Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of 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 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. 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 together you and your special pet(s) cross the Rainbow Bridge.

Abby’s Story
Abby 1999? - 6/12/2013   We are very sad to announce the passing of Abby to the rainbow bridge. Our dwarf German Shepherd Dog, Abby, aka "The Abster" is so much fun! She is a small dog with a very BIG personality. After several weeks of heartache following the loss of our first dwarf GSD and best friend, Brandon, at the age of 7, we came across the GSRNE website and saw Abby's picture. Another dwarf! We had been hoping for 7 years to meet another dwarf and there she was. Ab[more]
Abby’s Story
Abby GSRNE #80 8/08/1996 - 9/05/2008 Sadly, my parents' beloved white German Shepherd Abby passed away on Friday afternoon. Her 12th birthday would have been this coming October 8th. All of the Steins miss her very much. Thank you to German Shepard Rescue New England for all of the wonderful years we had with her. Abby was a very special dog, she was always ready with a tail wag and a greeting. An ambassador for the household, always greeting people and wanting pats (as well as[more]
Bonnie’s Story
Bonnie GSRNE #97 1996? - 7/27/2002 It is with the heaviest of hearts and the greatest sadness that we must tell you that Bonnie has gone to the Bridge. We all have had dogs whom we've loved dearly and then lost. You love some in one way, and others in other ways, each one worming his or her special way into your heart for different reasons. You love them, care for them, worry about them, enjoy their company, and eventually sadly, you bury them. While we love them all, once in awhile[more]
Eire’s Story
Eire GSRNE #149 ? - 1/14/2006 Eire came into my life in the summer of 03. Jenna, my former GSD, had passed away in the spring of liver cancer. We had 10 years together. It hurt bad to lose her. Eire was left tied to the fence of a GSD breeder, with a note asking for someone to take care of her. She was well cared for, so you have to wonder why someone would do that. Janice Ritter brought her to me for foster care. Within a week, we both knew it was for keeps. Eire fit in like an old pa[more]
Eva’s Story
Eva GSRNE #131 1992? - 6/01/2006 When I first saw Eva’s picture on the GSRNE website, it was love at first sight. There was something in her eyes that said we were meant to be together. That was in the summer of 2002 when she was about 9 or 10. As I got to know her, I began to understand more of her past; her agility when tethered and her heavily callused elbows told me that she had spent most of her life tied up outside with asphalt for a yard. It was such a delight to watch her run fr[more]
Gunner’s Story
Gunner GSRNE #95 1991? - July 22, 2002 From Marie: Gunner was my foster dog for 4 months until he was adopted by Sue and Jim, who fell in love with him immediately upon meeting him!  Gunner came to GSRNE from a shelter, where he had landed because his owners' neighbors all had Golden Retrievers, and these owners decided that they wanted a Golden too.  So Gunner was taken to a shelter, left to an uncertain fate, because he wasn't a Golden Retriever.  Lucky for him, GSRNE was able to ta[more]
Haley’s Story
Haley GSRNE #91 ? - 01/2005 It is with deep regret and sadness that we have had to put our beloved Haley, GSRNE #91 to sleep. It was a very painful decision for Elaine and myself to make. Two years ago we had her x-rayed and our vet informed us that her hips, spine and two front legs were deteriorating very badly. We tried very hard to make life easier for her, putting her on pain medicine and building a ramp for her to enter the house. The last two weeks were very difficult for her. We c[more]
King’s Story
King GSRNE #161 2/19/1995 - 11/29/2005 You had to endure a hard life until the angels from GSRNE eventually were able to rescue you. You were leashed outside to a tree, flies were biting your ears off and you were afraid of thunder and lightning. You had to wait seven months in a shelter until you found the way to us 02/27/04. And then we had to rush you to Tufts hospital and you barely survived Babesia Canis. It was a big expense for GSRNE but worth every penny of it. I don't know how yo[more]
Lacy’s Story
Lacy One of GSRNE's wonderful foster dogs died of bloat before adoption 1996? - 9/21/2004 I have some very sad news about our Lacy. We lost her to bloat this week. Lacy's Foster Mom came home from work only to find that Lacy had died during the day. Bloat strikes quickly and mercilessly. There is no chance of saving the dog unless you are right there when the symptoms appear. Without immediate intervention and surgery, bloated dogs just don't make it. Often times, the dogs are gone befo[more]
Maverick’s Story
Maverick GSRNE #117 ? - 10/10/2005 Mavy crossed the bridge. Maverick gave his all to us for as long as he could and didn't quit despite how tired he really was. We made a very difficult decision for us, that was the best thing we could have done for Mav, we gave him peace. A rest from his allergies and itchies and chronic ear infections. Our boy was never anything less than a PERFECT gentleman and always gave so much more than was ever expected of him. Loyal and loving to a fault, Mav wa[more]
Olivia’s Story
Olivia GSRNE #84 1998? - 8/16/2006 GSRNE is sad to announce that Olivia, GSRNE #84 has passed on. She was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer and within just a few weeks she was gone. Fortunately, she was sick only a short time, but everything happened so fast that her owners, Lisa and Bob, can't believe she is gone. They were at her side and held her until the end.[more]
Orik’s Story
Orik Anglo-Saxon word for Ancient Oak Tree chosen for his strength of character & for showing us the strength of a dog's love. 1998-99? - 04/17/2002  History: Orik was abandoned on a country road by his previous owner. Finding himself lost and confused, Orik wandered until he found a familiar sight, a truck. The truck belonged to a man who was out fishing. He was very surprised when he returned to find a German Shepherd happily sitting in the back! The man spent days searching for[more]
Saber’s Story
Saber GSRNE #8 1992? - 02/27/2003 Saber was my very special boy- I loved him from the moment I first saw him in the window of his GSRNE foster home.  We had a wonderful, too short, six years together; he was about six when he came to live with us.  We could have called him Velcro, had we been naming him ourselves. When he first was adopted by us, he wouldn't leave my side, even when I was in the bathtub!  He was FAT when we first got him (maybe thirty-five pounds over normal weight) [more]
Trixie’s Story
Trixie Foster #F-39 1997? - 1/16/2006 We all learned so much from getting to know Trixie; the way she gradually came out of her depression (from living alone in her former owner's house for months after he died); the way she allowed herself to trust and love her foster Mom after months of patient and gentle care; her dignity and poise in dealing with her health issues, pain, and loss of mobility.  We were privileged to have the time that we had with her. Karen McCall, GSRNE Board The S[more]
Xander’s Story
Xander GSRNE #68 1992 - 10/05/2005 After 6 very rewarding years, Saturday brought the final moments for our handsome sweet boy, still standing, with dignity. His hips and hind legs wouldn't hold him up very well at all anymore, and he collapsed often, was getting stuck in his doorless crate (he loved that crate-his own personal wolf den-nice!!) quite a bit, and even the 3 steps out on the deck were getting to be a real problem. It wasn't just the arthritis, but also spondolosis, t[more]
15TH Annual GSRNE Auction
15th Annual GSRNE Benefit Auction Sunday, April 27, 2014  11:30 a.m. - [more]
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