Just this side of Heaven is a place called RAINBOW BRIDGE, where both the old and the ill are restored to health and vigor.
There they run and play all day, happy and content except for one thing... each misses someone very special who they left behind.
The day comes when one of them suddenly stops playing to watch a figure in the distance. The eyes are fixed and the body quivers.
Racing faster and faster, the fields become a blur. In the blink of an eye, the two come together in a joyous reunion, never to be parted.
The happy kisses and gentle caresses speak of the love between owner and beloved pet. Together, they cross RAINBOW BRIDGE.
Instead, they hang their heads. They are not allowed to cross the bridge, as they can only cross accompanied by their special people.
Having no families to call their own, they lie quietly, watching the pathway that leads to the bridge, and waiting...
A seemingly ordinary person approaches the bridge with extended arms, and the infirm are restored to their former youthful states.
They fall in behind this person. The other animals bow to show their respect. You see, this seemingly ordinary person is a rescuer.
When rescuers arrive at the bridge, they are permitted to perform one final act of rescue... escorting the homeless animals across...
JASMINE went to the Bridge unadopted. She endeared herself to many. We were all privileged to have known her, and each of us would have gladly taken her as one of our own.
BUSTER never made it out of the shelter, as there were no foster homes open when he needed the help.
We can only imagine the abuse CODY endured in the hands of the man who dog-napped him. He did not deserve this fate. He had come such a long way in learning to trust humans, and had a wonderful, playful disposition.
KILLIAN died at 2 years of age. His owner failed to keep him on heartworm preventive at a cost of only $8 a month.)
A gentler soul is hard to come by. We are so glad we were able to give her a few good months filled with love, playtime, toys, and bellyrubs!
Adopted in January 2004 at the age of 11 or 12, LADY crossed the Bridge 10/21/06. Linda wouldn't trade those wonderful years for anything! She was one of our favorites, too!
EDWINA and BRIZZY would still be alive had they been vaccinated against Distemper. What a tragedy for these two lovely girls to have to cross over Rainbow Bridge in what should have been the prime of their lives.
In spite of coat loss due to allergy and thyroid issues, BALTO endeared himself to all. He had all the desirable Irish characteristics - and a few not so desireable ones, too - but that kept things interesting. We shall miss the conversations, dear friend!!
MADDIE was yet another reminder of why we keep each dog in a foster home for at least two weeks, and often a bit longer. As she became more comfortable, she began exhibiting behavior that ended in an attack on her foster mom. We were glad she was with SOS, and not with a rescue group that adopts out dogs straight from the shelter.
McRIB lost the battle to heartworms at the tender age of five years. In the short time he was here, he learned about life indoors and off the chain, how to ask to go out, how to sit nicely for treats, and how to ask nicely for attention. The one thing he could not figure out was how to beat the heartworms that took his life.
Sadly, TAHOKA couldn't overcome the emotional scars of the harsh treatment he received prior to coming to rescue. His foster mom and adopter did everything possible to help him. Bless you, Ann.
KINKY was born with a heart defect. As he grew and became more active, his heart enlarged to twice its normal size. He died from heart failure shortly before he was to turn eight weeks of age. He was named KINKY because of a crook in his tail.
IKE, the product of a breeding program with no genetic testing, succumbed to SAS at the tender age of 16 months. Despite his condition, IKE had a great personality and was loved by everyone at the clinic and the vet hospital in Columbia MO.
A volunteer in NM pulled CONNOR from the shelter there. He was having difficulty breathing, and was rushed to the vet. Due to larygeal paralysis and tumors the vet suspected were malignant, Dr. Voss recommended euthanasia. We are greatful to Ann for making sure CONNOR crossed the Bridge in loving arms.
The story is different for those who pass without someone special. They are not restored to youthful days, nor do they romp and play.
SNUFFY's tragic death is a reminder of the importance of fencing around pools. Hopefully, the owners of the pool have taken steps to ensure that no other tragedies will occur in their pool.
KELSEY died just a few hours before she was eligible for release to Save Our Setters.
BOBBY came to SOS with severe epilepsy. BOBBY had a cluster of Grand Mal seizures that resulted in significant brain damage,
Even while in foster care, AARON was notorious for being an escape artist, In spite of all the barriers his owner employed. He escaped one time too many.
SARAH came to SOS from OH. She survived multiple surgeries and overcame numerous obstacles. Mammary cancer claimed her life far too soon.
BLAKELY, found as a stray in SC, was adopted by a wonderful family who taught him all about being spoiled rotten. A fast-growing tumor in his throat made eating difficult, and he was allowed to go to the Bridge before it affected his breathing.
SYDNEY was the product of a backyard breeder located in area code 219. She had health issues (35 pages of notes from her owner's vet clinic) during her 7 year life. She was surrendered to SOS after exhibiting aggressive behaviors towards children in the home. We soon discovered that not only was her aggression towards adults as well children, but that it was also increasing in severity. The attending veterinarian suspected that a brain tumor was the cause.
While collars and tags save countless pets each year, every so often they take a life through a freak accident. Dogs that jump to catch birds in flight should wear break-away collars.
Born in a puppymill, MOLLY developed a highly aggressive mass before her first birthday.
The product of a backyard breeder in Tennessee, ANNIE not only had IMR, but she also developed three masses in her chest that strangulated her heart.
CLOVER II, who came to us from Davenport, Iowa, succumbed to lung cancer at the age of six months.
After going more than a year with no seizures, they started again, but were controlled by medication until the last one, which severely damaged his brain.
KATY was returned to SOS a few years after her adoption because she was "defective". Basic tests revealed that she had health issues which accounted for the uncharacteristic behaviors. In spite of heroic measures, she passed away.
Sweet little NO NAME was deemed to have contracted Parvovirus and was euthanized at the shelter with no loved ones to help him cross the Bridge. Still think vaccines are a waste of money?