Our tribute to pets we knew who have crossed the rainbow bridge


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Gingy came from a Londonderry cattery where the owner had been hording cats. They were in such bad condition and were being neglected. The severe flooding that occurred out in the Blue Mountains is what finally saved them. A fellow neighbour came to help rescue the cats and that was how Gingy was rescued. Some had drowned but Gingy was one of the lucky ones.
Michael adopted him and said he was a shy puss at first but he always wanted company whether it was another human or animal. He just loved being affectionate towards people after spending years in a cage with no one to love him. He spent the remaining time he had being loved and enjoying what life had to offer, often spending time visiting neighbours and getting into mischief. I know Michael still really misses him and said he often has laugh thinking about his antics.

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Loni was a beautiful big fluffy gentle cat who belonged to Jillian. I visit Jillian’s home to feed her cats and was always warmly welcomed by Loni who had the most gorgeous eyes. I miss him when I visit now. He had a special presence and a beautiful soul.


Gus – Was such a lovely young boy.  He was so friendly, inquisitive, very affectionate and had a fun loving nature.  He is sadly missed but not forgotten by his friend Tiger and his human family.  We miss having him here to stay with us too.

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What a special girl she was. She loved life and even though she was old for a Labrador at the end, she thought she could do anything. I found myself constantly having to remind her to slow down! Her body just couldn’t keep up with her exuberant nature. She is pictured here with my dog Charli (on the right) who absolutely adored her.


Dear Dolly was another exuberant and spirited older lady. She was very camera shy!  Dolly loved her walks and didn’t muck about sniffing, she just got on with taking you for a walk and could have pulled a sleigh!  She was quite a character who loved my cats and Charli and slotted into our family effortlessly when she came to stay. Dolly could also be quite playful at times. What a sweetheart. We do miss having her here to stay.

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Last but not least is one of my favourite dogs who did stay with us on the odd occasion. She was the Clinic Dog at Struggletown Vets when I worked there and I adored her. She was brought in for euthanasia as a morbidly obese neglected dog. Having been a retired guide dog our head vet Simon thought she deserved better and convinced her owners to surrender her. We gradually got her weight down through diet and gentle exercise. She loved being my helper in the Puppy Theory classes until she got too wobbly to be able to do the job anymore. I distinctively remember working at reception and leaning down to touch her velvet soft ears during the day. She sat by my side whenever I was working. Miss you Jye.