November 26th 2014 3:10 am
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I wanted to wish you a very special Thanksgiving Holiday! I know this has been a difficult year for many of us....and yet, we get through each day the best we can....we keep hope and realize that no matter what, we have each other for support…something to truly be thankful for.
Often we spend a majority of our time working so hard to overcome and deal with the bumps in the road of life that I like to get up on Thanksgiving morning and truly clear my mind allowing me to focus on only the good...the things I am thankful for. Although we try to do this on a daily basis, life can get in the way. We hope on Thanksgiving morning, you will take the time to clear your mind and focus only on the good....it warms your heart and puts a different perspecitve on things.
Interestingly enough, we have to also remember that some things which we consider to be "not so good" can still help us grow and become stronger....therefore, something to be thankful for. With most all experiences in life, we can find something in which to be thankful….we simply have to look and sometimes harder than others.
As I prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I reflect on all that I am thankful for in my life....and my heart is over-flowing with an abundance of thankfulness....I wish everyday was Thanksgiving...in my heart, it is.
There is too much for me to simply put into words to express my thankfulness, but I want you to know....how thankful I am for Dogster/Catster, community spirit, acceptance, valuable friendships and each of you. I am so thankful Dogster and Catster is working better and I hope PAWS and the other special groups start to rebuild and grow.
As I count my many blessings, you are on top of my list.
Our hearts are connected by paws! We hope your Thanksgiving is the very best it can be!
Golden hugs of thanks, Sissy Angel and family
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
– Melody Beattie, bestselling author and journalist
October 7th 2014 3:12 am
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Today is my 3rd Rainbow Bridge Anniversary. Three years ago, I grew so very tired and weak….I had struggled off and on for many years….but this day was different. Mommy knew it was time to let me go and peacefully send me to the bridge. What a devastatingly sad day for us all.
So on October 7, 2011, I received my beautiful golden wings and left earth. There are no words to adequately express the pain and emotions of that day...my final moments on earth...and the overwhelming peace of the journey to the sunlight of the bridge.
I never knew one dog, me, could touch so many lives and hearts,but I learned I had.I knew my work as a new angel would be invaluable to others. I have spent the last three years spreading my golden wings and supporting others as they end their life’s journey and come to the bridge.I work along side all the beautiful angels here at the bridge to bring peace and comfort to all. I am with my forever family and friends, Jazzi, CK, CheyAnne, Sugar, Beamer, Skeeter, Leo, Casey, Calli, Tedibear, Duke, Hendrix, and all the others (sadly, there are too many angel friends to name in this diary entry). I am with my Love, Boss, too. We spend all our time together doing our angel work and waiting to be reunited with our families one day. Mommy says I did that on earth, too. I guess what she says makes more sense now. Mommy tells me, “My angels wear fur…”
The comfort, support and love so freely given by each of you through these past three years and for all the time we have spent on Dogster and Catster never goes un-noticed or unappreciated by my family or me. We can never say thank you enough for sharing our lives and hearts and for making my journey to the bridge easier to handle. We miss our Dogster and Catster Community so much and look forward to the day it works properly.
I will always miss the comfort of my mommy’s arms, the walks, the cuddle times with mommy, the play times with Dad, and the quiet times with them all…………………but as an angel, I get to stay close and share in special moments in a different way.
I will always miss each of you and the times shared……..but I hope you know as an angel….I am always there. I find comfort in knowing, I have become one of the Dogster Golden Angels….as I have always worked to bring sunshine and peace to all. I realistically know as one little doggie angel, I can’t make a huge difference in the world; however, I do believe it is the small differences that count. If I can wrap my golden wings around one kitty, doggie, or human and make difference, my angel work has been successful.
October 7, 2011….I went to sleep in my mommy’s arms and opened my eyes to the beauty of the bridge, the warmth of the sun and the heartache of being gone from my family. I know my family, especially mommy, misses me so; however, I see her smile now when she thinks of me and feels the warmth of the sun on her face. My very special "Jill" protrait hangs proudly on the wall to remind them every moment, I am there....
I thank each of you for all you are, and all you do……………and all you will become. I am blessed to have you for friends and family.
Ivy Joy, I am so sorry we could not spend more time together….you are an awesome kitty! Luna Rose, thank you for coming into our family and making them happy and smile. You rock, little one....and sweet Honey Bun you have really grown and adjusted so well....little golden bundle of joy. I am so sorry your life before was so devastatingly hard but soon, very soon, you will learn this love is forever. I am watching over you and sprinkling angel dust on you to help you heal.
Please…To honor me on my 3rd bridge anniversary…..find a quiet moment in your busy day to close your eyes, relax and let the stress of the world go………………put your paw and/or hand over your heart….feel the beat….it’s me….look to the sun…………..and smile for I am watching over you…and most importantly, take time to give of yourself to another. It doesn’t have to be anything big…simply reach out and touch another’s heart…………………this will be the best way to honor my memory.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
I love you all and I am so grateful we have had you to help us adjust to my new life as a Golden Angel. To all of you who have watched your special ones leave and go to the bridge, please do know....time will lessen the pain, but never the memory of what you shared together.
I am smiling down on each of you……….always warming your hearts with sunshine and peace!
Thanks for supporting my family, especially as their journey continues to be so very difficult right now. The best gift you can continue to give me is to live like there is no tomorrow and to love with all your hearts.
"When you face the sun, the shadows always fall behind you."
Thank you for changing my heart and life:
""As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person."
~Paul Shane Spear
Our hearts are connected by paws.
Love and Golden Angel hugs, Sissy and family
December 29th 2013 5:34 am
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Happy Birthday/Got'cha Day Sissy,
On 12-29-2000, 13 years ago, you came into our lives and have filled our hearts with unconditional love. You have taught us so much....you are our hearts....and our special Golden Angel always. Our first and only golden girl...We miss you so much.
As a tribute to the wonderful love you have given us....we want to feature our tail of devotion to you again. It is so important for others to know what an incredible gift you have given us all....Thank you for your love....so glad we found and rescued each other....wish our time together could have last forever...but I know you are not gone, but rather...gone ahead.
Our tail of Devotion to You...
"In October 2000, my beloved pet had died. She was 16 years old. I lost my other beloved pet three years prior. Although I still had my two cats, the house seemed so empty, but not as empty as my heart felt. My two girls had been with me through so much in my life and the emptiness and sadness I felt was overwhelming. I decided I was not going to get another dog, I was not ready.
I have always been a big animal rescuer, and I am sure I always will be...but this animal rescue was different. One morning while I was working, I saw this skinny, injured, scared dog in the distance. She was in a field and too scared to come to me. I left her some food and water. Although I couldn't see the dog very well, she haunted my thoughts during the day...there was something about her. When I left work I went back, I didn't find her. I told my family about her when I got home. I felt in my heart I needed to try and gain this dog's trust and get her the help she needed. Since I am physcially limited, I asked a nurse at work to help me get the dog...each day we left her food and water and talked to her from across the field...she was so scared. On Dec 29, 2000...I knew I had to get her...the big ice storm was coming and she would not survive it. When I pulled up in the parking lot at work, my heart stopped...the nurse had her arms around this incredibly scared, cold, injured, and beautifully spirited dog........our eyes meet. I opened my car door and cranked on the heat. She laid in the back seat of my car and fell asleep. I called my husband to come to my work and get the dog...I made arrangements for her to go immediately to the vet. I feared her condition was so bad, she would have to be euthanized, but I reminded myself...I was helping her. If she was going to be okay, I knew I could find her a forever home.
My husband called and said on the long drive to the vet, this dog got up in the back seat and gently put her paw on my shoulder..."it was like she was telling me something." And she was....she knew right then, I needed her, as much as she needed me. That inured frail paw said, "tell her fur angels sent me....we need each other."
The vet was able to save her and she came to live with us...she filled an incredible void in my heart and I made her feel loved and safe. She taught me that loving again is worth the pain of losing them in the end. It is so amazing to see her loyalty and devotion to the family. For example, one time I fell and she immediately laid across me to protect me until help arrived. She would give her life for her family...her heart is forever ours, as well.
We all love this amazing dog...she is more than a dog, she is our companion who loves unconditionally. She acts as if she is the lucky one, but we really are. She knew I needed her to heal my heart before I did. We are so glad we became her forever family.
YOU ARE AMAZING...AND THE BEST GIFT EVER...TODAY AND EVERY DAY WE CELEBRATE YOU.
December 22nd 2013 4:06 am
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To all our special Dogster and Catster pals,
We want to wish you the best holiday season ever!! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the love, kindness, power of the paw, and peace you give to us so freely and willingly...you add strength and happiness to our lives. We thank you for sharing the kindness of your hearts with us. We are truly blessed to have such awesome friends. You are our family and we truly love each and everyone one of you.
My family will always miss me.....and this is their third Christmas without me….but I am celebrating with my angel friends and my angel love, Boss……we are watching over our families and always with you all. My Portrait hangs so beautifully over the couch and mommy can alway see that "Sissy Girl Smile."
One of the best definitions of love and kindness is below:
"Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver."
Thank you for all you do. And now a special wish from us to you written by Kenneth Wyatt:
"Some wishes for you.....
May the coming of each sunrise remind you that
You have a whole new day to do with as you choose.
May your choices for the day include work,
Learning, forgetting, play and rest.
May the chores of each day be met,
Accomplished with ease, and excitement blest.
May the trials of each day be overcome with
Sure wisdom and a simple faith on call.
May a tear of sympathy splash down on occasion,
But your grin of cheer be everyday for all.
May the strangers you meet everyday become
wonderful friends of tomorrows’ deeds.
May the friendship you give to others become
a part of the blessing that everyone needs.
May you live the secret of happiness, discovered
when you learn to help others win.
May you reserve a large serving of love,
especially for those who are “kiss and kin.”
May your health improve as you
need…. and in answer to your prayer.
May gentleness cross your path each day,
and may you pass it along with care.
May the coming of each sunset remind you that this day
was well-spent and nothing did you lose."
As a reminder to slow down and appreciate all the joys in life....to give yourself the best Holiday gift ever...please continue reading. A very special friend of mine, Leo Angel, whom I love dearly, sent this to me and it really spoke to my heart....especially now when so many of my friends are struggling with their health. I wanted to share with all of you. I hope it reminds each of you what a special gift we have while together on earth and we are to each other....
The special poem is below and we believe pertains to all animals not just dogs:
"I AM YOUR DOG…..
I am your dog, and I have a little something I’d like to whisper in your ear
I know that you humans lead busy lives. Some have to work, some have children to raise. It always seems like you are running here and there, often much too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life
Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer. See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy now. That comes with age. The gray hairs are beginning to ring my soft muzzle. You smile at me. I see the love in your eyes
What do you see in my eyes? Do you see a spirit? A soul inside, who loves you as no other could in the world? A spirit that would forgive all trespasses of prior wrong doing for just a simple moment of your time? That is all I ask.
I ask you to slow down, if even for a few minutes to be with me. So many times you have been saddened by the words you read on that computer screen, of others of my kind, passing away. Sometimes we die young…and oh so quickly and suddenly it wrenches your heart out of your throat. Sometimes, we age so slowly before your eyes that you may not even seem to notice until the very end, when we look at you with our grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes. Still the love is always there, even when we must take that long sleep, to run free over the Rainbow Bridge.
I may not be here tomorrow; I may not be here next week. Someday you will shed the water from your eyes, that humans have when deep grief fills their souls, and you will be angry at yourself that you did not have just “one more day” with me. We have NOW, together. So come, sit down here next to me on the floor and look into my eyes. What do you see? If you look hard and deep enough we will talk, you and I, heart to heart. Come to me not as “alpha” or as “trainer” or even “Mom and Dad” – come to me as a living soul and stroke my fur and let us look deep into one another’s eyes and talk.
I may tell you something about the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or our walks together, or even life in general. You decided to have me in your life because you wanted a soul to share such things with. Someone very different from you, and here I am. I am a dog, but I am alive. I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in the differences of our spirits and souls. I do not think of you as a “dog on two feet”. I know what you are. You are human, in all your quirkiness, and I love you still.
Now, come sit with me, here on the floor. Enter my world, and let time slow down if only for 15 minutes. Look deep into my eyes, and whisper into my ear. Speak with your heart, with your soul, and I will know your true self.
We may not have tomorrow, and life is oh so very short"
~~Author Unknown (a very wise soul wrote this)
Thank you also, for welcoming Sweet Honey Bun with opens paws....she is such a good girl and filling our family home with joy! Honey Bun came to us with a horrible story of abuse, but now she is thriving....amazing what love can do. Ivy Joy and Luna Rose are such a help to the family...mommy's three beautiful girls bring her so much joy.
We wish you peace, joy, love, good health, and happiness this holiday season and we look forward to a wonderful New Year spreading love and kindness to those who cross our paths. Our hearts are forever connected by paws...
We love you, Sissy Golden Angel and Family
May 10th 2013 4:04 am
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Happy Mothers Day From the Rainbow Bridge!!!
This is my mommy's second Mothers Day Without all of us....I am so grateful she has Ivy Joy and Luna Rose....I sometimes see the sadness in her eyes as I know she misses us so. I miss her too. So many of us have gone to the Bridge...sending extra healing sunshine to Auntie Eileen, Auntie Carol, Auntie Debbie, Auntie JoAnn, Auntie Wendy, Auntie Julie, and all our wonderful friends (unfortuntatley, there are too many to name personally) who have lost their "children" to the rainbow bridge....all your angels are surrounding you with love, sunshine and appreciation. We are celebrating each of you here....we are in your hearts.
We believe a mothers' love is unconditional. It is rare and uniquely special. Many women in the world don't have human children, yet give of themselves and their hearts as a mother would to a human child....we furbabies are always our mommy's "children" and because of that, we are lucky enough to have known unconditional love. Luna Rose and Ivy Joy you have the greatest mom ever!
My mommy always wanted human children and yet, her life is so blessed with all of us who have been her "children". she gives of herself to others as a mommy would give to her children. She is a "mother" in every sense of the word....all of you are.
We are so grateful our grandma is home and with us.....as she is our rock and inspiraiton. We are blessed. Please take time to tell all the moms in the world, thank you...
" Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it."
Thank you Mom....thank you Grandma....thank you everyone for your love.
Happy Mothers Day. May it be filled with Sunshine and love. We miss you so much!!
Our hearts are always connected by paws....
Sissy, Jazzi, CK, Little Blackie, Sugar, CheyAnne, Angel, Beamer, Skeeter, Michi, and Bennie Sue
January 27th 2013 4:24 am
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I want you to know you are my hero. I know 1-28-2013 is a bittersweet day for you....even more so, without us here with you.I know how much you miss us..we miss you, too. I am ever so grateful you have Ivy Joy and Luna Rose to share your heart with...I always told you to keep loving others as it is what you do...I am always watching over you....All of us are...CheyAnne, Sugar, Jazzi, CK, Blackie, Skeeter, Beamer, all your angles and angel friends. You are surrounded by angels every minute of ever day....you always said, "my angels were fur" and you are right, mommy, we do!
I know you never thought you would be getting more injections on the 28th....23 years after your accident.....just keep on keepin on, mommy!
Mommy, you always told me it iwas important to reflect one's journey and remember what makes you who you are today. I am doing that for you....You are an amazing lady and I admire you more than you know. I can't help but have mixed feelings either. We are all so happy you are with us, and yet so sad because of your continual pain and daily struggles. It's hard for me to imagine it has been 23 years since the careless drunk driver hit you and changed your life forever. The person you were, "died", and when you came back to us, we were so thankful.
This is like another birthday, mommy!!! I love birthdays!!! We are partying at the Bridge today!!! We have to celebrate our journeys and challenges....right, that's you taught me and I am reminding you to honor your journey and be proud of what you have accomplished.
I know as you face your continual health decline, you get scared. I know one day your body will fail you and you will not be able to walk again. Your future is so uncertain....but I believe you are never alone as you have helped so many with failing bodies, including me....there will be others to care for you and appreciate your mind and spirit.
We admire you tenacity and strength. I know I was not a part of your life then....and neither was my daddy, but if things would have been different, our paths may never have crossed. I am so thankful to have you for my mommy and so proud of all you do and who you are despite what you go through daily.
We know this day makes you sad, and yet grateful to be alive. It is a day of total reflection. That's okay. It is a bittersweet day and you are entitled to have these feelings..................if we could make you better we would, but want you to know, we think you are perfect just as you are....and despite what happens, we will always be by your side watching over you from above.
An extra special thank you to my angel sister Jazzi and my sisters in spirit at the bridge, CheyAnne and Sugar, who laid in your hospital bed and stayed by your side and helped you walk again. They watched you endure pain and stuggles unimagineable to many.... I am glad I could be a part of what and who you are now..............you will always be my hero...today, I say thank you for being alive and WALKING into my life and heart forever!!! Thank you for taking care of me as my body failed and helping me find peace at the Bridge…thank you for letting me be and loving me for who I am!!!
May you find your own strength and courage to face life's obstacles and appreciate and celebrate the rewards.
Celebrating and honoring you, mommy.
"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."
- Maya Angelou"
Our hearts are forever connected by paws...I love you,
Sissy--Your Golden Angel
June 21st 2012 6:54 pm
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This day is not an ordianry day, but an amazing day because it is the anniversary of my daddy being 15 years cancer free. My PaPa has also been 6 years cancer free! What a gift to truly celebrate how lucky we are to have wonderful men in our lives.
Our sister-in-law is 1 year cancer free and we have two friends who are 1 year cancer free....unfortunately our other two friends left for Heaven this past year.
Cancer is such a devestating part of life...
Sometimes we get so busy in life, we forget how lucky we truly are...
However, our family does try to make time to reflect within our hearts each day and be thankful...
For each day is truly a gift we have received....and what we choose to do with this gift is up to us....
Life is what it is and it is what you make it....it's about living in the moment and never being afraid to dance in the rain....
Today, June 21....we dedicate to our special daddy.
You are our hero....our champion...our gift.
Today marks your 15th year anniversary of being cancer free...
We remember being so scared when they said, "you won't make it....", but you did! Who were they to say that???? They did not know your motivation and determination....they didn't know your heart, but we did.
For all those who are struggling with cancer or know someone with cancer or have lost someone to cancer...take time today to reflect and truly live....live as if today was the best gift you have received!
What Cancer Cannot Do
Cancer is so limited...
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.
Thank you for coming into my life and heart.....you are my hero and I am forever your golden angel,
April 7th 2012 4:04 am
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6 months ago today you left for the Rainbow Bridge....I know you were ready as you told me in so many different ways.
Thank you for giving me the strength to let you go...it was one of the most difficult things I have ever done. I know you needed my help for a peaceful crossing and I promised you in the beginning to always be there and give you what you needed....
My heart aches for you and yet, I know you have found Peace....
Thank you to all our friends who have helped us during this difficult time. I know Sissy touched so many lives and hearts.
Always in my heart, Sweet Sissy Golden Angel...always in my heart.
We love you precious Girl. I am forever grateful to have been your earth mom!
February 13th 2012 3:51 am
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At the Rainbow Bridge....Love is in the air all the time....peaceful beautiful love.
On this Valentines Week, I wanted to take the opportunity to express my heartfelt love and appreciation for all of you. The incredilbe support and love given after I left for the bridge has been amazing and ever so helpful. Thank you for always being there for my family (and me).
I have tried to make sure you know how special you are to me on a regular basis; however, it never hurts to say it as often as I can....and I am sure I may not say it often enough....so here it goes again!
THANK YOU FOR BEING MY FRIENDS AND FOR SHARING YOUR HEARTS WITH MY FAMILY AND ME!!! We are incredibly lucky!
Thank you for all the support and kindness, the cards, the gifts, the rosies, the loving and encouraging words, the friendships and healing wishes....we are blessed by each of you.
My Special Boyfriend, Boss, is at the Bridge Celebrating with me, along with all my angel friends....we are sending rainbows and rays of sunshine to all.
Here is a special Valentine Wish for all of you dear friends. Love you all...and remember our hearts will always be connencted by paws,
Sissy Golden Angel and Family
A Valentine friend is someone you choose
To share your life with you,
Someone who is always there,
Whether you’re happy or you’re blue.
With a Valentine friend, you can be yourself
You don’t need to pretend;
When you’re careful to choose a compatible match,
You create a perfect blend.
With you for my special Valentine friend,
My life is full and bright;
You bring contentment, joy and peace;
You’re my Valentine delight!
By Joanna Fuchs"
January 17th 2012 4:25 am
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Wishing you a peaceful day full of self discovery and compassion towards others....
"What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen."
-- Henry David Thoreau
Our hearts are connected by paws, Sissy--Golden Angel
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