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 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 have 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 ager body begins to quiver.  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...

--Anonymous
These friends, listed in loving memory, have gone to wait at the Rainbow Bridge:
2000
my own Spider (Ketka Spider Web)

2001
Puppy (Flory)
Lady (Freude)
Abby (Manos)
Daisy Mae (Klimek)
Daisy (Hocker)
Amber (Aronson)
Sandy (Trattles)
Micky (MacNamee)

......and my own, Tess (Ch. Ketka's Trufflehunter)
and Sadie's Tillie (Ketka's Blue Light Special)

2002
Gus (Goes)
Mynie (Loose), UCD AGII Ketka's Mynie Wee Hope CD CGC OA OAJ
Sam (Myers)
Jacob (Labar)
Schotzie (Haskins)
Sadie's Popcorn (Ketka's Jiffy Pop)

2003
My first Border Terrier, Rufus (Ketka's All American)  8/21/1988 to 7/3/2003
Dogwood's Minnehaha (Gerig)
Bear (Trattles)
Gretchen (Hahn)
Ginger (Ward)

2004
Dogwood's Charlie Brown (Sernyk)
Cookie (Vertz)
Dakota (Goes)
Bridget (Moore)
Molly (Slemp)

2005
Molly (Niblock)
Jessie (Hahn)
Jet (Herring)
My own Golda (Ketka's Autumn Gold)
Betty (Bickel)

2006
Marty, Jenni, Alex & Logan Miller's Calvin
Captain Jack (Mueller)
Our own Mikey the Beagle

2007
Frisco (Moore)
Dogwood's Roscoe (Sernyk) from 1st litter at Dogwood died Sept. 14th at age 16
Bandit (Agnew) - Cat

2008
Bobbi (Gearhart)
Dutchess (Haithcock)

2009
Dogwood's Otis (Sernyk) from Dogwood's 2nd litter died Jan. 3rd at age 16 years 8 months
Jessie (Cotton)
Rocky (Cotton)
Buster (Hoffman)
Dogwood's Miss Inspector a.k.a. Missy (Stakenas) died in July at almost 12 years
Ch. Dogwood's Great Pumpkin (my own Pumpkin) 15 years
Ch. Otleys-Ketka Manito (my own Manny) 14years 7 months
Major (Motter)

2010
Missy (Mamo)
Honey (Huhn) beloved Boxer of Andrew & Pat

2011
Dogwood's Peaches-N-Cream (my own Peaches) 7/14/95 to 2/7/11
Dogwood's Red Zinger T (Blake) (Peaches' littermate) 7/14/95 to 9/8/11
"Heart is what this dog was always about." Steve Blake
Flash (Hammond)

2012
Dogwood's Newt (VanHouten) 7/27/97 to 9/24/12
Dogwood's Miss Lucy (VanHouten) 11/25/98 to 9/24/12
Dogwood's Digger

2013
Sasha (Ward)
Keeweenaw (Flory)
My own Ketka's Ultimate Prize (Molly) 10/17/03 to 06/26/13

2014
Sandie (Daniels)
Jack (Leverentz) 8/8/14

This page was last updated: September 2, 2014