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....

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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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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)


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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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.

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


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.

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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Mia has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Our sweet and loving tiny little girl, Mia, just couldnt fight through her much needed surgery today. She was doing great at first, but the doctor said she quickly took a turn for the worst. They were able to bring her back after losing her once, but she couldnt hang on. She lost the battle and has moved on to the Rainbow Bridge.

Mia was a special pup who endured a long cruel life. She was recovering and progressing back to health while living with us. We gave her the best life we could provide to show her that she was truly loved and cared for. We have peace in our hearts that she lived a great life in our home, albeit much too short. You know this is part of the job when you sign up to foster, but it does not make it any easier. Run and be free Mia, for you will never be confined and treated cruelly again. Love and miss you already.

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Rest In Peace sweet Loki. You will be missed so much
Loki FO

6/13/20 It is with a heavy heart we say goodbye to our sweet forever ours Loki. Sometimes though, no matter how good and how sweet you are, life just isn't fair. Loki, at 12 years old, somehow found himself in the local shelter and had no idea how that happened and what would come next for this sweet senior boy. Loki got lucky and he was adopted, but his luck didn't last. For some reason, Loki seemed to be having some trouble pleasing his new mom and dad. He couldn't get it that he was supposed to do his business outside and not in the house. His new mom and dad took him to the vet thinking he had a serious medical issue. The vet said he would need blood work done. His mom and dad declined that, saying they couldn't afford it. Instead they took Loki back to the shelter.

That was when he was rescued by United Yorkie Rescue. He had that much needed vet care and sadly his blood work showed Loki was in Kidney failure and the prognosis was not good. His levels were so high that adoption was not an option. At least Loki got lucky, his foster parents were going to keep him and care for him until the end. And for a year and 2 months that is exactly what they did. Loki forever mommy gave him Sub Q fluids every other day, he got supplements for kidney health, and he was put on a diet with the appropriate Rx food. He was taken such good care of, that although still high his kidney levels even went down a little. But no matter what they did, that disease was not going to give up. Loki was getting sicker and he started to show serious signs of cognitive impairment. He was pacing and circling for hours at a time. He didn't want to eat and sometimes at night he would wake up screaming and crying. Every suggested treatment and supplement was not helping or slowing down the progress. Finally, his foster parents knew his time had come. Last night he has been awake all night. He was crying out and whining and pacing throughout the whole night. Even when he was lying down for whatever short minutes he does lie down, he barked out or whined. He then developed diarrhea. He was not eating and his life has lost all joy. There was no more quality of life for this fellow anymore. His time had come and Loki was gently put to sleep in the loving arms of his foster mom. Loki is now running free and happy over the rainbow bridge.

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Billy Bob

UPDATE 05/18/2020: There is very sad news on Billy Bob. Billy saw the vet today on an emergency basis due to his delicate health and his many medical conditions. Although there were many medical issues going on with him, the most pressing issue was the deep, gaping infected wound on his neck. However, the vet suggested that due to the fact that Billy has had trouble in his foster home eating and opening his mouth, it was necessary to do an exam of his mouth and jaw. Due to his significant heart murmur, Billy was unable to undergo general anesthesia, but he was given light sedation to keep him comfortable. Even under sedation it was difficult to open his mouth, and it was subsequently determined that whatever event caused the deep ulcerated open wound on his neck also broke his mandible or back end of the jaw. That is why Billy had such difficulty eating, and the repair would be major surgery, which would be risky even for a healthy young dog, but with Billys heart murmur and his emaciated condition, he could not withstand nor survive such a complicated surgery. The decision was made to help this little one to the Rainbow Bridge, which was heartbreaking for those who championed rescuing him from the shelter and to the many donors who stepped up to donate to Billy's medical care.

United Yorkie Rescue is so appreciative of our angel donors for without you and others like you, we would be unable to continue to rescue and rehabilitate other little needy dogs like Billy Bob. Billy, your life did matter. And your strength of character that sustained you for weeks and possibly months while you were in pain and slowly starving to death was a testament to you and other animals who suffer at the hands of humans. RIP Sweet Boy - you will never ever be forgotten. May we all remember that .....Animals have no voice. They can't ask for help. They can't ask for freedom. We are their voice. If you see something - say something. Speak up for animals and be heard..........

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Dogs Leave Pawprints on our Hearts... such a true statement. Tobias was a quirky boy who wanted what he wanted and things had to be just his way... but he gave so much love in those sweet eyes of his. He was so happy to see you come in the door each day.... and even though he did not want to be picked up... he was able to show his love to you each and everyday. He will be missed but never forgotten. He passed away in his sleep. Until we meet again over the rainbow bridge...

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Zekie Ray

4/13/20: Zekie Ray crosses the Rainbow Bridge today. He had severe heart issues and to top it off lymphoma cancer in his throat . Normally to treat the cancer would be aggressive steroid therapy , but due to his Heart we couldnt do that. He stopped eating so we had to let him go to the Bridge.

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Rest In Peace Rosie. You will be greatly missed
Texas Rosie

4/6/20 Rosie was adopted in January 2013. This tribute to Rosie came from her wonderful forever mom. Today, my sweet Rosie passed away suddenly of congestive heart failure. Rosie was a puppy mill survivor who brought so much joy to my life. I liked to call her "an old soul" because the love and appreciation Rosie had for her life was indescribable. She always had this sweet smile on her face and love in her eyes. My life is going to have a big void without this precious fur baby.

Until we meet again Rosie, my love will always be with you.

I want to thank UYR and say how grateful I am that you brought Rosie and me together. She was so precious and I am going to miss her more than I can begin to put into words. RIP Sweet Rosie. You left us knowing love and happiness.

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SMores aka Ziggy

3/18/20 Sadly today we had to help Smores to the Rainbow Bridge. He was in liver failure and had a massive infection. There was no way we could help him recover from this. Rest in Peace sweet Smores!

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3/16/20 We accepted Eli, a little stray, into rescue today with the hope that we got to him in time and could help repair all that was wrong with him. However this poor boy was discovered to have serious kidney and liver issues and an ultrasound of his liver showed one large and multiple small masses which are likely malignant. He was given a body score of 2 out of 9 and was suffering with eye infections, possibly brought on by untreated dry eyes and ulcers. We had no real choice today than to help Eli to the bridge. We wish we could have gotten this sweetheart sooner, but are not always in time. Rest in Peace sweet boy.

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09/19/2005 - 03/03/2020

My Haven came to me 10 years ago. She was in a horrible puppymill, in Wisconsin, for 4 years. I was the Lucky One, because I became her foster Mom! Of course, it didnt take me long to adopt her.

For the 10 years Haven was with us, she was glued to my side. If she couldnt see me, she would bark until I came into view. I so miss her bark... Haven passed away today in the arms of her momma and daddy.

We miss you sweet girl...You will forever be in our heart, mind and soul.

Love you Always!

Your Momma

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Molly Noelle

2-27-20 Sadly today we had to help Molly Noelle to the bridge. Her tumors were growing so markedly and causing her pain. We are all heartbroken because she deserved more of a life than we were able to give her. Thank you to all who helped us in the fight to save her life.

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Dyna House and Harley House

In Loving Memory of Dyna House and Harley House

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I am at peace now. Thank you for trying to save me.

11/30/19 Poor Lottie. It was worse than we thought. Nothing went right for her. We knew she was blind and her skin was bad, but the wasn't the issue. Dogs do great without sight and skin issues can be fixed, but then the medical list of problems went from bad to worse. At one time someone likely botched a surgery and severed her sphincter muscle. She had no control at all of her bladder or bowels and was constantly dripping and oozing a bad smelling liquid. She couldn't have a bowel movement or urinate unless it was manually expressed by her foster mom or the vet. She had mammary tumors that most likely were cancerous. She had a tumor on her neck and probably had a heart issue. We had hoped surgery would fix most of her issues, but that was not to be. There is no way to replace a sphincter muscle. And without that she could never be fixed, and at her advanced age of 14 years or more she had no quality of life. It was likely she would have died in the shelter from the backing up of urine and stool. We rushed to save her and we did our best, but we couldn't save this one sweet girl. This little senior baby didn't have a mean bone in her body, she didn't deserve what was happening with her. As much as we wanted and tried, we couldn't save her, but she was not going to pass from this life alone. United Yorkie Rescue and her foster mom gave her three days of good food, lots of care, a warm bed, and lots and lots of love. She passed in the loving arms of her foster mom.

Lottie, sweet girl, may you Rest in Peace. We had hoped we could save you, we tried, but it was not meant to be.

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