RAINBOW BRIDGE

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 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....

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TN Milo

Milo went for his shunt surgery on Wednesday. He came thru surgery and I thought he was on the road to recovery. I received a call around 8:30 last night telling me that he was having trouble keeping his blood pressure up and regulating his body temperature. The Dr’s put him on medication to try to elevate his blood pressure. After several hours and maxing out the dosages he could have I got the call nobody wants to get. Blue Pearl and Dr Wood were great, Dr Wood explained everything to me and what my options were... Milo was a fighter but after exhausting our options it was decided to let him go so that his suffering could end. Not wanting him to be alone I jumped in the car at 1:00am to head to Franklin Blue Pearl so that I could be with Milo in his last hours I wanted him to know he was loved. When I got there they brought him to me and I held him and talked to him, I played lullaby music for him he was able to raise his head a few times and even give me kisses. He passed over the rainbow bridge around 3:30am. I love fostering and each dog that comes into my home becomes a part of my family. I love them dearly and when they go to their forever home they take a piece of my heart with them. They are forever in my heart. Milo was loved so much in the short time he was with me and I pray he knew that and felt my love in his last hours. I brought Milo home with me and he has been buried in our yard. I know not everyone feels the same about pets or animals but he was and will always be a part of my family. He did have major health issues and racked up a significant bill. United Yorkie Rescue is an awesome organization and gave him every chance at life as they do with all rescues they take in... Rescue can sometimes be hard but it is also rewarding to know you helped a sweet baby find his or her forever home. If you can please make a donation in Milo’s memory I would be so grateful, no amount is too small or too large please go to our website unitedyorkierescue.org to make a donation. Donations are the only way the rescue is able to help Milo and others like him. Rest In Peace my sweet boy.

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Buddy

7/23/19 Sadly today we lost Forever Ours Buddy who was approximately 16 years old. His health had declined to the point where he was no longer eating even his favorite foods. He was telling his foster mom it was time to go. Rest in Peace Buddy...you will be dearly missed.

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Zoey

6/25/19 Sadly last night we had to help sweet little Zoey to the rainbow bridge. While in the specialty hospital her heart failed in the late evening hours. She came back on her own, breathing and with somewhat more normal blood pressure, while on the phone with the vet, her blood pressure began to fall again as did her body temperature. Foster mom and foster dad drove to the clinic and were with her at the end while we helped ease her suffering. Zoey knew at the end she had love and was treasured and we gave her a peaceful end. Rest sweet Zoey, run free and healthy again. You were loved very much by foster mom and dad and all of us at UYR.

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Maizie

Today, we lost our Sweet Maizie. She no longer is in pain and can run free. I know she is in a better place, but we already miss the pitter patter of her tiny feet and her ice cold ears against our face when we held her tight. This is the very last picture I took of her last night as she was playing. Maizie, you touched everyone you met with that tongue and no jaw in that itty bitty body. We love you so much and always will! Rest In Peace sweet angel! 🐾❤️🐾

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I had a wonderful life with my foster parents. Thank you for all you did for me.
Bubba

5-24-19 Little Bubba crossed the Rainbow Bridge today. Animal rescue can be so hard sometimes….

Those of you who have been fortunate to meet our sweet, sweet, sweet Bubba Love, will know just how special he was. Bubba came to us (his foster parents) on April 1, 2015, with brain damage from untreated seizures. Not long after his arrival he was deemed to be a forever ours foster. Bubba was our first foster since getting involved in animal rescue, and the first dog we welcomed in our home after our baby Luke passed away.

In September 2016, Bubba was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given 3 to 6 months to live. We opted to have the part of the tumor that was behind his eye (they can’t go into the brain), as well as having his eye removed, in hopes to extend his life. Again, we were told 3 to 6 months. However, with a diligent med schedule we were able to keep Bubba seizure free from that day forward. We knew that every day was a gift, and we were able to enjoy his special love for 2 years and 7 months after his surgery. Every day that we woke up to find he was still with us was deemed to be “not today”.

Sadly, it is with a broken heart that I must say “today was the day”. At 5:00 this afternoon we helped Bubba cross over the rainbow bridge, where he can again run free and be the happy little childlike Bubba we fell in love with. Please keep us (Bubba’s foster family) in your thoughts and prayers while we endure this last chapter of Bubba’s life. He will be so missed, beyond words. Run free my Bubba Love. Smile with your eyes to all you meet there, for they will fall in love with you too.

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I am not hurting anymore

Thank you for trying to save me
Callie

5/10/19 It was with tears of sadness that we helped Callie pass over the Rainbow Bridge today. This sweet, sweet, wonderful girl wanted so badly to live, but the cancer was just too much to overcome. Callie only came to United Yorkie Rescue 2 short weeks ago. She was taken from the shelter and rushed to the vet for emergency surgery. The mammary tumor that had been neglected by her owners had burst and needed to be removed immediately. The vet took a look at the burst tumor before doing surgery and said an x-ray had to be done. She was very concerned with that she saw, and what she was awful. The tumor had metastasized into her lungs and her lungs were full of cancer. Callie would never survive the surgery. We had two choices, both were sad. We could put Callie to rest right then, or take her home for however long she has left and give her love and care, medication to keep her pain free, and whatever and as much as she wanted to eat. We knew we had to take Callie home and give her a good life for as long as she had left.

Callie was showing no signs of the cancer effecting her when we took her home. We had been told what to watch for when she started to decline and it would be quick. The vet said she had a month at the most and more likely just days with the extent of the cancer that was everywhere in her lungs. She loved going out and her tail wagged with such joy when she was with us. We felt like she would have much longer than we were told. We hoped our love and care would be enough for a miracle and Callie would live a long time.

Callie did great the first week, though she ate only a small amount she was fed chicken and chop meat, which she nibbled on. She didn't enjoy taking the meds, but they did help her feel better. During the second week she was coughing more and her breathing was getting labored. You could see her poor little chest rising and falling with such effort, and she was eating less. By the end of the second week we knew her time had come. She stopped eating, you could hear the raspiness every time she took a breath, and she was coughing more. We knew we could not let her suffer another minute and with so much sadness we held her and petted her as she quietly passed at the vet's office. She was at peace.

This was such a preventable death. This friendly, happy, sweet girl didn't have to die. If only someone had loved her enough to get her spayed, or if not had taken her to the vet as soon as the mammary tumor appeared and had it removed. Any rescue would have taken this baby if they had been contacted and then gotten her to the vet in time. But instead her owners didn’t care enough. They let it grow and grow until it burst and caused the cancer that took her little life. Callie was the victim of such neglect and it didn't have to be that way. She didn't deserve what happened to her.

We will never forget this wonderful little girl. We only got to have her and love her for two weeks, but she left a mark on our hearts we will carry with us forever. We are so sorry Callie girl, we got you too late, but we will never forget you. Rest in Peace sweet baby.

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Rest In Peace Sweet Izzy
Izzy

04/12/2019

From Izzy’s foster Mom

My heart is broken today. My sweet precious forever foster Izzy passed away last night. She was a happy, loving little girl who was my sidekick. She loved meal time, long naps in my office, cuddling and sloppy little kisses. She loved to travel with me where ever I took her. In the short year and a half I had her, her aging body was slowly declining. Kidney failure and congestive heart failure was robbing her spunk and longevity. But she was a fighter and enjoyed every minute of her life despite her health issues. When her time came she didn’t suffer. But she has left a huge hole in my heart and life. RIP my sweet Izzy. I love ❤️ you very much.

Thank you United Yorkie Rescue for everything you did for her.

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Cooper

4/6/19: Cooper is running free at the Rainbow Bridge

I look at his picture and I smile while my heart is absolutely breaking! Cooper came to United Yorkie Rescue as an abandoned precious little boy, sitting in a shelter with a ball in his mouth, not asking for much from any human, just simply love and a someone that would play ball with him!! There he sat, this precious baby with this huge swollen belly, that housed a 3 lb tumor, while another 1 lb tumor lay on the outside along his ribcage...what do we do? Lynne Turner called me after playing with this sweet angel with those words. We were so full, but that face, and that ball in his mouth...what do we do, well, we bring him home and figure this out...so his journey began. We soon realized that nothing was ever "normal" when it came to Cooper. He had a massive 3lb tumor removal along with a partial splenectomy. He healed great and through this major surgery and recovery, never once did he have an accident in the house.. His little body was wrapped up like a taco from such a large incision, but he would get up and get to that door to go potty outside. After healing, Cooper went under again to remove the 1lb tumor that was along his side...again a remarkable heal. Finally we were back for his last checkup before adoption. A final ultrasound and blood work were performed and within minutes he was in for emergency surgery due to his spleen. The vet removed the rest of Cooper's spleen and during surgery it was also noted that his liver looked really bad and angry. Blood work also showed the issue so we started to heal again with diet and meds. A few days later, Cooper peed on the floor. I immediately knew, before we even saw the vet that this sweet baby had diabetes. Normally we can control diabetes, and we do that really well with our dogs, but with Cooper, nothing was normal. Cooper also had developed the most lipemic blood the vets had ever seen. The centrifuge could not spin his blood thin enough for the testing. This meant testing needed to be sent to A&M to their labs. After months of battling his uncontrolled diabetes, it was evident that this was taking a toll on his liver and kidneys. We were also testing Cooper for various diseases that Cooper mimicked with no answers. I consulted with Sandi and Jan and decided Cooper and I should head to A&M to meet with Internal med to hopefully get answers. We came back hopeful with Cooper on a new plan, after learning about "the somogy effect" and diabetes. We also came back with a special compounded medication for his lipemic blood. For a few months we were doing good, then I walked into a nightmare of a sea of urine throughout the entire house. Cooper's glucose was so high it could not be read by machines and his urine had too much glucose to be read as well. After being rushed to the vet, he went overnight to an ER, and then moved at 7am into a critical care facility, Cooper was put on high amounts of IV fluids which flushed this glucose while it brought his levels down and out of his diabetic crisis. Last week Cooper started to act differently and confused. After a vet visit, his glucose revealed his glucose was on the rise and by Friday we were back into crisis. As they were frantically getting him setup, I realized we were at that point where it was my time to help him make his final journey. I told my vet to give him what he needs overnight and I would be there early in the am to bring him home for his final visit. I picked this sweet angel up early and took him outside so he could play with the water hose which he just loved. Cooper got to eat not 1, but 2 bones which he loves, but could not have during these last few months. I sat and loved on him, cried and apologized and told him how amazing he was, and then wrapped him in his blanket and made our way to his vet. I got so many sweet kisses all the way there and in the room as we waited. I think Cooper knew honestly it was time and he was ready as his lil body had fought such an amazing vigorous fight this past year and he was just so tired. I held him and kissed his sweet face as the angels came. Cooper gave me so much. He taught me that even in those darkest hours of pain and confusion, you can find happiness in the most simplest of things. I miss his mushy kisses already and I will miss this sweet baby boy's love for everything in spite of the bittersweet life he was dealt. Run free baby. Thank you UYR for letting me be his momma. ��

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Daisy Diamond

3/23/19 Sadly today sweet little Daisy Diamond who had been doing so well passed. This morning she was taken to an ER facility where they worked to find out what the problem was. Her body temp couldn't be sustained and while all other signs were positive, they couldn't keep her going. She was in an incubator and on a heating pad, but sadly despite heroic efforts, she passed. Foster mom is devastated as we all are.

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Amos

On 3/4/19 Amos crossed the rainbow bridge in his foster mom's arms. Amos had declined rapidly in 2 days. He went to see the Vet and had blood work that suggested stage 3/4 kidney failure. An Ultrasound revealed a stone in his urethra and a tumor on his testicle so he went for his ECHO in hopes to have much needed surgery for the stone, neuter and dental. Unfortunately his little body was too broken and gave out before UYR could give him his second chance. Amos was so sweet and lovable, his little jingle around our home is silent but his spirit will always be present.

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Addie Livinia

1/31/19 Sadly today we lost Addie Livinia. She had been holding her own but was losing weight despite a healthy appetite. Upon vet examination today, we learned her liver was failing. She had gone into shock and we made the decision to help her to the bridge.

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Cameron and Abby
Cameron

Cameron 27 November 2003 - 13 October 2018

On Saturday morning, Cameron our Little Man crossed the Rainbow Bridge to join his sister Abby. We lost Abby on 20 December 2017 and Cameron was very sad without his little sister. Cameron remained a constant companion to my wife and I and he always wanted us both in the same room. He loved to ride around in the car and before he was on a special diet, he especially liked to go to the Dump, because the attendant in the booth would always give him a cookie. Cameron loved to have his ears rubbed and was always so brave. He did not want to leave, but was in a lot of pain. Some day we will see each other again.

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Scout WV

Scout passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Scout was only a year old. I was Scout's foster mom and he deserves to have his story told.

Scout came to me on Christmas Eve eve nine months ago. He had bitten his owner when the owner had a seizure. United Yorkie Rescue took a chance on this sweet puppy and he spent the day with me charming people everywhere we went. Within a short time, he started biting my one adult daughter. Then a month later he turned on my daughter that is also in rescue. Up until the moment he bit her, he adored her. I called a very knowledgeable trainer and she felt that the dog may have been abused and may possibly only trust one or two people ever. I could accept that. This little guy had me as his only hope. Scout would be the one I truly rescued.

Scout loved the other dogs. He immediately bonded with my Pit Bull, Beau. About two months ago, Scout and the Pit were standing together in the hall when Scout attacked him. The Pit backed up knowing I would get Scout. A few weeks later he started snarling at the tiny Yorkies and I had to isolate him. He still had lots of great quality time with me and my husband so his life was full.

During this time, many visits and consultations with the vet occurred. She agreed with the trainer that he would only trust a few people, but she began to suspect that a genetic disorder was the cause of Scout's vicious behavior. He was put on Trazodone to help calm him and it was working.

On Tuesday night, Scout growled at my husband. My heart sank. Scout and I slept together in the living room that night and we snuggled and kissed all night. In the morning, he growled at my husband again. I resolved to make him a home in a spare living room and I would be his only caretaker.

I left on an errand and when I returned, Scout was growling at me. I tried to do some of his favorite activites and he was having fun and being so affectionate, but then he would growl again. Finally, he took my thumb in his mouth and growled and put pressure on my thumb, not breaking the skin. I think he was protecting me. He was warning me that he couldn't control his actions. This happened all in a half hour time period. I had to call the vet and tell them I was coming but I had to wait until an overdose of Trazodone took effect. I couldn't get near him. I knew what I had to do. We watched my favorite episode of Gilmore Girls, A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving, with a subdued Scout by my side. He was happy to go for his car ride and put his head in my lap for the long ride.

The techs took special care to further sedate Scout so that he wouldn't need a muzzle. It took about thirty minutes for him to fall asleep in my arms. He showed me so much love.

Scout had nine amazing months because United Yorkie Rescue took a chance on him. His life was full of fur friends and people who loved him. He was happy to the end. We did all we could and I have no regrets. Only heartache. RIP my sweet boy. You were dearly loved.

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Rest in Peace sweet girl. You were loved and cherished
Chloe

9-10-18 Precious little Chloe crossed the Rainbow Bridge today. This sweet girl came to us from the shelter with terminal mast cell cancer. When we took her from the shelter we knew she had an open wound on her upper back and a massive tumor on her left side abdomen, but little did we know it was cancer and she only had a short time left. United Yorkie Rescue vowed to make whatever time she had remaining to be the best of her life. She was given care and lots of love in her foster home. We hoped she would have several months to a year. Little did we now that this morning Chloe would take a turn for the worse. She was rushed to the vet where her oncologist vet and her foster mom decided letting her go would be the most humane thing to do for her. She was suffering, listless, and no longer had any quality of life. So with great sadness she passed over the rainbow bridge in the arms of her foster mom. Chloe, we will miss you. We were too late to save you, but you were loved and cherished while you were with us. Rest in Peace, sweet girl.

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We will meet again. Thank you for loving me
Daisey

9/7/18 Sweet Daisey crossed the Rainbow Bridge today. This is her goodbye see you again one day letter to her foster mom.

Thank you Foster Mom for all you did for me. I know it was hard but was for the best and now I can be free. I really did feel loved when you were with me. As you know my life quickly changed. Slowly the light I could see began to fade. So I tried to use my senses to make it around. But what you didn’t see was that they were also beginning to fail me. I tried my best not to show it. I wanted to make you happy. I didn’t want to make you sad or for you to feel sorry for me. I just wanted you to love me for me. Now, though, I don’t have to pretend, I can just be free. I can see now and I can feel the grass under my feet. I am running and playing and not bumping into things. I no longer step into my food bowl. I can see and smell it so clearly. Oh, and here I can eat all I want and stay skinny! I know it was hard but believe me, I am really free and my life here is so easy.

I will see you again one day, though I never got to see your face I will know it is you by the love I feel when you get near me. Please do not cry for me….I am in Heaven now and I really am so very happy!

Until we meet again…………….Daisey

p.s. I even have long hair on my ears now!

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Opie, we will miss you so much.
Opie

8-24-18 Today sweet little Opie crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Opie was being treated for heartworms and the vet believes that as the worms were dying several broke off from his heart and lodged into his lungs. He was having great difficulty breathing and was in severe distress. Sadly, and with lots of tears, we knew we had to let Opie go. He will be missed so much by his foster mom and all the wonderful friends he made. Everyone who knew Opie loved him. So long Opie, until we meet again.

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Adonnis

7/11/18 Sadly today we had to say goodbye to sweet Adonnis. He was in heart failure 3 months ago and today we had to help him to the Bridge. Rest in peace Adonnis.

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Oliver
Oliver

7/4/18 On Wednesday, July 4th, Oliver was having a very difficult time breathing, coughing, hacking and not getting enough oxygen as evidenced by his tongue turning blue. He was rushed to the emergency vet in Carbondale, IL as we are visiting family in Southern IL. He suffered a bad heart, collapsed trachea and was blind. The emergency Vet said his heart was “thick” and dramatic changes were taking place, complicated by the collapsed trachea and gallstones which had never shown up in any x-rays prior. They put him on oxygen and gave him medication to calm and relax him. There was virtually nothing they could do to save him. He died peacefully with me by his side, knowing he was loved. What a great little boy he was and so happy all the time. He was a great little traveler and enjoyed camping trips in the travel trailer. He is very much loved and missed ���� but playing happily at the rainbow bridge with his many pup friends. I would like to thank UYR for giving me the opportunity to be a part of his life ��

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Desi

6/18/18 Sadly we lost sweet Desi today. He had a wonderful foster home for almost 5 years and was dearly loved. He will be truly missed by his foster mom.

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Bert

6/16/18

An angel has gained his wings. Bert crossed the bridge tonight as his foster Mom tried her best to save him en route to the ER. Bert had a rough life before his rescue in a horrible puppy mill but knew nothing but love since his rescue a little over a year ago. By the time we got him the years of neglect had already taken their toll on his heart and lungs and he was made Forever Ours. Please remember his foster Mom and all of us who knew and loved this precious soul and his BFF Ernie who will be lost without him. Rest In Peace Bert. You were loved by many and your life mattered.

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