August 28th is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day, a day to look back on pets that have passed. These pets can be dogs, cats, fish, whatever, but we are looking back at the three dogs Mom has lost over the years since we are a dog blog. Some we have known, some we only know through stories Mom has told us.
This special day is the idea of Deborah Barnes, the author of Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicals. Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day (RBRD) was founded in 2015 as a special day for pet guardians to honor the memory of those beloved pets in their life they have loved and lost, but never forgotten – whether fur, fin, feathers, scales or something else.
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day – Trine
We will start out journey with a dog none of us has ever met, Trine. She was a shelter pup Mom fell in love with, a Lab/Newfie mix. Her people dumped her and her puppies off at the Humane Society. The puppies were all adopted right away, but Trine being a hundred pound black dog had been in the shelter for months.
It is estimated that she was around fifteen months old when Mom adopted her. Trine spent the first five years of her life in Minnesota and then moved to Germany where she eventually passed away at about ten and a half years old. Mom says she was forever grateful for being adopted, very loyal, and super obedient. Trine loved tennis balls, always had two in her mouth, playing Frisbee keep away, and swimming. Being Mom’s first dog, she didn’t get a lot of the advantages we all have, but she for sure had plenty of love.
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day – Katie
Katie was Mom’s very first puppy! She was a big dog too, weighing in at seventy eight pounds. Bailie knew Katie for almost two years and said she was the kindest soul ever.
Covered in white furs, the only thing Mom didn’t like was the constant 24/7/365 shedding. The almost fourteen years Katie was with Mom, dark clothing was not an option. Although the Kuvasz is a guard dog, Katie was very gentle with those she knew and loved, but she would also guard her people. If she barked people would listen!
Like us GBGV’s, the Kuvasz is a very independent breed. Obedience was not something Katie excelled at. She was a happy girl who loved to play chase, and of all things, soccer. She loved soccer balls and had several in her lifetime. Emma came along when Katie was five years old and they became an inseparable pair.
When Bailie arrived in 2013, Katie was like a mother and protector. They played a lot together, even though it was getting hard for Katie to get around like she used to. Sadly, Katie passed away in 2016 ten days shy of her fourteenth birthday.
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day – Emma
Of course, Mom has loved every one of her pets over the years, especially her dogs, but Emma was something special. She was a dog, teammate, counselor, friend, and business partner. The loss of Emma has been impossible to get over. There was something very special about her and the bond she had with Mom.
Starting the blog, and being her inspiration for writing was huge. Emma was a natural at modeling and loved the camera. Even when she modeled professionally, the photographers were amazed at her talent. She moved from England to Germany, and then to the USA, and also traveled to eighteen states. Although she left us too soon, she had a full life.
Because of the blog, Mom discovered dog sports. Emma and Bailie started with nose work in January 2014. Two years later Emma earned the first sports title ever in our family, the L1V, Level 1 Vehicle Title. Mom was so proud, and that fun has morphed into a big sports addiction that we all love, well, Bailie only sometimes.
We all miss Emma, but she is with us in spirit, in our blog, and in all the photos and awards of hers that hang on our walls. Emma passed away suddenly on October 30, 2018, at the age of twelve.
Photo credits for non-watermarked photos go to Caprise Adams and Karin Newstrom.