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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

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Penelope 1422
Penelope was an awesome dog. I couldn't have raised a better puppy and she was 7 when we got her. She was the most well behaved Basset I've ever had and fit into our family's routine immediately after arriving in our home. She was so easy to own, good on and off the leash and never went flat basset on a walk. She knew her special purpose and loved hunting rabbits. She loved to go camping and was always up for a new adventure (after an air conditioned nap of course). We took her to a couple barn hunts and she always found the prey. Julie and I both enjoyed her so much. She had some weird quirks. She only howled 3 times the whole time we had her and it was in her sleep. She also didn't like to be held or petted too much and acted more like a cat in that regard. She would however if left to her own devices come and sit at your feet with just her butt touching your foot. That was her affection and we were always glad to have it. We're really going to miss our girl and I hope the 3 years she had with us were her best days ever.


Penny
This is Penny and and our daughter that was taken in March. Penny was a true basset - affectionate and a people person to the end. We adopted "Peanut" (we renamed her Penny) at age 4 in from NTBHR in July 1997. Her owners had left her with a neighbor, where she spent a couple of months, and then was rescued by NTBHR. I just wanted to let you know what a terrific dog she was. When we adopted her, she fit right into our existing crew, consisting of a large mixed breed dog and our 4 year old daughter. Unfortunately, after a 14 month battle with cancer, we lost her. She was a great dog and we wanted to thank you for the opportunity to have her. She was always a great comfort to us and we miss her much.   Iwana R. and family


Pumpkin 10/22/07
About seven years ago I was fostering for NTBHR and was asked to take care of a sweet girl that someone found wandering around on a golf course. She was being called Bogey and she bonded with my beagle mix and so we decided that she should officially become a member of the family. I adopted her (her tag number was 475) and since she was orange and round and seemed to perk up she I used names starting with a "p" I started calling her Pumpkin. Pumpkin was a real character-never met a stranger and was completely convinced that everyone she came across wanted to stop and visit with her. And most everyone did-neighbors, landscapers, deliverymen they all stopped to pet her and she loved it. Until recently we took daily walks and it was the highlight of her day.One neighbor kept cookies as treats for her so Pumpkin would stop at her house and sit on the driveway until the lady came out with a cookie and a hug. Sadly, she died last weekend of cancer and I miss her terribly but will always remember all of the joy she brought. I have attached a photo of Pumpkin doing another of her favorite things-lounging. Donna Howard

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