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The Rainbow Bridge

This page is dedicated to all the prescious angels who have gone before us.  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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Buttercup, affectionately known as Bibi, was loved and treasured by her adoptive Mom and her foster family. Her health declined in the last few months and unfortunately went to the Rainbow Bridge much sooner than those who loved her had hoped for. 

Ellie Belle

Ellie Belle   6/1/2007 ~ 10/1/2019 - Adopted and loved by Pat Wellmeier

Ellie’s story – Lady came to Lucky Star in February of 2012 from another rescue. I was asked to foster her. At first I said no because one of my own dogs was sick. She rallied and they asked me again about Lady and I said yes. She was the most traumatized rescue I have every fostered. It took me 40 minutes to catch her in my backyard because she was so frightened. Eventually I had to throw a blanket over her. I thought, Dear God, what has been done to you little girl. It took her weeks to come into the living room when I was in there. I lured her little by little with cookies. In May I lost my girl, Colleen. I knew Lady was nowhere close to being ready for adoption. One of my friends sent me this poem when Colleen passed.

I knew when I read it I had to adopt Lady. I adopted her June 1, 2012. I renamed her Ellie and she eventually became Ellie Belle. In all these years Ellie has rarely let me hold her but she tolerated petting and eventually would approach visitors in my house. She loved the other dogs and I know she loved me in own way. She developed MVD several years ago and things were getting worse with each passing month. Yesterday she took a turn for the worse and today I knew I could not ask her to go on. Today Ellie let me caress her head and pet her for the longest time. That was a gift and a thank you from my precious girl. This is now Ellie’s last will and testament to all those adopters out there who want a rescue dog. Adopt an “Elllie” – I was never sorry, not for one minute.


Seth was fostered by two special fosters. First his foster Mom, Ava and then was adopted by his second foster Mom, Brenda.  Ava continued to visit Seth and she and Brenda became friends because of this special boy. He had many health problems but Brenda gave him the best life possible. He got to enjoy his favorite meal, a cheeseburger before he went to the bridge on 9/20/2019. 


Jackson came to Lucky Star in 2011 as a 4 year old boy. He was adopted and loved by his Mom Roberta and lived in Kentucky with his sister cavalier. Roberta let us know today that Jackson passed away a few weeks ago from congestive heart failure. He was a beautiful boy and will be missed by his Mommy.


Elvis was the first owner turn in I ever fostered. His family was moving and could not take him along. He waited for them by the door every day. It broke my heart. Then a wonderful family asked to adopt him. From the moment they arrived at my house Elvis claimed them as his own. For 5 years he was the king of their family. Two other Lucky Star girls joined him as well. Today, May 9th his family told me that Elvis passed away. We are all heartbroken over the loss of this wonderful boy. He had a good life and we were enriched by loving him. That comforts us.

Pat Wellmeier

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