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In Memory of our beloved friends....

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 and 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 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. The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to break away 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......."

(~Anonymous)

"...Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you...I loved you so - 'twas Heaven here with you."
---Isla Paschal Richardson

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2017

Woody

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that we eased Woody to the Rainbow Bridge yesterday. Woody came to us in April 2015 when Golden Beginnings asked Ken and me to pick up a stray from a Good Samaritan on a Sunday afternoon. My first comment was "Well, this is a spaniel" ?? Woody was elderly with heart worms, blind and deaf. A crotchety old man.... Gus and Ben were always wonderful with him! He ate out of their bowls (while they would give me "mom!" looks) and always laid so still as he would stumble and crawl over them. He would grumble and growl at them when he got caught in a storm of wagging tails! Ken and I thought at one time he was someone's beloved companion as he was neutered and microchipped. I often asked him if he had had a momma or a papa. It was unfair that in the twilight of his life he was "lost" and we spoke of different scenarios of his life's story. In the end I feel good to know that he died peacefully with hugs and words of love and that people cried at his passing. Run old man like you haven't done in a long time, look at the trees and sky, listen to the other animals and perhaps run to your original owner. Remember us too a little when we see you again.

Fran and Ken Braud
May 2017  

Buster Wang
(The Golden Standard)
2005 - 2017

It is we deep sadness that Buster (originally Scoobie) has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. Buster was what we called the golden standard. He encompassed all the great qualities of these precious animals. He was not a retriever he was a lover. His smile. His gentleness.His love for us and our love for him. Perfect In EVERY way. We were so lucky to have him for over 10 years. We have two other goldens but they don't possess the charm that Buster did. We don't have children and so these are my babies and we treat them with the very best that money can buy. But it was Busters time. We saw it coming. Our vet usually comes to our home. But this time it didn't work out for me. I was at the hospital and could not leave. It brought me such sadness that I didn't get to touch him or tell him how much I loved him. However, my husband rushed to the vet and was able to be wth him. His body was cremated and we received a a beautiful box that sits in a place of honor in our house. His name is carved on the front.

We will never forget him and I will never forget Golden Beginnings for bringing him to me. I miss my friend. Thank you for the wonderful work you do.

Lisa and Jack Wang
May 2017  

D'Lilah

Thank you for your well wishes at the time of our loss of little golden angel D'Lilah Belle (Eleanor), one month ago, March 14. We hoped to do everything possible to extend and make her remaining life healthy, secure and overly loved every day she was going to have. We just never know the number that God gives us for our little golden angels. D'Lilah had adapted and accepted us so fully and lovingly that we thought she was going to have many more days with us. Sorrowfully, the condition affecting her heart did not allow our wishes and hopes to be fulfilled. That did not diminish our love we did share, nor have our wonderful memories and thoughts of our little sweet girl who danced her Friday Special Dance and nuzzled each and every morning's wakeup been lessened. We know now she does not suffer to breathe or have chest pain, and we will see D'Lilah over the RAINBOW BRIDGE, with our Baby Dog, our Fannie Mae, our Gracey, and Angel Meghan. We are truly thankful for everyday and every beautiful memory of our 33 years of Rescue Golden Retrievers.

Gary and Rita Gilbert
April 2017  

Joey

March 24, 2017 I lost my wonderful Joey. He was the sweetest, most handsome, happiest dog a person could want. Even though he was only 8 when he passed he had a full and joyous life. His favorite things were riding in the golf cart, swimming, and playing with his lab brother. They played until they were so tired and exhausted all they could do was lay on the floor and paw at each other. Joey even enjoyed going to the vet for his chemo treatments. Sometimes the vet would have to sedate him for his treatment because his tail wagged so much his whole body wiggled.

If anyone is considering chemotherapy for their dog, I recommend it. It gave me 10 extra months with Joey. He tolerated it very well and only felt sick a few days after the first two treatments. He had 12 treatments (one a week) and then was in remission. We did all the things I think would have been on his "bucket list." When he did lose the battle it was sudden and somewhat unexpected. I will miss my gentle and loving boy tremendously.  
 
 
 

Donna Hemphill
April 2017  

Scout

Scout came to GB as a found/stray. He was living at a construction site, mangy and very thin. Over his first few months with us, he gained weight nicely and most of his fur grew back (although it was still a little thin on his hips and tail). As his health improved, more and more of his personality emerged and Scout turned out to be quite a character. He was very grumbly with the other dogs which concerned me at first but since nothing ever came of it, we finally decided that it was just his way of "talking". We just called him the grumpy old man. Scout loved a soft bed or, better yet, the couch. Scout was always the perfect house guest and had impeccable house manners. He loved his daily patrols of the yard, always making sure the squirrels were up in the trees, the chickens were in their pen, the cows were on their side of the fence - nothing was infringing on his territory. He was a consummate beggar and every night he parked his nose on the arm of my husband's chair and convinced my husband to let him lick the desert bowl. Scout loved to sing along with the sirens from the nearby fire department and loved it when he could get the other dogs to join in as well. Scout smiled - he would smile and look at you with a glint in his eye like he was privy to some private joke.

In the early morning hours of March 11, Scout woke us thrashing around in distress. He was unable to get up and did not seem to know who we were. I took him to the emergency room and they confirmed my suspicion that he'd had a stroke. He fostered with us for just over a year and blessed us with his love and good humor. We will miss him but we know that he is now smiling (and grumbling) at the bridge.

Cil Henson
March 2017  

Pilgrim

It is with sad and heavy hearts we wanted to let you know we had say goodbye to our beloved Golden companion, friend and family member Pilgrim last week. After short battle with eating and stomach problems the veterinarian found a huge mass in his stomach. We made the difficult decision to help him to the Bridge. Pilgrim was a sweet and loving boy that never failed to greet us at the door and always liked to settle in for a nap somewhere close by. Naps and meal time were his favorite times of the day.

Pilgrim first came to us around Thanksgiving of 2008 as a foster. At the time he was a skinny and very sick boy. He had pneumonia, stiches from an embedded collar and was one giant hot spot. He was also heartworm positive. We nursed him through the medical issues and heartworm treatment. My wife spent many long nights sitting with him during his recovery time. He eventually recovered and became a healthy happy boy. In 2009, he was adopted by one of our previous adopters and we said a tearful goodbye and wished him the best in his new life. About a year later the family called to ask if they could return Pilgrim to GBGRR because of a change in their family circumstances. Of course we immediately agreed to take him back. When they brought Pilgrim back to us he trotted in the house, said hello to our other Golden, Dozer and plopped down like he was home again. We decided right then he wasn't going anywhere else. About a year ago we rescued a little mixed breed puppy that was in dire need of help named Scooter. Pilgrim and Scooter became great friends and were always together.

Pilgrim was a funny and sweet guy that loved to lean on you to get a good head scratch. He never failed to make us laugh with his antics and quirks. Our home is very empty without him and his little friend Scooter seems lost without him. He will always be in out hearts and will be missed forever. Rest well sweet boy until we meet again.

Barbara and Stacy Holly
March 2017  

Connor

Connor came to GBGRR from Lafayette, Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. When he first came into rescue, he was confined to the cone of shame long enough that he began to think his name was Conehead rather than Andy (the name GBGRR gave him). I renamed him Connor which seemed a more fitting name for the big red boy. After relocating to Denver (coincidentally living on Lafayette Street), Connor became a certified therapy dog and worked for six years in a library reading program as well as volunteering for lots of events for the local golden retriever rescue group. Connor never passed up a pizza crust, brought a smile to the face of everyone he met and was endlessly patient with his little golden brother Midas. He would stand by the front door and complain in his loudest "Roo Roo" voice if he did not get a walk at the regularly scheduled times, even if it was pouring rain or snowing sideways. On hot days, he would stretch out under the swamp cooler and refuse to move even though he blocked the entire hallway. He often slept upside down with all four paws in the air propped up against the back of the couch or a wall. Connor was a happy healthy dog until the last few months when his kidneys began to shut down. We all miss him terribly, but are thankful to have spent so much time with him. Thanks for GBGRR for bringing this special boy into our home.

Jackie, Mike and Midas
February 2017