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In Loving Memory


    "When I need you, I just close my eyes  

          and you're with me ... "


If you're grieving over the loss of your special friend, may you take comfort in knowing that you are not alone ... there are many of us who are devastated by the loss and never completely get over the heartbreak and void in our lives.  It was not "just a dog" as some may say, he/she was our best friend, the one who taught us about unconditional love.  Allow yourself the grieving process until time heals your wound and the happy memories begin to outweigh the sorrow.  Visit the web pages linked below for some of my special departed friends, and take a look at the writings below ... several versions of the Rainbow Bridge.  I wish you the ability to accept that the fact that it was your friend's time to move on to a better place, and that some day, you will be joyfully reunited.




Int'l Ch. Tealwood's Hit The Jackpot

(Multi BIS, BISS Ch. Ridge View Heartland Hit Man  x  Molly D'Major of Tealwood)

July 10, 2001 - August 30, 2012

Jack took over as leader of my pack, and as "owner" of a big chunk of my heart after Major left us.  Jack truly possessed the perfection of Labrador temperament, and anyone who met him LOVED "big Jack" (as I called him).  He was quietly proud, confident and intelligent and very kind.  I knew long ago that Jack would never leave me until his dying moment ... his love for me was one that needed to be sustained until the end.  Please visit Jack's memorial page, and his main web page, and give him a spiritual hug.

Major's Page

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Legacy's Major Mandigo

(Ch. The Fonz of Majyk Hill  x  Legacy's Charlie Brown)

July 1, 1991 - December 31, 2002

Major was my once-in-a-lifetime, soul-mate dog and words cannot possibly express the joy and comfort he gave me for 11 1/2 years ... nor the pain of losing him to cancer New Year's Eve 2002.  Many of you have met and known him over the years and I sincerely hope you will visit his memorial page out of respect for this grand old guy.  


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Molly D'Major of Tealwood

(Brandywines Master Centurion  x  Brandywine's Iron Mistress)

May 31, 1997 - January 18, 2008

Molly was the product of my old bloodlines and one of my two current foundation bitches.  She was with me for almost 11 years and gave me, and everyone who knew her, so much joy and love.  She also gave me wonderful offspring to carry on her fabulous temperament and intelligence.  My sweet "Dolly" (as I called her) is painfully missed but never, ever forgotten.


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Legacy's Stage hand

(Ch. Trini T's Cozbi Coz O'Legacy  x  Mandigo's Midnight Blew)

June 27, 1999 - July 13, 2012

Mable came to me at 1 1/2 years from Texas.  She was a little girl with a charming, sweet, gentle personality, plus super retrieving/hunting instincts.  Mable produced some wonderful puppies sired by Jack, then went to live with one of her 2-year-old boys, along with my son and daughter-in-law, Erik and Sarah.  I thank them for giving Mable such wonderful retirement years.  We all miss little Mable.


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Mandigo's Summer Legacy

(GHRCH Legacy's Atchfalaya Nightmare, JH  x  Mandigo's Annabele's Miracle)

May 31, 1997 - November 13, 2004

Summer came to me as a 3-year-old and truly enriched my life with her intense love and playful personality.  She gave me three beautiful litters of puppies and was a wonderful mama.  Unfortunately, her retirement was cut short much too early by an incurable disease, and I sorely miss her.



Tealwood Mandigo's Madelaine 

(BISS Am, Can, Mex, 1978 World & Int'l CH Franklin's Golden Mandigo, CD, WCX  x  Mandigo's Summer Legacy

January 23, 2002  -  July 12, 2004

Madelaine was my pick female from my first frozen semen breeding to the famous Mandigo, a beautiful puppy with so much dual potential.  It saddens me greatly that her life was so short and I dearly miss this deep, gentle little girl.


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Brandywine's Scarlett Knight

(Sunnybrook Acres Ben O'Brandy x Woodgate Knightly Impression)

July 10, 1994 - January 9, 1996

A very special little girl who stole my heart from the moment she was born ... the only puppy in her litter.  Named after Scarlett O'Hara because she was so spoiled, Scarlett was just as beautiful as her namesake and was champion pointed from puppy class!  But it was her spirit and sparkle that I will forever miss.  Come and meet my Scarlett and read her story.

Dyna's Page

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Thistledown Dynamite Rose

(Daughter of BIS Ch. Monarch's Black Arrogance,CD,WC )

November 20, 1986 - April 16, 1999

I purchased Dyna in her middle-age, hoping to get just one litter from her, one of the last remaining daughters of the highly respected multiple BISS Ch. Monarch's Black Arrogance, CD, WC.  My promise to her was to give her a warm, loving home till her dying day.  She fulfilled my wish and reveled in being my "couch potato" until the heartbreaking morning that she died quietly in my arms.  Come visit Dyna's tribute page.




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 and 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 miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together until the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.  The bright eyes are intent, the eager body quivers.  Suddenly he begins to break away 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 the Rainbow Bridge together ...



Beyond the Rainbow 

As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,

I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade.

I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble-free

Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.


It was the most beautiful Rainbow and, on the other side

Were meadows rich and beautiful ... lush and green and wide!

And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see

Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be!


My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new,

And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do.

I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright,

That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright Glow pierced the night.

'Twas the Glow of many Candles shining bright and strong and bold,

And I knew then that it held your love in its brilliant shades of gold.


For although we may not be together in the way we used to be,

We are still connected by a cord that no eye can see.

So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart,

If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart.


Copyrighted 1995 by Cate Guyan


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