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This is "Emily" our female Great Pyrenees Mountain dog.

She was 9 1/2 years old but we only had her for the past 2 years as she was a rescue dog. In that 2 years she stole everyone's heart & became part of our family.

We had to take Emily to the vets yesterday and have her euthanized since she was suffering & in pain.

Below is one version of a poem called "The Rainbow Bridge"
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I'm going for surgery tomorrow & will be in for 5 days, so I won't be able to respond for the next week.
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EMILY

May 2001 - August 30, 2010

There is a bridge connecting heaven and earth called the Rainbow Bridge due to it's many colours.

When a beloved pet dies, it goes to this special place . There are meadows and hills for all of the pets 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 now healthy and young, the hurt or maimed are 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 thing; they miss that special person who loved them on Earth.

The day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent, her eager body quivers, her ears are up. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your beloved pet finally meet, you take her into your arms and embrace together in joyous reunion. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress the head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, who has been gone from your life, but was never absent from your heart.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated....

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Sep 01 2010 00:13 GMT peterpinhole
So sorry to hear of your loss...she was beautiful.
Speedy recovery from your surgery.
Sep 01 2010 03:37 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thanks for the kind words peterpinhole!
Sep 01 2010 04:08 GMT corainna
sorry for your loss.. dogs must have another name.. they are moor friends and moor close by our hearts as many humans... i know what means to loos a friend as yours... but u done the best for her.. she dont suffer any moor and she rest in peace now
Sep 01 2010 04:45 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thank you corainna! With animals, the love is unconditional. As long as you care for them & love them, they don't judge you the way some people do.
Sep 01 2010 07:40 GMT Annamaria
Dogs are the best and only true friends of a human!! When you have their love, they will never leave you..... I am sorry for your oss, Linda! A beautiful poem!! Says all we want for our friends when they have died.....

I hope your surgery goes well!! Please take good care, Linda!
Sep 01 2010 13:28 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thanks for all your kind comments Annamaria!
Sep 02 2010 21:34 GMT twsottawan PRO
Beautiful dog and well photographed. My condolences at your loss of her.
Sep 04 2010 02:41 GMT martini957
So sorry for your loss of this wonderful animal....so hard to let go of them : (
Hope all goes well with your surgery and soon you are as good as new : )
Sep 07 2010 19:34 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thanks for your kind comments twsottawan.
Sep 07 2010 19:35 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thanks martini957! I'm finally home today & all has gone well.
Sep 08 2010 09:28 GMT craftwise
so sad about your loss; i adore dogs and they actually become like children. Hope your recovery will be speedy and complete.
Sep 08 2010 18:05 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thank you for the kind thoughts craftwise!
Sep 12 2010 17:35 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thank you Joe.
Sep 12 2010 17:51 GMT poshbird
I write this with tears in my eyes.............. I am so sorry for your loss Linda, I cant bear to think of my life without my dogs. She was a real beauty and I know you would have brought one another so much love and joy. :-)

So pleased your surgery went well. Take care. X
Sep 12 2010 22:28 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thank you for your thoughts poshbird, it's appreciated.

Yes, our dogs are definitely a part of our family. We only had her for the past 2 years as she was a rescue dog, but at least I know her last 2 years were good for her (and us).
Sep 15 2010 20:12 GMT Nodster
has the dog just come out of a tumble dryer cartoon style?
Sep 15 2010 20:19 GMT Rabbitwmn
No Nodster, this is the kind of coat that a Great Pyrenees should have!
Sep 26 2010 20:39 GMT littleweaver
Nice series. She will be in your heart forever!
Sep 28 2010 23:50 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thank you littleweaver
Sep 30 2010 03:22 GMT hbla PRO
she's a beautiful girl.
this is a good story and I believe it's true.
it's kept me from totally losing it a time or two.
til we meet again!
Oct 01 2010 05:20 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thank you for the kind comments hbla, let's hope it's true!
Oct 01 2010 05:43 GMT sini
So sorry about your dog. It's a lovely series of pictures to remember!:)
Oct 01 2010 23:29 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thank you for your thoughts sini.
Oct 05 2010 07:05 GMT Elaine123
what a beautiful Dog, so sorry to hear about your pet, I could only read the first two line,s it brings to many sad memories back for me with my dogs, it is a sad time the say time you forget, bleive me you do not,
Oct 05 2010 13:41 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thank you Elaine123. Over the years we have lost a number of dogs, partly because we are always "rescuing" the older dogs. You're right, you don't forget but it does get easier to deal with as time goes by.
Oct 10 2010 07:08 GMT Bellavista
So sorry to hear of your loss, she was beautiful.
That is so heart warming you always rescuing the older dogs!
Oct 10 2010 17:10 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thanks Bellavista!
Oct 15 2010 17:03 GMT Icandoit
So sorry for your loss of this wonderful animal.
Oct 15 2010 22:53 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thank you Icandoit.
Oct 16 2010 11:05 GMT Ettie14
Arrrh that is sooo sad, and what a beautiful dag she was. And lovely photo
Oct 17 2010 05:01 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thanks for the nice comments Ettie14.
Nov 13 2010 21:40 GMT kamilla
sorry for your loss, she was a beautiful dog!
Nov 16 2010 21:53 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thank you kamilla! I've been having health & computer problems this past few weeks so my time on here has been "hit & miss".
Feb 05 2011 19:15 GMT u40
very nice work...
Feb 06 2011 01:20 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thanks u40!

Hopefully I'll be back to uploading again :-)
Apr 23 2011 18:31 GMT toerien
I hope you have recovered well Linda!
May 25 2011 11:18 GMT Rabbitwmn
Thank you hunju!
Feb 12 2013 15:34 GMT mellie
I just saw this beautiful shot of your dog, Emily. She was a lovely girl.

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