The 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 that 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....
"No heaven can be heaven, if my horse isn't there to welcome me."
Saying "goodbye" to Abbi was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. She has been by my side from the night she was born and every day since. If I went somewhere, she was with me; she was literally my shadow. Through graduating high school, college and getting married and moving…she was right by my side. She was truly part of our family and no family vacation was complete without her there. I feel very fortunate to have been blessed with over 15 ½ years with her. I know she had a long, wonderful life. Many said I didn’t treat her like a dog, I treated her like my child and that was very true….I would have done anything for her as she would have done for me.
She loved going to the barn and being around the horses. There’s no telling how many miles she rode copilot in my truck or how many trail miles she’s walked beside me. Abbi loved catching her frisbee, running with the 4 wheeler (and riding it when she got older!), but most of all I know she loved me. She was one of the best frisbee dogs you have ever seen. I have never seen another dog with such a big heart yet tough. Thankfully she was very photogenic which left me with some beautiful pictures of my girl.
I always felt safe when Abbi was there; I knew she wouldn’t let anyone hurt me especially if she was in my truck. She was always there to listen and lick away my tears. She loved Chad, her Grandpa Bill and Granny Shirley. We all may have spoiled her just a little bit, but she deserved every second of it. She taught Zoe everything and loved running and playing with her on the farm.
Abbi will truly be missed and will always hold a special place in my heart. I have comfort in knowing that she is catching frisbees and playing again like a puppy with her mom Cheyenne, Lil’ Girl and Merri. I know she will still be right beside me in everything that I do. I never told her “goodbye”, just see you later because I know I will see her again one day at the Rainbow Bridge.
Fancy was one of the sweetest mares that walked the Earth. She loved people and absolutely loved attention. She had 4 beautiful babies for us and was the best mother to all of her babies. We will surely miss Fancy and miss seeing her sweet face, but we know we will see her again one day. We were certainly blessed to have her be a part of ours lives.
Dusty was the cutest little palomino pony that was born and raised on the farm. She was queen of the farm and will be greatly missed. She was born when Chad was a small child and has been a part of his life ever since. We were blessed to have her in our lives for 30 some years. She impacted many people during her years.
Prissy was a big part of our family and gave us lots of great memories. Chad grew up riding and showing Prissy and won lots of awards. She taught him many lessons along the way that he will never forget. She provided us with many winning rides, beautiful foals and most of all - wonderful memories! We know Prissy is enjoying her pastures in Heaven. We thank Prissy for the wonderful 27 years that she gave us! She will never be forgotten.
Merri was a once in a lifetime horse for me. You can read her story at the link below.
Shoogie was a beautiful chocolate palomino mare! She had such a short time here, but made a big impact on us! She got her name because she loved to give kisses to people. She was a great halter horse that gave it her all when she showed. She gave us two beautiful babies during her time with us. Shoogie will be deeply missed!
Piggy was a great mare that loved everyone! She was a timid girl, but she loved to please her owner. She was a beautiful palomino that had a great career in halter as well as western pleasure. Piggy had a foal out of Buckeye in 2005, three days before she passed. She coliced very bad three days after she foaled and we were unable to save her, but we are lucky enough to have a foal out of her named Boss! He is very much like Piggy in looks and personality. Piggy is missed, but we thank her for the time she gave us!
We lost a great part of our family on December 6, 2010. Lil' Girl lived a very long life on the farm and loved every minute of it! She loved her Chad more than anything in this world and truly didn't want to leave him, but her body just couldn't take it anymore. She was a great friend to everyone and loved everyone. We thank God for all the time we had with Lil' Girl and for all the wonderful memories. We sure do miss you Lil' Girl!
Although Paetyn was owned by Christina Jarvis, a good friend of ours; she stayed with us for a few months in 2008 and we became quite attached to her. Christina and I called Paetyn's stay with us her "vacation." When she came to our farm she fit right in with the rest of the crew! She loved running in the open fields and playing in the pond. I know that Christina has lost her best four legged friend and we are thinking about her. We were devastated to hear about Paetyn's passing. She will definitely be missed!
Cali was an amazing barn cat that decided one day that she wanted to be a house cat. So she started living at our house to be closer to us all the time. She was one great friend who loved to be held. We loved Cali and miss her deeply.
Radio was our barn cat who loved everyone. He absolutely loved to play and was truly a professional mouser. We loved Radio so much and miss him.
Although Poco was owned by our friend, Jessica Holland, he boarded at our farm. He definitely became a part of our family. We are so honored to have been his "home." He was Jessica's first horse and best friend. He will surely be missed at our farm.
We feel so fortunate to have had Buckeye for 17 years. He was such a beautiful creature inside and out. He had a personality like no other and passed that onto all his foals. We will always remember how he talked to you and stuck his tongue out for you to grab when you walked up to him. He will definitely be missed, but he certainly left his mark in all the beautiful foals he sired. Thanks for always being such a 'gentleman' Buckeye. We will see you at the Rainbow Bridge!
Gracie was a beautiful horse that loved to be outside and to get in the pond. We feel very fortunate to have had her in our lives and she was taken way too soon. She was one that loved to be groomed and loved on. Gracie was never in a hurry and always was the last to come in from the pasture...we will definitely miss her patience and character. We know we will see her again one day, but until then enjoy your heavenly green pastures, Gracie Mae!