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The Rainbow Bridge

This page is dedicated to all the prescious angels who have gone before us.  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.... Author unknown... 


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RIP ADDY: Our condolences to Pat W. and family. May, 2014. Addy and Rocky were my first Lucky Star recue adoptees. I was not involved in fostering or transport at that time. I had been looking for a tri-color male and finally found Rocky and Addy in Indiana. They were a bonded pair so I decided to adopt them together. In the beginning they would run and play with each other much to my Banjo’s frustration – he wanted to play too. Eventually they let him into their circle. They have always slept together in the same crate and I really worry about Rocky, who is also 15, now that Addy is gone. I witnessed the sweetest moment between them yesterday afternoon. I was outside on the patio with them and Addy walked right up to Rocky and rubbed noses with him – several times. I had never seen her do this before. It was as if she was saying goodbye to him. I cried watching it but also cherish the knowledge that I gave her a happy home for almost 9 years. Addy would have been 15 this summer. Run free little girl. You were such a sweet baby. Now your legs will be strong again for you to run and play. Miss you so much.

August 1, 1998 - February 19, 2011 Cavaliers are a special breed, and among them comes a certain dog who is more special than others. That was my Aileen. Rescued from a puppy mill, adopted to a family only to be returned to Lucky Star after two years, she ultimately found her way to my home at 9 1/2 years old. I promised her that she could relax, knowing that this would be her loving home until the end. We shared a special bond - she always by my side, and I always by hers. Aileen is the only dog to have the dubious honor of sleeping by my side in bed each night - we wouldn't have it any other way. She would make me laugh, plowing through the other dogs (like a bull in a china shop) to be the one on my lap. Yet, she had the patience of saint, patiently letting the younger dogs walk, crawl, and lie on top of her, knowing as a grandmother does, that eventually the 'grandkids' will have to go home. That is, until a wretched disease called Degenerative Myelopathy (Multiple Sclerosis in dogs) took hold of her little body. There is no treatment and no cure. As the disease progressed, beginning in her rear legs and traveling to her front, I tried in vain to keep her as comfortable as possible. I would carry her, ordered a wheelchair to help her stay mobile, massaged her extremities as they became atrophied, but I could see that she was becoming more uncomfortable, frustrated, and unhappy as time went on. I was fighting a losing battle. She looked older and older each day from the strain of still trying to drag herself to my side. Just as I had been told to expect, the disease traveled forward, paralyzing her vocal chords taking away her bark, and began to weaken her front legs. Her eyes no longer sparkled. Instead they seemed to plead for help. I could not let my Lady Aileen suffer any longer. I loved her so much. So I decided that my gift to her would be to allow her to travel across the Rainbow Bridge where she could spend eternity content and happy. My house seems empty now. I had three wonderful years with Aileen, 1 1/2 years healthy, and 1 1/2 years failing. It was too short. This is a tribute to my special Lady Aileen (August 1, 1998 - February 19, 2011), the best friend I ever had.

Allie (LS Kara)
Logan's sister Allie (LS Kara),adopted June,2010. She went to the bridge on 4/26/15.


~~Annabelle lost her valiant fight with squamous cell carcinoma on August 5, 2016.   She was rescued by Lucky Star in January 2013 and fostered until I adopted her in April 2013.  Annie continued to flourish in freedom.  She loved to explore my backyard to for daily long, leisurely walks while sniffing all of those wonderful scents she along the way.  Stairs proved to be no problem for her as she learned to navigate 15 of them with ease.  Most of all, however, Annabelle loved to lie on the couch which will forever be referred to as "Annie's couch".  The big bed and its pillows were her second favorite resting place. . .and could she snore!  Annie was a social butterfly who enjoyed everyone (human, canine, feline) she met.   She especially loved visiting her veterinary caregivers who always welcomed her with treats.  I have so many wonderful Annie memories and will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have had her in my life.  Desi, Penny, and I miss you terribly.  Sleep well little girl until we meet again.

Sweet Austin recently lost his battle with heart disease. He will be missed by all who knew him. He brought so much joy to everyone. He was such a sweet loving soul. Run free sweet boy.

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