Rainbow Bridge

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Our Rainbow Bridge page is provided to friends and supporters of Golden Rescue South Florida as
a means to remember beloved Goldens. With a donation of $25 , you can post a photo and
paragraph about your Golden. Golden Rescue South Florida is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable
organization. Donations are tax-deductible and 100% of all donations go toward caring for Goldens in need.

 Please send photo and your tribute to Lisa at RJLPH@aol.com and your donation
can be made with our PayPal link below or by sending a check(made out to GRSF) to
 Golden Rescue South Florida
c/o LeeAnn Runkle
 PO Box 17084
Plantation, FL 33318

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We were so happy to welcome Skippy to our family when he was 7 years old.
He was the most kind, gentle giant, who loved nothing more than rolling in the grass
and eating snacks.  Between daily trips to the dog park, chasing around his new brother, and lots of naps on
the couch- he was the happiest boy. We're so lucky to have spent the past several years with him, and know
he's chasing cats and barking at mailmen in doggy heaven.
Lindsay, Kyla & Dylan McFadden
Septemberr 2019


Bentley Bear...you will forever be in our hearts.
The joy you brought to our lives was extremely special and
we will be furever grateful to you.  Thank you for always being joyful and resilient through it all.
 You loved us so deeply and we loved you deeply as well.  We will always love you!
Jen and Gabriel
Oct 2019


Our sweet Mia, adopted from Puerto Rico through GRSF just short of 3 years ago, has passed away. 
While our time together was short, she was a wonderful dog.
Most importantly she was sweet and gentle towards all children, especially our grandkids.
She will be missed terribly.
Rick Cassara  Oct 2019


Our dear sweet Buddy that we adopted 5 years ago from you has passed away.
He was the just sweetest, most wonderful and honestly perfect dog.  We will miss him forever.
The best "Buddy" anyone could ask for!
Donna and Derrick Peters


Bear has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.He will be reunited with his good buddies Jack and Casper. 
I always called him the Great Bear for he made everyone feel they were special
with his undivided attention and focus with big brown eyes.
  He loved his nightly bone, walks by the ocean, and visits with the neighbors.  He was the Great Bear.


Our Tinkerbell crossed the Rainbow Bridge September 8th in her sleep. 
Tinker came to us 12 years ago to join our pack.  She was a gentle loving soul.  She was loved by all.
The house will never be the same.  It's the end of September and the house is still mouorning. 
She leaves John, Mary, Mona, Sandy, Peanut, Kaylee and her cat.


We called him "mushy face".  You can see why.  Ben crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
 He was our goofy, much loved clown. He'll be missed.
Bob and Lisa


Here is smiling Nilo, the 15year old who was generously adopted by the Fazio's. 
He had all the luxuries and love any dog could want.  But his time came to an end and
he crossed the Bridge, peacefully, with love and dignity.
Thank you Pam and Paul


It was love at first sight when we first met you...I still have dreams about you.
Someone asked me why we adopted such an old dog: I told them he needed a home and we needed a dog.
We love you and miss you.
Mary Jane and Andy


Scratch, beloved friend of Kerry and Triston. crossed the Bridge today.  It was totally unexpected.
He went from healthy to suffering horribly in 72 hours.
Not a moment to prepare.  Just enough time to let him go peacefully, with no more suffering.
The most loving and unselfish action there is.
Our hearts are broken at your loss.
Thank you for rescuing this magnificent boy, who had such a rough start.
He lived a wonderful life.



Koda was born on Dec. 10, 2007.  He was loved by his family very much. 
His mom, Marie, says he followed her everywhere- he was such a presence in her life and she misses him so much.
He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on April 22nd, 2018
This sweet boy will be  missed by many...RIP Koda



Big Jack will be deeply missed by everyone who met him.  He was the typical big dog with no athletic
skills who would stop everyone he saw, young and old, until they petted him and rubbed his ears.
If Jack did not go to work for the day, he was always found lying by the back door waiting for me to come home,
 open the door and give him a good rub down.
I will deeply miss those daily petting sessions where Jack would put his head in my lap while reading and watching TV. 
Big Jack was a pal, a confidant and a buddy...he was more than just a dog.
I was blessed to be Jack's pal after he was rescued, for 8.5 years, and will cherish the memories of  those 8.5 years forever.
Thanks, Mike Brown



Our Ashlee crossed over the Rainbow Bridge...she was a very special dog. 
The house is empty and quiet and boy she will be missed. 
She was mom's shadow, my thief, stealer of my socks, and John's girl.
We loved that girl.  It's an empty house even tho we have Tinker and Sandy.
 I believe it is going to take a long time to get over our loss.
John, Mary, Mona, Sandy, Tinker, Peanut and the cat



Cassie R.I.P. 3/7/2015
Tribute to a Best Friend
Sunlight streams through window pane onto a spot on the floor.....
then I remember,
 it's where you used to lie, but now you are no more.
Our feet walk down a hall of carpet, and muted echoes sound.....
then I remember,
it's where your paws would joyously abound.
A voice is heard along the road, and up beyond the hill,
then I remember,
it can't be yours..... your golden voice is still.
But I'll take that vacant spot of floor and empty muted hall,
and lay them with the absent voice and unused dish along the wall.
I'll wrap these treasured memories in a blanket of my love,
and keep them for my best friend until we meet above


God saw he was getting tired, and a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around him and whispered,” Come with Me.”
With tearful eyes we watched him suffer and slowly fade away.
 Although we loved him dearly, we could not make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, playful paws were put to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
-Author Unknown


It’s been a week since I woke up to find my Daughter, an 8 year old Golden retriever dead at my bedside.
 ROUX had fought the fight of a lifetime, but no one beats Cancer.
God had seen her suffer and I had done everything possible to relieve the horrible pain the Vet said she was in.
 Just one week earlier she appeared healthy and happy. then she was gone.
 I cry, as she was as much a family member as any human ever was.
Now all I have is her ashes to remind me never to forget how fragile life really is.
No One beats death but I only wish for a little more time to love the daughter that God granted to me in this life.
May she rest in peace, forever.
Arnold  Oct 22, 2014



Thank you for your company, since the first day you brought happiness to our family.
You were our best friend and part of our family. Your were always kind and loving and it is hard to let you go.
We know you are in a better place without pain so we are happy that you are with God waiting for us.
 We will always love you and miss you. Thank for the funny moments and all the good times you gave us.
We love you cherrita. Rest in peace baby!


Sinbad was my son, my friend, my support group. He was at my side when my wife died in 2008.
 He loved me, and treats and all the attention he could get. I loved him unconditionally as he loved me.
 For 13 years he filled my heart with joy, excitement and fun times.
He even liked to swim with me.
 I know he was sick and a cure was not to be so now he is with God awaiting my arrival.
 I hurt now but I couldn’t be selfish and keep him here in pain just to please me.. May he rest in peace.



We were blessed to have Finn in our lives for only 11 months.
 The first time I saw his beautiful, soulful eyes, I knew he was the dog I was looking for.
He was our gentle sweet boy and we miss him so much! I know his buddy, One Eyed Jack(our cat) sure misses him.
 Until we meet again...have fun big guy!    April 4, 2014


Our Handsome Lucky Boy!
 Although you came to us late in your life we feel like we loved you forever.
You gave us so many great memories.
Rest in peace "Bubba Cheese". 1/4/14


Our hearts are broken. Alley was the Angel that filled our lives with love. She was our perfect girl.
We know she is at peace, feeling no pain. But we will miss her forever.
Rest In Peace Alley
 Bob & Chris December, 2013


We all followed Heidi's story, hoping she would come through all the surgeries and medicines and find a loving forever home.
Maybe her story will inspire people to vote for a law outlawing dog fighting, so other innocent dogs do not have to suffer as Heidi did.


Phil and Karen opened their home and their hearts to a senior lady named Callie.
 They showered her with love and gave her the best 20 months of her life.
 Although their hearts are broken today, they can live forever rejoicing in the happiness and good life they gave to sweet Callie.

Old Smokey finally passed...He was a wonderful dog & will be deeply missed by those who knew him
August 2013



For Our Beloved Rusty
To every season there is a harvest, then comes renewal.
To every life there is a sunset, then comes a glorious dawning.
The Lord blesses us in many ways - with family and friends and especially with His loving animals.
We thank God for the privilege to have cared for another one of His "Golden's" - our beloved Rusty.
By far, he was the sweetest dog we have ever had. What a wonderful and gentle soul he was. He had a Heart of Gold.
This was our sixth Golden to earn his Heavenly reward. It never gets any easier.
Even though our baby was only seven years young, the loving impact that he had on our lives can only be measured in lifetimes.
You see, Rescues have this "sixth" sense of gratitude for their adoptive parents.
They forever bless us with unconditional Love. They teach us how to love.
They teach us how to cry. We should all learn from them.
We are forever grateful to Carol and Golden Rescue of South Florida, from the bottom of our hearts, for allowing Him to adopt us.
He will always remain in his Forever Home and in our Hearts.
God bless him, God keep him, until the Lord brings us together again over the Rainbow Bridge.
Rey, Silvia and RJ Morales November 21, 2012


Walker has crossed the Rainbow Bridge... he will be met by the Hodgson Herd on the other side...God speed!
Lisa and Bob
July 2012


Randall had a good time his last 17 months.
 Always first at the door for a walk, when I came home or to take a ride to work.
Randall was just a great dog and I was lucky to share time with him.


“Molly was the best friend of a dear friend of mine. I enjoyed vicariously living their travels and adventures together.
 I know she is missed greatly and has left a big hole in a very big heart.”


The dog who they said they would never get, who became a part of our family,
a part of our lives, and a part of our hearts forever.
Hunter was the consummate companion. He protected us and made us laugh, smile, and love.
Although his eyes always hinted at his human soul,
his unconditional loyalty and faithfulness
 gave us so much more than we ever imagined.
 Hunter – we love you and will never forget you.
We are sending plenty of unstuffed animals and tennis balls over the Rainbow Bridge for you.
 April 2012


They say it’s not how long you live but how full your life is and we can say that Bo filled ours
with more love and laughs in one year’s time than some people receive in a lifetime.
Although his time with us was brief, we are so blessed to have had the time together
 to love, care and nurture him and for him to love us back unconditionally.
He was our sweet and gentle boy. We miss him dearly but we know that no matter how deep his sleep
 he can still hear us and not all the power of death can keep his spirit from wagging a grateful tail.
Brenda and Randy Manion
September 2011


Bailey died Sunday of cancer at 9 years old.
She was the most loving, kind dog in the world. I will miss her forever.
 She loved her ducks and squirrels. She had the most loving eyes of any animal.
Thank you, Bob Brewer
Delray Beach
May 2011


We guess there must be a great beach on the other side of The Rainbow Bridge.
 Smokey never went far without a towel. We hope he has a great time with Alley, Red, Muffin and Chaos....
 the Hodgson Herd on the "other side"
 Have fun at the beach!
April 2011


We lost our beloved Toby on December 18, 2010.
 Smiling and playful until the day he left us, Toby was a true 'miracle dog', giving us 6 blessed years
 after losing his front left leg to osteosarcoma in 2004. His courage and attitude were an inspiration to so many,
 and his story gave hope to parents of pets diagnosed with this horrible disease.
Every day with him was a gift from God. We love you, Toby.
Nancy and David Saunders


Sonny passed over the Rainbow Bridge in December, 2010...
he was much loved and was Lucy's best friend...


Hobo went to the Rainbow bridge on November 5, 2010.
He taught us all about strength, perseverance and the will to live.
The world is a lesser place without him.
 LeeAnn Runkle
November 2010



Chaos snuggling with Muffin.... He was our first Rescue (8 years ago).
He was my special Guy. Of course it was, once again, Hemangiosarcoma of the spleen.
We found the tumor on Friday and it ruptured on Monday.
I miss his smiling face. No one smiled quite like he did. I hope he is with Muffin now….
Lisa and Bob
March 2010


Our Little Girl Muffin, who we hoped would live 2 weeks when she hobbled out of Miami-Dade,
managed to make us smile for almost 2 years...she deserves to rest in peace.
Bob & Lisa
December 2009



Though we only had Ranger for a year, he quickly became an important part of our life,
learning to swim, enjoying the pool and beach, and being my constant shadow...
we will miss you sweet boy!
The McDonald's
September 2009


From Martin and Marcy Freedman
.... for Dr and Mrs Bob Leff
In Memory of their Golden Johnny



Lincoln and Griffey
We lost our beautiful baby Lincoln to Canine Distemper.
Sadly, he had been infected at the pet store where we bought him.
We had him for a month and two weeks, and in that month he gave us so much unconditional love, as we did in return.
 We did everything possible to keep Lincoln alive and healthy, but the virus took over him.
 He had so much life, and even though he was sick, he would still manage to get up and play with us.
No matter where we went, he would follow, and he would always wag his tail.
He was not the average puppy because of his illness, but no one could ever tell.
His fight for life made us realize the important things in life.
He touched so many lives and he left us his wonderful spirit.
He will always be in our hearts and memory.
Griffey our 15 year yellow lab has also crossed the rainbow bridge.
We want you both to know that we love you very much, always and forever.
 Love, Jenny and Jesse.
 Lincoln : Jan 17, 2009 - May 18, 2009
 Griffey: June 7, 1994 - June 5, 2009


We lost our beloved Patrick in December, 2008, of cancer.
Fortunately, it was quick, and he never appeared to suffer too much.
It seems to me that too many Goldens go this way.
 Hopefully, someday there might appear a solution to reduce these occurrences.
 Patrick was only 8, but led a full life. Since I have been retired 8 years,
Patrick and I were constant buddies. He loved the outdoors - especially the beach,
 a local golf course after hours, trips to the mountains, and long walks through our neighborhood.
 He would find golf balls and I put them in a bowl "compliments of Patrick" for our golfing friends.
 He had 100's of friends who remembered his name as we walked, and had no idea who I was. "Patrick's dad, I guess!
 He loved people, and was loved in return.
We are missing him dearly, but have wonderful memories and are looking forward to meeting again at the Rainbow Bridge.
Bob and Sue Merrill
 December 2008


We lost our Monty suddenly to cancer in November.
He was my buddy for 12 years.... he loved wrestling with Jake (our English Setter),
 swimming, rolling in the snow and playing hide and seek with our children.
He was there through all our moves and kept me company as our children left the nest.
Our family will miss him very much.
 The McDonald's ...
Nov 2008


Angel was the perfect name for her. She was in charge of the house, and ran a tight ship.
 She was very possessive of me and didn't want to share.
 I really am missing her, but so grateful for the time I got to spend with her.
When you wake up in the morning a bit stiff with minor aches and pains,
 and then watch her dance around with the others with that tumor,
 like it was made of cotton, you realize your little aches are non-existent.
Jamie ...
.March 2009



Today, May 11, marks the one year anniversary when our sweetie Sam passed over the Rainbow Bridge.  Sam was one of the MayDay goldens of May 2010.
We enjoyed a loving and happy 6 years together.He earned his Heavenly reward and now joins his brother Rusty, our first GRSF rescue from 2007
. As his gift to us, he sent us another sweetheart named Macy.  He lives forever in her.
Thanks LeeAnn and GRSF for helping us in bringing Macy to her new forever home and for being a loving sister to our other GRSF rescue Billy.
God Bless them all.
Rey and Silvia Morales and RJ