On February 23, 2016 our beloved dog Dude crossed the Rainbow Bridge. If you watch our flight videos, it’s his barking you hear in the intro. He joined our family as a puppy, 14 years ago and brought unconditional joy, love, and devotion into our lives. Oh yes, he also brought some unwanted rolling in badger poo into our lives as well. That badger poo really stinks and can’t be forgotten.
In the picture above you can see Dude dressed in his dog flight suit. He might not have liked the outfit but he’d never let on. He was just an “f’n good dog,” (inside joke for those who know the story).
The decision we had to make was the hardest one Pam and I could make for ourselves but the most compassionate one we could make for our dear Schnoodle, Dude. He was dying after a heroic effort to overcome his building medical issues. By this morning his breathing was labored, his red blood cell count was dropping, and he was unable to walk.
Our beloved veterinarian and vet tech came to our house this morning and Pam and I hugged Dude and sobbed as he departed this life. They were crying as well.
Our hearts are broken right now. But to celebrate him we will be renaming the Pilot.dog rescue airplane “Dude” so he will always be with us as we fly to rescue dogs in the future.
We miss you terribly Dude.
Mom and Dad
Rainbow Bridge Memorial Poem
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 the 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 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….