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, someone who was 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 begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from the group, flying over the green grass, 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 those trusting eyes, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together.


BAILEY - June 2022

It is with a broken heart that I have to say that our beautiful boy Bailey passed over the rainbow bridge on the 23rd June this year. He was just a couple of months short of his 10th birthday. We are absolutely devastated. He brought us so much joy and so many laughs. He was a real character with so much sense of humour. He was full of happiness and life until the day he passed which was very suddenly. He collapsed one day after being asleep. We rushed him to the vets where initially they could find nothing wrong but after a subsequent scan they discovered a huge tumour in his heart cavity. We had to say goodbye to him there and then. We are full of gratitude to Many Tears for the great joy that he brought into our life. He was the best decision we ever made and there is now a huge golden shaped hole in our lives. In tribute to him I have had my very first tattoo at the age of nearly 60. Rest in peace Bailey Bob.

SAM - October 20022

We lost my handsome boy at Christmas after 12 years filled with walks, company and love. He was brought over from Limerick at about 2, gentle but excitable, loving everyone, soo strong pulling from his shoulders but with no muscle in his hindquarters.
Quick to learn  with his own quirks, he seemed too much to handle but help from a local obedience judge in clicker training and kind methods turned him round. Too hyper for classes, we did our own thing and looking back I can’t remember the transition from chasing everything and going deaf to walking peacefully through sheep off lead. His recall was always a bit hit and miss!!
Loved him so much, thanks so much to Many Tears for giving him a chance snd me the pleasure of being his chum.

MIKA - September 2022

Mika (Bob) 2008-2022
We adopted Mika formerly Shabba from you in August 2008 . Mika affectionately known as Bob (no idea why ?!) was around 2 months old and as we were already Husky owners we were allowed to adopt her from you . Mika had 12 years with our other husky Henry until we sadly lost him in 2020 Mika then had the next 2 years as the only dog in the house which she loved ! Mika was a very feisty character and never got out of her guarding of food , treats , toys and peoples feet and anything else , she loved eating tissues that she found and for most of her life she was still stealing socks ( her foster mum I think her name was Caroline warned us about this when she was with her !) . Mika had a very happy 14 years with us , she was the best dog and my youngest daughters best friend , we couldn’t have asked for better . Mika celebrated her 14th Birthday earlier this year but she had arthritis and had slowed down a lot but still enjoyed life and going for short , sniffing wanders instead of long walks and being in the garden and spoilt with lots of treats right until the end . It was very appropriate that Mika passed on the same day as the Queen , she was our Queen .
Run free Bob , go and find Henry and Millie , we will never forget you , until we meet again xxx??

COOKIE - May 2022

Cookie came in to Many Tears with an incurable health condition.  Unfortunately she became in too much pain for her to bare and so we had to make the heartbreaking decision to let her fall asleep peacefully. She is free of pain now and although she never had the chance to experience home life, she was loved beyond measure by all of us staff at Many Tears.
She was this bumbling beacon of light and love, despite it all. She gave the best cuddles, she loved to play with her beagle kennel friends and although kennel life was all she got to experience, I hope she knew how much she was adored by us lucky ones who got to care for her.
Cookie will live on forever in our hearts. I'm sure she's on rainbow Bridge playing with all of the wonderful pups that are up there too.
Love you sweet lady ?

SWIFT - May 2022

Hello, I wanted to get in touch to let you know that our beautiful girl, Swift has just died.

Swift came to us from Many Years 10 years ago and has been a joyous, determined, totally loving and wonderful part of our family. We can not believe she’s not here with us still. For 9 of her years with us, Swift had the most brilliant active life. She spent most of her days swimming, walking, and running around Port Meadow or further afield. Her other great hobby was fishing enormous rocks out of the bottom of the river and proudly carrying them home to join an ever growing pile by our front door. She had a nose for the wild and wonderful spirit of adventure, but also a heart full of love for her humans that just about kept her wandering soul in check.

Then last February, aged 12, Swift suddenly lost the use of her legs due to a spinal tumour. Although, the first neurologist who examined her suggested that we put Swift down, it quickly became evident to us that Swift was in no mood to give in. For a month, we ran around with her on a harness as she gave us a thorough bicep and cardio work out, chasing squirrels through the local woods. Then her first set of wheels came and soon she was trundling around old her old walks and becoming something of a local celebrity and inspiration for her sheer bloody minded determination to just get on with things.

At the start of this year, Swift slowed down a bit, but - now on her second set of wheels after waring the first out - still enjoyed a trundle around the neighbourhood. Almost right up to the end, she could still charge out into the garden on a harness to bark at cats and squirrels - life never lost its excitement for her. Wonderfully, once paralysed, Swift developed an entirely new set of movements to communicate all the feelings that she used to express with her head down wiggles and thumping tail. She was an extraordinary communicator and basically ruled the roost with her show stopping ways. Mainly though, she gave extraordinary amounts of love to us all. When you were getting stressed, Swift was always there to remind you of what really mattered in life: getting out and sucking the fun out of every second and loving each other.

After a final couple of days of more severe illness, Swift died peacefully. She’d been so brave and resilient and determined. She was an incredible girl, the very best and we can’t thank you enough for helping her to find us. Rest in peace glorious Swift. Wherever you are I hope there are squirrels & geese to bark at, flood meadows and woodlands to run through, rivers to fish rocks from, and rubs to demand at the end of the day. And one day, in some alternative place, we’ll be running with you on some other Port Meadow again. You were undoubtedly our spirit animal, Swifty - the queen of dogs, the very best!
Katie Baxendale

HONEY - April 2022

We weren’t going to get another dog after our previous MT rescue Missy died.
But somehow I couldn’t stop looking at the Many Tears site. After about six months of not really looking, I spotted Honey, whose ears flared out at an angle, which made her look as though she was about to take off. I was smitten. We are still grateful to Cheryl who kindly waited until I had recovered from flu for us to come and collect her. Honey was indeed a Honey by name and a Honey by nature. I never remember her growling once during the seven years that we had her and was always just as sweet as her name. It is a year to the date that we had to have her put to sleep because her heart couldn’t cope anymore and I still miss her every day.
Thank you Many Tears for letting us adopt Honeybun as we came to call her.
Loretta and Martin

TAZOO - January 2022

After a brief battle with lymphoma, it broke our hearts to have to say goodbye to Tazoo in January, 2022, age 15 years.
We’d met Tazoo at a foster home in Oxford, and fell for his lopsided smile from the moment we first saw him. Tazoo was 5 years old, when he first came into our lives and we shared ten amazing years with him. We miss him every day and feel blessed that he shared his heart and his love with us.
Sue and Nick

ROWAN - February 2022

February 2009 - 14 February 2022
My darling Rowan RIP

My dog Dylan died in 2009 age 17; he had been a rescue dog of considerable character and loved by all who met him.
We never thought we would come to terms with him going over the Rainbow Bridge.
We looked at Many Tears and I saw Paisley - an abandoned puppy with his siblings and young Mum, just 5 weeks old.
We quickly took him into our home and our hearts, renaming him Rowan. He loved the socialisation process, was quick to train (a Collie X trait I think) and grew into the most wonderful, loving and loyal dog.
He battled bumps over the last couple of years and after a wonderful New Year holiday on the beach he started to slow down considerably. We found a large lump under a front leg which led to a limp.
Over the last two weeks we fought to ensure he was pain free and comfortable - last weekend we had two more bittersweet fun filled days with him.
He followed Dylan over the Rainbow Bridge on Valentines Day.
The house is so empty yet he is still everywhere - I am so grateful for his life
He was the most wonderful of dogs and loved us deeply - he was such an outstanding friend, companion, squirrel and cat chaser, swimmer, runner - he filled his space every day, and then slept happily.

KIM - January 2022

We first met Kim (nee "Trim” ) on a visit to MTR to find a replacement for our Springer Spaniel back in April 2016.  She was slumped against the fence at the side of her run with a flowerpot on her head looking as miserable as it's possible for a dog to look and we just fell for her. A week later we went again to collect her and she looked a little different. She had been spayed, completely shaved from behind her front legs to the tip of her tail to help control her awful skin condition due to infestations of lice etc. She had also had 9 of her small front teeth removed because they were rotten. This gave rise to one of her adorable landmark looks. An inch of protruding tongue whenever she relaxed.  4 months of constant TLC later and we had a different dog.  The red coat to protect her from the sun was slowly replaced with  beautiful white fur and she rediscovered the joy of living.  She only had to be on a lead near roads etc as she quickly learnt to run back to us for a cuddle upon hearing our finger whistles.  She never learnt to play with objects but she loved running and many were the times when she chased our friends Whippet and Lurcher around the local country park and she always won in the end because, although she didn’t quite have the speed she had the stamina. She simply adored people, especially children and she made  many friends.  She never ate treats, she always buried them and on one occasion, upon winning first prize at a local fun dog show for the most beautiful eyes, she was given a bone and promptly dug a hole in the middle of the arena and buried it and then walked off to great applause. When the boot of the car was opened she jumped in and waited for the next adventure be it the mountains of Snowdonia, the Jurassic coastline or the Cornish beaches or just the country park. She gave us nearly 6 years of pure joy and hopefully we did the same for her.
After Christmas her health suddenly deteriorated and a scan showed a large tumour on her liver and the decision was made there and then.
She now resides in our garden under a clump of snowdrops.
To all at MTR a very big thank you for letting us have her in our life.
RIP our dear Kim.   You have left a lot of big holes in many many peoples hearts.
Roger and Sue.

FLORA - December 2021

Dear Sylvia
Beautiful Flora cavalier, aged 12, went over the bridge on the 12th December. Flora was adopted from MTAR 8 years ago. We had such happy times together. I'm heartbroken to lose her.
I want to thank you and your team for saving this little ex breeder, and all who have come after her, and for trusting me with this precious soul.
I've added a few photos of her life here.

STORM - November 2021

The post I never wanted to write:

We had to say goodbye to Storm on 1st November. He was being treated for a chest infection but he deteriorated, he had a chest X-ray which showed a problem with his lungs, he was struggling to breathe and we had to let him go. We are absolutely devastated and heart broken.
There is so much I could say about him, he loved people and especially the grandchildren, he thought everyone visiting had come to see him (they usually had), he loved swimming, Flyball and agility, but also loved sitting by a lake while Keith fished, having cuddles, squeaky toys and sleeping!
He had 3 canine friends in his life, our previous dogs Max and Josie, and little Tink, all now reunited.
Hopefully we gave him the best life. There is so much more but he was just “Our Storm” our once in a lifetime dog, our world, we loved him to the moon and back, always will, we will love and miss you always,
RIP our beautiful boy, run free with Max, Josie and Tink , we are broken. A friend said “Grief is the price we pay for Love” so true xxx
We would like to thank Many Tears Animal Rescue for letting us adopt him at 16 weeks old, we lost him aged 13 years
Nicky O’Dell

BREE - October 2021

Hi all
I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know very sadly that we lost our much loved Bree yesterday to cancer. She was so brave that we didn’t even know it was there until a week ago. She was the funniest, goofiest, softest, cuddliest, best example of a chocolate lab that I have ever known and we will miss her forever but I wanted to thank you for finding her for us and giving us the chance to give her her best life. She enjoyed paddles in the sea, rolls in the sand and grass, sunbathing on the front step with her best buddy Coco and most of all tummy tickles from whoever would take her up on her offer which was generally everyone! Bree you’ve left a big Labrador shaped space in our hearts.
Thank you again Many Tears
The Stewart Family xx

BASIL - October 2021

It is with heavy heart that My lovely Basil has just passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer - he was so brave right until the end which was sudden. Am lost without him - he gave us his all, having arrived traumatised, scared, spending several weeks retreating under a chest of drawers, when ready to trust me and from then on it was nothing but love he gave in return plus a lot of entertainment and adventures.
He joins Sybil who passed away last December, also from MT, having endured a heart murmur which finally took it’s toll, the penance for being forced to have so many litters ...she is equally missed....but they are together again.
Thank you Many Tears, firstly for rescuing them, and then letting them Into my life.

APRIL - August 2021

Hello All at MT,
I needed to inform you all that the apple of my eye, my little darling April, our miniature schnauzer, sadly passed-on yesterday afternoon (Friday 27th August). April, who was partially sighted, was around 6 years old when we received her from you and grew to the age of about 14. She was admitted to the vet yesterday but whilst there suffered a cardiac arrest and died later that afternoon. As an ex-breeding rescue, she was deeply nervious of people but did eventually (with plently of work) gained confidence and accepted us as her family. She loved 'her' holidays in the Cairngorms of Scotland and playing in the woods and lochs with her 'brother' Edwin. I am absolutely broken at this moment, she really was at the "top of the tree" and has left a huge void in our lives. She taught us so much about humility, joy, friendship, love, forgivness and above all else - trust. I thank you all for the wonderful work you all do - I mean this with every nerve and sinew of my being, without YOU, April would have never known us and what "normal" means - bless you all and may God in his wisdom one day unite us both once again! Simply heartbroken.
If you are able to publish this on the "Rainbow Bridge" tab of your website it would mean a whole lot to us all.
With love, sincere thanks and gratitude to each and every one of you!

ROSIE - July 2021

Back in Sept 2013 we adopted a Shih Tzu briefly named Shimmer from Many Tears at the age of 7. She was a very nervous dog with a few issues to boot. We collected her from one of your adopters in Bristol named Julie. She was instantly renamed Rosie by my wife.
It took her a while to settle and also a good while before she would walk on a lead but after dealing with these issues she settled in with our other dogs being the bossy girl that she always was right up till the end.
We can only hope that we gave her 8 years of unconditioned love, care and attention because she certainly repaid it with her love for us. But it was in the past fortnight that her heart murmur worsened as did her general health and today we had to let her go where she will be pain free. She was defiantly a character in her right and will be sorely missed.
Sleep tight Rosie and sweet dreams
Love from mum, dad, Henry, Dora and Billy they will miss you as much as us. RIP
Nick and Sharon Boosey

ROSE - August 2021

It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that Rose (was Elenore M/T) sadly passed away Monday. After fostering a few dog's from M/T Rose came into our life, within one hour we were in love with her. So we adopted this scared frightened nervous little dog. She soon warmed to us, and lost her fear of us humans. She has since welcomed so many foster dogs and took them under her wing, giving them confidence and showing them how things should be done. She could be bossy at times but always kind.
Rose will be forever missed and always in our hearts.

HARRY - July 2021

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I share with you all that at 5pm Harry crossed over the rainbow bridge and gained his angel wings. He would have been met by Josh, Lucy and Adam. He was a Many Tears rescue and we had him for 5 1/2 wonderful years. We were with him and he had treats and lots of cuddles. Heartbroken, he will always be in my heart with my others and he has taken a piece of me with him. Run free Harry .
Harry was a beautiful soul. He was head shy when we got him and turned into the most cuddly of bears with bi chops that Ioves a cuddle and kisses all over his head. Amazing what TLC can achieve.
He was the most amazing buddy and he will be so missed. Wish we could have the time again. He was very special.
Thank you Many Tears and Sylvia for rescuing him and thank you to his foster mum Jo who we kept in touch with all the way. We are very grateful to have had him in our lives as part of our family.
Thank you
Melanie, Dave and Chris

OAK - July 2021

Good morning
It is with much sadness that i am writing to you, poor Oakie left for the rainbow bridge on Saturday. After becoming lame on his front leg which, when x-rayed was found to be a tumor on the end of his shoulder and had also spread to his chest.
My partner and I adopted Oakie after I had a stroke so he very much rescued me from a dark period of my life and opened both our hearts.
He really was the best little man, my partner Tina said he was my spirit animal, because i was a grumpy stubborn cheeky monkey too. But given the right conditions a gentle sole really.
After we smothered him with love and affection for two and a half years he really began to be the best version of himself. He got excited when his hooman friends came to visit, loved snuggling between us and giving his belly up for rubs when we all sat down together. He was my little Boo, my best friend, my toast buddie, my countryside rambler pal. He leaves a huge hole in our family and we still can't believe he's gone. Now I can't see what I'm writing.
We really really are so thankful for the time we did have with Oakie Bear, even if it was a short 36 months or so. We knew how happy he was, just look at that face
Many thanks
Steve & Tina

MADDY - June 2021

My lovely little poppet Maddy was put to sleep on Sunday having developed epilepsy from a brain tumour. We have been lucky enough to have her for 6 years, she came from a breeder and changed from a frightened, shy girl to the ruler of the house who shone with personality. Maddy travelled Europe with us and took it all in her stride.
I will miss her more than words can say but value every minute we had with her.

CODY - June 2021

It is with great sadness that we write to let you know that we said goodbye to our beautiful lurcher Cody, adoptive name Sooner, on the 19th May.
We adopted Cody in November 2009 from Many Tears with the help of our friend and long time supporter Loraine Isherwood.
After a short battle with an aggressive cancer we had to make that most difficult decision to let him go peacefully.
Cody had the most amazing life with us, he was a gentle devoted loyal and loving boy who just loved to run and chase anything he could!
We are heartbroken and miss him so very much but he is still here with us in spirit

BESSIE - June 2021

Yesterday we said goodnight to Bessie, big sister to Pippa, Lucy-Lou (mt Olive), Rosie and Dexter. This grand old lady was almost 14 and was suffering from mouth cancer. To take the decision to let her go is one of the hardest things imaginable, but, we had to do what we thought was best for her.
She spent her last day in her favourite parks (as always barking at the seagulls), having cuddles in the summer house, dining on steak and when her time came she was sleeping peacefully on the settee at home.
Goodnight sweet baby, run free, you are forever young
08/07/2007 to 08/06/2021

DEVO was MAPLE- MAY 2021

I am writing to let you know that my beautiful doggy “Devo” (formerly “Maple”) was put to sleep on May 5th 2021 after giving me nearly 15 years of the best love and companionship I could’ve wished for. She lived a very happy life and gave us so much happiness in return and she was the best dog/friend I have ever had.
I picked her up from Many Tears in the summer of 2006 after coming to see another dog, but once she looked up at me, she melted my heart, and I knew that she had chosen me. She came to live with me in Bradford, then in 2007 we moved to Hebden Bridge to live on my narrowboat, then later into a lovely house surrounded by beautiful countryside, which she loved to explore.
We shared many adventures together including travelling all over the UK from the Outer Hebrides to Cornwall and everywhere in between and my camper van became her 2nd home wherever we went. Devo made friends wherever we went, walking up Snowden, campsites, the beach, Neolithic sites, the pub, or just exploring parks and going to the shops.
She has helped in my recording studio too! making lots of new friends and sometimes contributing with a ‘bark’, a ‘growl’, or a ‘howl’! She regularly recorded with my students too at the College where I work to create sound FX, and her famous “Wolf Howl” has been downloaded nearly 4000 times worldwide! Devo loved to play and absolutely loved fetching balls, ropes, frisbee’s, elastic hair bands (Ping-Pong)…anything. But her favourite was to burst balloons! so every birthday (made up) she had lots of balloons that she would chase around the room and burst as a special treat! She even loved fireworks! And her “extreme sport” was to sit under dart boards willing people to start playing!!...this had to be carefully monitored of course and as soon as it was apparent a game might start; she was swiftly taken away for her safety.
Devo was a real character and total sweetheart and she lived life to the full. She could also be naughty and could also cause havoc as she was a very determined girl. She beat cancer but in later life suffered with arthritis and vestibular disease which were both controlled with medication.
In 2019 we noticed she occasionally started to go to the hinge side of the door, which we found out was a sign of dementia. This progressively got worse and despite trying to control it with medication, in the end after a very rapid decline we were forced to make the hardest decision.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that because of your hard work, love and commitment to helping animals in need, Devo was given the chance to improve our lives immeasurably and we had the privilege of giving her the best life that we could.
We loved Devo very, very much and we know that she loved us. We miss her immensely and the void in our life right now is unbearable. We will be revisiting some of her favourite places this year to scatter her ashes and we will always have some amazing and beautiful memories to cherish for the rest of our lives. “
Devo Devildog Slobberdobberdabitch” 2004? - 5/5/21
Thank you.

MAGGIE - April 2021

Maggie formerly Millicent, thank you for being my friend and team mate whilst I built a life. This will forever be your place as much as mine and nothing will ever be the same. We have loved each other and you came so, so far. My little lassie xxxx

AMBER - February 2021

Just to let you know that Amber (was Poppy) Passed over the Rainbow Bridge yesterday. She had kidney failure but had a really good life with us we adopted her from you In March 2013 and she was already 4yrs old She will be greatly missed.
Love you Amber xx
Pauline & Tony Barnes

ESTHER MCFAE - January 2021

I collected Esther from your premises on 24 Jan 2015, little knowing that she would be my saviour as my husband suddenly died 3 months later. She was the light in my darkness we sold up and moved to a lovely place in Ferring West Sussex where she enjoyed her walks to sea and ball time unfortunately she had growth on her liver that was causing excessive water to build up and could not be saved. During Covid times it’s hard to say goodbye but a wonderful company called Vets to Home came and put her to sleep and out of her pain. She has been the most wonderful dog and I know Silvia works hard with her original owners to save them. Just wanted to thank you for allowing her to share my new life with new man who has become her soul mate too.
Regards Katrina Musgrove

BANDIT - January 2021

Hello, I just wanted to get in touch with you about a Dog called Bandit (MT Wallis), that we adopted from MT Rescue.
He sadly passed away on Wednesday, after being with us for 15 years.
We rescued him back in 2006 as a companion for our other dog Shadow. They became instant best friend's. They were inseparable!
He adored her and would spend hours cwtched up with her, grooming her, and generally following her around. They became like an old married couple! Then we had an addition to the family with our son being born on 2008. Bandit loved him unconditionally, and would sneak into his rocker to sleep when we weren't looking!
Bandit, Shadow and our son grew up together, and learned from each other.
Bandit was a joy to us, and we are so grateful we had the opportunity to adopt him.
He had a wicked personality, and loved to escape from our garden; even after we installed 6ft fencing! We have so many wonderful memories and our hearts have been filled with love from our time spent together.
Thank you MT for all the work you do, and for helping us extend our family and make wonderful everlasting memories.
Sleep well our dear Bandit xxx

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