Our Golden Retriever

AKC Registration - SN528204/13

Date Whelped: 03/02/1998

Adopted into our Family: 02/01/2005

Entered into Rest: 07/06/2012 5:21 PM CDT

Age: 14 Yrs 4 mos. 4 days (or 89 Yrs 8 mos. 29 days)

AVID # *105*815*516

This page is dedicated to Rhett, Our "Baby Dog" and my "Little Buddy"

We love you and will always miss you.

You will forever remain in our hearts - Momma and Poppa

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Rhett-August 6, 2005 Age 7 yrs 5 mos.

We adopted Rhett into our family in February 2005 at the age of 7 years old. Ever since then, he has been a loving companion, family member, and best friend. We have grown very fond of him and he has since trained us well

Rhett is the male pup of Sire GOLDEN GIFTS SAMSON, SN404127/02, 6/98, GLDN and Dam IMARI'S CONTESSA, SN219528/10, 10/96, GLDN

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A Letter To My Master

Now you are my master and all I want is for you to love me. You have decided that I am your responsibility and I feel great for that determination. Between us, there will be a secret pact of trust that I will never break. You will have to be understanding for a while, remember that I have just been separated from my mother, brothers and sisters. You will notice that, at times, I am disoriented, uneasy and some nights you will hear me cry...yes, I miss them. Please understand me now, I will understand you for many years to come, I will be your best friend.

I will understand your mood changes, your happiness and your sorrow. I will be with you through your good days and your bad days. When you are lonely and sad, I will give you the same love and loyalty that I always give you. I will lick the hand with which you punish me, because my forgiveness is endless, but do not punish me, teach me.

I don't know the things that bother you and I want to please you in every way; I want you to be proud of me when you see me laying by your feet or when I walk next to you on the street like your loyal shadow. I want to be that great pet that you always wanted to have, but it is all up to you, I will be the reflection of the way you teach me and treat me. Help me, so I won't let you down. If you treat me rough or with violence...I will be aggressive. Talk to me kindly, even though I cannot answer, I understand every one of your words, I know your language. Learn to read my eyes and you will know when I understand you, I know you are a good person. What do you think of those who do not love animals? I am sure you are going to love me and take good care of me. You are my Master! Soon we will become great friends, we will know and respect each other as best friends do.

Look...when the men first appeared on earth, the rest of the animals thought he was just another animal, what made the difference was his "soul"...think about this. Men show soul through speech, we do it through our acts and gestures.

Never forget "Master" that in my own way, I love you. For maybe longer than ten years I will be next to you, we will grow together, we will share many, many things...and the day that I am gone to the stars, look frequently at the sky because I will always be looking at you. But I want to say something..."don't leave my bed empty...because there is another pet waiting for you, to be your friend. You will love him the way you loved me."

Now, let's not think of that day...pet me and play with me for a few minutes. We still have many years ahead of us to be happy.

-Author Unknown

Rhett-Age 7 yrs 5 mos. - August 7, 2005

Rhett loves the Pool. We can't keep him out of it.


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Age 7 yrs 5 mos. - August 28, 2005

Age 7 yrs 5 mos. - August 28, 2005

Age 7 yrs 7 mos. - October 18, 2005

Age 7 yrs 7 mos. - October 18, 2005

Age 7 yrs 5 mos. - August 9, 2005


Age 8 yrs 3 mos. - July 1, 2006

Age 8 yrs 7 mos. - October 23, 2006

Age 8 yrs 7 mos. - October 31, 2006

Age 8 yrs 9 mos. - December 24, 2006

Age 8 yrs 9 mos. - December 24, 2006

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Age 9 yrs 6 mos. - September 2, 2007

Age 9 yrs 8 mos. - November 4, 2007

Age 9 yrs 8 mos. - November 4, 2007

Age 9 yrs 9 mos. - December 24, 2007

Age 9 yrs 9 mos. - December 24, 2007

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Age 10 yrs 4 mos. - July 31, 2008

Age 10 yrs 8 mos. - November 7, 2008

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Age 10 yrs 10 mos. - January 12, 2009

Age 10 yrs 10 mos. - January 28, 2009

Age 10 yrs 10 mos. - January 28, 2009

Age 11 yrs 3 mos. - June 6, 2009


Age 12 yrs 2 mos. - May 9, 2010

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Age 13 yrs 4 mos. - July 17, 2011

Age 13 yrs 9 mos. - December 17, 2010

Age 13 yrs 9 mos. - December 29, 2011

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Age 14 yrs 3 mos. - June 5, 2012

Age 14 yrs 3 mos. - June 5, 2012

"The Greatest Gift"

I always knew this time would come,
From the very instant our eyes first met.
How I loved you then! How I love you now!
I made a promise then, and I will keep that promise now...
You will not suffer from a pain that will not heal;
You will not know the loss of a life remembered, now gone.

It is for me alone to make this decision,
The price for the bright joy and pure laughter
You brought me during the time we shared.
I am the only one who can decide when it is time.
When my hope dies, and my fear rides high,
Just when I need you most, I must let you go.

It is for you alone to tell me when you are ready
For without your guidance, I will not know
When to lay my grief, my guilt, my anger
My sorrow and my selfish heart aside
And give you this last gift, this greatest gift.
Your eyes will speak to mine, and I will know.

The pain of this moment is excruciating.
Tears stream down my face in a river of sorrow.
And my heart drowns in a pool of grief.
For you have spoken and I have listened,
And unlike other decisions I have made
This one brings no relief...no comfort...no peace.

For if there�s one thing you�ve taught me,
If there�s only one thing I�ve learned...
Unconditional love has a condition after all,
I must be willing to let you go, when you speak to me
I must be willing to help you go, if you cannot go alone.
And I must accept my pain so you can be free of yours.

Go easily now, go quickly now,
Do not linger here, it is time for you to leave.
Go find your strength, go find your youth.
Go find the ones who've gone before you.
You are free to leave me now, free to let your spirit soar
Rest easy now, your pain will soon be gone.

I pray I will find comfort in my memories...
In the dark and lonely days ahead.
I cannot say I will not miss you, I cannot say I will not cry.
For only my tears can heal my broken heart.
But, I promise you this; as long as I live,
You will live, alive in my mind, forever in my heart.

So I give you this last gift, all I have left to give,
And this will be my greatest gift...sending you away.
It is the measure of my unconditional love...
For only the greatest love can say,
"Good-bye, go find the bridge, we'll meet again,
Loving you has been the greatest gift of all."

~Author: Karla M. Bertram

Age 14 yrs 3 mos. - June 21, 2012

Age 14 yrs 3 mos. - June 26, 2012

Age 14 yrs 3 mos. - June 26, 2012

Rhett went to the Rainbow Bridge on July 6, 2012 at 5:21 PM after 14 Yrs, 4 mos. 4 days due to Hemangiosarcoma.

I held him closely in my arms one last time and we said goodbye until we meet again at the bridge.

Our "Baby Dog" and my "Little Buddy"

We love you and miss you Forever.

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"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....

-Author Unknown

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July 6, 2012 - Age 14 yrs 4 mos. 4 days

He took our hearts and ran with it and I hope he's running still, fast and strong, a piece of our hearts bound up with his forever. ~Author: Patricia McConnell

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Updated - December 13, 2013