This page is dedicated to our dogs that are now at Rainbow Bridge. "Until we meet again "
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies who 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.
Name - Major Sex - Male Age - 9/10yrs Dogs - He has net and said hello to dogs out on walks, others he will just walk by. Cats - Untested Kids - Major loves kids, he rolls over and likes a tummy rub from them.
Major has been great while in foster. He was dropped off my one of our volunteers and her 5yr old daughter.He was collected from kennels and taken straight to his foster home. Major was a star in the car. He lay down and slept for a lot of the journey. Once he was in the new home he was a bit nervous but had a good sniff around. Once he settled down a bit he was playing on the floor with the 5yr old and he seemed to love the attention. He's quite a nervous/timid boy at times but also can be stubborn. He loves to be on the couch and sleeps there at night. Major is happy to walk pas dogs in the street but he doesn't like dogs up in his face, he will have a growl at them. He isn't aggressive but will tell them to back off. Major really is a lovely boy and after being in kennels for over a year due to his owner not being well but not walking to give up on him he really deserves his own home. He will be assessed and available for adoption soon.
GRACE It is with great sadness that we have to report that the beautiful Grace who was adopted in the Spring this year has passed away. She was a bit of a thief and got some raisins down from the work surface at the weekend. Raisins if eaten by dogs cause kidney failure. Her owners were unaware and would like us to spread the word around the dog community as to how poisonous raisins, grapes, sultanas etc are. So with Christmas coming please be so careful with all the fruit cakes around.
Our thoughts are with Mark and Bon. R.I.P sweet Grace Xxxxxxx
ROCKY It’s with great sadness that we had to let Rocky cross to Rainbow Bridge this evening. Rocky came to us from a pound a couple of months ago – he was lame and with a sore red eye. He was taken to the vets that Fiona (SSR Founder) works at to be examined.
The orthopaedic vet examined his lameness and found him to have bilateral luxating patellas which as a 6yr old dog would be impossible to correct surgically successfully. His red eye looked like a chronic uveitis which he was medicated for. A couple months on his eye was still red and it was mentioned by a different vet that they could see a mass growing within the eye. On further examination it was sadly diagnosed as a possible malignant melanoma the mass takes up a large part of his eye and he also has enlarged lymph nodes – indicating that the tumour has already spread to other parts of his body. We were all devastated
Rocky was a very nervous dog who in a home situation is fine but outside tends to go into flight mode if worried by things. We felt that removing the eye just to buy him some time and would only increase his anxiety so we felt it was kindest for Rocky to let him go. He was dearly loved by those who fostered him and it's with huge thanks to them that he didn't die alone and afraid in the pound. Over the last few months, his character really started to shine through and he was a real people loving dog. Thanks to Mary, karis and Jarrad who fostered him.
LUCKY Lucky was an older staffie boy that ended up in the pound, the kennel staff said in the pound, he was quiet and disinterested in life. They said he was very old and unsteady when walking. We decided to help this oldie, he needed to see a vet asap and was in need of some TLC.
Lindsey and Ryan heard about this boy as Lindsay volunteers with us, they opened up their hearts and their home to this beautiful boy. Within a short time of being in his home Lucky brightened up a bit and was it looked like her was starting to enjoy life again, but within a short time it was noted that Lucky's legs were really not that great on further vet checks it was noted that he had a failing nerve communication to his back legs so they didn't function well. This caused him some concern. He then fell down the stairs in his foster home a few times and with his age and a few other things going on it was strongly recommended by our vet that it was kinder to let Lucky cross to the bridge.
Lucky passed having his family with him - in his short time with us he was really loved and cherished. R.I.P sweet boy, so glad you knew love at the end we will never forget you Xxxx
Lucky in his home with his new mum Lyndsay showing him the love he so deserved
JOEY Joey found himself in the pound and had given up on life when we said we would help him. He went into foster with Claire and her daughter Mollie, the old man from the pound found a new lease of life chasing their wee female staffie Florrie. None of us expected Joey to have long in his foster home, but he proved us all wrong and has been with Claire for 7mths. Sadly last week Joes wasn't doing so good, today he went to Rainbow Bridge. His foster mum held him in her arms while he passed, this wee boy was so loved by Claire, Mollie and wee Florrie and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts for that. Our thoughts are with you all Xx
R.I.P wee man you will be sadly missed x
This is what his foster mum Claire has to say about him. I got the honour of fostering old "joey" few months back. now this old man had been brought up from wales, where he was on death row, had never experienced any love at all in his cruel life and i got asked to take him in to show him what love felt like as he only got given a couple weeks to live as his health was so bad. That was 7mnths ago. he has been a loyal loving companion and never judged and loved me unconditionally! It totally saddens me and breaks my heart that come monday he will be going to Rainbow bridge (that doggie heaven):( i am gutted but have had the total privilege of spending the last 7mths with (until recently :)) had been the only male in my life to give as much love without asking for it or trying! i am certainly gonna miss this old man, and will leave an almighty ache in my heart that wont be filled.! good bye my old man. i will always love you! and we will see you again xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
FAYE Faye came to us from a pound in Ireland. She was about 8yrs old and was going to be put to sleep when a friend saw her and asked if we could help. She said Faye was a total sweetheart was good with other dogs and needed help asap, so we stepped in to help her.
Faye went to a foster home were she was a star and was loved by everybody. It didn't take long for this sweet girl to find her new home. Her new mum loved her and she was a very happy and loved girl
update from her mum Isobel Faye has proved herself excellent and just fitted right in eating like a horse answering to Faye, playing fetch with her ball brilliant on recall, in fact took her to a enclosed area and she didn't leave my side thank you so much for giving me her xx
Sadly a few months after she was adopted Faye was rushed to the vets a possible brain tumour. Faye left for the bridge, her family were devastated. Faye had a family that loved and cherished her for that we are grateful x R.I.P angel, you will be missed x x x
CLIPPER Clippers story : Clipper is an older boy of 11yrs, he ended up on death row in the pound several times but this time the owners didn't come to save him. He had really bad bald patches all over his body due to stress, He tested great with other dogs and kids so we offered to help him.
Clipper went to stay with Karen (volunteer) to be assessed further with her dogs, he was a total gent and was them move to a foster home with Stu and Adam for a few months until we could find a forever home for him. This boy never put a foot wrong but sadly at the age of 11yrs old he was overlooked and didn't have any offers of a new home.
At this point one of our volunteers Bernadette then offered to take Clipper into her home as a forever foster he would live his life with her and also have a fur brother Vito her lovely SBT for company, Clipper would stay there for the rest of his life safe and loved.
from Bernadette his foster mum : Clipper is such a good boy he has fitted in really well here. Him and Vito are great pals they even have matching tartan coats. They are the best behaved dogs in the village and everybody here knows and loves them. Clipper is part of our family now and we love him.
Clipper is one of our sponsor dogs, donations can be made to help his medical bills and anything else this young man needs for the rest of his life with his forever foster family.
UPDATE 24/10/14 It is with It is with a heavy heart that SSR said a fond goodbye to Clipper one of our sponsor dogs last night .... Clipper was in forever foster with Lisa Jenkins, her Mum Bernadette and son Corben, they looked after him brilliantly for the last year and a half after being pulled from the pound at 11yrs old. He unfortunately was very unwell and blood tests showed his kidneys had failed . On vets advise he passed to rainbow bridge last. We are all heartbroken about this but are also glad he had the love and care of a family for the last few years of his life x
Lexy went to young she was loved and will always be in our hearts x
Little Bud found himself abandoned at the age of 12yrs old in the pound with nobody to love him. When we were told about him we immediately made arrangements to go and see him in the local pound as soon as we could. As soon our volunteers saw this wee fella he melted their hearts with his beautiful cheeky smile. There was no way he was staying there, so we started to make plans to get him into a foster home.
One of our lovely volunteer families that had helped a few of our oldies in the past offered to help Bud. So wee Bud went to live with Lisa, Coben, Bernadette, Jimmy and Vito as a forever foster. At his vets check up they said he was between 12-14yrs old, he had a few lumps and bump's but that was due to his age. his legs were a little stiff, but he was fine which was great news.
Bud settled in really well with his family and everybody loved him, this boy was never going to end up alone and afraid again He was such a happy boy and no trouble at all, he loved his bed and chasing a ball, he adored Coben and loved cuddling up with him, he now had a lovely family and a fur brother to enjoyed his twilight years with which he did.
UP-Date Sadly Bud wasn't very well and we had to let him make the trip to the bridge, The sky is much brighter now with you there wee man that infectious smile just melted everyone's heart. We will miss you so much, always in our hearts your loving loyal family Xxx till we meet again, our beautiful boy Bud x