- 12 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 6, 2002
- Place of birth:
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
- Date of passing: Jun 8, 2015
- Place of passing:
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
|Let the memory of Daytona be with us forever|
"My baby girl,
So much has happened in the past month and a half. As I am sure you already know, Dover crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge on September 21st. He was so bad, and suffering so bad we had to let him go. I held him the entire time, just like you were held and I hope he heard me saying how much I loved him. I miss all 3 of you and wish you and your brothers were still here with us.
Last month, we added 2 puppies to our house...Shih Tzu mixes like Dover. Korce is the boy and Treska is the girl. They are doing okay and beginning to fit in. Charlotte loves them and the three of them play like crazy. Talley is doing okay and just had her teeth cleaned. The vet says she is in good health.
Toni, I miss you so much. I look at the urns, you, Bristol and Dover and tears will well up, but I can at least try to smile.
Until we meet again my angel...say hello to Bristol and Dover. I love you all.
Was thinking about you last night. I went to bed and Charlotte was already there, in y spot, so I moved her and got into bed. She curled up in a ball and laid up against me just like you did. It brought tears to my eyes since she usually doesn't curl up like that with me. Was that from you? I miss you baby girl...but I think you know that. Are you and Bristol having fun at the Rainbow Bridge. I can't wait to meet you two there and look forward to us being together again. I love you and Bristol.
"Hello my baby girl. You have been on my mind lately, but in a good way. I miss you so much, and wish you were still here with us. Your Daddy also misses you very much but gets upset when I talk about you...even remembering happy times. Little Charlotte is helping him to heal and she is a pistol. A couple of days ago she started running on the berm like you used to and actually started down the side of it when she jumped...it reminded me so much of you. I love and miss you and look forward to you and Bristol meeting me at the Rainbow Bridge. Love, Mom"
"Happy Birthday my beautiful Toni! It's your second birthday at the Rainbow Bridge. Here on Earth you would have been 14 years old. Not a day goes by without me thinking of you, though now I can sometimes think of you without crying. We all miss you and Bristol and wish you were both still here with us. You are my heart dog and no other will take your special place in my heart.
So Happy Birthday at the Rainbow Bridge. I love you and will see you again.
"Sweet Toni I am thinking about you. Your Mommy told me all about you
and I feel as if I knew you. I know you are Happy and Healthy over the Rainbow Bridge. Say hello to my Kelcee for me. I know I will meet you someday sweet little one. Your Mommy is my dear friend and I love her
Love Sharlene& Kenny
Sally & Valentina"
"Hey Baby girl.
Today is the one year anniversary of you leaving us for the Rainbow Bridge. It has not been easy for me or your Dad. We miss you everyday and I think about you everyday. Sometimes I will even think of you without crying. It has been a pretty shitty year without you Toni and I miss you so much. Thank you for sending us Charlotte, she has helped to bring some happiness into our lives. I hope Marie is taking good care of you and Bristol until we can meet you at the Bridge Toni, I love you and always will.
"Hi my beautiful baby girl,
It is Easter today and I am thinking about you and Bristol. I miss you both so much but no longer cry every time I see your pictures.My heart is full of love for you both, and I do wonder Toni, if you are not here with me on Earth. I see many of your attributes in Charlotte and if it is you, I pray you will give me definitive proof. I love you baby girl....and I love your brother Bristol...and miss you beyond belief. Kisses to you and Bristol.
"My darling Toni,
I still miss you very much. But I have good news, even though I know you and Bristol are both watching over us. Talley is now playing with Charlotte...just like you and Talley played before you lost your sight. I can't tell you how many times they will wrestle and tears of joy come to my eyes. Charlotte is so much like you...sometimes I wonder if she is you. That would be too much to hope for.
Did you see Chevy up there? She passed away a few weeks ago and her Mommy and Daddy are devasted. But Chevy came back to her Mommy...just like you did for me after Bristol died. Chevy comforted her Mommy and I hope she met up with you and Bristol so that you are all playing together.
I love you so much Toni and think of you almost every day. Kisses to you and Bristol.
"My beautiful baby,
One week ago today we brought a new baby into our lives, a 9 week old Shih Tzu girl we named Charlotte Motor Speedway. Toni, she is so much like you in temperament and mannerisms, it brings tears of joy to my eyes. I really believe you led us to her, so that she can help our hearts heal. She will never replace you and I still miss you so much. But, with Charlotte, Dad and I are able to smile. Every time she does something that you used to do, tears come to our eyes as we smile. The only problem is Talley and Dover are pissed. Talley wouldn't have anything to do with Charlotte but is starting to come around. Dover won't go near her and runs when she chases him. I am hoping he will chill out since he gets so nervous around her and coughs so terribly because he is stressed.
Thank you Toni for sending Charlotte to us. I still miss you and kiss your picture every day. Give Bristol a kiss from us and let him know I kiss him everyday too. I love and miss you both, but especially you Toni. You are and will always be my baby girl.
"Hello Baby Girl,
Been thinking of you and Bristol. I think of you guys at least once a day and I don't cry as much. I still miss you more than I ever thought was possible. Losing you and Bristol so close together almost killed me. I love and miss you so much baby. You and Bristol are always in my heart,"
Now that I’ve been across The Rainbow Bridge for a couple weeks, they said I should write a letter home. Sorry, mum, but I’m so busy ‘across the bridge’ that I haven’t thought of home much. They said it’s okay and that you would understand. I hope you do. (I think you will.)
Remember that night when I wasn’t feeling very well and we were all crying? I don’t remember much, but I do remember seeing and hearing all of you and feeling your touches and hugs…I remember hearing 'we love you' and that one last command of 'Go through.' I didn’t know what you meant, so I turned around and walked through the fog that was in front of me. I saw the biggest bridge I’ve ever seen! And so many friends on the other side of it! They were all playing with toys and balls! You were right to tell me to go there!
My feet kept moving forward, but my heart kept pulling me back. Your touches became lighter and lighter and I wanted to come back and nudge your hands for more love, but I was overcome by this feeling of curiosity for the happy place over the bridge! My feet started moving on their own, like a gentle breeze was moving them forward for me! I can’t explain it, but I had no doubt that it was the right thing to do!
So, I walked across that big, huge bridge by myself! I looked for you, because you’re always by my side, walking with me, but this was different. I didn’t have a collar around my neck or a leash connecting me to you ~ I was ‘free!' Even though you weren’t there with me, I never felt alone! I actually felt like I had a huge cape of love wrapped around my body and the more I walked, the easier it was to breathe! So, I kept walking! And I would feel more warmth in the big hug, so I kept on walking! I eventually made it over the big bridge – I did it by myself, mum!
When I got here, all of my new friends greeted me and helped me walk off the bridge ~ it was so cool! They gave me a pair of wings and said that I was now a Guardian Angel!
What I’ve learned over these past few weeks has been amazing and nothing like I’ve seen before! We’re all the same up here ~ we all have wings and we all have Forever People to watch over ~ that’s YOU, mum! You’re my Forever Person and I’m your Forever Dog! We had such a great life together and I do miss you a LOT, but please know that I am so happy in my new home across The Bridge!
I’ll send you another Earth Angel so you won’t be alone. Give them your whole heart, like you gave it to me. I’ll check in every so often to make sure they treasure your love ~ I always did! When you miss me, think of a rainbow and know I’m on the other side of it, waiting to walk with you again. I’ll always be in your heart. I love you, mum! Time for me to go play."
By Clare Booth and the S.A.S.D Rainbow Bridge"
"DON'T GRIEVE TOO LONG
By Author unknown
Don't grieve too long for now I'm free. I'm following the path God set for me
I ran to Him when I heard His call, I wagged my tail and left it all.
I could not stay another day, To bark, to love, to romp or play
Games left unplayed must stay that way. I found such peace it made my day.
My parting has left you with a void, So fill it with your remembered joy
A friendship shared, your laugh, a kiss; Oh, yes, these things I too shall miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life's been full, you've given so much - Your time, your love and gentle touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, Don't lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your heart and share with me. God wanted me now, He set me free."
"Toni...It has been 6 months since you left us and last month your brother Bristol joined you. Please keep an eye on him and don't let him eat too much...you know he's such a little piglet.
I miss you so much baby....I still cry at least once or twice a day. I wish you would come back to me."
"Oh my darling Toni,
It has been almost 5 months since you have been gone and the pain is still unbearable. When you wake up I feel your tail going Wap, Wap Wap in my heart.I am trying to go on living but everytime I think of you, I cry. Toni, I wish that our Lord would allow you to come back to me. My heart is so broken. When I had my heart attack last week, I waited for you to come to me. But when you didn't, I knew I had to go on. Please come back to me Toni,,,,I beg you."
"I saw this and it describes perfectly the way I feel when I think of Toni.
"Some of you, particularly those who think they have recently lost a dog to 'death', don’t really understand this. I’ve had no desire to explain, but won’t be around forever and must.
Dogs never die. They don’t know how to. They get tired, and very old, and their bones hurt. Of course they don’t die. If they did they would not want to always go for a walk, even long after their old bones say: 'No, no, not a good idea. Let's not go for a walk.' Nope, dogs always want to go for a walk. They might get one step before their aging tendons collapse them into a heap on the floor, but that's what dogs are. They walk.
It’s not that they dislike your company. On the contrary, a walk with you is all there is. Their boss, and the cacaphonic symphony of odor that the world is. Cat poop, another dog’s mark, a rotting chicken bone (exultation), and you. That’s what makes their world perfect, and in a perfect world death has no place.
However, dogs get very very sleepy. That’s the thing, you see. They don't teach you that at the fancy university where they explain about quarks, gluons, and Keynesian economics. They know so much they forget that dogs never die. It’s a shame, really. Dogs have so much to offer and people just talk a lot.
When you think your dog has died, it has just fallen asleep in your heart. And by the way, it is wagging its tail madly, you see, and that’s why your chest hurts so much and you cry all the time. Who would not cry with a happy dog wagging its tail in their chest. Ouch! Wap wap wap wap wap, that hurts. But they only wag when they wake up. That’s when they say: 'Thanks Boss! Thanks for a warm place to sleep and always next to your heart, the best place.'
When they first fall asleep, they wake up all the time, and that’s why, of course, you cry all the time. Wap, wap, wap. After a while they sleep more. (remember, a dog while is not a human while. You take your dog for walk, it’s a day full of adventure in an hour. Then you come home and it's a week, well one of your days, but a week, really, before the dog gets another walk. No WONDER they love walks.)
Anyway, like I was saying, they fall asleep in your heart, and when they wake up, they wag their tail. After a few dog years, they sleep for longer naps, and you would too. They were a GOOD DOG all their life, and you both know it. It gets tiring being a good dog all the time, particularly when you get old and your bones hurt and you fall on your face and don’t want to go outside to pee when it is raining but do anyway, because you are a good dog. So understand, after they have been sleeping in your heart, they will sleep longer and longer.
But don’t get fooled. They are not 'dead.' There’s no such thing, really. They are sleeping in your heart, and they will wake up, usually when you’re not expecting it. It’s just who they are.
I feel sorry for people who don’t have dogs sleeping in their heart. You’ve missed so much. Excuse me, I have to go cry now.""
"Six months after your dog passes you still can't bear to talk about her. Yet, some may say, she was just a dog.
You reach under your bed and stumble across an old toy of hers and burst into tears. Yet, she was just a dog.
After a long and mentally draining day at work, you'd give anything to be able to come home and just cuddle with her. Yet, she was just a dog.
Those who have never owned one, will never get it. That dog, was your friend, cuddle bunny, jogging partner, playmate, anxiety reliever, alarm clock...etc.
Just a dog, right?
(written by /Emily Perez)
This is so true. What I wouldn't give to be able to hold her again, cuddle with her one last time, tell her how much I love her. Toni was more than just a dog...she was my baby...she was family."
It's been almost 4 months since you went to the Rainbow Bridge and I wish I could say it has gotten easier, but it hasn't. I still miss you so much and cry several times a day.
A couple of weeks ago I got a package in the mail containing a canvas photo of you, sitting on the ottoman with your head coked to the side. It was a gift from my Facebook friend, Susan McPherson. She knew how broken up I was over you, and sent that as a tribute to you. We hung it up over your urn and I can see it from my recliner. It's almost like you are looking over me.
Baby girl, I have had a number of pets in my lifetime, but you were so much more than that. I know I will never get over you and can only pray that someday I will find another furbaby who I will feel close to like I felt with you. No one will EVER replace you, but I want to feel the same level of love that I felt from you. I pray for you every day and God that if reincarnation is possible, that He send you back to me.
Toni, I know after your last hospitalization, we were on borrowed time. I pray that you felt the love that I had for you and that I tried to make your time with us as easy and comfortable as possible. I never resented the loss of sleep as I tried to comfort you at night and would do it again in an instant if it meant more time with you.
Toni, I love you so much and I pray that you loved me too. I treasured our life together and pray that when I die we will be reunited. I hope my friend Marie is taking care of you at the Rainbow Bridge until I can get there and we can be together for eternity.
I love you always my baby girl.
"This is what my son, Billy, had to say about my Toni:
. It is just a trial of our humanity to be given creatures so lovely for such a short time. Just focus on helping Talley and the other pups right now because they are even more confused than you are. Toni brought all of us great joy. She made the people she met very happy and was a GREAT dog.... And at least all dogs get a free pass to heaven...not like cats who have to work for it.
3 pounds of dog brought so much joy and Toni was one of the happiest dogs on the planet from the start. She had a great life. You did your job and she rewarded you accordingly.... I really miss that dog."
"Toni you are truly missed. R I p little one."
"Sweet Toni I never met you but know how loved you are by your Mommy and Daddy . I know you are over the Rainbow Bridge bright eyed and healthy. Please play with my baby Kelcee.
Vicky hold on till all of those years in your heart and memory.
We love you,
"Toni...we got you when you were only 8 weeks old and you became more than just a "dog" to us. Your unconditional love and devotion will always be remembered. I have never known such a love before and it will always be a yardstick for all the love I may encounter in the future. We miss you all so much, your Dad, Talladega, Bristol and Dover. Your leaving us has left such a hole in all of our hearts. Every day when I look at your urn, tears well up in my eyes and I miss you more with each day. I can only pray that when I die, you will be waiting for me. I have never loved a furbaby so much as I have loved you."
Words cannot describe how I feel right now. You were a Godsend, a beautiful soul who made my life a wonderful thing. Your innocent soul was a tribute to all who knew you. I cried so hard when you left us for the Rainbow Bridge and pray that your transition was as peaceful as possible. I loved you with all my heart and soul and cannot wait to be reunited with you some day. Your love and devotion knew no bounds and I am a better person for having you as my baby. I will always love and miss you."
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