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Memories of Heidi
Heidi was a joy to have around, and a true friend. She was the boss of the house and loved the park.
The 18 years we had her went by so fast and her time came all too soon. She just wanted to be near us and she was a little ball of love. She was a 11lb dog who thought she went for 40 pounds. She had a following at her favorite park. She loved people, she loved life. And above all she loved going to the park. She will be missed
6/16/19 Thinking of you, it still seems like yesterday when we took you for the last time to the vets. And sent you to the Bridge. Hope you and Shasta and all the rest of the gang at the Bridge, and be nice to Blackie. Love Mommy and Daddy

11/29/20 Another christmas season is here Heid. We miss you and shasta very much and think of you often. I still remember how you and Shasta new it was a day to get something on christmas day and waited for your gifts. go play with with Shasta and don't chase Blackie. Love Mommy and Daddy

12/3/2021 Another Christmas has come and gone since you went to the bridge. We had a scare it looked like the dog you had us save was going to join you. but he came out of it and is doing better. Hope you and Shasta are playing and not chasing Blackie. Thinking of you. Love mommy and daddy.

1/8/21 Heid the dog you led us to has gone to the Bridge be sure to show him the ropes. Riley was a good dog and we will miss him very much. take good good care of him. Love mommy and Daddy

01/14/21 I hope you are having fun showing Riley around the Bridge, and you and Shasta will teach him all about the place. And don't chase Blackie. We think of you often. Love mommy and Daddy

01/31/21 Heid hope all is going well with Riley. That he is having fun with you and Shasta. Love Mommy and Daddy

03/11/21 Heid it has been 10 years it seems like yesterday.Are you and Shasta showing riley the ropes. We think of you often Love Mommy and Daddy

03/11/21 Special memories of you still seem like yesterday. You and Shasta gave us so much love. Love Mommy and Daddy

03/11/21 Heid hope you and Shasta and Riley are enjoying the sunshine and life at the Bridge, with Love always Mommy and Daddy

18 years of puppy paws moved outside today.
Inside my heart is breaking,
the Light of my Life - Heidi, has gone away.

I held her head, kissed her blurry eyes, and said "I Love You, Girl"
With gentle hands and heavy heart, I released her soul to God,
crying for her spirit to be free.
Never dreamed it would hurt so much,
Guess I wasn't thinking much of Me.

But she must be missing something,
she left her paws upon my heart.
Kind reminders of the time we had together,
I never wanted her to be the first to part.

They tug as fiercely as the shoestrings she once played with;
the tug of wars together, the one's I let her win.
The "tennies", the toys, all the things she loved speak about her passing
and I fall apart again.

Those little puppy "grunts" and kisses seem so far away.
I cry: "What was I thinking?
I said it'd be OK."

I said; "I'll be alright without you, If you really have to go.
No need for you to fret or worry,
we had our chance to love each other so."

Our final road together remains yet to be seen.
Puppy paws can be so gentle,
the pain they leave in passing, so mean.

"I'll hold them safely in my heart", I tell Her;
"but I'll let them run at will.
When we cross the Bridge together,
I know they will be still."

I lost a special friend today
the kind you can't replace,
and looking at her empty bed
I still can see her face.

I see the endless energy
the sparkling puppy eyes,
Not the tired, fragile friend
I had to bid goodbye.

I know she's in a special place
our Lord has for such friends,
Where meadows, fields & flowers
help make them strong and whole again.

I remember how she'd run to me
to play her favorite puppy game,
And how her ears would perk right up
When she heard me call her name.

But as those precious years went by
And we both aged and grew,
I'd find her often slowing down
But-we had still so much to give

She did her guard dog duty well
Each time the doorbell rang,
Strangers surely couldn't see
My gentle friend--behind those fangs.

I've noticed in the recent times
Her ears were not as sharp,
Where is that running ball of fur
The years have shown their mark.

Was this her special clue,
Because she felt the end was near
I only wish I knew.

My Heidi was a special dog
I know she gave her best,
But as I looked deep into her eyes
I knew it was time, for her to rest.

It will truely be a struggle
I don't know how I'll face each day,
I have to let her go--I know
But in my heart she'll always stay.

This special place our Lord has made
Health and strength, wait for her there,
So with my very special friend
I'm sending all my prayers.

I know she's watching over me
She'll be with me when I cry,
So with one more kiss on her beloved head
I told my Heidi Dog goodbye. 3/11/2011 Love always Mommy @ Daddy

They will not go quietly, the pets who've shared our lives. In subtle ways they let us know their spirit still survives. Old habits still can make us think we hear them at the door Or step back when we drop a tasty morsel on the floor. Our feet still go around the place the food dish use to be, And, sometimes, coming home at night, we miss them terribly. And although time may bring new friends and a new food dish to fill, That one place in our hearts belongs to them ... and always will. 10/1/2020 Mommy and Daddy will always miss you. Have fun playing with Shasta

10/26/19 Thinking of you and Shasta, how we still miss you both. And Chirpy are you being nice to Blackie? Love mommy and Daddy

12/25/19 Merry Christmas Heid, Shasta Chirpy Winston Blackie all our pets who have gone to the Bridge. We still miss you and will never forget you. Enjoy playing and having Christmas at the Bridge and tell Blackie we are taking good care of his palls. Heid keep an eye on every one like you always did. Love mommy and Daddy.

2/7/2020 Heid Happy Valentines day to you and Shasta and all our pets at the Bridge. Are you being nice to Blackiie We miss you very much and think of you often. Love Mommy and

3/11/2020 Heid it now has been 9 years since I held you for the last time. I remember how you lifted your head one last time before going to Bridge. Go play with shasta and tell her we still think of her often and miss both of you dearly. Love Mommy and Daddy

3/11/19 Heid it has been 8 years since you went to the Bridge, and it still seems like yesterday. You have Shasta winston mutely and chirpy to hang out with and me and Mommy think of you often. and muggys is also with you and TC. Thinking of you, Love Mommy and Daddy. Ps and our pet squirrel Blackie

12/25/2018 Merry Christmas Heid, Shasta, Winston, Wendy (Chirpy) Blacky and all our pets who have gone to the Bridge Wishing you a Merry Christmas and letting you know that we lLove and miss you all. Love Mommy and Daddy

10/17/18 Heid the squirrel on your page was for the fact you like to chase them at the park. Now also to remember Blackiie who we feed and took care of in his last days, and became a pet. So take it easy on him when you see him. Love always Mommy and Daddy

09/02/2018 Thinking of you and remembering what a good dog and friend you were. Love mommy and Daddy

3/11/2018 It has been seven years since you went to the Bridge, it still seems like yesterday. We miss you very much and think about you often, and your buddy Shasta. I still regret how Shasta's last day ended. You both were special and always will be in our hearts. Love Mommy and Daddy

12/25/2016 Heid, Merry Christmas to you and Shasta Winston and Chirpy and all our pets at the Bridge. We miss all of you and remember every one of you. Love Mommy and Daddy

3/11/17 Heid it was six years ago we said good by and sent you to the Bridge to be with Shasta, it still seams like yesterday. We still miss you and Shasta very much and think of you often. Love Mommy and Daddy.

10/11/16 Heid, we miss you as much now as when you to the Bridge. You were that special dog that taught me more than I taught you. Love Mommy and Daddy

12/25/2015 Merry Christmas Heid, it still seems like yesterday we sent you to the Bridge. hope you Shasta, Chirpy and Winston have a nice Christmas. Love mommy and Daddy

12/25/13 Heidi your pal Winston joined you at the Bridge yesterday. You and Shasta can talk about old times with Winston. Merry Christmas from Mommy and Daddy.
11/30/2013 HEID you are still missed and your pal Shasta. You and Shasta have a nice Christmas. Enjoy playing with Shasta at the Bridge. Love Mommy and Daddy

3/11/13: HEID it has been 2 years since you went to the Bridge. It still seems like yesterday when I held you for the last time. Always in our hearts, and never forgotten. Love Mommy and Daddy

12/11/12 Heid this will be the second Christmas with out you, your ornament "Best Dog" is on the tree. It still seems like yesterday we took you for the last ride and said good bye Love Mommy & Daddy

12/16/12: Heid 20 little Children Angels are in Heaven now, great them and let them know that like you are gone but never forgotten. Love little Dog Angel from Mommy & Daddy

3/11/2015 Heid it has been 4 years since we sent you to the Bridge to be with Shasta. We still miss you and Shasta very much and think of you often. Love Mommy & Daddy

3/12/2015 Heid Wendy yesterday joined you and Shasta and Winston at the bridge. Watch over her as you always did. "Chirpy" was a loving and good bird and will be missed. Love Mommy & Daddy

A Little Dog Angel

High up in the courts of heaven today
a little dog angel waits;
with the other angels she will not play,
but she sits alone at the gates.
"For I know my master will come" says she,
"and when he comes he will call for me."

The other angels pass her by
As they hurry toward the throne,
And she watches them with a wistful eye
as she sits at the gates alone.
"But I know if I just wait patiently
that someday my master will call for me."

And her master, down on earth below,
as he sits in his easy chair,
forgets sometimes, and whispers low
to the dog who is not there.
And the little dog angel cocks her ears
and dreams that her master's voice she hears.

And when at last her master waits
outside in the dark and cold,
for the hand of death to open the door,
that leads to those courts of gold,
he will hear a sound through the gathering dark,
a little dog angel's bark.

On the banks of that lonely river

Where the Stygian waters roll,

All patiently through the weary years

Waiteth a little dog soul.

O, long are the years and weary

Since the little dog stepped ashore,

But halted, humbly there to wait

By the stream she will cross no more

To the water's edge he hurries

When Charon's barque draws near,

For "when HE comes," the little dog thinks,

"He must find me watching here."

With faith undimmed, heart unafraid,

SHe waits on that lonely strand

For the smile of an unforgotten face,

For the touch of her master's hand.

While the far-away master never dreams

That where Stygian waters brim,

Unheeding the pearly gates flung wide,

His little dog waits for him

No stone stands over where she lies. It is on our hearts that her life is engraved. In memory of another 11th that seems like yesterday 9/10/12
In Memory of The "HEID" THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON, who's gifts of love and devotion will always be remembered.
8-10-12: It still seems like yesterday we said goodbye on the 11TH. Always in our hearts, you and Shasta will always be missed. Love Mommy and Daddy.

In Memory of the "HEID" It has been a year since you went to the bridge to be with Shasta. We miss the both of you very much. All the experiences and love we shared and all the lessons you taught us will never be forgotten. Your devotion and love you gave lives on in our memories, and we are paying it forward with Riley and he is responding well. It still seems like yesterday when I held you for the last time and gave you back to God. The hole in our lives can never be filled except by the memories of the good times we had, the park, you and Shasta howling and all the things we shared on a daily basis that made things better for all. Love Mommy and Daddy. PS go play with Shasta it's your turn to chase her.

The 11TH 10/11/12 is coming and it still seems like yesterday when we held you for the last time. We will always be glad we were there to send you to the Bridge to be with Shasta, we did not want you to go alone. You taught us well, Riley is doing fine and so is TinkerBelle. Go play now and chase Shasta. Love Mommy & Daddy

The 11th 11/11/12 is here: And I know -- as I always knew -- That I gained much more than I lost from having you in my life.
If you ever love an animal, there are three days in your life you will always remember...
The first is a day, blessed with happiness, when you bring home your young new friend. You may have spent weeks deciding on a breed. You may have asked numerous opinions of many vets, or done long research in finding a breeder.
Or, perhaps in a fleeting moment, you may have just chosen that silly looking animal in a shelter - simply because something in its eyes reached your heart. But when you bring that chosen pet home, and watch it explore, and claim its special place in your hall or front room - and when you feel it brush against you for the first time - it instills a feeling of pure love you will carry with you through the many years to come.
The second day will occur eight or nine or ten years later. It will be a day like any other. Routine and unexceptional. But, for a surprising instant, you will look at your longtime friend and see age where you once saw youth. You will see slow deliberate steps where you once saw energy. And you will see sleep where you once saw activity. So you will begin to adjust your friend's diet - and you may add a pill or two to her food. And you may feel a growing fear deep within yourself, which bodes of a coming emptiness. And you will feel this uneasy feeling, on and off, until the third day finally arrives.
And on this day, if your friend and God have not decided for you, you will be faced with making a decision of your own - on behalf of your lifelong friend, and with the guidance of your own deepest Spirit. But whichever way your friend eventually leaves you, you will feel as alone as a single star in the dark night.
If you are wise, you will let the tears flow as freely and as often as they must. And if you are typical, you will find that not many in your circle of family or friends will be able to understand your grief, or comfort you.
But if you are true to the love of the pet you cherished through the many joy-filled years, you may find that a soul - a bit smaller in size than your own - seems to walk with you, at times, during the lonely days to come. And at moments when you least expect anything out of the ordinary to happen, you may feel something brush against your leg - very very lightly. And looking down at the place where your dear, perhaps dearest, friend used to lay - you will remember those three significant days.
The memory will most likely be painful, and leave an ache in your heart. As time passes the ache will come and go as it has a life of its own. You will both reject it and embrace it, and it may confuse you. If you reject it, it will depress you. If you embrace it, it will deepen you. Either way, it will still be an ache.
But there will be, I assure you, a fourth day when - along with the memory of your pet, and piercing through the heaviness in your heart - there will come a realization that belongs only to you. It will be as unique and strong as our relationship with each animal we have loved, and lost. This realization takes the form of a Living Love - like the heavenly scent of a rose that remains after the petals have wilted, this Love will remain and grow - and be there for us to remember.
It is a love we have earned. It is the legacy our pets leave us when they go. And it is a gift we may keep with us as long as we live. It is a Love which is ours alone. And until we ourselves leave, perhaps to join our Beloved Pets - it is a Love that we will always possess.

Lord, when the time comes please help me be strong
my furry friend is sick; something's terribly wrong
The vet checked her over; there's nothing she can do
I'm afraid soon I'll be sending her; home to You

Please take her back home; on the wings of a dove
into Your loving arms; up in heaven above
Take her to a meadow; where she can play and run free
under bright sunlight; among the green grass and trees

She's been a part of my life now; for so many years
I'll miss her so much; my eyes are filling with tears
Please give me the courage; to tell her good-bye
as I know she'll watch over me; through her loving eyes

I'll never forget her; I'll see her one day
tell her we'll meet at the Bridge; then we'll go play
I'll cherish the memories; of the time we both had
they'll put a smile on my face; then I won't feel as bad

They say memories are golden, well, maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories, I only wanted you.
A million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly, in death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place no one else could fill.
If tears could build a stairway and heartache make a lane.
I'd walk the path to Heaven and bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us back one by one, the chain will link again.
Author Unknown

Heid I went to the park today for a walk, and it sure is not the same with out you. The saying "wish you were here" has new meaning. I hope the park were you are is nice, and you are playing with Shasta and Roscoe and all your other pals. I walked by the places you and Shasta left your marks and remembered the good times we had there. I feel you are at the park with me sometimes and makes the walk better. Love Poppa

"There is one best place to bury a dog.
"If you bury him in this spot, he will
come to you when you call - come to you
over the grim, dim frontier of death,
and down the well-remembered path,
and to your side again.

"And though you call a dozen living
dogs to heel, they shall not growl at
him, nor resent his coming,
for he belongs there.

"People may scoff at you, who see
no lightest blade of grass bent by his
footfall, who hear no whimper, people
who may never really have had a dog.
Smile at them, for you shall know
something that is hidden from them,
and which is well worth the knowing.

"The one best place to bury a good
dog is in the heart of his master."

My little Heidi girl, it's been a week already since you've been gone. I know your not in pain anymore. Your blindness and deafness didn't help, but you my little angel found a way to communicate with us. You were a very special gift from God. Thank you Lord for giving us 18 years with her. The years have gone by so fast. I remember bringing you home, you were so small. Poppa said that you were "dinky dog", but you showed him who the real boss was! You may have been a little dog, but you sure were the "authoritative" HEID. You had a big heart and beautiful brown loving and trusting eyes. Now go and run in God's beautiful park with Shasta, Roscoe, Jazzy, Muttley and the rest of our family. Look above and you will see Cecil flying and flapping his wings in delight. We miss you and love you, till we meet again my little Heidi girl. Love Mommy and Poppa.

My best friend closed his eyes last
night, As his head was in my hand.
The Doctors said he was in pain,
And it was hard for him to stand.

The thoughts that scurried through
my head, As I cradled him in my arms.
Were of his younger, puppy years,
And OH...his many charms.

Today, there was no gentle nudge
With an intense "I love you gaze",
Only a heart thats filled with tears
Remembering our joy filled days.

But an Angel just appeared to me,
And he said, "You should cry no more,
GOD also loves our canine friends,
HE's installed a 'doggy-door"

Speak to me often, For your voice is
the world's sweetest music, as you must
know by the fierce wagging of my tail
when your footsteps fall upon my ears.

Please take me inside when it is cold
and wet, For I am a domesticated
animal, no longer accustomed to the
bitter elements. I ask no greater glory
than the privilege of sitting at your
feet beside the hearth.

Keep my pan filled with water, for I
cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.
Feed me clean food that I may stay well,
to romp and play and do your bidding,
to walk by your side, and stand ready,
willing and able to protect you with
my life, should your life be in danger.

And, my friend, when I am very old, and
I no longer enjoy good health, hearing
and good sight, do not make heroic
efforts to keep me going.

I am not having fun. Please see that my
trusting life is taken gently. I shall
leave this earth knowing with the last
breath I drew, that my fate was always
safest in your hand.

Heid Your tin containing your ashes and pink blanket arrived yesterday and a strange peace came over us. I know you would not want us to suffer, we feel your spirit is here telling us your okay and you know we did the best thing for you and we took care of you as always, your now at peace and your sharing that peace with us. Love Mommy and Poppy

A Parting Prayer

Dear Lord, please open your gates
and call St. Francis
to come escort this beloved companion
across the Rainbow Bridge.

Assign her to a place of honor,
for she has been a faithful servant
and has always done her best to please me.

Bless the hands that send her to you,
for they are doing so in love and compassion,
freeing her from pain and suffering.

Grant me the strength not to dwell on my loss.
Help me remember the details of her life
with the love she has shown me.
And grant me the courage to honor her
by sharing those memories with others.

Let her remember me as well
and let her know that I will always love her.
And when it's my time to pass over into your paradise,
please allow her to accompany those
who will bring me home.

Thank you, Lord,
for the gift of her companionship
and for the time we've had together.

And thank you, Lord,
for granting me the strength
to give her to you now.


"They will not go quietly,
the dogs who've shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know
their spirit still survives.

Old habits still make us think
we hear a barking at the door.
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.

Our feet still go around the place
the food dish used to be,
And, sometimes, coming home at night,
we miss them terribly.

And although time may bring new friends
and a new food dish to fill,
That one place in our hearts belongs to them...
and always will."


Author Unknown

As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,
I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade.
I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble-free
Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.

I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side
Were meadows rich and beautiful -- lush and green and wide!
And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see
Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be!
My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new
And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do.

I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright
That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright Glow pierced the night.
'Twas the Glow of many Candles shining bright and strong and bold
And I knew then that it held your love in its brilliant shades of gold.

For although we may not be together in the way we used to be,
We are still connected by a cord no eye can see.
So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart
If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart.

I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you, that I'm not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "it's me."

You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there
It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."

You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew ...
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning
and say "goodnight, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."

And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out ... then come home to be with me.

Time to Go

The time has come I think you know
the Lord is calling so I must go
I love you so much; I wish it wasn't so
I wish I could stay; I don't want to go

You're the best family a dog ever had
so kind and gentle, never mean or mad
I'll never forget the day that we met
I was so lucky to become your pet

You opened your door and showed me your heart
I'll never forget you; we'll never part
You loved me and cared for me over the years
you taught me everything and took away my fears

The Lord is calling now I must go
but before I go I want you to know
I know it hurts to lose a friend
but I'll always be with you even to the end.

To my dearest family,
some things I'd like to say.
But first of all, to let you know,
that I arrived okay.

I'm writing this from the Bridge.
Here I dwell with God above.
Here there's no more tears of sadness.
Here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy
just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I am with you
every morning, noon and night.

That day I had to leave you
when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me,
and He said, "I welcome you.

It's good to have you back again;
you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family,
They'll be here later on."

God gave me a list of things,
that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list,
was to watch and care for you.

And when you lie in bed at night,
the day's chores put to flight,
God and I are closest to you . . .
in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth,
and all those loving years,
because you are only human,
they are bound to bring you tears.

But do not be afraid to cry:
it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers,
unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you
all that God has planned.
If I were to tell you,
you wouldn't understand.

But one thing is for certain,
though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now,
than I ever was before.

There are rocky roads ahead of you
and many hills to climb;
But together we can do it
by taking one day at a time.

It was always my philosophy
and I'd like it for you too;
That as you give unto the world,
the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody
who's in sorrow and pain;
Then you can say to God at night . . .
"My day was not in vain."

And now I am contented . . .
that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along
I made somebody smile.

God says: "If you meet somebody
who is sad and feeling low;
Just lend a hand to pick him up,
as on your way you go.

When you're walking down the street
with me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps
only half a step behind."

"And when it's time for you to go . . .
from that body to be free.
Remember you're not going . . .
you're coming here to me."

[Author Unknown]

Heid it will be three weeks since you left, I just want you to know that we saved the best for last. There may not be any more dogs living in this house, and you were the best. Love Mommy and Poppa.

Heid three weeks ago today we carried you in your pink blanket to the car for your last ride and trip to the vets. It was hard for us, we stayed with you until the end. I held you and felt you slip away. Poems are nice, but going in with you knowing that image will stay with us for ever is stating the LOVE we had for you more than all the poems could ever convey. Love mommy and Poppy.

Heid thought I would post about the new arrival, Riley came to us from the shelter with half his tail gone and very sick. I'm sure you had a hand in this, because when mommy walked into the room were the dogs were this beautiful puppy had your warm trusting eyes and won mommy over. We know you had a hand in this because he was very sick and you knew we would take care of him. We still miss you and love you very much. Love Mommy and Daddy

Happy Easter "HEID" it is the first Easter in 18 years we have not gone to the park for our morning walk. I felt you were with me and Riley. You showed me the way and now Riley will keep me on the straight and narrow, and I hope your park is nice and you have a Easter bunny on your site for the Holiday. Mommy and I miss you a lot and think of you often. Love Mommy and Poppy.


Sorrow fills a barren space;
you close your eyes and see my face
and think of times I made you laugh,
the love we shared, the bond we had,
the special way I needed you -
the friendship shared by just we two.

The day's too quiet, the world seems older,
the wind blows now a little colder.
You gaze into the empty air
and look for me, but I'm not there -
I'm in heaven and I watch you,
and I see the world around you too.

I see little souls wearing fur,
souls who bark and souls who purr
born unwanted and unloved -
I see all this and more above -
I watch them suffer, I see them cry,
I see them lost, I watch them die.
I see unwanted thousands born -
and when they die, nobody mourns.

These little souls wearing fur
(Some who bark and some who purr)
are castaways who - unlike me -
will never know love or security.
A few short months they starve and roam,
Or caged in shelters - nobody takes home.
They're special too (furballs of pleasure),
filled with love and each one, a treasure.

My pain and suffering came to an end,
so don't cry for me, my person, my friend.
But think of the living -
those souls with fur
(some who bark and some who purr) -
And though our bond can't be broken apart,
make room for another in your home and
your heart.

Heid I hoped you would be glad we got Riley and certainly he does keep us busy. I saw the following poem as I was thinking about you and the many years we shared, and feel you led me to it telling me you not only approve, but are happy we gave another little fur ball a good home. Love Poppy and Mommy.


You can't buy loyalty, they say
I bought it though, the other day;
You can't buy friendship, tried and true,
Well just the same, I bought that too.
I made my bid, and on the spot
Bought love and faith and a whole job lot
Of happiness, so all in all
The purchase price was pretty small.
I bought a single trusting heart,
That gave devotion from the start.
If you think these things are not
for sale, Buy a brown-eyed puppy with
a stump for a tail.

Riley with the stump for a tail starts school to learn to be a better dog. I still feel you had a paw in this, I hope your proud of us for hanging in there with him. I hope you are enjoying seeing Shasta again and playing like you used to. Love Mommy and Poppy.

Heid Riley is doing better, he has come along way to being a better dog. As always having a dog makes us better people, for you dogs always have a way to teach us things as we train you. Shasta would have been a better dog if she was trained, but you are the "HEID" as it should be.Love Mommy and Poppy.

The Last Battle
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
and pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this--the last battle--can't be won.
You will be sad I understand,
Don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
What is to come can hold no fears
You'd not want me to suffer, so.
When the time comes, please let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me til the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
it is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close--we two--these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

Heid it still seems like yesterday we took you in, I hope you and Shasta are having fun. Riley is coming along and is getting better each week. You will ever have that special place were dogs that are loved and cherished are buried, in our hearts. Love Mommy and Daddy.

A Special Gift

They're a very special gift; to be cherished and loved
You're chosen for each other; by God Himself above
It's a match made in heaven; so it can't be wrong
You're tied together by a bond; that's oh so strong
All they'll ever ask from you; is to be loved and fed
And at night make sure they have, fresh water and a bed
In return for so little; the rewards are so great
You'll get a companion for life; with some very special traits
When you are lost; and the end seems so far away
They'll walk by your side; they'll help you find your way
When life gets you down; they can put a smile on your face
As they run you in circles; with their fast pace
You'll share the good with the bad; you'll be happy and sad
And through it all you have a friend; the best you ever had
You're time together; will be special and unique
It will be as priceless to you; as a rare antique
Then before you know it; the day will arrive
When suddenly your life; takes a steep dive
The furry friend who's been with you for all of these years
Has now passed on; and left you in tears
As you sit and wonder; what did I do
Why is this all happening to you
Into each of our lives; a little rain must fall
And you must be strong; to answer the call
Your little one's spirit has flown home on the wings of a dove
To a special place that awaits them; in heaven above
St. Francis will meet them; when they get home
He will take them to a meadow; where they're free to roam
There in the meadows; down by the pond
Your furry friend will remember his loving bond
He'll look into the water; then you apppear
He can see you're frightened; he can feel your fear
Through the bond that still ties you; from heaven above
He looks down upon you; he sends you his love
Because you loved him; and because you care
Whenever you need him; he'll always be there
There in the meadows; they patiently wait for the day
When you will celebrate your life together; each and everyday
Waiting for that day; when you come walking back home
When together for an eternity; through the meadows you'll roam.

Heid it has been 3 months today that we had to take you in the vets for the last time. I hope you like the new poem, it seems fitting. Mommy and I think of you often, Riley is really getting better and seems glad he has a home. You never wondered were you belonged, and now you reside in our hearts and memories. Love Mommy and Poppa.

Pet Canvas

When we adopted you into our life our pet canvas was blank. With every lick of your tongue a portion of the canvas was cleared revealing part of a picture underneath. At first I thought it was strange. Instead of painting new memories you seemed to be unveiling a picture already there. But what was it of? I would understand later. As each wonderful year passed, our love for one another grew deeper. Every time we'd play, or go for a walk, or cuddle, more of the picture would be revealed.

When you grew old I started to see a pair of hands on the canvas. I assumed it was our hands petting you but I couldn't make out the rest of it because it was still fuzzy. We knew you were nearing the end and we loved you all the more. We prayed that God would take you in your sleep so we wouldn't have to make that awful decision. But He didn't and I was angry. I asked Him why would He put us in this situation? A soft voice answered, "If you truly love your pet it will all become clear".

When you became too weak and frail to finish the picture I knew it was time to put you to sleep. With all of the courage that God could give me I took you to the veterinarian. As I held you when you passed away my heart broke and rivers of tears streamed down my face. Then I heard His voice, "Look at the picture now". I did and it was crystal clear. He then said, "A pet canvas can only be completed with tears of compassion".

The picture wasn't of our hands petting you, they were God's hands holding all of us.

Heid we miss you as much now as the day you left, but I'm sure your happy with us for Riley's progress and the fact he likes the park and all the things that make a dogs life fun. Of course you aren't a dog , but a Princess in a dog suit. We hope you look down and smile knowing we are doing the best for Riley and not forgetting the lessons you taught us. Love Mommy and Pappa

God promised at the birth of time, a special friend to give,
his time on earth is short, he said, so love him while he
lives. It may be six or seven years, or twelve or then
sixteen, but will you, till I call him back, take care of him for
me? A wagging tail and cold wet nose, and silken velvet
ears, a heart as big as all outdoors, to love you through the
years. His puppy ways will gladden you, and antics bring a
smile, as guardian or friend he will, be loyal all the while.
He'll bring his charms to grace your life, and though his stay
be brief, when he's gone the memories, are solace for your
grief. I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth
return, but lessons only a dog can teach, I want you each
to learn. Whatever love you give to him, returns in triple
measure, follow his lead and gain a life, brim full of simple
pleasure. Enjoy each day as it comes, allow your heart to
guide, be loyal and steadfast in love, as the dog there by
your side. Now will you give him all your love, nor think the
labor vain, nor hate me when I come to call, to take him
back again? I fancy each of us would say, "Dear Lord, thy
will be done, for all the joy this day shall bring, the risk of
grief we'll run." "We'll shelter him with tenderness, we'll love
him while we may, and for the happiness we've known,
forever grateful stay." "But shall the angels call for him,
much sooner than we've planned, we'll brave the bitter grief
that comes, and try to understand."

Time to let me go my friend,
Because my life no-one can mend,
Its better to let me go this way,
Than watch me suffer night and day.

I'm happy to go, my time has come,
My quality of life is no longer fun,
Ive been so ill, so its not a bad thing,
To let me go forever resting.

Stay with me till I drift away,
Fast asleep forever I pray,
To relieve me from suffering and pain,
What more can I ask from my best friend.

Don't be sad, I'll be free from pain,
Never to be ill ever again,
I know you'll miss me being there,
But all the memories you have to share.

Thankyou for being my best friend,
And all my needs that you did tend,
Try not to be sad, try not to cry,
Now's the time to say GOODBYE.

Heid the fourth was not your favorite holiday when you could hear, it seems strange not to have you for the holidays. Riley was not very good today, he got into trouble big time. We are working on him. Happy fourth Mommy and Pappa

... if he wakes in Your arms...

by R. A. S.
I can hardly see through my tears... today I sent my best friend of years
and years somewhere she had to go, where pain and sickness she won't have to know.
sHe's been with me ever since she was a pup... today I've had to give her up.
sHe was sick, we both knew it and I wouldn't put her through it.

Thinking back to the day my wife brought her home I told her then that she was a dinky dog...
boy was I wrong - I can't believe I felt that way.
Didn't know that in the end, she would be my dearest friend.
Didn't know that she would be the greatest gift that came to me.

How did one like me deserve a friend who wanted just to serve?
What was there that made her love me, with nobody else above me?
When I looked into her eyes, never did she criticize,
never did she hold a grudge, never did she try to judge.

Recently, an anxious day. "How come you don't want to play?"
Took her to the vet to see what might be wrong with my "puppy".
Worse by far than I expected, fatal illness was detected.
Nothing much that we could do but keep her comfy til she's through.

Back at home I tried to tell her of the bad luck that befell her
All I could see in her eyes was wondering why her master cries.
I don't think she understood - her eyes just asked "Wasn't I good?"
"How come now I make you sad? Let me kiss and hug you, dad!"

Two last weeks I had to try to find a way to say goodbye.
In that time I told her more than I ever had before
just how much I loved my pup, how it hurt to give her up.
How though gone, she'd always be inside my heart, a part of me.

Then today was no mistaking, I made the decision, my heart was breaking.
I called and made an appointment - I didn't have to tell her why.
we arrived in awhile and the doctor asked "Are you ready?" I sighed, I nodded, I felt so unsteady.
held my girl who was dying, and I just didn't care if the vet saw me crying.

As my pup slipped away, the last things she felt were the kisses and hugs of her master who held her
On that "blankie" biding her goodbye, who had just one more minute to tell her, to try
to say thanks to his girl for a lifetime of love.... "Dear God, let me see her in heaven above!
But for now Lord, please hold her, watch over her rest... if she wakes in Your arms tell her I love her"

Heid another 11TH of the month approches and it seems like yesterday we took you in. Love Mommy and Pappa

HEID Another poem another 11TH has come and gone, it still seems hard to believe your really not here. Riley is doing better and enjoying the park. Love mommy and Pappa.

I miss you so much; my four-legged friend
I ask myself each day; if the pain will ever end
Your loss is so hard; for one person to bear
because we were a team; an inseparable pair

You were by my side; when I got up each day
waiting so patiently; to go out and play
You were there each night; when I got home
waiting to go to the park; where you could roam

You always knew; if I was having a bad day
so you'd snuggle up close; and try to get me to play
If that didn't work; you'd put your head in my lap
then make yourself comfortable; and take a nap

One way or another you; would brighten my day
like only you could; you had a special way
You gave me a lifetime; of memories to hold
through all the years ahead; till I'm gray and old

I promise I'll see you; again one day
when we'll be together again; to go run and play
Your loss is a cross; I will just have to bear
because you and I know; we're an inseparable pair

Dear Mommy and Pappa
The day you laid me down to sleep
you prayed to the Lord; my soul to keep
I know you had to send me on my way
but you sent me to a new; better; and much brighter day

You sent me home; to heaven above
where I'm cradled in God's arms; covered with His love
I understand what you did; you did out of love
and I'll return that love; from my new home above

My sickness is gone; and I'm free here to roam
I run and play in the meadows; here in my new home
We play here by the Bridge; from morning to night
there is no rain here; just warm sunlight

I know you all miss me; I miss you all too
but I'll always be with you; whatever you do
Please wipe the tears; from your weeping eyes
by remembering the good times; from days gone by

When you look out; into the dark of night
I'll be that bright star; your guiding light
We'll meet again at the Bridge one day
when we'll walk in the light; together to stay
Love The "HEID"

Eighteen years of puppy paws moved outside today.
Inside my heart is breaking,
the Light of my Life - Heidi, has gone away.

I held her head, kissed her blurry eyes, and said "I Love You, Girl"
With gentle hands and heavy heart, I released her soul to God,
crying for her spirit to be free.
Never dreamed it would hurt so much,
Guess I wasn't thinking much of Me.

But she must be missing something,
she left her paws upon my heart.
Kind reminders of the time we had together,
I never wanted her to be the first to part.

They tug as fiercely as the shoestrings she once played with;
the tug of wars together, the one's I let her win.
The "Park", the toys, all the things she loved speak about her passing
and I fall apart again.

Those little puppy "grunts" and kisses seem so far away.
I cry: "What was I thinking?
I said it'd be OK."

I said; "I'll be alright without you, If you really have to go.
No need for you to fret or worry,
we had our chance to love each other so."

Our final road together remains yet to be seen.
Puppy paws can be so gentle,
the pain they leave in passing, so mean.

"I'll hold them safely in my heart", I tell Her;
"but I'll let them run at will.
When we cross the Bridge together,
I know they will be still."

In Loving memory of my best friend and most faithful companion "The HEID"

Hello. I've been expecting you for quite some time.
Here, come sit beside us for awhile .
and let me tell you about this old friend of mine.
She might look tattered or maybe old
But I won't say goodbye until you've been told.
She had the brightest eyes I had ever seen,
And wore a beautiful fur coat that would out shine a queen .
She was never prissy but walked with an aire ......
And oh so polite, you could take her most anywhere.
she gave kisses and made puppy sounds
But she protected and sat with me when I had problems to face.
You could not find a friend nearly so dear.
Because no matter the trouble she always stayed near...
She has never asked for much from me;
Just to love and respect her and I think you'll agree .
To give her a good meal plus a nice warm bed is not much to ask ;
When she has given me all her love and to her this was no task.
Now I understand you have a schedule to keep.
But I have a small favor before she nods off to sleep.
Please fold your wings around her and let her feel young while in no pain ;
Dear Guardian Angel of Pets ,
please keep her safe and happy until I see her again.

Sunlight streams through window pane
unto a spot on the floor....
then I remember,
it's where you used to lie,
but now you are no more.
Our feet walk down a hall of carpet,
and muted echoes sound....
then I remember,
It's where your paws would joyously abound.
A voice is heard along the road,
and up beyond the hill,
then I remember it can't be yours....
your golden voice is still.
But I'll take that vacant spot of floor
and empty muted hall
and lay them with the absent voice
and unused dish along the wall.
I'll wrap these treasured memorials
in a blanket of my love
and keep them for my best friend
until we meet above.

Fragile Circle

"We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only certain immortality,
never fully understanding the necessary plan."

To have loved and then said farewell, is better than to have never loved at all.
For all of the times that you have stooped and touched my head, fed me my favorite treat and returned the love that I so unconditionally gave to you.
For the care that you gave to me so unselfishly.
For all of these things I am grateful and thankful.

I ask that you not grieve for the loss, but rejoice in the fact that we lived, loved and touched each others lives. My life was fuller because you were there, not as a master/owner, but as my FRIEND.

Today I am as I was in my youth. The grass is always green, butterflies flit among the flowers and the Sun shines gently down upon all of God's creatures.
I can run, jump, play and do all of the things that I did in my youth. There is no sickness, no aching joints and no regrets and no aging.

We await the arrival of our lifelong companions and know that togetherness is forever.
You live in our hearts as we do in yours. Companions such as you are so rare and unique.
Don't hold the love that you have within yourself. Give it to another like me and then I will live forever. For love never really dies, and you are loved and missed as surely as we are.

Heidi and Shasta

In memory of The "HEID" who had so much love to give, that people will find it in their hearts to adopt a fury friend that has a lot of love to give, and needs a good home.

Heid another 11TH is coming up and another month since you have gone. Mommy and Daddy miss you very much, never to be forgotten. Love Mommy and Daddy

In memory of The "HEID"
The day they laid you down to sleep
I prayed to the Lord; your soul he'll keep
Until the appointed day and time
when together we'll meet; and all will be fine

With all God's; creatures great and small
go run and play now, have a ball
No more aches; and no more pain
just bright sunshine; no more rain

Rest in peace; for now best friend
cradled in God's arms.

Another 11TH has come, and we miss you and think of you every day, You blessed us and it was an honor to have had you in our lives.
Love Mommy and Daddy

Heid another 11TH is here, it has been 7 months since we said good by. We had the privilege to have had you for 18 years, which was not long enough. We still get sad when we think of your leaving, but know you are not hurting any more and not blind. We are just glad we had the privilege to have had you in our lives for all those years. We are passing the love along to Riley and he is getting better and used to having a home. Love Mommy and Daddy

It is the 11TH and 10 months since I held you for the last time. A day that still seems like yesterday, you are missed and never forgotten. The lessons, the love and the privilege of having you will always be in our hearts. Love Mommy and Daddy

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