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.
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
"Mary Jane turned her own special corner,
to be reunited with her beloved Gus,
at The Rainbow Bridge."
Margaret McKenzie Josling -- 2009
In honour of Terry and Steve's "Spirit"
Coppertop Lil' Red Waggin' UDX TDX JH CCA VCX
GRCA Obedience Hall of Fame
CRCA Outstanding Dam
Multi-HIT & Multi-HC
In Loving Memory of "Dakota," Lazyriver Dusk Over Dakota
July 7, 2000 - February 8, 2009
Taken far too soon . . .
In Loving Memory of Sekoiaa's "Silken"
a Gentle Friend
Watching Silken struggle with the challenges of her illness was
heartbreaking and losing her was even more painful. We miss her
terribly, but we are comforted by the fact that our “little girl” is
no longer suffering and that she is at peace. We will always carry
deep within our hearts, such a precious memory of the joy and the
unwavering, unconditional love that she so graciously and generously
offered to us over the years. Her gentle spirit was so unbelievably
beautiful, and her devotion, patience, and courage were beyond
measure. We truly believe that she was our greatest teacher and also
our best friend, and we look forward to the day when we will all be
The Creator looked around the Holy garden, and found an empty
place and then looked down upon the earth, and saw your tired face.
With arms compassionately embracing, you were gently lifted to rest.
Ah . . . the garden must be so beautiful, with you and all the
blessed. The Creator knew you were suffering, that you were in pain,
and you would never get well on earth again. The road was getting
rough, and the hills were hard to climb, so Divine Spirit closed
your weary eyes, and whispered "Peace be Thine." It broke our hearts
to lose you, but you didn't go alone, for part of us went with you,
the day that you went home.
In loving memory of Jennifer's "Sparky"
In loving memory of Diana and Jerry Stark's "Morgan"
'He was the most gentle and caring guy, and we are so glad he
his life with us.'
Another one of Shelley's very special Angels has earned her wings.
Winky has gone to join her half brother "Boy Friend,"
to dance amongst
the Smiling Blue Skies and the brightest of stars.
Shelley is The Guardian Angel of Greyhounds.
In Loving Memory of Sheila Zavit's "Matilda"
February 8, 1998 to March 16, 2009
Mati (Matilda) was an Australian Terrier (red coat). She was a great
little obedience dog and really enjoyed agility. She was excellent
with children and adults. Her breed is commonly referred to as
"Grand Little Dog" and that she was. Mati was very much loved and is
missed by her owners, "gone too soon."
Kruizer, You have touched the hearts of many, and will never be
forgotten by any. Such an energetic little pup you were, Do you
remember what your first name was? Does the name Wizard ring a bell?
Perhaps because you peed on mom? But either way at the moment we
knew you were our dream come true.
Such a young dog you are, only six years old. But I guess god has
made his decision that it is your turn to join not only him but the
other animals in pet heaven. Not only your family, but friends and
relatives know that it’s your turn to spread your wings and fly,
sure you might be leaving the earth but for as long as we shall live
you will never leave our hearts.
Don’t you remember the time that Alycia MacKinnion came over to play
and you were so excited to see her you pushed her over and she lost
her wiggly tooth I guess you were her tooth fairy!
I remember the first time I saw you. You DID look the same as the
other dogs in the kennel but something stuck out about you, almost
as if you were glowing, Your gorgeous beautiful head, You were
beautiful from the day you were born and to the day of your death
you have still managed to stay beautiful not only on the outside but
also on the inside.
Do you remember the summer of 2008 mom took you to the hair dressers
to get clipped, and all day you moped around embarrassed of your new
look? Even though the hair dresser made you look silly you sure did
keep cool that summer!
Also, whenever anyone in our family felt upset or worried about
something you would put your beautiful head between our knees and
stare into our eyes and somehow make us feel better. You have a
Remember when Jayden was born? Most golden retrievers would be hyper
and most likely hurt the baby but you were different, you were the
most gentlest large dog I have ever seen and still are.
You always had a wonderful friend like Lexy by your side. Through
good times and bad times you two always cheered each other up. When
you two were together the house was CRAZY! I guess you could say you
two were partners in crime. Either way you two were still best
friends, we don’t know what she will do without you.
I will never forget ONE of Jayden’s very first words, Podo.. We
don’t exactly know how he got “Podo” out of Kruizer but either way
it was Jayden’s way of telling you he loved you very much.
I guess this is it Kruizer you have discovered your wings and
learned how to fly spread them nice and wide and brace the wind I’m
certain our family will never forget what you have done for us,
weather your with us physically or not you will always be in our
hearts and you will always be our little Podo.
Rest in Peace Kruizer, You will never be forgotten.
P.S I hope you do well in heaven I’m sure you will.
EULOGY TO OUR BENNY BOY with deepest love from Mom
July 15, 2002 - April 2nd, 2009
Sitting here, feeling blue, memories traveling back to YOU,
A little boy in a furry suit, so vibrant, young, alive and cute.
Each day you gave my life such joy, my beautiful little Benny boy.
We went to parks, you chased a ball,
Greeted big dogs, ‘tho you were small,
Welcomed visitors to our home,
Enjoyed a nice big marrow bone.
Loved the children on our street,
Who every day you loved to greet.
Our mail girl Alice adored you so,
And when we on a walk would go,
You’d spy Alice delivering mail
And off your butt would wag your tail,
In high pursuit you ran so fast,
Fearing that Alice soon would pass
And no treat that day, but hey, ALAS
You cornered her as she crossed the street
And you sat and got the tasty treat.
Winter was your favorite time,
To roll in snow and banks to climb.
In summer you’d explore large rocks
And frighten geese who soared in flocks.
You liked to cool off in the lake
And then the water off you’d shake.
I never thought the day would come,
When I would once more be alone,
Without my smiling Benny boy,
Who stole my heart and gave such joy.
Cancer took you from my life,
My pain is so intense.
I see you sitting on the deck,
Or chasing squirrels along the fence.
I see you lying by the fire,
While the classical music plays,
Listening to the sounds you make,
As I raise my eyes and pray,
“Please God give me a miracle
And save my little Ben,
He didn’t do a thing to deserve
This terrible, sorrowful end.
But Benny lies so quietly
Not knowing what lies ahead,
I feel such guilt well up in me,
As I have to say goodbye,
To this uniquely loving, furry, friendly, smiling little guy.
The day arrived, we kissed his head,
Tears fell down like rain,
His heart stopped beating, I closed his eyes,
I never felt such pain.
The battle he fought was oh so brave,
And complain? Not my Benny boy,
Our house is empty now and so devoid of any joy.
We light our candles and say a prayer,
And wish that you were here,
To feel your fur and smell your scent and let you kiss our tears,
In Loving Memory of "Reggie", from Ellen
2-2000 * 5-25-2009
God looked around his garden, and he found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you, and lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful, He only takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering. He knew you were in pain, .
He saw the road was getting tough, and the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyes, and whispered come with me.
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone
for part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
Reggie you were with us only a very short time, but we love you with
all our hearts.
Rest well big guy.
"Beamer" and "Chance" and "Hannah" and "Lambeau"
In honour of Paige's "Beamer" and "Chance" and "Hannah" and
"I'll be seeing you . . ."
In Loving Memory of Bev's "Rex"
and Rex" . . . Best Friends Forever
Rex, longingly looking out his window, for squirrels, raccoons, and
"Piggy" . . . happy, sweet, and sociable . . . such a joy!
In Loving Memory of Michelle's "Mac"
In Loving Memory of Don and Sandra's "Titan"
In Loving Memory of "Freeman"
Pam has chosen to start The Freeman Fund at A
Better Life Pet Rescue in Ocoee, Florida.
Here's her special story:
This is a very small rescue for whom I have
volunteered the last few years in addition to
volunteering with various golden retriever rescues.
Our rescue president, Rita, was very grateful and
touched as funds have simply dried up due to the
intake of special needs dogs recently.
I found Freeman at Orange County Animal Services in
July 2007. He was estimated to be 12 years old, was
morbidly obese, shaved and was literally waiting to
die. He had simply given up. He was relentlessly
being picked on by the younger aggressive dogs in
his run. When I called out to him and he looked at
me with vacant eyes, it took all I had not to have a
meltdown at the shelter right then and there.
Well.....you know the story......he blossomed into a
happy, mischevious old man who stole my heart. I was
so blessed to have him in my life for 22 months to
the day. And he touched many lives with his goofy
Logan is the first recipient of The Freeman Fund,
from this same shelter. Logan, a husky/shepherd mix,
is heartworm positive and on June 2 was viciously
attacked by another dog in his run to the point that
he has been recovering in the shelter clinic since.
He was, just like Freeman, hours from being
euthanized when Rita stepped in and said "I'll take
him." A foster home has hopefully been set up for
Logan and once his physical wounds heal, we'll start
working on healing his heart.
I'm not above swallowing my pride and asking for
help when it comes to these 4-legged creatures. I
know we are in terrible economic times right now,
but if you can offer a few dollars to help keep The
Freeman Fund going, I would be so appreciative and
And I think my big Woolly Mammoth at the Rainbow
Bridge would be as well.
Donations can be sent
to: A Better Life Pet Rescue
Attn: The Freeman Fund
P.O. Box 582
Ocoee, FL 34761
Or, if you choose, you can visit the rescue's
website and donate via PayPal:
Please denote on checks or Paypal that your
donation is for "The Freeman Fund". A Better Life
Pet Rescue is a non-profit 501c3 organization, so of
course your donation is tax-deductible.
Thank you for all you've done in the past and
continue to do to help these beautiful souls.
Pam.......Phoebe, Frankie & the FeLions
---Chipper, Maggie, Trooper, Denny, Opie, Gracie,
Stinky, Carson & Freeman waiting at the Rainbow
"Once someone has had the good fortune to share a
true love affair with a Golden Retriever, one's life
and one's outlook will never be the same."
In Loving Memory of Don and Sandra's "Titan"
In Loving Memory of "Maggie"
December 6, 1995 to July 18, 2009
Maggie had a long and full life, but that does not
lessen the heartache of her passing. Maggie was a
wonderful, playful puppy, and remained that way
until her last days. She is very sadly missed by
Ralph and Joyce.
Go run and swim with "Lucky" girl.
We will never forget you.
In Loving Memory of "Rudy"
"Rudy was a part of my family for only a year, but
his sweet, gentle soul will impact the rest of my
life. I love that dog."
In Loving Memory of Craig and Robin's "Bogey" the Wonder Dog
ROBIN EAGLESON'S HUSBAND CRAIG had never
owned a dog. Then he turned 50. He might
have bought himself a fancy sports car.
Instead, he opted for "speed" of another kind,
a border collie named Bogey who proved
himself a ready and willing agility participant.
Bogey also proved to be the common link in
six degrees of separation between various dog
owners across Canada.
Bogey had an impressive track record in
agility. In 2006, with Craig at his side, Bogey
earned the title, Agility Trial Champion of
Canada. Bogey was one of only 12 dogs
chosen to represent Canada at the World
Championships of Agility in Belgium in 2008
– the year he also was the Ontario Regional
In May of this year, Bogey and Craig
placed third overall at the 2009 Agility
Association of Canada Ontario Regional
Championships. They were supposed to
compete in the 2009 Canadian National
Agility Championships at the end of July.
Fate had other plans. Bogey was only eight
when he got sick. There were no “It has to be
cancer” signs. Robin was making jam the
Sunday before Bogey died. From the kitchen
window, she watched helplessly as Bogey
began to stagger.
The world Robin and Craig knew with
Bogey changed forever in that instant. They
raced Bogey to an emergency clinic, where
they were referred to the Ontario Veterinary
College Teaching Hospital. They were
completely overwhelmed when they learned
that Bogey had hemangiosarcoma, a form of
cancer, and that he had about six weeks to live.
Four days after his diagnosis, Bogey died in
Even though Bogey had only been gone for
a few weeks when the date for the Nationals
came around, Robin and Craig decided to
turn their sadness into something special.
Robin is Scottish and she loves men in kilts.
Someone said that they would pay $10 to see
Craig wear a kilt at the Nationals. Someone
else said they would pay $20 and another said
$40 and so on. Both Craig and Robin wore
kilts at the Nationals, where they sold plaid
ribbons of hope. Robin created a memory wall
– by the end of the 2009 National Agility
Championships, almost everyone was wearing
a ribbon to honour the memory of dogs lost to
cancer. Nearly $3000 was raised! Sales of the
ribbon at agility trials in Thunder Bay, Ont.,
and in the U.S. added another $400.
Now for the six degrees of separation. After
Bogey died, I received an email from Tania
Costa, owner of the Canine Wellness Centre
in Toronto, and a long time supporter of
Smiling Blue Skies. She had competed with
Craig and Bogey in agility and had been a
therapist to them too. What’s more, she is a
very close friend of Lynda and Dan Yielding,
owners of Muskoka Agility Dogs (MAD).
They are located outside of Huntsville, Ont.,
in the Muskoka region where the first Smiling
Blue Skies Walk for Canine Cancer was held.
“Every once in a while, an agility team
completes a course and all a spectator can
think of is the beauty of the partnership. Craig
and Bogey had runs like that," Lynda wrote in
an email. “I remember one run that I judged
in Kingston, Ont., and I
just felt privileged to be in the same
ring. I had goosebumps when they
finished, and the goosebumps still come
back when I picture that run.” After the
loss of Bogey, MAD held a trial to
celebrate his life and to honour his
memory. They raised more than $1100.
I belong to the Academy of
Vancouver Island Dogs (AVID) here in
Victoria, B.C.; France Jackson, Barry
Beckner and their entire club of
instructors and students have been
longtime supporters of Smiling Blue
Skies. France and Barry distributed
Smiling Blue Skies clickers and
information about Smiling Blue Skies
and OVC Pet Trust to participants at the
Nationals and wore jackets that read "It's
always a clean run with Smiling Blue
France and Whistlin Dixie, her
border collie, placed eighth at the
Nationals. The first-place team was Kim
Anderson, another longtime supporter
of Smiling Blue Skies Jewelry, and her
border collie, Spring.
Anneli Hilton, the owner of
Edmonton’s See Spot Run Doggie
Daycare and Training Centre, also was
at the Nationals where she wore one of
the Eagleson’s plaid ribbons of hope and
was heartened to see Bailey on Robin's
memory wall. Anneli is waiting for her
own special piece of Smiling Blue Skies
Jewelry, which she learned about from
Shannen Jorgensen, an agility enthusiast
and papillon breeder from Calgary, Alta.
In 2003, Shannen and her papillon,
Target, made history when they were
selected for the first Canadian Agility
Team to compete at the Agility World
Championships. Five years later,
Shannen competed alongside Bogey and
Craig in Belgium.
Shannen wears a portrait of Target
that I created for her. AVID's France
Jackson and my friend Kathy Campbell
now have papillons from Shannen - Rysk
We are all so closely connected by
the love we have for our dogs that the six
degrees of separation really aren’t that
In Loving Memory of Shelley's Oldest Grey
. . .
Mr. Barky (Brook's
Bark) . . . 7/6/96
In Loving Memory of "Owen"
A Guardian Angel gives a Golden in need, a heart and a hand to hold on to.
Thank you to the Schandlen family for taking care of Owen.6
In Loving Memory of Joan and Bill's "Ryder"
In Loving Memory of "Riachu"
"Fini" Multi BIS Can.Ch./OTCH Hollykins Grand Finale Multi (HIT) SDHF; OD Am Ptd
4/27/1999 to 10/14/2009
Fini was loved and owned by Charotte Hewey.
Charlotte and Fini had an amazing bond. Together
they had a wonderful journey in show and later
obedience. Fini was a Velcro dog. She was a happy
tail wagging, loving everyone Golden. It was
devastating for Charlotte when she learned that her
most beloved Golden was diagnosed and succumbed to
oral cancer. Her memory lives on . . .
In Celebration of the Life of Christine Lee's "Dillion"
In Loving Memory of Lynn's "Saffron" ("Pup")
December 26, 1994 to May 28, 2009
Saffron was stolen away by bone cancer. She was friendly and happy, up to the very end, and did not show her pain. I was extremely lucky to have her as long as I did. Saffron was a Flyball
Champion (Gold) with "The Barnstormers" and was a
long time member of the Pacific Animal Therapy
Society. She was the most outgoing and enthusiastic
dog I have known! All her life, Saffron loved
everyone, no matter what. There is not a day that
goes by, when I don't think of her and miss her.
In Loving Memory of "Chyna"
In Loving Memory of "Dreamer"
In Loving memory of the Goncalves family's "Dozer."