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In Memory of


March 20,  1989 to April 6,  2001

I never had a dog before,  you were my first.   You were so tiny with floppy ears and a confident attitude.   When you kissed my face that first time,  I just fell head over heels in love with you.

I thought I was fully prepared for you when I brought you home,  the one thing I had forgotten was a leash and I put you in the bathroom so youíd be safe.   I put the shower curtain inside the tub,  took out the trash can and took my robe off the back of the door.   I figured youíd be safe and couldnít do much damage either.    I was only gone for 15 minutes.   I opened the bathroom door and the one thing I hadnít thought of was the one thing you had to play with - the toilet paper.   It was everywhere,  behind and around the toilet,  all over the floor but most of all wrapped all around you.   You were completely covered except for one ear,  one eye and your wagging tale!   I just sat on the floor and laughed hard.

The joy you brought me that day,  you continued to bring me through your whole life.   My best friend?   You were with me through every crisis,  you licked all my tears,  you sighed when I sighed - you snored in my ear!   You won the hearts of those who said they hated animals,  you let children poke you in the eyes and ears and pull your tale - you never growled or complained?   Even when we brought home a little kitten Tess,  you were brave.

But time took its toll and your little body became so frail,  but you didn't complain.   I wish I were as brave as you were,  I will never forget our last moments together as you comforted me - you were ready and knew I wasnít.   You closed your eyes so peacefully in my arms and now the quiet is so loud,  I almost canít bear it.   I never realized all the little sounds you made.   I rejoice to know now that youíre with Jesus and youíre whole,  healthy,  happy and running around.   I know you will be there waiting for me,  but I canít help being sad that you arenít here with me.   Who will lick the tears from my face,  who will protect me from the thunder at night?   My Quincy,  you will always be in our hearts and we will love you forever.

Love,   Mommy,  Adam and Tess

Beyond the Rainbow

As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,  I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade.   I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble free,  where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.

I saw the most beautiful rainbow and on the other side were meadows rich and beautiful lush and green and wide!   And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see were every sort of animal,  as healthy as could be!

My own tired failing body was fresh and healed and new and I wanted to go run with them but I had something left to do.   I needed to reach out to you to tell you I'm alright,  that this place is truly wonderful - then a bright glow pierced the night.   'Twas the glow of many candles shining bright and strong and bold and I knew then that it held your love in it's brilliant shades of gold.

For although we may not be together in the way we used to be we are still connected by a cord that no eye can ever see.

So whenever you need to find me we're never far apart if you look beyond the rainbow and listen with your heart.

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