"A man may smile and bid you hail, yet wish you to the devil,
But when a good dog wags his tail, you know he's on the level"

Zeus and Zena are my sons dogs. When Zeus came into our lives, he was just a cute, lovable little puppy who always wanted to be held, I nick named him "Laptop". Zena came along a short time later and with TONS of energy, of course I nick named her "Ritilin".  Zeus and Zena are the parents of our dog Dakota.

These two cute, cuddly little furry family members grew on us quickly and we loved them dearly. Growing up together there were very few times when they were NOT together, either out in the yard chasing cars along the fence, barking at a passing dog or inside just chilling out, they were always together.

"I talk to him when I'm lonesome like and I'm sure he understands
When he looks at me so attentively and gently licks my hands
Then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes but I never say naught thereat
For the good Lords knows I can buy  more clothes, but never a friend like that"
W. Dayton Wedgefarth

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,
someone who was 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 begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from the group, flying
over the green grass, 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 those trusting eyes, so long gone from your life, but never
absent from your heart.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together... 

Author: By Paul C. Dahm

Zeus would chase a tennis ball forever or until he got tired and then he would lay down and chew it to shreds. He loved to be in the water and had a kiddie pool that he could play in as well as time he was taken to reservoir to play in the water and chase the ball.

Zena was given a stuffed animal when she gave birth to her first and only little of puppies, the stuffed animal was purple and she carried it with her every where she went. Zena had that animal for years after her puppies had all gone to their forever homes. Finally one day, many many years later, it was just gone without a trace.

As happens in life, dogs grow old and things start to go wrong. Zeus was not doing well with walking anymore, due to Arthritis and he was having a lot of trouble with stairs and falling down. We knew it was time for him to go, though it was hard, in 2012, we had to say good bye. Zeus is buried under a huge Willow tree in my mother's back yard, one of his favorite places to be because he could bark at the cows and the horses on the other side of the fence.

Zena started to have trouble walking, she was having trouble hearing and her eyes seemed to be fogging over, an indication that she was going blind. Almost a year after having put her best friend down, it was time to say good bye to Zena. Zena is buried right next to Zeus, under the willow tree. Two of their "children" are buried there with them, Max and Dakota.

A Loan From God

God promised at the birth of time,
A special friend to give,
His time on earth is short, he said,
So love him while he lives.

It may be six or seven years,
Or twelve or then sixteen,
But will you, till I call him back,
Take care of him for me?

A wagging tail and cold wet nose,
And silken velvet ears,
A heart as big as all outdoors,
To love you through the years.

His puppy ways will gladden you,
And antics bring a smile,
As guardian or friend he will,
Be loyal all the while.

He'll bring his charms to grace your life,
And though his stay be brief,
When he's gone the memories,
Are solace for your grief.

I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return,
But lessons only a dog can teach,
I want you each to learn.

Whatever love you give to him,
Returns in triple measure,
Follow his lead and gain a life,
Brim full of simple pleasure.

Enjoy each day as it comes,
Allow your heart to guide,
Be loyal and steadfast in love,
As the dog there by your side.

Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call,
To take him back again?

I fancy each of us would say,
"Dear Lord, thy will be done,
For all the joy this dog shall bring,
The risk of grief we'll run.

"We'll shelter him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known,
Forever grateful stay.

"But shall the angels call for him,
Much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand."

Author: Unknown


"You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!”
Dave Barry"

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself."
Josh Billings

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
Will Rogers

"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go
 to heaven, and very, very few persons."
James Thurber

"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." 
Andy Rooney

"Man is a dog's idea of what God should be."
Holbrook Jackson

"Dogs lives are too short. Their only fault, really."
Agnes Sligh Turnbull

"Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend."
Corey Ford

"With the exception of a woman, there is nothing
on Earth so agreeable or necessary to the comfort
of a man, as the dog."
Edward Jesse

"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies"
Gene Hill
"If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them."
Phil Pastoret

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
Roger Caras

"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us."
Robert Louis Stevenson

"If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and
examine your conscience."
Woodrow Wilson

"Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in."
Mark twain

"The dog is the only animal that has seen God."

"My little dog, a heartbeat at my feet."
Edith Wharton

"Dogs laugh, but with their tails."
Max Eastman

"My goal in life is to be as good of a person as
my dog already thinks I am"

"The greatest love is a mother's, then a dog's then
a sweethearts."
Polish Proverb