|Our newest family member, Lily, came to us from the Virginia Beach SPCA. She is a rescue from a puppy mill in West Virginia that was shut down due to poor treatment and living conditions. She was about 1 year old when we got her in September 2008 (1st photo). She quickly adapted to our way of life (2nd photo) and now runs the household. She loves fetching a tennis ball, inside and outside the house, and will keep you busy with it all day long if you let her. After a year with us she has lost her shyness and is now a very affectionate little girl.|
|Our sweet boy TC has passed over the Rainbow Bridge and is now at peace. About 15 years old, he had 12 wonderful years with us after we rescued him from the SPCA. A shy boy, he stayed in the background except when dinner time came around. Then he was always front and center. He was great friends with Mr. Herd, and was never far from him. TC's body had finally given all it could, although he was a true fighter, trying so hard to walk but couldn't. He had spells where he wouldn't eat for days, weakening him further. His quality of life was gone, and it was with deep sorrow and pain that we helped to relieve him of his deteriorating earthly bounds. He left us on November 19, 2007, but will forever be in our hearts. He now rests close to Mr. Herd once again, under a Redbud tree on our property. (Photo taken April 2003.)|
|Mr Herd, the patriarch of our family, passed away today at 20 years, 1 month and 1 day old. He lived a long, happy life with us and we will miss him dearly. We love you very much Mr Herd. - July 4, 2001.|
|Herd's 20th birthday - June 3, 2001.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. HERD!!!!!!!
|Our new family member, Theadore J. Beare (Teddy), enjoying life at home. - August 22, 2000|
|A medical condition took Jack's life unexpectedly today. He was only 7 months old. These photos were taken in July 2000. He was a perfect little man...very loving and so full of life and energy. We love you and miss you very, very much Mr. Jackaroo. - August 4, 2000|
|My sister's dachshund, Precious, had pups, and they all came to visit. From left to right, Brunhilda, Roudy, Teddy, and Bruno. Brunhilda and Bruno go to my parents, Roudy is my sister's, and Teddy is coming to us. July 10, 2000|
|A real milestone, Herd celebrated his 19th birthday June 3, 2000.|
|The newest addition to our family.......Mr. Jackaroo, or Jack. April, 2000|
|Four on a couch. From left to right, there's Oscar, Willie, Heidi and Herd.|
|Three boys at Christmas. From left to right, Oscar, Willie and Herd.|
|Herd in the kitchen, looking hopeful. He could stare down a person for hours to get something to eat!|
|Willie taking a nap after a hard day. Protecting the house is such hard work for a little boy.|
|Willie posing for a picture. What a ham. He always knew when a camera was around.|
|TC (short for 'Too Cute') in the kitchen. Our newest addition to the family has learned quickly from Herd.|
|Willie sitting with his Dad. Getting his belly rubbed was something we both enjoyed doing.|
|The alien creatures say, "Take us to your leader so we can get something to eat."|
|Herd and TC relaxing while the Christmas tree is being decorated - 12/99.|
|Samantha (white), MJ (tan) and Brownie helping Peg make a cheesecake - 01/00.|
|Herd is in the kitchen helping too - 01/00.|
|TC thinks it's better to help in the kitchen from a distance - 01/99.|
Within days after Willie's death in 1994, I wrote a short story about his last day. You can read it by clicking
This is the first time I've made it available to the public. If you are an emotional person, you may want to have a tissue handy.
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There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play all day with each other.
There is only one thing missing. They are not with the special person who loved them on Earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! The nose twitches! The ears are up! The eyes are staring! And this one suddenly runs from the group!
You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.
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Updated: August 16, 2009