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I rescued BJ my first year as a Pet Groomer. He was said to be about 15 at the time. BJ and his brother were brought into the grooming shop I was working at by a lady who was caring for an elderly lady, who at the time they were brought in for grooming, was in the hospital. BJ's brother was in much worse shape than was BJ, so I started on him first. The lady who brought him in to be groomed said he couldn't walk, she thought maybe he'd been hit by a car. He was so matted, one could barely tell one end from the other. I wanted to start by cutting the mats from around his eyes so he could see. Once I cut the hair back from his eyes, I found the most horrible sight I'd ever seen. He had no eyes. The hair had stayed matted up around and over his eyes for so long, his eyes had literally rotted and were gone. He was taken to the vet and immediately put to rest. That by the way was also the reason he could not walk. From the infection in his head. After crying and returning home from the vet, I preceded to work on BJ, who was not quite as badly matted as his brother. I got him cleaned up, and he stayed in the kennel for a bit over a week. His owner, after coming home from the hospital called wanting her dogs back. She was informed she only had one dog left, BJ, and she would need to pay his grooming and boarding bill to get him back. She refused and said to just keep the dog. Which was what we hoped she would say. Having been so neglected, they did not need to go back to her. So BJ came home with me shortly after that. That was I believe in 2000, and he has been with me ever since. At the time, I already had more kids (dogs) than I really should have, so I tried to adopt him out, and did, twice, but both times, it didn't work out, and he came back to me. Obviously where he was meant to be. Over the years BJ lost his sight and his hearing, as well as becoming somewhat incontinent. That was all fine, as he wasn't suffering. But just recently he came down with a cough, with about every breath he took. We put him on Lasix for a week, but the coughing didn't go away. Aside from his coughing, I didn't feel like he was suffering, but he was really having a hard time getting around, running into things and falling down. We decided today, although he might not be in pain, he couldn't be happy, and that it was time for him to head for the Rainbow Bridge. BJ, I love you, and look forward to seeing you again one day, and crossing the Rainbow Bridge together. Say HI!! to Daisy and Brandy for me. With Love, Mom
OCT 4, 2006---Well little buddy, it's been 3 weeks, and I still think about you daily and cry. I got you a new blanket cause it's starting to get a bit cool at nite, and a little teddy bear for you to snuggle with to help keep you warm. And since it's fall now, I got you a pumpkin. Your big brother, Handsome, was just diagnosed with Diabetes yesterday, and as you already knew, he was diagnosed with Congestive heart failure back in July, so things have been rather hectic around here lately. But everyone is doing ok, and we're going to get Handsome's Diabetes under control too. I picked up your cremains on Monday, and that was really hard for me, but I know you are so happy where you are, and I know you are playing with Daisy and Brandy, and just waiting for the day we meet again, so that helps me to get by, but I still miss you and think of you all the time. Good nite for now little buddy.

Nov 7, 2006 Well little buddy, your brother Handsome came to join you last week, but I guess you already know that. I am sure you guys have already met up and are running and playing together, though you probably have a hard time keeping up with his long legs. Just tell him mommy said to slow down and wait for you. He'll do it, he always did what mommy said. (Yeah right) But anyway little buddy, I still think of your daily and miss you so. Things have been really rough around here since last time I wrote, with your brother so sick, and I'm sorry I haven't visited more often. But blame it on your brother, since I know he's right there with you. :-) But I'm here now, just to let you know little buddy, I haven't forgotten you, and never will. Well, I'm going to get all your brothers and sisters down for the nite. I'll come back and visit again soon. Have fun playing up there little buddy, till we meet again............

Thursday NOv 23, 2006 THANKSGIVING DAY!!!
Hey little buddy. How are you doing? Silly question I guess. Everyone at the Rainbow Bridge is doing great. I just came from visiting and updating your brother Handsome's residency, so my eyes are filled with tears already. I hope you two are getting along and playing well. I think about you often and I miss you so much. We had some good years together, but just not enough, since I got you when you were already about 15 yrs old. I so wish we could've spent all your years together. Then you would've never had to have gone thru the things you did. But I know you learned a lot from it, and we had a great life the years we were together. I do miss you so much. I just wanted to drop in and say hello, and Happy Thanksgiving. Since you're not here for your annual Thanksgiving leftovers, I'll divide up your portion between your brothers and sisters. They'll certainly enjoy it. Well little buddy, it's bedtime, so sleep tight, and I'll be back to talk again soon. I love you little buddy. Hugs and kisses from mommy. Winter is coming quickly, so bundle up and stay warm. I'm going to leave your season as fall so it won't be so cold. Maybe when the snow gets here I'll change it to winter, cause I know they have nice warm beds for you up there. Nite Nite little buddy.

Thursday Dec 7, 2006
Hey little buddy. How are you? We're getting our first snow of the season. I just wrote a letter to your brother Handsome, and told him all about it. I'm sure he's probably already told you he just got a letter from me, but never the less, I'm gonna tell you again. We'll probably only get about an inch or so this time, though I wish we could get a foot. Aw, maybe not really, but 4-6 inches would be nice. I know you didn't particularyly care for the snow, especially the deep ones, cause you always sunk down in it. But is sure is pretty. Though tonite the wind is blowing really strong, which makes it not so nice out there. Oh well, so much for the weather. I hope your doing well little buddy. I still think about you often, and do so much wish you could still be here with me. So much is different around here since you and your brother left me. Not bad different, just different. But that's ok, I know you are happy where you are at, and you just remember, keep your eyes open, cause I am coming to join you one day. It may not be really soon, but one just never knows, so watch for me, cause I want to hear that little yap of yours as soon as I get there running towards me and then jumping up into my arms. Something you never were much able to do, since you were already a bit elderly when you came to live with me. But the day will come, you will be able to do all those things with me that you never could before. I love you little buddy. Sleep tight, and stay warm. Mommy loves you and misses you. xoxoxoxoxo

Jan 31, 2007
Hey little guy, I didn't realize it had been so long since I'd written, but I do still think about you often. And I show your picture off at the shop all the time since I had it put in the calendar of my my kids. Things are so crazy around here right now, and I'm just having a kinda sad moment, so I wanted to stop in and say hi to all my kids that have gone on. I miss you little guy. We'll talk again soon. I love you little buddy. XOXO

7/21/07-Well little buddy, it's been quite a few months since I've written, though we talk often in our own way. You know everything that has been going on here since I last wrote so I know you understand why I haven't written. But you know mommy hasn't forgotten you and never will. I thought I was over the tears by now, but they're still falling from my eyes now. I miss you and your brother Handsome, and Brandy and Daisy and now Lizzy is with you. I know you are all so happy to be together again, but I sure do miss you terribly. I haven't set up Lizzy a site on here yet cause I can't keep the tears from flowing long enough to type. I guess I'm just going to have to get the kleenex out and do get through it. Maybe not today since the tears have already started since I visited you and Handsome today. But pass my kisses on to the rest and know I'm thinking about you all constantly. Mommy loves and misses you and I so look forward to the day we all meet again in that big beautiful place you're at now. Hugs and kisses little buddy. Sleep tight.

7/4/08 Hey little buddy. Well, it's been almost a year since I've written, but you know very well I've not forgotten about you. I think of you often. Mommy has moved her shop up to the top next to the house so I've been really busy and working late hours. But you're still always on my mind. Your brothers and sisters are all doing faily well. As you can see of course, I've got one new addition, well, actually two since you left. Tudy and Minnie. Minnie is even smaller than you were. But it's July 4th and everyone if setting off fireworks around here and tho you couldn't hear when you were here, I know you can hear now, but I'm sure they would be music to your ears up there where you are. Well little buddy, I just wanted to write you a short note and tell you I love you baby. I'll talk to you again and I'll try not to wait so long to write again. Sleep tight little buddy. Mommy loves and misses you.

March 10, 2009 Well little buddy, it's been a while. A lot has happened since we last talked. I know you've welcome Prego with open arms. You were always so good with the kitties. Never chased them or bothered them. Just a perfect little guy all around. I think about you often and wish you could've stayed with me longer. I have a little Chihuahua now that is about your size. You would really liked Minnie if you were still here since she's so small like you. I know you're doing well little guy, so I'm going to turn in for the night. Just remember, you're always on my mind and I love you miss you dearly. Stay cozy till we talk again little buddy. Mommy loves and misses you so very much. Good nite little guy, Love mommy

May 18, 2010 Hey there little buddy, I would ask how you're doing, but I already know the answer to that question. GREAT. There is no other way to be once you have gone to the RB. Hold on there little buddy, cause we will meet again one day and what an incredible day that will be. Stay strong, run and play, and most of all, know I love you and miss you. All my love my dear little buddy. Love U, Mommy
Feb 6, 2012
Well little buddy, lots of time has passed since I last wrote to you on here, though you here me talking to you and all the rest of your brothers and sisters often. I got a new cabinet for all of your urns and photos. Unfortunately, as time passes, so have more of your brothers and sisters. And your sister PK is getting ready to join you tomorrow. Please welcome her with open arms as I know you will since you are such a wonderful kind soul. I miss you and all your brothers and sisters so much. Of course as you know, several more have joined the family since you left.You know I can never say no to one in need and once they get here, well, like you, if they wanna stay, they get to stay. Well little buddy, I just wanted to say hello and I hope you have a great nite. Till we speak again. I'm going to go spend some time with PK before she leaves me tomorrow. As it did when you left, this is breaking my heart, I can barely see to type this thru the tears. Stay warm my little love and we'll talk again soon, whether it be on here or just thru the clouds. All my love little buddy. Love Mommy

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