This Web Page is in tribute to my best friend Bear.

bear1.GIF (153674 bytes) Bear in "her" bed!
Born:  About September 1988
Received in our home:  11/7/1998
Died:  9/30/1999
Funeral & Remains returned to us:  10/8/1999

Bear (My Love Puppy) was my dearest friend.  I slept in her bed (She adopted my bed and room as her favorite place).

Bear was a unique person.  Her breed was mostly Black Chinese Chow.  She was the most curious person I had ever seen.  She had to investigate everything.   She like to chase rabbits and ferret out any little creature that happened to stray onto our property.  When we went for walks, she always had to investigate everything, smell everything.  My wife used to get a bit irritated at this since it slowed down our walks considerably.  But that was Bear's inquisitive nature.

Because of her breed there were many people and animals that feared her, but to me she was the most gentle loving person I had ever encountered human or otherwise.

Bear died quite unexpectedly of a heart attack, not having been really sick a day in her short life.  I never thought that I so emotionally torn up when she died as I am.   Many will say that she was just a dog, but those are people who never had an emotional attachment to a pet.

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Bear and her favorite toy by our living room window.

Bear, I miss you and am consoled only by the fact that one day we will be reunited.

The Rainbow Bridge
Author Unknown

Just this side of Heaven is a place called The 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 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 or 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 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.

Her bright eyes are intent; her eager body quivers. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling to each other 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...