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Friday, December 31, 2010

Rainbow Week - Fourth Day


Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.....

Bear Bear
 died 8/1/2010 at age 3 years

Bear Bear was playing in a dog park in Maryland when he was shot by a police officer.

 Bear Bear should not have died.

 died 8/18/2010

Bugsy was a stray in Kentucky. He hung around a business where the workers fed him. The workers contacted animal control hoping Bugsy would be placed in a permanent home where he would be safe. The animal control officer arrived and shot Bugsy on site, although several workers offered to pay his fine and adopt him.

 Bugsy should not have died.

 died 11/7/2010 at age 2 years

Rosie was a sweet tempered Newfoundland puppy who escaped from her fenced yard in Iowa. Unable to get back inside her yard she wandered around her neighborhood. Police were called to help her. When she saw the police officer approach, she tried to hide in some bushes. He shot her. She was a scared, confused puppy.

 Rosie should not have died.

 died 12/19/2010 at age 7 years

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Boomer was a Golden Retriever, a family pet, in a household of a widow and her six children in Georgia. He was in his own front yard behind an underground fence. When a police officer approached him, Boomer barked, exactly what a good dog should do. The police officer shot him in front of his family.

Boomer should not have died.

  died November 2010

Target warned a group of US soldiers in Afghanistan about a suicide bomber. She saved the group. One of the soldiers, Sgt. Terry Young, brought her back to  Arizona with him as a family pet. Boomer escaped her yard on a Friday and was picked up by animal control. Sgt. Young found Target on the shelter's website Friday evening and paid her fine. He mistakenly thought the shelter was closed for the weekend. When he arrived at the shelter on Monday morning to take Target home, he was told that Target had been euthanized. Target saved the lives of US soldiers, but was killed by shelter employees after only a day or two in confinement.

Target should not have died.

Bless the beasts and the children,
For in this world they have no voice.
They have no choice.

Bless the beasts and the children,
For the world can never be
The world they see.

Light their way
When darkness surrounds them.
Give them love,
Let it shine all around them.

Bless the beasts and the children,
Give them shelter from a storm.
Keep them safe,
Keep them warm.
    By DeVorzon and Botkin

Hug your pets and tell them how much you value them. Keep them safe in 2011.


  1. We are so far behind, but we have read all of these Rainbow Bridge posts - so touching. We love that you have done this, but we so wish there weren't so many - too much heartache this year.

    Hugs, the OP Pack

  2. I remember Bear-Bear because it was on the news here...It was indeed a tragic story....

    I have been reading your posts this week and each time I've remembered that this year at Golden Pines, we lost 3 senior Goldens. You never get over losing them, but I've found comfort in my memories that can never be taken away....

    I wish you and your family (2 and 4 legged) good health and all the best for the New Year!! :-)

  3. WHAT is wrong with people? This post makes me so angry and sad at the same time...... :(

  4. How utterly tragic for those sweet pets and those who cared for them.

  5. Oh my gosh. Senseless deaths


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