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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

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Hagen was with us just a couple years. She was nine plus years old when she came to us from NTBHR, had only one eye and a few health problems but just as the heart on her side indicated she was a lover. She desired nothing more that to sit next to you on the couch and let you enjoy petting her ultra soft fur. She tolerated many other foster bassets in and out of our home and occasionally taught them a thing or two about respecting their elders. Her amazing ability to comfort her humans after a long day. In addition, her on-the-dot breakfast and dinner alarms will be missed.    Mike and Liane Colleyville, TX

Harriet Cloud
One of the happiest days of my life was June 18, 1997, when two wonderful women from NTBHR drove to Norman, Oklahoma, to bring my angel Harriet to me. She was found in Texas with heartworms, was well undernourished, and was expecting babies. All her babies died but Harriet lived and was treated for her heartworms for several months before she was well enough to come to me. She instantly became the light of my life and I relished her affection, her noises, her tendency to bury and unbury stuffed animals, and her desire to remove buttons or beads off any object. She had a cancer scare in 2000 but that malignancy was removed and I felt safe. She also took medicine for an enlarged left atrium and even ate a two month supply of pills; luckily she was rushed to the emergency room in the nick of time and her life was spared. She loved to lie in the sun, then come inside and snooze in HER chair. I was devastated to learn she had adno-carcinoma in 2001. That is a malignant nasal tumor that grows rapidly and returns even after surgery. She enjoyed life with her sisters Casey (who died in 1999) and Little Bit (who died in 2003). Her later life was enriched with two more stray basset hounds named Gertrude and Josephine. She loved to play with them and in later years just enjoyed the site of the two younger ones playing. She will always be a part of my heart and I am blessed to have been her mother for nearly 7 years. I will love her to the end of my days. Donna Cloud Norman, OK

Hobbit Hill Hercules
Died of Addison's disease May 27, 2001 Beloved companion of Stacey and Shawn Stewart

My family adopted an elderly basset hound named Humphries about three years ago. I had contacted the NTBHR through the website. They mentioned that they had a couple of older Bassets and Humphries was the oldest,10yrs. old. I was definitely interested even though I knew he had a few health problems. We took our Basset, Fred with us to meet him. They got along together just fine. Humphries became attached so quickly to Fred and the whole family. He was just a big Baby! Loved to cuddle and have his ears rubbed. He loved his big soft overstuffed pillow we got him to sleep on. His eyesight worsened as well as his hearing this past year. He also developed a gum disease that I understand he had a few times before we got him. His hind legs were a bit wobbly and in November seemed to get worse. Our Vet tried everything to help him without doing surgery. He was too old and weak to go through a surgery. The week of Christmas he was unable to walk at all and his gum infection came back and he was unable to eat. There was nothing else we could do for him. It was heart breaking. We all loved him so much but at the same time we knew he was suffering. He was in so much pain and so frustrated because he couldn't get around. We had a wonderful three years with him, he didn't have all of these problems until the end. Our family spoiled him rotten! I have enclosed a couple of pictures of him I hope you will enjoy seeing. Kathy C. and family

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