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Rio died very suddenly and unexpectedly on the 26th July 2012.

He came to us 4 years ago, and from day one it was as if he had been with us forever.

A gentle loving big guy, he was a very quick learner, and so easy to train.

He loved being outside, loved his walks, hunting rabbits and squirrels, and being in the river or in the sea, travelling in the car. Hated the shops. Some of his morning walks could end up in a pack of 9 or 10 dogs.

He also liked his caravan holidays. He would meet other dogs sniffing and allowing them to sniff him, and then just walk on.

He was a foster brother to several other Shepherds over the years.

With some he was quite protective, and others quite aloof. But he accepted them in his home.

An absolutely fantastic dog who is and will be sadly missed.

The fun and joy this fella gave us is immeasurable.



An empty space in the kitchen
Empty space in the Hall,
Empty space where his bed was
Against that wall,
Empty space in the garden,
Where my Rio lay
Empty spaces all over every
Single day.
Empty space morn and evening
Now that we are apart,
But the biggest empty space
Is deep in my heart.

Bye Bye my Darlin.


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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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