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 begins to quiver.
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



Rufus, Roscoe,Ricky & Arthur

The passing of our Hero: Rufus

On Sunday August 16, 2009 our hero "Rufus" passed over to Rainbow Heaven.

Rufus was a true hero and has been part of our lives for 10 wonderful years. He showed his courage when he barked loudly to sound the alarm that something was wrong. Our house was on fire Jan. 16,2001. We escaped with only minutes to spare before the roof collapsed. He not only saved our lives but also the lives of his best buddies Roscoe and Ricky.

Though out his life, we shared many precious moments. He never failed to let us know what he wanted, whether it was a treat, or something in the fridge, or going to bed. He was the BOSS! His favorite was riding in the car and also riding in a trailer pulled by our tractor.
As he grew older, his health started to decline. Suffering from diabetes, cataracts,hearing and eventually blindness. We supported him through those difficult years, giving him the best vet care including having his cataracts removed at Cornell University. Rufus was strong and remained faithful to the very end. He suffered a brain aneurysm or stoke. We had to make the ultimate sacrifice by putting him down.

His casket was hand made out of mahogany wood, lined with blue laced silk, with a little blanket & pillow to match.
He was laid to rest with his special teddy bear and two little doggie bones.
We showed the other pugs Roscoe, Ricky & Arthur. It was touching as watched them bid their farewell.
We took him for his last ride on the trailer with the boys around the yard to his burial spot.
He is buried in our flower garden to watch over, near our bedroom window.

Rufus will never be forgotten. Perhaps he will return someday and there will be a miracle that we will see him again in the next life. Rest in peace baby, we love you!
Mike and Mary Meleco

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