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Our Rainbow Bridge pages have many tributes to the incredible animals we have loved and lost.

The loving tributes on these pages are stories of loyalty and compassion and of the rescued goldens who conquered their past lives, and came out the other side. Those dogs who have a "heart" icon are NRGRR dogs who crossed the Rainbow Bridge while they were still in our program.

We would be honored to post your tribute and photo of your NRGRR alumni here.  Send your picture and story to us by clicking here.

Please consider a donation in memory of your loved one or one of our NRGRR dogs who never had the chance to find their forever homes.  We will add the name of the person or pet in our list of memorial donations.  If you would prefer that your donation not listed, please choose the appropriate button during the check-out process in our store.  NRGRR will also send a gift card to the family or a friend of the individual/pet you have honored with your donation.





As always, your gift will be used to directly support our rescue efforts.  Thank you.


Maggie
Once upon a time there was a magical queen named Maggie who had lost her kingdom but wound up in the land of Golden Retrievers. She had to beat her foe, cancer, but once she did she needed another kingdom to rule...so she looked around and found Opie and me. Maggie convinced Opie he really did want to be her minion, and Tucker too. Along the way she battled her foe a few more times and cemented my place in her life as her biggest minion. Sadly, cancer visited Mags again and this was a battle she did not win. Maggie, who was probably Catherine the Great in another life, was my joy, and I stayed her minion until the very end. 
 --written by Maggie's minion and slightly edited by the page's admin.

Tucker - Ernie17
Tucker (NRGRR alum Ernie17) came to Neuse River after an urgent plea from a local shelter about a dog hit by a car, and we worked hard to make him well.  He blossomed in our program, and was adopted by his very smitten foster. Sadly his time with us was short due to medical issues, but he blazed a path of charm and happiness while he was with us.

Mati
Mati crossed to Rainbow Bridge recently. Her family hoped that they could spend a day enfolding her with love.  It was not meant to be.  But it became clear that she was in respiratory distress and suffering.  Their hearts are broken, but they are trying to be grateful for eight wonderful years with this beautiful girl.  She brought them so much joy.

Daisy-Maria
Recently Daisy (2004 alum Maria) went to the rainbow bridge after a hard fight. She was a beloved family member for almost 14 years.  She had many adventures in her life and loved the beach, camping and hiking almost as much as a peanut butter Kong and sleeping on the bed.  She was a constant companion and loved to be close to her family.  After several years with our family, she allowed us to adopt two brothers for her, and she loved to play with them and have adventures in the backyard.  Daisy kept us safe from squirrels and birds, always looking so satisfied after chasing them out of the fence.  Her family is thankful for NRGRR bringing Daisy into their lives.

audi murphy

Murphy (NRGRR alum Audi Murphy) has crossed the Rainbow Bridge after a short battle with cancer. His family was so glad to be given the opportunity to be Murphy's forever family. They only had him for a short two years, but that time was the best. Murphy came from a loving home, but due to health problems his family was unable to keep him. It was clear that first family truly loved Murphy as he was already a wonderful dog when going into his adoptive home.

Murphy had the best personalty. It seemed like he was a stubborn teenager in a seniors body, but was so much fun! He loved walks, pizza,catching the ball, swimming in his kiddie pool and taking in the NRGRR swim meets. He was loved by immediate and extended families.


Jody

I have edited this page since 2012 so I am going to use my prerogative to write my dog's story in the first person.

I fostered/adopted Jody in the summer of 2013. From the very beginning she made it her job to take the leash in her mouth and lead me back when we started the return portion of a walk or hike. I can't count the number of smiles we got from from people seeing that and asking, "who is walking who?".

Jody was all that I could ask for in a dog. She climbed mountains, swam, and hiked all over with us from NC to Maine, the upper mid-west, Washington and British Columbia. She was up for every car ride! She was a friend to all and helped kids to read by being a ready listener.

Jody passed away recently after complications of old age ruined her quality of life.

jules

Jules (Juliette) was the second foster dog for an NRGRR volunteer. When the volunteer went to pick her up from the vet’s office, she came bounding down the hallway full of happiness and gratitude. She was four years old and had been surrendered by her previous owner. Jules helped the volunteer grieve the loss of her first dog, and soon Jules filled the void. She was always happy, loved eating, snuggles, walks, car rides, laying in her fluffy spots in the yard, and tending to baby chickens in a sister’s coop. Jules even helped foster kittens for the SPCA. She was a gentle and loving soul. She was perfect and will be missed forever.

Jules was the logo dog on the previous version of the NRGRR website.


Hobie-Baker
Our sweet fourteen year-old Baker (NRGRR alum Hobie) recently passed gently over the rainbow bridge. He was adopted in 2006 and enjoyed eleven fun years. Baker loved to hike, chase a ball and go in the car wherever we went as a family. He was patient as a golden can be, yet kept his puppy personality through all 14 years. He was an absolute joy to family and they are glad to have been given the gift of time with such a sweet furry friend! He was known at the end of his days at his favorite dog park as Mayor Baker, and he will remain in everyone's hearts forever!