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God Blessed us with creatures to share our lives and love.

 

A gift from Heaven, you came from above.

 

You taught us of courage and to never give in.

 

You brightened our days time and time again.

 

It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone,

 

For a part of us went with you the day God called you Home.

 

You are always there playing in our hearts and minds each day,

 

And the joy and memories you gave us can never be taken away.

 

If tears could build a stairway

 

  And memories a lane,

 

We would walk right up to Heaven

 

  To be with you again.

 

Sunny
September 16, 2002 - November 1, 2016

on October 22, 2016, Sunny went for her last swim in the pond. She played with Fosco and Sophie and had a great time. We even commented on how great she was doing with her CHF.  The following weeks, Sunny grew more tired with each passin day. Her body becoming frail and her hips and back legs no longer supporting her. Sunny's precious heart was never going to fail her, she fought for every day and smiled with her eyes at us every day. Sunny was never in pain, never cried out for help and never lost her will to follow us when we fed the horses. She would quietly bark at Fosco and Sophie as they chased the ball watching from the sidelines as she could no longer run. We made that most difficult decision for Sunny as her quality of life began to fade. She had given us all her heart and all her love...this was our way to return that love to her. She left peacefully with her eyes bright and in my arms. I know Patton, Abby, Tahoe, DooLee and Cassie were there to greet Sunny. They all adored her and she returned that love. We will always love and miss our girl...God blessed us with her and she enriched our lives. RIP Beautiful girl, until we meet again.

A Dog for Jesus

I wish someone had given Jesus a dog.

As loyal and loving as mine.

To sleep by His manger and gaze in His eyes

And adore Him for being divine.

 

As our Lord grew to manhood His faithful dog,

Would have followed Him all through the day.

While He preached to the crowds and made the sick well

And knelt in the garden to pray.

It is sad to remember that Christ went away.

To face death alone and apart.

With no tender dog following close behind,

To comfort its Master's Heart.

And when Jesus rose on that Easter morn,

How happy He would have been,

As His dog kissed His hand and barked it's delight,

For The One who died for all men.

 

Well, the Lord has a dog now, I just sent Him mine,

The old pal so dear to me.

And I smile through my tears on this first day alone,

Knowing they're in eternity.

Day after day, the whole day through,

Wherever my road inclined,

Four feet said, "Wait, I'm coming with you!"

And trotted along behind.

Rudyard Kipling

Cassie
July 6, 2014 - November 4, 2015

there are no words to descibe the pain we felt when our Cassie died. She had the most gentle soul and precious personality...and those Eyes! Cassie loved with every ounce of her being, dividing her time between us. Todd's lap at night and sleeping with me, I still hear her quiet purr. We rescued Cassie after loosing Simon and she filled a void left in our family. Why God took her home will never be understood...but we will always treasure out memories of this precious girl God blessed us with her...our family will forever miss Cassie.

Ginger
1998 - October 7, 2015

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Ginger showed up one morning in our old barn with a litter of 4 kittens. Ginger was a very feral cat and kept moving her kittens hiding them from us. Finally got them all in the house and she learned to trust us. We kept 2 of her kittens, Tahoe and his sister, DooLee and along with Ginger, they ruled the barn. Ginger followed me everywhere, reaching out to grab my shirt when she wanted attention. We loved this beautiful kitty... she was special. Never a sick day, but age did catch up to her and she slowly slipped away. RIP our beautiful girl, our family and barn are lonely without you.

Abby
June 6, 2002 - September 17, 2015

on September 12, 2015, Abby went for her last swim in the pond. She played with Sonny and Sophie and had a great weekend. We even commented on how great she was doing with her diabetes and CHF. We  had expected her to pass soon after her brother died 2 years earlier since they had never been apart, but she was thriving. We had Patton and his sister Abby since they were 12 weeks old and this courageous breed has stolen our hearts. Abby was not herself on Monday and by Wednesday, she was gone. Her precious heart was just worn out and we knew it was her time to run free with her brother. Abby took a big piece of our hearts with her and her friends look for her every day. Our ranch will never be the same without our Abby. God blessed us with her...

I try to write the words I want your heart to hear.

Hoping to find some comfort, in the fact that your not here.

I gaze into the space that you once occupied,

Knowing now that it's empty, because my girl, you've died.

I do believe with all my heart, that your soul has gone to be,

With all the other angel dogs that you were meant to see.

We will have to stay behind, until God calls us too,

Do not be afraid that he's now called for you.

The water is still, in the pond where you played,

And your bed is so empty, where your pretty head laid.

I dread the day that your scent disappears,

for it's proof to me Abby, that you were just here!

Don't worry about your friends, they will make it through,

the pain of the moment and will chase birds to remember you.

Now you go and play with Patton, and look down when you can,

remembering we love you Abbigail, and this isn't the end.

Tahoe
June 2001 - April 24, 2015

This is so hard for me to do, I have put it off praying for a miracle. Tahoe was born here, 4 kittens born in an old wood barn that we were tearing down. Took Ginger and her kids in and raised them...keeping Tahoe and his sister, DooLee. At the time, I was driving a Tahoe and Todd has a dually! Our Tahoe was just the coolest kitty, great mouser and Great friend. He proudly shared his "catches" with us and slept with us most every night. One morning, he was just gone. We searched and prayed, but I knew my beautiful boy was not coming home. He never had a sick day and truly loved his life and us. I miss him every day... My heart was broken... RIP my beautiful boy.

Simon
April 2013 - October 1, 2014

This is so hard for me to do, I have put it off praying for a miracle. We drove all the way to Plano to rescue Simon...saw this beautiful face and knew he had to join our family. After losing Jasper, Simon was part of a duo of rescued boys to help heal my heart....and he did that in short order! Such a unique personality and a Big boy weighing a whopping 16lbs at eighteen months old!  He and Baxter had a morning routine of being let out the cat door after 7am... Simon would walk from the front of the house to the back porch and wait for us to come out, always there to greet us as we went to the barn. One morning, he went out...and has never been seen since. We searched for weeks, but there was never a sign of him. All we can figure is that something took him. My heart was broken... RIP my beautiful boy.

Doolee
June 2001 - August 28, 2014

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Doolee fought a good battle with feline diabetes, but in the end, it shortened her precious life. Born here in 2001, she and her brother and mother have been the bright spots in our barn, keeping watch over the mice and even the new foals. Never lonely on foaling night with Doolee around, she always wanted to be the first to greet the new foals. She would follow me in the pastures and climb up my leg to sit on my shoulder, purring and bumping me the whole time. Such a sweet kitty, I will always miss her ... RIP my beautiful girl.

Heavenly Te
February 18, 1995 - February 10, 2014

Very sad day here at the ranch. We laid our matriarch to rest this morning. Heavenly Te, aka Lady Di, was our first halter broodmare. She gave us amazing foals year after year with multiple superior earners, ROM's, world show top 5 and top 10 finishers in AQHA and APHA. The kindest soul I have ever known. Di began spending more time down than up...her arthritis and feet caused her too much pain. After exhaustive therapies, we chose to set her free... so run now in God's pastures. You will always have a special place in our hearts. RIP Beautiful girl...

Jasper
May 13, 2004 - August 21, 2013

This is the hardest thing for me to do, and I have put it off for months praying for a miracle. Jasper was more than a cat to me, he was my soulmate with paws. I cannot begin to explain the bond between us, suffice it to say, there will never be another. We rescued Jasper as a 4 week old kitten, nursed him back to health and he became a very vocal and talkative member of our family. Jasper, as you can see, was pretty cross-eyed...I think he gave extra love to the extra images he saw! He snuggled with me, talked to me and Lord, was he a good listener. He filled my heart like no other.  In August 2013, we left for an overnight trip...Jasper was on our bed when we left. Came back the following evening and he was gone...and has never been seen since. We searched for days, for months, but there was never a sign of him. I guess God needed a very special kitty to warm His lap in Heaven. I will never be the same without my Jasper. God blessed us with him and he taught me how to love a kitty completely... RIP my beautiful boy.

Patton
June 6, 2002 - April 17, 2013

on March 13, 2013, our vet discovered that Patton had a HUGE Spleenic Hemangiosarcoma. We opted to have the tumor and his spleen removed... hoping we could give him more quality and pain free time. We have had Patton and his sister Abby since they were 12 weeks old and this courageous breed has stolen our hearts. Patton lost his battle only 37 days later, but in those 37 days, he knew joy and love! You sure would not have known he was sick, and certainly not dying. Knowing we did all we could for Patton, gave him our best, our love and not letting him suffer helps to get us through his passing. He never stopped fighting… yesterday morning, he would not get up, had labored breathing and his eyes told me it was time. We laid him to rest close to the very same spot where he had chosen to sleep the last 2 nights. Odd that is was among our other precious 4 legged family members who went before him. His sister Abby stayed by his side all morning and I held him in my arms with Patton licking my face as he took his last breath. What an incredible dog…heart of a lion and so much courage. Our ranch will never be the same without our Patton. God blessed us with him...

I try to write the words I want your heart to hear.

Hoping to find some comfort, in the fact that your not here.

I gaze into the pasture that you once occupied,

Knowing now that it's empty, because my boy, you've died.

I do believe with all my heart, that your soul has gone to be,

With all the other angel dogs that you were meant to see.

We will have to stay behind, until God calls us too,

Do not be afraid that he's only called for you.

The water is still, in the pond where you played,

And your bed is so empty, where your pretty head laid.

I dread the day that your scent disappears,

for it's proof to me Patton, that you were just here!

Don't worry about your sister, Abby will make it through,

the pain of the moment, and will chase birds to remember you.

Now you go and play, and look down when you can,

remembering we love you Patty Boy, and this isn't the end.

Hopi
August 8, 1993 - December 31, 2012

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Hopi was the first pet we got together after we married. Abandoned as a 4 week old kitten, we rescued her and she quickly became our family. Hopi broke her leg as a kitten and the bone separated rather than grow together and heal. Given the choice of euthanasia, amputation or surgical repair, we of course opted to fix her leg. Little did we know that a pediatric orthopedic surgeon would be called in to fix her leg with a tiny plate and screws! We laughed as Hopi became our $1200 rescue cat... but would not have had it any other way!! At only 7 lbs, she never knew she was little, taking on the dogs and other cats, making sure they knew who was in charge. Hopi died as she lived, on her terms. A cat that Never left home, when she fell ill, she simply disappeared, not wanting us to find she had died in her bed. No greater gift to us than this precious kitty. Hopi, we will miss you always and forever.

Tristan
1995 - 2012

Tristan was a member of our family for 17 years. He was a rescue, a young kitty that had been adopted and returned twice before we gave him a home for the rest of his life.
He had some "odd quirks" but was so devoted to us and lived a great life. RIP Little Buddy...we will miss you.

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Lucy
1998 - 2012

Lucy was a resident of our ranch when we purchased it in 2000. The epitome of a wonderful barn cat, she guarded her barn from all "intruders" including our dogs!
She was so precious, loving and devoted to us, Lucy fought hard to beat the cancerous tumor that eventually took her life.
Lucy was laid to rest in front of her barn where she continues to guard her territory. RIP sweet girl.

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The Magic Of Dreams
"Duchess"

2000 AQHA MARE

Laid to Rest March 8, 2010

Multiple AQHA Futurity Champion, Point Earning and Congress Top 10 Producer. PHBA World Top 5 producer.

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We laid our girl to rest today, March 8, 2010 - Duchess is now free of her pain and discomfort. Her life was far too short, but it was filled with a lot of joy for her while she was here. Only 10 years old this year, she was a great mom to 5 beautiful babies, 4 fillies and 1 colt. 3 of the five have gone on to the show ring and been very successful with a AQHA Congress champion, The Gridiron Kid and a PHBA world show top 5 finisher 2 years in a row, Cool Scotch Dreams. Her 2009 filly, A Kid Can Dream is now in New York and starts her show career this year.
 
Duchess was a gift to my mom from daddy on her 80th birthday. Daddy wanted mom to have a mare that she could see a baby from every year, and Duchess was her birthday surprise. Daddy loved this mare, always asking about her and naming her babies every year. Mom always wanted to see her girl first when they would come to the ranch to visit and Duchess would always rest her head in mom's hands and eat carrots that mom brought to her. Mom and dad seemed to get a lot of joy and happiness from Duchess and her babies every year.... And that was why daddy bought her... Out of Love.
 
Duchess lived here with us, we provided everything for her and her babies. 2 years ago, she developed severe laminitis with 20 degree rotation in both front feet. At the time, she had a filly by her side and was back in foal for 2009. We decided to try and keep her comfortable in order to let her raise one more foal. With the help of our wonderful vet, Anthony Holcomb and our devoted and fabulous farrier, Ray Tomez, we were able to keep Duchess comfortable and even managed to allow her the freedom to be on the pasture! She was happy, grazing with her friends and quite mobile. Although her movements were far from graceful, she never was "down more that she was up." Todd and I had decided that when that time came, we would do the kindest thing and have her pain permanently relieved.
 
Duchess raised her filly in 2009 easily and then went on to care for the other weanlings as they were separated from their dams at weaning time. She was always the perfect mom to her foals and any others that she was around. Ever patient and kind and always trying to keep up with them. When our snow came this year, I was so scared for her that she would be miserable, so I decided to bring her in the barn. When I went to catch her in the pasture, much to my surprise, she turned from me, and took off running and bucking across the snow covered grass!!! What a beautiful site to see, her running with the other horses, seemingly pain free and obviously loving life! We figured the snow must have filled her hooves and "numbed" them so she could run without feeling anything. Sadly, as the weather changed and the ground began to harden the first week of March, she was more painful than ever. She reached that horrible point this weekend of being "down more than up", so we knew that dreaded time had come. Through it all, her best buddy, LuLu (our 2 yr old mare) staying by her side, standing over her in the pasture this past weekend. Duchess would get up to eat and graze some, but then would go back down. Although I did not see any bone coming through her hoof, I know it was just below the surface and that was something I would not allow her to go through.
 
This morning, we laid her to rest.... After she had breakfast and carrots, she peacefully crossed over the bridge into God's pastures. Our vet, Anthony gently helped her pass and was as sad as we were to let her go. She is running now and not in pain. We are left with beautiful memories and a comfort knowing we gave her the best life we could. Duchess taught us so much - she fought for everyday and never complained when we had to work on her feet. She had the kindest, softest eyes I have ever seen and I will miss them so much. Rest in peace our precious girl. You brought so much to us all... Especially to mom and dad and for that, we are forever grateful. Thank you God for allowing us to care for your girl while she was here.

Shelby
1994 - 2004

We bought Shelby when she was a pup to keep our boy, Tank, company after the loss of his lifetime mate.
As you can see in these pictures - she fulfilled that need and many more...
truly one of the kindest dogs we have known.

Libby
Taken from us Christmas 2003 by a careless driver. Libby "found" us on 9/11...wandered across our pasture to our back door.
Try as we might to find her home and return her, Libby always came back... she wanted to live here! Libby followed Todd everywhere... his shadow and she will be forever missed.

Tank - Our Big Boy
1989 - 2002

Tank was a one of a kind dog and friend. We were so blessed to be given the priviledge of being his caretakers here on Earth.
The day before he passed, he took himself for one last swim, then returned to the barn and quietly slipped away with his mate Shelby resting her head on his shoulder.

Duncan
1983 - 2001

Always a dream of mine to have a full blood siamese kitty. He was a gift from a dear friend and was my Best friend through many years of challenges.
Todd was the first man that Duncan warmed up to... Duncan was my heart.... I miss him every day.

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