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The past twelve years have seen quite a few dogs pass through our hands here in the Channel Islands and indeed many of our owners have become personal friends. We all share a passion for this breed and delight in hearing the recent good or sometimes bad antics they have been up to. We watch the teething problems being overcome and the transformation of these dogs into wonderful pets. We share much of the good times but also the sad times. Over the years we have been rehoming there have, been the loss of both our own dogs and those of our friends.

If you have any tributes you would like to pay to a faithful friend who you have lost please email us so we can include them on our TRIBUTES page.

These poems are a tribute to those dogs who are no longer with us but are always very much in our thoughts:


Amber,Arrie,Awesome,Bazil, Beau, Beauty,Belle, Ben, Ben,Billy, Blue, Blue,Boozer, Bosun, Bubble,Buddy, Callie,Cara,Ceilidh, Chappie, Chief, Claude,Danny,Dax, ,Denzil,Dev, Douglas, Dilly,Dudley,Dufus,Duke, Dusty,Eccles,Ella, Ellie, Floosie,Fly,Flynn,Fonz, Gilbert,

Gummie Bear,Gump, Gunner,Gus,Hawk,Harlea,Henry, Hobbit, Huckleberry, Indy,Jack,Jake, Jed, Jet,Joe, Kella,Laddie,Lana,Littlewoods, Livity,Lolly,Louis, Lucy, Magic, Malarky,Meg,Merlin, Mouse, Mr. Padz,Nero, O.B.,Ocean, O.Jay,Olive, Ozzy, Paddy,Paris,Peanut,,Phantom, Podge,

Pongo-Pongo, Pyder Mann,Quinn, Ranger,Rebel,Rufus, Rio, Rocky,Rooney, Rooster, Ruby,Sally-Ann, Sandy, Scout,ShaeferShammy,,Simba, Skipper, Skye, Sonny, Summer,Squibby ,Teddy,Tic Toc,Tootsie, Tia, Toggle, Turk, Tig, Tolly,Twiggy,Willow,Willow, Wing,Xena,Zara, Zee Zee Bling,Ziggy, Zoe, Zoe


There are no fences in heaven and no-one wants to leave,

There are no thunderstorms in heaven therefore fear is never present

There are no fights in heaven every dog lives in peace

There is no hunger, there is no thirst, there is no pain,

For heaven is a place of peace and comfort

a lasting forever home.


God's Angels

We're put on this earth to do what we can

To be kind to all animals and our fellow man,

Some do this well and some can't do it at all

But a few special folk do hear Gods call.

The folk that take in all Gods waifs and strays

Give them love and care till the end of their days

They're special beyond the words I can reach

They just get on and do - have no need to preach

But as each waif passes on to live at Gods side

Another small part of the carers' heart dies

For to give so much love is a selfless thing

When you know from the start the pain it will bring.

So although right now the pain is still raw,

Take heart from knowing it's you they adore

And when your turn comes in the fullness of time

The dogs that you loved will be waiting in line.

'Till then they'll be close, not far from your side

They'll lick away tears that fall from your eyes

And when you feel the bed dip in the night

Know that they're with you - just out of sight.

For the love that you shared can never die

It's only farewell, never goodbye

The dogs that you love, you will meet again

'Till that time arrives they're your faithful friends


Running Free

A gentle spirit, full of love died on the track last night.

He ran his race and did his best, then ran into the 'light'

The gentle 'light' held so much love and freed him from his pain,

He'll never have to try and win, or run the tracks again.

His spirit's free and now he runs through fields with all his kind,

Where all he'll know is peace and love, not cruelty from mankind.


The spirit of a Greyhound

I was standing on a hillside

In a field of blowing wheat,

And the spirit of a Greyhound

Was lying at my feet

He looked at me with kind dark eyes,

Ancient wisdom shining through

In the essence of his being.

I saw such love there too.

His mind locked upon my heart

As I stood there on that day

And he told me of this story

About a place so far away

As I stood upon that hillside

In a field of blowing wheat,

In a twinkling of a second

His spirit left my feet

His tale put my heart at ease;

All my fears did fade away,

About what lay ahead of me

On another distant day.

"I live among God's creatures now

In the heavens of your mind,

So do not grieve for me my friend,

As I am with my kind.

My collar is a rainbow's hue;

My leash is a shooting star,

My boundaries are the Milky Way

Where I sparkle from afar

There are no pens or kennels here

For I am not confined,

But I'm free to roam God's heavens,

Among the Greyhound kind

I nap the day on a snowy cloud,

Gentle breezes rocking me

And dream the dreams of earthlings

And how it used to be.

The trees are full of liver treats,

And tennis balls abound,

And milk bones line the walkways

Just waiting to be found.

There is even a ring set up,

The grass all lush and green;

And everyone who gaits around

Becomes the Best of Breed.

For we're all winners in this place;

We have no faults, you see

And God passes out those ribbons

To each one, even me.

I drink from waters laced with gold,

My world a beauty to behold;

And wise old dogs form my pride

To amble at my very side.

At night I sleep in an angel's arms,

Her wings protecting me,

And moonbeams dance about us,

Just as stardust falls on thee.

So when your life on earth is spend

And you stand at Heaven's gate,

Have no fear of loneliness--

For here, you know, I wait


Our last goodbye

I know the meaning of sorrow,

I know how it feels to cry,

It broke my heart when I lost you,

As I whispered my last goodbye.

You were my loyal companion,

Right to the bitter end.

No one could ever replace you,

My loyal, trusting friend.

I have many happy memories

Of walking in the park.

You really were quite beautiful,

Elegant and dark.

Your eyes grew dim, you couldn't run

You tried but you were weak,

I kissed your face then you were gone

And tears rolled down my cheeks.

Goodbye old friend, it won't be long

Until we meet again.

Just wait for me on 'Rainbow Bridge'

My faithful trusting friend.


Rainbow Bridge

'Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies who has been especially close to some one here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all 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 vigour; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in 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 has been left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks in the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body begins to quiver, 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 pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.....'


These are just a few poems taken from www.greyhoundmuses.com

I hope you enjoyed reading them and they didn't upset you too much.

There are many more on the above website but I've run out of tissues to put anymore on our site!

G&M Hickmott 2007