Likes: His wonderful new life and adventures across Rainbow Bridge!
Favorite Toy: several stuffed animals
Favorite Food: He`ll eat ANYTHING!!
Favorite Walk: Backpacking on the Appalacian Trail. He carries his food in his dogpack.
Best Tricks: Carrying his dogpack,locating hidden geocaches!
Arrival Story: Smiley was a wonderful dog who entered my life by accident in Oct 2000 when my dog,Butch,was hit by a car in Montana as we were coming home from Alaska. I couldn`t face the long drive home alone and stopped at the first animal shelter that I could find in Helena,MT. Smiley helped me through a difficult time in my life losing Butch and went on in the years following to become a loyal companion on hiking trips on the Appalacian Trail,Alaska,and the Grand Canyon. I thank you for all the good times we shared together,Smiley,and eagerly await our eventual reunion. Until then,run happy across Rainbow Bridge with all your pals. SMILEY WAS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF ALL THE FINE DOGS AWAITING ADOPTION AT ANIMAL SHELTERS!
Bio: Smiley was a fine travelling companion. He went to Alaska with me in Sept 2001 ,2002,2005,and most recently 2007. He hiked with me in the Grand Canyon in 2003 ,2004,and most recently 2006. He loved hiking and rafting. You can check out more photos of Smiley and Butch on Webshots. http://community.webshots.com/user /jpamusher. More photos are always being added here,come visit!!
Smiley also has a page on MySpace. His MySpace name is smileygolden.
Due to age and advancing arthritus, Smiley is now "retired" from long distance hiking. He is staying temporarily at my sister`s place in Florida until Wesley and I get back from our upcoming Alaska trip. Photos of him in Florida are on my Webshots page in a separate album titled "Smiley on vacation in Florida". See the webshots link on this page. Smiley wound up staying down in Florida as life there was better for him since he could no longer hike long distances with me. I went down to visit him in his "retirement" home in May 2009 and had planned another visit in Sept but it was not to be as he crossed the Bridge on Aug 8,2009. GOD BLESS YOU SMILEY!!!
I explained to St Peter,
I`d rather stay here,
Outside the pearly gate.
I won`t be a nuisance,
I won`t even bark,
I`ll be very patient and wait.
I`ll be here,chewing on a celestial bone,
No matter how long you may be.
I`d miss you so much if I went in alone,
It wouldn`t be heaven for me.
I`ll wait for you,Dad,with all my love!
Our dear pal,Wesley,from Donner Lake,CA,recently made the journey across Rainbow Bridge. This journey can be a bit disconcerting for a pup as they are leaving their beloved person or persons behind. At the same time,the Rainbow Bridge is a wonderful place and with the help of other angels here,the new pup soon feels at home. My Bridge family,Butch,Lady and myself are glad to welcome Wesley. We will be showing him around this beautiful place! WELCOME WESLEY!
From across Rainbow Bridge,
PS The welcome photo is currently #2 on my page.
Before I crossed over the Rainbow Bridge,I enjoyed many adventures with my Dad. Late in my life,Dad and I took up the hobby of Geocaching. For the uninformed,this involves finding a hidden container using your GPS. Yesterday,Dad visited one of the first geocaches that we found together way back in 2007. Dad just wanted to hunt it down again since he was exploring the area with my brother,Wesley. Dad used his GPS to find the cache but my spirit helped to guide him along as well! I`ve posted some pix of this geocaching event here on my page.
Love from across the Bridge,
In 2002,Dad and I took a trip to Alaska. It was my 2nd trip there with him and we hiked the Chilkoot Trail---used by gold seekers in the Klondike Gold Rush---as well as the Kesugi Ridge trail in Denali Park. As we were leaving the state,we drove the Taylor Highway from Tok to Eagle Alaska. Eagle is a small town on the Yukon River and most of the buildings there are log cabins! Dad came upon a statue of Roald Amundsen here and a plaque which read that he had stopped here on his discovery of the Northwest Passage. This was a few years before his famous polar journey of 1911. I thought it appropriate to post this as well as a photo of me in Eagle on this day which is the 100th anniversary of the South Pole journey. I am still having many grand adventures here across the Bridge!