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Old 09-04-2011, 02:00 PM   #1
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Gideon Has Passed

I'm sad to report that after a 5 month battle Gideon, our maltese, has lost his fight with auto-immune disease. After his seventh blood transfusion since April on Thursday he had a delayed reaction to the transfusion, and went into system failure. this afternoon we made the decision to release him from his suffering. He is now waiting for us at the foot of the Rainbow Bridge.

We will miss him terribly, he was a very special boy.
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Old 09-04-2011, 02:01 PM   #2
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I am sorry to hear about Gideon. We had a dog with an auto immune disease and we had to make that same painful decision.
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Old 09-04-2011, 02:10 PM   #3
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Jan and Polly,

I know you are aware of the Rainbow Bridge Poem, but, it always helps us deal with the passing of our little ones.

* * * * * * * *

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, 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 each 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. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run 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....

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Old 09-04-2011, 04:18 PM   #4
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I am SO sorry about your baby, Gideon. It is so difficult to make that decision. My heart and prayers go out to you.
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Old 09-04-2011, 05:32 PM   #5
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Very sorry to hear of your loss.
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Old 09-04-2011, 06:01 PM   #6
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So sorry to hear about your Gideon. My Penny passed last year and it was so hard on me.My prayers are with you.

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Old 09-05-2011, 04:00 PM   #7
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Our heartfelt sympathies go out to you. I hope that soon you will remember all the good times and the tough ones will fade. We all need to cherish those times with our furry friends.

Sincere thoughts, Lynne and Walt
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:39 PM   #8
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It's tough to lose a beloved family member. The pain is the same no matter the species. It has been said that a persons humanity can measured by the degree of loss we feel when we must part with our pets.
Be glad and revel in the great times that you have had with Gideon. The pain, while intense now, will lessen and your memories will keep you warm and bring smiles in the years to come.

A story for you:
An old man and his dog were walking down this dirt
road with fences on both sides, they came to a gate
in the fence and looked in, it was nice - grassy,
woody areas, just what a 'huntin' dog and man would
like, but, it had a sign saying 'no trespassing' so
they walked on.

They came to a beautiful gate with a person in white
robes standing there. "Welcome to Heaven"
he said. The old man was happy and started in with his
dog following him.

The gatekeeper stopped him. "Dogs aren't allowed,
I'm sorry but he can't come with you." "What
kind of Heaven won't allow dogs? If He can't come in,
then I will stay out with him. He's been my faithful
companion all his life, I can't desert him now.
" "Suit yourself, but I have to warn you,
the Devil's on this road and he'll try to sweet talk you
into his area, he'll promise you anything, but, the dog can't
go there either. If you won't leave the dog, you'll
spend Eternity on this road " So the old man and
dog went on.

They came to a rundown fence with a gap in it, no gate,
just a hole. Another old man was inside. "Scuse me Sir,
my dog and I are getting mighty tired, mind if we come in
and sit in the shade for awhile?" "Of course, there's
some cold water under that tree over there. Make yourselves
comfortable " "You're sure my dog can come in?
The man down the road said dogs weren't allowed
anywhere." "Would you come in if you had to leave
the dog?" " No sir, that's why I didn't go to
Heaven, he said the dog couldn't come in. We'll be spending
Eternity on this road, and a glass of cold water and some
shade would be mighty fine right about now. But, I won't
come in if my buddy here can't come too,
and that's final. "

The man smiled a big smile and said "Welcome to Heaven."
"You mean this is Heaven? Dogs ARE allowed? How come that
fellow down the road said they weren't?" "That was the
Devil and he gets all the people who are willing to give up a life
long companion for a comfortable place to stay.
They soon find out their mistake, but, then it's too late.
The dogs come here, the fickle people stay there.
GOD wouldn't allow dogs to be banned from Heaven. After all,
HE created them to be man's companions in life, why would he
separate them in death?"

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Old 09-06-2011, 04:32 AM   #9
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Very nice CORattler.

And then there is Rainbow Ridge, another nice one.

Sorry for your loss.

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Sorry to about Gideon.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:43 PM   #11
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Thank you all for your kind words.
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