Monday, 28 October 2013 20:15
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We picked Ben up from kennels at Braco when he was 13 months old. He was a bit of a wild thing and had led a very sheltered life. He had golf ball sized matted hair balls behind each ear, was under weight and very dirty. After we brought him home he and Heidi, our older GSD got on famously, but there was only one boss. Guess who? Yes, the female. Ben could have eaten all day long and one day he helped himself to half a haggis from the kitchen worktop. He had a lot to learn but he eventually became a lovely well mannered boy with some help from his Auntie Linda.

We would go for long walks along the river and through the woods near where we stay, but his favourite place was on the beach near our holiday home on the west coast, where he would chase sticks and sea gulls for hours on end.

Sadly after 6 years of being loved and giving love, great pleasure and endless amusement, we had to make the heartbreaking decision to put him to sleep as he had an aggressive tumour near his heart. It was with great sadness and lots of tears that we had to send him over the 'Rainbow Bridge' to join Heidi. We will miss our beautiful boy terribly but be comforted in the knowledge that he is in no pain and be forever grateful that he touched our lives and our hearts.

Norrie and Rhona Davies

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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....


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