In Memory of
Our Gracie (adopted in 2010) crossed The Rainbow Bridge yesterday, August 21, 2023. She was from the first mixed breed retriever SEVAGRREAT took in who was pregnant in a cold pen. The “red retriever” gave birth on December 2, 2010. Gracie was the best girl EVER and lived 12 3/4 years with us. We are grateful to SEVAGRREAT for allowing us to give her a loving home.
She was a wonderful foster mom to 35+ fosters over the years and a big sister to our rescue pup, Tucker.
I’ve never been so bonded with a pet before and I am forever changed by her passing and, on the bright side, so grateful that SEVAGRREAT allowed us to love her through the years.
When you think of the days of the week, I believe it is fair to say that Everybody Loves Friday. 14 years ago, we named a fluffy marshmallow puppy “Friday”. Since then, we have had the pleasure of experiencing Friday every day of the week. Everyone who met her would comment on how she was so beautiful. When Friday would look at you with those dark brown “baby seal” eyes, you could feel her unconditional love. But it was her inner beauty that truly made Friday so special. She was a blend of everything good and sweet. Friday loved all people and dogs. We could take her anywhere and put her in any situation and not have to worry about how she might react. Friday loved attention and affection, but she did not demand it. Friday had a calming effect with her easy-going temperament. She was a real blood pressure lowering specialist. Hers was a life well lived and loved every day. A happy girl with no interest in dominance, competition, or jealousy. She loved playing with others, swimming, and laying in her sandbox. But her most favorite thing of all was just being with us. She had so much love to share. Friday lived her life with a song in her heart. She enjoyed singing by putting her head back and barking to the music. And she had the best happy dance! She loved it when we sat by the firepit; sometimes she would sing with me while I played the guitar.
There are a lot of words that could be used to describe Friday; yet there are not enough words to portray just how special Friday was. The last 14 years with her have been amazing. It’s been above and beyond all expectations. The memories will live on with us…Friday will live on with us…Forever and Always…. EVERYBODY LOVES FRIDAY…
Toby came to live with us 8 years ago when we lost our last SEVA golden to cancer. We have always had two goldens, so he was welcomed to our family by Cooper. They loved each other and we loved him!
He was a silly boy and loved to dig and hang out in the flowers and would greet everyone with a pillow or toy in his mouth.
We would take daily walks which he adored even though he had a huge fenced yard to run around with Cooper. He survived cancer surgery in his mouth and was missing some gum and teeth, but still a happy fellow following the surgery. Last year his rear legs became weaker and we knew it would continue to worsen. We finally made the heartbreaking decision to let him go and meet his brother, Cooper at Rainbow Bridge (We lost Cooper just 3 months ago to cancer). Toby smiled and kissed us as the vet carried him inside where we laid with him and said Goodbye. Our home and hearts have a terrible void. We Love you Toby.
He arrived on August 18,2022 as a FTA. As soon as we opened the door we were ready to sign the adoption papers. Dad changed his name to Trey, our third SEVA GRREAT golden. Trey was a beautiful English Cream who we described as our Gentle Giant. Trey quickly learned to love his backyard, his walks, his fleece Hugglehounds which quickly became his favorite toys and laying next to dad being serenaded while watching tv. You arrived as a 6 year old, but could show energy, curiosity and that tilt in your eyes reminiscent of a much younger pup. Enjoying perfect health and increased mobility this all ended way too soon when you succumbed to cancer on July 28, 2023. Our deepest gratitude to Jane, Shannon, Barbara and all SEVA GRREAT volunteers for placing Trey with us and to Dr. Leigh Hofmeister, Coastal Vet, for your compassionate and consummate care. Trey, we loved you so and we’re not the same without you.
We were blessed to have Moose in our lives for over 2 years. He was a senior dog but had the energy and goofiness of a puppy. He made us laugh everyday and brought us us so much joy. He loved having his picture taken and was always smiling! It was heartbreaking to say goodbye, but after having a debilitating stroke, we didn’t want him to suffer. He will miss playing with his friend and fellow SEVA golden Lucy, but he has joined his “sister” Stella who preceded him over the rainbow bridge. You were the love of our lives sweet Moose and we hope to see you again one day!
Molly joined us in September 2009 at about 6 months of age. She had been found running loose. She did not know that she won the adoption lottery with two old retired folks who like to travel. Shortly after she joined us she experienced her first RV trip where she got to swim in the James River. That was the first of many trips, where she went swimming in more than 27 states. She made friends at several RV rallies and dipped her paws in the water at Acadia National Park, Lake Michigan, the Colorado River, Oklahoma City, and her favorite – Brohard Paw Park on the Gulf of Mexico in Venice, Florida. She was still quite a puppy in Bozeman, Montana when she retrieved a dead fish instead of the retriever training dummy. She also tried to follow a duck down Spearfish Creek, but we managed to catch her. Although she had a terrible fear of a flyswatter, she never met a person that she did not like and made many friends with her daily walk through the neighborhood. She never complained and was typically happy. She took us through some rough times as she blew out her knee, and had other surgeries. Finally, it was (of course) cancer that took her from us at age 14. We just hope that as she crosses the Rainbow Bridge she finds a great place to swim. We miss her terribly.
I know that “the worst day of my life” is an overused expression, but today is one of those days. Please send prayers and positive vibes as we send Lacey over the Rainbow Bridge this afternoon. The kidney disease and arthritis have taken too much of a toll, so it’s time. Lacey’s having a good day today, which gives me comfort as she deserves a great last day. I’m sure I’ll have much more to say in the coming days about this special girl, and I am trying to stay positive. So I’ll start with pretty much a classic picture of the girls – looking AWAY from the camera. Boy, could she be stubborn about having her picture taken. Soon she’ll be running free, no longer needing the harness lift, and chasing all the tennis balls she wants. We will miss her so much.
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that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine,
and our friends are warm and comfortable.
they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
His eager body quivers.
his legs carrying him faster and faster.
you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…