Rainbow Bridge 2015 – 2017
It is with a very heavy, broken heart that I send you this email. Our dear Ruby passed away suddenly on April 24th.
The vet seems to think she may have had a tumour, as it happened in a split second.
We adopted our beautiful Ruby from you about 3 years ago. The darling little dog soon captured our hearts and those of our team and guests here at Swansea Beach Chalets.
She was know as “The swimming dog of Swansea” and most days would have an audience that came especially just to experience her water antics.
Her life here with us was very free. At 10 am she knew it was time to go out and if we didn’t open the gate she would just hope over the fence for a day filled with all the great things most dogs never get to experience. This did lead to a few hiccups now and then, however nothing that we couldn’t set straight on her behalf.
The condolences we have received are testament to just how well she was loved.
I have attached some photos, we have so many more.
Thank you for giving us the most amazing opportunity to have had such a wonderful little character to love.
Lisa and Peter
Thank you Jack Russell Rescue – Australia for rescuing Piper (aka Tashy)…
We had 4 really good years. The love that Piper had to give was amazing.
Sadly, Piper has crossed over the rainbowbridge today… The hole that she’s left will never be filled — feeling sad.
It is with a very heavy heart that I am writing to let you know about our beautiful boy Bronson (previously Phantom) who we got from Jack Russell Rescue in April 2003.
Bronson succumbed to stomach cancer on Friday. Due to the size of the mass and the fact that he was obviously in some considerable pain and after discussions with the vets we decided it was better to let him cross the rainbow bridge. We said goodbye to him and held him tight while he peacefully went to sleep.
According to our records Bronson was born in August 2000 and came into your care early in 2003. We picked him up from his foster mum in Sydney in April 2003, and bought him home to Canberra where we were living at the time.
We discovered he didn’t respond to his name (Phantom) so changed it to Bronson, which he seemed to think suited him better.
He initially was an escape artist but he quickly discovered he had come to a home where there was an abundance of love & patience so he didn’t need to be anywhere else.
He hated being petted when he was sleeping, we quickly learnt to leave him be, he was happy sleeping between us on the lounge and would rest his head on our laps when he wanted, not when we wanted him too.
He hated the beach but loved the river. He had absolutely no interest in a ball, a frisbee or any toys for that matter, except for a little stuffed Jack Russell we got him when his female companion passed away 4 years ago.
He loved his 2 walks a day and drove us crazy if we didn’t take him, they became shorter as he aged but he had his last very slow walk around the block with his dad last Thursday afternoon.
He was totally deaf and had been for a round 4 years but learnt some basic sign language, he always knew we were talking to him though.
He was almost totally blind and was starting to show some signs or aged dementia.
As he got older we started having him clipped, especially in the hot weather, and he knew he looked pretty ‘cool’ when he returned home with his hair cut and his bandanna on!
He spent his days in the office with me while I worked, his evenings curled up asleep between his mum and dad on the lounge and his nights securely tucked up in his bed in our bedroom.
We are heartbroken and grieving for our little man and can’t imagine what our lives will be like without him in it. Thank you for allowing us to adopt him and for giving us 14 years of unconditional love, loyalty and companionship.
I have enclosed a couple of photos of him, one the day after we bought him home and one taken after his last visit to the ‘beauty parlour’.
Thank you for all the wonderful work you do for these beautiful dogs.
Judi & Neil (Bronson’s mum & dad)
Good evening Jill,
With great sadness I send you last photo of Pier who crossed the rainbow bridge last Wednesday. Brain tumour.
My gentle boy was a loving treasure in our family for the 16 months he was with us. He is greatly missed by his sister Lily and me.
Thank you Jill for finding him for me.
Dear Jill and Roz.
It’s taken me too long to pass on the sad news that we lost our dear Sarah on December 17.
As you know she has major heart issues, a top grade heart murmur and would collapse when over exerted. We started her on a herbal heart medication as the ‘western’ drugs would have been too much for her kidneys (our dear vet was concerned with the side effects of the prescribed medication). And with the drops her collapses all but ceased.
We had her in our lives for 364 days and every one was a joy for her and for us. She was with me every minute I was home, and with me whenever it was appropriate for me to take her in the car.
In the first week of December we noticed a lump in the lymph glands in her neck. A biopsy showed cancer cells. Within a few days she couldn’t eat and then couldn’t drink. So we had to make the decision that breaks our hearts to do. It was beautifully peaceful and she was in such a lovely deep sleep that she was snoring gently when the final phase took place. I was with her until the end and she’s now buried in a lovely, shady spot in the garden.
When we dug her hole Kip jumped in to help, and when she was placed into it, he (kind of) helped to bury her. Terriers have NO respect. It was funny, and sad.
We were very aware that every day we had with her was precious, so every minute with her was a quality moment. She lacked for nothing in the short time we had with her. She was much loved. We didn’t hold back our love, even knowing she was 17, it didn’t matter. We knew the heartbreak would happen. We hoped that we would have her in to her 18th year but we know that the time she had was good. We miss her very much.
Thank you for trusting us with her life. Thank you for taking the oldies and giving them a chance for a happy last chapter. She had it with us, and Kip does too.
We rescued this gorgeous little man in 2004. You knew him as Hearts. Renamed Rocky he sadly had to leave us but gave us years of unconditional love and lots of laughs.
Although heartbroken we were so blessed to have had him as long as we did.
We adopted our little girl you called Bonnie on 27th May 2006 at one year old.
She turned into a little doll and was the boss of our other man, Percy, adopted on 9th September 2008.
Sadly our little girl died on 26th December 2016 after a short illness and she is just so badly missed, both by us and also Percy and Horse our Bengal cat.
Bonnie on the right
Kind regards, keep up the good work,
Dear Jill and team,
I am very sad to advise you that we had to put our beautiful 19 years and 5 month old Jyrah to sleep on Xmas morning ….
we had her for close to six years……she had been in the kennels for some time and was so cute and loving we could not resist her…
She is on the rainbow bridge with all the other Senior Jacks you and your team so loving care for…..
Sadly missed by us but especially Max her adopted son who we all got from you about 6 weeks later.
Thank you for all you do and see you in the new year when we hope to adopt another senior JRT
Sadly 3 weeks after Ralph on the same day, a Thursday Honey has gone to be with Ralph.
She had been in a rapid decline after Ralph past, life wasn’t the same without him. Today her heart gave out and after a morning of suffering we made the decision to euthanise her.
By the time the wonderful vet from Pet Care ( who didn’t even charge us for the house call as they understood she was a rescue) came to the house to assess the situation. She was exhausted so it seemed the best thing to let her go.
Once again she died in my arms and the vet told me I was very brave and calm, comforting Honey and acting as the vets nurse.
Honey was such a loyal dog, we would have loved her to have enjoyed and independent life after Ralph but that was not to be. We will lay her to rest next to her brother and remember what lovely old dogs Honey and Ralph were. It was a pleasure and honour to look after them and offer a comfortable and loved end of life journey!
I will be traveling overseas, after that I’ll take on another senior or two. If you need emergency palliative care before that, let me know, I can do this, it’s a very rewarding thing to do.
Warm regards and thank you
Letting you know that Ralph passed away, he had been doing well and had one of the best weeks ever when my husband took a week of to renovate, Ralph was on the tools with dad, he didn’t sleep much in the day that week and it must have tuckered him out as he went down this Monday and didn’t come back up ( he has had low spells but would bounce back).
I slept with him on the lounge and in the morning he had one of his turns and didn’t come back. I had just called the vet to take him in to be euthanised but I’m really glad he died in my arms and Honey was here so she didn’t get separated from him and wondering where he is.
Here is a photo of Ralph on holiday and also the day before he passed.
He was a top old bloke, a real character and it a pleasure to take him in and look after him.
Both Honey and Ralph had a free vet check clinic at Pet Barn a few weeks ago.
I suspected Ralph had heart issues and wanted to check if both of them had any pain issues etc. Ralph had stage 3 heart murmur, he wasn’t in pain but probably uncomfortable with fluid build up in his lungs, Vet and I agreed that considering his blindness and senility it was best to let nature take its course. Ralph was happy enough and still interested in life till 3 days before he died.
Honey is in fabulous shape, doesn’t even have any hip arthritis. There are a lot of things she could not do as Ralph could only walk on overcast days or just when the sun had gone down on account of light sensitivity so I’ll keep her busy and we’ll do all the things she couldn’t do before, longer walks in the sunshine and socialising with other dogs. Ralph was very anxious when other dogs were close by, I think on account of the blindness and his frailty. Fortunately there is a little gated park across the road where he felt safe and couldn’t fall off anything or wander off!
So life goes on and we feel really good to have given Ralph a good home and comfortable end of life.
Warm Regards & Thank You
A couple years ago we were fortunate enough to have been given Jamie By JRT rescue, this beautiful little Dog , gave us so much love and brightened up all our Lives .
Since his passing we adopted another Jack to keep his Brother Louis company.
I have attached some pictures of them Both as well as a poem written for Jamie.
We would like to thank you so much for Jamie and all the love he bought to us.
PS Jamie is the short haired guy.