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Dogs in North-Eastern Ontario with Tracking Titles.
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Ch,TCh Wimberway's Helzapopin CD,WC,RE, Caro RN.,(Rocky) born Aug 21/05.
Completing his Canadian Tracking Ch. under judge Marge Schultz, Sept 2011.
By Ch Huntsdown Rebel Yell CGC x Wimberway's Razamatazz.
Wimberway's Our Yo WC,TD, (Yo), born May 9, 2013.
Living with and trained by Dorrie Kirk, Commanda, Ont.
Bringing back the last mark en route to his WC title at 15 mos of age.
By Ch, TCh Wimberway's Helzapopin CD WC RE, x TCh, UKC Ch Barefoot's Kookie Kutter Am TDX
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THE RAINBOW BRIDGE.
Over the years, we lose friends too....dogs we have raised from birth, some for many generations, often tracing back to our first litter in 1962....and our list could be very long.
We miss them, and know they are now able to shake of the signs of age, infirmity, or sickness, and can run pain free over the rainbow bridge.
Our thoughts are often with them, back to the first dog we lost, to the most recent.
We share the sadness of owners of those pups of our breeding that have given much pleasure and many happy memories to their owners and families.
Some pups and dogs die too young....some live to be 15, 17, or even 19, but each and every one has a place on their owner's heart. To all who have had the love of a pet, we share the following:
"Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
The Rainbow Bridge poem:
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..."
Authorship and background
Having been circulated and attributed sufficiently widely around the world, the original authorship of the poem is now uncertain. The website About.com suggests that there are three known contenders at present:
Paul C. Dahm, a grief counselor in Oregon, US, said to have written the poem in 1981 and published it in a 1998 book of the same name (1981, ISBN 0-9663022-0-6).
William N. Britton, author of Legend of Rainbow Bridge (1994, ISBN 0-9645018-0-5)
Dr. Wallace Sife, head of the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, whose poem All Pets Go to Heaven appears on the association's website as well as in his book The Loss of a Pet.
However, the concept of a paradise where pets wait for their human owners appeared much earlier, in the little-known sequel to Beautiful Joe, the Margaret Marshall Saunders' book, Beautiful Joe's Paradise. In this green land, the animals do not simply await their owners, but also help each other learn and grow and recover from mistreatment they may have endured in life. But the animals come to this land, and continue to true heaven, not by a bridge but by balloon.
The first mention of the "Rainbow Bridge" story on the internet is a post on the newsgroup rescue.pets.dogs, dated January 7, 1993, quoting the poem from a 1992 (or earlier) issue of "Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League Newsletter", which in turn is stated to have quoted it from the Akita Rescue Society of America. Other posts from 1993 suggest it was already well established and being circulated on the Internet at that time, enough for the quotation of even a single line to be expected to be recognized by other newsgroup readers.