Blue Ridge Retrievers

Rainbow Bridge


~In Memory of My Loving, Beautiful Katie~
We miss you everyday


Rest In Peace Chevy ~ You will never be forgotten
Owned by Don Smith and Kimberly Nichols


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 that 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....


My Best Friend Forever

I know that it must be different
Now that Im no longer here.
I realize how much I was loved
And how all of you did care.

I know it will be hard at first
When you look around for me.
Expecting to find me in my bed
Or beside my favorite tree

Someday you will begin to see,
Although it'll take some time,
The happy times you shared with me,
The memories are yours and mine.

Ill remember you, my family,
And how much you meant to me.
So please dont grieve and dont be sad,
It was just my time to leave.



"I stood beside your bed last night"

I stood beside your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well I'm fine I'm here."

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour your tea,
you were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the marsh today. Your legs were getting sore.
I longed to make just one retrieve, I wish I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today. You tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you, that Im not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said, "It's me."

You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."

You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew.
In the stillness of that evening, I was close to you.
The day is over, I smile and watch you yawning.
And say "goodnight, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."

And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out, then come home to be with me.

Author Unknown


Just My Dog

She is my other eyes that can see above the clouds, my other ears that hear above the winds.

She is the part of me that can reach into the sea.

She has told me a thousand times over and over that I am her reason for being; by the way she rests against my leg, by the way she thumps her tail at my smallest smile, by the way she shows her hurt when I leave without taking her (I think it makes her sick with worry when she is not along to care for me).

When I am wrong, she is delighted to forgive.

When I am angry, she clowns to make me smile.

When I am happy, her joy is unbounded.

When I am a fool, she ignores it.

When I succeed, she brags.

Without her, I am only another man.

With her, I am all powerful.

She is loyalty itself.

She has taught me the meaning of devotion.

With her, I know a secret comfort and a private peace.

She has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant.

Her head on my knee can heal my human hurts.

Her prescence by my side is protetction against my fears of dark and unknown things.

She has promised to wait for me... whenever... wherever... in case I need her.

And I expect that I will--as I always have.

She is just my dog.

From the book, Tears & Laughter" by Gene Hill

Sadly Missed ~ Never Forgotten