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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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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We will see you again at Rainbow Bridge. Run free sweet baby girl

10/11/22: Today little Heidi made her journey to Rainbow Bridge. Heidi came to UYR after she was attacked by a Westie and slung up in the air when she was 3 weeks old. She arrived to us at 4 months old and we immediately noticed that she still had several issues which concerned us greatly. Heidi wasn't able to eat or drink on her own and she circled when she walked. After her first visit to the vet, it was determined that she might have both hearing and sight loss. She only weighed 1.6 pounds at her first visit.

She went back a week later and she weighed 1.9 pounds. The vet decided we needed to have a referral to a Neurologist. We had the appointment yesterday, 10/10/22, at Mississippi State University Specialist Clinic. Heidi underwent a CT Scan where it was determined that Heidi's brain and brain stem sustained substantial damage that was not repairable. There were no courses of action that could be taken to improve her health and allow her to live a more functional life.

So we took little, now 2.2 pounds Heidi home to get one more night of love and attention. She was in the arms of her foster mom and was snuggled in her favorite Christmas fuzzy blanket. She was napping peacefully when she crossed over.

Heidi is now seeing and hearing and running happily at Rainbow Bridge without any pain and suffering.

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Rest In Peace sweet girl. You were very loved.

9/30/22. Today our sweet little Sophia went on her final journey over the Rainbow Bridge. Sophia's time to cross over Rainbow Bridge had sadly come! She was my first foster with United Yorkie Rescue. She came to me in December of 2021. When we took her to the vet, she was given a grim diagnosis of an aggressive cancerous tumor in her jaw. This little sweetheart walked into my house as if she had always been there. She touched the hearts of everyone she meet! She meet lots of people and traveled with me several times. She was the best behaved little dog ever!

As the growth of the tumor progressed, we would change food or how we fed her, she always wanted to eat! Eventually, both sides of her jawbone were no longer attached. The tumor would form abscesses on top. Even a few days before her end, she was still her happy loving self even though the tumor had now pressed on the optic nerve causing complete blindness. Then the tumor grew to block her throat--choking and gurgling water trying to get it to go down.

So with broken hearts, we took her to the vet who put her to sleep peacefully with no more pain. Sophia lived with me for 9 1/2 months! Although I am sad to not have her with me, she gave me so much more than I ever gave her. My constant little travel buddy. Across town or on a plane, my little angel has spread her wings! Be happy little Sophia!

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Bentley is a 10 year old , 9.5 pound Yorkie boy. He is being fostered in Hiawassee,GA

9/15/22 Bentley was suffering from a severe neurological disorder and it was determined the most humane thing to do was allow him to cross the bridge in peace. Everything medically was done to help this sweet boy but we aren't sure since he came from a shelter if he was injured in some way before coming into Rescue. He was loved by his foster mom and she was there holding him as he passed.

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Wendy Fuhrmaneck, Karry Rogers, Sandy Pagnotta, Linda Hawkins, Ellen Chokreff, Antinea Cremonesi, Barbara Burgess, Shawn Hudson, Carol Gostomski, Barbara Burgess


The last couple of days have been difficult for Journey. After her diagnosis of Mass Cell Tumors grade 3. She was scheduled to see the oncologist, but it was not meant to be. She was such a happy girl and her tail wagging all the time. However, this morning she woke with difficulty breathing and very lethargic she was rushed to Blue Pearl and taken back immediately to be given oxygen. After the doctor's evaluation it was decided that she was in so much pain and that she would best be served allowing her to pass over the rainbow bridge. This was a very difficult choice, but we know this was the best choice for her. She is now smiling and wagging her tail again no longer in pain. Thank you to everyone for all your support during Journeys cancer journey.

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Muffin was rescued back in 2017. This sweet girl came to us very sick and severely underweight and her condition was very guarded. She was losing weight rapidly, and spent lots of time back and forth to the Vet trying to figure out why. After seeing a specialist Vet and undergoing lots of testing, it was discovered that Muffin has a condition called Lymphangiectasia. In a nutshell, this means that the lymph glands in Muffin's body that line her stomach and intestinal tract are dilated (enlarged) more than normal. This causes her body to lose protein through her intestinal tract. Lymphangiectasia is a chronic and potentially serious condition that Muffin would have for the rest of her life. However with the proper treatment she gained weight and was finally able to be adopted back in 2018. Her forever mom reached out today to let me know that Muffin has passed. We are so sorry for her loss, but also grateful to her forever momma who took care of her and loved her so much. Muffin's dogtor said she lived longer than most with this type of condition. I know this was because of all the wonderful love and care UYR took getting her healthy again... and to her forever momma for continuing that care. This just goes to show what a little love and care can do. Muffin would have been 15 this year. ADOPT DONT SHOP!

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8/3/22 Sadly today we lost Shawty. He was discharged on the 2nd and was stable enough to go home and managed well through the night but took a downturn this morning. We rushed him back to the ER but they were unable to get him stable again. While his pneumonia was a common strain, he had been sick for too long and didn't have the strength to overcome this.

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