Updated on 03 April 2008 (all Links verified 31mar2008)

Here is the story of the Rainbow Bridge. Memory dedications are at the bottom of this page.

The story of 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 begins 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...
Many Thanks to the unknown author.

  • & "The Last Will and Testament of Silverdene Emblem O'Neill", by Eugene O'Neill, Tao House, December 17, 1940. Every Dalmatian enthusiast who has had to bid farewell to a Dal will want to read this (again)!
    (© 1956 By Carlotta Monterey O’Neill. “The Last Will and Testament Of Silverdene Emblem O’Neill” By Eugene O’Neill. First printed in 1956, and reprinted in 1959 by the Yale University Press. Reprinted in Look Magazine, April 20 1971 Volume 35 Number 8 as “The Last Will And Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog’.) (Updated with new link 03apr2008)
    • Photo's of Silverdene Emblem O'Neill , "Blemie", are also on the eOneill.com site: To find the photo's of Blemie, go to the eOneill.com search page and enter the keyword - Blemie - in the search box. You will get about 53 results for photographs of or with Blemie, as well as one for the original "The Last Will and Testament of Silverdene Emblem O'Neill".
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This page is dedicated

In Memory of our Dal Pals in Dog Heaven
who are now all together at the Rainbow Bridge:

Toby, the happy go lucky, cookie-loving Dalmatian that he was, hoped that all his Dal pals will once in a while eat a biscuit as a toast to the memory of all Dal Pals that are in Dog Heaven...

A special tribute to Marina Preis's Domino - he shared his birthday with our Toby, as Dom was also born on Valentines Day in 1984, in Kempsey,a small country town in New South Wales, Australia. (Toby was born on Valentine's Day in 1984 in a small town in Utrecht, the Netherlands.) He and Toby, as birthday brothers, are now special friends together at the Rainbow Bridge with all their other departed Dal Pals...

A Tribute
for Duchess and all victims of animal cruelty:
A Candle for Duchess and all others...
Duchess eventually died of abuse...
after having given birth to several litters...

~ 2003 ~

o Frances Ryan's Rupert Bear Dalrian Bacchus,
died on 5th march 2003 just short of his10th birthday from cancer.

"Now with his grand sire Cujo and best friend Holly.
Having lost 2 in under 3 months is more than we can bear."

(Cujo died in 1996) and best friend Holly died in Dec. 2002)

o Merolyn Emslies' "Domino". Merolyn's soulmate,
went to the Rainbow Bridge in the early morning of February 23rd, 2003.

"I am not sure whether I will ever get over the loss of my darling Domino.
I think of him and see him in everything that I do."
"He was an amazing companion and friend. I will miss him for the rest of my life."

Visit Domino's Memorial page on this site.

o Kathy and Lee McCoubrey's beloved "Newley"
CH Ravenwood Stop The World CDX NAJ CGC VCCX TDInc

went to the Rainbow Bridge in the night going into February 14th, 2003.
Kathy loved him so very much and 15 years wasn't even close to enough.

"He fell asleep all cuddled up next to me and didn't wake up... My life was enriched for the time I had with him."

* Newley was a very special dog and a tribute to our breed. He will be sorely missed. *


 ~ 2002 ~

o Frances Ryan's Yodle Lee Laughing Lady, Happy Holly Berry
died 11 December 2002 aged 15 and half.

Our own beloved Mickey,
...of this Toby & Mickey site...
Dorka Van Huis Dalmatho

went to dog heaven on 8 March 2002.
She was 14 years old.
Now she is at the Rainbow Bridge
with Toby and our other departed Dals..
We, and our Dals, Djohno and Jimmy, miss her very much.
She will always be in our hearts.
Long live Mickey in cyberspace... and in our hearts..

o Debbie's & William's beautiful Dalmatian pup, BUFFY
went to dog heaven on 14 June 2002
Buffy was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 16months.
The fence blew over in a torrid storm....and they lost her.

"BUFFY, We love you Muddaba, sweet baby...",
Debbie & William (Perth, Western Australia)


~ 2001 ~
o Nancy & John Durant's beloved Tripper
went to the rainbow bridge on June 6, 2001

".... we'll all see her someday ....."
- Nancy, John, and Family

o Pat and Warren Kelley's wonderful Cordelia, the Otterhound
went to dog heaven at the Rainbow Bridge on February 13, 2001
Pat and Warren are just so sad...she was their joy and delight---she had a good life.
We are all so sad, Cordi was Toby's and Mickey's very good doggie friend. She was such a delight...
Cordi may not have had spots on her coat, but she will always have a spot in our hearts.


 ~ 2000 ~


o Femke Oosterwal's dear old Dalmatian friend, Tara
(Lady Tara des Berges du Léman)
went to the Rainbow Bridge on May 9, 2000. She was 14 years old.

"Ik heb helaas mijn oude dibbes Tara van 14 in moeten laten slapen,
heb er harstikke vrede mee, maar toch doet het pijn."

o Jeff Barnett's best friend Dalmatian, Paris
went to dog heaven at the Rainbow Bridge in March 2000
Jeff and his family are grief stricken over the loss of Paris, a very wonderful and very special Dalmatian.

"...the bond I had (have?) with Paris was just something so totally different..."
"Paris' two children still cry and whine and search everywhere for him. As do I..."


~ 1999 ~


o Kathy McCoubrey's Ravenwood Dal, Marty,
went to dog heaven on 29 March, 1999

"I felt really bad about losing him. He was so devoted to me and so proud that he knew how to do the tunnel.
Marty had been remarkably healthy until just this last week. I guess we should all be so lucky."

o Susan's and Terry's beloved, beautiful Dalmatian Merlin
went to the Rainbow Bridge on February 4, 1999. He was 8 years old.


~ 1998 ~

o Alexandra Johne's beloved Dalmatian Jasper
went to doggie heaven in September, 1998
Jasper was Samson Dalmatian's brother and Gabrielle Dalmatian's Dal Pal.
Jasper is missed very much.

o Neal Solomon's Napoleon Dalmatian,
star of the Alexander and Napoleon web page,
died on July 2, 1998, of lymphoma. He was ten years old.

o Doug Terrell 's beloved Dalmatian
Deputy Chief Marconi ( but called just plain Marconi)
went to doggie heaven in 1998

"He was a very up-close and personal type of Dal. Loved to be scratched.
And extremely playful, but also a big coward.
Whenever we had the Fire Trucks in a Parade or such, I always had him on the Engine.
He understood quite well that it was time to ham it up, and played his part well,
and stole the show more than once. I live in a small city and several folks asked me at last
year's Christmas parade where he was? His sire was Proud Toby's Junior"

o Rita Harzer's beloved Dal, Smokey,
went to doggie heaven on 25 April 1998
Smokey was 10 1/2 years old.

"He was the best dog I ever had."

o Steve and Ness's gorgeous and very cheeky Dal,
Stella (Palanquin Angelica)

6 March 1991 - 19 January 1998

"She was the most loyal companion ever and sadly lost a long battle with
skin cancer at only 6 years of age. We miss her dearly and know she is
happily playing at the Rainbow Bridge. Can't wait to meet again!"


~ 1997 ~

o Kristina Groover's Dalmatian, Frichsun The Fire Dude
went to dog heaven in 1997

"I lost him last summer and it was very sad...
he was like my own child a best friend......"

Int. & Neth. CH. Krystel of The Dalmatian Kennel,
JW'84, W.-WW.'85, Belg., Fr., Lux. Ch.

21 Sep. 1983 - 30 Dec. 1997
At home in her own dog bed, Krystel went peacefully to sleep and to the Rainbow Bridge.
Her owner bade her farewell with great sorrow. Krystel will surely be rewarded
for the love that she gave to everyone in her life.
This text from 'The Last Will and Testament' is as true for Krystel as it was for Blemie:
"It is time I said good-bye, before I become too sick a burden on myself
and on those who love me. It will be sorrow to leave them, but not a sorrow to
die. Dogs do not fear death as men do. We accept it as part of life, not as
something alien and terrible which destroys life."
... Krystel, the dear, sweet, beautiful mother of Djohno...

o Marie's and Randy's Dalmatian, Dudley
passed away on October 29 1997

"my best friend, Dudley. Dudley was an 8 year old male Dalmation who loved
everyone. He had a perfect temperment, loved life and especially loved his
mother, my wife, Marie. The two were inseperable... "
"Dudley we love you...... until we meet again in heaven try to obey
and not be so mischeivious.........................."

o Chris Jackson's beloved Dal, Shasta,
went to dog heaven on 5 Aug. 1997
Shasta was her soulmate, the other half of her being.

o Two Ravenwood Dals, Sherri (Ron and Whitley's dam) and Libby,
went to dog heaven in July, 1997
one the day before leaving for the DCA and the other the day after getting back...

o Marina Preis's beloved Dal, Domino
14 Feb 84 - 29 Mar 97

"He will always be "my angel boy". He and Toby must be friends together at the Rainbow Bridge"

o Adriana Pignatta's beloved Dal, Pampa,
went to dog heaven in March 1997

"Dear Pampa, You will live forever in my heart"


~ 1996 ~
o Kaylin's beloved Dal pup, Cuervo.
went to dog heaven in Decmber 1996
Cuervo was born in May, 1996 , but only lived to be 7 months.
He died the same year on that sad December day, from the disease Parvo.
He loved to play and was chubby. At 2 to 3 months of age, he was put in a
small magazine for Dals and firefighters.
He is now at the Rainbow Bridge, waiting for the arival of his mom.

o Ch.Gua/CA Robertus Von Der Mond der Erste - (Bobby)
28 Mar 95 - 16 Nov 96
Bobby in Guatemala was *poisoned* and went to dog heaven 16 Nov 96 -
Watch over your dogs outdoors!

Our dear sweet Toby
...of this Toby & Mickey site...
Efkes Valentine Van Huis Dalmatho
14 Feb 84 - 7 Nov 96
We miss him so.....
Long live Toby in cyberspace... and in our hearts..

o American CH Rambler Quintessence
went to dog heaven Oct. 1996

o Landa's and Louis's beloved Dals, A-Sheba and Theckla
went to dog heaven in 1996

o Frances Ryan's beloved Cujo, Irish champion Clonakenny Hot Brandy,
died 15 February 1996 of gastric torsion.


~ 1995 ~

o Diana Sheehan 's first Dal "Major"
He went to dog heaven in Oct. 1995


~ 1994 ~
o CH Oreos Moonrayker,
went to dog heaven in 1994
The Verbrees loved Ryker a lot -

"Bye, old friend."


~ 1993 ~
o Margo Dalmatian,
October 5, 1979 - June 2, 1993

"... she truly lived"

~ ~
o And *all* Dals and dogs and pets departed...

We hope this story has comforted you if you have had to bid farewell to your Dal - if you want us to remember your Dal on this page please let us know.
If you want to send us an e-mail...
... hushpuppy AT compuserve DOT com -that's where you can send questions or comments about this site...

Page created on 14 Dec., 1996