Monday, 28 October 2013 20:15
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I had gone home for summer after finishing Uni, so I took the cans to be recycled at my local RSPCA centre and came home with a dog - as you do! He loved wallowing in water and soon earnt the nickname hippo-poto-wolf! Always had a toy, favourites were cuddly ones, in his mouth, playing with Arran or Spot (our other 2 rescued woofs), or being my extremely cheeky shadow.

Although he had osteoarthritis for 3 years, managed with NSAIDs (iron guts!), hydrotherapy, gentle walks and lots of TLC, he died at home peacefully and naturally, after a short illness (just a week) in which his true age, 13 1/2 years, finally caught up with him after still acting as though he were 2 all these years. Vet was superb, treated him for his symptoms and not his age, rang daily, checked him over day before he died (bloods etc improving, just needed more R&R and TLC) and expected to see us the next afternoon for further tests. But not to be. We'd not even had a conversation about euthanasia as she still believed she could treat him. I miss him dreadfully but know I am very lucky.

I've had dogs all my life, and although he was my first GSD, he certainly won't be the last - absolute superstar. I really couldn't have wished for a better companion for nearly 12 years - I was proud to be his owner and very thankful to have had him in my life.

By Vicky

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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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