Tribute To A Great Dane~ {This Moment} See Beautiful


Tribute To A Great Dane~{This Moment} See Beautiful

Brynn is the brindle in the back with her sister Bousha in the front. Both have crossed over the rainbow bridge.

This Great Dane was a “Great” Dane, her name was Brynn. She passed over the Rainbow Bridge this past Tuesday just two months shy of her 8th Birthday from bilateral Osteosarcoma in her front legs. Brynn was owned by my friend and coworker Margret, I’ve know Brynn since Margret and her family got her as a little baby. Brynn was a beautiful brindle girl who didn’t have a care in the world she had a goofy personality that made everyone smile. She loved her big sister Bousha until she left her a few years earlier. She kept house with 2 small children and kept them safe each day. I will miss seeing this love at work each week. Godspeed Brynn, now you can run free over the Rainbow Bridge with your new legs and back that will never go out again. Peace and love to your family you left behind.

How does one See Beautiful in death? For this answer I went to Wikiquote and this is what I found:

  • Let us learn from the lips of death the lessons of life. Let us live truly while we live, live for what is true and good and lasting. And let the memory of our dead help us to do this. For they are not wholly separated from us, if we remain loyal to them. In spirit they are with us. And we may think of them as silent, invisible, but real presences in our households.
    • Felix Adler, Life and Destiny (1913), Section 8: Suffering and Consolation.


  •  The bitter, yet merciful, lesson which death teaches us is to distinguish the gold from the tinsel, the true values from the worthless chaff.
    The terrible events of life are great eye-openers. They force us to learn that which it is wholesome for us to know, but which habitually we try to ignore — namely, that really we have no claim on a long life ; that we are each of us liable to be called off at any moment, and that the main point is not how long we live, but with what meaning we fill the short allotted span — for short it is at best.

    • Felix Adler, Life and Destiny (1913), Section 8: Suffering and Consolation.
  • To me the honour is sufficient of belonging to the universe — such a great universe, and so grand a scheme of things. Not even Death can rob me of that honour. For nothing can alter the fact that I have lived; I have been I, if for ever so short a time. And when I am dead, the matter which composes my body is indestructible — and eternal, so that come what may to my ‘Soul,’ my dust will always be going on, each separate atom of me playing its separate part — I shall still have some sort of a finger in the pie. When I am dead, you can boil me, burn me, drown me, scatter me — but you cannot destroy me: my little atoms would merely deride such heavy vengeance. Death can do no more than kill you.
    • W. N. P. Barbellion (Bruce Frederick Cummings), The Journal of a Disappointed Man, Chatto & Windus, 1920.
  • To live in hearts we leave behind
    is not to die.

The quotes were endless but I think these pretty much sum up my question on how does one See Beautiful in death. I believe a pet’s only fault is that they don’t live long enough. We would like them to live forever with us but in reality they can’t. As much as it hurts to loose a loved one I believe they die so we can experience a new journey in life. Hopefully we live a long life and in that long life we can have the companionship of many animals to teach us different meanings of life, show us different joys in live, walk a new adventure with us and that is where you See Beautiful. New adventures with new pet’s give us so much beauty to tuck away in our hearts to keep forever and ever long after they are gone. We are born with big hearts that never completely fill up so there is always room for a new being to share our heart with. When I write my condolences to clients who have lost a pet I usually always write “keep their memories in your heart and they will be with you forever”. The beautiful part in that is that no one or no thing can take those memories from you so a part of your loved one will be with you forever long after they pass over 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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Tuesday’s Tails~Cooper Adopted

This is the Blog Hop that features shelter animals. Find a cat, dog, rabbit, etc. at your local animal shelter or rescue and feature them on this Blog Hop! Come join the fun and help a furry friend find a forever home! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit the other blogs and share their doggies, cats, rabbits, and all the other animals that need forever homes on your social media sites. Please spread the word!


Thanks to Dogs N Pawz for hosting this blog hop!
Rescue success! Today I am happy to say I have a rescue success story. A couple weeks ago you might have seen my blog post about my friend passing away and her animals going to the shelter. You can read about it here.
I had Cooper  until I found a home for him which only took 2 days but I kept him for a week to work on his re potty training and for us to have our time to grieve over my friend and his mom.
Cooper making himself at home.

Cooper making himself at home.

MK checking him out.

MK checking him out.

Selfie with Cooper.

Selfie with Cooper.

What a cutie!

What a cutie!

Selfie with Cooper and Nellie.

Selfie with Cooper and Nellie.

I will still get to see Cooper and follow along with his life as he was adopted by my boss’s nanny. She will be using our clinic for her vet services and my boss will keep me informed on how the little bugger is doing. The report today is that Cooper is now being switched to adult food as he as lost weight getting exercise playing with my boss’s kids. He is doing great with his re potty training and has wormed his way into his new owner’s hearts. I believe this was the best choice for Cooper and happy he is in a loving home and that he found a home so soon after his shelter stay. A rescue success!

Since I am sharing my rescue success story about my friends dog I thought it was only appropriate to finished this post with a tribute to my departed friend. After seeing her obituary in the paper I needed to do a proper tribute to her as she so deserved that.

Here is what the paper said: Meyer, Susan (Nee Lipovsek ) Passed away Monday, January 13, 2014, age 67years. Dear sister of George (Karen) and John Lipovsek. Dear friend of JoAnn Stancer. Also survivied by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Private services were held.

Here is my tribute:

Picture from way back in the day.

Picture from way back in the day.

Susan J Meyer

4/14/46 – 1/13/14

Susan Jane Meyer of Greenfield, WI passed away 1/13/14 during a hospital stay for COPD. Sue worked for Allis Chalmers until they closed from there she traveled the US and Europe. She spend a few years in Texas where she met her beloved dog Bucky. Sue had a love for animals as it showed when she worked in various Veterinary Hospitals helping the client’s pet’s and then rescuing several dogs and cats that nobody else wanted. I JoAnn had the privilege of meeting Sue at the first clinic I worked in after I graduated from Veterinary Technician school, this was back in June of 1990. From then a beautiful long friendship had started and we ended up working at three different clinics together. At the various clinics she became good friends with some of the other staff and clients which she continued to see after her time in the clinic was done, she always showed up for our monthly girls night out evenings where we got together with the gals we used to work with, some of those gals I still work with. During this time Sue was there for me during the loss of my mom and dad at such a young age. If I was to have a second mom I told her it would of been her, Sue never had children and she told me the same that if she was to have a daughter she would’ve wanted one like me. She told me so many times that my parents would’ve been proud of what I became. That meant the world to me. After being a Veterinary Assistant her last job was at American Family Insurance where she worked in the legal department for over 10 years. She retired from American Family when her health declined from COPD. Sue loved  to gamble and traveled to other states to gamble. Her favorite place to go was Las Vegas, Sue was the first person to invite me along with her on one of her trips to Vegas and showed me the ropes. We stayed at the Westward Ho and she invited me to the famous “HO-waiaan Luau and Dinner, it was a time I will never forget. Sue loved Arizona and had hopes to retire there those dreams were cut short and she never made it there. She spend her time at her home in Greenfield with her animals. Sue was preceded in death by her mother and father, her animals Missy, Bucky, Pepper, Bicky, Josie, Elliott, Raymond, Stewie, & Oscar Meyer. She left behind her 2 brothers George and John, nephews, grand nephews and nieces as well as her dog Cooper who will miss hanging with his momma each and every day. God Bless you Sue may you be pain free caring for all the animals over the rainbow bridge. Sue’s ashes along with her animals will be spread on my property as well as some will be going to Vegas where she can forever pull the one arm bandit.

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Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day From Sand Spring Chesapeakes


My friend posted up this poem and the one at the end of the post on Facebook so I thought I would repost it as it is a lovely tribute to our fallen soldiers. Thanks Rachel!


The Last Soldier
When the last soldier passes on,
When armies are disbanded and militias discharged,
When weapons are abandoned and armor discarded,
Your mission will, at last, be over.
For you know the soldier’s secret.
Yours was not a mission of war
Nor a mission of ruin.
Yours was not a mission of destruction
Nor a mission of death.
Your mission was safety, security, protection.
Your mission was honor, loyalty, service.
Your mission was to end violence, tyranny, despair.
When the last soldier passes on,
When the uniforms are retired and the final grave filled,
We will remember all who served and sacrificed for our nation.
Until then G-d of Old,
Watch over our soldiers and our veterans.
Renew their courage.
Rebuild their strength.
Heal their wounds.
Bind their hearts with Your steadfast love.
Remember them,
Bless them,
Sustain them,
And give them peace.
© 2011 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved













The pictures were taken where my mom and dad’s ashes are spread on mine and my brothers land. My dad was in Vietnam, came home had a wonderful family and now is laid to rest on what was once his land. God Bless all the Soldiers, we remember you!

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

In Flanders Field - Copy of Signed Original
Courtesy of Bee MacGuire
Obtained From TheMcCrae Museum of The Guelph Museum