Rio - Rest in Peace my little angel May 23,1996 - June 28, 2008 , Oliver -11 (Birthday April 8th)
What is your dog's breed? (If you have more than one dog, please list a name followed by breed.)
Maltese : )
Love dogs in particular Maltese. Some people say I spoil my pooches too much.
I would do anything for my Oliver and Rio. I'm sometimes called the Maltese Mom !
My dogs have taught me that they live in the moment and forgive & forget very easily & move on to the next adventure in their day.
What is one thing your dog does that reminds you to open your heart and love more deeply?
Rio and Oliver always have a happy face when I come home and make me smile no matter what. Rio is a very special Maltese. At 2 he had a blood disease and wouldn't eat, the vet thought he would not survive. He proved everyone wrong and bounced back after not eating for three weeks. When he was 8 he was paralyzed and could not walk. An operation was an option but would not guarantee he would make it. The vet suggested home therapy. Little Rio could not walk but he managed for a few months and before you knew it he was walking again. Unfortunately, a month after his recovery he was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Disease ( a heart condition). We took him to the cardiologist and Rio's survival rate was 1%. He had a heart murmur, ruptured chord and the disease. We thought we would lose Rio. The cardiologist said it didn't look good. Rio started taking medication and 3 years later he is still here. Now Rio has doggie senility but with medication he is doing well. RIO IS A MIRACLE DOG. Oliver my other Maltese takes care of Rio...so I am blessed to have both in my life. On June 28, 2008 at 5:15am Rio passed away in my arms. I felt Rio's last three heartbeats. At the moment he passed I saw a bright light around him and I became dizzy at that precise moment. I had a beautiful funeral for him and he is buried in a fabulous back yard with trees and flowers, Above Rio's grave is his marker and a ceramic figurine of St Francis of Assisi. Bless my little amazing Rio. Since his death I kept praying for Rio to show me a sign. He did three weeks after his death. Rio wore a kitty collar with a bell so I could hear him at night when he paced. I would check him every night at 1am to make sure he was fine. Three weeks after his passing I heard a bell and a bark at 1am...I am sure it was my sweet Rio letting me know he was fine. He will forever be in my heart.
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Hi Maltese mom,
Thank you so much for your kind words. It is neat how wonderful our little furry friends mean to us. I am so glad you have Oliver. I love how much you spoil your little furry friends. Your dogs are so adorable, I can see why they are easily spoiled. So, it is neat and wonderful to hear how much you love your Rio, and Oliver. Your Oliver is safe and sound with you, and he knows he has it soooooo good. I am so glad you share with me. I have three kitty cats. They have all come from abused and unwanted homes. I am so grateful that I can spoil them and give them a wonderful secure life. Snowball is our oldest cat, about 11 years old, Max is my Daughters cat, and he is six years old, and WillubyJones is also six years old. Snowball came from a horrible home. She was six months old, and she was soooooo skinning, and so sickly looking. With vets and good food, and lots of TLC, she now, a butter ball. Max we got when he was 8 months old, is loved and never ever has to be in a cage again. He is free. Free to roam all over the house, free to sleep in any bed he wants. He never ever is in a cage. WillubyJones, he was 3 weeks old when we got him. The Mother cat would not feed him, or have nothing to do with him. She left him for dead. The family didn't want the tiny kitten, so they gave him to me. The Vet told me he may die. I said, tell me what I need to do to keep him alive. I had to get kitty formula for him, and feed him with a dropper. After I fed him, I had to wash his face in warm water, and Burp him, and help him use his litter box. WillubyJones, is a big cat now. But still has a lot of his baby ways in him. I am so grateful for that. The Lord has been so good to allow us to take in abused animals. They know how much we love them. Someday, I would like to get a small dog. For now, I will stay with my cats. So glad you shared with me. Thanks for writing.
Hi Maltese Mom,
I was glad to hear from you. I too believe your little Rio is in Heaven. The Lord knows our hearts and I believe Rio is with Him now, free! Free from sickness, free from pain. He is safely with our Lord. I am so glad you have another dog. It helps to bring comfort to you and your husband. I am so glad this little guy is character. Keeping you busy and on your toes. I am sure he too misses Rio. We become very close to our little furry friends. That is why I believe God in His love, gave us pets for us to love and take care of. They become so much a part of family, that when God calls them home, it leaves us feeling sad. Know, that Rio knew he was loved. I am so glad he was in your arms when he took his last breath. He knew, he was safe and secure. You have given him such a wonderful super life. He is not gone, just in another place. For Rio will forever be in your heart. That is a good thing.
I am so sorry to hear about your darling Rio. I watched your video tribute and it is beautiful.
I still miss my Tammy so very much and I know the pain you are going through.
If you could please send me you mailing info I will send you my Rainbow Bridge card.
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I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL,THE SORROW AND GRIEF THAT FOLLOW OUR FUR BABIES
DEATH.IN TIME MY PAIN WILL HEAL,I JUST PRAY THAT ANGELS JOURNEY IS SAFE AND ARRIVED AT THE BRIDGE OK,I AM SURE ANGEL WILL GIVE ME A SIGN,I WILL BE LOOKING FOR IT .LOVE WHAT YOU HAVE,YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT TOMORROW WILL BRING,AND LIFE IS TOO SHORT,FOR US OR OUR BABIES.