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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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Sarah was dumped at the Waco shelter by her owners at age 11 in November of 2003. The shelter card was like reading the bio of the perfect pet...., "Not enough time for her---Loves Attention—Housetrained------Will bark when she wants out---Dances when she's happy---Current on shots---Spayed---No bad habits----Walks well on a leash---No health problems----Loves men, women, children---Good with other dogs---Good with cats". We fostered her for NTBHR for a month or two before we decided to keep her for ourselves. She entertained us with her sneaky ability to steal and devour table food without making a sound. Once she carefully removed pigs in blankets from a serving tray, quietly eating several while an NTBHR meeting took place in the next room. At another meeting at our house, she ever so gently picked up a dish of cocktail nuts from the dining table, gingerly carried it to the other side of the room where she proceeded to eat them, without spilling a single nut! She was not a counter-surfer, but a stealth table-surfer extraordinaire! Sarah was the quintessential senior rescue basset, so gentle and kind, mature and sweet. Sarah was a truly a wonderful pet, and willing companion to other foster dogs in our home. She was always a hit wherever we went while promoting NTBHR, whether at a school, senior center, library, or on a home visit. She gave our family and friends nearly 5 years of unconditional love and that wonderful classic basset companionship that we all admire in this breed. The people who dumped her certainly never appreciated her for the stoic senior lady in pearls that she was. We’re so glad she shared the last 5 years of her life with so many NTBHR volunteers, and that she found her forever home with all of us. She will be sadly missed. Mike & Sam Cox

My Scooter went to the Bridge on Friday, May 31, 2002. She had been my best friend & companion for over 10 years. A tremendous bed hog, she was a sucker for a pig's ear and a belly rub. She was a love bug - she knew my moods, and was always there for me with a "head rub" when I was down. Scooter had a seizure in late December, and had never been the same since. She lost a lot of weight, was generally disoriented, and was constantly walking in circles. She got progressively worse. However, that still didn't stop her from always offering a tail wag and an attempt to greet us when we came home. You were a great friend, Scoot-monk. I hope that I was able to show you half as much love as you showed me. I know you were suffering, and were trying to "hang in there" to make me happy. You are in a better place now, but I still miss you more than you'll ever know. You'll Always Be My Girl. Mary Kaspar Lewisville, TX

Slowmo came to us as "Fred" from Basset Rescue on February 5, 2000 and left us unexpectedly on January 20, 2005 due to complications from an unknown heart condition. He was a unique, delicate soul and brought a great deal of joy and love to our home. Thanks for enabling us to meet our wonderful best friend and family member. Laura & Russ Stukel Corinth, TX

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