Memories of Mandy
My Dearest Mandy ("Mama", "Mouse" -- all of your little pet names):
How we all miss you -- your sweet, gentle, butterfly kisses and your joyful leaps. I still remember the day you came to me with your four babies. How my life changed when you chose me to care for you and your precious "cargo."
I remember how you were terrified of getting in a car because it brought back memories of being dumped -- how could those humans have done such a thing? Oh well, it was their loss and my gain -- and with time and lots of love, you became a world traveler, always ready to go in the car or on the boat!
You were always a wonderful mama to Sadie -- those 11 years that she was able to be with you -- and she will be lost without you. Although it broke our hearts to have to let you go on this journey alone, we know that you are no longer in pain and are able to frolic in the sunshine and "read the newspaper" the way you always loved to do.
I will forever see that little face at the window, waiting for the Big Mama and Poppie. We love you, Sweetheart, and we will all be together again someday. I know it was time, but my heart hurts. We love you, Precious Little Friend.
Nov. 30. It has been 36 hours now since we had to say goodbye to you, my Precious. It is still so hard to think of losing you -- but you would be amazed how many parents of your new friends have written to say how beautiful you are, which has helped the Big Mama so much. Poppie has been playing his keyboard like mad, and will probably have a new song for you soon. I hope you are having lots of fun in your new home. We think of you every minute. Sadie and Sinbad miss you, but are glad you are not hurting anymore. Sadie spends lots of time in your blankies with your sweet smell. Love you Baby. The Big Mama.
January 4th. Hello, My Darling Girl. Well, the holidays are finally over ... they were so very sad without our Precious Mama. Hope you had a great time at the Bridge. The people who return to the motel every year are coming back, and run out to meet us with bisquits -- how sad they are when they hear you are not here anymore. Some of them cry when they hear. Everyone who ever met you loved you so much ... as well they should ... since you are a perfect baby! Sadie had her teeth cleaned yesterday and is doing fine. We will be sure to have her bloodwork re-done in a month or so, to make sure she does not have any kidney damage. I have been talking to Max and Impy's mom, and Angel-Adorah's mom a lot. Hope you have made friends with them. Be happy, my precious, and nitey nite.
Jan. 16. Hello, My Precious Angel. You will never believe the wonderful gift I got today --- from Angel-Adorah's mom --- she sent me two of the most beautiful pictures of you in your new angel wings and halo. It brought tears to my eyes to see you looking so sweet at the foot of the bridge. I hope you are happy in your new home. We all miss you so much. Your blankies are still where they were and Sadie sleeps in them some each night. I think maybe your little scent is still there, and makes her feel close to you. We love you so much, Miss Mouse --- now, I guess we will have to add another nickname, Miss Angel Mouse!! Hugs and kisses to my baby. Watch over us, little angel.
Happy Valentine's Day, Precious. Sadie sends you big sniffs, and Poppie and the Big Mama send you all our love, and bunches of hugs and kisses. I got your sweet card from the Angel Mandy! Nitey nite, sweetheart.
March 20th. Hello, My Sweet Baby. It has been a while since I have written anything -- but you know I think of you every day and still visit your site just about every day. I have been emailing back and forth with your Aunt Sally about adopting another furbaby who needs a home. I have been discussing this with Sadie, trying to prepare her. Poppie thinks she would not like it, but I think she would totally understand that we need to help other furbabies, like we helped you and your babies when you came to us. That truly was one of the happiest days of my entire life! What a gift sent straight from heaven ... you and those four precious babies. I know you will understand that no other furbaby could ever take your place in our hearts, but I also think you would agree that we need to offer a forever home to one or two of those babies who don't have a home. So, I guess I am asking for some kind of sign from you, My Sweet Darling, that you are okay with this. Poppie is still reluctant, but I am working on him. He wants to wait until another puppy like YOU comes along ... but that might not ever happen ... because we all know you are ONE IN A MILLION!!
March 29. Hello, My Darling Girl. It has been four long months since you went to the Bridge. I spent the afternoon outside working in the yard and could feel you sitting beside me, just like you used to do. We all still miss you so much, Little Mama, and think of you every single day. Your blankies are still where they were, and Sadie seems to spend more time in them ... maybe she can still smell her Mama's sweet smell. We love you sweetheart. Keep watching over us. Nitey Nite.
April 9 -- Hello, My Darling Girl. All of the Ohio people are here and are having a wonderful time, although they all miss the Little Mama. Everyone was so sad to hear that you are not with us anymore, and commented that it is just not the same to not see the little face to greet them at the window. There is a little baby boy here, Alex, and he really loves Sadie. You would have loved giving him kisses -- he's just your size. We had a real scare last night -- someone left a fish hook with a shrimp on the dock, and guess who got it? Yep -- Miss Sadie was a little too curious. So, Poppie had to take the pliers and get the fish hook out of her cheek, while I held her. She was soooo good though ... didn't try to bite us or anything. We will take her to see Dr. Miller in the morning to make sure there is no infection or anything. She seems fine -- even went sniffing on the dock again this morning! Some girls just never learn, do they? Well, I had better go see to my guests, sweetheart. Just wanted to let you know what's going on. Love you, Baby Girl.
May 29 -- Hello, my sweet angel girl. You have been gone six long months today and how my heart still aches for my baby girl. I think of you every day and long for those precious kisses you always gave to me. We just got back from Houston and everyone there sends you their love. We met Diane, Jim and Cassie (Max and Impy's mom and dad and their new furbaby sister) while we were there. That was so exciting, since we have become friends through our babies who are at Rainbows Bridge. We bought a new car while we were there, and you would love navigating for us from the passenger seat. Sadie still hates traveling and panted the entire time. She was worn out for two days after we got there and two more days after we got back, and since it is so hard on her, we probably will not be taking her on any more long trips. She just never turned in to the world traveler that you were, sweet baby.
Miss Sally (Angel-Adorah's mom) is helping me search for the perfect furbaby companion for Sadie. We are still looking for one like you, but I fear that is not to be. You were sooooo special, truly one of a kind angel baby. Drake and Amber will be coming the middle of June, and they are going to miss their walks with you every day. Well, it's time for me to go to bed. Keep watching over us, dear one. Our hearts are still hurting because you are no longer here with us. We love you, Little Mama. Nitey Nite. The Big Mama.
June 19 -- Hello, my darling Mandy: Well, I think we have one more thing to thank you for, my precious. I'm sure you had your paws in this one! We have a new girl ... Princess Suzie Michelle ... She looks just like you and acts like you. Poppie says he thinks you got inside her so you could come back home to us!! However it happened -- Aunt Sally found her for us. She was in one of those nasty kill shelters and was scheduled to go to Rainbows Bridge ... until a new friend, Miss Debbie, with a wonderful Rescue organization, stepped in and saved her. Miss Sally sent us a picture of her, and we were off to Mississippi to pick her up! She is still a puppy and needs some more work on her potty habits, but we are getting there. She is adorable, very spunky ... like you! We are so proud of Sadie. She has accepted her with so much love and now they are best friends. I know you will be happy that Sadie has a little sister to keep her company. No one could ever take your place, but it is like we have you back again inside this little girl.
September 17. Hello, My Darling Mandy. I haven't written in a while. Miss Suzie is keeping us really busy. She is much younger than we had been told ... probably only about 9 months ... and she is VERY high energy. She is soooo cute and so smart ... reminds us of you. Her potty habits have greatly improved, but she has reconfigured some of the furniture and my shoes with those sharp little teeth. She really loves Sadie ... is always kissing her and trying to play with her. We just know that you played a part in sending us this special little girl, and want you to know you did a great job!!
Nov. 28. Hello, My Darling Mandy. Tomorrow will be one sad long year since you went to the Bridge, and we still miss you so very much. We have been putting up the Christmas lights outside, and I feel you beside me all the time. Your presence is so strong, and I still see those wonderful big brown eyes squinting in the sunshine and looking at me so adoringly. Little Suzie loves to be outside also, and so she now watches everything we do ... just like you did. Miss Sadie likes to stay in the house most of the time, but does come out to see what "Little Sister" is into every now and then. They have become very close, and Suzie just adores Sadie ... She cleans her face and ears and constantly wants to lie beside her. I see your little face everywhere I look and hope that you are happy at the Bridge. Mr. Dingo went to the Bridge last week ... please look for him and be his friend, if you're not already. Knowing you, my wonderful Little Mama, you have already taken him under your wing. It will be a sad holiday season without you, dear girl. Please know that we think of you all the time. Love you, my Angel Mama. Keep watching over all of us. Nitey Nite. The Big Mama.
Christmas Eve, 2006. Hello, my Sweet Darling. Well, it's almost the second Christmas without our Precious Mama. However, even though you are at the Bridge, you are still right here in our hearts, and never far from our thoughts. Drake and Amber are here for Christmas this year, so that helps to have their bright little faces and hear their sweet laughter fill the air. Suzie is doing great ... she loves having the kids here, just like you did. And, of course, your precious daughter Sadie is just perfect, as always. You were such a wonderful mom to your babies, along with being the dearest friend a person could ever have. I will sign off for now, sweet baby. Amber wants to write you a note tomorrow, so we'll be back then. We love you, dearest little friend. The Big Mama.
Hello, My Sweet. It has been a while since I have written ... but you know how often I visit you ... and think about you about a million times every day. Little Suzie is more and more like you as she gets older, so it's like we have a little bit of you here with us!! Sadie has gotten more energy since Suzie came to live with us ... because the puppy just makes her play with her! Sometimes she says, "enough is enough" ... but for the most part she is very tolerant of her. We are getting ready for the Ohio gang ... I remember how you always loved having them here because somebody was always holding you!! They all miss you, as we do, my dearest. Until next time. All our Love from the Big Mama, Poppie, Sadie, Suzie and Sinbad.
August 2007. Hello, My Precious. You have been on my mind all day. I keep seeing those beautiful brown eyes looking up at me ... We still miss you terribly. Little Suzie Michelle has grown into a wonderful young lady ... very curious (just like you) and does the same things you did for Sadie ... cleans her eyes, ears and comes and gets her to go outside. Miss Sadie is doing really great for a 14 year old lady. She doesn't hear so well anymore, but "Little Bit" keeps her informed of what's going on. Drake and Amber were here for the summer, and still call Suzie "The Mama." Poppie is doing fine. Just wanted to come visit you for a little while and write you a note. You know that you are always in my thoughts. Much love, Sweetheart. The Big Mama.
November 28, 2007. Hello, My Darling Girl. Well, tomorrow will be two long years since you went to that wonderful place. I know you are healthy and happy now and I try to remember that when I see your little face and those old sad thoughts come rushing back. I still think of you every day, my dearest, and wish I could bring you back to us. Your precious Sadie is doing great ... she has a little arthritis now and doesn't hear too well, but she is a wonderful big sister to Miss Suzie and is teaching her good doggie manners, just like you taught Sadie. You were always the most wonderful little mother. We are working on the Christmas decorations,and I feel you right beside me ... the way you always were. Suzie is so much like you it is eerie sometimes ... she has the same mannerisms and loves to sit in the sun and watch me work. We love you, Little Mama. Keep watching over us. Oh, how I wish you were here. The Big Mama
Christmas Eve 2007: Hello, my Darling. I have been thinking about you all day ... wishing you were here beside me while I am wrapping Poppie's, Sadie's and Suzie's presents. We always had such fun doing that. We are having a very quiet Christmas this year ... it will be just us ... so will be a quiet, reflective time. I miss you so much, my sweet, but know you are in a wonderful place and have lots of new toys to play with. I can just hear all those little angel wings flapping as you all run and frolic in the forever sunshine. We love you, Mandy, and I still think of you every day. Miss Suzie seems to understand that she is very much like you, and when I am missing you most, she comes and curls up in my lap and gives me a big Mandy kiss! Merry Christmas, my Angel Girl. We all love you. The Big Mama.
Easter Sunday 2008: Hello, My Darling. They made me erase some of my notes to you ... too many words, they said! The Ohio people are here and talk about how Miss Suzie reminds them of you. We all still miss you so much, my precious and think of you all the time. Sweet Sadie is getting to be quite the grand matron now ... she's almost 15 ... but still young at heart. Suzie acts like her Mama, always cleaning her ears and everything like you did ... instead of her little sister! It is so cute to see them together. You can be very proud of your Sadie. We love you Sweetheart. You will always have a special place in our hearts. Keep watching over us. The Big Mama.
November 25, 2008: Hello, My Precious Girl. It has been almost 3 years now since you went to the Bridge, and that big old hole in our hearts is still there. I just wanted to let you know that Darling Sadie will probably be joining you at the Bridge before too long. She has that nasty old kidney disease like you had, and is on daily fluid infusions here at home. At first, she was having to go to the vet for them every day, then Poppie said, "I can do it." I hold her while Poppie does the needle, and just like always, she is soooo good ... that precious girl just lies there not moving a muscle for us. She is only eating baby food now, but LOVES those turkey sticks! She still has her sweet spirit and loves to go for her walks and to breakfast at Subway every day. Sometimes we have to carry her up the stairs, but she still tries to do everything herself! She is such a darling, just like her precious Mama. Suzie watches over her just like she was her Mama ... comes and gets her when it's time to go for a walk, still cleans her ears and face. Much love to you, Miss Mouse. We love you and think about you every single day.
November 30, 2009: Hello, Precious Mandy. It has been 4 long years since you went to the Bridge, and so much has happened during the past year alone. As you know, your sister, Sadie is now there at the Bridge with you. We have also rescued another little darling girl, Momma Mia, from the same place we got Suzie. And what huge friends those two are ... Suzie accepted Momma just like Sadie accepted Suzie. What wonderful, beautiful girls you all are! We still think of you every day ... pictures of you and Sadie are everywhere so we can look at those sweet faces everywhere we look. Suzie, Momma Mia, Poppie and I all send you HUGE hugssss and kisses. We are decorating outside for Christmas, but it has never been the same without you sitting in the garden watching me with those beautiful all-knowing eyes. I love you, little Mandy. Happy Frolics in the Sunshine to you and Sadie!
February 2, 2013: Hello, my Precious Girls. It has been a long time since I have written, but even though I do not write in your book, I still think about you every single day and Poppie puts fresh flowers on your little shrine on the dresser every day. Suzie and Momma Mia are doing great but we still miss our darling girls, Mandy and Sadie. Hope you are happy and taking care of all those other furbabies at the Bridge. Lots of hugs and kisses to you both, my darlings. The Big Momma.
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