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Angels with Tails

 "Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you. I loved you so...'twas Heaven here with you"...Isla Paschal Richardson


There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass. When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. All the animals who have 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 to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent; her eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion. 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, never again to be separated"...anonymous


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I'll always remember you, Luke. One day my dearest and closest friends, Meg, introduced me to her lively little guy, Luke. Right away he barked at me with the cutest woof as he protected his mommy. In December of 2013 Luke let me "dog sit him" though I think it was the other way around. While Luke's mom was away for the holidays, Luke and I spent five of the greatest days together. Of course, Luke could sense a "rookie" and had me eating out of his paw. Luke snuggled on the couch and in bed and always had me smiling and laughing.  We were immediate buddies. For a full five days we went on walks, shared meals, watched TV, played, and of course his favorite, snuggled. It was the best Christmas gift I could have ever wished for. In February 2016 Luke made the journey across the Rainbow Bridge where he will wait for his mom, Meg, and I hope, me as well. I still feel your curly, warm coat against me, Luke. We will all miss you.


In fond memory of Mitzy. Our special sweetheart who helped my late husband and myself through some of the hardest of times. She was so very special.  May she be with her dad as she waits to see me again.


Lacy, our angel one who took away many hard times from my late husband and myself.  I miss her.


Squeaks, a tiny and hungry little kitten showed up at the front door one day. He had the softest little "squeak" instead of a meow. He adopted us and would sit on your lap when we had coffee on the front porch. Squeaks was gentle, loved other animals and would play with his favorite friend, Harley, a Belgian Malinois. We lost Squeaks when he was struck by a driver who didn't bother to stop. We miss you Squeaks, you were very special and we love you.


Jake was Harley’s adopted dad. As a puppy he looked after Harley (an ATP therapy pet) and was a big influence in Harley’s gentleness. Jake’s favorite toy, a squeaky hamburger are on the shelf as a reminder of his spirit.


Sid ("Puddy") went to Heaven in March 2012. He was loved beyond words. He loved to watch Michael Jackson on TV and sit in front of blowing fans. We will miss you forever!


Dexter was loved by all who met him. He was a true "gentle giant." He was a certified Therapy Dog and spent many hours with our Servicemen and women. He passed in April 2011. Dexter brought joy wherever he visited!


Sniper was his owner, Chao Chao’s, best friend. He went camping and biking with his owner and was always by her side. Sniper was such a pleasure to be around and always did tricks to make you smile.

Angels with Tails

To remember a pet you have lost, ATP would be honored to place them on our Angels with Tails Wall. Please send a picture and short statement to

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