RAINBOW BRIDGE

The Rainbow Bridge

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 to be left behind.

They all run and play together, 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....

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Little Peanut

5/14/15 It is with a broken heart that I have to share the news of Little Peanut's passing. Little Peanut came to United Yorkie Rescue for a loving home with one other fur-brother who loved to play. During their play, Little Peanut fell off of a low ramp and fractured his leg. Because they wanted him to have the best possible chance for having a healthy pain-free life, his family contacted UYR for help. When I first met Little Peanut, I instantly fell in love with his cute little face. After a trip to the vet for a splint and perfect blood levels, we were finally headed home. By the time we got there, he had wiggled his way on to my lap where he spent the rest of the night. We had a wonderful Mother's Day where Peanut gave everyone kisses! I dropped him off early on Wednesday and heard later that he was scheduled for surgery later in the day. The report was that surgery went well and he should be ready to go home the next day. Supposedly he was doing well... Then something went wrong. I got a call early afternoon that They discovered Peanut dead in his cage. I didn't think my heart could break as much as it did with that message. The day was a very difficult one for my family as we began to mourn the loss of a tiny dog that had already meant so much to us. Please give your fur-baby an extra hug in memory of Peanut. He will forever be missed.

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Chance
Chance

Updated bio 5/4/15. It is with a broken heart we have to share that we just learned Chance has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. He died this afternoon at about 5:00. He put up a good fight for such a little fellow and gave it his best shot, but the deadly parvovirus was just too much for him.

United Yorkie Rescue wants to thank everyone who donated towards his care. And although he didn't make it his vet bills will total over $1,000.

With tears in our eyes and sadness in our hearts we can only say, Rest in Peace little Chance.

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Maggie Mae
Maggie Mae

Sadly on March 28, 2015 Maggie Mae went gently to the Bridge; her foster mom said she licked her hand before she drifted off.....no doubt thanking foster mom for helping her to no longer have pain and suffering. Maggie came to UYR with a history of seizures. Many small dogs have seizures which we began to manage with medication. HOWEVER Maggie Mae developed sudden onset of complete blindness, constant circling behavior and extreme anxiety. The anti-seizure medication was no longer working and Maggie Mae's condition was declining rapidly. We had to make the difficult decision to help her out of this misery.

THANK YOU TO MAGGIE MAE'S RESCUE ANGELS!

Jan Freeman, Barbara Carvalho, Nancy Alonzo, Brenda Hutto, Biljana Cosic, Lynne Turner, Robin Nyberg, Terri Hoss, Lauren West, Tammy Brown, Mary Cooper, DeAnn Deutsch, Jane St. John, Patricia Donovan, Charlene Dougan, Christeen McMahon, Amy Chernault, Ilene Rand Jessica Lundquist, John Sauser, Linda Rowley, Sherry Warren, Cheryl Scrupski, Jan Clasen, Karry Rogers, Nicole Kontaxis, Sandy Pagnotta, Irene and Peter Havas, Colleen Thompson, Nellie Volf, Sheila Landis, Erik Ebert, Patricia Bain, Courtney Hurlburt, Karry Rogers, Alicia Bronner

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Mac
Mac

Mac

August 24, 2003 - February 13, 2015

I can clearly remember the day as if it was yesterday when I found Mac on the UYR website for Texas. I saw the look on his face in his picture and knew he was the one. It was Love at first sight, for both Mac and I. When meeting him for the first time, Mac was the only Yorkie running around with a baby (toy) in his mouth. After adopting Mac and bringing him to his forever home we all discovered Mac had such a Wonderful and Loving Personality. He always loved his babies, loved looking in the grocery bags looking for new babies (toys), flinging babies onto entertainment center, running around with a leash in his mouth just because he could. He loved his truck rides with his head out the window, and beeping the horn occasionally. He had a secret love for the UPS and Mailman chasing their trucks and one day jumping into the Mailman’s truck to say hi! He also loved Getting into Grandma’s tissue box, spreading the tissues everywhere and so much More! Always Greeting Everyone at the door wagging his nub with a baby and his Beautiful Smile.

He was such a little fighter. He had diabetes and lost his sight and hearing in 2013 and was burdened with other health issues. He never let that bother him. He was a real trooper. He still always knew when we came home. Mac would get up and find his babies and bring them to us still.

Such a Loving Sweet Boy.

Truly One of a Kind!

A True fighter to the end.

I’m sorry you had to leave me. You have left Big Paw Prints on many Hearts.

Thank You for coming into My Life.

You are Truly Missed!

You Will Always Be My Sunshine Mac

My Everything!

You Rescued Me Mac!

I Will Always Love You!

Until We Meet Again My Little Lovie!

A Sincere Thank You to Everyone that Helps to Save all these Beautiful Babies. Rescue On!

Sincerely,

Cheley

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Chisum
Chisum

Our dear sweet Chisum was helped to the Rainbow Bridge on December 22, 2014. He lived a long and happy life with his Mom, Pop and two furbrothers for 17 years and 8 months. He loved to play ball and be a hockey goalie and go on trips to Yellowstone. He will be missed and loved forever until we meet again at the Rainbow Bridge.

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Zoe
Zoe

Our beloved Zoe crossed the rainbow bridge on October 29th, 2014. We had fostered her for over 18 months, and we loved her like one of our own. She was the sweetest little girl and loved nothing better than to snuggle beside you whether you were on the couch or in the bed. She was a tiny little girl who was picked up in some apartments by animal control. She was skin and bones, freezing to death, and had a badly infected eye. She was such a little trooper enduring major oral surgery that resulted in having most of her teeth removed, and later having her left eye removed. She gradually lost the sight in her right eye and was totally blind. She had bad gastrointestinal problems, but after trying several different medications and foods, that had subsided. What she struggled with the last 3 months was dementia that seemed to be exacerbated by her blindness. It had gotten to the point she cried all the time unless I was holding her, and the last 3 days she didn't even know who I was, and she was inconsolable. Rest in peace my sweet baby girl. We will never forget you!

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Dodo
Dodo

On November 15, 2014 we lost Dodo, our beloved companion for the past 13 years. He crossed the rainbow bridge peacefully after a long battle with chronic illnesses and their complications. Dodo, a Yorkshire Terrier, came into our life in February 2002 and immediately became the center of attention in our household. We miss Dodo's familiar bark, his ability to put two small tennis balls in his mouth and other unique characters that made him so special. Dodo was able to communicate all his needs and understood multiple commands. He was truly a one of a kind dog. We actually never thought of him as a dog but as a child or as one of us. We miss him very much.

Dodo was born with bilateral hip dysplasia, which resulted in severe arthritis and difficulty to walk in his later years. He also required surgeries on both knees due to torn cruciate ligaments, which led to arthritis of both knees. For several years, we took him to parks in a stroller so that he could enjoy the outdoors. Everybody at the dog park seemed to know Dodo and when he left us, we received so many emails and sympathy cards. In addition to arthritis, Dodo had epilepsy and laryngeal paralysis, so he required multiple medications. Three years ago, he was diagnosed with Cushing's disease. Although he improved a lot with trilostane, during the last few months the side effects of the treatment became worse than the disease. He completely lost the ability to stand on his paws or walk. He had to be carried up and down the stairs for over a year.

Dodo had a unique personality, greeting us with his distinctive bark when we arrived home and looking at us with his piercing brown eyes. He loved treats and often asked for them by pointing to the place on the counter where the treats were kept. Having had Dodo has made us better people. We hope to help other Yorkies and all dogs find loving homes. We also hope that these lines and his picture will keep Dodo's memory alive. To learn more about Dodo and his life, please visit his website [Dodo's memory].

Mahmoud & Peri Loghman-Adham

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Tex
Tex

10/05/2014: From Tex's Foster Dad: My best pal, Tex, had to be helped to find his way across the rainbow bridge. He was unable to make his own way so we gave him the help he needed to make the crossing. Cross the bridge in peace my friend and know you are taking a bit of my heart with you. It’s been over a month since I let you go and I still look for you and expect you to be at my side. Thanks for letting me hold your animated bit of cosmic space dust in my arms for the past year and a half. It's hard to say goodbye but I was blessed to have had the privilege of being your final harbor from the storm and I promise to keep my heart open for the next little man that needs a warm place to rest his head.

Foster Dad Edwin

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Sheba Marie
Sheba

It is with great sadness that I write to you to let you know that Sheba passed away on 6/3/14 from kidney disease. We are all in mourning still, including Scooby. We were so blessed to have her in our lives and we miss her so much. Scooby is finally starting to act more like himself, but the absence of her is painful. She was adored. Becky and Darren

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Jessie
Jessie

Sadly on May 3, 2014, Jessie went to the Rainbow Bridge. We believe she was close to 15 years of age and she was rescued from a mill breeder in Wisconsin in January, 2007. Jessie was always extremely fearful of men making it difficult to find a suitable home for her. She had complicated medical needs that included a heart condition and Protein Losing Enteropathy and later a dry eye condition. Due to these issues, we chose to make Jessie a Forever Ours so she could live out the remainder of her life in quiet comfort.

Despite her issues, Jessie was a sweet girl who demanded little. I cried the first time she approached me to sit with me. It took more than a year for her to lose her fear of even me. Over the years, she learned to adjust to others coming into the home, very hesitantly seeking out attention. Jessie had the cutest little ears that stuck out like a nun’s cap. She hated to be photographed and would always turn away when she saw me trying to take a picture. She did learn to like being outside (only in the back yard…traffic frightened her so she never went on walks). She loved finding rays of sunshine and snoozing and sleeping on the sofa was her absolute favorite place in the world. When I would come downstairs in the morning, she’d do a little happy dance, virtually tripping over her own feet. She would run about excitedly when it was mealtime.

In the last several months, Jessie began to show signs of aging and slowing down. Her appetite decreased markedly in the last month and I was cooking all sorts of things to tempt her to eat. She was eating less and less and began to exhibit breathing problems which prompted an overnight stay in the doggie ER to be in an oxygen cage. She came home with an increase in her Lasix and we made an appointment to see a cardiologist, however I was told even with an ultrasound and cardiology evaluation, there might be little we could do to remedy her issue. As Jessie began to show even greater decline, it was clear she was beginning to suffer and needed help to the bridge. This little angel spent the last 7 years with me and I thank God I had the opportunity to give her a better life than she had known before. I loved her as my own and will miss her cute, gentle little ways. Rest in peace little Jessie. You were loved so much and will always be in my heart.

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Stallone

UPDATE 03/05/2014: We want to again thank all our wonderful donors for their outpouring of support for Stallone who came to UYR in an emaciated condition with a broken jaw, severe dental disease and inability to properly eat. Stallone was evaluated by a surgical specialist who believed it was possible to repair his jaw and Stallone went into surgery on Tuesday, March 4.

Unfortunately, once under anesthesia, the surgeon was able to more fully assess Stallone’s mouth and jaw. He reported that there were two jaw fractures, two nasal fistulas that would compromise healing and all his teeth were rotted. The jaw bone was so severely deteriorated from infection, the ability to do a bone graft with locking plates and screws had only a 20% chance of success. Bone grafts need healthy tissue in order to adhere and sadly Stallone’s mouth was too far gone. Initially it was believed Stallone had a 60-75% chance of recovery. His lowered chance of a recovery from two fractures, severely deteriorated bone, the protracted recovery with a wired jaw and esophageal feeding tube, and the need for additional surgeries to pull all his teeth and repair the fistulas lead us to a decision that we never like to make…we decided to humanely euthanize Stallone.

If Stallone’s former owner(s) had not neglected his teeth his entire life, he would still be alive and bringing joy to his Foster Mom & Dad and ultimately a loving forever family. He was a little boy who despite all, still trusted humans and craved affection and attention. He deserved a better life than he had and sadly came to UYR too late.

Sweet Stallone, your pawprints will be etched in the hearts of the UYR members who met and fell in love with you, and to the many generous donors who so lovingly donated money so that you could have a chance to live out your life without pain and suffering. We all tried so hard to save your life. RIP, Little Brave Man.

We sincerely thank all our donors for their generosity and well wishes on behalf of Stallone. UYR will use the remaining balance of these donations to cover the medical expenses of Florida foster dogs Cookie, Nora and Linda whose combined vetting exceeds $4700.

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Darrenger is deeply missed
Darrenger

My heart is heavy with sadness. Tonight I found out, that one of my previous fosters passed away last night from Kidney failure. (01/09/2014). He would have been 14 yrs. old on 02/17/2014.

Darrenger, re-named Darin, was adopted by Virgil & Elaine Navis on 05/22/2012. Virgil said they are so thankful to have had him as part of their family.

Rest in Peace sweet Darin...

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Bixby
Bixby

10/28/13 Bixby came from a very neglectful situation, but he was such a happy little boy. He made an instant impression on each and every person who met him. He stole my hubby's hearrt - hubby cried for days when he thought of Bixby after his adoption in July.

Bixby had a happy life with his new family who adored him...........sadly, his happy life came to an end way too soon. Bixby was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and went to the Rainbow Bridge today. I shall never forget this precious little man - his love of life and his person made you smile every time you looked at him. God Speed Bixby - you shall never be forgotten....................

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Yoshi
Yoshi

Colleen

I am sorry to tell you that our dearest Yoshi left us on Saturday morning. He departed our lives as he entered smiling and happy. His trachea gave out. He started laboring more than usual for air with his head tilted back and was up all night . In the morning he kept going under the bush where Our last dog passed, he had never done this before.

He told me he was tired and ready to go, we played for a while and took many pictures but he kept returning to the same spot.

Brad & I took him to the vet and after many hours of treatment, he was getting worse rapidly, she felt he would not recover and wanst a good candidate for surgery as she estimated his age at 13.

I will so miss his raspy little honk, the squeaky toys, how he loved to tumble into his dog bed, snarfed his food tossing kibble, "shepherded" our little special needs guys, marched around the house and always greeted me with a toy and a hug when I got home.

He never was a kisser but just before he passed he finally planted one on me and I knew it was his time to leave. We said our tearful goodbyes and he smiled the whole time.

We are heartbroken but we know he had a great home for 9 months and was very very loved....bumps and all!

My husband and I committed to helping these little friends and hope to adopt again soon. The attached picture is from my conversation with Yoshi just before he left.

Please keep in touch and if required the vet is Pegah Gillette with Angel Animal Hospital

Kiersten Raynor

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Davie
Davie

He had a new and caring home for a short time. Sadly, he is gone but will never be forgotten.

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Pendleton, formerly Merlin
Pendleton

Pendleton, you were an amazing boy: loving, smart, loyal and sweet. You added so much joy to my life. I love and miss you very much and always will.

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Kipper and his mom

Kipper
Kipper

With a sad heart, I am letting everyone know, my previous foster Kipper crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Feb. 19, 2013. He came to me, along with his sister Kayla, on 09/27/11, an owner surrender. On 12/14/2011 Kipper was adopted by a wonderful woman, to be a loving companion for her elderly mother. The two were a perfect match...arthritis, love to sleep late, enjoyed the outdoors, and loved the 2 chickens which were also pets. Mary said, Kipper was such a blessing to all of us."

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Quincy
Quincy

It is with a heavy heart that I have to share with you that Quincy left us for the Rainbow Bridge last night. Although he was only with United Yorkie Rescue for a very short time, he made a HUGE impact in many lives. Quincy was sweet and loved to be held. He would sit in our laps for hours - just snuggling in. I loved the way he would cock his head to one side to be able to see me with his good eye. It made it look like he was smiling at me! It didn't take Quincy long before he was giving us kisses and following us around everywhere. With United Yorkie's help and the wonderful gifts of love from his supporters, Quincy was able to experience what it felt like to be loved and to have a family. Quincy died knowing he had enough food, water, love and a nice warm bed with lots of blankets to root in. Thank you for all your kind emails and letters of support for Quincy. He made a difference - he will be missed.

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Riki
Riki

9/30/11: SWEET RIKI went to thee Rainbow Bridge this morning, in the loving arms of his Foster Mom. Riki, you will be forever remembered by Foster Mom and Dad as the 'most perfect doggie in the world'. Rest in Peace, little one.

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Lil Bit
Lil Bit

9/20/11: We are heartbroken to report Lil Bit did not make it. We were optimistic last night even once the vet told us he could feel a large fracture in his skull. We persisted in his care and gave him mannitol to decrease the swelling in his brain (they repeated it again today), IV fluids, and lots of pain medications. In fact, the vet practically put him in a drug induced coma to relieve the pain, but th...e pain was too severe. He kept crying. He was obviously suffering Any more pain medication would have compromised his ability to breathe. The Xrays showed several large fractures of the skull and a high C-spine fracture, which would have likely made it difficult to regain the use of his limbs. Little Bit went to the bridge today. Lots of wonderful people gave what they could to try and help him. We're so sorry that we cannot report a better outcome. :( At least Little Bit died knowing love. Thank you everybody for taking a leap of faith and going out on a limb to try and save this little boy.

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