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....
IN LOVING MEMORY
06/1997 - 07/2011 "Blue"
11/01/2013 - 07/13/2014 Prima's First Watch aka "Silas"
Wiliam Betelges BH BN CGCA CGC NTD, aka Vinny.
RIP Vinny... He was a very special dog who went through a lot in his life before we got to work with him. His legacy lives on as he taught me so much about the best side of this breed, about how important the working nature of the Doberman is, about unconditional love and loyalty, kindness and forgiveness, how to be a team with your dog and push us both to new things but respect our limits, the first title in Schutzhund and obedience for us, and the first dog my husband really loved. My heartfelt thanks and sincerest condolence to Jenn and her family who graciously welcomed him to their family. I want to say thank you to Ashley and Anne for seeing his potential and all the love and work you put into his training. He was an "old dog" but you gave him every chance at fulfilling what he was always meant to do. He gave you his heart on the schutzhund field. There better be a tug or bite sleeve in heaven for him! I know that his last years with us and with Jenn were the golden days of his life. And he fought a valiant battle through the cancer. His time was too short (it's never long enough..) but he is in heaven now at rainbow bridge, and no doubt smiling down on us drinking way too much water, chasing squirrels, and comforting those in need of comfort. We will see you again Vinny. Thank you for your life with us and rest in peace.