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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

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005



We are terribly sad to tell everyone our little Austin went to the Bridge last night.  Austin came to us from a shelter in Round Rock, Texas.  He was hit by a car and had a broken rear leg. Tammy R. a previous adopter) picked him up and met Tom B., GBGRR volunteer, in College Station with him.  Tom delivered him to Dr. Powell for his surgery and then Austin went to foster with Kathy B. in the Woodlands.  Austin recovered well from his surgery but then broke with distemper.  He has been very ill for the last week but seemed to be holding his own in Kathy's loving hands until yesterday morning.  He spent yesterday at Dr. Powell's on IV fluids and meds but continued to go downhill all afternoon.

Thank you so much, Kathy, for all the love, care and attention you lavished on Austin. He will be waiting for you at the Bridge.


8/29/99 - 12/7/07

On December 7, 2007 we lost our beautiful Golden Girl, Amber.  It was to a very sudden, unexplainable and apparent heart attack.  She was our very first Golden Retriever and we got the mother lode.  She was pure gold with a happy smile and a sunshine disposition.  The vet said in a human, a heart transplant would have been the only thing that would have saver her; and we know it would have been impossible to find a big enough heart to hold all the love she gave to us.  Because of Amber we became involved in Golden Beginnings, thought GBGRR we found Reese.  We have to believe that was the big plan-Amber led us to Reese so we wouldn't be alone when she had to leave.  She will stay in our hearts forever.  We love you Amber.

Toni, Jim, Reese & Pix


My family adopted a Golden Retriever from GBGRR almost six years ago. He has been the light of our life. Unfortunately, on Friday, November 2nd we had to put Major to sleep. We spent six wonderful years with him, we loved him, and he loved us. He made friends and became my best friend. After so many years of bumps and blunders and golden times, Major was diagnosed with diabetes. We had to a choice to make and we chose to try to live with the disease. And we did, for eight months. Sure it was difficult, but it was beyond worth it. His life was glorious, full of fun times, trips to the river, out to the farm. He was a regular, fun loving Golden. Suddenly, he became very ill. He refused to eat and lost all of his desire to live. We took him to the vet to find out that his lover was failing and he didn't have much longer to live. So we made the choice to put him to sleep rather than make him suffer so we could hold on for a little while longer. By the time we made it to the vet he couldn't even stand to get out of the car. He was euthanized right there in the car. He wasn't afraid and he seemed to realize that we would be ok without him. As the vet administered the drug, we talked to him, and petted him, and told him how much we loved him. He simply laid his head down and closed his eyes and it was over. All of the suffering and pain was done. We took him to his favorite place, the river, and buried him on my uncle's property. Major will never be forgotten in our family and we thank you so much for finding him for us. Just six years ago he was a stray called Pilgrim and now he is a part of my family, never to be forgotten.

If anyone owns a golden and is facing diabetes, please have them contact us. We would be more than happy to give much needed advice. We learned so much through this experience and we only see fit to pass that information on to another family that needs it. Thank you so much Golden Beginnings. Your program really made our loves a Golden experience.

Sincerely , Kaleigh Coleman & The Coleman Family


We just wanted to let everyone know that we lost our buddy Frasier to cancer on October 1, 2007. The good news is that he didn't seem to be in much pain, just got a little weaker over time. We found out just 1 month before that he had cancer and then found out that it was not only in his throat and lymph nodes, but also in his lungs and who knows where else. Hobie, Shyner and Phantom are all adjusting ok.  We miss having Fraiser around the house, but are happy that we had the time with him that we did.

Kim and Jason Ellis

 "Sadie Sue Mitchell"
May 1995 - October 3, 2007

Our beloved Sadie Sue went on to the Rainbow Bridge on October 3, 2007. Sadie was one of 12 puppies born to a Golden mother and a Black Lab father and came to live with us when she was six weeks old. Sadie looked like a yellow lab, and had a 'Golden' heart.

We are saddened by her leaving and grateful that her spirit is free once more. She joined her Golden brother 'Apache' May 1994-November 2004 (adopted from Dallas GRR) and big sister 'Susie' May 1993-November 2005 (rescued from a shelter in East Texas).

Sadie leaves her three younger siblings. Luke (aka Trooper adopted from GBGRR January 2005); Jake (aka Laredo adopted from GBGRR in June 2006) and Daisy Mae (abandoned at UP Railroad yard, adopted November 2006), and her human family, Wilma, Mark and Gail Mitchell of Nacogdoches, Texas.

We love and miss you Sadie Sue. You have earned your angel wings.

 "Boomer" and his buddy, Gypsy

Our beloved Boomer, who had been fighting lymphosarcoma, has gone to join Tandy (our first golden) at the Rainbow Bridge.

Boomer came to us in April 2006, as one of a group rescued from a puppy mill in Oklahoma. He must have been terribly abused since he was terrified of people. However, Sophie and Annie (our GBGRR Goldens) soon taught him not only to trust and love us, but also that life could be fun. Boomer made up for all of the toys he never had in the 2 ½ years at the puppy mill – he constantly carried as many toys as he could stuff in his mouth.  

We will miss Boomer’s gentle spirit, loving eyes, and beautiful, prancing walk. We are thankful to GBGRR for rescuing him so that he finally had his home and family who adored him. Boomer has truly blessed our family.  

Attached is one our favorite photos of Boomer with Gypsy, our foster who was adopted last month. Boomer and Gypsy, who both had been abused in their earlier lives, were kindred spirits, who bonded immediately. Boomer was an immense help in teaching Gypsy and leading her to her forever home and her Golden Beginning.

Mike and Nadine P.



Our sweet, goofy Moses reached the Rainbow Bridge this afternoon. We feel blessed to have had him in our home, even if it was for such a short time. It’s also such a shame that such a great dog was deprived of being in a loving environment except for the last phase of his life. He will be missed by all in our house, including our dog-hating kitty that has been looking for him for the last couple of days since he went into the hospital.

Margaret, Bruce, Jasper, Indy and Millie Moses Foster Family

 "Sampson" and his little sister, Ellie

Our beloved Golden Retriever, Sampson passed away unexpectedly last Friday, August 10th.  My husband adopted Sampson from Golden Beginnings in December of 2002.  Sampson who was around three years old at that time was the perfect companion for his much older Golden Retriever, Remington.  Sampson and Remington had a lot of fun together playing chase and wrestling.  When Remington passed away at age 15 just 3 years ago, Sampson was a bit lost.  Luckily he didn’t have to wait too long for a new little sister.  When my husband and I were married I brought with me a one year old West Highland Terrier named Ellie.  At first we didn’t know how they would play together, but instantly all worries were lost.  Sampson was so careful and protective of her, just like a big brother.  They had so much fun wrestling and playing together as well as snuggling.  They were the perfect odd couple that we enjoyed watching with amazement.

Sampson was such a large presence in our home.  He was always ready for an ear scratch or belly rub, but most of all he just wanted to be as close to us as possible-even if that meant trying to sit his 85 pound self in your lap. His happy go lucky spirit and funny little antics when he was ready to eat or go out will always be remembered.  He was one of the sweetest dogs we have ever been lucky enough to have known and it goes with out saying that we will miss him greatly.

We love you Sampson.
Dad, Mom & Ellie



Hi, my name is Carla and we adopted Murray, a Golden senior in March of 2004.  The moment my husband and I seen him we fell in love with him.  He had the most beautiful red coat I had ever seen.  Murray was more than anyone could have asked for in a companion.  He loved everything and everyone.  His heart was made of gold.

Murray was terrified of thunder…the sound of thunder would literally make him go crazy if he was left alone.   Thanks to our wonderful vet, on days when the weather was bad I would call and they would always tell me they have Murray’s spot ready.  So I would drop him off in the morning on my way to work and he would go hang out with the vet staff during the day until I got off work.  The entire staff loved Murray…I knew he was in good hands when he was with them.  Each time I would pick him up he had a new bandana on…and boy did he look handsome.  He was defiantly an eye catcher.

Murray was such a joy in my life.  When I would walk through the door he would run to his toy box and drag out all the squeaky toys he had and would carry them throughout the house squeaking them…he was like an oversized puppy.

Murray loved life…he was so happy all the time and it showed with the huge smile he would have on his face. 

On May 4, 2007 Murray lost his very short battle with cancer.  We didn’t want to take Murray back to the vet and our vet wanted the best for Murray too so he came out to the house to put Murray to rest.  Murray was at home in his comfortable surrounding where he had no stress.  Right after he had passed I placed his head down and there was that smile.  He was at peace.  My heart still breaks for him everyday.  It’s hard to go home and not have him there.  He made a bad day a good day.  We only had Murray for a short time but he blessed us in so many ways and is greatly missed.  I could go on and on about what I miss but what I miss the most is the noise of his small fan in the bedroom next to his pillow, the smacking at dinner time and his smile.

 Thank you GBGRR for the special gift of Murray.  I can’t even express how grateful we are to have had the chance to have Murray in our lives.  Also, I wanted to let everyone know the importance of adopting a senior dog.  So many senior dogs are overlooked because of their age and they are the ones that depend on us the most.  Having a senior dog was the best, even though the time was short it was all worth it.  Murray loved us and he knew we loved him…I couldn’t have asked for anything better.  Murray is my angel.

Carla & Chad R.


Hi, my name is Karen and we adopted our precious Golden, Parker (when Sheri Anderson headed your organization) about seven years ago.  He passed away yesterday and we are devastated.  We will never have an animal bless our lives in a way he did. He deserves the best heaven has to offer. I never felt worthy of having such a wonderful pet in my  life. Here is how we felt about him and I included a photo.  Thanks

To: Parker...May 10, 2007
You came to us with selfless, unconditional love...not knowing what your future held. You were a gentle giant with a  golden coat, regal stature and soulful eyes.

You never asked for anything other than a good tummy rub, a good meal, and the chance to chase a cat or a deer (which you would never harm.)

You tolerated little hands with exceptional grace.

Thank you for sharing your life with us and allowing our children to experience such loyal companionship.

I already miss your sounds in the middle of the night and your tail bouncing off the floor whenever anyone entered the room.  Even at your last moment, you strained to wag your tail to let us know you knew we were there.

There will never be another you, Parker. You are in our hearts forever.

Love, Mom, Dad, Layng, Quency and Grace


To All at Golden Beginning Members,

My husband Ron and I signed up to be foster parents in May 2004. Our first foster was a beautiful elderly lady named Twilight. I picked her up from Cindy in Magnolia. We went through heartworm treatment and some other unusual instances with Twilight. She loved to put her nose where bees would find it. We ended up being foster failures and adopted Twilight in September of 04. At that time we had five four legged kids in our home and felt that is all we could handle until we moved to our property. We renamed Twilight and she has been our Ginger since. Ron and Ginger were inseparable except when he went to work. She was his shadow, she loved our walks and in most cases she would decide which way to go. She actually would choose if she wanted us to go left or right or straight depending on where we were in our subdivision. She was everyone's friend.

We lost Ginger in late February to breast cancer. We and our vet first thought it was a mastitis of her breast and at first treated it this way, but after a week of the strongest antibiotic and so no signs of improvement we tested further and understood it to be cancer. Even though we tried treatment the cancer spread fast through her right breast and down her back leg. Her leg swelled so badly that Ginger had trouble standing or sitting. She got to the point that she would not eat even though we were feeding her cooked hamburger meat, mashed potatoes or anything that we thought she would eat. Our vet finally told us that we could either continue the treatments but felt that Ginger would only suffer or we needed to make the hardest decision and let her fall to sleep. Ron and I felt that the latter was better for our Ginger and so we let her go to sleep peacefully in our arms. Where we live we were able to bring her home and bury her on our land. We have a memorial set up for her. Ron has fenced off the area where we buried her and we had a dog statue with her name made and is sitting at the head of her grave.

Thank you Golden Beginnings for allowing us to become foster parents and to also give us the most rewarding feeling of adopting a precious angel.

Our lives will never be the same.

Ron and Cindy G.


Isabelle became very ill last week.  She couldn't keep anything down, food or water.  She was 16 going on 17 and Julie Ann Duty and the other vets at rose/rich felt considering her age and the possibility that it was some type of blockage or cancer, she might not survive an operation.  So, she went to the Bridge on last Wed.

It was very sad for us.  Especially, since we just lost Sadie in July. It's very quiet around here.

Orin & Ronna L



When you came to me you were lost.
When you came to me you were confused.
When you came to me you were covered in fleas.
When you came to me you were all matted.
When you came to me you had hope. It shone in those bright eyes with the brilliant amber flecks.

You wanted only a few things:
To be part of my pack.
To be touched.
To be patted.
To be loved.
To play.
To chase.
To walk.
To run.

Oh how you loved to run. Like the wind. Free and without bounds.

But we humans failed you.
Failed with the medicine to keep you healthy.
Failed with the chemicals to cure you.
And in the end failed with the drugs that ended your short one and a half years.

Wherever you are now, running free in that golden field, with your deep red fur shining, when you look down on me, know that you were loved. By me, by the vet, by the techs, by the receptionists.

We all loved you.
The pack misses you.
But we were human.

Written by Finnegan's Foster Dad

1996 - 2/6/07

Our beautiful and sweet Chula recently crossed over the rainbow bridge where she has promised to wait for us. We adopted her in 2002 at a difficult time in our lives. She was there for us in countless ways and we will never ever forget what she taught us about love, gentleness, patience and tolerance. She absolutely was the best doggie on the planet and we are forever grateful to Golden Beginnings for bringing this special jewel into our lives. 

WE LOVE YOU, CHULA .... WE ALWAYS WILL. We miss you so much.

The Parrish Family

1995 - 12/28/06


It is with a very heavy heart that I write to tell you that Bailey Kessler went to Rainbow Bridge on December 28, 2006. I am so sorry that I am just now telling you, but my grief was overwhelming and until now I just could not draft this email. My heart did find comfort in knowing that there was a joyous reunion at the Bridge when my sweet Bailey-girl was reunited with Rusty and Bogart, two other GBGRR babies of mine who went before her.

Bailey is a special girl for GBGRR. She was the first or second dog rescued by Sheri Andersen. I like to think that Bailey (fka Becky to GBGRR) inspired the formation of GBGRR when she was found lost and alone. She leaves quite a legacy! :-)

Bailey was my constant companion for more than 7 years helping me through countless curve balls life tossed my way. I truly could not have made it without her friendship and fur therapy. Lymphoma took her from me at the age of 9 1/2, which was way too early. (I was lucky enough to have Rusty for 13 years and Bogart for 14 years so I really should not complain, but mentally I was not ready to lose her at such a young age.) The cancer progressed so very quickly and when I said good-bye to her it was time.

She is greatly missed every single day and getting used to a dogless house for the first time in 23 years is terribly hard to accept. I know my heart will heal and when it does I will adopt another Golden friend.

Many, many thanks for everything you do for Golden rescue. You are angels! I will send a note and picture for the website soon.

Much love and prayers,

Amy Kessler (Rusty, Bogart and Bailey at Rainbow Bridge)

 6/1996 - 1/2007

May Her Spirit Live in our Hearts Forever, Elizabeth & Gary M.