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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

Guiness xx >>
Posted: 25th February 2016

You may remember Guiness as one of your first litter of pups (we saw her at your home). She was in her 18th year and had been slowing down but still able to follow me around the house and her appetite never wained. Unfortunately last week she deteriorated and on Friday, although I helped her up for her breakfast, she lay still for the rest of the day prompting me to call the vet. We had already had the conversation with the vet 4 weeks ago and we agreed that as long as she was making the effort to get about things were fine but that when she couldn't raise herself from her bed thie time had come. Sadly that day had come and we had to say goodbye to her on Friday.


I have attached some recent pictures of Guiness and Breagha and the last one of Guiness taken around a week ago and with some of her beloved toys. No doubt I'll be in touch in due course.

Lynn Hatch


So very very sorry to hear about your beloved Guiness, what a wonderful life she had with you and a good age although they never live long enough for us.

Treasure the memories you have of her and i'm sure in time you will be able to smile when you remember some of her antics.

RIP Guiness run free at Rainbow Bridge xx

Guiness xx  Guiness xx
Guiness xx  Guiness xx
Mickey xx RIP >>
Posted: 3rd February 2016

Hi Ena
I'm really sad to tell you that our friend Mickey passed away this morning. He collapsed last night and died after an emergency operation in the early hours of this morning.
Thank you very much for introducing us to him. He was such an important part of our family life and we all feel his loss keenly and keep expecting to have him wander into the room and jump up onto his favourite spot – the back of the settee!
Although we are all heartbroken now, we are all so glad that he was part of our lives.
Graeme, Denise and family.
Thanks for letting me know about your lovely boy, he was such a wee star. I am so very grateful he had such a happy full life where he was so well loved by you all. So very very sorry to hear he has gone to Rainbow Bridge R.I.P. Mickey you had so much love in your life and we are so grateful xx

Mickey xx RIP  Mickey xx RIP
Mickey xx RIP  Mickey xx RIP
Maggie xx >>
Posted: 20th December 2015

Dear Ena and Frank.

I am really sad to tell you our beloved Maggie died on 9th October aged eleven and a half. She collapsed on getting up in the morning and had obviously had a major internal problem but whether a heart attack or something else neither us nor the vet could decide. She was in no pain although conscious and died with both Andrew and I with her. Kes, our daughter’s dog was staying with us and Maggie had been playing on the beach with him the day before so it came as a big shock to us when she collapsed. I think he is almost as upset as we are as he had known her from when he was a puppy and stayed with us a lot. He still looks for her when he visits us. We were so grateful to have had Maggie for 10 and a half years. She was a great companion, laid back apart from disliking most other dogs which stemmed from not being socialised before we got her I think. However she loved people and was well known around the village. She was super with our young grandchildren. They both have toy Rottie dogs called Maggie and said the other day how much they miss her. Although we didn’t get her directly from you, thank you for letting us keep her. We have such wonderful memories of her and lots of photos, some of which I am attaching.

Kind regards

Sue and Andrew Robertson, New Deer

Hi Sue and Andrew we were so so sorry to hear about your beloved Maggie,but so grateful she had such a wonderful home with you, thank you.

RIP. Maggie you were a very special Rottie girl and will be sorely missed by

everyone who knew you xx


Maggie xx  Maggie xx
Maggie xx  Maggie xx
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Toby xx >>
Posted: 20th December 2015

Hi Ena & Frank
Thank you for your kind words, the house is so empty without our boys.
I am sure you will recognise the pose from Toby on the picture attached, we have had 13 happy years with him and his pal Max who we sadly lost earlier in the year, I think Toby really missed him but I am sure they are both running around together at Rainbow Bridge. They both were the best of friends and done everything together, Toby always finished his dinner first so he could get his head into Max's bowl!! They always played together Toby even so small still managed to jump on Max. When Max left us early this year he was so sad we did think then about getting him a friend but his health wasn't good and it wouldn't have been fair. I think we knew it wouldn't be long till he found his friend again. This helps us knowing they are together again and we have given them both lots of happy years together.
As I said the house just doesn't feel right without a four legged friend around, I don't think it will be long before we visit you again. We have taken a wee shine to Esther but not sure if we are ready yet, her sad eyes are touching our heart. Maybe you can tell us a little bit about her?
Bill, Wendy and family
So sorry to hear about Toby a right wee charachter.
Run Free at the Bridge Toby, hope you are now with Max xx

Toby xx  Toby xx
Roscoe xx >>
Posted: 2nd November 2015

I'd like to thank you for 16 good years with Roscoe, Unfortunately I'm sad to say that he has passed away. He was a loving member of the family and will be sorely missed.
We got him as a puppy and right from the start knew he'd be a proper character. He was amazing with our cats and also children, I sometimes wondered if he even realised that he was a dog.
As a puppy he loved long walks and playing outside for hours but in his later years preferred the quieter life. We have a log cabin in the garden and Roscoe claimed this as his domain. He'd be up bright and early waiting to enter and would happily spend ours just laying in the sunshine. He was first in the cabin in the morning and last to leave at night.
This Christmas will not be the same without him. As a pup he would steal the chocolate presents in the middle of the night and as he aged, he loved to help the younger kids open their presents.
I've attached a few pictures of him throughout the last few years and again want to say thanks. We couldnt have asked for a more loyal and loving companion.
Yours Fiona Ritchie
Thank you for letting us know about Roscoe, we are so very sorry to hear he has passed away but so grateful to you and your family for giving him such a wonderful life. Love the photo's what a happy looking big lad.xx RIP Roscoe run free at the Bridge xx

Roscoe xx  Roscoe xx
Sally ( wee mini Tess ) >>
Posted: 24th August 2015

Hi Ena a few words about Sally (mini Tess) for Rainbow Bridge.

As you know Sally crossed Rainbow Bridge in June aged 18 yrs.Always know by you as 'mini Tess' due to the similarities to that of your own beloved Tess. Sally came to stay with us from Second Chancein 2001. A brilliant dog and @ sister @Corrie, then Maddie and more recently Ellie. Always 'Top Dog' Sally ruled the roost and even in old age the 'nippers' knew their place. Now running free, Sally will never be forgotten.

Thank you David she was a very special wee lass, everytime I look at our Tess's photo I see your Sally. Run free Sally you were very much loved xx

Sally ( wee mini Tess )  Sally ( wee mini Tess )
Sally ( wee mini Tess )  Sally ( wee mini Tess )
Kia xx >>
Posted: 17th August 2015

Hello Ena and Frank,
I am attaching photographs of Kia who we had the great pleasure of giving a forever home to for over 9yrs, she is now running free at Rainbow Bridge and we will never forget her. There are many photographs but here are a few taken over the years with her, she was definitely the best thing we did which was to adopt her and we were so lucky that she chose us.
Kind regards
Liz and Robert Godfrey
Hi Liz & Robert,
So very sorry to hear about your gorgeous girl, but so grateful she had such a wonderful life with you.Run free at the Bridge Kia xx

Kia xx  Kia xx
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Wee Ruby xx >>
Posted: 6th August 2015

Dear Ena and Frank,

It is with deep sadness that I am contacting you to let you know that wee Ruby has passed away.
It was a very sad day for us as she was a very special old lady who captured everyone's heart but she was tired and it was time to let her go. She brought so much joy into our lives from the day we first saw her at your kennels 4 1/2 years ago. We are comforted by our happy times together, she was a loving sweet natured wee lady who has left a huge void in our lives. I know Harry and his family were very fond of her.
I have attached some photos of happier times together when she still had her wee sparkle - she was a wee miracle.
Love and thank you for bringing Ruby into our lives.
Mags, Jordan and Rebecca.
Thank you for letting us know about wee Ruby Mags,so so sorry to hear she has gone to the Bridge.We are very grateful she had such an wonderful life with you and your family.Yes your right Harry, Avril & the boys were very fond of her as were we all. RIP Ruby run free at the Bridge knowing how much you were
Mags sorry it wont let me add her last photo xx

Wee Ruby xx  Wee Ruby xx
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Bobby xx >>
Posted: 2nd July 2015

Hi Ena just a wee message to let you know sadly we had to have Bobby put to sleep today xx he was 12 yrs old 2morrow xx he's had a good life but sadly he had cancer n today we had to make a really hard decision xx we want to thank you for bringing Bobby or Taffy as u knew him into out lives and allowing us to have the pleasure xx we had him for just over 11yrs xx we had to make hardest choice we have had to make xx but again we wish to thank you for many happy years with him xx he turned out to a really really faithful dog xx so sweet right till very end xx

Hi Elizabeth so so sorry to hear about your beloved Bobby, but so grateful he had such a wonderful caring loving home with you.
Thank you for letting us know.
RIP Bobby you were very special xx

Bobby xx
Brodie xx >>
Posted: 14th June 2015

Hello Ena, it is with a broken heart that I write this email, we had to
have our beloved Brodie put to sleep on Monday 1/6/15. He has had
congestive heart failure for a few months but deteriorated very quickly
over the weekend. We have had 13 and a half wonderful years with him and
his brother Murphy and have so many memories that will be with us for
the rest of our lives. Murphy doesn't understand where he is and keeps
looking for him, they have never had a day apart from the day we got
them from you all those years ago. Brodie was so dearly loved by us all
and we will never forget him. Thank you for letting us have them both xx
Lynne we were so so very sorry to hear about Brodie, but so grateful he had such a wonderful home with you and your family not forgetting his brother Murphy xx

Brodie xx  Brodie xx
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Luna xx >>
Posted: 1st May 2015

Dear Ena ,
I thought I would let you know that sadly We had to have Luna put to sleep yesterday. She was one of Bonnie's puppies that you let us adopt 7 years ago. She had air escaping into the cavity surrounding her lungs and the vets couldn't find the cause. She went downhill so fast and there was absolutely nothing they could do to save her.
I am absolutely devastated but wanted to thank you for allowing us to have 7 of the most wonderful years with her. She grew up into the most beautiful, gentle, kind, loving dog you could have ever known and I am so grateful that We could share our love with her.
our little pappillon x Gizmo (6) is completely lost and so confused. Luna adopted him as her puppy the moment We brought him home and they slept together, ate together, played together and She even washed his face every morning. I do not know how he or I will cope with this devastating loss.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing us to share our lives with my beautiful girl.
Yours sincerely
Louise Pirie.

Louise thank you for letting us no about your beloved Luna, we are so grateful she had such a wonderful home with you and your family xx This is the photo of the day you adopted her xx

RIP Luna knowing you were a much loved wee lass xx

Luna xx
Prince xx >>
Posted: 24th April 2015

Prince was a part of our family we loved him dearly
Had prince for 12 years he was the best friend you could ever ask for rip boy you will live on through our hearts.
the day he passed was one of the hardest things we ever went through but he had a fantastic life and now is at peace we
love you Prince fly high boy we will never forget you because you live on on our memory's and our hearts.
We were so sorry to hear of Prince's passing but we know he had a wonderful life with you all for twelve years, for that we are very grateful xx
RIP Prince big lad you will never be forgotten xxx

Prince xx  Prince xx
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RIP Holly XX >>
Posted: 20th April 2015

Dear Ena and Frank as you know we lost our wee darling Holly last Monday we are totally devastated , we had her for four and a half wonderful years and the fun enjoyment and love we got from her was unbelievable. It has left a huge hole in our life's and her brother Caesar's life as well ,he is completely lost without her. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts , and if it had not been for you and Frank we would never had the pleasure of knowing our wee darling Holly for which we will be eternally grateful to both of you. Till we meet again our wee sweetheart HOLLY ( Dolly ). R.I.P.xx
We were so so very saddened to hear of Holly's passing Davie & Isabelle but so very grateful to you both as we know she had a wonderful home with you and Cesar thank you xx
RIP Holly you were so well loved here and will be sorely missed wee one xx

RIP Holly XX  RIP Holly XX
Wee Tyke xx >>
Posted: 30th March 2015

Hi Ena,
Glad you liked the photos of Tyke. As you know he passed away very suddenly on Monday 16th March, 2015. He had been diagnosed with chronic bronchitis which had led to a weakened heart. During the 9yrs or so that we had him he was an absolute joy. He truly was 'a wee dog with a big personality'.
We now have 'Piper' a 4month old Jack Russell girl which we got from yourselves on Friday 20th March. She has fitted in really well and is helping to fill the (big) gap left by Tyke.
David we were saddened to hear about your wee lad, I know you and Joyce were heartbroken.He had such a wonderful life with you both and we were so grateful for that, thank you for the photo's of Tyke, he was a right wee charmer as was your Lucy.
So pleased Piper has settled so well and it was a miracle she arrived just when you needed a wee dog to love.Think Tyke maybe sent her our way as when you came to tell us about Tyke, we knew nothing about her then a few hours later Frank got a phone call about Piper and the rest is history.
RIP. Tyke Run Free at the Bridge xx

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Zak xx >>
Posted: 13th March 2015

Hi Ena that's my boy Zak passed over last night, he was 15 , just want to say thanks for letting him into our life's , we stay in Ballingry , he was a lab / collie /retriever.
Hi thanks for letting us know about Zak, we are so grateful to you for giving him such a wonderful home. Glad I saw him that day at Bark in the Park. He was a handsome boy.
Rip. Zak knowing your were much loved and will be sorely missed xx

Zak xx
Katie xx >>
Posted: 13th March 2015

Hi Ena, here are the pictures of Katie. She sadly passed away on new years day.

We were very saddened to hear your news about Katie, I remember Derek always used to come down to the kennels looking for a Beardie, was never lucky so he came down one day to say he was going to book a puppy, I said so you don't want to see who we have ?? He said oh yes I'll have a look showed him Katie and that was it he was in love, as was the rest of the family.So off she went to her new home. Then awhile later Derek came back and said they were moving to Houston Texas, I said oh well we'll take Katie back, he said no you won't she's coming with us I was so so happy for them all especially wee Katie. She has had a briliant life for all those years and even had a pal which is nice. Thank you all and rest in peace Katie you were very special and your family miss you. xxx

Katie xx  Katie xx
Ben xx >>
Posted: 9th February 2015

Hi Ena,
I know Ben wasn't a born and bred Second Chance boy, but it always felt that was his adopted home.... Ben died this evening, quickly and peacefully at home after a second stroke. Young Timmy is totally confused now, but he was very good lying with Ben and gently nuzzling him in his last minutes.
Hi Linda so sorry to hear about your beloved Ben, I know he wasn't officially one of "our" boys but I did think of him as one,I have known him for such a very long time and he welcomed our boys into his home, he was very good with them. Blue just in January and now your beloved Ben. I'm sure Timmy will look after you.
RIP Ben you were much loved and will be sorely missed xxx

Ben xx  Ben xx
Fergus ( nee Blair ) xx >>
Posted: 1st February 2015

Dear Ena and Frank, please find attached a couple of photos of our wonderful Fergus (nee Blair). He came in to our home and lit up our lives. He had the most friendly and gentle little nature, always so pleased to meet and greet everyone whether we were out and about, or in our home. We miss him so much and still like to reminisce about all the times we shared as a family with him. We are so grateful to you Ena for bringing us together. God Bless you Fergus, we love you and miss you, Sheena Alan Matthew and Chloe xxx

Fergus you were so lucky to have found your special family, of course they too were blessed to have you in their lives. You are so missed and they speak of you with great fondness. You will live on in their hearts and I'm sure they will have so many treasured memories of you. RIP Fergus sleep well xxx

Fergus ( nee Blair ) xx  Fergus ( nee Blair ) xx
Susie & Fudge xx >>
Posted: 20th January 2015

Here are the photos of Susie, as promised.
We miss her and Fudge so much, but it is nice to have such lovely memories.
Debbie xxx
Thanks Debbie and Chic for giving Susie and Fudge such a wonderful home, and yes you will have so many treasured memories, of them both .
RIP Susie hope you have met up with Fudge and not forgetting

Susie & Fudge xx  Susie & Fudge xx
Susie & Fudge xx  Susie & Fudge xx
Wizzer xx >>
Posted: 16th January 2015

Lorraine thank you so much for letting us know about your beloved Wizzer, what a grand age he lived to, and had such a wonderful home filled with love, so much so you couldn't stand the house as it was so empty without him.
I'm sure he will be pleased you have helped these two wee ones who so needed someone to love them.
It was a bit naughty of me letting them into the office when you were there !! but you Dave and your daughter needed another wee soul to love and what better than two.
We know no dog will ever fill Wizzer's paws but they will help.
Take care Ena and Frank xxx
ps: Didn't want to take anything away from your beloved Wizzer so have put the pups photo on Happy Hounds xx
Hello to everyone with a shared interest in the invaluable work
done by
Ena, Frank and all those who support Second Chance.
Here's a picture
of our much loved and sorely missed dog we lost on
Christmas Eve. We got him from Second Chance way back in 1997 when
Ena was running Second Chance from their home and a hut in the back
garden! We feel privileged to have had him for more than 17 years.
He was totally placid, an expert in telling you what he wanted and
was very much
admired by everyone who met him (except the odd
As you can see
from the news on the site (Happy Hounds), we came up
to leave a bag of food and ended
up with 2 puppies (Buster and
Baillie). We have never had so many
visitors and I have never seen
so many grown men mesmerised by 2 wee
dogs. I had 3 workmen in and
couldn't get them to do what they came for
because they were
totally gaga about the puppies! They are "mint"
apparently. Lol
I am a totally biased puppy mummy but I have to agree
they are absolutely gorgeous and we hope to have them for as long as we
had Wizzer. Here they are having a wee cosy in my dressing gown :-)

Wizzer xx
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