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....

Author unknown...

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Kassie comes home

Kassie
Kassie

The first picture is when I first met her. She was 4 weeks old. I wanted to see if she was a dominant dog so I turned her on her back

to see how she would react. She had never met me before this and she just fell asleep in my hands-pure trust-and that was our relationship

from then on.

She turned out to be a lot more sassy than that picture shows and had REAL attitude, especially to any dog who came close to her yard. She was truly the 7 lb terror of the neighborhood.

The second picture is how I like to remember her, sassy, in her striped shirt, showing her attitude but just a little silly with her tongue out. She was truly the light of my life. If I can create my own heaven it will truly be to spend eternity with her..

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Sheriff Pepper
Pepper

His name was Pepper and the name was self-descriptive. He was a rescue dog that just needed someone to be a friend with him. At first he just wanted to try and take over our other dogs but he quickly became a playmate and running buddy of them all. We have 3 other rescues and they are all larger but he was the "Sheriff" as we liked to call him. His personality was forever heartwarming and infecting. Whenever he thought he was in trouble he would roll over on his back and just look up with that winning personality and the affair would just melt away. He loved to give kisses, ride with us whenever he could and he never met a stuffed toy he didn't like.

I've reluctantly come to the realization, that he can never be replaced in our hearts. More than any other medicine for a broken heart, the ability to possibly help another animal in need is what we feel we need to do at this point. We had considered maybe adopting a new puppy, but the hurt is still too immediate for that. We would only be trying to replace our loss.

By contributing to the rehab of some of the animals in your care is what I believe that Pepper would be happy with since he was at one time just like some of the Yorkies on the web site.

Life has been good for us, but it will never be the same without Pepper. No amount of money can bring our precious Pepper back but it can hopefully make a better life and home for others.

Warmest Regards, Danny Linville

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Avery and dad, Mike
Avery

Although Avery was only in our home a short time, he definitely left his paw prints on our hearts and we will never, ever forget him. After a lifetime of abuse and neglect, little Avery was just getting used to roaming around our house and yard and making himself at home. He had tried out all the different doggie beds until he found the one that was just right -- and the one he liked the most was large enough for a Labrador! We thought it was very sweet and symbolic of his huge heart and spirit. He wasn't a big eater but we patiently worked on keeping his nutrition up. The afternoon before he passed away he ate more than we had ever seen; cleaning off his own plate and later finishing off a plate of his siblings food. We carried him to our room at bedtime, kissed his little head and told him we loved him for the hundredth time. By morning his sweet spirit had slipped away. Even though our hearts were broken, he really looked at peace. We hope he knew that he was loved. We're grateful and honored, however briefly, to have had the opportunity to be his mom and dad.

Thank you again UYR.

Sue and Mike

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Jake with Barb and Mike
Jake

Jacob 10/19/96-10/19/2009

We adopted Jacob in August of 2003 and drove to Davenport Iowa to get him. It was love at first site the day UYR emailed a picture of him to us. We knew right away we wanted him as part of our family. Jacob was one of a kind...a VERY unique dog. He made all different kinds of sounds for different things he wanted...it was like he was trying to talk. Jake had just one toy he loved which we called Mr. Bear. It was his buddy. He would tease Mike with him, trying to entice him to take it away. Mike would get on the floor, putting his head against Jake's and he could feel how strong that little 9lb dog was when he pushed back. Jake also loved to chase the garden hose. Mike would go in a circle with the hose and Jake would just try to bite the water. It was a riot. Jake was the greatest dog ever & brought us so much joy. He was our little man and his life ended too soon. We will miss him dearly as we loved him so very much.

Barb and Mike Berney

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PeeWee
PeeWee

Sad news

This afternoon our little Beau passed away in my arms with papa Mike by my side. He taught me more about forgiveness, trust and unconditional love than anyone I have ever encountered.

For those who may not know the story, Beau (formerly known as PeeWee) was a puppy mill breeding dog who spent 14 years or more in a small dirty cage, neglected, beaten and abused. When he became ill with a bladder stone so large it was pressing against the sides of his bladder walls, he was tossed out near oil wells in central California to die or be eaten by coyotes. Fortunately he was found by kind humans before his sad demise and taken in by the angels at United Yorkie Rescue in Bakersfield. They took care of his surgery and nursed him back to health. I just happened to be working in the area in August of 2007, heard his sad story, and the rest is history. I named him after an old Norse word, Bua, which means "strong will to live".

When we met he was, not surprisingly, very angry at humans. He didn't trust me or like to be touched by me. But gradually he would come and sit beside me on the floor and, after many tears, he eventually let me pet him without running away and glaring back at me like my touch had been painful to him. I think it was when we flew the red eye from LA to Sarasota in September of 2007 that we bonded. Half way through the flight I could feel he had awakened and was bucking in his little carrier. I scooped him up in a blanket and he slept the rest of the flight in my arms. When I met Mike at the airport and handed Beau over to him while I got my luggage, he said Beau intently watched my every step until I returned and held him back in my arms. From then on I was his mommy and he was my little boy. Where he had been so afraid of me in Bakersfield, he began to do a happy little jig every time I returned home, tail wagging a mile a minute, kicking his back legs up for me to pick him up. When the kisses came I knew that I was truly blessed. I could not believe it and I was grateful for each and every one. As his health continued to fail from the effects of old age, along with his hearing and eyesight, his trust in me grew and my heart overflowed toward him with love, admiration and gratitude. He was amazingly strong and brave for such a tiny little pup. Not a stranger to neglect and abuse myself, I knew he went through so much more hardship in his wee little life than I ever did. More than most humans could ever endure. But the fact that he was able to find it in his heart to forgive another human who he had previously only known as abusers, trust a human with his every care, and unconditionally loved a human with all of his heart is a true miracle to me and a lesson I can only hope to emulate.

I will never forget little Beau and I will never be able to thank him for the lessons he brought into my life. We buried him today along with a dog tag that read "I Rescued A Human". And he did. Something I never, ever would have thought possible when I brought the little fella home. He taught me more than anyone I had ever met, and for that I will be forever grateful.

Rest in peace, little Beau. And to everyone reading this, please help ban the horrendous animal abuse of puppy mills by not buying from pet shops that sell puppy mill puppies and by adopting one of the millions of homeless animals in America. Beau thanks you. And we thank you.

Sue and Mike

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Daley
Daley

My precious little Yorkie Daley died on August 27, 2009, of kidney failure

Daley was a godsend to me. I was so lonely after my Yorkie Casey died at age 17. I had hoped that Daley and I would have, at least, that much time together. Daley was incredibly INCREDIBLY! bright and smart. Twice he alerted me to problems our aged family dog Cosmo was having. Daley was not wild about walking. He loved to be taken for strolls in his Outward Hound stroller. I enjoyed those walks. He loved to burrow under the covers at night. And he liked bedtime. If I was late going to bed, Daley would pace to and from the front hall to let me know that it was time to go to bed! If I worked on a library project in the upstairs den, he loved to sit high on the sofa there so he could look out the window and still be near me.

He liked Publix Grated Sharp Cheese on his food. Heaven help me if I forgot to sprinkle it on there! (Alex Geis, his foster mom, alerted me to that!) Mary Bisnett, Pet Pals Sitting Service, always took care of my dogs for over a decade. She was very fond of and impressed with Daley and was deeply saddened when he died.

I hope that he was happy here. I think that he was and that he knew that he was loved, cared for, and safe here.

Dearest, clever little Daley, I hope that you are now with Buddy, Pup-pup, Strathpeffer, Casey, Jasmine, and your old friend Cosmo and all the dear canine friends I have had from my childhood. Please know how much I loved you and miss you. I know that before you came to UYR and me, you had some unknown and traumatic or sad times in your life, but you were too gutsy and intelligent a little dog to let it destroy your spirit, and I admired you tremendously for that.

Take care, and thank you for the happy times that I knew with you.

With love, Tricia H.

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Mandy
Mandy

Visit this link to see a tribute to Mandy

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Simba
Simba

Simba

Died July 27, 2009

Coming from the streets as he had, Simba was always a work in progress. When we first got him, he really wasn't quite certain what to think of, new house, new people and new playmates. But as time passed and he settled in, he realized he was now a part of this family. He was always in someone's lap. under my feet in the kitchen when I was cooking (I know Mom's going to drop something). He was the great overseer. He is truly missed,,,,

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Cameo Farms Springtime Fable
Fable

Fable

May 17, 1996-July 26, 2009


There are often surprises as we watch how our remaining little ones cope with the loss of a pack/family member. Fable was definitely the ruling queen in our pack. She was a very serious lass and she took the job of making sure the others behaved with proper doggie manners. The only dogs she ever let into her heart as "friends" were our Stormie (who was her half brother) and Rory who were pups along with her and they all grew up together... tragically Stormie and Rory both died of cancer just 9 days apart in August of 07. With their passing my little Fable lost all interest in any of the other dogs except to step in if she felt they were doing something truly upsetting to the pack order.

When Fable passed I laid her body on her favorite snuggle bed on the bedroom floor and let all my remaining others come to sniff her and say good-bye. Simba, Sketch and Rascal showed zero interest and just walked past her to the back door and wanted to head outside and explore. Kinnon sniffed little Fable and then backed away, obviously deeply concerned. And the little one who I thought would show the least concern of all with Fable's death, Pixie, was the one who truly grieved. She sniffed Fable for a long time and then lay down beside her and looked at me with the most sorrowful eyes...if dogs cried like humans she would have been sobbing. Pixie and Fable were not close in life. They got along OK, but it was a relationship of "tolerate" rather than one of bonding...at least I thought it was...now I wonder...

It was a week ago this morning that my little Fable passed from this life, yet Pixie and Kinnon will still not walk in the part of the yard where Fable always chose as her spot to sit and "watch the world go by". They walk just up to the edges of that area and then simply sit quietly with very serious, sad eyes...and Pixie will sit that way for long, long periods of time. Sometimes I actually have to go and pick her up to carry her away from there so that she will come and join us on our walks and playtime in the back field. I wish I knew what they are thinking and how to help them know that little Fable's spirit is safe and no longer struggling. I wonder if they are waiting for her to come back and take her role as their pack queen again? I don't know how to comfort them...I don't even know how to comfort myself...except to try to go on and make each day as normal as possible, even when nothing feels or is remotely normal. :(

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Jake

Missed by his loving family
Jake

JAKE

Born: 6/13/97

Died: 7/3/09

Age: 12 years


It with great sadness that my Jake passed away yesterday afternoon. He was having problems with his liver and my vet told me (after being in the hospital for 3 nights) to see a liver specialist for a biopsy. When I brought him to the specialist they said his neck was all swollen and he was having trouble breathing. They put him on oxygen but he did not make it. I thought I was going to die myself since this was totally unexpected.

He just turned 12 years old on 6/13/09 and was my owner, my best friend, my shadow, my co-worker, my everything. I do not know how I am going to be able to live without him - his never ending kisses, his scratching at my feet to pick him up all of the time, his snoring at night and his love of life. He has been a fighter all of his life.....had lyme disease, pancreatitis, bladder stone surgery twice, cancer, diabetes and cushings. I just hope he is in a better place now and to see him someday again.

His brother (from the same litter) Max misses him greatly too.

The hole in my heart hurts so much and I am in such pain.

Where ever you now are Jake please know that I did everything possible for you and LOVE and MISS you so much!!!

I will never forget you!!! You brought me the most amazing happiness for the last 12 years. Thank you.

-Andrew

(Max - Jake's brother)

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Wendy
Wendy

It is with great sadness to let you all know that sweet Wendy lost her hard-fought and valiant battle with so many medical issues, all due to neglect, at 3:30 am today, in the arms of her loving foster mom Kari Juul.

Wendy came into UYR so neglected and in such poor condition; she had heartworms, mammary tumors, rotten teeth, was almost blind - and it was later discovered that she had pyometra, which resulted in an emergency spay surgery earlier in the week. Kari noticed yesterday that Wendy was acting lethargic and not eating, so she took her back to the vet; it was determined that Wendy's temp was only 97 degrees and she had internal bleeding. The vet gave her supportive therapy and IV glucose, along with a heating pad to raise her body temperature. Sadly, we just weren't able to save Wendy......she had such a strong spirit and personality and touched the lives of everyone who met her.

It was evident that Wendy had been horribly neglected most of her life; but at least the final 20 days of her life were spent in the loving care of our truly incredible FL foster moms - thanks to Jenn (who pulled her from the shelter & transported to Foster Mom), Stephanie, who so generously offered to foster both Wendy and Carnie, who came into the shelter with Wendy, and Kari who transported both girls to the vet and temporarily fostered Wendy before and after her surgery. A big thanks to the compassionate vet who did everything she could to save Wendy. A very special thanks to President Mary S. - who approved the emergency spay surgery for Wendy even though the odds were against her, for without it, she would have died. Every person who met Wendy was impressed at her personality and spirit. God Speed Little Wendy - we shall never ever forget you.

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Beloved Gizmo
Gizmo

He was a dog someone decided they didn't want and left him in our subdivision. He followed me home and the rest is love.

When Gizmo came into our lives he was 2-3 years old. We had three Yorkies; one was almost blind. Gizmo became her eyes. He would guide her around the yard for the next two months of her life.

Gizmo, when I hurt my hip and had trouble walking, you slowed your pace so you could stay by my side. You were my buddy, always checking on me and making sure I was all right.

You watched over the grandson with loyalty and love. They still look for you even though you've been gone nine months.

You wondered into our lives with trust and love. You were the best friend we could have asked for. We miss you so very much. We only had you for 11 short years. We know you are waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge. We love and miss you, old Friend.

Until we meet, again, Paul and Mary Whitaker.

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Remy
Remy

Words can't express the grief I am feeling not having my Remy to hold. He was such a special boy, and my love.

Remy was surrendered to me by a breeder because he was born with a liver shunt. I was blessed to be his foster mom. At 4 1/2 months old Remy had his liver shunt surgery...the vet said Remy's liver was the worst he's seen, it was like a stone...so shriveled and hard. He didn't know if it would regenerate itself, only time would tell.

Remy was a fighter, he wanted to live and pulled through the surgery. His liver regenerated enough for him to enjoy life and find a loving Forever Family. I wasn't sure I wanted to let him go, but I did. At 10 months I adopted him to a loving family in California. I met his new mom Cheryl at the airport. I knew she would love Remy as much as I did...but watching them leave to catch their flight, I burst out crying and knew I made a huge mistake...I wanted Remy back!

My hope for having my Remy with me came true 4 days later. Remy wasn't getting along with her other yorkies...maybe it was his way of saying "I want to go home." God blessed me once again...Remy was coming home! I flew out to California 3 weeks later and brought him back to his family. As soon as I pulled onto our street, Remy knew where he was...he raced up the sidewalk calling for his brother and sisters...it was such a beautiful reunion. When Remy turned 1 year old, I adopted him. I was the happiest mom in the world!!

For almost a year Remy was doing well, but starting the 2 year he was having many problems. He had developed bladder stones twice and had to have surgery. He became paralyzed from a medication an emergency vet put him on because she said his legs were bad. What I much later found out was that his shunt clasp had opened up slightly and that he had developed smaller shunts that were inoperable. My heart broke when I heard this. He was put on medication to help with the ammonia...it worked for awhile...he got his fun personality back, but eventually it stopped working. He became more withdrawn, but aggressive at the same time. Remy would be laying peacefully by me, and then out of nowhere would bite me...as soon as he did, his eyes would go dead and his tongue would stick out of his mouth quivering, and his body would shake. For six months we watched Remy go through this...we didn't know if he was in pain during these episodes. After many many tests and talks with his vet and the clinics pet behaviorist, I made the hardest and saddest decision I've ever had to make...

April 9, 2009 I was with my Remy when he crossed the Rainbow Bridge. The pain of letting him go will never leave my heart...as soon as he passed, I wanted him back. I held him and looked into his eyes, and stroked his soft fur. My heart is breaking, and the days are so empty without Remy, but I thank the Lord for giving him to me to love, if only for a short time. My life will always be blessed because of Remy. I will forever see Remy playing hide and seek outside, and him lying in his special spot under this one evergreen by the deck. My life will never be the same... I Love You my precious boy, there will never be another you...your momma - Wendy

Remy, you will forever be in my heart, soul and mind.

March 29, 2006 - April 9, 2009

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Monty
Monty

Monty

April 25, 1998 March 6, 2009


Dear little Monty was a tiny three pounds but such a mighty spirit. After all, he was named for the famous Field Marshall and always knew he was special. When my friend Doreen and I first saw Monty it was clear he had discovered that as runt of the litter he had to put up a big front. He won our hearts that day and continued to win hearts all his life, even through his final illness. He loved to play catch and to speed down the hall of my condominium after we came in from a walk. He was a good traveler visiting family in California and finding adoring friends in France. He was much loved and loved in return with all his heart. How could a creature so small leave such a huge hole in a life? I miss him so and know he will be waiting for me on the Rainbow Bridge.

Anita

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Tutie
Tutie

Tutie came into my life over 5 years ago, She was 8 weeks old and sooooo happy to see someone take her home...Tutie had a fun way about her! Loved for me to put the top down on the car so she could stand up in her car seat and see everything that was going on.(she loved to have the win blow in her fur) Tutie was a little spoiled "That's OK" . When time to go to work she was ready, Stayed all day even went into the store and helped the staff with their day..They also got a real kick out of her....Then when she tired of them she would run into her mom's office! " What a Laugh"......When she was bored she would mosey across the hall to visit with my son Jason and of course he would pick her up and give her a good message, which is what she was looking for! Stacey my daughter and the Cat Tobie would Tutie set sometime where she became even more spoiled "That's OK Too!"

A few trips to Delray FL to visit my son Robert and his puppy's and boy oh boy what fun! A very good, sweet little girl she was. I could go on and on......

When she died Dec 4Th 2008 of stomach cancer we were shocked....

We miss her!!

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Lenny

Lenny and Shannon
Lenny

Lenny

Lenny was a 10 y/o, 7# deaf little yorkie boy who touched so many peoples' lives. He was pulled by UYR from a high-kill South Florida shelter and spent 6 months in loving foster care before he was adopted by the most wonderful, patient, loyal FURever mom a pup could ever know.

Lenny was renamed 'Bear' - he didn't mind since he was deaf! He spent the rest of his life knowing love and how it felt to be treated like a little prince. A few short months after his adoption, it was learned that Bear had a brain tumor which ultimately took his life. Lenny Bear went to the Rainbow Bridge knowing immense love..... and that he was very, very special. He really had transformed in both appearance and personality from the day he was rescued. Most importantly, he had changed from a dog who did not like to be cuddled or touched into a total lovebug. Bear was a blessing and showed everyone he met that dogs with "disabilities" still deserve a chance.

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Charlie

A sweet face that will be missed
Charlie

Charlie

It's very, very sad when you lose a dog to a totally preventable disease. Little Charlie was just another stray dog, found wandering the streets of Miami with nobody to care for him, and no shelter from the Florida heat and rain. He was picked up by Animal Control and although he was totally adorable and friendly, no one came forward to claim him - or adopt him. Even though UYR rescues yorkies, there was something about Charlie that stole the heart of the FL UYR Team - he was rescued as a "Yorkie Wannabe" - the term we use to describe the countless little dogs who deserve to be saved, even though they lack any true yorkie characteristics.

Charlie was a special little boy indeed. He thrived at first in his foster home, played with his foster brothers and sisters, cuddled with his Foster Mom and Dad, and just proved to be an easy-going, grateful little soul......Foster Mom said he was such a little gentleman in the home. About a month after being rescued, however, Charlie had a seizure which was ultimately the first of many more to come. He was immediately rushed to the emergency vet, and then on to two different vets. During these hospitalizations, he was observed for several days, having every imaginable test to determine what was wrong, only to find out the awful truth at the end. Charlie had Distemper. His Foster Mom & Dad, along with everyone on the UYR Team in Florida were very hopeful that Charlie would be one of the lucky dogs that sometimes can recover from Distemper. But it wasn't meant to be - Charlie had suffered such significant neurological injury that he had no hope of recovering. His Foster Mom went to the vet's office every day to bring Charlie the cooked chicken he loved........up until that final, awful day, when she stayed with him for one last time.

Charlie was vaccinated at the shelter against Distemper, but it was thought he must have contracted it very shortly before making it to the shelter. Charlie left many heartbroken rescuers behind, who shall never ever forget this precious little soul who only wanted to show how grateful he was to have been rescued and loved. We all miss you, little Charlie. You never knew how many people prayed for your recovery, and how many lives you touched. God Speed our little friend.........you shall never ever been forgotten....

Charlie didn't have to die; he deserved so much more in his life; he deserved a better family who cared about him enough to give him a simple and inexpensive vaccination.....if you are reading this tribute to Charlie, please make sure your pets are vaccinated against this killer disease. Give your beloved pets this gift of life.............and don't condemn them to die the horrible death of Distemper.................

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Alphie will be missed
Alphie

Alphie

Alf, the dog with many names, went over the bridge this morning. His foster dad and foster mother were at his side to help him cross. He is now in a warm place and has friends to play with. He has shed his old, crippled and abused body for a new young one that can play, see and hear. He can love again. There are no mean people in this place, and he is very grateful for that.

We want to thank all the kind people who helped with his care. He came to us in August of 2007. The poor guy had been abandoned in a local oil field. It was obvious the little guy had never been loved. We did everything we could to make him happy his last year on earth. It is the kind donors at UYR that make this type of rescue possible.

I look forward to seeing you at the bridge, little dude. I know you will recognize me, I hope to recognize you in your new body.

Farewell for now Alfredo Sauce. We'll see you again someday!

Foster dad, mom and the yorkie herd.

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Cayman stills run on the Rainbow Bridge
Cayman

Cayman

Cayman came into rescue as an owner surrender in March 2008, He was only 1 year old. He was a very loving sweet little guy. He brought alot of Joy to my home as his fostermom. Cayman found his wonderful forever home in March 08. He was very much loved and will be missed

RIP Little Angel

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Katie Ann
Katie Ann

Katie Ann

Born 1995

Died 2008

This is Katie, she was a special girl in my life and meant so very much to me and my family.

She started out as a stray, eating out of a garbage can; she was about 5 weeks old at the time. I took her in and from day one she was special. A week after I found her, my grandson was born. Katie was in the car at the hospital so my grandson always claimed that he and Katie share a birthday, according to him that became her birthday too and so that was how it was.

Her life was wonderful, and full of love. I never let anyone or anything put her in jeopardy, what ever it took to protect her that is what I did. She did the same for me.

She was always at my side and I called her “my best girlfriend”. She was a mixed breed but when people would asked me what she was I would say “She’s a Daingerfield, very rare breed”, my father started that when I found her in the town of Daingerfield,Tx.

She will truly be missed by my family.

She is always with me, in my heart and in my thoughts. I trust God to take care of her until I get there to have her with me again. Thank you, Lord for adding her to my life, she was a true blessing.

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