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.
Hans, CGC, Th.D.X 5/24/2004-12/15/2016
Hans, 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.
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 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
Lexi (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.
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 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 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.
Captain 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.
Buddy 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.
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
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
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
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
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
Chaucer Th.D. – (Rescue Greyhound) 2007-2013 – 32 visits
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.