According to a Pawnee legend, a great council is held whenever a human being seeks growth or spiritual counsel, or is in need of an animal friend. The council considers which animal would be best for that person and sends the animal to that person. Sometimes it may be just a brief encounter; while walking you see an animal and feel better for it or receive an insight.

    Many times the animal sent is a stricken or helpless creature, to encourage the person to care for it. According to legend, this is why so many people who have taken in stray animals come to feel that the animal they almost didn't rescue became the most precious being they know, and that the day they found him or her was the luckiest day of their lives. (Taken from the book Animal Angels by Stephanie Laland.)

     My baby boy Tucker, we miss you so much. You truly were what I needed in 95 when we found you dumped on the street right in front of my Dad's nursing home. I truly believe you were sent to us in that time of need when my Dad was dying. We found you in March and Dad passed in April but it was really hard to be depressed and sad when we had you around goofing off around the house like you did. You taught me so many life lessons and for that I will always hold you in my heart. I still can't believe how after so many tests and blood work you were always still so happy to go in and see the vet. I think I would have been afraid and trying to bite everyone I saw. Even when you were so sick in the end you were still the beautiful pup I had always known. Even then you were a champ taking your meds and getting your shot for the diabetes and never snapping or being nasty. I am so grateful the seizure monster stayed away from you for 5 years. At least you had some time here playing with Mollie and us not having the dreadful disease to worry about. You even learned how to swim in those years! I know you are waiting for us at the Bridge and even though life will never be the same without you I am so grateful that the Great Council decided to send you to us. We'll love you forever and remember the life lessons you taught us. That was your precious gift to us. I'll be waiting for your sloppy kisses when we meet at the bridge!

Tucker found Febuary 1995 went to the Bridge August 28, 2003


The Little Black Dog

I wonder if Christ had a little black dog,
All curly and woolly like mine;
With two long silky ears and a nose, round and wet,
And two eyes, brown and tender, that shine.
I am sure, if He had, that that little black dog
Knew, right from the first, He was God;
That he needed no proof that Christ was divine,
And just worshiped the ground where He trod.
I'm afraid that He hadn't, because I have read
How He prayed in the garden, alone;
For all of His friends and disciples had fled
Even Peter, the one called a stone.
And, oh, I am sure that that little black dog,
With a heart so tender and warm,
Would never have left Him to suffer alone,
But, creeping right under His arm,
Would have licked the dear fingers, in agony clasped,
And, counting all favors but loss,
When they took Him away, would have trotted behind
And followed Him quite to the Cross.

Anonymous taken from Animal Angels by Stephanie Laland

February, 1995 - August 28, 2003

Healthy and at peace at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for

Mary and Mollie





My Darling Zuess,
I miss you and love more than words could ever describe.  I thank the Lord above everyday for bringing you into my life. You taught me compassion and unconditional love and I am so grateful.  Our time on this earth together was far to short but I know that you will be waiting, ready to greet me when I am called.  I dream about you, I weep for you and my heart is a lonelier place without you here.  I know you are with me, I find your feathers, I smell you and I see you in my dreams, I have gotten your message that you are happy and free of seizures and missing me as much as I miss you.  I also felt your need for me to love again and I have found love, but never to replace you.  Our home still echoes the painful silence. I look forward to seeing you again and I will be here, dreaming about you until that day comes.  The day you left me was the darkest day of my life, I thought I would never heal.  I am slowly mending but the pain doesn't seem to ease.  I know you are just as goofy and silly at the bridge as you were here.  Please greet our epi's that we have lost with the love and excitement that you greeted me with everyday.  Until we meet again, my sweet boy, I carry your love with me. We love and miss you everyday,
Mom, Dad, Luke, Jake, Sadie and the kitties


I Believe
Skip Ewing/Donny Kees

Every now and then soft as breath upon my skin
I feel you come back again
And it's like you haven't been gone a moment from my side
Like the tears were never cried
Like the hands of time are holding you and me
And with all my heart I'm sure we're closer than we ever were
I don't have to hear or see, I've got all the proof I need
There are more than angels watching over me

I believe That when you die your life goes on
It doesn't end here when you're gone
Every soul is filled with light
It never ends and if I'm right
Our love can even reach across eternity

I believe Forever, you're a part of me
Forever, in the heart of me
And I'll hold you even longer if I can
The people who don't see the most
Say that I believe in ghosts
And if that makes me crazy, then I am
'Cause I believe

There are more than angels watching over me
I believe, I believe


Healthy and at peace at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for

Mom, Dad, Luke, Jake, Sadie and the kitties