I would like to take a moment to thank all the vets and staff at Meridian Veterinary Hospital for all of the support they showed us at this stressful time.

In Loving Memory of Sonny "Goober Dog" Herrick

Gone but not forgotten.

Our standard schnauzer/bull terrier mix, Sonny, passed away in December 2013. He was 10 years young. He had been losing weight because he was not eating. When we took him to the vet, we found out he had large cell lymphoma. It was very aggressive and he was not eating even after they gave him steroids; he was just wasting away. We made the very hard decision to put him to rest.

We miss him every day and we know that he is at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for us to be reunited.

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The Legend of Rainbow Bridge

From the book, "The Legend of Rainbow Bridge" by William N. Britton

The Legend of Rainbow Bridge cover

Reprinted with Permission
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Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When a pet dies who has been especially close to a person here on earth,
that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are beautiful meadows and grassy hills there
for all our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is always plenty of their favorite food to eat,
plenty of fresh spring water for them to drink,
and every day is filled with sunshine so our little friends are warm and comfortable.
All the pets that had been ill or old are now restored to health and youth.
Those that had been hurt or maimed are now whole and strong again,
just as we remember them in our dreams of days gone by.
The pets we loved are happy and content except for one small thing.
Each one misses someone very special who was left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes
when one of them suddenly stops and looks off into the distant hills.
It is as if they heard a whistle or were given a signal of some kind.
Their eyes are bright and intent. Their body begins to quiver.
All at once they break away from the group, flying like a deer over the grass,
their little legs carrying them faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet,
you hug and cling to them in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
Happy kisses rain upon your face.
Your hands once again caress the beloved head.
You look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet so long gone from your life,
but never gone from your heart.
Then with your beloved pet by your side, you will cross the Rainbow Bridge together.
Your Sacred Circle is now complete again.

(Reprinted with permission of the author.
Britton, William N. (1994). The Legend of Rainbow Bridge [poem]. Retrieved from www.legendofrainbowbridge.com
Copyright © William N. Britton.)