RAINBOW BRIDGE

The 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....

Author unknown...

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Allie

9/22/21 Allie was set free today. Foster mom and dad rushed her to the vet because she started having seizures and was vomiting. Poor Allie was on the streets too long. She was found too late. Emaciated, nausea, and failing kidneys from being alone so long took their toll on her fragile body.

Foster mom and foster dad are heartbroken. They tried so hard to save this sweet girl. They loved her despite the short time she was with them.

It was a hard day for UYR today. Several of our babies are now playing at the rainbow bridge.

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Ozzie

9/22/21 A shelter reached out to us because Ozzie has been neglected for a very long time. He arrived at the shelter so matted that you couldnt even tell he was a super cute boy underneath all that hair. He was flea infested and had super long nails. His skin is very itchy and flaky and irritated. He was blind but seems to find his way around ok. This sweetheart deserved so much better. He was checked out by the vet and he was heartworm negative and bloodwork was pretty good. After only being in his foster home for about 7 days he started running a high fever. Foster mom took him to the ER and more bloodwork was drawn and his white cell count was high. He needed to spend the night to get on fluids so they could monitor his fever and see what the cause was. Dr thought it may be a tick born disease but wanted to do an abdominal unltrasound to make sure nothing else was going on. The ultrasound showed a huge mass that is aggressive and cancerous. So since no treatment would help and surgery isnt an option from where it was located we felt it best to let him Cross the Bridge. At least for 7 days he had good warm baths, fresh water to drink and good quality food to eat. He was able to experience walking around outside and sleep in a comfy bed and knew love his last days.

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The last day I got to check out the lizards and maybe catch one

I loved being outside. Life in my foster home was great.
Emmy Lou

9/22/21 All we wanted for Emmy Lou was the miracle that would give her the life she deserved. Sadly and with tears that was not meant to be. Emmy Lou went from having hope of getting that life she deserved to crossing over the Rainbow Bridge in a matter of just a few days.

On Friday she saw the vet and was scheduled for the next surgery to remove the small remaining mammary masses the following week. We watched this wonderful pup run around the backyard chasing lizards and squirrels one day and physically crashing two days later. Monday night at 6:15pm we took a great picture of Emmy Lou with her tail up, looking at us to let us know there were lizards we needed to see. She ate a great dinner at 6:30 and then by 10:00pm her world fell apart. That night she had a terrible seizure. In the morning we noticed the small mammary tumors we saw on Friday were now huge, encompassing her whole upper mammary area. Emmy Lou, who loved her food, wouldn't eat anything all day Tuesday. That night she couldn't keep herself upright on her legs and at times her breathing was labored. Wednesday morning (today) she was at the vet for what we thought would have been her life saving surgery, but instead it was time for us to let her go peacefully while we petted her and told her how sorry we were that we couldn't save her, and how much we love her. 

Emmy Lou's vet believes the cancer from the mammary tumors quickly invaded her brain. Emmy had something called Inflammatory Carcinoma. A very rare, very aggressive breast cancer affecting people and dogs. When we saw her mammaries today you could see how huge, red, and inflamed they were. We knew letting her go was the right thing to do, but it was so hard. This wonderful, loving, sweet, good, adorable little girl was so special. Everyone who met her, couldn't help but love her. She loved to be outside, she loved to sit on the porch in the sun and watch the world go by. She loved her life now. It was full of love, happiness, good food, and comfy beds to lie in. 

Emmy Lou, your foster mom and dad are so sorry we got you too late, but just know how much we loved you, so very much. We will miss you every day. You will always be in our hearts. You will be our special angel in heaven. 

 

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Forever in our memory.
Martini

08/18/2021 Rest In Peace Sweet & Tiny UYR Martini. We hope this flicker of light will let you know that you hold a place in our hearts as you make your way across the Rainbow Bridge, free of all the pain and suffering you have had to endure. May you run free in the company all of the Special UYR Dogs that have gone before you.....

Martini came to UYR three weeks ago on a Wednesday afternoon. Surrendered at the age of 16, it was immediately obvious that she was not well and that it had been a very long time since she'd been to a vet. Martini was covered in pus-filled welts, her teeth falling out from decay. Worried, for the next two nights Lihn and her daughter took shifts watching over tiny Martini night and day until her vet appointment on Friday.... But dental disease and the welts that covered Martini's skin would be the least of Martini's challenges. Martini saw the vet on Friday. Bloodwork was done and Martini returned to Linh's loving home and was showered with love and affection by her entire family through the weekend. A call from the vet on Monday revealed that Martini had several elevated values indicating kidney disease. Martini returned to the hospital for a few days of fluids to see if her blood values would stabilize and to determine if her kidney disease was acute or chronic. After four full days of hospitalization and fluids, Martini's blood values would only drop slightly. The diagnosis - End-Of-Life Stage Chronic Kidney Disease. Devastating news to Lihn, her family and all of us......

Despite the devastating diagnosis, Lihn and her husband Warren lovingly returned to pick Martini up from the hospital knowing Martini's return to their home and family would immediately transition from Foster to Hospice Care. Martini spent the final week of her life like a Princess, wrapped in her blanket and the incredible love and compassion of LIhn and her family. Finally free to roam the house and yard, Martini felt the sun in her face and the grass under her feet. Arms of love surrounded her with love, compassion and cared for her every need 24/7.

With each passing day, Martini would feel the strength and love in Lihn's heart and it would bring her comfort, resolve and peace. Together, they would move a bit farther down a Beautiful Path reflecting on their personal story of strength, perseverance and love for one another. Finally, on Wednesday afternoon they reached the Gates to Rainbow Bridge and they each gave the other a piece of their heart as a tribute to one another before Martini ascended to join the others in paradise, turning slowly to stare into the eyes of the one who saved her one last time....

Lihn, you are an incredibly Special Person. Hospice is a serious challenge - especially when it's completely unexpected. Your path crossed with Martini for a reason. She was in desperate need and you lovingly gave her more than she could ever have expected.....freedom, dignity, love, compassion, kindness and care. We Honor you and the Heart of Gold you so willingly share with Furbabies Chewy, Perry and Martini, as well as all of us Humans that love you ... we're so grateful that you're a part of the UYR Team.

This, one of Martini's final photos showing a glow like a Halo surrounding her........

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Juni

8/14/21 Sadly today we had to help Juni to the Rainbow Bridge. Since her coming into rescue, her health was worsening. We had difficulties getting her seen by vets, both regular and emergency facilities and no one was ready to tackle the removal of her massive tumors which sadly were continuing to grow. We were finally able to get her taken to a 24 hour emergency facility where bloodwork showed a worsening of her numbers. She was refusing to eat, had been put on fluids and antibiotics just to get her stable, but the result was congestive heart failure and crackling in her lungs. We had to let this beautiful little girl go and only wish we had gotten her months earlier to get her back to health. She was the sweetest little Yorkie with the most precious face and eyes. She was very much loved by her foster mom and dad and will be sorely missed by us all. Run Free little Juni...we miss you and loved you.

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Ollie, forever in our hearts.
Ollie

8/13/21 After having been adopted to what we hoped would be his forever home, Ollie was returned as a very ill little boy. He had developed pneumonia and had to be given emergency care. He was hospitalized and in an oxygen cage and x-rays showed one lung was full of fluid. We tried for 3 days to help bring him out of this, but he was unable to sustain breathing outside the oxygen cage and went downhill. We had to help him to the bridge today knowing that it was the right decision for him given his state of health and poor prognosis. He will be sorely missed...such a sweet boy, he was very much loved by his foster mom and dad.

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Annie IL

07/19/21: Sadly today we had to help Annie to the Rainbow Bridge. She had become lethargic and refused to eat. Her belly was swollen and we thought perhaps her heart medication was not working effectively. After an ultrasound, we learned she had developed pyometria which was inoperable because her heart condition meant she likely couldn't survive surgery. We had to make the sad decision to let her go peacefully. Rest in Peace little Annie. You had 9 months of love and the best care possible.

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I am not hurting anymore.
Baylor

4-23-21 Once again we were too late. Little Baylor didn't have a chance. We had hoped that today's visit to the vet would give us hope that Baylor would be able to walk again and get well. That didn't happen. Although the shelter was told by the person who brought him in yesterday that she saw he was hit by a car, that was most likely not true. The injury that left him paralyzed was an old injury. This was substantiated by the fact that he had no muscle mass in any of his legs. This doesn't happen overnight. Having less than 1% muscle mass comes from being caged for several months. It comes from having a severe injury and not getting medical care, it comes from neglect. It is obvious Baylor was taken care of, his nails were trimmed, and his coat was clean, and he was well nourished. Sadly for Baylor that is where his care ended. He was paralyzed, he had no quality of life, he was depressed, and not eating. We did the only thing we could to relieve him from this. He crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in the loving arms of his foster mom. Even though Baylor was a United Yorkie Rescue pup for less than 24 hours he will be remembered by those of us whose story he touched. Run free little Baylor, your legs will now take you anywhere you want to go. RIP sweet boy. We are so sorry we couldn't help you, we are so sorry you came to us too late

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Barney Rubble

Barney Rubble is an adorable 12year-old (estimated) 12.5 pound yorkie being fostered in Ashland City, TN.

Bio 3/20/21: Barney Rubble was a sweet little guy who had multiple issues. UYR did their very best to address these serious medical issues and keep him comfortable. Foster Mom gave him Palliative care at home. He was on several medications and was receiving fluids at home 3 times a week and was monitored closely by his vet. He was happy and felt very much loved. He passed away peacefully in his sleep right next to Foster Mom. Although Foster Mom is heartbroken, she takes comfort in knowing he was much loved and cared for and UYR did all they could to save him and spared no expense.

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Little Bit

Rest in peace my sweet precious boy. Little Bit gained his wings today.

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.

Author Unknown

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Lucas (aka Peluche)

3-15-21 Sadly today we had to help Peluche (aka Lucas) to the Rainbow Bridge. In addition to his compressed disc, x-rays indicated lung cancer. He would have required surgery to remove one lung, undergo possible chemo and we would not be able to help with his disc issue. We had to let this sweet boy go.

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King Royal

02/10/2021. It is with sadness that we had to let this angel fly. The neurological demons or the demons that tortured this sweet baby boy were just too much for such a young baby. To see this baby in his state was not only frightening but utterly sad. IF he had been a big dog, euthanasia would have occurred a loong time ago. He was that fractious. After a full day at my vet for observation, reviewing his vetting notes, and behorial notes as well, we determined at 5 to let him fly from his troubled earthly body where he could finally be at peace. I stood there sobbing at this precious little 3 yr old, finally seeing the peace in his eyes while petting his head and telling him total peace was coming and how he was loved...he then flew away. Run free Little Roal King George of Fitzwilly.

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Brandy FO

3/5/21 Sadly today we had to help Brandy to the Bridge. She was failing in the last two weeks and it was time to let her go to God.

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Winston

3-1-21 To all of UYR, our amazing donors, followers, family and friends. I received a call this morning that broke my heart... Winston was in severe respiratory distress struggling to get just any air in and failing fast. Sadly, we had to make the call to let this little angel go to God. His foster momma has rushed to be by his side and I pray she made it in time. Little Winston was blessed to have your love, your prayers and your donations. He can now run free and play and breathe and his little legs will carry him now. Run wild and free sweet baby Winston, you were loved by so many.

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Bentley GA (FO)

1/20/21

Today was Bentleys turn to say goodbye to me and all his friends at United Yorkie Rescue. He came to me approximately a year ago and was almost immediately diagnosed with Cushings disease. Bentley and his wonderful sense of humor and great attitude battled this disease bravely this past year. He was always my Mr. Bentley. No one in my house was sweeter or funnier or kinder. He never complained about all the problems that complicated his life and in the end caused him to have to say goodbye. I remember my Christmas tree was still up when he came to my house that first day and he picked up a tennis ball and carried it all around the house and snorted like a bull! Then he brought it over to me and made it very obvious that he wanted me to play with it with him. He will be so very missed as I have never had a dog quite like him. Near the end because of the Cushings he became so heavy that he did a partial tear to one of his ligaments in his leg. So just about everywhere we went I carried him. He would see me coming and get his tongue ready to give me a big wet lick. He knew it was time for me to take him outside or to the other room, etc. however two days ago he stopped dating and I knew that something was very wrong. My wonderful little man was no longer holding his own. Blood test at the vets office to prove that many of his values reflected things like cancer, diabetes, and anemia. There was nothing we could do for this sweet boy. But now he is released from all the pain of this earth And that is what we do. We love them as much as we possibly can while they are here with us and realize that when they leave it is for a better place. And with his sense of humor I am sure he is up there amusing many other forever hours that have passed on. You will Now be a FOREVER MISSED Mr. Bentley. I loved you so very much Your foster mom, Holly

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Mia

1/8/21: Sadly today we had to help Mia to the Rainbow Bridge. Her kidneys failed and despite attempts to hydrate her with IV fluids, she was not rebounding. Run free little Mia and know you were loved by both your foster moms.

Mia came the UYR on 12/8/20 as an owner surrender. Her vet records stated that she had kidney issues in the past and her first vet visit with UYR showed stage 4 renal failure. Mia had a few good weeks eating healthier food and enjoying time with new fur siblings in her two foster homes, but in the long run she just couldn’t rebound from her health issues. I am grateful to have had her here and to have given her one last good month on earth.

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I am not in pain anymore. Thank you for caring and loving me.
Heavenly

11/22/20 Heavenly is in heaven.

When your phone rings at 1AM in the morning you know it will not be good news, and it wasn't. It was the vet at the emergency hospital. Heavenly was far worse than we thought. Her mouth was so bad that to fix the abscess would cause the skin on her entire right cheek to slough off. Meaning the skin would disintegrate and fall off in pieces. She would have to be treated for weeks every day with wet/dry bandages and hope it regenerates healthy skin. That wasnt even the beginning of what was going on with her. She had severe spine damage due to arthritis and most likely was in constant pain. She had very little to no muscle mass in her whole hind end. The pain was probably unbearable. She was so thin, that when they trimmed the huge number of mats off of face and body the vet said her backbone and ribs were sticking way out. She was severely anemic. It is very likely she couldn't eat because of the pain in her spine as well as her mouth being so infected, she couldn't even chew it hurt so bad. We don't know, we do know that she was starving. If you think that is enough, it isn't. She was full of mammary tumors on both her mammary chains. She would need a full hysterectomy. Could it get worse? Yes, it could and it did. There was a good possibility from either the mammary tumors, or the lack of muscle mass, cancer was eating her up from the inside.

The vet was so sorry, but was honest. We were told whatever we do or try to fix in the long run her outcome would not be good, she was a very unhealthy older senior dog. The most humane thing to do for her would be to release her from the constant pain she was in and let her be at peace.

It is hard not to want to point a finger of blame at someone. Do we blame the shelter? Her owners turned her into the shelter that very day and the shelter knew she needed to get to a vet who will treat her mouth right away. They did what they felt was right. They are not vets. They knew her mouth was horrible and saw the abscess, you couldnt miss that, and reached out to us that same day. They were not told about all the other many issues. Do we blame the owners? They told the shelter they took her to the vet and couldnt afford to have her mouth fixed. Did they know about the other issues that were going on for a long time? That we will never know. Did their vet miss so much? Was there even a vet they took her to? There are so many unanswered questions. The only thing we know for sure is that Heavenly was suffering and in constant pain, and now she is at peace. She never had a chance. We were too late. We loved her from the minutes we saw her, but she didnt get the chance to know what real love and care were. We are all heartbroken we couldnt save her. All we could do is release her from the pain. Heavenly, we wont forget you. Rest in Peace sweet girl.

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Pearl (aka Princess TX)

November 2020 -

Former foster Pearl (AKA Princess) has passed over the Rainbow Bridge. Pearl came to UYR after a couple failed adoption attempts, but quickly became popular with the UYR supporters even as a blind and deaf pup. Pearl found a wonderful forever home that provided her with all the love and support she needed. Unfortunately, Pearl was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Not wanting to give up on her, Pearl's parents went to get a second opinion. To their sorrow, the same diagnosis was given. The decision was made to let her cross the Rainbow Bridge once she could no longer take of her own basic needs. It was heart wrenching on her parents, as they had become so attached to Pearl.

She is now running free with perfect sight and hearing. While her soul is free, she leaves a lasting impression on everyone who had the pleasure of her company. Until we see you again......

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Mandy FO

8/21/2020

Our sweet Forever Ours Mandy passed away today. She was loved and will be missed. She came to us late in her life with many health issues but still she met us at the door everyday to greet us excited we were home. She gave us so much joy and has taken a piece of our heart with her to heaven. Rescue animals arent broken theyve simply experienced more life than other animals. If they were human we would call them wise. They would be the ones with tales to tell and stories to write the ones felt a bad hand who responded with courage. Mandy was one of these dogs. Mandy never let her health issues hold her back she lived each day to the fullest. Rest In Peace sweet Mandy you will forever be in our hearts.

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Rest In Peace little Toto. You were loved.
Toto

8-9-20 8-9-20 Little Toto became a United Yorkie Rescue dog just 3 days ago. Sadly, it was too late to save him. He was rushed to the emergency vet today and we found out he was much sicker than we thought. His list included pulmonary hypertension, a very enlarged heart, a grade 5 heart murmur, a tumor on his neck that is most likely cancer and is pushing on his trachea causing him some difficulty in breathing, and end stage renal failure with anemia. That sad list included what we knew we could take care of him: his terribly sore mouth, infected ears, and irritated eyes. It was the rest that was beyond what anyone could do for a 13-year-old pup. When we found out what was really wrong with him, and saw the pain he was in, we knew it was his time. He hadn't eaten for 48 hours and was struggling to breathe, it was the right thing to do.

This is what his very sad foster mom said:

I just realized that Toto let me know it was his time. When I got to the emergency vet and they brought him into the room I had a pillow on my lap that we used for him. We wanted him to have the pillow and go in comfort. So, they brought him in on a crate, I put him on my lap and loved on him for a few minutes, then he looks back at me as if to say it's okay. He got up off my lap, climbed up on the table, lay down and gave me another look (a couple of them), then put his head down, laying on his side as if to say "go ahead". It was hard that he was looking at me, but I realize now that he was making it very clear that he was okay and it was okay to let him go. But, damn, it still sucks. That gut-wrenching pain when you watch and feel them go.

Rest in Peace sweet Toto. We wished we could have saved you, but you were loved every second you were a little United Yorkie Rescue dog.

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