loyal and loving hound in our home, but it doesn’t ever make it easier. You graciously shared your home and bonded with two other great hounds we adopted after your arrival, Daisey in 2009 and Arnold in 2013. You had to see them go to the Rainbow Bridge ahead of you, but we take comfort in knowing they are there, along with Jason, to greet you. Your favorite resting place on the bed misses you, and the back yard isn’t quite the same without you in it, but we accepted the trust you put in us to decide when it was time. Farewell only for now Linus, and enjoy meeting Jason and seeing Daisey and Arnold again. We love you and say thank you for being here for us all as long as you were. Robyn and Barry Vercoe
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