Sugar Passes Over the Rainbow Bridge

Sugar resting her head on brother, Beau

My wife Rebecca and I lost our GRRAND dog Sugar this week. Sugar was around 11 years of age and had severe arthritis and cancer, but she was a loving girl who wagged her tail up to the last couple days. We adopted Sugar from GRRAND six years ago and adored her and treated her like the angel she was all the time.  We were blessed to have her. She was also beloved by our other GRRAND dog, Beau, along with our German Shepherd and Great Pyrenees.

Beau is also a wonderful dog who came to us just over three years ago having been hit by a car before GRRAND picked him up, gave him a foster home and eventually let Rebecca and I adopt him. Though he came with a bad hip and little use of one of his rear legs, Beau is also a loving dog who adores attention from people and her brothers, and from Sugar.

We are so thankful you allowed us to adopt our two Goldens.

We miss Sugar dearly, as you can imagine, but her world was filled with love and attention. When the end came, it felt like our vet was just as sad as we were.

Princess Passes Over the Rainbow Bridge

She chose us…

The day we went to adopt Golden’s at GRRAND, little did I know that a very special girl was waiting for us. Princess was abandoned by her owners at their apartment, they moved and just left her there, to this day i just don’t understand how someone could do that, but we were the lucky ones.

We looked at several males and females, but there was just not that chemistry, so when I asked to see Princess, the volunteer that day told us, she has not come over to anyone, because of what happened. I asked her I if I could try, so i walked over to the fence, whistled and called her name. She looked up, and over at me. At that point, up went her tail, and started to wag, a big smile on her face, and she ran over to me. The volunteer was amazed and told us that was the first time she had gone to anyone! I said, “ She is ours now, and we took her with us”.

We had planned on adopting two so that they could keep each other company.

We found Wilson that day, another loving Golden, but he was sick and had to stay another week.

When we brought Wilson home the next week, Princess knew some how that he was sick, so she would lick and groom him sometimes 10 times a day, and that was a bond that lasted 10 years.

When Wilson passed over the rainbow bridge at 12, the spark in Princess started to fade.  At 14 she missed him and her mothering of him was gone too. It broke my heart to watch this.

My wife and I talked about getting another adult dog, and we tried, but Princess was having none of it.

Our vet, and you suggested a puppy to help her. So at the age of 14 she became the surrogate mother of not 1 but two 6 week old Golden puppies. At first she was not trilled about it at all, then one night as Jenn and I watched she started to groom Tess, and then Finn. Oh yes by the way, the puppies were born on June 13th, the same day Wilson passed.  It gave her a new lease on life, and she was like her self again. Even at the age of 14 she played with them, often ending up with Finn sitting on her back and neck and watching TV.

She was starting to really show her age, and we just asked her to teach the babies for a year, which she did for a year and a half.

At 15 1/2 she was tired and worn out, but she never lost her smile and wagging tail.  We knew the time had come when she just wanted to join Wilson and run and play like they used to. That morning I brought out Finn and Tess one at a time to say good bye, they both lay down next to her and put their heads against her, and Princess bathed them one last time, and her journey was complete.

As I  write this a can’t keep from crying because she was such a special girl, and we all miss her so very much.

Scott, Jenn Tessla, and Finnegan.


Sweet Sampson Passes Over the Rainbow Bridge

Sweet, Sweet Sampson


Run fast and free over that Rainbow Bridge my sweet sweet Sampson. The cancer and discomfort are now gone. You run those crazy circles around Griffey and all of your new friends up in Heaven. I will be forever grateful for the old happy loving soul you were and the joy and smiles and unconditional love you brought to my life and SO many others!!!  Your family misses you so much. I am happy to say you were the best foster fail ever. You were a good brother to your “pack” and a good big brother and protector to all the foster puppies you took care of that came into our home. You were the most noble/regal boy, with a truly lovable spirit who just sat and watched all the craziness around you.

I love you Sampson, My Sammie Sam, Sammie Sun Doggie, My Big Fattie Boy, My Butterball… My heart is completely crushed…

Your Mommy
Shannon Baker

Copper Passes Over the Rainbow Bridge


I am writing to let you know that our wonderful dog, Copper, passed away last month. He was a beloved member of our family, friend to all the neighborhood, and we miss him dearly.

Here are a couple of pictures of Copper and his owner-boy. As you can see, they did a good job raising each other over the years


Mekhi Passes Over the Rainbow Bridge

Mekhi passed away July 17 from Lymphoma.  He was with us for seven years. He was six when I adopted him. He was a loving golden who earned the love of family and friends. He was with me through my husband Kennedy’s fight against cancer, and the last four years after his death. My devoted friend and companion throughout so many changes.

I now am in Maryland on a family farm that Mekhi loved.  I thank God for Mekhi and all at GRRAND for all you do to enrich the lives of so many dogs and people are alike.

Elizabeth Helm