Our Friends, Soul Mates, Family, they were there when we needed them most.

 

Welcome to the Rainbow Bridge

This page honors those who have left us, those we call Friends, Soul Mates, Family, Sweethearts, Buddy. The ones who were with us at all times, who spent their vibrant lives intricately braiding themselves into our family routines, who made us smile, the ones who shared our joys and our grief. When we needed them the most, they were there.

This page is also a tribute to those who did not have the opportunity to find the homes they deserved and so desperately wanted. Despite our efforts and goodwill, they passed on because the legacy of their earlier lives had weakened them too much, and their poor little bodies could not sustain them. Thanks to our wonderful foster parents, they found love and TLC in the last days of their lives. They are the ones we mourn the most, because we shared the most with them.

They are gone
from our sight.....
but never our memory.
gone from our hearing....
but never our hearts.
gone from our touch...
but their presence is felt.
and the love that they gave us
never departs.

 

The Rainbow Bridge

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 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....

Author unknown...

 

I Only Wanted You

They say memories are golden
well maybe that is true
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.

A million times I needed you,
a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you
you never would have died.

In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no one could ever fill.

If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
and bring you back again.

Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.

--- Anonymous ---

 

SWEET REST & GODSPEED


DOGS WHO HAVE CROSSED OVER THE RAINBOW BRIDGE

(sorted alphabetically)

(Click on the picture or the dog's name above the picture for more info)


Abby

Abby

Epitaph for Abby

Born: 2008.10.20

Adopted: 2011.04.21

Died: 2016.12.07

Back in December 2010 we lost yet another of our Boxers and once again I told myself that I would not be adopting any more Boxers. I just could not take the emotional strain. So I moped through the winter and in April 2011 contac...

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Abigail (Abby)

Abigail (Abby)

Our sweet Abigail came into BRO with health problems that made it impossible to adopter her out.  Abby however was lucky enough to spend the rest of her days in a very loving BRO foster home as a member of the Ialenti family.  This beautiful girl was finally crossed after 18 months in care.  Run...

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Angel

Angel

1998 - 2009

She came to us at an older age of five with nothing. She gained a brother and a new Mom and Dad. She learned to play and be a family member. She brought love and plenty of boxer antics. When she met her brother you would have thought that they had been raised together. She is in our hear...

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Apollo

Apollo Our deepest sympathies go out to the Zafar family for their loss of Apollo.

Beyond the Rainbow
As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,
I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade.
I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble free,
where all of us ca...
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Archie

Archie Archie came into my life at a time when I needed him most.  I had just lost my soul mate, Maggie who came to me from BRQ.  I had a broken heart and a need to love again.  Archie claimed it immediately.  He was just about to turn 5 and had the typical boxer exuberance needed to help me.  He was... ... (more info)


Banger

Banger

We adopted Banger (known as Hammer at the time) about 8 years ago. He had an energetic life hiking, walking, camping, and driving around Canada with us for 7 years, even pulling our daughter in a toboggan in the winter and dressing as a zebra on Halloween!  It took a while to teach him to stop coun...

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Barron

Barron

In loving memory of our boy Barron. Barron was the man of the house, and my guardian angle. We brought him home in June 2011 and he is now gone but he will always be in our hearts.

The Craig family.

 ... (more info)



Belle & Stranger

Belle & Stranger

Belle and her fur sister, Stanger were suddenly taken away from us way too soon. Although they are together in heaven, it doesn’t get any easier for us as time passes. We miss you both and you will always remai ... (more info)



Blossom (aka Susie Q)

Blossom (aka Susie Q)

Blossom was born in less than perfect conditions (to put it mildly) at a run of the mill "Backyard Breeding" facility. Because the "breeder" didn’t take care to ensure that her mother and father were healthy en ... (more info)



Blossom and Pup

Blossom and Pup

Most of the dogs who come into Boxer Rescue Ontario's care go on to lead long and happy lives with their new families. Happy endings are our specialty just like in a fairy tale. Unfortunately, real life is often not  ... (more info)



BRO alumni, Tyson

BRO alumni, Tyson
Lesa Mansfield (Tysons's mom) shared the passing of her boy Tyson,

Hello: I wanted to let BRO know that alum Tyson (we adopted him in 2008) passed away peacefully wit ... (more info)



Buffy

Buffy

Buffy affectionately known as our (mama girl) was adopted from Boxer Rescue Ontario on July 25 ,2004 this was a happy day for us.As many before her she came to live at her new forever home a place she was meant to be ... (more info)



Cairo

Cairo

 

By Francesca Colussi:

On Monday night, I had the awful task of helping my Boxer/Ridgeback baby girl Cairo cross over. Her health had been degrading slowly for quite sometime. Even though I knew thi ... (more info)



Chloe

Chloe

We lost our sweetie Chloe (aka Mariska who we adopted from BRO January of 2008) this past Friday January 8, 2016 evening at the Emergency Clinic. We are devastated to say the least and completely lost without her. ... (more info)



Clyde

Clyde

It is with a lot of tears and a very heavy sad heart that we had to say goodbye to our dear Clyde today. To me he was known as My Bambino and always answered to that name, but only when I used it. Clyde was truly a l ... (more info)



Copper

Copper

Cooper came into BRO as an emergency because he needed medical attention that was beyond his family's means. We attempted to treat Copper and get him back on his paws but sadly, it turns out that this sweet boy now h ... (more info)



Dan Whaley/Cassius/Beatrice

Dan Whaley/Cassius/Beatrice

Sadly, Boxer Rescue Ontario has lost a friend and supporter in Daniel Whaley. Please take a moment to honour Daniel and his beautiful boxers that are with him now over the rainbow bridge.


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Dooley

Dooley

It is with great sadness that we had to put Dooley down. Rest well sweet boy. Know that you were loved and we did our best to get you to a safe place in your mind.

 ... (more info)



Dozer

Dozer

TREASURED FRIEND

 ... (more info)



Dyllon

Dyllon

Dyllon

 

I am a foster home with BRO and have been for a few years.  I have had a few fosters, but never one that touched my heart like Dyllon did.& ... (more info)



Ellie

Ellie

MEMORIES OF ELLIE

Ellie came to us during Spring Break 2008. She was about 71/2 years old and had come from a tough background. She really needed someone to put her ... (more info)



Emma

Emma

Emma was my heart dog.  I adopted her from BRO 6 years ago at the age of 3.  She was supposed to be my foster dog, but, as soon as I saw that face, I knew I was ... (more info)



Ernie

Ernie

Ernie first came to me from Boxer rescue Ontario as a foster but the second I saw his beautiful gold/brown eyes shining from this sad looking dog, I knew I would keep him ... (more info)



Excalibur

Excalibur

What can I say. I remember the first time I saw you on Sun. Aug 1st, 2010. Your foster Dad Randy was walking you on the green grass at the Cookstown Mall. I thought Oh my ... (more info)



Fudge

Fudge

"And so they may be gone from us, treasured friends are never forgotten. Although for now we may find ourselves apart, their spirit lives on forever within our hearts."

Fudge (my gorgeous Fudge) passed away at the age of 14 on Dec 17, 2014.

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Gracie

Gracie

It is with a sad heart that we have to announce that Gracie passed away last night, October 18, 2016.

We were told she had a great day yesterday eating well, playing and going for a walk.

RIP Gracie and run free at the Rainbow Bridge.

 ... (more info)



Griffin

Griffin It is with a heavy heart that BRO has to announce that Mr Griffin passed away today of an unknown cause, but we suspect his heart gave out. Rest in peace Griffin and now you are back in the arms of your owner.

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Hunter

Hunter

Hunter 2002 - 2014

We adopted Hunter in November of 2005 and immediately fell in love with him.  He was so full of personality and made an impression on everyone who met him!  When our children ... (more info)



Ikey Andrews

Ikey Andrews

After spending a loving, quiet weekend with our boy Ikey, our wonderful vet came to the house and gently put him down. He had been diagnosed two weeks ago with a large splenic mass, pneumonia and megaesophagus ... (more info)



Jackson

Jackson

Jackson

May 29, 2007-Mar 25, 2013

It is with great sadness that we say good bye to our four legged friend Jackson.  He came into our care June 3, 2011.  He was a loving boy with us, his i ... (more info)



Jasper

Jasper

"This is truly a sad, sad day for my family.

Our four-year-old boxer had to be put to sleep at 1 PM today. The poor thing had stage four can ... (more info)



Java

Java

In July of 2007 came one of the best things that has ever happened in my life. My boxer Java arrived from her foster home from BRO. We were destined to be together & soon were the best of friends & ins ... (more info)



Jazz

Jazz

We met Jazz 11 years ago. She was a tiny, brindle pup. At nine months, she had been rescued from a puppy mill in Montreal and we found her through BoxerRescue. It was the start of a beautiful friendship. It to ... (more info)



Kashi

Kashi

We were fortunate to be given the opportunity to give Kashi her permanent home in September 2010. Kashi started her life extremely abused and under nourished with two separate owners until she found her way to ... (more info)



Keiko

Keiko

November 28, 2000 – October 15, 2011

Keiko you were my best friend for almost 6 years. From the moment we met, with you dragging me down the snow to the van, you knew you were headed to your fore ... (more info)



Kingston (Crystal Jeffery)

Kingston (Crystal Jeffery)


This is Crystal Jefferey's lovable fur baby, Kingston who has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. He is very much missed by his family.

 ... (more info)



Lexi

Lexi

To Lexi (aka Lexus)

My Wiggy-Waggy Girl

Feisty and a challenge

You had been through so much too

But I knew you’d found your forever home

when I first laid eyes on you

Such a treasure to be cherishe ... (more info)



Lexy

Lexy

I met Lexy in October of 2003 through Boxer Rescue

She was just under one year old, and when I went to the foster house

there were 3 dogs and they all ran to the door.

Two of the boxers were uninterested in me, they only wanted to play with each other

but Lexy came rig ... (more info)



Lilly

Lilly

You never got a chance to meet our sweet Lilly. Lilly came into our rescue in January 2016. We knew she had a host of problems, as with all of our pups we go to great lengths to give them the best possible care within our power. Lilly has been in the care of Joshua Creek Animal hospital under ... (more info)



Lucy

Lucy

Stephanie Maggs 'Lucy, My sweet, grey-faced beauty'

 ... (more info)



Lucy (trio)

Lucy (trio)

Stephanie Maggs 'Trio Re-united'

 

' ... (more info)



Lukas

Lukas
Lukas - 2006 - F ... (more info)


Maggie

Maggie

Maggie was adopted in June 2015 and lived life to the fullest for th ... (more info)



Maggie Mae (Magpie)

Maggie Mae (Magpie)

BRO volunteers, Mike & Tammy had to say goodbye to their little girl Maggie on July 30th, 2015 at the young age of six and a half years old. Heaven received another angel. Rest in peace sweet baby girl.

 ... (more info)



Matty

Matty

Matty St. Claire Baird AKA Matty

1998-2007

Matty arrived at our home in February 2001, coming from a farm where she would get apples off the tree by herself. She would curl up on the couch and bed, a ... (more info)



Mortimer a.k.a "Morty"

Mortimer a.k.a "Morty"

Mortimer (Morty)
1998 – 2011 Morty joined our family in early 2008 and although he was already a senior he was as playful as a puppy at the park.  He especially enjoyed catching snowballs.  ... (more info)



Mugsy and Allie

Mugsy and Allie

Some words about Mugsy and Allie from Boxer Rescue Ontario member and supporter, Karen Reid...

Mugsy was rescued from the local pound when he was 9 months old and even though he had many medical issues over  ... (more info)



Murphy

Murphy

Epitaph for Murphy

Born: 1997.03.28

 ... (more info)



Pasha

Pasha

Pasha was a long term foster who found his furever home with his foster mom and dad. He was able to live out his remaining days in the comforts of the home that he had grown to love since coming into our ... (more info)



Penny

Penny

 Penny came to us at 12 years of age very old and sick.  Unfortunately her famiily could not afford to cross her so she came into BRO and we helped her journey to the Rainbow Bridge.  Run free sweet Penny!

 ... (more info)



Popeye

Popeye

Popeye was adopted in 2004 from Boxer Rescue Ontario and passed to the Rainbow Bridge after living with a wonderful family for 11 years. He led a sedate life due to his severe cataract (blindness) and was always great with kids. Everybody who met him loved him. Run free Popeye. Run free!

 ... (more info)



Rock

Rock

Rock came into BRO yesterday and his foster mom Melissa welcomed with the intention of giving him a safe place as long as he needed it - a home with love for his final days which we did not expect to be long as he was 13 according to the shelter.

Unfortunately, we regret to inform everyone that Rock...

 ... (more info)


Rocky

Rocky

(1999– 2010)

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our darling dog, Rocky, on April 15, 2010. Rocky was our special boy and beloved family member. His personality was sweet and loving and you could see it in his big brown eyes and the wiggle jiggle of his tail.

We adopted Rocky ... (more info)



Rocky

Rocky

June 20, 2016

With broken hearts we released Rocky from the ravages of degenerative myelopathy, our BRO boy.

For eight years he was the heart beat of our home and is so missed. Run Free Rock Star!

 ... (more info)



Ross

Ross

Back in 2009 our family made the decision to try and adopt a boxer from BRO, we were fortunate and blessed to have Ross join our family. He was a typical boxer curious and full of energy. Ross adapted to his n ... (more info)



Roxanne

Roxanne

Jan 7/98 - Feb 9/09

It is with great sadness that we let you know that Bill and I helped Roxanne cross over the rainbow bridge today at 11am.

Her illness was relatively short, and we have been told by  ... (more info)



Ruby

Ruby

June 23, 2014:  From Ruby's mom, Heather, "I lost my best friend Ruby today.  I will be forever grateful to Boxer Rescue Ontario for bringing her into my life.  I believe she rescued me at the same ti ... (more info)



Rudy

Rudy

Rudy defied the odds from day 1. We conquered food sensitivities and multiple eye ulcer episodes. Rudy remained a sweetheart throughout, making friends wherever we were... and even earning the nickname 'The Wal-mart ... (more info)



Sasha

Sasha

Sasha came into our lives in June of 2001. Norma had been in communication
with Boxer Rescue about helping out as a foster parent and I have to say
that fostering really worked as Sasha fostered with us for ap ... (more info)



Stoli

Stoli

Stoli is sadly missed by her parents Drew Gerrard (BRO Volunteer) and Don Wyatt.

 

Please watch this tribute to Stoli's great life:

 ... (more info)



Taurus

Taurus

Boxer Rescue Ontario had to say goodbye to Taurus Friday December 27th, 2013.

Taurus came into foster care and unfortunately was discovered to have medical ... (more info)



Tie

Tie

Our Permanent Foster

September 15, 1998 - August 14, 2009

Tie came to us April 2006 as a 7 year old with some separation anxiety. Since I was out ... (more info)



Tigger

Tigger

In memory of Tigger.

Run free!

 ... (more info)



TJ

TJ

Sweet Rest and Godspeed TJ

I just wanted to let you all know that this am (17 Sep 2010) Ursula and I made the difficult choice to put TJ down. He was and will always be a great friend and is going to be missed by so many people.

Chris, Ursula and Nelson

 ... (more info)



Toddo

Toddo

Toddo was a sweet boxer who came into BRO in September 2012.  He had a lot of personality and a very endearing way of letting you know when he had to go outside.  He would knock three times with his chin on a person's arm to say "Hey, it's time".  Toddo was a ... (more info)



Willow

Willow

Willow became a part of our family in Jan 2002. She was approximately 18 months old at the time.She was born deaf, which to her was not an issue  as she knew nothing else. I have to say we initially had some anxiety about her deafness, but when we met her ,all those fe ... (more info)



Zab

Zab

Zab came to us when we needed him more than he needed us.  Roy’s buddy as he recovered from surgery and treatment.  Always, always ready to cuddle and give love.  We had him for a short time and every moment was a joy.  Hope there are many sq ... (more info)


   

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