ALL ABOUT YANKEE|
~ There have always been wonderful dogs in the world but none more wonderful than our dog, Yankee. We feel truly blessed to have had him with us for 15 years and look forward to meeting him again at the rainbow bridge.
~ Yankee was truly our best friend and well deserves a webpage all his own. He was mostly English Setter with a little Dalmatian thrown in. We adopted him from the Humane Society when he was 10 months old. We had gone there looking for some kind of a small wooley dog but Yankee was the first one we saw and he completely captivated us. We kept looking back as we inspected the other dogs (oh yes, there were a couple little wooley ones) but we saw Yankee sitting there watching us with his front paws reaching out through the bars and that did it. We just had to take him home with us. He was the best mannered dog we have ever seen. However he just wasn't a watch dog. He loved everybody and would watch a stranger walk right in and just sit and wag his tail.
~ We took Yankee with us wherever we went. He was certainly a well traveled dog and traveled with us all over our home state of California as well as Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Oregon and stayed in some of the best hotels. We had a lot of fun together.
~ Yankee passed away on February 21, 1999. We will always remember him and miss him. But it was wonderful having Yankee with us for so many beautiful years.
I explained to St. Peter,
I'd rather stay here,
Outside the pearly gate.
I won't be a nuisance,
I won't even bark,
I'll be very patient and wait.
I'll be here, chewing on a celestial bone,
No matter how long you may be.
I'd miss you so much, if I went in alone,
It wouldn't be heaven for me!
A MESSAGE FROM YANKEE
If you can start the day without caffeine, If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches & pains, If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles, If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it, If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time, If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when, though no fault of yours, something goes wrong, If you can take criticism and blame without resentment, If you can ignore a friends limited education and never correct him/her, If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend, If you can face the world without lies and deceit, If you can conquer tension without medical help, If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs, If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, or politics, Then, my friend,
You are ALMOST as good as your dog.
Eulogy to the Dog
The one absolutely unselfish friend
that man can have in this selfish world,
the one that never deserts him,
the one that never proves ungrateful
or treacherous . . . . . is his dog.
A man's dog stands by him
in prosperity and poverty,
in health and sickness.
He will sleep on the cold ground
where the wintry winds blow
and the snow drives fiercely,
if only he may be near his master's side.
He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer;
he will lick the wounds and sores that come
in encounter with the roughness of the world.
He guards the sleep of his pauper master
as if he were a prince.
When all other friends desert he remains.
When riches take wings
and reputation falls to pieces
he is as constant in his love
as the sun in its journey
through the heavens.
A Dog's Prayer
by Beth Norman Harris
Treat me kindly, my beloved master,
for no heart in all the world is more
grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick,
for though I should lick your hand
between the blows,
your patience and understanding will more quickly
teach me the things you would have me do.
Speak to me often,
for your voice is the world's sweetest music,
as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail
when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.
When it is cold and wet,
please take me inside,
for I am now a domesticated animal,
no longer used to bitter elements.
And I ask no greater glory than the privilege
of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.
Though had you no home,
I would rather follow you through ice and snow
than rest upon the softest pillow
in the warmest home in all the land,
for you are my god and
I am your devoted worshiper.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water,
for although I should not reproach you were it dry,
I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.
Feed me clean food, that I may stay well,
to romp and play and do your bidding,
to walk by your side,
and stand ready, willing and able
to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.
And, beloved master,
should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight,
do not turn me away from you.
Rather hold me gently in your arms
as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest--
and I will leave you knowing
with the last breath I drew,
my fate was ever safest in your hands.
The Rainbow Bridge
There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge, there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass. When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water, and warm Spring weather. Those old and frail animals are young again. Those who have been maimed are made whole again. They play all day with each other. But there is only one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up. The nose twitches, the ears are up, the eyes are staring, and this one suddenly runs from the group. You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.