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12-29-2008 2:01 PM -- By: An angel,    Pet's name:   There are so many

We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle; easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we would still live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the neccesary plan....

--- Irving Townsend ---

Maria, Gracie is having a grand time with all her new friends at The Bridge. They are all whole again, and running free in wonderful meadows and warm sunshine. Although we know they are free of illness and pain, we miss them and hurt no less, as we face our life without them. My heart aches for you and with you, as you hold dear Gracie's memories so deep in your heart. I am with you my friend.

12-28-2008 8:52 PM -- By: , memorial:   Gracie Memorial
Gracie on Janurary 2,nd is going to be two months with out you. I miss you so much Girl I really do. I hope you are having fun at rainbow bridge.  I miss you girl

12-28-2008 12:46 AM -- By: Michele - Ginger, memorial:   Ginger Memorial
Hi Everyone...just wanted to let you all know that I finally posted a couple of pictures of Macy.  We have had a rough start.  Macy got sick in the early morning hours Monday.  I called the vet at 5:30 am, and he had me bring her in.  She had to spend the night away from us...she had coccidiosis, and being only 1 1/2 lbs, and vomiting, the vet did not want to take any chances.  But on Tuesday morning, I was able to pick her up, and she is doing fine.  She had 2 guardian angels watching over her...Ginger, and Patty.  As soon as I take a few more pics of her, I will post them.  She just doesn't stay still long enough to take pictures...unless she is sleeping. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, and looking forward to the New Year! Love, Michele

12-27-2008 11:42 PM -- By: Carol, memorial:   Lady Memorial

I wish all of you a good year and continue to remember always the love that are pets showed to us. I know that they are all well and happy at Rainbow Bridge, not in pain anymore, running around and having fun and meeting all their new friends.

On behalf of my mom and I, I wish to thank all of you who have visited Lady's memorial and for your kind words.  She was the  love of her mommy's life.  I always tell people I am a better person because of what she showed me and taught me throughout our 17 years together.

Our beautiful  pets are always in our hearts and in our soul.  Without a doubt, they are all watching over us.   Lots of love, peace, and happiness to everyone now and always and in the years to come.

Love, Carol Anne and Grandmom, and a special welcome home to Miss Roxy who was reunited with her Mom, Andrea in time for the holidays.

12-26-2008 2:29 AM -- By: AunteeMz , memorial:   Cinderella and ToTo Memorial
Stopping in to wish my Critters family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I see  postings from many dear friends here, that helped me through those dark days.  Like my girls, you are not forgotten and are in my thoughts and prayers.  To those newly here, my heart goes out to you for your loss.  But you couldn't have come to a better place then Critters to grieve.  Peace and Love

12-25-2008 2:58 PM -- By: Richard, memorial:   Dollie Gurl Memorial
Dollie and I  want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a new year filled with love, happiness, togetherness and hope.  We've been so blessed by all of the folks that have dropped by and left us such sweet and kind notes that we've not been able to respond to. I'm having major back surgery on the 20th of January and to just sit and type is a major ordeal for us. We used to not miss visiting each and evey new baby everyday. Now about all I can do is to spend a little time with my baby gurl each night. I'm not telling all of this for pity because I know that The Lord is going to take care of me as He always has. It's simply to say that we miss and love each love you all like family and we'll back soon to pay our respect and offer our support very soon. Thank you all again for not fogetting us as we certainly haven't you. May God bless you all with His very, very best. Sincerely and from our heart's, Dollie and her daddy..;)

12-25-2008 2:19 PM -- By: Joe/Efren and Rocky, memorial:   Rocco Diamond Phillips Memorial
I would like to wish everyone here and there beloved pets that have cone to Rainbow's Bridge. A very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

To all  our beloved little and big friends here at we all miss you and love with all our hearts, and you will always be miss. But we get a gift from each of you. The unconditional love you gave us and still give us. Dear lord keep these little angels by your side until the day we reunite with them at the bridge of many colors and they take us home crossing Rainbow's Bridge. God bless every one. Lots of love from Joe and Efren and Rocky Thanks to all the people who have signed Rocco's guest book you all have a been such support during this hard time. You are all friends to us and we pray everyday that you get the strenght and understanding here. Merry Christmas and a Happy New years to all.  The candle below is for are beloved pets at Rainbow's bridge. Please sign Rocco's guest book and read "the Dog's prayer" it  goes for all types of pets.  My Rocco send lots of love to all his friends here ( one big lick on the face would be his love to you

12-25-2008 12:30 PM -- By: Tracie Lil Joe's Mommy, memorial:   Lil Joe Memorial
I just wanted to send out to all the Wonderful Friends here on Critters A Warm Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I know for me this is a hard holiday missing my baby , so I know all of you feel the same about your babies. Remember the wonderful times you spent together and just maybe you might smile a bit today. I want you all to know that I'm thinking of you all... Tracie

12-25-2008 11:21 AM -- By: Charles, memorial:   Sammy Memorial
To My Critters Family ... I hope all of you are having a Merry Christmas .. and soon .. a Great New Year 2009.  Today .. I am missing my son Sammy so much .. as he was my saviour through Christmas ... it was only HE and ME .... and how I miss him snuggling with me ... BUT ... his baby sister Cupcake is keeping me company this Christmas .. as is baby brother Bob Macaroni ..  though there will NEVER be another Sammy ...

Thanks to every single one of you who has stopped and visited Sammy's memorial and for your kind words.  I want each of you to know that .. I consider each of you .. family ... Thank You and continue to stop by my son Sammy's memorial .....  I Love hearing from you ..... and Sammy does too ....

12-25-2008 7:11 AM -- By: Amber, memorial:   Nvwati and Yukon Jack Memorial
To our critters family, Mkwaa and I would like to stop by today to wish each of you a Merry Christmas. We will be thinking of you today.

12-24-2008 11:44 PM -- By: Gracie Family,    Pet's name:   
Thank you to whom sponsered Gracies memorial it is the best gift i gotten. Thanks so Much.

12-24-2008 3:16 PM -- By: Lauvern, memorial:   Luke Memorial
To All My friends here at Critters. I want to thankyou all from the bottom of my heart for all the support you have given me in the last year and a half since i lost my precious Luke. Although i know he and all the furbabies at Rainbow Bridge are now free of pain and all the earthly elements and are all playing together and waiting to be reunited with us again ,it still is hard not to have them by our sides. This is my second Christmas without Luke and i must say , the tears are still coming but it is a little easier then it was last Christmas. I know he never wanted me sad so i am trying to be happy for him BUT it is hard. To the mommies and daddies who are celebrating their first Christmas without their babies,please know i truely understand the sadness. Stay strong,it will get a bit easier. Lets all try and remember the good times and all the unconditional love our babies gave us while with us and will again when we are all reunited again one day.. Have a Merry Christmas and  much Happier New year in 2009. Stay strong. Hugs to all. Merry Christmas to all the fur babies at Rainbow Bridge. from Luke's mommy.

12-24-2008 3:05 PM -- By: Luna, memorial:   Luna Memorial
Visit Luna's page for the song behind the story "The Winter Wonderland Christmas 2008"... it's a favorite of mine and recorded by our friend Polly! Also visit Luna's Little Christmas for a story sent to Luna by our freind Carole). Hugs, Nadine & Luna

12-24-2008 2:48 PM -- By: Luna, memorial:   Luna Memorial

All the children are playing all day, rinning down the slopes in the snow, skating on a frozen pond, singing caroles and sipping hot cocoa, eating a cookie or two, or three ... More cookies please! (Luna smiles), all the little ones are gathered around smiling, It’s Christmas eve and all the children are skating at the rink, the music is playing and can be heard for miles, close your eyes and listen … you can hear the melodies play in your head, as all the girls dance across the ice with all the boys in hot pursuit, all fluttering about and skating on one paw with blades gliding, faces smiling, and hearts beating as one … Throughout the day they take cookie breaks, sip hot cocoa and  warming themselves by the roaring fire ... thinking of their parents and sending them all the love that's in their hearts. All of a sudden you hear three gongs, GONG, GONG, GONG …   Could it be the spirit from Christmas past … NOPE!!! It's the bell for "food", DID I MENTION "FOOD!!!" Every clatters, all you can hear are the steps of each little one as they all gather around, you will all be seated shortly … As they enter the main hall appetizers are being served ... on a frosted bed of ice we have shrimp cocktail, oysters, clams on the half shell, or warm roasted salmon on rice cakes, seafood of all tastes and styles, there's roasted duck and pork, ham, veal and lamb … just leaving your taste buds sizzling for another bite… The hostesses gather round serve the vegetable hour, asparagus crème de confer in a pastry shell,  spinach dip, and vegetables of all kinds … "THIS IS A FEAST Fit for a King! the day of sweet Jesus' birth ... they lift their heads up the stars and all the warmth from their hearts fill the sky, the gentle breeze takes their love quicker than old St Nick, and fills the hearts of the ones they love that have been absent from their touch but never their hearts of mind ...  ahh,  the North Star. They follow it's star-studded path and enter the ball room, each one is seated and a silk napkin is placed on their lap, the meal is about to be served ... there is fresh cider, bread baskets, flowers and bows, gifts and trinkets, candles  and cheer, there is a foil wrap on the table in front of them, they pull the ends and out with a "BANG" when they pulled the string tight ... out pops  a trinket, treat or two, they unfold the crown and gently place them on their heads…they look at each one smiling as the aroma comes from the kitchen fills the air. After dining for hours and eating each piece, they all tap their bellies and thank the Lord for their feast … They head to the lounge and see a big beautiful Christmas tree, the fire is roaring and the music is playing; they sit by the lake, the patio, the shore, they gaze with amazement at the abundant twinkle lights that are set outdoors before them … ITS A WINTER WONEDERLAND and we're all here to enjoy it today, surrounded by love and freindships we've made, love fills their hearts from both near and far, for the love of their parents touched them all one again and they remembered .. their scent, their touch, their caring ways, the sight, the way they looked at them, the gifts from today ... to be loved to sweetly and by so many, the rush came over them and their cheeks grew a rosey glow, ahhh, to me loved by so many near or far, to hold in ones heart the memory, trust and devotion, they took in a deep breath one and all, for their hearts grew 3 sizes that day no matter how small ... The love surrounded them and they sat quietly reflecting in the hour, They each bow their heads and send a prayer ... well wishes to their parents, their brothers, their mothers and their sisters … all thankful for making them the special little angels they are, in their eyes was a twinkle a glimmer of green, they stood all proud and full of self-esteem, and smiled because they were blessed by each and everyone, their parents, their friends, and the Lord up above ...  They gather in a circle, hold hands and dance around the tree, watching it sparkle and they sing oh so merrily … Joy to the world …. We three kings … Deck the balls, ... errr, I mean halls, and here we go a caroling …


the night continues, and each one gets ready all snug in their beds, for St. Nicholas will be calling as the fairies dance in their heads, the night is falling and not a creature was stirring, except for the angels who tucked each child in, they kissed them on their forheads and blew kisses with a suttle grin, all slumber and sleeping, blanket tucked under their chin ... they await for morning to see what Santa brought in ... "but no gift could ever be measured than by the love we shared with them, for they will have it with them always until we are together again" ... WISHING ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!   Know that you are each thought about with lots of love, thank you one and all, for without you this would not be possible. Humbly and lovingly, Luna    


...Each little child's heart is  filled with happiness and their hearts a glow, for tomorrow is Christmas but the true magic is the eve, where everything is possible, great food, fun and friends, well wishes and stocking stuffers, trinkets and toys, but each moment was not measured by the gifts they receive but by the love in their hearts which they share lovingly with one another. 

12-24-2008 11:43 AM -- By: Jeffrey, memorial:   Christian Memorial
To all my friends here at Critters,

I would like to thank everyone who has posted to my boys site and included him in the fun at RB. Initially I started to be a participant in the chats but found that it only increased the pain of missing my guy. I do enjoy reading the antics of all the babies and thank you for not forgetting Christian.

  As others have said the new babies in my life can never replace the loss of my best friend. They are different and yet at times the same.

  I wish you all a very merry Christmas or happy holidays as your preference is. May you be blessed in the coming year. May your memories last a lifetime until we are all reunited.

12-24-2008 7:40 AM -- By: Lynn, memorial:   Bubbles Memorial
I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you so much to all of you who has given me such great support. I still miss my Bubbles and my heart breaks for her everyday. I continue to update her page and have added new pictures of her new sister. Daisy is not Bubbles, nor will she ever take her place but she is special just the same. Happy Holidays!!! Love Lynn

12-23-2008 3:46 PM -- By: Karen tomczak, memorial:   Rameses Memorial
This is a Christmas Card to all of my Critters Family




12-23-2008 3:12 PM -- By: Ebony & Shabba Lou & their mom, Carole, memorial:   Shabba Lou Turner Memorial
Dear Grieving Friends,

I know this is a bit lengthy, but I receive these emails from a grief councelor. This one is beautiful and I want to share it with you all.

Love is a hard thing to embrace during a season of grieving.

It is the loss of a "loved" one that brings you so much pain. It is hard to even let love in when we are hurting deeply.  It is even harder to share love in these days.  To open to love and loving is only to open to the pain of the love that is lost.

Having said this, there is quite a blessing in this word for the grieving person.

It is love that brought you to this place of pain in the first place and love that will bring you through this troubled time.  It is love that holds all your tears, and love that knows just how deeply you feel your pain.

This love comes in so many forms.  First in the love that you have for the persons you have lost and their love for you.  Although the way in which you experience this love is now forever changed, you carry that love within you and often it is that very love that carries you through. It is the same love that offers comfort and promise for healing. It is the same love that you hold on to when you are desperate for some hope and help.

The love that comes from others is also so very important.  This love that comes in so many forms, trying to reach into the pain we are in, trying to understand.  Although folks sometimes bumble their way through the way they try to offer help, it is still so often sent with sent with the deepest intention to love and to help.

One piece of love that should not be forgotten is the love that human beings need to have for themselves.  By this I mean, it is important to pay attention to, care for and be present to what you need. This might mean not always following what everyone else needs. This is a time of permission, a time to focus on your own healing and to be gently loving with your own self.  The one thing about opening to love is that it also opens your heart, so that you feel your feelings. You do not heal unless you feel and acknowledge your pain.

Last but certainly not least this love extends from you, the one who is grieving, to others who need comfort and rest.  This is the love that is extended to loved ones who are still with you.  And it is the love they in turn give back. This sacred gift of love is so freely brought to you, and your work is only to open to being loved even during this so painful a time. In so doing there will be gifts that come to you in this saddest of times.

Open to Love (by Bev Swanson)

Open now to love, to letting it come in, to allowing pain and healing to continue.

Open now to love and let the memories flow so that tears can be bringing all you know.

Open now to that God can heal and bring you to a place where you deeply feel.

Open now to love when others do come near and welcome loving care and that listening ear.

Open now to love the kind that you can share, from deepest place in your heart, for others you are there.

Open now to love embrace that great unknown for love's creations greatest gift that to us is shown.

As this season of people, and parties and the presence comes ever closer still, bring love as your guest. As a result this most difficult season will bring you the gift of life amidst deep loss.

Warmest regards, we love you, and have a safe and blessed Christmas. Shabba Lou, Ebony, their mommy Carole and "the rest of my precious pack".

12-23-2008 11:39 AM -- By: dawnmarie, memorial:   Suzie Wong Memorial
I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a wonderful, safe, happy and healthy New Year!  I want to thank you all at Critters for being there for me.  I have made some wonderful friends here and I cherish you all.  I was suffering and still am about losing my little Suzie, but somehow after reading all your memorials and your emails and seeing all the pictures I can smile alittle now remembering my little Suzie and not be crying all the time.  I want to thank you especially those who have helped me along this long and agonizing journey and helping me make my little Suzie's memorial pages beautiful with their photos they all made for me.

I thank GOD for making the special friends on here I made and you truly are a treasure!  Thank you so much for always being there for me when I need you all.  It really does help me and if anyone at anytime needs please to talk or anything, please contact me I will always be there for you all.  It is not easy for me this year, as I know alot of you are also going through the same things as I am which to me just makes it alittle easier knowing I am not alone.  Thank you and God Bless you all.  God Bless our furbabies at rainbow bridge until we can be reunited with them once again. Dawn-Marie (Suzie's mommy)

12-23-2008 10:06 AM -- By: Luke, memorial:   Luke Memorial

12-23-2008 1:20 AM -- By: Paula, memorial:   KARLEY Memorial
I would like to wish all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanza...And I want to wish all of our fur babies a wonderful holiday at the bridge.  I know they will have such a great day.  But for many, it will be their "first" holiday away from their humans.  I just hope that they can feel the love from down here.  I hope that they are hanging their stockings by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nick will put great treats in there.  The bridge must be just beautiful with all of the sparkling lights & beautfiul lit trees. And the has to be just beautiful.

Please visit Karley's memorial for an update on her case...

12-23-2008 12:39 AM -- By: puck llewis and mom lisa, memorial:   Puck Llewis Memorial
i dont know how i would have gotten by the last 120 days without everyone here.  

  Pucks 4 month Angel Day today...too many 1sts and too many holidays since 08/23/08.  

Thank you so much....the one thing I didnt want is puck to be forgotten...its nice to visit the humour page and his guestbook....and see what he has been doing...see the visitors...that makes a broken heart feel a bit better......

Thank you so much for watching, playing, remembering Puck...he loves you all so very very much! As does his mom....Thank You for Caring. 

12-22-2008 8:06 PM -- By: Brenda, memorial:   BUSTER Memorial
Hello to all of us here on Critters,

First i would like to thank you all for all your surport you have all given me since i lost Buster, and a big thank you to some special people who helped me make Buster memorial special to me you all know who you are,

Happy Christmas to you all and all the love and happiness for 2009,and sending all our babies lots and lots of love and big kisses,

12-22-2008 12:12 PM -- By: Vegas, memorial:   Vegas Memorial
Please visit Vegas' memorial and offer support and words to help them through. Luxor will live forever in their hearts and ours, and welcomed by all their friends at the rianbow bridge.

12-21-2008 8:26 PM -- By: claudia, memorial:   Otis Memorial
Merry Christmas everyone and to all our poochies in heaven. I came for some help today, as one of the dearest people that helped me through when I lost Otis in January, has lost her beautiful boy Luxor yesterday. I'm sure you all remember Vegas the beautiful black lab who left for heaven last December, right before Christmas. Now she has lost his brother Luxor not even a year later. And again only a few days before Christmas. I can only imagine the pain and emptiness her and her family feel right now. Please visit Vegas' memorial and offer support and words to help them through. They are very special people who gave both of their boys a wonderful home and family. And thank you all who have helped me through this difficult year. Claudia

12-21-2008 8:06 PM -- By: Suzie Bragan, memorial:   KETO BOY Memorial
Its only been 2 weeks and my heart is still breaking. I can't sleep or eat. I hear my Keto walking down the hall his little nails clicking on the tile. I sit up in the middle of the night thinking I hear him breathing or the jingling of his collar. Sometimes I can smell him and when I can't, I hold his pillow so I can. I sit and sob at his graveside under the tree in the backyard. My husband keeps a candle lit day and night since he has been gone. Even as I write it I cannot accept that he is not with me. Will this physical and mental pain ever go away? I am afraid that when it does I can no longer hear him, feel him, smell him. Sometimes I just want to scream. I am so angry and so sad. I know God is taking care of him and he is free of pain. I know all the right things but I also know that I am just empty and nothing can make me whole  again. I miss him so very much. He is the best of me.

12-21-2008 12:41 PM -- By: , memorial:   Gracie Memorial
Even though Gracies Page is now gone we still miss her very much. We all think about her every day.  I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday and new year.

12-21-2008 12:31 PM -- By: Linda, memorial:   Bailey Memorial
Hello everyone,

I feel so guilty not coming on here that much anymore, first my computer broke so I have to use my daughters laptop, and I haven't had a chance to update my Baileys site and just working hard and being extremely tired. Anyway I just want to thank everyone who went to Bailey's site and wished him a happy birthday, thank you for your thoughtfulness. The holidays are again upon us, and although they are meant to bring happiness and joy, I feel sad and depressed around this time. This year is no different than last, I still miss Bailey alot and once in a while I still cry. Oh well, one day at time thats all we can do.

I want to wish everyone on here a very happy and healthy holiday and for those who have recently lost a beloved pet, just try to be strong and take one day at a time, Give your self time to grieve and try to keep busy.  Surround yourself with supportive positive people!! People who comfort you and not just say "oh, it was just an animal, you can get another one." I say no it is not "just an animal" but a part of my family. Bailey was like a son to me, and I loved him very much. He became a part of my heart and soul like my children are. Try to keep toxic people as far away as possible.

Anyway, a big hug to all of you. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009!

12-21-2008 11:10 AM -- By: dawnmarie, memorial:   Suzie Wong Memorial
Well today my little baby Suzie's angel day is here. It has been two months today since she left me. It feels like yesterday. I relive that last night and the morning I found her dead at least 5 times a day.  It is very difficult and I am very, very sad and lonely without her.

Please remember my little girl today.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year  to everyone here at Critters. I thank you for all being there for me!

Dawn-Marie (Suzie's mommy)

12-21-2008 12:08 AM -- By: Michele - Ginger's Mommy, memorial:   Ginger Memorial
Hi Everyone...I am the proud Mommy of our new baby girl chihuahua Macy.  Macy is an early Christmas present from my husband.  She will be 12 weeks old on Christmas Eve, and she is adorable, I fell in love with her the moment I saw her.  She looks like a "mini" Ginger.  I will be adding a new page with pictures to introduce her to everyone soon. 

Monday will be 8 months since Ginger went to Rainbow Bridge, so it was bittersweet to get her today...everyone who has gotten another pet after the loss of one knows the feeling.  I think Josie is doing really good with her so far.  I hope that Josie takes to Macy like Ginger took to Josie when we got her.  At times, I think Ginger thought she was Josie's mommy.

Well, just wanted to visit with the babies, and let everyone know the news.  I will be posting pics very soon of Macy.

I hope that each and every one of you know how important you are to me, and how dear you all are to my heart.  May all of you and your families have a Merry Christmas!  Our angels will have a beautiful Christmas celebration at Rainbow Bridge...I am sure of that. 

Love and hugs...Michele


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