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....

Author unknown...

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Sweet Jonah
Jonah

THANK YOU TO JONAH'S RESCUE ANGELS!

John Chang, Darla Jan Michel, Jeannie Worthington, Enythe Green, Mary Morgan, Sandy Pagnotta, John and Mary Havens, Melissa McCoy, Allison Triplett, Holly Huckabone, Angie Cagle, Angela Pattison, Cynthia Rose

THANK YOU TO JONAH'S FACEBOOK DONORS!

Boris York, Nhung T Le, Judy Hufford, Kay Williams Graves, Sarah Renae, Sandy Abbott, Gail Wiggins, Marciano Sanchez, Nancy Ann Pinkston Furr, Jane St. John, Leslie Corbell, Karry Rogers, Josh Lytton, Betty Valdes, Wayne Hopper, Annette Weeks

1/23/22 Sadly we had to say goodbye to sweet Jonah early this morning

Jonah came to us yesterday as a rescue plea from one of our shelters. He was truly a hot mess but the initial vet was very optimistic, that his x-rays seemed good although he had some free fluid, and his bloodwork was overall good which showed anemia and a high white count but liver and kidney send good. Today he ended up at the ER due to his dehydration and white tongue. Sadly, the ultrasound showed cancer in his intestines, fluids building in his tiny tummy and the cryptorchid testicle was not really a testicle but another cancerous mass. He had about 6 other co-morbidities. I spent all day holding this little 6lb snuggling baby thinking fluids, maybe a transfusion and we'll be on our way to setting up a schedule to heal all his issues. It just literally crushed me knowing nothing was going to help. He couldn't get fluids because his body, although dehydrated, was spilling fluids into his tiny tummy, his horrific mouth that was drooling from abscesses could not undergo surgery so he could eat, his ears, his eyes, his bowels that weren't moving due to the mass and his leg that kept failing him...I couldn't give him all I hoped for. I let him go to God and the bridge because I could at least love him enough for that! It was 1:30 in the morning and I wanted you all to know about this precious baby's short journey with us. Bless this little one and Run free baby... and thank you for helping with his vetting.

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Evo FO

1/13/2022 Sadly today sweet Evo, who was 17 years old, went to the Rainbow Bridge. He had taken ill at the end of December with an eye ulcer but had some significant GI issues as well including GI bleeding. He was being hospitalized to keep a close eye on him and medicate him as needed, but he ended up passing away in the night. Evo was his foster mom's baby boy. She took him everywhere and said he had so much spunk right up to the end. He was a fighter and she will miss him greatly.

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TN Gizmo FO

1/8/22: Gizmo crossed the Rainbow Bridge today. Foster mom took him to the Dogtor because he quickly developed a tumor in his mouth. The Dogtor said it is most likely an aggressive form of cancer as it came up so suddenly. We decided to let him go due to have already been through so much and surgery was not an option due to his severe collapsing Trachea. He was the sweetest little guy ever! Gizmo was a fighter and he never once gave up. He was always in the best mood and got along great with other dogs. Gizmo loved balls and was constantly holding a toy in his mouth. He was diagnosed with a tumor in his spine 3 years ago and he was going to be euthanized by his owners because he didnt have the use of his back legs. The vet reached out and he came into rescue. He was treated with Steriods for the tumor this whole time as the Doctor suspected it was lymphoma Cancer. Gizmo also ended up with collapsing trachea. Still he Put his entire strength in his front arms and propped himself up on his back legs and walked (he refused to use a wheelchair) struggling all the way. He never gave up and he lived life to the fullest, he was happy and he gave so much love. Foster mom will miss him so much and Gizmo will always hold a special place in her heart. Run with all 4 legs at the rainbow bridge Gizmo. We will always love you!

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Merry

12/16/21 Today sadly we lost little Merry. She had enjoyed 3 years of life with her Forever Ours foster mom, but last night had to be rushed to the emergency room to be euthanized. Rest in Peace little Merry!

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Teddy (Bubba) FO

12/13/21: Today Teddy's foster mom had to help him to the Rainbow Bridge. He needed surgery for his gallbladder but the vet doesn't think he would survive it. Teddy was most likely 14 or 15 years old and his gallbladder was about 3 times its size. Letting the condition go would likely mean the gallbladder would rupture, so it was determined to help this sweet boy to the Bridge. Rest in Peace Teddy!

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Little Dot
Little Dot

12/2/21 On 11/19 our sweet pup Duchess gave birth to 4 puppies...3 big boys and tiny Little Dot, a mostly white girl. Sadly at the first vet visit it was discovered that Dot had been born with a brown spot of her foot that caused sepsis. There was nothing we could have done to prevent that, but she was so very loved and was very much missed by her foster mom and Momma Duchess. RIP Little Dot!

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Leo R.I.P.
Leo

11/7/21 - Rest in Peace Sweet & Courageous Leo We'll be Looking for you in the Stars.

It was early October when we met Leo, the perfect name for one of the sweetest, most loving dogs I've ever met. A deep stare into his beautiful sparkling brown eyes touched my very soul and told the story of a dog that had been terribly neglected and in need. Found on the streets of LA, it was clear that Leo was in need of Love, compassion and medical care. We were overjoyed to bring Leo into UYR and couldn't wait to take him to the vet to receive treatment for his inner ear infection, have the mass removed from his ear canal as well, and have a much needed dental. For the first few days, things seemed fine, with Leo resting and recovering from being in the shelter.

It didn't take long to figure out that something just wasn't right. Leo wasn't feeling well, had difficulty walking and wasn't eating. His initial vet visit just couldn't come soon enough and revealed irregular blood chemistry values indicating Leo had liver disease and was severely dehydrated. Leo was admitted to the hospital for three days of fluids, antibiotics, pain medications and nutrition. Leo appeared to be feeling better after this boost and returned to his foster family with liver supplements, antibiotics, pain medications and a prescription diet. We were hopeful that if we followed his treatment plan carefully, Leos liver disease might be treatable, perhaps even reversible.

Leo returned for his two week follow-up visit and blood chemistry re-evaluation, but the news wasn't good and an ultra-sound was scheduled. The following week Leos condition quickly began to decline. Leo was nauseated and had no appetite. He was lethargic and it was clear that Leos condition was worsening by the day. By the weekend, he was rushed to emergency where he was admitted, given fluids, nutrition and pain medications again. During his hospitalization an ultrasound brought the grave situation to light. Leo had cancerous masses in his stomach, on his liver, pancreas and in his spine the news was incredibly sad but undeniable as our thoughts focused on the hospice care Leo would require.

For the next few days sweet Leo was showered with love, kindness and compassion. The decision was made to make Leo a Forever Ours dog that would remain with UYR for the rest of his life...and he did, but the end came too soon. Sunday, Leo woke lethargic and had lost the use of one of his rear legs. Once again, he was nauseated, lethargic and not interested in food. Leo was fading again...the sparkle in his eyes that stole all of our hearts was like a star fading into the night.

Leo had given it his all twice, fighting for a new life and dreaming he'd finally find the family that would love him forever and he did. UYR is now your Forever Family, Leo. The entire UYR team will love you and honor you always. Those of us that that were blessed to know you, care for you and love you will hold a very special place for you in our hearts. We will forever honor you always, and hold our memories of you close as we remember that beautiful sparkle in your eyes and whenever we look up into the night sky and see a special twinkle, well smile and know that you are waiting for us on the Rainbow Bridge

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Maggie May
Maggie May FO

10/20/21 It is with a heavy, and a very sad heart to say that our Forever Ours foster, Maggie May, passed this morning. I still cant believe it. She loved to be outside, and she loved to be in the sun. She always had a special place on the lanai she liked to lay down and enjoy that sunshine. She didnt wake up. She was the sweetest, most loving little girl that I have ever known. Maggie May came to UYR as an owner surrender in 2017. She was just under 5 years old and 4.5 lbs. She was surrendered because the owner didnt think she could care for her anymore, due to the owner's health. Unfortunately, we learned that Maggie May had pretty severe brain lesions from being dropped on a tile floor, esophagus issues, luxating patella and rotted teeth. UYR didnt get her until a year after her accident . UYR provided wonderful testing and medications for her. It was determined early on that she probably wasnt going to be adoptable. She had lost all of her dog training skills, and only walked in tight small circles. She became a Forever Ours girl in March, 2019. She sure loved to be the boss of her younger brother and sister. She ate like a horse for her 4.5 lbs. Over the last couple of months, she had become more frail, unbalanced, confused and appeared lost sometimes. She got lost in corners. She never lost the desire to be held, kiss us, sleep with us and to follow us

everywhere we went in her loopy little walk. While her appetite never changed, her desire to drink water was diminished. We were supplementing her meals with extra water to soup consistency. Her kidneys were working. We saw the vet at the end of September and had blood work and urine and fecal tests done. Nothing appeared to be much different.

We are heartbroken beyond belief. We miss her every second of every day. She will never be forgotten. I'd never have gotten to meet this little angel, if it weren't for UYR. Now, she is now up playing with all who came before her and will be there to welcome all those who come after her. She will always know how much she was loved. She was so much a part of our family. Rest in peace my darling Maggie May.

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Allie

9/22/21 Allie was set free today. Foster mom and dad rushed her to the vet because she started having seizures and was vomiting. Poor Allie was on the streets too long. She was found too late. Emaciated, nausea, and failing kidneys from being alone so long took their toll on her fragile body.

Foster mom and foster dad are heartbroken. They tried so hard to save this sweet girl. They loved her despite the short time she was with them.

It was a hard day for UYR today. Several of our babies are now playing at the rainbow bridge.

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Ozzie

9/22/21 A shelter reached out to us because Ozzie has been neglected for a very long time. He arrived at the shelter so matted that you couldnt even tell he was a super cute boy underneath all that hair. He was flea infested and had super long nails. His skin is very itchy and flaky and irritated. He was blind but seems to find his way around ok. This sweetheart deserved so much better. He was checked out by the vet and he was heartworm negative and bloodwork was pretty good. After only being in his foster home for about 7 days he started running a high fever. Foster mom took him to the ER and more bloodwork was drawn and his white cell count was high. He needed to spend the night to get on fluids so they could monitor his fever and see what the cause was. Dr thought it may be a tick born disease but wanted to do an abdominal unltrasound to make sure nothing else was going on. The ultrasound showed a huge mass that is aggressive and cancerous. So since no treatment would help and surgery isnt an option from where it was located we felt it best to let him Cross the Bridge. At least for 7 days he had good warm baths, fresh water to drink and good quality food to eat. He was able to experience walking around outside and sleep in a comfy bed and knew love his last days.

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The last day I got to check out the lizards and maybe catch one

I loved being outside. Life in my foster home was great.
Emmy Lou

9/22/21 All we wanted for Emmy Lou was the miracle that would give her the life she deserved. Sadly and with tears that was not meant to be. Emmy Lou went from having hope of getting that life she deserved to crossing over the Rainbow Bridge in a matter of just a few days.

On Friday she saw the vet and was scheduled for the next surgery to remove the small remaining mammary masses the following week. We watched this wonderful pup run around the backyard chasing lizards and squirrels one day and physically crashing two days later. Monday night at 6:15pm we took a great picture of Emmy Lou with her tail up, looking at us to let us know there were lizards we needed to see. She ate a great dinner at 6:30 and then by 10:00pm her world fell apart. That night she had a terrible seizure. In the morning we noticed the small mammary tumors we saw on Friday were now huge, encompassing her whole upper mammary area. Emmy Lou, who loved her food, wouldn't eat anything all day Tuesday. That night she couldn't keep herself upright on her legs and at times her breathing was labored. Wednesday morning (today) she was at the vet for what we thought would have been her life saving surgery, but instead it was time for us to let her go peacefully while we petted her and told her how sorry we were that we couldn't save her, and how much we love her. 

Emmy Lou's vet believes the cancer from the mammary tumors quickly invaded her brain. Emmy had something called Inflammatory Carcinoma. A very rare, very aggressive breast cancer affecting people and dogs. When we saw her mammaries today you could see how huge, red, and inflamed they were. We knew letting her go was the right thing to do, but it was so hard. This wonderful, loving, sweet, good, adorable little girl was so special. Everyone who met her, couldn't help but love her. She loved to be outside, she loved to sit on the porch in the sun and watch the world go by. She loved her life now. It was full of love, happiness, good food, and comfy beds to lie in. 

Emmy Lou, your foster mom and dad are so sorry we got you too late, but just know how much we loved you, so very much. We will miss you every day. You will always be in our hearts. You will be our special angel in heaven. 

 

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Forever in our memory.
Martini

08/18/2021 Rest In Peace Sweet & Tiny UYR Martini. We hope this flicker of light will let you know that you hold a place in our hearts as you make your way across the Rainbow Bridge, free of all the pain and suffering you have had to endure. May you run free in the company all of the Special UYR Dogs that have gone before you.....

Martini came to UYR three weeks ago on a Wednesday afternoon. Surrendered at the age of 16, it was immediately obvious that she was not well and that it had been a very long time since she'd been to a vet. Martini was covered in pus-filled welts, her teeth falling out from decay. Worried, for the next two nights Lihn and her daughter took shifts watching over tiny Martini night and day until her vet appointment on Friday.... But dental disease and the welts that covered Martini's skin would be the least of Martini's challenges. Martini saw the vet on Friday. Bloodwork was done and Martini returned to Linh's loving home and was showered with love and affection by her entire family through the weekend. A call from the vet on Monday revealed that Martini had several elevated values indicating kidney disease. Martini returned to the hospital for a few days of fluids to see if her blood values would stabilize and to determine if her kidney disease was acute or chronic. After four full days of hospitalization and fluids, Martini's blood values would only drop slightly. The diagnosis - End-Of-Life Stage Chronic Kidney Disease. Devastating news to Lihn, her family and all of us......

Despite the devastating diagnosis, Lihn and her husband Warren lovingly returned to pick Martini up from the hospital knowing Martini's return to their home and family would immediately transition from Foster to Hospice Care. Martini spent the final week of her life like a Princess, wrapped in her blanket and the incredible love and compassion of LIhn and her family. Finally free to roam the house and yard, Martini felt the sun in her face and the grass under her feet. Arms of love surrounded her with love, compassion and cared for her every need 24/7.

With each passing day, Martini would feel the strength and love in Lihn's heart and it would bring her comfort, resolve and peace. Together, they would move a bit farther down a Beautiful Path reflecting on their personal story of strength, perseverance and love for one another. Finally, on Wednesday afternoon they reached the Gates to Rainbow Bridge and they each gave the other a piece of their heart as a tribute to one another before Martini ascended to join the others in paradise, turning slowly to stare into the eyes of the one who saved her one last time....

Lihn, you are an incredibly Special Person. Hospice is a serious challenge - especially when it's completely unexpected. Your path crossed with Martini for a reason. She was in desperate need and you lovingly gave her more than she could ever have expected.....freedom, dignity, love, compassion, kindness and care. We Honor you and the Heart of Gold you so willingly share with Furbabies Chewy, Perry and Martini, as well as all of us Humans that love you ... we're so grateful that you're a part of the UYR Team.

This, one of Martini's final photos showing a glow like a Halo surrounding her........

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Juni

8/14/21 Sadly today we had to help Juni to the Rainbow Bridge. Since her coming into rescue, her health was worsening. We had difficulties getting her seen by vets, both regular and emergency facilities and no one was ready to tackle the removal of her massive tumors which sadly were continuing to grow. We were finally able to get her taken to a 24 hour emergency facility where bloodwork showed a worsening of her numbers. She was refusing to eat, had been put on fluids and antibiotics just to get her stable, but the result was congestive heart failure and crackling in her lungs. We had to let this beautiful little girl go and only wish we had gotten her months earlier to get her back to health. She was the sweetest little Yorkie with the most precious face and eyes. She was very much loved by her foster mom and dad and will be sorely missed by us all. Run Free little Juni...we miss you and loved you.

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Ollie, forever in our hearts.
Ollie

8/13/21 After having been adopted to what we hoped would be his forever home, Ollie was returned as a very ill little boy. He had developed pneumonia and had to be given emergency care. He was hospitalized and in an oxygen cage and x-rays showed one lung was full of fluid. We tried for 3 days to help bring him out of this, but he was unable to sustain breathing outside the oxygen cage and went downhill. We had to help him to the bridge today knowing that it was the right decision for him given his state of health and poor prognosis. He will be sorely missed...such a sweet boy, he was very much loved by his foster mom and dad.

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Annie IL

07/19/21: Sadly today we had to help Annie to the Rainbow Bridge. She had become lethargic and refused to eat. Her belly was swollen and we thought perhaps her heart medication was not working effectively. After an ultrasound, we learned she had developed pyometria which was inoperable because her heart condition meant she likely couldn't survive surgery. We had to make the sad decision to let her go peacefully. Rest in Peace little Annie. You had 9 months of love and the best care possible.

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Scruffy

06/01/2021 Sadly at the age of 14, Scruffy went to the Rainbow Bridge. He will be very much missed by his foster mom and most especially his foster dad who loved him despite his feisty ways. Rest in Peace Scruffy!

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I am not hurting anymore.
Baylor

4-23-21 Once again we were too late. Little Baylor didn't have a chance. We had hoped that today's visit to the vet would give us hope that Baylor would be able to walk again and get well. That didn't happen. Although the shelter was told by the person who brought him in yesterday that she saw he was hit by a car, that was most likely not true. The injury that left him paralyzed was an old injury. This was substantiated by the fact that he had no muscle mass in any of his legs. This doesn't happen overnight. Having less than 1% muscle mass comes from being caged for several months. It comes from having a severe injury and not getting medical care, it comes from neglect. It is obvious Baylor was taken care of, his nails were trimmed, and his coat was clean, and he was well nourished. Sadly for Baylor that is where his care ended. He was paralyzed, he had no quality of life, he was depressed, and not eating. We did the only thing we could to relieve him from this. He crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in the loving arms of his foster mom. Even though Baylor was a United Yorkie Rescue pup for less than 24 hours he will be remembered by those of us whose story he touched. Run free little Baylor, your legs will now take you anywhere you want to go. RIP sweet boy. We are so sorry we couldn't help you, we are so sorry you came to us too late

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Barney Rubble

Barney Rubble is an adorable 12year-old (estimated) 12.5 pound yorkie being fostered in Ashland City, TN.

Bio 3/20/21: Barney Rubble was a sweet little guy who had multiple issues. UYR did their very best to address these serious medical issues and keep him comfortable. Foster Mom gave him Palliative care at home. He was on several medications and was receiving fluids at home 3 times a week and was monitored closely by his vet. He was happy and felt very much loved. He passed away peacefully in his sleep right next to Foster Mom. Although Foster Mom is heartbroken, she takes comfort in knowing he was much loved and cared for and UYR did all they could to save him and spared no expense.

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Little Bit

Rest in peace my sweet precious boy. Little Bit gained his wings today.

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.

Author Unknown

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Lucas (aka Peluche)

3-15-21 Sadly today we had to help Peluche (aka Lucas) to the Rainbow Bridge. In addition to his compressed disc, x-rays indicated lung cancer. He would have required surgery to remove one lung, undergo possible chemo and we would not be able to help with his disc issue. We had to let this sweet boy go.

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