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PLEASE CLICK HERE TO OPEN A SHORT CLIP ... ANOTHER LOOK AT THE BRIDGE WE ALL HOPE AND PRAY WE WILL CROSS SOMEDAY .....

Just this side of heaven is a place called the rainbow bridge.  When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the rainbow bridge.  There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.  There is food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.  All the animals that are ill and old are restored to health and vigor.  Those who were hurt or mamied are made whole and stong 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 that had to be left behind.  They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.  Their  bright eyes are intent.  Their  eager body quivers.  Suddenly they begin to run from the group, flying over the green, their  legs carry them  faster and faster.  You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet you cling together in a 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 the rainbow bridge together.
Isabelle age 4 passed away September 2006
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Isabelle was my 4 pound baby girl Chihuahua.  It is with heart felt sorrow I write this today.  It has taken 2 months for me to put this together as the sadness cut so deep I found it hard to breath at times.  My baby Isabelle was 4 years old and the love of my life.  She has been all over the United States taking vacations and business trips.  She was kind and loved everyone.  Isabelle was my personal pet and welcomed all rescues she saw enter our home.  Two months ago Isabelle crawled under the fence where a dog aggressive rescue dog was exercising in the September sun.  With horror and disbelief  I screamed and reached for her, the large dog tossed her like a chew toy.  It was as if it happened in slow motion and I have replayed the scene over and over in my mind.  I was only a second away from reaching out to my baby and when the large dog released her she looked up at me in horror and shock and pain.  I saw the look on her sweet face that I had kissed a million times.  She was rushed to the vet and on to Akron where they have a speciality orthopedic hospital.  I could live with the fact that I would have to carry her for the rest of her life.  I have dogs that can't walk and my little 4 pound Isabelle would live out the rest of her life as a princess.   Her spine was fractured and the day after the accident she passed into the arms of God and surly waits for me at the rainbow bridge.  She waits with all the dogs that have passed away here at Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary.  Some we did not know for long but we loved just the same.  A part of my life, a part of my heart waits at the bridge.  I love you Isabelle. 

In memory of Scruffy, Hercules, Mr. Rabbit, Joker, Ace, Lucky and our special friend Bailey.

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Sampson, Hera, Zeus and the Chew

Molly passed away August 8, 2006
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She died at home being held by those that loved her. She was 12 1/2 years old.

Molly died as I held her in my arms. With tears flowing I told her to go ahead and pass.  All the years of receiving insulin injections and blood tests sometimes sticking her repeatedly  were over and she could now rest in peace. 

Loyal friends that have touched our lives

Hera, on the right of the photo is no longer with us however, she is a survivor.  Hera had breast cancer removed and lived 2 more wonderful years.  When her hind legs no longer supported her she was carried to the lake for a daily swim.  Her mind was sharp and never missed a trick.  When she could no longer make it to the lake in the back of the golf cart she would be content to swim in a pool that was placed in the drive way.  Hera's soul mate Zeus ( bottom left ) had his own physical problems and on the day Hera died at the age of 7, we let him say good bye and see her one last time.  Zeus sniffed around her body and then walked back to the house with his head held down, never to eat  or drink another thing from that day on.  Zeus died at the age of 9 just 2 days after Hera. Now their bodies rest together, side by side and their sprits wait at the rainbow bridge.
   

Lucky came to us from North Carolina
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We tried our best but his age must have gotten to him. God bless Lucky. Passed away Nov. 23, 06

 
 
Pearl - Heart Worm Positive

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Pearl passed away today June 5,2006 words can not express our loss.  She was loved and will be missed deeply. She died of renal failure.

Pearl is a Hound / Lab mix.  She came into rescue 4/29/06 from a dog pound in southern Ohio.  Pearl is a senior that has had a hard way to go in life.  She was adopted a few months ago and found to be heart worm positive.  She was returned to the pound.  The pound workers fell in love with her from the moment they saw her.  She spent almost 3 months at the pound and was saved from euthanasia several times because of her sweet disposition, calm and loving attitude.  The wonderful workers at the pound made one last attempt to get Pearl into rescue and contacted Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary.  Pearl came up on a rescue transport a few days ago. She is non aggressive, knows her name, calm, willing to please.  She gets along with all the dogs and we are going to give her the chance she needs.  Pearl is going in for heart worm treatment May 4, 2006. Please say a prayer for this very deserving soul as she goes through a tough procedure that will save her life.  When she comes home Pearl will be up for adoption and we hope someone will see the inner beauty we see in this old girl.  Please visit our website for updates and if you would like to make a donation towards Pearls medical expenses to help with the cost please send them to AVON LAKE ANIMAL CLINIC 124 MILLER RD. AVON LAKE, OH 44012  C/O PEARL.
UPDATE MAY 5, 2006.
It is with much sadness I am forwarding this letter that was sent to the dog pound that saved Pearl from a gas chamber death and made every attempt to get her into a rescue.  That is how Pearl found her way to Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary.
 
LETTER SENT TO PREBLE COUNTY DOG POUND 5-4-06.
 
I just wanted you to know about Pearl.  She is at the vet and had the heart worm treatment.  She is not doing well and is now in renal failure.  Pearl will probably only live the weekend and then decisions will have to be made.  We are picking her up this morning and I want to tell you what her last days are going to be filled with.  Pearl is going to sleep in bed with us and she will live out her last days inside the house, were giving her the living room.  Pearl will not be put in a kennel again, ever.  She is going to know more love in the next 3 days then she probably knew her entire life.  We are going to sit with her, talk to her and pet her.  She will have the finest can dog food to eat and fresh cool water at her side.  She will want for nothing. We are going to try to make these last days the best days of her life and she will know heaven started 3 days before she died.  Thank you for saving Pearl - without you we would not have had the pleasure of knowing this fine soul.  When she goes to the Rainbow Bridge she will pass being held in loving arms and tears will be shed, she will now know what its like to be loved and wanted.  
Deborah Parker
Saint Francis Animal Sanctuary Inc.
 
(PEARL LIVED FOR 2 MONTHS AFTER WE TOOK HER HOME FROM THE VET)
 

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Pearl resting in photo above May 13, 2006

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Pearl enjoying a McDonalds double hamburger 5-21-06

Zeus - loved to ride in the golf cart and swim
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He passed away July 2005 and will be greatly missed

Lucky  Rescued from the Portage County Dog Pound.  She was a senior that had breast cancer. She was due to die the day she was rescued.  Lucky lived for 2 years after her surgery.  She never knew a cold night or a hot day after she came into rescue.  Lucky ate the best of food and slept on a pillow that she loved.  She was loved at last, our dearest friend. 
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MOSES MY BABY... PASSED AWAY IN MY ARMS
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THE TIME ON THIS EARTH WAS NOT LONG ENOUGH I LOVE YOU MOSES ONE OF OUR FIRST RESCUE DOGS

JUST A BABY - I STILL CAN HEAR HER CRY ...
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I LOVED YOU NO MATTER WHAT AND I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU .... LITTLE ANGEL

THIS BABY WAS KILLED AT THE LORAIN COUNTY POUND
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WE DID NOT GET TO YOU IN TIME AND THEY TOOK YOUR LIFE AWAY. HE NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO LIVE.

Jelly Bean ( Prissy) past away in my arms.
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I held her and I kissed her ... and I pray she went to her first mom and dad who loved her as I did.

Dusty has gone to the bridge and waits for us all.
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He was adopted to a wonderful lady in Michigan a few months before he passed away. He was loved.

Mac passed away 10/07
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No more injections no more blood sugar checks no more painful sticks... we love you Mac

Old Yeller..... starvation - abuse - neglect
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You found your way to us only for a short time ... we had you --- we will always love you Yeller.

Joe belonged to an old farmer and when Joe was attacked by another dog the man also owned he needed 2 surgeries to repair the wounds and now must stay on medication to prevent seizures the rest of his life. We took him after the farmer had left him behind his barn to die, with the understanding we would pay for his medical expenses if the man gave him to us.  The old man agreed and we have had Joe for the last 10 years.
Joe went to the bridge to wait for us March 2006.  He died of cancer.  His illness was swift and unexpected.  We took him to McDonalds and he had his favorites, double hamburgers and ice cream at Lake View Park.  The vet came out to our vehicle so he would not be frightened.  He was held, cradeled in arms of love. Face to face sharing the last breath of life, we took his pain and made it ours.  We miss you Mr. Joe Joe Joseph.

Mr. Joe is on medication for seizures twice a day
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he was attacked by another dog and left for dead 5 years ago

 

BEAUTY

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Beauty died July 12, 2006 she had cancer.  She passed away being held in loving arms.  Beauty will be missed very much.

Joker - 30+ years old - an old Amish buggy horse.
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Rescued from a ridding stable Loudenville OH 1983. Passed away on 10 /2004
Nickle - found in a garbage can in 1986
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She passed away this summer -July 2005

Ace - remembered with love.
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Scruffy - loved to go on vacation .
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Passed away 2004

Bailey - a special friend that touched our lives.
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Passed away November 2005 age 5