Rainbow Bridge

This page is dedicated to all the dogs of our lives. 
Those dogs that have enriched our lives and that wait for us on the Rainbow Bridge.

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....

Author unknown.

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Wren (2005-2020)

Wren picked us on 26 Nov 2006 and came to live with us in St Louis. She had two sisters, Gwynedd (border collie mix) and Lillie (mini schnauzer). She had a great time with them when she and Gwynedd would 'herd' Lille, one from each side of the garden until Lillie had enough. Wren also liked the frisbee and tennis ball and would chase them around but brought them back very occasionally. We had ducks land in the pool until she arrived and decided go in after them, haven't had them since. However, when she was 2 to 3 years old we noticed a change in her, bumping into things. We took her to two ophthalmic vets and they said she has "collie eye". Over the next years she slowly lost her sight but her sisters stepped up and looked after her, with Gwynedd taking the roll as mother. She learned very quickly that she was to walk between them and with the light fencing around the pool still made her way out to the grass in the backyard. We did have one fright with her when she was about 6 or 7. She had an allergic reaction to one of her shots and had to spend three days in hospital but once that was over it was back to normal.

Everybody loved her and when we were out walking people would say to us but she was a beautiful dog. She was never any bother, never complaining, even at the end when she was in pain. Just a loving companion/friend/member of the family.

Wren crossed the Rainbow Bridge to be with her sisters the morning of May 19th, 2020. She will be greatly missed but always loved.

Paul and Becky and her new sister Pippi

Fez (2002 - 2019)

RIP Fez. Hard to put into words…Just shy of 18 years old you gave it your all. Fez came into our lives right after my grandma passed away. You helped my dad in ways that no one else could. Fez was the protector of family from the start. He excelled in flyball, rally, obedience and agility. He always enjoyed it and gave it his best every time in or outside the show ring. Fez loved being silly and had best timing for making people laugh. You can now run free and enjoy playing with your tennis ball and water games. I love you sooo much and will hold on to all the great memories we made. You were the best dog ever. Until we meet again...


Pippi (fka Mitzie) 2005 - 2019

I want to thank you for 14 amazing years with Pippi (originally called "Mitzie") whom I adopted from Mo Kan BC Rescue in August 2005 from a foster home near Kansas City. Pippi came into my life at about 1.5 years old when I was a graduate student in St. Louis. Like her namesake Pippi Longstocking, she had a friendly and adventurous spirit her entire life, quickly befriending anyone she encountered. When I adopted her, she was still so agile that she could jump my 6-foot privacy fence to socialize with the neighbor dog that lived behind us.

A few years later, she moved with me across the country to Baltimore, Maryland where she became a neighborhood fixture. Although some politicians may think of West Baltimore as a "disgusting, rat-infested" place "no human being would want to live," Pippi reveled in the positive attention she received from neighborhood kids and adults alike. She made the 'hood her home.

I'm so grateful to have had her in my life and want to thank all the volunteers and staff at Mo Kan BC Rescue for their work on behalf of dogs like Pippi. She was a scrawny,shy girl with patchy fur when I met her but she blossomed into the most incredible and loyal companion.

Thank you!


Freya (Maggie) (2007 - 2019)
With great sadness our Freya crossed over the rainbow bridge 
She brought laughter into our life's and stole our hearts and what food items she could counter surf and get. Run free my girl. We adopted her in 2007 she was named Maggie by you. We renamed her Freya...she was loved and will be missed.

Tess (2006 - 2019)

I remember when we first met at your foster home, you were confined to a kennel recovering from heart worms. (You were called Gael back then.) What a beautiful dog you were and when your foster mom let you out of the kennel, you went tearing around the house trying to expend all of that pent-up energy. I knew immediately you were the dog for me and we took you home shortly after we first met.

We quickly found out that you were super food-motivated, which was possibly an artifact of your having been a hungry stray with puppies. The first clue was when you climbed a bookcase to get at a bar of lye soap which was on the top shelf (which you fortunately decided wasn’t actually edible). There was also the time you ate a whole batch of chocolate scones with raisins and had to have your stomach pumped and, also, the macadamia nut incident which temporarily caused your back legs to not work properly. Scarier was the time you ate a whole bottle of Deramaxx and had to spend two weeks at the Blue Pearl vet. You were definitely prone to misadventures but that never diminished the love I felt for you.

I still have my fond memories of you basking in the sun on the Indiana farm and going mushroom hunting with the boys. You pranced your way into my wife’s heart and became her protector. Now you’re gone, lost to old age, and we’re heartbroken. I truly hope you loved your time with us as we loved our all too short time with you.

Goodbye sweet, sweet girl. If there is a God, we will meet again.

Jeff & Karen Johnson

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