November 1994 - 23rd March 2009 in his 15th year
Best mate of Marty
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, 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 each miss someone very special to them, who had eo be left behind.
They all run and play, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers,
suddenly he begins to run 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...
7th July 2000 - 21st July 2010 in her 11th Year
Tribute to Xena, My Faithful Guardian
Of The Night
We first made the eye contact, that melted my heart, when you were four weeks old,
So bold and confident, you held my gaze and climbed into my lap.
I knew at that moment you had chosen to share your life's journey
As my trusted friend and faithful companion.
We trained, worked and played hard together,
Growing and learning from each other.
You become my working left arm, the trusted guardian by my side;
You would protect me to your last breath,
My ever vigilant, ever faithful proud protector.
In the darkest, deepest depths of my soul's despair,
When the fear and loneliness of the night closed in,
You were by my side to comfort and protect me, with your gentle nudge
And calming gaze of your wise knowing, beautiful brown eyes.
You listened quietly, passed no judgement,
And stood guard while I slept in peace,
Our special bond conquering my fears.
Your reward was to always be by my side and feel the caring,
Gentle touch of my hands upon your soft, silky ears.
You were fearless within your pack,
Giving your unconditional love and protection to all,
Yet knowing me to be the voice of authority, when you needed guidence,
And would gently care for you with compassion in illness the way you cared for me.
You will be remembered with much love and many, legendary tales.
You have fought hard to stay by my side,
Now the time has come and our many years together are done,
You must leave, to complete your journey alone.
With breaking heart I must let you go, proud dignity you have earned.
When my journey is done, I will come to you in the field by Rainbow Bridge,
Where you will be patiently waiting for me.
Together again, we will cross the Bridge side by side,
Xena My Faithful Guardian Of The Night.