…….. December 26, 2015
You came into our lives Christmas week 2007. You had been surrendered to the shelter on Christmas Day. You looked so forlorn. Celina was giving out biscuits to some of the other residents and you looked at her as if to ask “what about me?” She gave you a biscuit and we became your guardians. We had you transferred to Animal Humane and for the next four months I came to walk and speak to you every day. You wouldn’t do your business in the kennel and waited to be walked. We couldn’t adopt you at the time but we did find a wonderful home for you where you lived for the next three years.
When your new mother could no longer keep you , our circumstances had changed and so you became our companion. You were the champion cuddler in our pack and a shining light in our lives. We never knew how old you really were but we knew you were between 13-15 years old. We thank G-D that you were able to lead a full life with us and enjoyed your life up until the very end. We will miss you for the remaining days of our lives until we are all reunited at the rainbow bridge.
Au revoir mon cher,
Celina and Ralph
CH UHLAN DRESS BLUES UD
Standard Schnauzer Club of America Obedience Dog of the Year 2004
June 30, 1996 - May 3, 2012
Oh Keno, you were a champion through and through. Not a mean bone in your body. You are the model for good pure breed breeding. When your first mother passed away, you were only 12. Then your canine and feline siblings passed on, one by one. We took you for walks and brought you over to our house to play with our pack. But when you went home you wanted to come back to our house. You sat by your kitchen window, looking at our house, and you whined and whined until I brought you back to our house. We eventually worked it out so that you would live here …. and you did for the last two years of your life. You were a friend to everyone and are deeply missed. But now you have gone home to brighten heaven and be back with your mom and siblings. Keno …. Until we meet again on the other side of the rainbow bridge,
Au revoir mon cher,
Celina and Ralph Levine
In Memory of Haven
Sometimes in this thing we call rescue, we find those that are too far gone for us to bring back and we can only offer them a loving environment at the end of their days. We can offer love, kindness, warmth and ease their burden at the end. Such is Haven’s story. We suppose she was turned out to wander the streets when her illness became advanced, her owners hoping she would wander off and die so they wouldn’t have to bear the burden of taking her to a vet. But, a nice family started feeding her when she wandered onto their property. They couldn’t resist her sweet expression and gentle eyes. They contacted rescue instead of taking her to the pound hoping we could offer her safe haven. Her illness was too far advanced for us to save her and, because of her age and emaciated condition, we could only offer her a good few days where she was loved and cuddled, given a warm bed and a full belly, a soft voice and loving words, and helped ease her pain. Perhaps now little Haven has found in death what she couldn’t in life.
We can’t save every animal that comes our way, and they all don’t have happy forever home endings. But, we consider ourselves blessed when we have the happy ending stories. We are also blessed when we can run interference and help some of these wonderful creatures avoid the loneliness of death on the streets, or in the wild, or on a table alone. As hard as it is there is some comfort, for us at least, knowing at the end they were loved, however briefly, and allowed to pass gracefully in our arms.
Thank you for coming to us Haven. May you be running fast, pain free, and happy now! We are sorry we didn’t get to know you better and that our time together was brief. Be free sweet girl!
January 1, 1997 - January 10-2011
You came into our lives almost 14 years ago, a puppy who ran away from her litter and wanted to make it on her own. When you were found on the highway, a friend brought you to us. We weren’t ready for a new child at the time, but we were unable to find you just the right home and so you became ours. What joy and fun you brought both of us over all these years. From a wild “thing” that wanted to stay outdoors those first two nights to our gentle and fine lady who preferred living inside. You were the inspiration behind the creation of People for Animal Welfare of New Mexico, a grass roots movement with over 2,200 people. We will miss you for the remaining days of our lives until we are all reunited at the rainbow bridge. Au revoir ma cheri.
~Celina and Ralph
In Memory of Mikey
The Sweetest Gift
My Mikey. You came to me by way of Gallup, a savior in golden fur. Your constant and unconditional love carried me through the darkest of times. In the light I saw your brown, melancholy eyes staring up at me. Not always serious, you jumped and smiled at the smallest of walks. And, one day, you dared chase a ball with the big dogs in the park. Always vigilant, you guarded the yard - waiting for a passerby to unleash your bark. You were my shadow. And I counted on that. I thought you would live forever. But I was just being foolish. As you were drifting off to sleep, voices in the background softly sang "each life has its place". I'm glad your place was with me.
Quietly while you were asleep
The moon and I were talking
I asked that she'd always keep you protected
She promised you her light
That you so gracefully carry
You bring your light and shine like morning...
...She promised all the sweetest gifts
That only the heavens can bestow
In Memory of Zeke Baldwin
1996 to October 5, 2009
I Loved You Best
So this is where we part, My Friend,
and you'll run on, around the bend,
gone from sight, but not from mind,
new pleasures there you'll surely find.
I will go on, I'll find the strength,
life measures quality, not its length.
One long embrace before you leave,
share one last look, before I grieve.
There are others, that much is true,
but they be they, and they aren't you.
And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought,
will remember well all you've taught.
Your place I'll hold, you will be missed,
the fur I stroked, the nose I kissed.
And as you journey to your final rest,
take with you this...I loved you best.
Copyright Jim Willis 2001
Zeke, you will be missed.
In Memory of Mr. Bear
Just this side of heaven is a place called 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 Rainbow Bridge together....
In Memory of Gee
Gee made a presence in life with his big, beautiful body and even bigger heart. He was loved and proud to be a significant part of a wonderful family. When one of his humans died, he lost a wag each day he did not return home. Then his other human died and his confusion and emotional pain took its toll on his very being. Gee's head hung, his pace shortened, and he waited so long for them both to return, he finally gave up. He wanted to be wherever they were - and now he is. Do not be sad for Gee but smile through the tears knowing his head is high and his tail wags because he has found his humans.
They Will Not Go Quietly
They will not go quietly, the dogs that shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know their spirit still survives.
Old habits still make us think we hear a barking at the door.
Or step back when we drop a tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go around the place the food dish used to be,
And sometimes, coming home at night, we miss them terribly.
And although time may bring new friends and a new food dish to fill,
That one place in our hearts belongs to them...and always will.