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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

Pete >>
Posted: 27th April 2011

We were so very sad to hear about wee Pete one of our Jack Russell puppies, was only about 6 months old, had hardly begun to live, when he was killed in a tragic accident

Rest in peace wee man we all had such great fun with you and your siblings while you were with us, we loved you to bits
God bless x x x

Pete
 
Shaun >>
Posted: 22nd April 2011

Hi Ena,
Thanks for your reply. Yes, I worked at the BBC and have a wee dog called Peggy who is missing her big friend at the moment. We moved to Ireland by the sea and Shaun had many happy times running on the beach! He was a great lad and I've put a few words on him below and sent some photos for you to see. (I was looking on your website and Rocky reminds me of him - if only I still lived in Scotland I'd take him a minute - he'd remind me of my big handsome boy). Thanks again Ena.

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Sara so very sorry to hear about Shaun he was such a big lovable lad, glad he found you and your family he had a wonderful life with you.

Sleep well big lad you were so well loved and will be sorely missed by everyone
Ena xxxxx

Shaun  Shaun
Shaun  Shaun
 
Misty >>
Posted: 22nd March 2011

Hi Ena
Two weeks ago Misty went to Rainbow Bridge to join Chip and Winston. She was nearly 17 years old, a Second Chance girl before the days of the Kennels. Chip and her had 15 years together and Misty went on to be leader of the pack of 4 dogs when I moved house. We have lovely memories of her which make us laugh and remember her happy life. Thank you for directing her our way. We have the lovely Sally to keep our link with Second Chance Kennels.

You all do a great job taking in dogs, finding homes for them and keeping up with how they are all getting on...... appreciated by all the lucky owners out there.

Linda

''Good-bye Misty... go find Chip and Winston ... and wait by the bridge ... love Mum x''



Linda so so sorry to hear about Misty she was such a lovely girl, so pleased she found you all those years ago. She has had such a great life with your family and her doggy brothers & sisters..Sleep peacefully wee one knowing how much you were loved by everyone, hope you found Chip & Winston ok.lots of love from all of us here at Second Chance. X x

Misty  Misty
Misty  Misty
Misty  Misty
Misty  Misty
 
Rocco >>
Posted: 19th January 2011

Hi Ena
It is with great sadness that I write this email to you but our loving and faithfull companion Rocco passed away at 7am on 20th october 2010. Thank you very much for allowing us to have 10 wonderfull years with him(as it was pretty hard trying to prize him off you ha ha)He has left a great void in our lives and will be truley missed.

Susan & Scott so sorry about Rocco but he did have a wonderful life with you and your family . Rest in peace big lad knowing how much you were loved by everyone xx.

 
 
Emma >>
Posted: 9th January 2011

Emma 31July 1999 - 31 December 2010
11 Years 5 Months

Hi Ena,
It has been a week now since we lost our wee princess Emma and we are devastated
and broken hearted. She came to us through the kindness of Ena & Mhairi at Second Chance Kennels which we will always be eternally gratefull to. She was such a lovely, good natured, friendly wee girl with a huge personality which everyone loved so much. She was a character and a half and has left such a huge hole in our and her
brother Cesar's life.

What we know now is that she is in no pain and will be having fun at Rainbow Bridge with all her new friends until we all meet again.
We love and miss you so much our wee darling.
Emma R.I.P

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Thank you Isobel & David we were so sorry to hear about your lovely Emma, do you remember how she came into your lives, I'm sure you do. It was at Bark in the the Park when I met you with Cesar, and asked him if he would like a wee pal and the rest is history. Thank you so much for giving Emma such a wonderful home. Rest in peace wee one, you know how much you were loved by your family xxx

Emma  Emma
Emma  Emma
 
Gizmo >>
Posted: 9th December 2010

Gizmo

27th January 2002 - 5th August 2010

Age 8 Years 7 months

All at Second Chance Kennels

It is with a very heavy heart that June and I have to let you know that our beloved and well loved GIZMO had to go to sleep at such a young age 8 years 7 months.

We are so devastated and at a loss of such a smashing wee guy, he was our ‘Little boy with a fur coat on’. Some may say we are too sensitive but we have been shedding many a tear and are stunned.

He had been feeling unwell for some time and recent tests and scans proved Tumours in his stomach and lungs. He had a well loved life and great fun with Fred and Megan, (both rescue dogs).

As you know he was a great little character and was loved by the family and all who met him.

We know it is early days but we have great difficulty accepting that he is not here with us. We know in time we will adjust to this, but we will never stop thinking of and loving him.

We still hear his footsteps as he pads down the stairs or from room to room.

So with a heavy heart we have let him go to RAINBOW BRIDGE.

Could you please please put our beloved GIZMO in that little place just before heaven called Rainbow Bridge where he can become Healthy and strong again

Sleep tight our wee one and remember your not alone.

Love
June John, Fred and Megan xx

Gizmo  Gizmo
Gizmo  Gizmo
 
Kara >>
Posted: 2nd December 2010

Two adorable 16 week old Rottie puppies came in for adoption five weeks ago, girl and boy Kara & Kaiser ( not the names they came in with )
Kara was much smaller than her brother but we never expected the news we got when we took them for their check up ect the vet told us Kaiser was very healthy but wee Kara had a very bad heart murmur. So we took her to see Craig a top cardiologist for animals, he saw us on the 16th Nov.He let Mhairi and myself stay during her heart scan, but the news was devastating he said she could have 9 days / 9 weeks or 9 months but that she wouldn't be in pain she would just go to sleep at some point and just sleep away.Sadly she only had 9 days.
If there was anything we felt good about in her passing is she was not alone she went home with Avril and Harry at tea time on Wednesday night 24th Nov had a good night with them and their boys, was very happy, she went up to their bedroom so they could keep an eye on her, she quite happily went to bed but slept away during the night, how sad is this. Everyone is devastated we all loved her so much she was just an Angel. What is they say A little flower just lent not given to bud on earth and bloom in heaven. She was with us such a short time but wound her paws round everyone's hearts.So Mhairi's mum wrote this wee poem for us and here it is !!!


Sweet Kara was our Rottie and her heart wasn't strong
Cardiologist Craig knew she couldn't last long
But Harry and Avril took her into their home
With son's Cammy and Fraser she was never alone
She was with them for only one very short night
Her passing was painless, she'd just no strength to fight
Though at five months her life had barely begun.
She has a special place in the hearts of everyone x.





Harry and Avril took you along to PAWS R.I.P. Where you were treated with such dignity and we had you back with us at the kennels on Friday 26th Nov..Our thanks to Brenda Billy Dave and Anne.
You can rest in peace wee one xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Here are some pics taken of Kara in her final days with us:

Fraser & Kara, At home with Cammy, happytimes, playtimes, Kara & Kaiser

Kara  Kara
Kara  Kara
Kara  Kara
Kara  Kara
 
Stig ( Our boy) >>
Posted: 26th October 2010

Sir Stig, Pent House Suite, Room 101, Second Chance Kennels,Balbeggie Avenue,Thornton

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Stig who was our resident for over five years at the kennels, has sadly gone to Rainbow Bridge. We can’t begin to tell you how heartbroken and devastated we all are. He was such a big part of life here at the kennels. Everyone who knew him, knew all about his wee ways and what a great loyal loving dog he was. He took ill on Saturday the 16th Oct: we took him to the vets where he stayed all weekend but never showed any sign of recovering. We knew in our heart of hearts that it was his time to go. When Frank Ena & Mhairi had said goodbye to him and came out of the vets to go back to the kennels, it wasn’t raining but there was a huge rainbow in the sky and we knew Stig was telling us that he was now at peace and free from pain.

Rest in peace wee man knowing how much you were loved and will be missed by everyone who knew you at Second Chance xxxxxxxxxx



Our sincere thanks to Brenda Billy and Dave from PAWS R.I.P who treated you with such dignity. You are now safely back at the kennels.

Stig ( Our boy)  Stig ( Our boy)
 
Fergie >>
Posted: 18th August 2010

This is wee Fergie she was adopted over 14 years ago, when we worked from home. Fergie was about 18 months old and her folks absolutely adored her.Her dad wrote Fergie Our Best Friend. Our beautiful dog.Miss you always xxx.Rest in peace lass xxxxxxx

Fergie
 
Badger >>
Posted: 18th August 2010

This is Badger a Border collie who was adopted from here a few years ago sadly he was quite young when he passed over to the Bridge his mum just adored him and his big "sis" Keeva the German Shepherd girl in the photo who sadly passed away three weeks before Badger. So so sad . But they both had a great life with their mum while they were here.Sleep peacefully in the knowledge you were so loved x x

Badger
 
Cassie >>
Posted: 18th August 2010

This is Cassie she was adopted from us when she was eight weeks old.Her " mum " wrote the following.!

This was our wee girl Cassie. We adopted her from Second Chance when she was just a tiny ball of fur at seven weeks oldin January 2002.She has been a very affectionate and loving companion, she was " Our Baby "
Sadly she had lymphatic cancer and even after two big operations we had to put her to sleep, she was only 81/2 years old. She has left a big hole in our lives and we all miss her very much.
Love mum, dad and all the family xx.

Cassie
 
Maisie >>
Posted: 5th July 2010

This wee lass was found wandering the streets when she was about 15 /16 years old, We took her in and she was given the lovely name Maisie by Irene our Oliver's mummy.What a sad wee soul she was, but then her Guardian Angel came along in the form of Brenda who totally fell in love with her and she had eight months of being pampered and loved.We are so very grateful to Brenda and family for giving this wee girl at least some months of knowing what love was.

Rest in peace now Maisie darling knowing how much you were loved at least in the last few months of your wee life xxx

Maisie
 
Winston >>
Posted: 17th June 2010

Weep not for me though I am gone
Into that gentle night
Grieve if you will, but not for long
Upon my soul's sweet flight.
I am at peace, my soul's at rest
There is no need for tears.
For with your love I was so blessed
Although it was only a few months
There is no pain, I suffer not,
Remember not my fight for breath.
Put now these things out of your thoughts,
In your memory I live on.
Please do not dwell upon my death,
But celebrate my life.
Love Winston xxxx


Linda we are all so very sad and sorry that Winston has gone to the Bridge, He was an old man when you took him in and sadly you did not have long with him but the time he had with you and your family was very special, he totally adored you, and followed you everywhere, I know you will miss him especially the click of his nails following you around the house.Just wanted to say thanks from the bottom of our hearts for giving him that special home, and can I say that on behalf of Dogs in Distress Ireland they would also like to send their condolences x x

Winston
 
Jess >>
Posted: 24th March 2010

You are so right guys she did hold a special place in our hearts, you know what we are like with our Rotts and she was so like our Sula who is also now at the Bridge, but Jess was lucky you came along and fell in love with her although you had never even dreamed about owning a Rottie. She was such a good dog and now of course you are converted " Rottie " people now. Jess is now here at the kennels thanks to PAWS R.I.P.Feel free to visit anytime. Take care x x.

Sleep tight Jess knowing how much you were loved x x x


Dear Ena

This is to let you know that Jess had to be put to sleep on Monday 15th March. We are utterly devastated and shocked but we had no choice as she was in so much pain. As you know Jess's main aim in life was to be cuddled and tickled for as long as possible, well that job suited me fine but now there is a great big 'rotti' shaped space and its awful. We know she had a great life with us and was completely spoiled by family and friends alike, but we also know you had a special place in your heart for jess, which is why we thought it would be fitting for her ashes to be back at Second Chance with you. You have been very supportive to us and we are grateful for that.

Thank you Ena,

Graham, Audrey & Amy Mitchell

Jess  Jess
Jess   
 
Jaffa >>
Posted: 25th February 2010

Gordon I was so very sorry to hear about your lovely boy Jaffa, and yes he was a wee star but he had a wonderful life with you and your family.
Sleep easy Jaffa knowing how very much you were loved.

Ena Frank and all at Second Chance.xxxxx


Hi Ena
7 yrs ago I came and adopted "Jaffa" a very handsome red cocker spaniel from yourselves, sadly yesterday he had to be put to sleep. In the time he was with us he was the best dog I think I ever had. Every day he greeted me with a hug and I mean a hug his passing has left a huge hole in the family. He gave love and was given love and I know that he is now in a happy place and that one day we will meet again.
Many thanks for your offer to put Jaffa on Rainbow Bridge this would be great. I miss him so much that I find it hard to describe the pain I feel but I do feel he is in a better place free from pain and happy with the dogs that have gone before. We are fortunate that we have Jaffa's friend still a little Jack a Doodle called Pudsey who seems a bit lost at the moment.

Jaffa
 
Our Beloved Tess >>
Posted: 15th January 2010

We are heartbroken and totally bereft as we have had to say goodbye to you our darling Tess, our constant companion for over fifteen years. I remember well the day we brought you home, we had been fostering dogs for the Pet Care Centre long before we opened the doors of Second Chance. We had fostered about five dogs and found them all good homes, then you came into our lives a wee skinny girl, with the biggest ears and only about a year old, who barked at everyone who looked at you in the kennels. Anyway, you came home and we had Sula our lovely Rottie girl ( also sadly at the Bridge )and Smokey our wee cat, well we took you outside to introduce you and have to say you weren’t impressed with either Sula or Smokey but with love and understanding Sula became your friend but you only suffered Smokey all those years. Michael our grandson was very young at the time and used to come along on our walks down the park, we couldn’t make up our minds whether to name you Bess or Tess but Michael liked Tess, so that became your name although Shadow would have been more appropriate, as you followed me everywhere. We were doing car boots at the time trying to raise the money to build the Second Chance Kennels, It was a Sunday morning and of course you and Sula came along with us, someone expressed an interest in giving you a home and asked if he could meet you, well you jumped from the front seat to the back seat everywhere to get away from this poor man, I should have known then you were trying to say you wanted us to be failed fosterers but I thought I have to let you go and rehomed you after a home visit. Your dad Frank was night shift I remember vividly as I cried all night when you went and your Dad came home in the morning and asked where you were, I said I have rehomed her, he said oh why Ena she was so meant to stay with us, phone and see if she settled so at 8:45 on the Monday morning I phoned but they said you hadn’t settled, I was at their door before 9am, you were out in the garden I called you in I was sitting on the couch you put your paws round my shoulders and cuddled your wee face into my neck that was over fifteen years ago, the rest is history. No more chasing stones here sweetheart we just hope the Bridge has a plentiful supply for you. We used to laugh at you as you would have one in your mouth and if you saw another one on the ground you used to point your nose at it, you did make us laugh. You have been such a wonderful companion all these years, we couldn’t have asked for a more loyal loving girl. and we are totally lost without
you our darling girl, you have left a very large void in our lives. Kyra, Jet and wee Sandy miss you too. We called the vet to the house as we knew in our heart of hearts you were telling us it was your time to go, you slipped away so very peacefully, in the room where you used to lie beside me when I was on the computer We took you to Paws RIP, and when we got your ashes back I tucked you safely into a wee doggy pyjama case, I had you lying bedside me on the couch, when wee Sandy came over and snuggled into you, it was so lovely but so heartbreaking it was as if he knew you had come home Tess, back into the bosom of the family who totally adored you. Have fun at the Bridge while you wait for us to join you Tess, hopefully you will meet up with all the family dogs and have fun playing in the sun free from pain. You are only ever a heartbeat away. Lots of love from your ever loving Mum & Dad and all the family & friends who knew and loved you.
God Bless xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx





First pic is Tess coming out of the dog warden van.the day she was picked up as a stray, the people who didn't claim her lost out on so much .2nd pic with her dad on a picnic coming back from a rare holiday in Inverness.3rd is Tess at Riverside Aberdeen.

Tess having a swim at Riverside and here she is with Michael & Ryan our grandsons playing at being referee.

This is Tess two days before we had to say goodbye, she is just so so lovely and lastly Tess with our Sula x

To Ena & Frank.

We know you'll shed many tears
To mourn Tess your companion of years
You've seen her black coat turn to venerable grey
And now your dear shadow has slipped quietly away.
But now that her time has come to depart
Keep her sweet memory locked in your heart.

Our Beloved Tess  Our Beloved Tess
Our Beloved Tess  Our Beloved Tess
Our Beloved Tess  Our Beloved Tess
Our Beloved Tess   
 
Meggie >>
Posted: 12th December 2009

Valerie & Andrew we were so so very sorry to hear about Meggie and your right she was a very special and she had a very special Mum & Dad. To think where she came from to the life she had with you both, we will never be able to thank you enough for all the love you showered on her.


Hi Ena

I can't believe that it has been a week since we had to say goodbye to our wee darling Meggie. We were so blessed to have her join our family, she was such a special little girl and has left a huge gap in our lives. She had a lovely personality and was loved by everyone she met. I have attached some photo's of her travels - the one with Andrew in the boat you would think she is laughing at him. We will keep in touch and maybe one day we will be equally blessed with another of your special doggies - but for now we are still getting used to not having her with us.

God Bless

Valerie and Andrew

Meggie  Meggie
Meggie  Meggie
Meggie  Meggie
 
Murphy >>
Posted: 27th November 2009

This is our wee Murphy I used to call him my wee hairy whippet cross, an absolute wee darling.Who found such a wonderful forever home with Kirsten John Gemma & Jade. Thank you guys for giving our wee lad such a lovely home.


It is with a very broken and heavy heart that I write to tell you that Murphy (Our little hairy whippet mix) passed away in June of this year.Murphys heart was willing but his body became to frail and so with the help of his vet Jo we made the hard decision to let him go and be fixed by the angels at rainbow bridge.
It has as you know Ena taken so long to put something on Rainbow Bridge for our boy, as we couldn’t find the words for the pain we as a family are in over the loss of our Murphy dude.

Murphy you came to us a 9yr old! and we had you for a short time, but no time would have been long enough with you. It did not take us very long to realise that you were such a special boy. Who became a therapet and brought joy to not just us as a family but to many people in the homes that you visited. You introduced us to Ena and Frank and along with Janet and Mhairi, we are sure that we have found friends for life in them, as we through you, became part of Second Chance.
You introduced me to the fun companion dog shows winning Best Veteran in Show many times over, through your scruffy appeal. But best of all you became my best friend, a loyal companion to me when times were tough, you never left my side and for that I will always love you, for what the heart as once known and loved it never forgets. Go and play with your brother and sisters Murfi-man, Blaze, Honey and Zorro at Rainbow Bridge and wait there for us, as when its my turn, the bridge is the first stop I am making. And know that you gave the rest of the gang you left behind very big shoes to follow in. I will love and treasure the memory’s we had together and know this, You have a place in my heart that solely belongs to you.
Play well as time passes quickly at the bridge.

Loving you always and forever
Mum, Dad, Jemma, Jade
Tizer, Bob, Jess, Gayle, Barry X

Murphy
 
BIlly Boy & Robbie >>
Posted: 9th November 2009

Hi
We adopted Billy Boy, a cross Collie a while ago from you and he brought joy to the whole family including Angel our German Shepherd. Unfortunately, Billy Boy had to be put to sleep because of cancer and he is sorely missed. My husband was very close to him and we also lost Robbie to heart failure in April. Anyway, I would like to say thank you to Ena & Second Chance Kennels for allowing Billy Boy to become a member of our family.
All the best for the future xxxxx

Brenda so very sorry to hear about your beloved boys, may they rest easy knowing how very much loved they both were.

Sleep in peace boys, lots of love from your folks and all at Second Chance. xxxxxxx

 
 
Buster >>
Posted: 28th September 2009

Just a wee note to let you know that our Buster (known as Tim when he was with you) was put to sleep on Thursday he'll be very much missed we had a great 6 years with him thank you for letting us have him.

Dawn, Graham & Ben

We were all so very sorry to hear about Buster ( Tim as we knew him here) He was so lucky to have found you and Graham after he was just abandoned and left to his own devices. We all adored him while he was with us and were so pleased when he found a new home. So thank you once again for being so kind to him in the six years you had him, we will always be so grateful to you and Graham.

Buster sleep easy big man knowing you were so well loved and will be sorely missed.

Love from your mum & dad and from all of us here at Second Chance xxxxxxx

Buster
 
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