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In Memory of our beloved friends....

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 and 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 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. The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to break away 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......."


"...Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you...I loved you so - 'twas Heaven here with you."
---Isla Paschal Richardson

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Connor came to GBGRR from Lafayette, Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. When he first came into rescue, he was confined to the cone of shame long enough that he began to think his name was Conehead rather than Andy (the name GBGRR gave him). I renamed him Connor which seemed a more fitting name for the big red boy. After relocating to Denver (coincidentally living on Lafayette Street), Connor became a certified therapy dog and worked for six years in a library reading program as well as volunteering for lots of events for the local golden retriever rescue group. Connor never passed up a pizza crust, brought a smile to the face of everyone he met and was endlessly patient with his little golden brother Midas. He would stand by the front door and complain in his loudest "Roo Roo" voice if he did not get a walk at the regularly scheduled times, even if it was pouring rain or snowing sideways. On hot days, he would stretch out under the swamp cooler and refuse to move even though he blocked the entire hallway. He often slept upside down with all four paws in the air propped up against the back of the couch or a wall. Connor was a happy healthy dog until the last few months when his kidneys began to shut down. We all miss him terribly, but are thankful to have spent so much time with him. Thanks for GBGRR for bringing this special boy into our home.

Jackie, Mike and Midas
February 2017