Rigel having the time of
his life at the beach!
Rigel and Maestro pose for the camera, Aug 2002
Rigel and Maestro check out the new
bitch in town
Rigel and Maestro hosted and party...and
the whole neighborhood came!
Sadly, Rigel Sturdley Winter passed away
last fall at the age of 15. He was a loving companion and is sorely
The following reading titled 'The Rainbow Bridge' is dedicated in his
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
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so
they can run and
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....