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Mallie (9th March 2000 – 9th May 2013)

Mallie came to live with us on the 5th February 2010, a month before her 10th birthday. I remember driving down to meet her in Edinburgh and upon my arrival she was so friendly and warm that I couldn't help but love her. She came home with me the same day and I think she'd decided that she liked me too, because as soon as the car was opened she jumped straight in and looked at me as if to say... "Where to my friend!?".... little did she know she would be headed for Aberdeen!

Although I expected Mallie to be a bit unsure of her new home and wasn't completely sure of what she'd experienced in her life previously, she settled in immediately and seemed completely at home. She loved everything around her and was so gentle and friendly to anyone she met. She was particularly maternaland protective of any puppies or toddlers that she met.

After rushing out and buying her more toys than any dog could need, I discovered that Mallie wasn't one for toys, but she loved to go on forest walks, hill walking and to the beach and she especially loved being in the car and takingin the views on route to her adventures. She also loved chasing bubbles!

Mallie was such a dear friend and after I had a bereavement, she was the best therapy anyone could wish for. She gave me a fabulous 3 years and I was honoured to have given her a fabulous retirement.She was in pretty good health for her age and although she was slowing down and a bit stiff in her back legs, she was so full of beans and eager to get involved in everything. The vet was always happy with her and loved seeing her, describing her as possibly the most placid GSD they'd ever met.

Sadly overnight her front legs went and she wasn't able to stand or walk around. It was such a hard decision to make, but it wouldn't have been fair to have let her suffer. She ended her days with me and my sister holding her paws and will be scattered on one of her favourite walks at Loch Muick next year.

We only had her for 3 years, but that was much longer than I thought we'd have her and it felt like a lifetime. We might have given her a home, a family and the love she deserved, but we got a whole lot more from our best friend!



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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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