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
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....
A Note From the Other Side:
Posthumous Reflections of a Poodle
TRIBUTE TO OUR AMAZING POODLES THAT HAVE PASSED:
Why Title your Dog
by Sandy Mowery
Not just a brag, not just a stepping stone to a higher title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores;
a title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial.
A title will remain in the record and in the memory, for about as long as anything in the world can remain.
And though the dog herself doesn't know or care that her achievements have been noted,
a title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.
A title says your dog was intelligent, adaptable, and good-natured. It says that your dog loved you
enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.
In addition, a title says that you love your dog.
That you loved to spend time with her because she was a good dog and that you believed in her enough
to give her yet another chance when she (or you!) failed and in the end your faith was justified.
A title proves that your dog inspired you to that special relationship enjoyed by so few.
That in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in return.
And when that dear short life is over, the title remains as a memorial of the finest kind
the best you can give to a deserving friend. Volumes of praise in one small set of initials after a name.
An Obedience (Weight Pull, Lure Coursing, Rally, Barn Hunt, Nosework, Agility) title
is nothing less than the true love and respect given and received and recorded permanently.
"K-Lar's Hot Cocoa", CD, CGC, ROII Cocoa - Brown Female
(Nikki X Fergol daughter)
Jan 30 2000 - June 15, 2011
Cocoa was alive and well and actively competing in Obedience, Conformation, Rally
until shortly before passing away at 11 years of age
She was my best friend, could read my mind and know exactly what I wanted her to do
and exactly what I needed, be it a long hug after a rough day at work seeing death and destruction
or for her to be silly and make me laugh when I were feeling stressed
I could never ask or get a better dog... better Poodle...or better friend.
Cocoa was the QUEEN of my home and official bed warmer
Cocoa completed her CD title with 2 high in Class wins and Rally Excellence, ALWAYS in the top 3 !!
She did all of this because she loved being with me, and doing fun stuff together.
"Gertrude Tynan" - Brown Standard Poodle
(Java x Hershey)
~ March 12, 2016 ~
This page is dedicated to Standard Poodles I have "Owned, Raised and Loved" since 1990's,
however anyone that has followed my web page, has been also been following
Gertrude and her family, as they grew up and had various adventures through the years.
So it is only fitting, that I offer tribute to Gertrude, on this very sad day
on our Rainbow Bridge Page, for all to share
From Gertrude's mother Laurie R. :
Our Gertrude left this world this past Saturday, 12 March 2016,
with the same beauty and grace within which she lived her life.
It is hard to believe I had her out for a slow stroll the day before we had to let her go,
but her spirit was "that" strong; however, her decline following our
"Last Beautiful Day Together" was very quick.
Our Gertrude has returned to Heaven. I say "returned," because all angels come from Heaven
and our Gertrude was an angel. And when an angel fulfills its purpose in the lives it touches, God calls them home.
It is appropriate to say, "Our Gertrude has returned home." May our Gertrude find peace in the arms of angels.
We are better for having had her in our lives. Her job here was done. . . rest, sweet angel.
For this last time I shall sign off with...
Cheerio ~ Laurie Gertrude Gretel & Ghillie
UKC's #1 Standard Poodle 2013
"Reva" - Red Female
DOB: Oct 25, 2012
Reva was an amazing puppy that went on to achieve a first for us
by placing #1 Standard Poodle in 2013 which is a huge honour for any Breeder to Achieve.
We breeders talk very little about the MANY tragedy's and heart aches that happen within this hobby
Before Reva left this earth, she left me her legacy, which I named "Bijou's Red Poppy from Reva" in memory.
"Bijou's Flair for Majestic Red"
"Flair" - Red Female
DOB: Aug 30 2007 - retired 2012
Flair was retired to a loving family to live with one of her pups.
Flair passed away in 2013 after ingesting possibly mouse poison.
"K-Lar's Hear the Raven" - Raven - Black Female (Nikki x Bailey daughter)
Raven was our funny girl. She enjoyed making us laugh and playing keep away with her friends.
However Raven got secret pleasure out of laying near us and farting and then wagging her tail
so the smell would waft up and she would almost laugh as we would shout "Raven stinky girl"
She was not the "lady" that she appeared to be !
Raven was retired to a very nice couple that one day she got away from and was hit by a car
Raven is half sister to Cocoa.
"K'lars Naughty Nikki" - Black Female
~ Retrieving and Tracking Trained ~
Nikki was a special girl.
She arrived at 6 months of age, the last puppy this breeder still had.
Nikki as a result was mentally beaten and bruised, from her obvious neglect and hurtful breeder
and took me a long time to earn her trust. Once I did I had the most loving
eager to please beautiful Poodle. She most loved just snuggling.
We would take naps on the couch, with her stretched out fully on me, her regular breathing
would put me to sleep in no time. Nikki blessed me with our Cocoa and Raven.
Nikki passed away at 12 years of age of natural causes.
"Fuzzies Midnight Star" -Black Female (Cocoa's grandmother)
Wow ... Star was full of herself. She was "on" all the time and always thinking of trouble to get into.
Star had more energy and drive than what I would ever want on any dog, but her combined with TJ
just produced the sweetest calmest pups. I really missed Star when she departed as she had a big personality.
Passed away at 10 years of age from a form of cancer
"Whatchagot Tommy Junior", CGC -cream Male
We purchased TJ at 2 years of age. He was an amazing dog so gentel and sweet
~ Certified St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog ~
It has only taken me over 10 years to be able to write anything about TJ, as the pain was too great.
He was the first dog I had when I was on my own.
He was the most human Poodle I have ever met (Cocoa would be close) and was my best friend
who got me through my divorce, a strike at work and many other of life's hard ships along the way.
Some days I would just think life was too challenging, but TJ was always there to cheer me up with
a cuddle and or a funny trick he would do to make me laugh.
Purchased male from Leona Williams in the USA.
Brownie was like TJ reincarnated. We just bonded so fast and he was like an old soul.
We never had to teach him anything as he arrived as a puppy acting and doing everything an adult would.
It was pretty hard for me when Brownie developed a huge lump on his leg and we were told it was cancer.
Brownie was sent to Rainbow Bridge at just 1 year of age and was never used in our program
I still remember mowing the lawn back and forth down my 180 feet back yard and Brownie following
every step of the way right beside me looking up with love in his eyes, until I was done...
His loss will never be forgotten
"Fergal" - Black male
Pictured with his brother "Feary" and their Family
(TJ x Star)
We are so very glad that we have found you again, having failed to find you using your original kennel name of K-Lar.
We are still living at the same address in Cobble Hill, Vancouver Island. But we have very sad news
in that Fergal died May 25 last year at almost fourteen, and Feary this year on January 7 at twelve and a half.
We miss them both very much. They were amazing dogs and gave us all so much pleasure,
and were admired for their looks and temperament wherever we were and right up to the end..
They adjusted to our fostering our daughter's husky/shepherd/lab cross for four years,
and also adjusted well to the various grandchildren who came to stay.
If you would like more information on their lives here we would be more than happy to share with you.
We are in the process of deciding if we can live without standard poodles
in our lives having shared our home with them for over 28 years. Needless to say,
if we do decide to welcome them into our family again we would like to purchase them through you.
It was so very exciting to find the picture of Fergal with Nikki as the originators of your beautiful line of brown poodles.
You are to be congratulated on your focus on health and temperament.
Edward and Deirdre O. - Cobble Hill, Vancouver Island