This Guy had the most loving and gentle spirit. He was always ready to please and never demanded anything in return. He gave love unconditionally and always was and will be my "Buddy" and good friend. From the moment we picked him up from rescue we knew he was ours and we were his. Shadow was a one of a kind and his passing will always leave a large hole in our hearts. If I had one wish, it would be that my buddy could live as long as I do. I can not wait to be reunited with this beautiful spirit at the rainbow bridge. I look forward to the day that we can see and be with Shadow again. Daddy Loves you Shadow Buddy.|
We drove 2 1/2 hours to adopt our Shadow. His foster Mom told him that we were coming all day and that he was going to his forever home. So when we arrived he was dancing around as though he Knew we were the Ones. It was love at first nose nudge for the three of us. He was beautiful! He was precious and had the Sweetest Spirit! Shadow was a Biggy Iggy about 25 pounds! He sat on my lap all the way back home (2 1/2 hours) in the front seat of a Mustang.
Shadow was very intelligent and even attempted to talk by saying " ma...www ma...www and ice cream." I miss his physical presence everyday but I feel his sweet spirit and presence everyday. He is forever in my heart! He was "ALL My Shadow Buddy" all day long while Daddy worked. But as soon as Daddy came home he was "All Daddy's Boy." Thank you Shadow for nuzzles, for all the joy, the laughter, and most of all...loving US with all Your heart! Mama Loves You my Shadow Buddy!
A note from Missy,
12/28/2012 I sit here and realize we are about to begin another year, but this next year will be very different because your physical being is not here to fill our house with joy. Your precious spirit is always present, but I do miss the physical part of you sorely. I thought I was getting through the grief of losing you and then I find that there is a big hole in my heart that can never be filled again. I miss you buddy. Love Dad
To have loved and then said farewell, is better than to have never loved at all.
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.
We await the arrival of our lifelong companions and know that togetherness is forever.
Your Pets In Heaven, by Ken D. Conover
12/29/2012 Hey my Buddy, I really miss you. You will be glad to know that people are visiting your residence here and are leaving such nice remarks and assurances. The days are long without you here and Missy and Mom miss you alot as well. The hole in my heart is not any smaller. It's been 5 months since you passed over to Rainbow Bridge and yet I still feel as if it were just yesterday that I held your head and told you I loved you as you passed over. Remember my Shadow Buddy you will always be in my thoughts, in my heart and on my mind. I miss you buddy, Love Dad
01/01/2013 Well Buddy here we are starting a New Year. It just not the same without your physical presence here. Missy, Mom and I miss you terribly. You were such the perfect gentleman and your passing has left a big hole that can never be filled. I know that you are making a lot of new friends and are feeling young again and I am glad that you are feeling that way. I look forward to seeing your beautiful face again someday. Just know that you are and always will be in our hearts until that day arrives, so that we can be together as a family once again. We miss and Love you Shadow Buddy, Dad, Mom and Missy.
01/06/2013 Hi Shadow Buddy, here we are a week into the New Year and we still miss you terribly. The other day I felt your presence here and saw the hint of a movement that I thought was you. I am sure that you are watching over us and I am glad that we had the pleasure of having you. We had such good times with you here and we are still trying to cope with your loss. One thing that is for sure, we know in our hearts that we will see you again at the Rainbow Bridge and that will be a day of great joy. Until then my friend, run, jump and be happy and know that we do and will always love you. Dad, Mom and Missy
01/13/2013 Hi Shadow Buddy, another week and still missing you, We miss you more today than yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow. Sometimes it seems really unfair that someone so precious and good is taken away. I know that God needed another angel and he chose you, but we do miss you so very much. I hope that you are happy and enjoying yourself at the Rainbow Bridge, just remember that someday we will come for you and re-unite our family again. Until that time just know that we love and miss you. Love Dad, Mom and Missy
01/20/2013 Hi Shadow Buddy, another week has come and gone and yet the pain of losing you has not subsided. We miss your presence here with us. The special way you use to try and bully us into doing what you wanted and the way you use to bat your water dish around the kitchen to let us know that you wanted more water. You were a special kind of guy. Always willing to give love and never asking for much in return. Have fun at the Rainbow Bridge and just remember that someday we will come for you. We Love you Shadow, Dad, Mom and Missy
01/27/2013 Hi Shadow Buddy, getting ready to start a new week and still your presence is missed more than ever. I hope that you are having fun and that you are waiting on us. We wait for the day that we can be reunited again. We Love you buddy, Love Dad, Mom and Missy
02/03/2013 Good Morning Shadow Buddy, here we are again and the pain of losing you is still as fresh as the day it happened. I know that God needed you, but I just wish that he would have left you with us longer. Your presence is sorely missed and the days just seem to run into each other. I still feel your loving spirit here with us and wish over and over that I could just hold you and pet you one more time. Just remember buddy on the day we will come for you at the rainbow bridge and be reunited as a family again. We Love you shadow, Love Dad, Mom and Missy
02/10/2013 Good Morning Shadow Buddy, again we finish another week and our thoughts and memories of you are as strong as ever. I still can't believe that you are not here with us. The hole that you left just can never be filled and the peace of your spirit that you brought to our house can never be replaced. You were a very special guy and I am sure that your friends at the Rainbow Bridge have found that out. Play and have a good time my friend and someday we will be there for you. Until that day we send you all our love, Love Dad, Mom and Missy
02/17/2013 Another week has gone by Shadow and I still feel your presence in the house. We just don't understand how one friend can have such an impact on our lives and then all I have to do is think of you. The joy and laughter, the gentle and loving spirit and the way that you watched over all of us. I miss you terribly and know there will never again be a Shadow Buddy like you. I thank God for having you with us for the time that we had and I know that in the here after, when we are reunited such a joyous moment that will be and that we will be able to spend all eternity together as a family again. Until then just remember that we love and miss you and that you are always in our thoughts and hearts. Love Dad, Mom and Missy
3/16/2013 Well my Shadow Buddy it has been a while but I just want you to know that I think of you almost everyday and that I still miss you so very much. Our lives go on and we just wait for the day that we can be re-united with you for all eternity. I will tell you that Cowboy another rescue has come to join us and I am sure that you would really like him a lot. His family was getting rid of him and he is an Italian Greyhound like you, so we adopted him. So we have a knew addition to the family and you have a new friend. We love you Shadow and Miss you, Love Dad, Mom, Missy and Cowboy
3/31/2013 Well Buddy this is Easter Sunday. Happy Easter. I wish you were here to enjoy it with us, but I know that you are looking down on us from the Rainbow Bridge on this day that the Lord has Made. I hope that you are having a good time with all your new friends. I just know that that no holiday is the same without you here and we still miss you so very much. I look forward to the day that we are reunited with you and the family can be as one again. Until then my friend we love and miss you. Love Dad, Mom, Missy and Cowboy
05/25/2013 Hello Buddy, as the year goes by I miss you more each day. It sure is a different place without you here with us. I haven't written for a while because of my medical issues and things happened one right after the other, but you are never far from my thoughts and always in my heart. Last time I wrote I told you we rescued cowboy. He is a good boy, but can never ever replace you and your gentle spirit. Missy and Mom miss you terribly too. Sometimes we all just sit and stare and think of when you were with us and the joy that you brought to our home. I know that you are patiently waiting for us at the rainbow bridge and that will be a day of great happiness when we are all reunite. Until that day Shadow Buddy just know that we love and miss you. Love Dad, Mom, Missy and Cowboy
07/05/2013 Hello Buddy, I miss you terribly, especially today. Your Mom and I were talking about you and how much of a friend you were to us. How much we miss your physical presence. When I think of you not being here I just want to break down and cry. We miss you buddy and the friend that you were to us and how you protected your Mom when I wasn't at home. I look at your pictures and your Mom and I re-live our memories of you and how much we loved and still love you. We both look forward to the day when we are re-united at the rainbow bridge. We Love You Shadow and Miss You. Love Dad, Mom, Missy and Cowboy
08/03/2013 Hello Buddy Shadow, it's been a year since you crossed over to the rainbow bridge and I still miss you so much. When I think of you my eyes fill with tears and I wish that I could see and pet you again. I thought that a year would ease the pain of loosing you, but it doesn't, its still as fresh as the day you pass. you were my best friend and how does the pain of loosing a best friend ever fade? I know that someday I will see you again at rainbow bride, but until that time my heart is heavy with you passing. Sometimes I think that I can still feel you here and I just figure that its your spirit watching over us as you did all those years. On this anniversary of your passing I can do nothing but think of you and sometime I just cry for what appears to be no reason, but the loss of you is that reason. I just pray that now you are young again and full of energy, just waiting for us to come for you and I promise that someday we will!! We will be a family again under God's love and protection. Ok Buddy just know that I love and miss you and a day doesn't go by that I don't think of you. We love you Shadow, Dad, Mom, Missy and Cowboy
11/10/2013 Hello Buddy, here we are in November and just last month I thought I saw you upstairs in the house, so I know that you are still here and watching over us. We do miss you so very much and wish that you could still be here with us. Just the essence of your gentle spirit can still be felt by all of us. I want to thank you for helping the new guy and showing him the ropes. I know that Cowboy would have really enjoyed having you here, but that just wasn't meant to be. I hope that you are having fun at the Rainbow Bridge and just know that Mom and Dad still love you with all our hearts and that we look forward to the day that we will all be together again. Until that day buddy just know that we love you and that we always think of you. Forever in our hearts Love Dad, Mom, Missy and Cowboy
12/24/2013 Hello Buddy and Merry Christmas my friend. This time of year is just not the same without you here and your Mom and I miss you so very much. You were and are the best friend we ever had and I know that Missy misses you a lot during this time as well. Rest assure, someday we will come for you and all be reunited to live our days in happiness together. We Love you Buddy and Merry Christmas, Love Mom and Dad
02/28/2014 Well Shadow Buddy here we are in another New Year and already the pain of missing you is still present and as fresh as it was the day you passed. This house is empty without your gentle spirit being present, but we know that we will see you again someday at the Rainbow Bridge. We will also have Missy and Cowboy with us so the family will be re-united. Until that day my friend, just know that we love and miss you and think of you often. We love you Shadow My Buddy, Love Dad and Mom.
05/14/2014 Shadow my buddy, I still miss you greatly and you were such a joy to be around. You were the best friend that a man could ever have and I look forward to the day that we are re-united at the rainbow bridge. I still feel your spirit in this house and I can see your influence on Cowboy. Some of the his reactions to things are the same as yours. Buddy I miss you so much, I am glad we had the time we did together and I know that you are not in pain now, but in peace. Watch for me buddy because some day I will be there. I Love you, Dad
08/08/2014 Well Shadow my buddy, you have been at the rainbow bridge for two years now and we still miss you terribly. You were the best friend we ever had and continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Your Mom and I wish that we had more time with you and that you were still here with us, but that just wasn't meant to be and your passing was so hard on us and still is. Missy misses you so much too. I wish that you could have met cowboy, he is a good kid and you would have been good friends. Someday we will all be together again, but until that day, you are always in our thoughts. I love you my friend and buddy and your mom misses and loves you too.
12/01/2014 Well Buddy here we are again, another year has passed since you have gone to the Rainbow Bridge and your Mom and I still miss you terribly. Someday we will be all together again, but for now the Holidays are not the same without your gentle spirit filling our home with love and warmth. Be good my friend and know that Missy misses you as well and that you are and will always be our number one boy. We love and miss you Shadow Buddy. Love Mom, Dad and Missy
12/25/2014 Merry Christmas Buddy, even though you are not here physically, we know that you are here in spirit. Just know that we love and miss you and think of you often. Play and be happy my friend and someday we will all be together again. We love you Shadow, Dad, Mom, Missy and Cowboy
04/14/2015 Well Buddy here I am again and I just can't get over how much I miss you. You always are in our minds and hearts and I look forward to the day that we are re-united on the other side. I just can't forget the joy that you brought to us and the love that you shared with us. I hope that you felt the same from us and just know that you are always on our minds and forever in our prayers until the day we become a big happy family again. I love you Shadow Buddy. Love Dad and Mom
09/22/2015 Hi Buddy, I know its been awhile, but we have been busy with things around here. I do miss you so very much and your Mom and I were just talking about you today and your sweet spirit and big heart. How we still feel your presence with us and sometimes we feel like we still catch a glimpse of you around a corner. I know that your spirit is still here watching over all of us and you are always in our hearts and minds. We were talking about being so glad to have had you for the time that we did, but wish the time could have been longer. We are so glad that your pain is over and that you are young and healthy again. You Mom can hardly talk about you because she misses you so much, but I do know that she thinks of you each and everyday. We put a memory stone in the flower bed by the front door and we see it everyday. We still have your collar, which makes us feel closer to you. Just know Buddy that we LOVE and MISS YOU so very much. Love Dad, Mom, Missy and Cowboy
12/07/2015 Well here we are its Christmas Season again and another year without you here has gone by and yet your presence is still felt, in the house and in my heart. You were and still are very special to me and I look forward to being reunited on the day in God's plan for me. I still see glimpses of you in the house and feel your spirit always with me. You were a good friend and buddy and I wish that I could have had you with me always. Your passing was the hardest thing for me and your Mom and we still mourn your passing each and every day. You were just the sweetest guy and Missy, misses you as well. I know Cowboy still feels your spirit and knows that you guided him to being almost like you. Merry Christmas Buddy and we love you. Love Mom, Dad, Missy and Cowboy
05/21/2016 Hello Buddy, I know its been awhile since I have written to you, but things have been very hectic. Mimi died in March as a result of brain cancer, so greet her and let her know that we miss her and that we are thinking of her. As always we miss you so much. You were the greatest friend and companion and I wish that you could still be here, but I know that God needed you for his own purposes, so we live with the regret of losing you, but rejoice in the fact that God needed you more and that your days are carefree and filled with joy. Sometimes when I look at Cowboy, I see your spirit shining through him and I know that you will always be present in our thoughts and hearts. We still love you so much my friend. Watch over Mimi and think of us often as we do you. We love you Shadow, Dad, Mom, Missy and Cowboy
11/17/2016 Well Buddy it's been so hectic from one drama and loss to another drama. In October I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Great Huh? God I miss you so much and the calming effect you had on everyone in the family including me. They don't know how much time I have left, but I am fighting this the same way you fought your affliction. We are both fighters. The comforting though is that I know that if God chooses to take me, that you will be there waiting for me. I really miss you Shadow especially in times like these. Your Mom misses you too. I'll right more later, Just know that we all love and miss you. Love Dad, Mom Missy and Cowboy.
12/22/2016 Hello Buddy and Merry Christmas. Another year is coming to an end. I wish that you were here to be with us, but this has been a bad year for us, and I am sure that Mimi came to see you when she passed on. Someday we will all be together again someday and what a glorious day that will be. I am sure you are having fun while waiting on us. Just Know that we all love and miss you. Love Dad, Mom, Missy and Cowboy
06/23/2017 Well Buddy it's been awhile since I have talked with you. We have had so much going on, so many things to do. My cancer is under control right now, so we will see in the future what happens. I hope that you and Mimi are having fun, I know she is because she's with her husband again after so many years alone. Just know that I think about you often and that I still miss your gentle spirit being here with us. Missy is doing well and Cowboy has become a great guy, but still not as sweet as you. Just know that we all love and miss you Shadow. Love Dad, Mom, Missy and Cowboy.
11/27/2017 Well Buddy Christmas is almost here again and I still miss you so much and so does your mom. We think about you all the time and wish that we were all together. Sasha died this morning and she is on her way to you and Mimi at the Rainbow Bridge, just watch for her and show her the ropes. She will be missed by all of us but we know that she is in a better place now. As for me I am still hanging in there with the cancer treatments. I pray for you each day and for Mimi as well, so now you have Sasha to look after as well. I do miss you so much and so does Missy, but like I said we will all be together again someday. In the mean time have fun with Mimi and Sasha and remember that we all love and miss you so much. Love Dad, Mom, Missy and Cowboy.