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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 who 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....

This page is for all the dogs that have been through the doors of Second Chance Kennels and have sadly passed away.

We will put up photos and stories here as memories to the dogs that were loved so much by us and their owners.


Song: Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton

Floyd >>
Posted: 27th April 2008

This is Floyd we arrived at the kennels one day to find him tied to the gate, poor lad we didn't know his name or anything about him. So he was named Floyd and was such a gentle dog. Sadly we found out he was deaf and was so miserable in the kennels, we all felt so sorry for him. However, Traci who runs Staffie rescue found a foster home for him and the best news was his foster dad kept him. We found out a few weeks ago that Floyd hadn't been well and had passed over to Rainbow bridge. We are so sad but a least he had a few years with someone who loved him.

Sleep easy Floyd you were such a well loved boy xx

Floyd
 
Sophie >>
Posted: 16th April 2008

Dear Ena, Frank & co

As you know we lost our adorable Sophie on 28 December 2007. It has taken
Roy and I, a long time to come to terms with loosing Sophie hence the reason
it has taken me so long to write a little something about her. Roy and I
cannot thank you enough for allowing us to bring Sophie home. She was a
great companion for Digger (he adored her and misses her terribly). Roy and
I loved her dearly as she was the most loving, caring and cuddly rotti you
could wish for. She was also adored by all who met her. She made a huge
difference to our lives and brought lots of happiness.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts

Take care

Alison and Roy Jenkins

Lots of licks Digger xx

********
SOPHIE ‘OUR LADY’


On Friday 28 December, I woke up as usual with Digger by my side. We were both tired from the night before as mum and dad’s visitors had arrived for the New Year celebrations.

Dad was away to work but mum had a few days off – yippee!

Mum prepared our breakfast whilst Digger and I went out to the garden to potter about. Mum called us in for our breakfast! And what a treat, we had a little chicken mixed in with our food – yum yum! Mum patted my head and told me I was a good girl for finishing my breakfast (as if I wouldn’t!!).

Digger and I returned to the garden. I was barking as there were people passing by. I always bark to tell my mum that someone is passing our house, mind you, my mum says that I bark if a fly goes by ha! ha! Must be a dog thing!!

I didn’t feel too good and then had a little pain ……………………………..


When I woke up, I was amazed and really excited. I was surrounded by hundreds of dogs. All shapes and sizes, all makes and models! It was fantastic. I even met my mum and dad’s first Rotti – Amber!

Looking down from Rainbow Bridge, I can see my mum weeping and my dad trying to hide his emotion and poor Digger looking a bit lost.

Mum and Dad, I want you to know that I am well, and am happy. I don’t want you to be upset any more. I want you to remember the happy times, and loads of them we shared didn’t we? I love you both very much and we shared a magnificent 4 years together. I loved going in the car and travelled everywhere with you. One year, do you remember we went to John O’ Groats and then the next year we went to Lands End. I loved my holidays in the caravan. Each summer Digger and I always looked forward to our holidays.

I also loved going to the beach. If you went in for a swim mum, I was always right by your side – swimming a long side you, making sure you were ok in the choppy waters!

For all the toys you bought me, my favourite was always the large plastic Pepsi Max bottles! I would play with the bottles for ages with Digger chasing me!

The first 4 years of my life were not so good. I was miss-treated and then used as a breeding machine but mum and dad, my last (almost) 4 years with you were fantastic. I couldn’t have asked for a better family to choose and to be with.
And remember what the vet said the first time I visited him for a check up – he said ‘Sophie, you are going to a great home, where you will have all the love and care – you are the luckiest dog in the world’ and he was right. Within a few weeks of living with you both and Digger, I found my place. I soon realised that I could relax and be myself. I was able to show my love towards you both and show my personality off! I even had a character which was loved by you both.

I will miss you mum and dad, Digger too but I am happy here at Rainbow Bridge with Amber and all these lovely dogs. I will always watch over you.

With all my love, Sophie xxx

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Dearest Sophie

Words cannot express our sorrow and sadness of loosing you! We only had you in our lives for 4 years but what joy you brought. You entertained us with your lovable character! No matter where we walked, you would always manage to throw yourself onto the grass onto your back and kick your legs up! All you wanted was your belly rubbed. And, the most striking thing about you Sophie no matter where we were or what we were doing you were always smiling! Your tongue would be hanging out with that big grin of yours! So adorable. It was almost as though you were trying to tell us how happy you were. But we knew you had found love and happiness as we did with you.

The pain of loosing you has broken our hearts and you have left a huge void in our lives, but the joy and happiness you brought to me, your dad and to Digger has been over whelming. You were wonderful. So loving, caring, intelligent – an ambassador to the breed. We miss you terribly and wish you were here with us. We will carry the memories of you with us for ever.



Darling Sophie, born a dog, died a lady, “our lady”

With all our love
Mum, Dad and Digger – sleep tight
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sophie  Sophie
Sophie  Sophie
Sophie  Sophie
 
Dougie >>
Posted: 15th April 2008

Hello Ena,

It’s been a few months now since Dougie crossed the Rainbow Bridge (end of January) but I had to write to thank you for allowing him to become part of our family. He brought us so much fun and happiness it’s almost impossible to describe how much he enriched our lives. Anyone who has met him will understand what I mean.

I can remember when he first came to us nearly 8 years ago as our daughter Jenny’s dog, full of life, ball in his mouth (that became his trademark!) and his tail wagging round and round so hard like the rotor blade of a helicopter that he was immediately nicknamed ‘Chinook’. When Jenny moved away from home to work, Dougie stayed at home with us. (Remember - possession is nine tenths of the law!)

Everywhere we went (and he often came on holiday with us) people would stop to admire him and ask what breed he was. We would laughingly reply that he was ‘a chocolate lab with his legs chopped off’ because as a lab/beagle cross, he looked quite unusual with the chocolate lab body and short beagle legs. Everyone described him as adorable, which made us even more proud of him, of course! We don’t actually think he ever realised he was a dog; we’re convinced he thought he was a human being!

Sadly two years ago he collapsed and was diagnosed with congenital heart problems. Thanks to the vets at Equipet, and especially to the dedication of his vet, Morven Shaw, he continued to have a good quality of life until near the end of last year, when he began to struggle – still strong in spirit but his body had become weak. In January it was finally time to let him go. No words can describe how much we still miss him but he has left us with so many happy memories.
Thank you Dougie XX

and thank you, Ena, for giving us such a special ‘wee man’,

Bill, Pauline and Jenny Marsland xxx

Dougie  Dougie
 
Lady >>
Posted: 5th April 2008

Hi, this is a pic of Lady when she first arrived at her new home.

Lady was seven years old when her mum adopted her, sadly we have just recieved a card to say that Lady has gone to the Bridge, she was fourteen years old. Thank you for giving Lady such a wonderful home I know you will miss her dreadfully, please take comfort that she had such a brilliant life with you and your family x.

Rest in Peace Daisy in the knowledge that you were such a well loved girl.

Lots of love
from Ena and all at Second Chance Kennels xx

Lady
 
Skippy >>
Posted: 17th March 2008

It was with great sadness we learned that wee Skippy who was ten years old when he went to stay with his mum and dad had passed over to the Bridge.

He was originally found lying beside his owner who had passed away. He came to stay with us but for just a short while as his mum & dad saw him on the web site and totally fell in love with him. What a wonderful life he had with them he has been to Ireland and all over the place in their mobile home. We would just have wished for a few more years for them all to spend together but it was not to be. Sleep in peace wee man you'll never know how much you were loved by all who knew you. Our thoughts are with your mum & dad at this very sad time

Love everyone at Second Chance xx

Skippy
 
Rhona >>
Posted: 7th March 2008

Hello Ena

I don't know if you remember Rhona, the black labrador. She came to you November 2000 at only 10 wks old after having already having been in two different homes, one in which she was badly beaten. I called you on the off chance looking for a puppy for my children and you told us about Rhona who had come to you only the day before. My husband came to see her and instantly fell for her. You said it was unusual for you to do so but you let my husband bring Rhona home to us that day, and we all fell in love with her instantly.

Rhona was a poorly wee soul whom the vet told us may only live 6 months. She had very bad hip displaysia and suffered terrible psychological damage from the beatings she had. But we gave her all our love and did everything we could to get her fit and well. We brought her back a few times to see you, but the trauma always made her ill and we had to stop. Rhona grew into the most beautiful, loving and faithful dog and we had so much fun with our funny little girl.

Sadly Rhona became very ill at the start of the year and spent 3 weeks in the Dick Vet hospital where she was diagnosed with an inopreable insulinoma. We got her home at the end of January with the knowledge our Rhona would most probably only be with us for a short time, the cancer was extremely aggressive.

Last night Rhona went into a pre-fitting hypo state. We took her to the vet and asked that she put our baby to sleep to take away all her pain. We all knew the day would come when we would lose Rhona to the illness but it didn't make it any the less harder for us and we are devastated at the loss of our beautiful, faithful dog. We had seven wonderful years with Rhona, but our memories of her will last a life time.

I know you like to hear about the dogs you have helped give a new life to. It is sad though that this is such bad news were are giving you. Thank you for giving Rhona to us.

Catherine McCluskey

This wee girl had such a bad start in life but fell on all four paws when she went to stay with her new family who nursed her through thick and thin. We were so very very sorry to hear she had passed over to Rainbow Bridge and our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.
Rest in peace Rhona, you were so loved by your family and by all who knew you.

Love Ena and all at Second Chance xx

Rhona
 
Pepe >>
Posted: 2nd March 2008

Pepe and Dom two Pekingese came to us back in August 2005, they were chosen by such a lovely couple and were both loved so much.

Sadly Pepe left for the bridge last week and poor Dom and his mum & dad will be missing him so much.

Our thoughts are with them at this very sad time.

Love Ena & all At Second Chance Kennels x.

Sleep easy Pepe in the knowledge in your last few years you were so well loved. xx

Pepe
 
Alfie >>
Posted: 17th December 2007

Well what a sad sad week it has been at Second Chance Kennels. Here is another one of our beloved dogs who has passed over to Rainbow Bridge.

This is Alfie he came into our care after having been found abandoned in someone's garden, a caring person found him and took him into the vets. He was found to have a huge growth on his bottom jaw, the vets called us and asked for our help but at that time we were really full, as soon as a space became available we called the vets to say we could now take Alfie in.We had to wait for a few days as they had to operate and take nearly all his bottom jaw away, which meant his tongue always hung out of his mouth poor lamb, he wasn't an old dog and we hoped he had many years ahead of him.
But he was a fighter and came to the kennels and settled in well. We did a wee story about him in a paper and low and behold his saviour came in the form of Arlene who was to become his mum. She totally fell in love with him and he her she has given him the very best of care and love. A couple of weeks ago he started to go off his legs she took him down to our vets Ryan & Calder. Who did tests and x-ray's only to find he had five tumours in his chest and nothing could be done for him, the kindest thing was to let him go to the Bridge. Arlene was devastated, but she stayed with " our " boy till he crossed over.We would like to thank Arlene for taking Alfie into her home she only had him just under a year but like Chance it was a year filled with love and devotion.

Sleep tight Alfie we love you
Ena / Frank/ Mhairi/Janet & Laura xxxxxxxxxxxx

Alfie
 
Chance >>
Posted: 9th December 2007

This is Chancie boy sadly joining our other beloved dogs on Rainbow bridge, this is the message his devastated Mum sent us:

Hello Ena
Chancie died yesterday morning. My beloved boy isn't suffering anymore. His eyes begged to 'go' and his beautiful, beautiful head was in my lap as he went into a peaceful sleep. The pain for me is currently unbearable, I want my lovely boy back! I had to let him go because I love him so very, very much. Thank you for letting us have him, he was a King amongst dogs and it was a privilege to have been his friend.

Lots of love
Kim
XX


Chance had only been in his home since 16th June 2006. He was a very sick boy when the dog warden brought him here, once he was well enough to go to a home he was really lucky, Kim & Keith just fell in love with him, well who wouldn't he was such a poppet. He touched the hearts of all who knew him. Sadly his health has never been that great, but he never complained, Kim did everything within her power to make sure he got what he needed bless her. So although he didn't have a good start in life the last year and a half has been filled with kindness and love, we will always be eternally gratefull they chose to adopt Chance and thank them from the bottom of our hearts.

Enjoy your rest Chance you so deserve it.

We love you.xxxx
Ena/ Frank / Mhairi / Janet & Laura xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Chance
 
Our Max >>
Posted: 11th October 2007

Max arrived at the kennels with his mum and five brothers when he was only two days old, he was always "my wee boy". We did find a wonderful home for him, but sadly we didn't know at the time that he had a real problem with his megasophegus. His folks couldn't cope, we didn't blame them, we just took him back to the kennels and there he has been since, he was ten months old on the 8th October.

Max had his good times and bad when he would be always being sick, we had him at the Dick vets and would have tried anything to help him it was not to be, antibiotics seemed to help him, so we were more than happy for him to stay with us.

He had good times as well he just loved going over the fields across from the kennels (as you can see below, the 2nd pic is of him with his brother, Paddypaws). He never went too far away from us, he always grabbed a soft toy to take with him and used to leave it at the gate of the field and pick it up on the way back, bless him.

He loved playing with Mhairi's girls, and if Mhairi and Kevan were going for a walk they used to come to the kennels and take him and Stig with them.

Sad sad news today :( Max has been really sick for the last few days, and was really down this morning; he didn't even want his breakfast. So we took him to the vets this morning, he had a high temperature, wasn't keeping anything down, his weight was down to 18 kilo's and he had also been really sick in the van going down.

We could have got more antibiotics for him but we were just putting of the inevitable, as he was literally dying in front of us, so we made the very very hard decision to let him go this morning, 11th October at 10.15am, to say we are all devastated is an understatement.

Max you'll be sorely missed at the kennels we all loved you to bits, you were a very special boy and we're just so so very sorry.

God bless son.

Lots of love and kisses from Ena, Frank, Mhairi, Kevan, Janet & Laura xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Our Max  Our Max
Our Max   
 
Dylek (was Dylan) >>
Posted: 17th September 2007

This is Dylek (was Dylan). What a big beautiful boy, and an ambassador for the breed.

Rest in peace sweetheart we will all miss you, like your mum says you were such a big soft lad and will be sorely missed.

Thank you Lidia & Derek for such a lovely tribute to Dylek (below), your special boy.


Dear Ena,

With broken hearts and enormous sadness we would like to let you know of the passing of our beloved Dylek on Friday 14th September.

Dylek, like many other dogs, was deprived of the opportunity to have a loving and caring family, before being given a second chance in life. We feel that he must have been waiting all that time for us and we must have been looking for him....and eventually, with God's help we met each other one day in October 2000. From that day our lives transformed and we have given him all the love we had, but he gave us so much more back. All the owners say that their dogs are special, but Dylek was extra special, as you probably know that yourself. He was beautiful, kind, sweet - a friend to everybody, a gentle giant bursting with love. Dylek was not a dog, Dylek was a sweet candy in a big Rottie’s body. Every morning he woke us with a cuddle, put his big head near us. Even in a misty, cold morning we did not feel it because Dylek would warm us and make our day happy. He was my shadow, following me around the entire house. He understood us in both languages (English and Polish) and we understood each others body language.

We feel so privileged, lucky and blessed to have Dylek over those years, but his life was so abruptly ended by the Lymphoma cancer that rapidly spread to his bone marrow.

We still had so much more to give him and he had so much more to give us. He was more than a pet...he was our baby. Our lives lost the meaning and Nana lost the best friend, guide, protector and the playmate.

Dylek, we will always love you, never forget you and there will always be a special place in our hearts. We are still hoping it is a bad dream, and tomorrow you will appear again at the doors with the big smile in your eyes.

God bless.

Dylek (was Dylan)  Dylek (was Dylan)
Dylek (was Dylan)  Dylek (was Dylan)
Dylek (was Dylan)  Dylek (was Dylan)
 
Misty >>
Posted: 26th July 2007

Sadly, we have another one for Rainbow Bridge:( Misty was so well loved her family must be devasted.

Run Free at the Bridge Misty there are quite a few Second Chance dogs already there waiting to greet you.

Love Ena & all at Second Chance Kennels xx


Dear Ena,
Just wanted you to know that Misty was put to sleep on Friday. Her back legs were getting so bad,she wasnt eating ect,so after a lot of soul searching (and tears) i decided to let her go. The most reliable thing for nearly ten years is gone, me & the kids are gutted, but she will live in our hearts & memories forever. Kirsty

 
 
Ben >>
Posted: 1st July 2007

Ben was a German shepherd / collie mix, who came to us at ten months as he alledgedly nipped a child. Well, his mum & dad came and fell in love with him, but I was bit wary as they had a young boy. Suffice to say Ben has been their best friend for over 8 years.

They are all so devastated at losing him but sadly he was ill and there was no cure for him. We at Second Chance are all so upset as well.

Sleep tight wee man knowing how much you were loved and how much you will be missed by everyone.

Love from Ena and all at Second Chance Kennels xxx

 
 
Jet >>
Posted: 23rd June 2007

Jet, a very handsome black lab who came into us when he was nine years old, has sadly passed over to the bridge.

He was thirteen years old, so had a wonderful four years with the mum he "chose" all by himself. I don't know if she had much of a say in the matter, but she and her partner and their family totally adored Jet and are completely devastated at his passing..

Sleep tight Jet dreaming of ducks & rabbits.

Love Ena Mhairi and all at Second Chance Kennels xxx

Would just like at say although this has been a terrible year for us hearing about all our past residents going to the bridge, we are eternally grateful to everyone who took them in and gave each and everyone such a wonderful life and their second chance of happiness.

 
 
Roxy >>
Posted: 23rd June 2007

Sometimes we forget how long we have been running Second Chance and that the first puppies we rehomed are now getting to be old dogs :(

Tracy called me to let me know that the wee girl Roxy she adopted over ten years ago has sadly passed over to the bridge.

Tracy, Lloyd, the kids and Roxy's canine sis Sassy (who is also a Second Chance dog) are absolutey devastated.

Our thought are with you all and we are so grateful Roxy had such a wonderful life with you.

Sleep tight Roxy you will be sorely missed by everyone and Karen your groomer also sends her love.

God Bless,

Love from Ena Frank and all at Second Chance xxx

 
 
Rusty >>
Posted: 9th June 2007

We got very sad news this week from Rusty’s family, a second chance dog who went to her home 16 months ago.

We were so very sorry to hear about Rusty, she was a dear wee soul who came into the kennels as a stray. Nobody came looking for her, but Mike & Linda fell in love with her and took her home. We will never be able to thank them enough for making her last 16 months happy.
Run free Rusty knowing how very much you were loved by Mike, Linda, their family and all of us here at Second Chance xxxx


Dear All

Just a short note to say that we had to have Rusty put to sleep on Monday.

The whole family are very upset but we all know it was for the best.

Rusty had been failing for some time but on Sunday she took a real turn for the worse and as a result she could hardly stand up for more than a few seconds. She also had stopped eating since Saturday.

By Monday she was just lying in her bed and we knew we couldn’t let her go on.

Everyone at Ryan & Calder were really nice and it was a very quiet & calm end as she just lay in my arms quietly as she went to sleep.

We will miss her so much and just wish she had been better able to enjoy the 16 months she was with us.

Will get in touch soon

Mike

Rusty
 
Lucy >>
Posted: 15th May 2007

We got this very sad message from Liz & Neil about their beloved girl Lucy, and we just wanted to say that we were very sorry to hear the news, it's never easy when we lose one of our doggie friends but when we know they have had the best life had to offer, it makes it a bit more bearable.

We also want to thank you, Liz & Neil, for giving her a lovely home.

Rest in peace Lucy & God Bless,
Ena Frank and all at Second Chance kennels


Hi,

I'm afraid that we have had to put Lucy to sleep. We were away in her caravan on the Easter weekend and on the Saturday/Sunday, she developed a sore paw. We took her to Ryan & Calder when we got home. She was treated with antibiotics initially. A biopsy was later done and the result showed that she had a Spindle cell tumour in her paw which Mr Ryan decided was inoperable. We did much soul searching and eventually decided that we did not want to put her through the trauma of having her leg amputated.

Last week she looked as if she had just given up and had even stopped eating. This meant we were unable to give her her medication.

She had 3 good years with us being a proper terrier and the decision we made was the right one - she would not have been able to chase wildlife or even dribble footballs(at which she was an expert).

We have nice memories of her and know she will always be with us.

Sorry to be the bearer of sad news.

Regards,

Neil and Liz Russell

 
 
Thumper >>
Posted: 12th May 2007

Well Thumper, you were a very special boy, a big gentle giant. You were due to go to the vets when you were only seven years old. But some kind person brought you to the kennels instead and you stole the hearts of your mum & dad as soon as they saw you.

You had over five years of love from them and their wee grandson who adored you.

You came for a visit a couple of months ago and at that time you weren’t too well, but it was so lovely to see you big fella little, little did we know it was going to be your last visit.

You’ll be sorely missed by your mum & dad & their grandson, and all who knew and loved you.

God bless,
From all at Second Chance xxx

 
 
Kirsty >>
Posted: 12th May 2007

We've just had some really bad news about wee Kirsty, she was adopted from us about five years ago when she was only about eight weeks old. Sadly, Kirsty has gone to the bridge.

She was the sweetest puppy and was adored by everyone especially her mum & gran.

We were all very sad to hear this news especially when she was so young, but she hadn’t been keeping too well for a wee while now.

Our thoughts are with her mum & gran who are obviously devastated at losing their wee girl, and we just want to send our condolences to them.

Sleep tight Kirsty knowing you were so loved.

God bless,
Ena & all at Second Chance xxx

 
 
Tess >>
Posted: 28th January 2007

Our wee Lurcher lass "Tess" has sadly gone to the Bridge.

We had a Christmas card with such a lovely photo of her, this is how we will remember her.

This wee girl was found one night tied to a lampost, we were really quite sorry for her, little did we or she know about the fabulous home that was only a few weeks away.

So off she went to stay with Sheila & Alistair and did she fall on all four paws, she had such a wonderful life for nearly five years, I know we all feel cheated especially her mum & dad that they did not have her for longer, but the life she lived was full and was so filled with love for her.

Sleep tight angel knowing how much you were loved while you were here.

Lots of love,
Ena & Frank and all who knew and loved you xxxxx

 
 
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