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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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 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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Strong Heart
Strong Heart

We hardly got to know you but we loved you very much.

Strong Heart was rescued on 7/8/11 and died on 7/10/11.

At least she got to know what true love was for a few days.

We will miss this little girl very much.

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Markie

Markie & Bear
Markie

Markie and Bear are now together on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. They wait there for us, as only loyal Yorkies can.

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Willie
Willie

Willie's first foster mom:

Willie was a wonderful little guy that came to the UYR very ill, I got a call from the "second chance program" from the Kill Shelter. Terri picked him up for me and I met her at the vet I swear he sounded like a little piggy in the crate. When we went into the room and let him out of the create I saw an adorable little guy who needed help he had heart problems, kennel cough, needed all his teeth pulled poor baby was 10 yrs old and his owner just dumped him. With the help of the UYR and all the donations Willie got to live in a happy place for 2 years I would think the best 2 years if his life. THANK YOU CARING ABOUT WILLIE AS MUCH AS WE (foster moms) DID

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Louie

Louie and his buds
Ohio Louie

Louie was the sweetest little guy I ever met. He would do anything for attention including put up with children to get some love. He lived a few good years with us, but not enough.

He worked hard at keeping his food down and was upset when he threw up. He managed to gain too much weight and it made him more snuggly.

I wish he was still here, sleeping in my lap and looking up at me with those inquisitive eyes.

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Tazz had a good life
Tazz

Hello All,

I used to do the adoptions for United Yorkie Rescue, but stopped when I saw that old man Tazz did best as an only dog. He was my first rescue from United Yorkie Rescue. I tried and tried to find the right home but just never could. He was very old and only had two teeth left and a deformed jaw when I first got him as a rescue. The vet pulled those teeth and he was much happier.

Tazz lived as a batchelor with just me for just a few years. Last year my daugher and her two children, a Doberman and a minature Toy Fox Terrier moved in with me. Much to my surprise Tazz perked up with all the activity. He had really aged and I think that the activity this time was very good for him. He could always retreat to my room and be alone whenever he needed that.

Through the time I had him I did resuscitation, mouth to muzzle, on him a couple of times. Four times we raced to the vet with his old age problems and he miraculously bounced back. Finally though last year about this time, he looked at me and said in his doggie way “ I’m not eating or drinking because it is time”. He had become skin and bones and could not stand up because he was so weak. We visited the vet for the last time and she said he was the oldest dog (estimated 20 years) she has ever treated. Tazz had a soft spot with Dr. Whetstone too.

I have never had to be the one to put a friend down, but I knew in my heart it was time. So as I held Tazz, he gently went over the Rainbow Bridge. The hardest part was hearing what he was saying to me before the decision was made. I just didn’t want to listen to his saying “it’s time to say good-bye for now”.

Tazz was never a peppy dog because he was just old when we first met. But he provided me with so much love and appreciation that I will always cherish him so very much.

I vowed to never have another that I just couldn’t stand having a broken heart. Well, forget that. This past December, just two months after Tazz went over the Rainbow Bridge, Noel came to live at my house.

A group of us Realtors were having dinner last December. One of my Realtor friends mentioned that she had a client who left his little dog (she said it was a Yorkie) outside In all kinds of weather. Upon seeing this situation, the Realtor wisely asked the seller if he really had time for his dog and he admitted he did not. She then went on to say that she knew someone who might like her (me) and he agreed. I beat a hasty path to his house the next day to pick up Noel. The owner told me that his mother who had died the previous year had a full bred Yorkie that got out and Noel was the result. His widowed father asked him to take Noel and the owner did. He traveled and left Noel either outside in the backyard in all kinds of weather or in a tiny kennel in the dark garage. He had owned her one year and had never given her a name. Imagine! Since we met in December I called her Noel.

When I first met her she was skiddish and undernourished. Today she is socialized and has a shiney coat. She never has house trained very well, but no problem . . . she wears panties and is just fine. I even buy the liners (femine napkins that I cut in half) at the dollar store. Noel does not look much like a Yorkie to me, but I did google “Chorkie” and I think (and so does the vet) that she is part Chihuahua and park Yorkie. There maybe a bit of Carine in there too. I just love her to pieces and she travels well. We have taken two road trips with friends and their dogs. What fun!

If you could, since Tazz was a United Yorkie Rescue, could you please post his photo? I keep it on my laptop, but want the world to know that old dogs do learn new tricks. . . he magically came into my life and warmed my heart. That is a big trick!

Pat Morgan

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Jake

Jake and his loving family
Jake

It is with great sadness that we must report Jake has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He was our first and longest Forever Ours pup and he is already missed. Jake had been a part of UYR for over 5 years and he leaves a hole that will never quite be filled.

Sincerely, Carl Sullenberger, Treasurer

A few words from Jake's Forever Ours foster mom, Catherine.

Our Jake took a turn for the worse recently but this time our little "Energizer Bunny" didn't bounce back. It was his time. The vet said he had probably experienced several strokes, we assisted his passing yesterday. Jake lived to be 20 1/2 years old! Yeah, he was blind, deaf, and a leaker, but still enjoyed life to the fullest ruling the pack of both pups and humans. Jake was my 20th foster dog, yet no other had literally forced his way into my heart the way this little man did. He was the most insistant little guy you could ever meet, HE had to be on my lap, HE had to be the one cuddled closest to me in bed, HE had to be first out or in the door. Jake's urinary problems required his to wear his belly bands so we've been diapering and medicating for the last 5 1/2 years. Jake was a loving, cuddling, demanding, alpha, "BABY" and I miss him terribly. I hurt so bad I can hardly stand it.

Catherine McCool-Texas


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Sadie

Sadie was rescued by one of our members at a time when we were her only hope at survival. Unfortunately, her injuries proved to be too severe, and we were unable to give her a life where she wouldn't have suffering. She was humanely euthanized by one of our rescue vets and left this world in peace. We'll never forget you, Sadie! xoxo

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