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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......."


"...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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I have very sad news. Gunnar passed away on December 27. One Saturday morning in mid-November, he threw up, and since he had not done that before while he lived with me, I called Dr. Taylor for an appointment. He was able to see him that morning, and after an exam, blood tests, and an ultra-sound on Monday, Gunnar's diagnosis was cancer of the liver.

I elected to have chemo done and his care was transferred to Dr. Theisen at Central Texas Veterinarian Specialty Hospital. He received his first chemo shot that Monday afternoon, and one each week thereafter for four weeks.

He was doing well and I was hopeful that he would be able to live six months. He received his strongest dose of chemo the fifth week, and for a few days, it seemed that he was healthy again. He was scheduled for his sixth shot the Wednesday after Christmas. On Monday, 26th, Dr. Theisen admitted him to the hospital for further tests. He was growing weaker, unable to stand-up by himself and eating only a small portion of the pureed chuck roast and baked custard that had sustained him during the chemo. The tests showed that Gunnar was bleeding internally, probably from bleeding ulcers. Dr. Theisen said that one of the functions of the liver was to protect the lining of the stomach from gastric juices. She gave him a 25% chance of living another four weeks. He was put to sleep on Tuesday.

I wish it could have turned out differently. He was a love, and I miss him very much! So does Snoop, my male basset. They had become companions and Snoop continues to look for him. Gunnar was cremated and his ashes will be returned to me.

I appreciate your letting me adopt him. Golden Beginnings does wonderful work.

Gay Y.


It is with so much sorrow that I am letting you know that our sweet old GUS that we adopted from you earlier this year, has gone across the RAINBOW BRIDGE and is once again, young and full of life in a better place.  He was a very special friend to me and loved his daily  treat, always woofing at me, even though he could not see and hear anymore.  If possible mention him in your memorial page, he brought joy to our senior citizens during his last months of life.  Thanks to Faith and Madeline who took him for his final trip in the car and stayed with him until he was gone, I took him on his last outdoor walk.

Sue Martin
The Forum at Memorial Woods Retirement Center

 It is with great sadness and heavy heart that I write to tell everyone our former foster Gus has passed away. Gus was taken in by a wonderful woman when she found him wandering her neighborhood. She, like the rest of us, had too many dogs of her own to keep him and turned him into GBGRR. How she cried when Stacy came to get him.

Gus was a senior dog and we assumed he would live his life with us. When The Forum in the Galleria was looking to adopt a dog for their residents, we knew it was the perfect forever home for Gus. His social schedule became so full they also adopted Chrissie.

Although they only had Gus for a few months, they provided him with all the love and care a golden could ever want.

We are so grateful to The Forum, their residents and staff for giving Gus such a special home. Stacy and I will always fondly remember him walking around our house with his leash in his mouth and woofing to us at meal time.

Barbara and Stacy Holly


It is with heavy heart and deep sadness that I tell you my precious Max lost his short battle with hemangiosarcoma yesterday.  While I will miss his constant companionship and abiding love, I have 10 years of wonderful memories to cherish forever.  He brought much joy, laughter and spirit to my life, and those around me - he was well loved during his life. While it never easy to say good bye, I know he is waiting at the Rainbow Bridge and is happy and healthy again.

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time

Midge & Duncan


It is with a very sad and heavy heart that I wanted to let everyone know that my beautiful Golden angel boy, Sunny, went to the Bridge on 9/23/05 after my vet found a tumor which was in-operable.  There is such a deep, empty space and loss that our Sunny filled with his dances, his smiles, his excitement about life, and his unconditional love which he poured over all of us each day that we were blessed to have him...

Sunny's life changed when he became such an important part of our family. Because Sunny was so depressed after his owners decided they didn't want him any longer, I opened my heart to this special Golden boy, and he came into our home and became part of the family immediately.  From day one, Sunny loved and always gave back so much - through his smiles, and his generous spirit, Sunny made sure that we always felt his love and his gratitude.  Sunny blessed our family every moment of the day...  He was my Golden angel.

I would like to thank Sherri A. for making our journey with Sunny possible. Because of her love, care and concern, we had many wonderful years with our Sunny. And Sunny had the loving home he so deserved...  Thanks, Sherri...

Sunny's brothers and sisters miss him terribly as do I, and we all know that one day we will meet our Golden angel again... Till then, my friend, run with the angels and feel our love!  You are free

 Danita, Annie, Maestro and Rhoda


Our Rosie passed away last week, not long after being diagnosed with cancer. Although we had her for a short time, she quickly became a special member of our family. Now there is a big emptiness in our home and in our hearts.

I called her my big sweetie because she was so affectionate and loving. She always had to be near one of us. Even at the end, she looked around to make sure we were both there. The last words she heard me say, was that she was my big sweetie and I loved her.

The time I miss her the most is early in the morning while having my coffee on the deck. Every morning she and I would go out back, and after she did her morning business, she would come and sit as close as she could next to me, then rest her head on my thigh. She was just a big sweet heart.

Rosie was a special friend and companion, who will never be forgotten. She will always have a special place in our hearts.

Chris & Donna F.


Margaret & Bruce B.


David & Sheri A.


It is with very heavy hearts and great sadness that we wanted to let you know that today our sweet Boudreaux went on ahead of us to the Rainbow Bridge. Despite the tremendous odds against him, Boudreaux fought the good fight without complaint and with a kind of courage and dignity and sweetness that was extraordinary. In the end his medical complications were just too much for him to overcome and the kindest thing we could do was let him go on to the bridge.

We will always be amazed at Boo's great sweetness and friendly nature to all who met him, greeting everyone one with a big wet kisses and tail wags. Boudreaux's sweetness was such a remarkable contradiction to the cold and cruelly indifferent world from which he came to us. Our one small comfort is that Boudreaux passed from this world surrounded by people that loved and cared for him. Although Boudreaux was only with us for much too short of a time, he will always hold a very special place in our hearts and will be greatly missed.

If he could, I know Boudreaux would want to thank each and everyone who sent their prayers, good thoughts and support with big wet kisses and giant tail wags.

Boudreaux, our great and beautiful Golden friend, you will never be lost again.

Barbara and Stacy H. (and Boo's special pals Whoopi, Dozer and Arnie)


My sweet, beautiful Chili has gone to the bridge.  The gallant heart that struggled so valiantly for so long is now quiet and our lives will never be the same. For 3 years he has accepted and patiently lived with all the horrible things the cancer has done to him.  He has shown us the true meaning of grace.  Chili had a heart full of love to give and we were so very blessed to have him, even if it was just for a little while.  My heart is broken,  I am trying to imagine him healthy and beautiful again waiting at the bridge.  The last thing he did was wag his tail for me.

Cil Henson


Our Precious Darling Baby Girl, Arizona (Muffy) has very reluctantly gone to the Rainbow Bridge. She was only 6 years old on 5 May 2005 (we brought her home to be one of our family on 5 May 2001). Her quiet, courageous, heroic fight for life was so awesome.  She did not want to leave us. She endured so much pain and suffering to her sweet body, but she never uttered a wimp, cry, nor complaint. She loved her Mama dearly, and adored her Daddy.  God blessed our lives for 4 good years with her. She gave us so very much love, joy, and companionship. She always had a smile on her face and bright, sparkly eyes. Arizona Bockman has left such a void in our family. Her 2 Golden sisters are grieving her, as much as John Wm and I grieve for her. She will never be forgotten, and we pray she'll be waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge. Her Daddy and she had a saying: "Goldens Rule!"

John Wm and Frankie Jim, Colorado, Missy, Apache and Mona Bockman


 "Sampson" (fka "Powder")