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Sad news that today we have lost our dear Louis. He had been having health problems for a long time, and was on strong painkillers for the last couple of months. His health had finally deteriorated to the point where he had no quality of life, he could hardly walk, and the time had come for him to make his final journey. This photograph was taken last month on one of his last long walks. At the age of 13 years he has joined all his friends at 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 vigour. 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....


Until we meet again Louis xxxx

Best wishes to you all,
Carol and Dave

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Date Taken:22 Sep 2012 - 3:54 PM
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Title:Farewell to Our Friend
Username:gingerdelight gingerdelight
Uploaded:24 Oct 2012 - 7:52 PM
Tags:Dog, Love, Pets / captive animals, Sadness
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mikesmith
mikesmith e2 Member 945 forum postsmikesmith vcard United Kingdom35 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 7:54 PM

Sad
Mike

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 7:58 PM

Sad but you did the right thing for Louis and the kindest thing...........it is so hard, I have many friends across the rainbow bridge.........Smile

Sorry for your loss.........

Julia

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 5SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 8:02 PM

So sorry for your loss and a wonderful image and a beautiful description it made me tearful but some beautiful words. Thinking of you both.

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canonfan
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24 Oct 2012 - 8:14 PM

Sorry to hear about your loss Carol
Jim

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 8:15 PM

Nice capture and I feel for your loss.. I've had two dogs and miss them both. They genuinely become part of the family, and great companions when going out on photo shoots.
Matt

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 8:43 PM

He will make many friends there-- c
A love tribute image!

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 4963 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England129 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 9:00 PM

A heartfelt and beautiful tribute, Carol.

Dave

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 9:07 PM

So sorry for your loss and a wonderful image and a beautiful description it made me tearful but some beautiful words. Thinking of you both,I agree with Sue,
saeid

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4132 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 9:17 PM

So sorry to hear of your loss.......Louis would have been a big part of your life.
Ronnie.

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 9:24 PM

Oh dear! You've got me weeping again. As you may recall we lost our wonderful little rescue dog, Hope, only a few weeks ago and I can so easily be set off thinking about the great hole left in our lives. So very sorry to learn of your loss and know only too well how hard it is.

Ann

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 6337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 9:33 PM

Sorry for your loss - a lovely image Carol
Helen

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fificat100
fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 9:42 PM

How sad Sad But your words and picture is a lovely, very wonderful tribute.

Lavina

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JaneAnne
JaneAnne  2 Scotland
24 Oct 2012 - 9:59 PM

So sad.

He sounds like a fantastic faithful friend and I feel your loss.

lovely protriat of him.

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thedon1941
24 Oct 2012 - 10:00 PM

That is very sad. The loss of a family pet is a terrible thing. Your wonderful image is a lovely tribute. Don

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 813402 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 10:01 PM

Very sorry to hear that

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 53989 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 10:09 PM

Oh, darling Louis. What a beautiful picture.
Now happy in Heaven. Sad
x

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gingerdelight
24 Oct 2012 - 10:09 PM

Thank you so very much everyone

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 10:12 PM

They are not pets, they are so much part of the family, I'm sorry for your loss Carol.

Ray

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom25 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 10:17 PM

So sad, pets are so loved and so missed. Beautiful image.
Diane

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 4EMJAYCEE vcard England9 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 10:37 PM

Sadness now Carol but your lovely narration gives comfort to all who have lost a dear pet, recently or many moons ago.
Joan.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom71 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 10:49 PM

Oh Carol I feel your sorrow.
So sorry Louis had to take this journey.
You've portrayed the feeling of departure very well.
Love
KateSad

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 10:52 PM

Me & my wife decided not to have one any more. It is painful when they suffer & finally passes away.

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 5LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 10:58 PM

So sad. When they go they take a piece of our heart with them. Lovely tribute image.

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Tibetan
Tibetan  1 England
24 Oct 2012 - 11:02 PM

We had the same situation, I was the murder that had my best friend killed! according to our children! I could not stand seeing him drag himself along the ground in pain anymore!, so insisted he be put down. I don't think I have been forgiven to this day! but would never have another! sad really!. regards Leon.Sad

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 11:20 PM

Sad news indeed Carol.
I love dogs,but that is the reason I do not have one.
Their lifes just seem so short !!
Mick.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7124 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2012 - 6:19 AM

Very sad to hear, Carol, and your words have put a huge lump in my throat. I, too, have many friends across rainbow bridge, they will welcome Louis with open arms. Carol

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Lillian
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25 Oct 2012 - 7:07 AM

A lovely tribute Carol
to a wonderful and faithful friend
Lillian

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AnnChown
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25 Oct 2012 - 7:35 AM

I'm so sorry Carole. Your tribute is very touching and heartfelt.
Ann

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 12915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2012 - 7:39 AM

I know its been said before and from personal experience it is like losing one of the family.

Albert

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 5barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2012 - 8:17 AM

my sincere thought with you all. lost our Bonnie and it really was a bad time...

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conrad
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25 Oct 2012 - 9:29 AM

So sorry to hear this, Carol. I know what it's like, I still miss my Ashley every single day.

Conrad

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 4Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
25 Oct 2012 - 9:36 AM

How sad Carol, im so sorry.
Brian

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digital_boi
25 Oct 2012 - 10:54 AM

Big loss Carol but remeber the fine 13 years

Graham

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CaroleS
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25 Oct 2012 - 12:17 PM

I know how you feelSad
Carole

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 5TrevBatWCC vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2012 - 2:52 PM

A lovely dog, but what a sad story Sad At least you have this wonderful shot to remember him by Smile
Trev Smile

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Rock
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26 Oct 2012 - 11:24 AM

What can I say ?

Rock

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NeilWigan e2 Member 3NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 4:04 PM

I think he would be happy with your picture and obviously heart felt tribute .

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bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 6:51 PM

Know excactly how you feel Carol lost a dear pet several years ago suddenly and was gutted . But we always have the photographs and memories.
Rob

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26 Oct 2012 - 8:08 PM

Mum and I were very sad at the passing of Louis.
Dad xx

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27 Oct 2012 - 5:00 PM

Very sad to hear the news Carol, something I've experienced myself a few times, lovely tribute,
Geoff.

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Big_Beavis
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1 Nov 2012 - 1:33 AM

Sad times, but your memories will last forever.

Take care.

David

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2012 - 3:25 PM

Aww, sorry to be late finding this lovely picture
of dear old Louis.
Sad to hear of the loss of your furry friend Carol and Dave.
He made a good age and I can tell was very well loved.
Happy memories .. he will always be at your side.

B. xx

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DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 6DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2012 - 3:50 PM

I have just come across this lovely image of yours and I expect that the pain is still with you. Its a sad day when a pet you love passes away. I know the feeling myself. People who do not or have never shared their lives with a dog sometimes do not understand. As you sit there and half expect them to come walking through the door with that look on their faces that say "Is my supper ready yet?" The pain seems to last forever. My sympathy goes out to you but there is one thing that does help to comfort you and that is that while they were with you they enjoyed the best life a dog could have.


David.

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7221 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2012 - 10:29 PM

Carol,
We have chatted ,,of sorts about Loius and Shadow.
Difficult,heart renching but as true pet owners it is when you have to stand up and speak on behave of your beloved pet.Thats when all the cold noses and wagging tails are paid back in a manner fitting to our friend.
My thoughts are with you Carol,,such a difficult time,,

Aidan,,

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14 Nov 2012 - 10:46 PM

So sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved companionSad

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