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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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"Beau Behr Moran"

In memory of Michael C’s Beau Behr Moran, a gentle soul, never to be forgotten.

Michael Clark


"Van Gogh"

We received word from David Rosenfelt that Van Gogh crossed The Rainbow Bridge this morning. He had been ill for the past several days and the vet believes he had cancer. For those who don't remember, Van Gogh was the one-eared Golden who came to us from a homeless man. Van Gogh touched the lives and hearts of everyone he met. He loved people, loved other dogs and especially loved cats. Thank you to the Rosenfelts for adopting Van Gogh and to everyone who fostered and helped with Van Gogh's travels to his new home in Southern California. We are comforted in knowing that Van Gogh was deeply loved and adored by David and his wife and went peacefully to The Rainbow Bridge.



Ace went to the Rainbow Bridge on November 23 after developing severe symptoms (seizures, very high fever) of distemper. Ace had been treated for pneumonia and seemed to be improving when he began having seizures.


Unfortunately, the disease was too much for this little guy to fight and he went to the Bridge where he is waiting now with his rescue brethren. His foster mom Susie and our president Cil were with him when he went to the Bridge.



Daphne enjoyed her last day on earth at the GBGRR 10th anniversary picnic which WAS on her 9th birthday. Much to the surprise and heartache of her family, Daphne died suddenly, in her sleep, the following day at Linda's bedside. Following is the tribute that was written for her entry in the Senior Parade:

Daphne was adopted on June 24, 2008, which is a special date because it is Linda and Jeff’s wedding anniversary.

Daphne was initially Linda’s foster, but Linda found that she could not bear to part with Daphne. Linda says that adopting Daphne was the best decision for both of them. She loves everyone she meets except for small aggressive dogs.


Her favorite things are long daily walks, Jogging up to 6 miles a day, and going for car rides. She also likes EATING AND BEGGING for treats. Daphne likes to put her paw around your neck or pet you back if you are laying around with her. Bad habits: snoring and burping.

Linda says: "She is my shadow and I love her more and more each day."

Linda M



It is with extreme sorrow I have to tell you that my dear Abby passed away today. As you know, I adopted her on January 17, 2009. She had a very serious kidney infection which caused her hospitalization. She began to suffer blood clots and died from cardiac arrest today.

Abby was such a dear. We spent many happy hours together and cherished each other’s company. I will miss her so much. Abby was the most dear and loving companion anyone could ever ask to have. I will always hold her dear to my heart

Mike B.



Dear Golden Beginnings Friends,

Today has been a hard day, and it is with a heavy heart that I let you know that Bear passed away suddenly this morning due to a heart attack, while at the vet's.

He was there for a check-up, as he was having trouble eating these past few days and keeping his food down. The doctors at Stafford Oaks had us give him fluids yesterday and were just having him in today to check for his organs and see what might be causing him not to want to eat or hold down his food.  He walked in wagging his tail when we left him and died suddenly in his kennel, while waiting for the doctor. Everyone there was stunned. It turns out that he had a serious heart disease (that has a very long name), that causes the heart muscle to thicken and thus close up his heart chamber, so that there was hardly any blood pumping out.

This would explain his constant panting and low energy level, that we thought was just due to his anemia, joint pain, arthritis and age. The condition is very difficult to detect, as the heart stays the same size. Bear has had just about every part of his body -x-rayed. It would have taken an ultrasound to detect the disease.
In addition, the doctors also found tumors ranging in size from a pea to a golf ball all over his liver. They are going to send one out for testing. This is what was likely affecting his appetite and sickness.

We are very saddened by his loss, but so happy that he is now without pain, and very thankful for the circumstances to happen the way they did.

Thanks to all of you for being Bear's cheerleader these past six months.

Susie H. and Family


After a tough fight with a very deadly and fast moving cancer, Shirley and I had no choice but to help Melvin toward the Bridge this morning. On behalf of Melvin, Shirley and I would like to thank Joanie and Jennifer with Golden Beginnings for making my adoption of Melvin possible. I would also like to thank Dr. Jacobs at Lake Olympia Animal Hospital and all of the doctors and students at Texas A&M University Vet School, who operated on and treated Melvin.

Mel was truly our very best friend. Even though we were only able to have him for 10 short months, he made it a very special period in our lives. Mel leaves behind his adopted brother and very best doggie friend Champ who is already wandering the house looking for his buddy.

Bob & Shirley E.

Melvin, you were just about the sweetest dog we ever fostered, even though you'd had a rough start in life and had no reason to trust any human being. We watched you gain weight and blossom, and start to play. Pecos even taught you to swim, once he showed you that there were tennis balls in the lake! The entire adoption team knew how crazy I was about you, and that they better not even suggest an adopter that wasn't the PERFECT family for you. Then Jennifer called and told me about the Eckermans. They came to visit and it was love at first site-all around. I saw you fall in love with them and knew that this was the home for you, where you would have all the love and happiness and tennis balls that you so deserved. And even though it was way too short, and we're all left broken-hearted, I know that you had a wonderful lifetime full of love in those 10 months, and that your happy, goofy face is smiling down on us. Heaven will never run out of tennis balls.

your foster mommy, Travis, Pecos and Shiloh


The last week has been terrible. Ginger came down with acute pancreatitis a few days ago, followed by almost full kidney failure today- after being treated for several days. So, I made the decision with the vet today to have her put to sleep this afternoon. She died with her head in my lap (we started our relationship with her diving into my lap when we met in the parking lot and ended with her head peacefully resting on my thigh) surrounded by me and the two next door neighbors that she spent just about every day with – there was a lot of love around her I am soooooooo sad. Ginger was a wonderful dog and the perfect companion for me over the last two years in Houston . I am so glad we found each other and that you let me adopt her, but I am really sad right now.

I am sorry to send you this sad news, but I thought you would want to know. I will really miss Ginger sooo much – thanks for letting her into my life. She had a great last two years of her life – almost never alone (always with people and/or her dog pack next door). She died peacefully, a well-loved and well cared for dog.

Jim C.


I am so sad to write that our beloved Nick passed away last night due to complications from his cancer surgery.

We always knew how lucky we were to have such a wonderful loyal friend as Nick. We were sure that he was grateful to be rescued, and that is why he was as kind and loving and protective of us as he was. He was rescued almost 10 years ago by Golden Beginnings from the Montgomery County shelter, where he was found wondering on Christmas Day. He was named St. Nick at the time. I had requested a female dog about 3 - 4 years of age who was good with children, gentle, and house broken. Golden Beginnings called the next week to say that they had a male puppy about 8 months old that was very sweet and needed a home. It was love at first sight! He was so thin that his ribs stuck out! He had no idea what to do with toys or bones or how to walk on a leash, and he was very frightened of everything, including water! Within 2 weeks he was house trained, could walk on a leash, and mastered (with some treats) going over the water on the bridge by our house!! All he needed was love!!

He was a wonderful playmate with our daughter and shared her bed. After she was asleep each night he would go to his crate. He endured wearing little girls clothing, Halloween costumes and attending sleepovers. Even our veterinarian thought he was a very special golden!! He was tolerant of his little brother, another golden who we adopted 5 years later, and taught him the rules around the house. He (they) barked like crazy when anyone came to the door, but we knew that he wouldn't hurt a fly! Nick was such a gentle well-mannered boy with so much love in his heart, the sweetest dog I have ever known!! We are so thankful to have had Nick almost 10 years!!

Nick, we miss you so much! You will forever be in our hearts!!

Gary Blumberg



With many tears and very sad hearts, we said goodbye to our beloved old friend Sebastian today. "Sebe" had been fighting a courageous battle with cancer the last few months, but in the end it became to much for him and we helped him to his journey to the Rainbow Bridge.

Sebsatian was truly one of God's kindest and most gentle creatures right to the end. A good friend to his human companions and his doggie brother and sister, Dozer and Whoopi. He was "Mr. Mom" to "his" kitten, Little Bug, always making sure she was safe and warm, even when she didn't particularly want his help.

It was truly a privilege to have had Sebastian in our lives. He was loving and well loved. It is hard to imagine not having our sweet old friend around with us now, but we will always carry a piece of his gentle sprit in our hearts. Rest well old friend until we meet again one day.

Barbara and Stacy 5/14/09


Hello Everyone:   It is so hard to write this, our hearts are so heavy with sadness.  Our beloved Winston, GBGRR dog #755 passed away May 3, 2009 at 10:54 AM.

He would have been 12 years old May 22, 2009.   He came to our house on May 22, 2002 as a vibrant young dog.  In spite of going through heartworm treatment and recovering from being hit by a car he was a very happy boy.  He couldn’t have been a better gentleman his entire life.  As my husband Gene has always said “He is this best dog you could every find on the side of the road”.  Winston was never bad, mean or anything but good.  He never ran away, or ate something that wasn’t his.  He was the perfect dog in every way.  Like clockwork every night at 9:30PM Winston would come over to Gene reclined in the chair for a foot rub.  Also if the water bowl was empty, Winston would stand and stare at you like, “Would you please fill it up with ice water (his favorite}”.

When a first came to GBGRR he was at Cil Henson’s house.  She was his Foster Mommy.  She did an excellent job with him for get him ready for a new forever home.   She has the best picture of him that was on the website to adopt him.  A big red boy on a blue leather couch.  The picture said come get me I will Love you for the rest of my life.  He did and more.

Thank you  Thank you for all the work you all do.  The hard work produces dogs like Winston, for families to enjoy.
Jacki and Gene Oliver, Brandy, Manny and the cats Annie and Iddy Bitty 5/4/09


It is very hard to write this,  the tears continue to fall….

How we loved our precious Duchess. We adopted her from GBGRR when she was 9 months old. You had named her Daisy but to us she was Duchess of Devonshire, a happy, loving, huggable, precious bundle of soft golden fur with so much love in her heart, dreamy eyes and a beautiful personality. She loved everything that came near her, birds, ducks, cats, dogs, friends, grandchildren… everything.

Our precious Duchess, age 7 years old, passed away March 15, 2009 of catastrophic heart failure.  She was with us, in our home that she so loved and with all of us that she loved so much.  Ron and I, and her house mates/friends… Buddy - her Siberian Husky friend; and felines - Kati, Maddi and Samantha.

All of us have been mourning her passing away. The house is so quiet without her presence. Every morning she would come bounding to me wagging her tail, sit up and then whirl around and get one of  her favorite stuffed animals.  She was all Golden as she loved sitting in chairs, on the sofa and jumping on the bed; excited to see us return from the grocery and search the sacks for her treats,  loved her walks and playing ball, excited to see friends and visit company; and especially delighted with a new stuffed animal!

Last October, Duchess was diagnosed having Idiopathic Chylous Effusion.  She began seeing two excellent cardiac doctors at the Bay Area Clinic. Over the period of October thru March, her doctors would have to release the fluid from around her heart and lungs from time to time to help with her breathing. The prescriptions she took and her wonderful personality showed the doctors and us that she was conquering the diagnosis. Her doctor visits were getting further apart and the doctors were becoming most hopeful.

We know that someday we will be with you again, Duchess, on the other side of the bridge. Meanwhile you are always with us in our hearts and memories wherever we are.  We miss you Duchess so very much.

Janie and Ron Marcinko 4/29/09


 My precious Vixey went to the Rainbow Bridge this morning.

She survived a cancerous tumor, the loss of some of her teeth and arthritis, but it appears her little heart finally just gave out. She had the sunniest disposition and could always make me smile.  She was my foster girl who made up her mind that I was the one who was going to adopt her, even though other people tried.

The time we had together was too short.  We'll always miss you,

Vixey.  Denise H. and Chuma 4/6/09


Chili was the most loving dog and faithful companion anyone could ever ask for.  We had her 5 years and we never had any trouble or disappointment with her. We loved and cherished Chili and she was so spoiled but she deserved all the love she could get.  We made sure her later years would be special and full of love and caring.  I am so thankful for your organization and all the good things you do for the dogs and their new owners.  If it weren’t for you then I would have never met Chili and experienced the unconditional love she gave to me and my family and in return, I was able to give the same.  She will be missed and loved forever.

 Robert & Julie Brown 4/6/09

March 20, 2009

We are so sad today because we lost our sweet Lucky. He was a treasure and a blessing to our whole family. He loved with his whole being and was so brave. He lived life to the fullest. He was a constant companion and our shadow - always by our side, giving us kisses. He lived each day as a gift and thought everyday was Christmas.

His name rings true because we were the LUCKY ones to have him in our lives.  We will miss him and our home just will not be the same without him.   We love you Lucky Duck.

Mommy, Daddy, Amanda, RJ, Eric, Celeste and your sister, Cinnie 


Sadly, we lost Parker on 3/3/09 due to complications from his heavy heartworm infestation        


 Sadly, we lost Bonnie on 2/24/09 to distemper


I am so, so sad to inform you that my sweet buddy, Baxter, went to “The Bridge” this morning.  My family will miss him terribly, and I am just devastated.  I would like to send in a memoriam sometime next week, as well as a picture of him with his “girl,” with whom he shared a birthday. Thanks you so much for your help and for all that you do.  Baxter had a profound effect on our family, and I want to offer a tribute that does him justice…

Terri Simpson, who will always be Baxter’s mom 2/20/09        


Copper Mountain, Colorado, Jan. 7, 2009     Our hearts are sad as we let you know that Mollie went to Rainbow Bridge on Feb. 17th; she was 8 years old.  We adopted Mollie on May, 24, 2007 after seeing her story on your web site. In 1972 we were living in Colorado, and our first Golden, Ranger, joined our family as a six week old puppy.  We fell in love with the breed, and this beautiful girl was our fifth Golden.  We've decided they just get better and better! Mollie was very outgoing and friendly to everyone.  She loved our grandchildren, patiently letting them dress her in t-shirts, beads and hats.  She loved riding in the car, especially the long drives to Colorado.

Mollie was diagnosed with very aggressive liver cancer last Thursday at Gulf Coast Hospital.  She was bleeding internally and was given just a few days to live.  We brought her home Saturday afternoon so she could spend her last hours in her own bed with all her toys and as many tummy rubs as she wanted.

 Our time with Mollie went by much too quickly, but we are thankful for the memories.

Joe and Sally Abell 2/19/09


My name is Sarah Milling and I adopted Macy in March of 2008.  We suddenly lost Macy last Thursday.  The vet told us that her stomach had twisted….didn't even know that that could happen.  We are devastated and miss her terribly. I am sending you some pictures for the Memorial page.

Macy was loved dearly and brought my children and I such joy. We wish we could have had many more years with her, but are very grateful for the time that we had.  As you can see from the pictures she loved her ball so much that she even barked with it in her mouth…. silly girl! I believe, if she could have figured it out, she would have eaten with it in her mouth. She was also quite the "tug-a-war" champ.
Sarah 1/13/2009


More about Macy..... Macy passed away last Thursday from a twisted stomach. Macy came to Golden Beginnings with Toby. The two had been bred together before being turned into us and Macy had 8 puppies that were all adopted. Macy was adopted by Sarah M. after the puppies went to their homes around March 2008.  Sarah and her family gave Macy a wonderful loving home.  Macy had recently become great friend with Ryder, a Lab/Rottweiler mix, and this picture shows how much they loved each other. Macy was fortunate to be part of such a loving family. Her early and sudden departure has been heartbreaking for Sarah and her family, and our hearts go out to the all of them.

Jennifer N., GBGRR Volunteer 1/11/09


Macy and her puppy Louie

Macy and her puppies

 Macy and her puppy Jersey