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Peke A Tzu Rescue's Rainbow Bridge

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....
By Paul C. Dahm


You're giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.

But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.

So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic, that will
Once more make me whole.

The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it's the only way.

That strength is why I've followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years...
My partner 'til the end.

Please, understand just what this gift,
You're giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost,
And all my dignity.

You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it too.

So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you,
To now grant me this appeal.

Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.

And don't despair my passing,
For I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I'll stay.

I'll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run,
...a young dog once again.

The Rainbow Bridge Flash Movie by Terri Pike

Peke A Tzu Rescue's Bridge Babies

August 31, 2004 – July 28, 2018

It Was A Long Way Home
I was found as a stray and suffered from fear aggression,
And was facing euthanization without question.

Some would say the shelters decision was cruel,
But death for aggressive dogs was the rule.

It appeared there was no hope left for me,
So I accepted what I felt was meant to be.

Suddenly there was a lady standing outside my cage who had come to visit me,
She inquired if there was a rescue willing to help would they set me free.

The lady made calls to several different rescues with no success,
Until she finally found a rescue angel willing to help in the northwest.

You see it was in Atlanta, Georgia that I was found,
And to my surprise to Michigan I was bound!

The trip was very long and painful for in addition,
My eye had not been cared for and was in horrible condition.

As the trip began to draw to an end I could hardly control my anticipation,
And was not disappointed when I reached my destination.

I was immediately whisked off to the vet to care for my eye,
When the eye was removed I felt so much better and didn’t even cry.

My fear gradually dissipated as I realized in my life there was nothing amiss,
And I returned the love I was given with tail wagging and a slurpy kiss.

Though I never found my special family ,I was very happy in my foster home,
Love surrounded me and there was not a minute where I ever felt alone.

So here I am off on another journey in my life to reunite with many of my old friends,
I hope life is as fulfilling as these last years have been as to the Rainbow Bridge I ascend.

By Jan Collins© 7-30-18
Our sweet Caden…
you crawled into our hearts and we are going to miss you so.
Rest well our precious little one. .

September 10 2002 – March 12, 2018

Please Save Me!
Oh, there's a vehicle arriving through the gate,
Maybe whoever is driving will help me escape!

I've seen this person several times before,
And watched as other dogs were carried out the door.

Each time she comes to help one of us she is never remiss,
As she wanders by my cage and throws me a kiss.

A few times she was able to get close enough to me,
She whispered "It may take awhile, but I will set you free".

I tried to be very patient for my breeder had guidelines,
We had to have puppies until we were age nine.

I kept counting the days until my ninth birthday arrived,
And as promised my Rescue Angel turned into the drive.

Once in the car she gathered me up, held me so close and said,
You are free now little one and have nothing to dread.

I have been surrounded by love for these last years of my life,
What a wonderful feeling to be totally free of strife.

Mom watch for me as I cross the bridge with my head held high,
Can you feel my soft paw brushing the tears from your eyes?

By Jan Collins© 3-15-18
Oh Promise how we are going to miss you.
We cannot ever tell you how much joy you have added to our lives.
Rest well our sweetheart…until we meet again. .

April 30, 2011 – February 21, 2018

Oh, If I Could Have Only Stayed Longer
From a breeder I was bought,
I would be loved Forever is what I thought.

The first year of my life I grew into a big boy,
Healthy, strong, lovable and so full of joy.

But suddenly something happened in my head,
And terrible seizures would send me to my bed.

My Mom and Dad said they couldn't afford the vet fees,
The proper medications were too costly to keep me seizure free.

So I was returned to my former breeders home where there was no room,
Oh how my heart began to fill with so much gloom!

Suddenly my Rescue Angel appeared and said "Fear not little one for you are now safe and secure",
We will love you and care for you of that I can assure.

As the years passed the seizures increased, but I continued to fight,
As I struggled, my Rescue Angel would hold me in her arms so tight.

Twice a day I willingly took my medicine like a trooper,
Although some days I would end up in a stupor.

Though my Rescue Angel tried everything in her power,
My health began to decline and the future looked so dour.

I looked up at my Rescue Angel with my beautiful eyes,
And told her I knew it was time to say our goodbyes.

Farewell to all who loved me so much and cared,
I know I will forever be in your prayers.

By Jan Collins© 2-23-18
Our sweet gentle big boy who melted our hearts.
You will be so missed…we love you so much.
Barley Man you will be in our hearts forever.

September 8, 1998 – July 27, 2013

Prancin' and Dancin'
A little boy so gentle , loving and shy,
Was used for breeding until he lost the sight in his eyes.

We received a call asking if we would take him in,
And what a blessing this little boy was from beginning to end.

When people met him they just didn't know what to say,
For they could feel their hearts slowly melting away.

Once he knew he was safe and would never feel any more pain,
He emerged from his shell with enthusiasm more powerful than a freight train.

He would show his joy for life by beginning to dance,
Then he would suddenly begin to prance.

All we needed to say “Is Sydney we have company”,
And he would begin his prance and dance routine gingerly.

Being blind did not slow our little boy down at all,
It was a joy just watching him chase his ball.

He was the most lovable and amazing little boy,
Who filled every single day of our lives with joy.

Although heartbroken that our sweet little man had to part,
His memory will always be embedded deep within our hearts.

By Jan Collins© 8-1-13
Our sweet Sydney, you gave us so much joy in our lives and all who met you.
There will come a day when we can hold you in our arms once again.

May 19, 1997 – July 15, 2013

Left to Die
Tied to a post and left to die,
I began to feel it was my time to say goodbye.

Matted to the skin and covered in dirt,
Barely able to move because of the hurt.

I prayed and prayed for someone to come along,
Who would give me a home where I would belong.

As the hours passed I felt the end drawing near,
Wait, is that a human voice that I hear?

Suddenly gentle hands were stroking me,
And a sweet voice said as she knelt on her knees,

Have no fear sweet little one for I have arrived,
To help you heal so you will survive.

The next few days were nothing but a blur,
Bathing, love and good food were given by her.

As time passed my body and mind gradually healed,
During our outings I would run like the wind in the open fields.

The past ten years have been pure bliss,
Full of cuddles, hugs and every evening a good night kiss.

I leave this world contented and at peace,
My love for my rescue angel will never cease.

By Jan Collins© 7-23-13
Our sweet little poo poo…oh, how you will be missed.
Sweet dreams baby.

January 2, 2001 – February 17, 2012

Resident Of Your Heart
Dumped at a shelter, so frightened, what was I to do?
People came and went but those that visited me were so few.

So a call was made to this place called a rescue you see,
And suddenly my Rescue Angel was there kissing and cuddling me.

As she held me very close she told me there was nothing to fear,
She whispered in my ear "How could anyone do this to you for you are so dear!"

As I settled in and all the love eased my mind,
The search began for a home we could find.

My Foster Mom held me in her arms closely one day and said with joy,
We think we've found the perfect home for you sweet boy.

The big day arrived and oh, I was so nervous and unsure,
That I would not be the perfect dog they deserved.

But they held me and cuddled me and exclaimed you are ours,
So home I went with my new Mom and Dad within a few hours.

I was meant as a companion for my Daddy but alas,
I fell head over heels in love with my Mom as time passed.

I was Mom's constant companion and when she felt down,
I would gently kiss away every wrinkle and frown.

Whenever Mom told me "I Love You..you have won my heart",
I cooed like a baby to let her know I loved her truly and we would never part.

Mom you captured my heart like no other human has ever done,
And because of your love my life was full of laughter and fun.

I will keep my promise to you forever Mom..we shall never part,
Close your eyes, reach out and you will feel me deep within your heart.

By Jan Collins© 3-10-12
Written for and in honor of the deep love that Cosmo's Mom had for him and he for her.
Rest in peace little one and know that your Mom will carry you in her heart forever.

August 3, 1994 – June 30, 2011

Our Brave Little Man
I was ten years old when I arrived and was a horrible mess,
Why my owner had not cared for me properly is anyone’s guess.

Flea ridden, nails growing into my pads and a large growth on my side,
Did not stop me from holding my head up with pride.

Within hours from arriving I was bathed and clean,
Oh My, I felt so good if you know what I mean.

Major surgery was definitely a must,
So my new Mom immediately contacted a vet she could trust.

Mom seriously thought about what to decide,
For to remove the large growth meant opening my whole side.

I looked up at her with beseeching eyes,
Go ahead with the surgery for I do not want to die.

After two days at the vets I came home in a body wrap,
I was so exhausted all I wanted to do was take lots of naps.

As the days progressed I became stronger and stronger,
And before I knew it I did not hurt any longer.

I romped, played and cuddled with all of my sisters and brothers,
Life was great and I couldn’t imagine a life with any others.

As the years passed age began to take its’ toll and I knew it was time,
To say farewell to the family that had become mine.

Please Mom look into my eyes as we say goodbye and do not shed so many tears,
If not for you I wouldn’t have been so loved for seven wonderful years.

By Jan Collins© 8-3-11
Spud, our sweet little man, it saddens us that we were unable to find you a Forever Home
for someone missed out on seven of the most wonderful years that could have been spent being loved by you.
We will never forget your sweet kisses and your warm body next to ours.
Take care our brave little man…until we meet again.

September 4, 1993 – August 6, 2010

Unforgivable Sin
After being with my Mom for twelve years,
I suddenly was facing rejection and this filled me with fear.

You see my Mom decided to have a baby,
And she said saying goodbye to me might be a maybe.

As the children took over the household,
I was ignored and no longer included in the family fold.

I tried to remain calm, loving and reserved,
For I knew what was happening I did not deserve.

I had been faithful and true to my Mom you see,
How could she turn her back on me?

I was not important anymore and never was asked to lay at her side,
For the children were now her priority and pride.

So at twelve years of age, always being tried and true,
A call was made to this place called a rescue.

In the background I could hear my Dad say,
No one will want him, say what you may.

My Dad was wrong and for five wonderful years I was loved once again,
Thank you my Rescue Angel for recognizing that I had committed no sin.

Rather human or animal everyone eventually gets old,
No one deserves rejection and all should be told,

That it is the pet owner who has committed an unforgivable sin,
When they discard without conscience a loyal and true friend.

By Jan Collins© 8-15-10
Newmie you were a light in our lives. You will live forever within our hearts
Sweet dreams sweetheart.

April 11, 1996 – May 20, 2010

Blind Love
We can’t express how lucky we were,
To have sweet Giselle with us here.

Blind, deaf and left all alone on the street,
Giselle absolutely refused to go down in defeat.

The call from the shelter was filled with despair,
For they felt no one would really care.

All it took was one look at her sweet face,
And we immediately arranged foster space.

When we first held this sweet little girl in our arms,
We realized that she was filled with unbelievable charm.

As the days passed and she became such a big part of our life,
We couldn’t believe how anyone could have put her through so much strife.

She loved the flower gardens and as her nose would lift to the sky,
We knew she could still see beauty without any eyes.

Giselle taught us patience and humility,
She was an amazing little girl with endless abilities.

Our Giselle was a priceless gift from above,
A gentle, giving little girl overflowing with love.

By Jan Collins© 5-26-10 Our sweet Giselle you will always be in our hearts,
Even though our hearts are breaking as we part.

"......no matter how deep my sleep, I shall hear you, and not all the power of death can keep me from waggin a grateful tail."
words of: Eugene O'Neil

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