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


 

"Mary Jane turned her own special corner,
to be reunited with her beloved Gus,
at The Rainbow Bridge."


Margaret McKenzie Josling -- 2009



"Spirit"

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


"Dakota"

In Loving Memory of "Dakota," Lazyriver Dusk Over Dakota
July 7, 2000 - February 8, 2009
Taken far too soon . . .


"Silken"

In Loving Memory of Sekoiaa's "Silken"

Tribute to 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 together again.

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.


"Sparky"

In loving memory of Jennifer's "Sparky"


"Morgan"

In loving memory of Diana and Jerry Stark's "Morgan"

'He was the most gentle and caring guy, and we are so glad he shared 
his life with us.'


"Winky"

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.


"Matilda"

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"

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 gift.

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.

Love,
Nick
Greg
Mommy
Daddy
And Jayden



"Benny"

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,


"Ginny"



"Reggie"

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 "Lambeau."


"I'll be seeing you . . ."



In Loving Memory of Bev's "Rex"



"Tally and Rex" . . . Best Friends Forever

 

Rex, longingly looking out his window, for squirrels, raccoons, and rabbits!

 

"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 smile:

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 so honored.

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:

www.BetterLifePets.com

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 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 will never be the same."
~Betty White


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 Steeplechase Champion.

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 Craig's arms.

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 Skies."

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 and Zip-R.

We are all so closely connected by the love we have for our dogs that the six degrees of separation really aren’t that surprising.



In Loving Memory of Shelley's Oldest Grey
. . .
Mr. Barky (Brook's Bark) . . . 7/6/96

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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

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In Loving Memory of Joan and Bill's "Ryder"

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In Loving Memory of "Riachu"

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"Fini" Multi BIS Can.Ch./OTCH Hollykins Grand Finale Multi (HIT) SDHF; OD Am Ptd

4/27/1999 to 10/14/2009

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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.

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In Loving Memory of  "Yardley"

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In Loving Memory of  "Chyna"

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In Loving Memory of  "Dreamer"

 





In Loving memory of the Goncalves family's "Dozer."






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