"Death ends a life, not a relationship."
~ Jack Lemmon
Their Tails Wag Forever In Our Hearts

When the Universe calls one of our furry friends home, remember ...

Beulah Fenderson Smith

We have a secret, you and I,
that no one else shall know,
for who but I can see you lie
each night in fire glow?

And who but I can reach my hand
before we go to bed
and feel the living warmth of you
and touch your silken head?

And only I walk woodland paths
and see ahead of me,
your small form racing with the wind
so young again, and free.

And only I can see you swim
in every brook I pass,
and when I call, no one but I
can see the bending grass.


Rough Collie, reading education assistance therapy dog, California
Sunny Treasure, California

Sunny lay by my side as I wrote this website.
Nearly 400 children signed his autograph book
and he touched the lives of hundreds more.
His daily company was my inspiration to honor all these
very special R.E.A.D.® partners.


inspired by a Norse legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

Golden Retriever therapy dog
Jazz, Virginia

Old English Sheep Dog listens to a story
Bentley, Florida

They say that memories are golden,
Well, maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.
A million times I needed you,
A million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
No one could ever fill.

Author unknown

Old English Sheep Dog listens to a storyBentley, Florida

Irish Setter therapy dogReilly, New Hampshire

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.

Therapy dog in IllinoisLad, Illinois

Portuguese Water Dog reading with young child.
Mugsy & Skimmer, New York

Black Lab/Chow mix, therapy dog
Cassie, Georgia

Any dog that has touched your life
will certainly live forever.

Old Engiish Bulldog, therapy dog, reading education assistance dogBerklee, North Carolina

Shetland Sheepdog, Border Collie, Samoyed mix, reading education assistance therapy dogSamantha ("Sami"), Ohio

Australian Shepherd therapy dog
Rafter, South Carolina

Dogs are our link to paradise.
They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent.
To sit with a dog on a hillside
on a glorious afternoon
is to be back in Eden,
where doing nothing was not boring--
it was peace.

~Milan Kunders

German Shepherd therapy dog
Sara, Washington

To live in hearts we leave behind,
is not to die.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi therapy dogAnnie Rose, Florida

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, therapy dogs
Cody & Kelvin, Maine

Dalmation therapy dog
Dora, Tennessee

Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love....
They depart to teach us about loss....
A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely
expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs,
your heart is very big.

~Erica Jong


<empty>reading education assistance therapy dogBuddy, 1999-2012 ~ cover dog for the R.E.A.D. manual, appreciated by all R.E.A.D. teams.

Smooth Collie, reading education assistance therapy dogSunny, Montana

Greyhound therapy dogYankee, Ohio

Rottweiler, reading education assistance therapy dogRoddy, Texas

"The soul would have no rainbows
if the eyes had no tears."
(Native American)

Maine Coon Cat, reading education assistance therapy animalSidney, Kansas

Joey, Kansas

Timmy, Illinois

Baby, Ohio

I thought of you with love today,
but that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday,
and days before that too.
I think of you in silence,
I often speak your name.
All I have are memories
and a picture in a frame.
Your memory is a keepsake,
with which I’ll never part.
God has you in His keeping,
I have you in my heart.
~Author Unknown

PollyAnna, Mississippi

cy, Georgia

Those we love don't go away,
they walk beside us every day
~Author Unknown

Stretch, Maryland

Jill, Maine

Brinkley, California and Oregon

Miss Sophie Grey, Alabama

Golden Retriever, Florida therapy dog, reading education assistance dogMaggie, Florida

Mixed breed, reading education assistance therapy dogBetsy, Ohio

Golden Retriever, reading education assistance therapy dogGator, Ohio

Labrador RetrieverTimber, Maine

Vicky, Canada

Dogs are not our whole life,
but they make our lives whole.
~Roger Caras

Rissa, Maine

Owen, Massachusetts

Cirra, Maine

Flame, Wisconsin

Pete, New York

Rooney, Ohio

Tony, Nevada

Teddy (r) & Bobby (c) California

Dice, Florida