I give you this one to keep . . .
I am with you still . . .  I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not think of me as gone . . .
I am with you still . . . in each new dawn.

Smiling Blue Skies Angels

"Grieve not,
nor speak of me with tears,
but laugh and talk of me
as if I were beside you
I loved you so
'twas Heaven here with you."

Isla Paschal Richardson

Suzi's Dad


Patricia Philpott

In loving memory of Patricia Philpott, who showed so many, that from the first ray of  sunlight, to the last moonbeam, each moment we have, should be filled with the pure joy of living. 


In Loving Memory of Caylee



November 1996 to February 16, 2007

At 9:45 a.m., February 16, 2007 I held Dudley in my arms for the last time as he crossed the Rainbow Bridge peacefully and with dignity to be reunited with his VeeVee. Dudley was diagnosed with lymphoma December 20, 2006 and it quickly spread to his spleen and liver. His quality of life was soon to be compromised when we parted this day.

He came into Golden Rescue and into my heart at two years of age on October 3, 1998, abandoned, severely abused both emotionally and physically with lifeless eyes that held no hope, he had shut down and broken in spirit.

Dudley and I shared a long journey of healing and I am so proud of his accomplishments, how he overcame so many fears, gained confidence and for the first time in his life he had dignity. We enjoyed a very special love and understanding for 8 years and 4 months.

I am so blessed and honored to have shared life with Dudley, he taught me so very much along the way, a gentle soul that will live forever in my heart.
Until we meet again, all my love.


Kyon's the Fantastic Duoghal


Kyon's the Fantastic Duoghal

July 13, 1993 - February 6, 2007

After a wonderful long life of providing support, companionship, and endless hours of joy and laughter,we quietly let Duoghalgo this evening.

Although he will be deeply deeply missed, we areincredibly thankful and extremely fortunate to have had himas part of our familyfor so many years.

Brad, Kim, and Matilda

The Rainbow Bridge

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.
It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors.

Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass. When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play all day with each other.

There is only one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. So each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! The nose twitches! The ears are up! The eyes are staring! And this one suddenly runs from the group!

You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more
into the eyes of your trusting pet.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together,
never again to be separated.

See you at the bridge old buddy.




Nothing came easily for Opie. Surrendered to GRRMF in June 2005, he weighed over 130 pounds, was heartworm positive, severely depressed and was afraid of everyone and everything. I knew when I began fostering him that he had a long road ahead of him. I also knew early in the game that he had already found his home. There are no words to describe how he touched a part of my soul. He was so broken in body and spirit, but I knew he could make it.

In a few months, he was at a healthy weight of 70 pounds and had completed heartworm treatment. Every single day, he took another yet baby step. "You're fine, Opie…be brave." And he was. Everything was such a challenge for Opie. I've told many people that one of the happiest days of my life was the day that he awkwardly ran to me rather than away from me.

He loved my blind GRRMF alumnus, Gracie. He taught her how to play, something she had never done before. And what fun they had! They bonded to become brother and sister in every sense of the word.

Opie was diagnosed with cancer in April 2006 and began chemo treatments at Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa. Because of his fearful nature, my friend's little golden retriever Poppy would accompany us on the 2 hour drive from Orlando. I was told by Opie's oncology team that Poppy's presence during his treatments seemed to calm him.

They were quite a sight…the big red boy and the little blonde girl. They didn't play….they were content just to be in each other's company. Little did I know, though, just how connected they were.

Opie made his journey to the Rainbow Bridge in the early morning hours of September 23, 2006. Poppy joined him two hours later. Soul mates for eternity, never to be apart again.

Godspeed, my big red boy…until we meet again.

Pam, Gracie, Carson & the Furherd
(Chipper, Maggie, Trooper, Denny and Opie---waiting at the Rainbow Bridge)
"Once someone has had the good fortune to share a true love affair with a golden retriever, one's life and one's outlook is never quite the same again."

--Betty White




In loving memory of Lisa Williams' "Jake"





In loving memory of Gill's "Owen"



In Loving Memory of Mary Jane and Mike's "Gus"

Gus went to "The Rainbow Bridge" on the morning of March 15th. He passed away peacefully, in his bed, on his own, without any help, with his Mom cradling him and his Dad patting his head. Mike and I always felt that Gus was the bravest dog we ever knew and this held true in life as well as death. He feared no man or beast but was friendly to both. He must have known how hard it was for us to make the decision so he did it for us. We spent the next hour cleaning him up and putting him into a heavy flannel blanket with the ends tied so we can move him to the car. We took him for a private cremation and waited for his ashes so we could bring him back home with us that morning. I still can't believe he is gone but he couldn't have done it in a better way . . . peacefully in his own bed, at home with his Mom and Dad at his side. He will be sorely missed by us as well as so many friends that he so easily made.




In loving memory of "Jessie"

"Jazz" and "Cameo"


In loving memory of Dana's special Golden spirits, "Jazz" and "Cameo"


"In loving memory of Janice's special girl, Indy"


Cdn OTCH Am OTCH Shoreland's Indy Two-Hundred
200 Club member

Indy was taken from us by avery sudden on set of acute pancreatitis.

Indy my heart, soul, best friend, shadow, always by my side.

Indy changed the course of my life, something I am forever grateful for. Her extreme enthusiasm, desire to please, and willingness gave me the opportunity to advance as a successful team in the world of competition obedience and field. She was my first Golden Retriever, and hooked me on the breed. Through Indy I met my husband John and together we built our dream,TNT Kennels. I have so much to thank and appreciate Indy for.

Indy is forever in my heart and will be greatly missed by many.


1999 – MAY 13TH, 2007


MAY 4TH 2002

Zeus is the reason we got so involved in PR work in Ontario and one of the major reasons we ended up as part of Great Dane Rescue, Rescue Me. Speaking of Dogs and Helping Homeless Pets.  He was an exceptional gentle giant, always representing GDRI at every fundraiser; he helped to raise money that allowed more wonderful Danes to come through rescue and find loving homes and to receive the medical care they desperately needed.  Zeus taught many, many people that the BEST Danes can sometimes be found wandering on the side of the road.
Lyndsey and Wendy

Anyone who met Zeus fell in love with him and I am so sorry to hear that he's gone.  

Zeus was an AWESOME PR dog, and just an amazing individual. I'm so sorry for your loss, but I'm so glad that you had such a magical creature in your life for 5 wonderful years and that he got to know such love and adoration from his family  and all his fans.  Delayne

I loved that boy - he was wonderful- it is so painful to lose our friends.  

I think I read in one of Zeus' past 'gotcha day announcements that he was one of the reason's you became so involve rescue...and well,   I guess Ian and I have him to thank.  So thank you Zeus, for helping us, and I'm sure many other families out there Amanda, Ian and Toby

Zeus was everything that we say Great Danes are....loyal, sweet, gentle, and down right nutty at times. Whenever we did PR work with him, you could see that people were just in awe that a dog his size was so calm and patient.  He sure did represent GDRI well.

He was such a gentle soul who        
         seemed to smile in the booth when
surrounded by visitors.
Sarah, Keith & the Girls

Zeus was more than just a wonderful pet, but a rescue ambassador. Personally, I will always remember him never failing to bring a smile or look of wonder to anyone’s face who had a chance to meet him. Rest in Peace Zeus.  I am glad I had the chance to meet you and know you just a little.  You really did have a gigantic heart. 

'He is your friend, your partner, your defender,
your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful & true, to the last beat
of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of
such devotion. Author: Unknown.

Thank you Zeus for allowing us to love you, you are missed more than you will ever know.



Bear 1996 - May 2007

Both of us had dogs all our lives, but none like this one intelligent, perceptive, patient, kind, gentle and loving. He was pure goodness and love. Surely he is in some place special. I believe Robert Louis Stevenson. "You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us."


In loving memory of Caroline's beautiful Lizzy.


Saying Goodbye to Audi, Ch Donamor Gowrielea Audacious, the Queen of Our Hearts,
October 29, 1993 to May 12, 2007

Yesterday, a ray of sunlight left our lives to join the stars that light the evening skies. We know that Audi was waiting for her grandson, Riley, Zaniri's King of the Blues, to walk into our home and hearts, and to tell him a little bit about the grand adventure he is embarking on, before she turned her own special corner. She would have been fourteen on her next birthday. We are so grateful for the years we had with Audi Monster and we celebrated each and every day. She was Tommy's girl, through and through, a special gift to us and to our Blues Man, all those years ago. They're together now, and I imagine "The Kiss" has magically come to life, dancing among the clouds. Candles burn brightly for Audi. She gave us everything!

Thank you Audi. We love you so much, Suzi, Tommy, Rainey, BB, and Riley
Generation to Generation . . . Don Morison with Audi and her grandson, Riley, Zaniri's King of the Blues. Audi was so glad to see Don, and we are so lucky, that Anna was here too.
This was always a favourite spot of Audi's, from the time we moved here, just over four years ago. Audi would have been fourteen on her next birthday. We have been so very, very lucky to have her in our lives.

BB and Audi share dappled sunshine and the first poppies . . .

Tommy and Audi
BB thinking of his mom A special gift from Scramble and BB, to carry on . . .

"Boy Friend"

Boy Friend (Boy Friend) 1995-2007

Boy Friend was loved and adopted by Jeff and Shelley Lake of Paola, Kansas. He was diagnosed in August of 2006 with osteosarcoma and had his amputation three days before his eleventh birthday. He underwent four rounds of chemotherapy. In January 2007, the monster came raging back in the form of pulmonary metastasis with hypertrophic osteopathy. So, I let my beautiful brindle boy cross to the Bridge where he was met by all of his friends who passed before him. I am comforted by my memories of him in life. He was my 90# lap dog who moaned those deep soulful moans when he cuddled up to you, who loved to play with squeaky toys and who lived for walks in the park with his family. I am blessed to have been loved by him and he will live on in our hearts always.


Abby - May 14,1995 to August 15, 2004

Losing Abby was by far one of the most difficult things I have ever gone through in my life. She was my first very own dog that my Mom & Dad bought for me when I bought my first house. I never had children of my very own and she was very much my furry daughter. She was warm and sensitive, extremely intelligent and gentle. She stood beside me while my life took many turns, some for the better and some for the worse. She was an exceptional dog and everyone that met her thought the same. Four years ago I met my husband and two step-daughters and you could see how happy Abby was to know that we now had a family complete with what she loved most ....kids. She became my husbands best friend and my step-daughters companion and furry sister. Cancer stole her from us on August 15,2004 only 7 months after cancer took the life of my Father. Although we had the operation to remove the spleen which had a bleeding tumor on it Abby never recovered and we said good bye to her only 5 days after her surgery. I will never forget her, she will be a part of me forever just as I am a part of her. She touched the heart of everyone she met, my Dad used to say she lowered his blood pressure. I know that now she is living it up at Rainbow Bridge but I do believe she crosses that bridge often to sit by my Father's side. My only comfort is the thought that one day Abby will meet me at Rainbow Bridge and together we will cross the bridge with her guiding me to meet again with my Dad.

Missing you incredibly,
With lots of Abby-Doo love,
Cherie Barlow - Mommy


In Loving Memory of Catharine and Grant's "Bailey"
Gerret's Jessamine of Avonrose CD WCI JH CGC

Bailey was our first Golden, the girl who taught us so much and gave us" retriever fever". She brought so much joy and laughter into our lives and to the many lives she touched. Bailey was always the character who knew how to wrangle a treat out of just about anyone. She would go through her bag of tricks, sit, down, finish, bang your dead, high five, stand, speak and end up jumping up to give a kiss! Who could then not give her a treat! Bailey did not care much for obedience work "BORING", but came alive in the field. She was my steady and reliable bird dog, until a cruciate ligament injury put her into retirement. She then became the official couch potato and door greeter. No one coming looking for a pup got by Bailey. She was so smart. When the others would be enticed to run out the back door, Bailey always stayed in the house and went for the front door....company always comes through the front door! So, everyone first met Bailey. We have so many wonderful, happy memories of our Bailey Boo. She was a beautiful and very much loved girl. God speed Bailey, I hope you and Hannah have found each other.

We love and miss you.


In Loving Memory of Elizabeth's "Hunter"


In loving memory of Sheri's precious angel boy, "Myles"

He's Not Just My Dog

He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being; by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.) When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another being. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me... whenever... wherever - in case I need him. And I expect I will - as I always have. He is not just my dog, he is my best friend."


Teddy Bear (Sheppy Boy)

 14 Oct 96 - 31 Jul 07

 Forever Cherished in our Hearts

Love Cindy, Shaun and Mocha (Labby Girl)

"Charlie Bear"

In honor and loving memory of Megan's canine soul mate. You were beside me for your entire life, and now you a part of me for the rest of mine. 


I love you, Charlie Bear.


In loving memory of Cooper.


In loving memory of Rebecca's very special little red girl, Maggie


March 4, 1996 - September 18th, 2007

Snowflake was the first Toller to win our hearts. She was a quiet (very unToller-like), gentle sole and yet had the energy of ten when she was having fun. Shown in conformation, she came away with honours such as Winners Female, Best Of Opposite, Best of Winners & Best Of Breed, as well as, a Group 4th placing, before receiving her Canadian Championship. She earned her Canine Good Neighbour title only a month before her death, despite the fact that she was almost deaf and we worked strictly with hand signals. But more than all that, she was the first dog to win my husband's heart, a best friend to our three growing children, and the dog that brought many changes to our lives - from drawing us into the world of pure-bred dog events/training, breeding, multiple dog ownership - to the comforts of rural acreage life. Snowflake loved dog shows. Her last show was the 2007 Canadian Toller Specialty. We only entered her in the Parade of Veterans and Parade of Titleholders, but when she was given that big beautiful green rosette, she smiled like she had won the whole show. We are thankful that we got the chance to give her one more big show thrill and then take her to the lake for a week of playing in the water and chasing ducks. We will miss her forever, treasure her time with us always, be thankful for the beautiful offspring and their offspring that she gave to us, and feel blessed that it was our family that was chosen to be her family while she was in this world. Thank you Snowflake for everything. Rest easy and know we love you. 

Thank you Snowflake for everything. Rest easy and know we love you.


In loving memory of Deb's "Angus" 2007

 Angus was my big beautiful boy. He would always come running when I would say, "Where's my big beautiful boy?". We met Angus in April of 2003, when he was only days old. My father had died in January, and I truly believed that he had sent Angus to help me heal. Angus' first job would be to help me get over my Dad's death. Angus came to live with us in July of 2003, when he was old enough to leave his mother. Our dogs, Odessa and Scout, welcomed him with their big hearts and taught him how to behave like a proper young man. They loved him so much.� We would all squeeze into our van to go for a walk and each of the dogs had their "space". His was between the two front seats; he would squeeze his way in, even when he got bigger.

"Odessa" and "Scout"

In loving memory of Deb and Family's "Odessa" and "Scout"

 Odessa loved the water and swam every morning, until just days before she died. She loved eating corn on the cob and ate it just like a human, taking only the kernels and leaving the cob! More than anything, we miss watching Odessa making snow angels. She loved the winter so much and loved to run in the forest, catching snow balls and eating them. "Scouter Girl" was adopted when she was two years old. She was very thin and was found running in the forest in Innisfil. She was never claimed. Scout loved to run. She even chased a wolf once, but she didn't win the race! She caught at least six porcupines. She even trusted us to remove the quills. Scout was very loyal and such a lady, crossing her paws one over the other. She had beautiful almond shaped brown eyes and she would look right at you. She was a great teacher.


In loving memory Rick and Shirley's wonderful companion, "BJ,"
whose loyalty and friendship made him special.

"Maggie Mae"

In loving memory Rebecca's "Maggie Mae" . . . a Steel Magnolia, through and through, who survived a high kill shelter, to become a very special miracle girl.

Run fast, play hard . . . until we meet again.


In loving memory Lucy

We recently lost one of our much loved members, "Lucy" to cancer on September 21st at home with her family.

Lucy loved and excelled at both sports of Agility and Flyball. This picture above is one of my favourite photos, Lucy in the weaves at the Canada Day demo in Sooke.

We all hope that Lucy’s mom Susan Tychie takes some comfort in the knowledge that Lucy was loved by many.


"Indy Moraghan"

November 27, 1995 to August 1, 2007

Indy was a gift in our life. He was an exceptional, out-going, fun loving and affectionate pal. If there could be a canine ambassador for friendship, it would be Indy. Although determined and sometimes very strong willed, Indy always had a kind and gentle approach to life. Indy's outlook on life (with people and animals alike) was, "I like you a lot! I'll be your friend. Let's play and have fun together."The loving memory and spirit of "Mr. Handsome" and "Big Guy" as Indy was often referred to, will dwell within our hearts forever.

Trish and Terry and Jazz Moraghan



In loving memory of Paul's "Lucky"

"Lucky" was a perfect dog.

He is very sadly missed by Tanis and Paul.



In Loving Memory of "Hudson" from Lynne

"This foster was so special from him walking in the door. Don't ask me why, I couldn't tell you. He was my soul mate. For some reason I couldn't let him go. We decided to officially adopt him the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Then Thanksgiving Day was when he was first taken ill. He was diagnosed with a mass on his heart. We had another week with him where he was living life to the full, then sadly he left us Monday, December 5th. He was not alone; we held him as he passed his last breath. I whispered that he was ours forever. I believe he understood."


In Loving Memory of "Chance"

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beautiful Chance.
Another star to light up the sky ~ a long lost friend for Nicky to play with.

Loved by Sharon, Bob, Hailey, Benny & Kaos
(and many others who will miss him as much as do).

If...by Chance I've wandered
My home I cannot find
Don't take me to a shelter
Golden Rescue will be kind

A loving home I'll go to
By chance or maybe fate
They'll love me more than ever
For dinner I'll not be late

The years have gone by quickly
The "extra" time's been great
My friends at the Bridge have called me
For them I can't be late

More fun awaits with all my pals
To run and romp and play
And when it's time for you as well
I'll greet you on that day.


In Loving Memory of "Beau"

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