Rainbow Bridge

Athos Xavier Aleros

Athos came to me as a rescue. I had another rotti rescue at the time, Brutus, who had been crated and abandoned causing him to flop like a seal as he had no muscle tone. Athos was immediately his guardian angel. He was so gentle with Brutus, teaching him to bark, chew a bone, wrestle and play. Athos always submitted to Brutus when wrestling, as if he knew his brother was special. Yet if any other person or animal came in the yard, Athos was alpha, and protected his brother. It was awe inspiring to watch this special bond. We lost Brutus to cancer not long after I had my daughter, yet Athos's nurturing and caring continued. He learned to take a milk bone from my mouth, so slowly and gently, that even the baby could give him a treat. He would check the house before sleeping under her crib at night, sit on the feet of whoever was holding "his baby", and was her loyal familiar no matter where she went. During my divorce many years ago he was my friend, my protector, and the one to lick away my years. He taught my mother not to fear his breed.

In Dec 2010 Athos was now 13 and it was our turn to repay his good deeds. While he still managed to get himself onto my daughters bed at times, and tried to play with our other 2 resued Rotts...His eyes were failing and his hips were no good in the cold weather. He was incontinent on occasion. Yet, we continued to walk at his pace, wash the sheets, to carry him down the stairs to go to the bathroom when the snow comes, and lay on the floor so he could lick our face without jumping up.

In March 2011 Athos stopped eating. When he did try and eat he would faint and fall over. Blood tests came back ok... but an xray showed massive tumors in his lungs, causing his esophagus to be pressed into his spine. Though this was the cause of his misery, the vet had said he could be given pain meds and a liquid diet. We took him home and spent the week saying goodbye... and then broke our own hearts by letting him go. Doped up and on a liquid diet is no life for a Rotti. Athos was able to go peacefully in my arms, outside, at home, thanks to the kindness of our vet.

Athos will always be a special part of our life. Although my heart still aches for him, I know that he would be happy knowing that through a donation maybe another Rotti an find his forever home.

06/21/1996 - 09/20/2005

You have a special place Dear Lord
that I know you'll always keep
A special place reserved for dogs
when they quietly fall asleep
With large and airy kennels
and a yard for hiding bones
With maybe a little babbling creek
that chatters over stones.
With wide green fields and flowers
for those who never knew
about running freely under
Your sky of perfect blue.
Lord,I know You keep this Special Place
And so to you I Pray,
For one Special Rottweiler
Who quietly died today
She was full of strength & love
and so very, very wise.
The puppy look she once had
Had long since left her eyes.
She is dearly missed my Lord
She went to join her ancestors
To Your land that is Devine
So, speak to Thene softly please
And give her a warm hello.
She's a Special gift to you Dear Lord
From Tina and Keith, who loved her so.

Fenja vom Altmuhltal, TT
5/19/99 - 8/8/05


I just wanted to let you know that I made it home. The journey wasn't an easy one, but it didn't take too long.

Everything is so pretty here, so white, so fresh and new I wish that you could close your eyes and that you could see it too.

Please try not to be sad for me. Try to understand God is taking care of me...I'm in the shelter of His hands.

Here there is no sadness, no sorrow, and no pain. Here there is no crying and I'll never hurt again. Here it is so peaceful when all the angels sing. I really have to go for now... I've just got to try my wings.


Allerliebst Astro von Bumper BH, BST, CGC, TDI, TT
10/2/91 - 3/28/05

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 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...

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