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 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. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run 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 Rainbow Bridge together....

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6/8/24 Sadly today we had to help Tripp to the bridge. He was in very poor condition and suffering from congestive heart failure. Rest in peace sweet boy...wish we could have helped you sooner

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5/18/24: Sadly today we had to let sweet Vanilla go. She was not eating for 2 days and a trip to the emergency room prompted another trip to a specialist. Vanilla had a huge kidney stone and that kidney also had an abscess. The only remedy was to remove the kidney however her other kidney was seriously undersized and not likely functioning properly. We had no option but to help her to the bridge. Sweet Vanilla was the best little girl, a 10 out of 10 as reported by her foster mom. We are sorry we didn't get her sooner to help her, but her condition was beyond help. Run free little Vanilla...your foster mommy loved you so much and we know you are now healthy and whole.

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Faith Grace TX

4/13/23: Sadly we lost sweet Faith Grace today. Faith Grace has gone to her forever home in Heaven, where she will be perfect and loved beyond measure.

Tiny Faith Grace came to UYR as a stray at the end of January, weighing only 3 pounds and estimated to be 10-12 years or more. She has been residing in her foster home since then. She faced so many struggles in her little life, low thyroid, no hair, bad teeth, diminished hearing and practically blind, but she had a loving soul and brought great joy to her foster mom and dad, who loved her as if she was their own baby. She was a smart little girl and learned to deal with bad vision and navigated like a sighted dog. When she was ready to eat in the morning, be it 4:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m, she would pick up her food bowl and bang it against the metal bowl holder to let us know. She had a soft, mewing voice to communicate her needs to us. What a special little lady, and we were honored to love on her. Her last day was spent in the arms of her foster mom, wrapped in her blankey and covered with a heating pad for comfort. At bedtime, she was placed gently in her little bed and covered. Her soul left her sometime during the night. She will be sorely missed. Run free sweet girl!

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3/7/24: This is an update I did not want to post. Our little Precious Jet passed away last night around 3:35am. He simply could not hold on any longer. This is heartbreaking to our rescue and everyone who has come to love him, as we all knew how much this little baby boy wanted to live! He has fought obviously since birth, but when we, United Yorkie Rescue, as a rescue org are called into action, it's usually at such a critical time. His issue was more neurological and a CT scan showed several congenital anomalies. We were able to have him discharged from the ER with a head/neck brace and had settled him for the night, but at 3:30, Foster Mom checked on him and he had passed away. Now he can be whole and run free and be that puppy that he so deserved to be. Bless you all for loving and helping to give him the best last days of his little life! Bless you little JET...run wild and free sweet love!


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Bitsy FO

11/24/23 Today we lost sweet Bitsy due to kidney failure. She's now at the Rainbow Bridge with her BFF, Bells. Run free little sweetheart.

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9/29/23 Sadly today we realized the mammary tumors have returned and the chemo meds are not working. We had to help this sweet girl to the bridge.

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Nellie Kate

Nellie Kate is a 12 year (estimated) old 6 pound Yorkie girl who is being fostered near Ashland City, TN.

Updated Bio 8/12/23

Nellie Kate died in her sleep today. Foster mom and the Dogtor did all we could to get her well just sometimes we get these babies to late to save. We got her on the 4th of August late in the evening she had traveled from Georgia. This is the previous bio and all we did for her care.

The first thing Foster mom did was give this matted girl a bath and a haircut. She has now seen the Dogtor and it was determined that she has a severe upper respiratory infection. She has a terrible cough and received a shot and cough medication for that. Her eyes were full of green cloudy yucky stuff but is on eye medication now to get that clear and she is also taking an antibiotic. Her bloodwork is off the charts right now since she is super sick and weak. She has no appetite but foster mom is syringe feeding her urgent care food from the Dogtor. She is however, drinking water on her own. Foster mom has also been giving her nutri cal because her sugar is low. She is going for a recheck in a week and we can check the bloodwork again to make sure she is on the mend. When she feels better she will have a spay and a dental. We cant wait to see her personality when she feels better. Stay tuned for updates and please consider donating to her special care by clicking the PayPal button underneath this bio.

Initial Bio 8/5/23

Meet Nellie Kate. She has just came into rescue after being dumped at a shelter in bad shape. The shelter reached out to us to see if we could help this sweetheart feel better. We cant wait to see her personality when she gets all the medical care she needs. Stay tuned for updates and please consider donating to her special care.

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8/6/23: Sadly today sweet Bells' heart failed and she is now at the Rainbow Bridge. She will be very much missed.

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Davey FO

7/5/23: Sadly today we lost sweet Davey to heart failure and advanced kidney disease. He came into rescue in 2018 and was adopted out but returned later and since then has been living with his loving foster family. Everyone is devastated to have lost this sweet boy, but sadly kidney disease is one medical issue we cannot fix. The treatment for his disease ultimately taxes the heart and there was no more we could do for him. Rest in peace sweet boy!

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Sugar Pie FO


Sugar Pie crossed the rainbow bridge today. Sugar Pie came to us 2 years ago she had multiple Mamery tumors she had some labs that determined she was not a good candidate for surgery. She lived the rest of her life being loved. There is a hole in our heart. She will be missed but never forgotten.

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Crystal FO

6/16/23 Sadly today we had to help sweet Crystal to the bridge. She had been declining significantly in the last weeks and could no longer smell her food or find her way back to her bed. Crystal had been with her foster mom for 4 years and she will be sorely missed.

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Sugar Cookie FO

Sugar Cookie was a 13 yr old (estimated) poodle being fostered near Ashland City, TN.

5/25/23 Sugar Cookie had a big decline in health this last couple of weeks. She has been suffering from dementia and has been restless and whining constantly and pacing in circles. She was receiving Trazadone to help her rest but even so she couldn't get solid sleep. Her ears were constantly infected even with treatments and she was blind and completely deaf. Her back end was weakening as well due to earlier in her life possibly being hit by a car. She also suffered from bouts of pancreatitis. The vet decided it may be best to go ahead and let her cross the bridge as her quality of life wasn't peaceful. Foster mom loves you sweet girl; run free like the puppy you once were.

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4/13/23 With sad hearts we have to share that sweet little Trixie, unfortunately she didn't make it. She was so sick and in such terrible shape that when the shelter found her wandering in a field, we were just too late to help her.

When we got her in the afternoon we took her right away to the Urgent Vet Clinic where she spent all day until almost 11pm. She received fluids and meds and lots of care. When we went to get her they told us she still was having seizures, was definitely blind, and maybe had some neurological problems causing some of these issues, as well as blood levels showing more problems.

When the Urgent Vet closed we took her to the emergency vet facility. There she received a lot of medical care and monitoring. She was given phenobarbital to stop the seizures, although at first it seemed to help, it was very short lived and she continued to have seizures which was causing more problems. She was severely emaciated and critically underweight. She may have had pyometra and without surgery she would die. However she was too emaciated and too sick to survive a surgery. Poor baby just couldn't win. Her blood levels kept declining no matter what they did as far as IV fluids and meds. It was just not meant to be.

At 4:40am we got the call that she was going down hill and declining rapidly. We drove to the emergency vet to tell her we tried and to say we were so sorry. We let her know we loved her for the short time she was in our care. We were too late to save her, and we were so sad this happened to such a young dog of maybe 1 or 2 years old at the most. We said goodbye to her around 5am.

The $2500 we spent on her and all the love and medical care just couldn't save her. Trixie didn't deserve what happened to her. United Yorkie Rescue did everything we could, it just wasn't meant to be for her and our hearts are broken.

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Koda FO

4/6/23: Today we lost sweet Koda, a lucky boy who was able to spend the last 8 months of his life with a loving foster family. He will be missed dearly.

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Jersey FO

03/19/23: Sadly today we had to help sweet Jersey, our FO pup, to the bridge. She was in the last stages of kidney failure and nothing more could be done to help her.

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Diesel FO

Diesel passed over the rainbow bridge today. He will be missed but we are grateful he is now at peace.

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Paisley FO

1/5/23: Sadly sweet Paisley was helped to the Rainbow Bridge. Congestive heart failure set in further compromising her failing kidneys. Rest in Peace sweet girl! Your mommy and daddy are devastated as are those who also loved you.

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Gail Wiggins, David Lavine, Lynne Turner, Heather Beal, Dan Clauser, Carol Nelson, Sandra Wendt, Sandy Pagnotta Susan Kendrick, Crystal Dicosola, Pamela Labastida, Alex LeBlanc, Pat Higgins

12/27/22: I wanted to give you all the update. It is not a good update. The Dr. and I spoke early this am. They were waiting for the radiology report but his kidney values were not going in the direction they were hoping for. We had that hard discussion regarding letting him go but we opted to give him some more time with fluids and antibiotics and nausea med to see if he would just make that turn. I also wanted to see the radiology report. She had performed an ultrasound and we discussed those findings. I told her I would be there after noon to see him. when i arrived Nicholas was soundly sleeping. Dr Williams came over and she told me about the radiology report. Nicholas had a mass more than likely on his liver. He had mineralization's on his kidney's, he had collapsed vertabrae. The devastating news was his bloodwork had his BUN at 357 and Creatine not readable...he was now in total kidney failure. I reached out to an amazing medical friend of the rescue community and he absolutely agreed it was time. I told Dr Williams to get me a private room and she brought Nicholas to me. She let me have my moments with him. But in an instant, I had her come right back in quickly as he started to cry...my heart broke. I kissed his sweet forehead and told him he was so loved. and I was his messenger to a place where his life would be blessed and to run free baby. I had to stay quite awhile after as I was so broken over this precious baby. I was so angry at the human that left this baby in this deplorable condition. I was so angry and trying to wrap my head around "how" in God's name did this little one get on the side of the road...he couldn't even walk! I was angry that this little baby looked like he had just been groomed and was clean but his body wreaked of death and illness...why?!! I will never know these answers...that's a part of rescue that takes that special heart. I do know, I was his messenger and that I turned my job over to God and sweet Nicholas is running with the angels now. Our amazing vets didn't even charge us for the euthanasia or the cremation services to bring this little one home. He touched hearts in so many ways. Thank you to everyone who donated for this little mans care. He was blessed to have you as his warriors and angels as we are blessed as well. Bless you all!!

My dear friends...educate anyone you see as to what is important in these babies lives. Rescue does not care what we take in...we are rescue...but please give that baby a chance to die comfortably and in the arms of love.

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2/8/23 Sadly today we lost precious Evie after a disastrous kidney stone surgery.

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Miloh FO

Miloh crossed the rainbow bridge... he will be missed

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