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....
These pictures of the double rainbow
were taken in our back yard close to our "Sunrise Garden" where some
of our special friends have been laid to rest.
1974 - 1992
We got Suzette when she was
approximately two years old. She was a purebred Miniature Poodle. She grew up with our children. As she got older she couldn't hear
like she once did but our little Pepper added a few years of comfort to
her life by being her ears. They were very good friends. Suzette was 18
when she left us.
1986 - 1999
Our little Pepper had been a run
away & had a few homes before coming to us. He was such a sweet
little guy and ever so smart. He performed many tricks and won many
hearts. We were not sure of his age when he came to us but the Vet
thought he might be 3 or 4. We often wished he could talk & tell us
his past history. They don't come much cuter than you were little
buddy. We think of you often and will always miss you.
1995 - 1998
Pickles was a real sweetheart.
We weren't sure if she thought she was a horse or the horses thought
they were dogs...they played and groomed and had a wonderful time
together. Unfortunately, we live on a very busy highway & Miss
Pickles got hit while we believe she was chasing a squirrel. You are
always in our thoughts Girl.
SKIPPY 1988 - 2004
Skippy came to us as a 1 year old. His owners had a baby & couldn't
keep him. He was used to being a housecat & we were not sure how he
would adjust to being a barn cat but obviously he thrived being the king
of the barn. We will miss you buddy.
2003 - 2004
Our little Silver Charm was only
8 months old when she went to Rainbow Bridge. She developed
pneumonia and didn't win the battle. We miss her...she was
such a sweet, pretty little girl.
SUNRISE ESTATES IMA LADY'S MAN
Oct 2004 - June 2005
This beautiful little boy was not
much more than 1/2 year old when he went to Rainbow Bridge. He got colic and
we couldn't save him. He was such a delightful little boy and we will miss
him so much.
ANNIE (Golden Retriever)
? - 2007
Our Annie was loved by all. You
rarely saw her without a number of cats following and playing with her.
She was the perfect dog in every way. When our kittens mom was killed on
the highway, our Annie some how was able to produce milk and nurse
them for many months. We believe Annie was 14 or 15 years old when she
did this. We have been blessed to have Annie in our family for 4 years
and will miss her so very much.
"It is always said that however many
wonderful and happy years a dog lives...You
know that one day, the day he dies, your dog
will break your heart." ~James Herriot~
May 2, 1995 - May 1, 2007
Our little Elmo took ill and
was diagnosed with cancer just a week ago...He fought hard to stay
with us but unfortunately he could not win this battle. He was a
wonderful little guy, the perfect dog and companion. Friends and
family will certainly miss being welcomed by our little host. We were
blessed to have Elmo in our family for 6 years and he will be missed
RED RIVER TUTS THUNDER
May 27, 1989 - Dec. 3, 2009
Our Thunder played an important role in our
farm's breeding program and has produced some outstanding offspring.
We look forward to 2010 when hopefully his last foal will come into
the world safe and sound. Thunder developed an inoperable tumor
which cut his time on earth short. We will miss you Thunder and will
think of you every time we see our crabapple tree produce those
apples you loved so much.
SUNRISE ESTATES LADY KATE
April 29, 2011 - August 19, 2011
Our little Katie was beautiful and
the friendliest foal we have had. She was always at the gate to
greet you. We had little warning that there was a problem...she died
from a perforated gastic ulcer. We are heartbroken and will miss
this little "Royal" Lady more than words can say.
SUNRISE ESTATES DUCHESS
May 4, 2000 - April 1, 2012
Our little Duchess was a tiny mare
(28") She was a very friendly girl and will be missed very much by
us and her stable mates. She produced a wonderful little boy last
year so we will think of her often when we are with him.
FIRST KNIGHT'S BIT-O-WHITE LIGHTENING
February 18, 1992 - November 8, 2018
Our White Lightening was a wonderful
stallion, a special addition to our farm as a youngster. He was the
sire of many offspring, passing on his good looks, confirmation and
gentle disposition. He received many awards over the years and was a
World's Top 10 Champion. He lived a wonderful life and gave us so
much pleasure. He will be missed terribly.
We have lost a number of cats to the highway over the
years, but unfortunately cats, by nature, do roam. They were all very special to
us and we think of them often when looking at photo albums. We are fortunate to
still have cats from the original line. They are all so very people friendly and
the children love to hold and play with them when visiting.