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Rainbow Bridge

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

We lost our beautiful angel Penny, on January 7th.  She joined us not quite two years ago, bringing with her a joyful spirit, big brown happy eyes, and that endearing smile. Loving you always, Mom & Dad… Read more

Jingles was my first dog to foster when she was a year old, and we officially adopted her on my birthday in May 2010.  Needless to say, fostering was the best thing I ever failed at!  She was happiness personified, wrapped up in layers of fluff. She had several nicknames on rotation: Jingle Bell, Bells… Read more

We adopted Morgan (Foster name Raisin) from GBGRR in 2005. She was two years old at the time and was found running without ID after the hurricanes that summer. For us it was love at first sight and after 13 years together at the ripe old age of 15, she crossed the Rainbow Bridge today… Read more

Our hearts are broken to tell you that we have lost Buddy.  It actually happened about 3 weeks ago just before we were leaving out of the country for a long trip, and I just couldn’t bear to write this at that time.  He did make it for about a month longer than the vet… Read more

Toby was everything you expect in a Golden Retriever. He was full of joy and never knew a stranger. He smiled when excited and insisted on holding the leash in his mouth when taken out for walks. For the last 10 months, Toby came to work with me every day and he quickly became a… Read more

My name is Kelsey Stapp. In 2007 my family grew by one when we adopted Shadow from GBGRR. We had recently lost a dog and were ready to bring a new golden into our lives. We had no idea that there was a huge piece of our hearts missing that Shadow would fill and then some… Read more

Our Dog Barley We were very saddened when our boy Barley passed away on June 8 after a two year fight with cancer. This date marked four years since we adopted him after his two previous families were unable to deal with his in-your-face nature. In September he would have turned six, much too young… Read more

We are heartbroken – today we helped Watson, our Super Senior over Rainbow Bridge. Watson came to Golden Beginnings about 9 months ago, he was barely 54 pounds and very anemic. It took two months to get him healthy enough to get vaccinations and neutered. Once we thought we got him healthy enough to be… Read more

It was love at first sight for both of us.  The date was June 25, 2016.  I drove over 200 mile and almost 4 hours (one way) to meet RUDY.  It was a month earlier when we lost our beloved Golden Hootie and my sadness over his loss at times was overwhelming.  Goldens bring such… Read more

We lost our dear Baxter about 8 months ago. He came to use at a time when Debbie was having health issues, and he stayed by her side until recovery. We loved him so very much. He was so sweet and loving. Debbie and I loved Baxter so very much. It broke our hearts to… Read more