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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 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 that had been ill and old are restored to health and to vigour. 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, someone who was 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 begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from the group, flying over the green grass, 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…

 In Loving Memory of:

 
 

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My Precious "  Sammy"
 
Sam was my very inspiration to start Caring Canines.
He became a Therapy Dog in 2002.
He just loved being out meeting all the new people
and making everyone smile.
 

Sam lost his fight with severe arthritis and then kidney & liver failure.
We had to put him to sleep on March 1, 2013.
He was a true fighter up to the very end.
 
 
Sam was 16 years and 8 months and he spent that time sharing
his joy and love to all that knew him.
 We were very blessed to have such a wonderful dog to this age
and we miss him terribly.
 
We will love you Sammy for always...
 
 
 
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CAPTAIN
HANDLER - BARBIE BATSON
 
 
 
Captain crossed the Rainbow Bridge on May 26, 2017.
He was visiting at the Hospital on Mother's Day just a week before.
He had been a wonderful Therapy Dog since October 2009, 
and he will be greatly missed not only by his family but all the people that he visited.
 
 
 
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DANNY
HANDLER - DAVID STARNES
 
 
 
Danny passed away in his sleep on September 21st from
progressive degenerative heart arrhythmia.
He was approaching 15 years of age.
He was a regular visitor to the Nursing Home
where he went to see his Mom on a daily basis.
Danny brought lots of enjoyment to all the other residents as well.
He was a wonderful dog and we will all miss him.
 
 
 
 
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 JAKE
 
HANDLER - SUSAN RIEGEL
 
 
 
Jake very sadly lost his life at the age of 2 1/2 years old.
Jake was struck by a car that lost control and ran through the fence in his yard. 
He was a Therapy Dog for only7 months, but during that time he loved what he did
and brought lots of smiles to the people he visited.
We all will miss him very much.
 
 
 
 
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BUDDY
 
HANDLER - BOB CLINKINGBEARD
 
 
 
Buddy fought a very short battle with cancer,
after being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
He has been a wonderful Therapy Dog that moved from this area to
Greensboro, North Carolina, where he continued his wonderful work.
He surely will be missed by us all.
 
 
 
 
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 MANDY
 
HANDLER - NANCY BEEBE
 
 
Mandy fought a very courageous battle with cancer.
She has been a wonderful Therapy Dog
since 2008.
Mandy loved to go to Boggy Creek and make the children smile.
She was a beautiful girl and we will all miss her very much.
 
 
 
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 MOLLY
 
HANDLER - GLENDIA BROWN
 
 Molly lost her fight with cancer
on Thurday, December18th.
She has been a wonderful Therapy Dog
for over 6 years .
Molly made numerous visits and touched many hearts.
She will be sadly missed by all of us.
 
 
 
 
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SHADOW
(12-2014) 
 
HANDLER -NANCY NADROWSKI
 
 
Shadow had a lifelong battle with seizures and
unfortunately the medicines he had to take
damaged his liver and pancreas.
Shadow had been a Therapy Dog for 3 years
 and will be sadly missed.
 
 
 
 
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PRINCESS
( 1/04/04 - 8/15/14 ) 
 
HANDLER - LORRAINE PACE
 
 Princess lost her courageous fight with mouth cancer
on Friday, August 15th.
Princess was a wonderful Therapy Dog and she
will be saddly missed by us all.
 
 
 
 
 
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JUNIOR
 
HANDLER - JAN GLOCK
 
 
Our beloved 13 year old Golden Retriever Junior passed to the Rainbow Bridge today.
He was the best dog ever and we are grateful to
the Golden Retriever Rescue of Mid-Florida - GRRMF
for bringing him into our family when he was 3 years old.
He brought joy to many seniors during his years as a therapy dog
with Canine Crusaders in Windermere and Caring Canines in Lake County
making frequent visits to nursing homes and Florida Hospital-Waterman.
He enjoyed his travels to beaches and mountains
from Key West to Nova Scotia.
He enjoyed playing in a stream in the Smoky Mountains
in Gatlinburg, TN a few weeks ago.
Coming home to a quiet home was the hardest part today.
He will be missed but leaves behind a wealth of memories. 
 
Jan Glock
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ANYA
 
HANDLER - DEBBIE WEICHEL
 
 
Anya crossed the Rainbow Bridge on February 5, 2014.
She was a Therapy Dog since February 2009.
All our prayers go out to Debbie,
being this is the first she has been away from her in 12 years.
We will all miss this beautiful girl..
 
 
 
 
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SAMSON
 
HANDLER - JACK WALSTAD 
 
 
Samson crossed the Rainbow Bridge on January 2, 2014.
This fabulous dog will be missed by all the many lives he touched.
He was wonderful companion to Jack for over 8 years and
he was a Therapy Dog for the same amount of time.
We will all greatly miss this gentle, sweet-natured boy very much.
 
 
 
 
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MOLLY
 
HANDLER -VALERIE ROBSON
 
 
We have just lost Molly to cancer on December 27, 2013.
Molly has been a wonderful Therapy Dog since July 2008.
She loved making her visits to Boggy Crrek and the children really loved seeing her.
Molly will be sadly missed by us all....
 
 
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MEGAN
 
HANDLER -MARSHA RICHARDSON
 
 
We have lost Megan in June 2013 from kidney disease.
She was only 2 years old, much too young
Megan became a Therapy Dog in October 2011
She loved making her visits just as much as everyone loved seeing her.
She will be sadly missed by us all....
 
 
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GEORGE
 
HANDLER -BOB CLINKINGBEARD
 
George passed away April 21, 2013 of a probable tumor.
He became a Therapy Dog in February 2009 and loved his visits to Waterman Hospital
where he made lots of people smile.
He then moved with his family to Greensboro, NorthCarolina
where he continued his therapy visits.
George will be sadly mised by us all ...
 
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 DAISY

HANDLER -GAYLE GATTUSO
Daisy crossed the Rainbow Bridge in September 28, 2012
after being diagnosed with a cleft palate in the roof of her mouth.
Daisy had been a Therapy Dog since February 2010
and brought lots of joy to all she visited.
We all extend our prayers of sympathy to Gayle and her family.
 
 
 
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SCOOBY DOO

HANDLER - CHARLES WILLIAMS
Scooby Doo crossed the Rainbow Bridge in March 2012
after a bout with bone cancer.
Scooby Doo had been a Therapy Dog since January 2008
and brought lots of joy to all he visited.
We all extend our prayers of sympathy to Charles and Yvonne.
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HEALEY

HANDLER - GINGER ADAMS
 
 1-4-00 to 2-21-12
 
Even though Healey was a Therapy Dog just a short time,
he beought alot of smiles to alot of faces.
We will certainly miss this great little dog.
 
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Healey's heart gave out on February 21, 2012.  
He was full of love and always had a way of prompting smiles.
 Through his example, I have learned to reach out to others and share happiness.
 I know his spirit continues to be by my side, forever my special companion.
 
Ginger Adams
 
 
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NISSE
HANDLER - LOIS COUSINS

 
Nisse crossed the Rainbow Bridge also very unexpectedly
on November 12, 2011.
Nisse had been a Therapy Dog since August 2006.
Even after she moved to Kentucky several years ago
 she continued sharing her love with others.
She will be sadly missed not only by her family 
but by all the Caring Canines family and all
the people she visited in the facilities.
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GINGER
HANDLER - VIRGINIA STEVENS
 
Ginger crossed the Rainbow bridge very unexpectedly
on September 12, 2011.
She was only 4 years old. 
Ginger was not only a Therapy Dog but she was also
 one of our Reading Dogs.
She will be sadly missed not only by her family 
but by all the Caring Canines family and all
the people she visited in the facilities
and the children in the Schools and Libraries.
 
 
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PUMPKIN
HANDLER - PAM BOW
 
 Pumpkin crossed the Rainbow Bridge very unexpectedly
on February 2nd at only 5 years old.
She became a Therapy Dog in October 2010
and everyone enjoyed her visits so very much.
Our heartfelt prayers go out to Pam and her family.
 
 
 
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Jake

(Retired October  2009 - Now Passed)

Handler - Maribeth Friedlander

Due to health reasons Jake

retired in October 2009

We all thank Jake for his many years of

wonderful service to the community

Jake will be missed by all of us

 

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WINSTON
HANDLER - HOWARD CANN
 
It is with a heavy heart that I have to report that our
Yellow Lab Winston passed away on 27 Oct.
He had two seizures on 23 Oct and never recovered.
He was 11 ½ years old.
One of the many highlights of his life was being a
Therapy Dog in Florida and St Croix.
When I put on his vest he knew he was going on a
visitation and what his mission was.
He got to socialize with other dogs and their owners and
brought joy,happiness and love to the people we visited.
Winston was actually our son John’s dog
but because of his extensive world travel
He couldn’t keep him so about six years ago he became our granddog.
We have lots of happy memories of our time with Winston and
it was an experience we’ll never forget.
 

Below is our sons tribute to Winston which he posted on Facebook:

 

Good bye old friend. 

You passed on in the loving arms of my Mom and Dad today far away from me.

You grew up enjoying the farm, horses, eating poop and great food

we never should have given you.

In your second life you brought so much joy to my parents and so many people

as a therapy dog

for Caring Canines in FL,   then again in St. Croix. 

How many dogs make it into the newspaper?

Dad cleverly flew you to STX in the airplane in first class when they moved there.

Not many dogs have had a life like you did.

My parents and I mourn our loss now.

But I am grateful to you for being my friend, companion,

and all the memories I will always treasure.

I raise my glass, say a toast, and a prayer for a truly wonderful soul.

I am sure you are now in a better place,

ready to happily greet us when we all arrive.

Godspeed Winnie... We love you

 

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ANNIE FITZGERALD
 
 
Annie paassed away Sunday, May 2nd while on vacation during a cruise.
Annie and her dog, Prinny have been members of Caring Canines
since September 2008.
She was a very lovely lady and a just a joy to know.
We will certainly miss her very much.
 
 
 
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HONEY
 
Beloved Therapy Dog of Rose Kenna
Honey became a Therapy Dog in July 2006
She will be sadly missed by us all
 
 
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MADDIE
 
Beloved Therapy Dog of Jack Walstad
 
Maddy was rescued by Jack just one year ago.
 
She had a tough life prior to her new home
 
but found lots of love with Jack and Samson.
 
Unfortunately she lost her battle to cancer and
 
she will be sady missed by us all.
 
 
 
 
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RUSTY
 
(8-24-97 - 7-20-09)
 
Beloved Service Dog and Therapy Dog of Laura Lancaster
 
Rusty will be sadly missed for his many years of service
 
as a Service Dog for Laura and a Therapy Dog
 
for the many people who enjoyed his visits.
 
 
 
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HANNAH

Crossed over the Rainbow Bridge June 2, 2009.

Beloved Therapy Dog of Seymour "Doc" Doctor.

Hannah was a  very wonderful dog and she spent many countless hours

cheering up so many people that we visit.

Hannah was one of the first Therpy Dogs

that helped pave the way for all of us.

She will be very sadly missed.

 

 

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BILLIE COBB
 
All the members of Caring Canines want to extend
our deepest sympathies to the family of Billie Cobb.
 
Billie lost her courageous battle to cancer Thursday March 19, 2009.
Billie and her wonderful dog Polly had been members
of Caring Canines since October 2008.
 
Billie will be sadly missed by us all.
 
 
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HEATHCLIFF

Crossed over the Rainbow Bridge November 25, 2008
Beloved Therapy Dog of Shirley James

Heathcliff was only seven and lost his fight to bone cancer.

He will be very sadly missed by all of us.

 

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TINY DANCER


Crossed over the Rainbow Bridge August 25, 2008
Beloved Therapy Dog of Jenny Gomes

Dancer was the smallest Therapy Dog in the country

He will be sadly missed by all of us.

 

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SADIE
Passed over to the Rainbow Bridge June 30, 2008
Beloved Therapy Dog of Sue Davidson
 
 
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CASEY
Passed over to the Rainbow Bridge May 7, 2008
Beloved Therapy Dog of Carol & Mel Baker
He would me truly missed by us all
 
 
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Special Members We Have Very Sadly Lost:

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Mary Jane White

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Cyndie Byrdsey

   

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CHANEY

Beloved "Buddy" of Lois & Ron Cousins  10-13-07

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