Rainbow Bridge – In Memorium

This page is dedicated to all of the Pets and People dogs and people that are no longer with us. All of the below shared their lives with patients of all kinds. Their presence is sorely missed, but the below is a reminder of their dedication to the Pets and People Foundation.

“The Rainbow Bridge” is a poem about dog owners and the dogs that they have owned meeting in the afterlife. There are many copies and versions of it on the internet, and the author seems to be unknown. Here are a few:


Donations may be made in memory of dogs and volunteers.

Greta, CGC  (2009 – 2018)

We were heartbroken to say goodbye to our beautiful Doberman, Greta. She was a sweet and quiet girl, and always aimed to please.  She never met a person or a dog she didn’t like. She was a true ambassador of the breed.  She was a therapy dog from 2012 – 2017, and made weekly visits to an assisted living facility and a nursing home, where she had many regular fans.  In addition, Greta participated in occasional college and high school de-stressing events.  Her favorite activities were running free at the beach and in the woods. She could never get enough love. We are grateful for her time with us, and will miss her presence in our our lives.




Diamond (2005- 2017)


With great sadness we say goodbye to Diamond the Golden Retriever, Therapy Dog Excellence Th.D.X  .    Diamond was a regular at the Acton Boxborough Regional Highschool stress relief events.  She so loved the students and loved her job.   Diamond was a weekly visitor at an assisted living center and was a volunteer at a Library as a read to dog volunteer.    Diamond started to volunteer in September 2013 and over the next four years made well over 200 pet therapy visits.   In November 2017, Diamond lost the battle to Cancer and we will all miss her so much.  Diamond made so many people smile . She just knew when to stop and sit and look up to you for some love.   Rest in Peace dear girl



Thorn (2003-2017) UD, JH, RAE2, VER, ThDX, CGC, WCI, CC

I don’t need to tell any of you what a great dog Thorn was or how much I loved him. Or that I miss him terribly. He was my rock, my touchstone and my near constant companion for almost 15 years. There are so many things I never would have done or people I would never have met if it wasn’t for him. He was one of a kind.




Maxie 2017  (2001-2017), C.G.C., Th.D.X.

It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to Maxie, our wonderful 16 year old Standard Poodle. Maxie began her career as a therapy dog on December 13, 2002 under the watchful eye of Sally Jean Alexander. She died on October 8, 2017. Maxie made over 300 visits as a Therapy Dog to people in nursing homes, hospice patients, and stress relief events at local colleges. She loved to play ball and turned many pet-a-dog events into play-with-dog events. We will always think of Maxie, who has a special place in our hearts. We are grateful for the love you shared. Play, our dear girl, with all your friends in the Rainbow Bridge!




Juliette 2017

Juliette, a 12 1/2 year old Standard Poodle has crossed over the rainbow bridge. She made many visits as a Therapy Dog to folks in day programs, nursing homes and used as a demo dog for orientations. We will miss this beauty and grateful for the love she shared. Rest in Peace dear girl.








Cassie 2017 – 197 Visits

With Great sadness we say goodbye to Cassie the Therapy Dog, CGC, Th.X. Cassie was a rescue that started her Pet Therapy career on January 17, 2011 and passed away in May 2017. She made 197 visits as a Therapy Dog. Cassie participated at stress relief events, Christmas in the City, visited two high schools on a regular basis,  and made weekly visits at an Assisted Living, where she and her feline therapy cat family would make sure to light up everyone’s heart. After the Marathon bombings, Cassie and her family were there almost every weekend offering up snuggles and hugs .  We love her so and will miss this gorgeous dog that was taken from us too early. Rest in Peace dear girl and thank you to Cassie’s family for adopting her and sharing her with so many.





Dixie 2017

Dixie, CGC, Th.D  had a very short career as a Therapy Dog.  She started to volunteer with Pets & People in April 2016 and after a short illness, passed away in March 2017.  This Golden Retriever would light up the room with her beautiful smile.  She was a true favorite of many and will be missed.   Rest in Peace dear sweet friend.




Sage 2017

After 10 wonderful years we were so saddened when Sage unexpectedly, but peacefully, passed away in her sleep from heart failure. No warning whatsoever, she just went to sleep last night as usual. She was always full of surprises, a late bloomer in agility, a title holder in Agility and Rally Obedience, and an incredibly intuitive and sensitive therapy dog with a tail that never stopped wagging! She will be sorely missed by all for the joy she brought to our lives! 😇❤






Hans, CGC, Th.D.X  5/24/2004-12/15/2016

rainbow-bridge-hans-dec-2016Hans, the Mini Schnauzer started his career as a Therapy Dog on July 2nd 2009  and continued to visit two locations until his passing.   This gentle dog would light up an entire room and bring a smile to everyone he met.   He was also a “demo” dog for folks interested in becoming a Pets & People Foundation volunteer. Hans and his handler, Stacey would meet potential volunteers and host an orientation about Pet Therapy.   We will all miss Hans , but are so grateful that this little fellow was part of our organization.




Micah  (2001-2016), C.G.C., ThDX


Before my death from lung cancer, I wrote about my life because I knew my human companion animals would be too sad.  I was a feisty but good girl, an athlete, a devoted dog, and super smart.  I was also very spiritual, and because I wanted to alleviate the suffering of others, a Buddhist nun invited me to participate in a ceremony for humans.  I took refuge in the Triple Gem, vowing to help others for the rest of my life.  I started therapy work on the psychiatric unit at Cambridge Hospital.  I was so compassionate and such a good listener that I was asked to work at Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation where I assisted my teacher mom in many courses and individual sessions working with adults and young adults.  I hope to be reborn as a therapy dog to partner again with my beloved mom and accompany my father on long hikes.






Benson 2016

With great sadness we have had to say goodbye to Benson, a very sweet Therapy Dog.  Benson was a regular at schools, library read to dog program and a group home.  This sweet boy will be missed by many.

Rest in peace and run free!






Seamus 2016

Seamus the Golden Retriever was chained up for most of his life, but through the kindness of others he was rescued and adopted by a very loving family. With care, and training, Seamus came to Pets & People Foundation as a senior dog looking for a job. He passed the Therapy Dog test with flying colors and soon became a regular at a Library in their red to dog program and a nursing home. Seamus lived the rest of his life as very important member of society. At the age of 14, he earned his wings. Thank you to his adoptive family for sharing him and giving him a much deserved second chance. Rest in Peace dear friend






LexiLexi (2003-2016) CD, RA, CGC, HIC, Th.D.X

This lovely lady was a regular visitor at Brookhaven at Lexington’s Nursing Center and Assisted Living apartments for 12 years, charming residents and staff members with her antics, intelligence and soft fur.  Sally Jean certified Lexi at age one and she never looked back, eagerly visiting and making new friends weekly, totaling over 600 visits.  She was honored to receive the Lollipop Trophy from Pets and People.  Lexi will remain in our hearts forever.  There is no doubt that she is in charge at the Rainbow Bridge!  Rest in peace, pretty girl.




Rainbow bridge photo Lilly the mastiff 2015

Lilly 2015

A sweet soul, that has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Lilly the Therapy Dog would visit folks at a hospital and make everyone smile. She won the hearts of many with her gentle nature.

Here’s to many sandy beaches for you to explore and and oceans to swim in… Rest in Peace Lilly






Gelly 2015

Gelly volunteered at MGH for 8 years bringing smiles and comfort to over 4000 patients and staff.  He loved his job and had extra bounce in his step when we approached the hospital. He made everyone feel as if he had come specifically just to visit them.

A favorite memory is when we visited a young woman who was waiting for a heart transplant.  She was hooked up to a number of machines with many wires and tubes and she insisted that Gelly jump on the bed with her. He dutifully did that, maneuvering not to disturb any of the connections. He cuddled with her for 15 minutes before a nurse came in. The nurse said she needed to take her blood pressure as they were trying to get her blood pressure down so they could perform the operation. And yes, her blood pressure had dropped significantly and the nurse said, “this is truly amazing” and the patient said, “we owe it to Gelly!”

Pets and People provides a wonderful service that is helping dogs such as Gelly change lives and spread joy to 1000’s.

Huggs at the Library - just the dog ( July 2013) -Huggs Marie 2015
With great sadness we had to say goodbye to one of our Therapy Dogs. Huggs Marie passed away on September 4th due to kidney failure. This 15 year old Westhighland Terrier was a regular at the library listening to children read books . Huggs was often featured on our Facebook page , with her nose in the book , while children told her what was written on the pages. She started to volunteer for Pets & People as a senior aged dog, but age did not stop her. She made over sixty visits and loved her work. Run free dear sweet girl, we will miss you.


tati and captainCaptain Th.D.X. 2015
With great sadness we have to say goodbye to Captain, Th.D.X , an extraordinarily special dog. Captain was a great friend, loved people and was tailored made for therapy dog. Over the past 11 years, this handsome Standard Poodle made over 450 pet therapy visits to the Neville Center. Captain was a regular at Christmas in the City, Boston and a few stress relief events at local colleges. Good bye dear friend and thank you for making so many people smile.

BuddyLoveBuddy Love Th.D.X. 2001-2015
On January 30th, 2015, we had to say goodbye to Buddy Love, a most special volunteer. Buddy was brought to Massachusetts through Save A Dog, and adopted by his family in the fall 2001. He has been a faithful friend and wonderful Therapy dog. He made his last Therapy Dog visit January 21st 2015 and delighted so many with his big bushy tail. Buddy Love Th.D.X made 550 Pet Therapy visits to various locations. He loved everyone he met and warmed the hearts of many. Buddy was used as one of the orientation “demo” dogs for Pets & People Foundation, he volunteered as a Hospice Dog, with Life Choice Hospice, warmed the hearts of folks at Emerson Hospital, loved the kids at the Acton Discovery Museum , but he especially loved his weekly morning visits to the Inn at Robbins Brook. Buddy volunteered for almost 12 years and loved his job as a Therapy Dog. Rest in Peace dear sweet friend and thank you for your endless love.

Sumo Th.C. 2015
We bid farewell to a beautiful Ragdoll Cat, Sumo. He came from very humble origins as a Barn kitten. His beauty and gentle demeanor was so special that his family decided to show him in Cat Fancier Association sponsored shows and he quickly earned his Master Grand Champion title (Household Pet category), under the formal name of Aidan’s Blue Suede Shoes. But more importantly, he also earned his Certified Therapy Cat status from the Pets and People Foundation. Sumo was a delight and lived to almost twenty. He will be remembered by many. Rest in Peace dear sweet one.


Bliss Th.D.X. 1999-2014
With great sadness we had to say good bye to “ Bliss” Ch. L’Ete Cadaga Ecstacy CGC, THDX (July 3, 1999 – December 19, 2014). This beautiful Papillion volunteered up to her last days, and she will be very much missed by many. Deepest Sympathy and Rest in Peace dear sweet Bliss.

Zepp - rainbow bridge photo 2014

Zepp 2003-2014
With great sadness in our hearts we have to say good bye to a dear sweet friend. Zepp, the Weimaraner and Therapy Dog has now crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge. Zepp started his career with Pets & People late 2010 and with in a very short time he had lots of new friends that loved his visits. Zepp will be missed by many and all of us at Pets & People Foundation send our deepest sympathy.



Tootsie Th.D.X. 1999-2014

t on bed
I wanted to let you know that our beloved Tootsie died last Sunday at 15
and a half. She was very active and healthy until her last few days and
died peacefully surrounded by love. P&P meant so much to both of us. We had a lot of interesting experiences together, like being the only non-family members invited to the 100th
birthday party of a person we visited in the nursing home





Broodie Th.D.X. 2000-2014

Broodie November - Rainbow bridge pic
With great sadness we have to say goodbye to dear sweet Broodie. She lost her battle with Lymphoma and we send our deepest condolences to Broodie and her family. This 13 1/2 year old Retired Racing Greyhound started her career as a Therapy Dog in October 2011. She made over 63 visits as a Pets & People Foundation volunteer. Rest in Peace dear girl.






Sugar Th.D.X. 1999-2014

We are sad to say good bye to Sugar the 14 1/2 year old Papillion . Sugar made 264 visits to his special friends at an assisted living. We will miss this fun loving little fellow that made so many people smile. Rest in Peace dear sweet Sugar and thank you for sharing your joy to so many.






Mattie 1/01/2004 – 3/17/2014

MattieBoston - close up of vest
Mattie the Golden Retriever was meant to work. She started her career as a Search and Rescue dog but after her retirement she needed to do something else. On December 17, 2011, Mattie passed the Pets & People Foundation Pet Therapy test. She made her debut on February 6, 2012 and she was an instant hit. This special dog could work a room like a pro. She knew how to count – a very cute trick that she and her handler, Vic would do together. It brought the house down. After the Marathon bombings, Mattie was one of the Pets & People Therapy dogs that was at the memorial and brought a little puppy love to so many.



Ch. L’Ete Compelling Reason – “Reason” CGC, RN, CD, Th.D.X 1998-2013

Reason - Rainbow bridge pic #2
This 15-year old Papillion was a very dedicated volunteer and loved to sit on someone’s lap for a little bit of loving. Our deepest Sympathy goes out to Reason’s family and friends. Rest in Peace







Mackenzie Th.D.X. –  2002-2013 – Over 200 Visits 


We are so sad to have to say goodbye to our dear sweet Mackenzie. Mackenzie made over two hundred pet therapy visits. For several years, Mackenzie was a regular visitor as a hospital volunteer. He later became a favorite at a local library. Mackenzie loved his time with the children and everyone loved Mackenzie. RIP to a dear friend that will be forever missed.




Chance Th.D.X. –  1998-2013 

Chance - 1998 -2013

 Chaucer Th.D. – (Rescue Greyhound) 2007-2013 – 32 visits

ChaucerGreyhound - rainbow bridge photo - 8.2.2013



Zinnia 1997-2013
zinnia - 1997 - 2013


Jacques Th.D.X – 1998-2013 – 170+ Visits


Bubba Th.D.X. – 2010-2013 – 70+ Visits 
Bubba and Boy in hospital

Cyrus Th.D.X- 1998-2011


Cutie Pie – DONATION – 2007-2010 – She is running like the wind once again. Her body is whole, without cancer. I am thankful that I had the privilege to take care of her and know her. She took a piece of my heart with her.


Jetty, Portuguese Water Dog, has been a volunteer with Pets &
People since 2007. Jetty recently lost his battle to Cancer .
Pets & People will miss a handsome, caring dog that touched the
lives of many.


Dixie Th.D.X – 1996 – 2008 – 80+ Visits


Rowan Th.D.X – 1993 – 2004 – 150+ Visits