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!
Writing with a heavy heart here from across the Rainbow Bridge. I was here at Dogster`s beginning in 2004 and made many friends on this site. It was fun to share my adventures via diary entries. Just wanted to post this final entry and say goodbye and best wishes to all my Dogster pals. Dad will try and keep my memory alive via Facebook and Shutterfly.
September 25th 2004 1:26 pm
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My Dad is taking me to the Grand Canyon starting tonite. I am so excited and really looking forward to the trip! Will add new entrys to my diary upon my return.
P.S. On this 10th anniversary year,let me wish you a Happy 10th Anniversary from across the Bridge. I hope that you are around for many years to come!
I crossed the rainbow bridge a few years ago,thus it came as a pleasant surprise to me when a photo that my dad had submitted several years ago was chosen for the 2014 Workman Publishing 365 Dog Calendar. The photo shows me with the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco in the background. It was taken on our trip there in 2006. My photo appears on the Dec 6,2014 page. I sure enjoyed taking that trip with my dad!