Rainbow Bridge

Puppy Love, Inc. was created out of the tragic loss of our beloved 10-month-old chocolate lab, Emma.

The details of her death follow the anonymously written Rainbow Bridge.

Emma and LaurieWe have the good fortune to have adopted a few Louisiana dogs from Chi.P.P. Rescue in New Iberia, Louisiana. Those adoptions resulted in a friendship and collaboration with Roxanna “Rocky” Gates, who runs the group and has been doing rescue for over 25 years. She is a saint by our standards. Shortly after Emma’s death, we contacted her to rescue another Louisiana sweetheart, and discovered that her Maine-based coordinator was no longer working with her. One thing lead to another, and Puppy Love, Inc. was born.

The day following Emma’s death, we saw a double rainbow and knew it was our baby crossing the bridge. As Beckett, our adoptee after Emma died, was being placed on a plane for her flight to Maine, a double rainbow appeared in Louisiana. To some that is no more than meaningless coincidence, but we see it differently. Emma and Beckett share a soul connection that continues to this day.

We will never forget our sweet, beautiful Emma, and her death will be the bridge to life for many pups that find the path from New Iberia to Maine. We’ll see you on the other side of the bridge, Emma Jolene.

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.double_rainbow

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 that 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

On June 5, 2010, Emma suffered a fatal injury when another dog became entangled in the Invisible Fence transmitter collar Emma was wearing.

Emma’s friend, a year old pup, grabbed the Invisible Fence collar and it somehow got lodged between her teeth. Panicked and frightened, the pup shook her head vigorously in attempts to dislodge the transmitter. The end result was strangulation and the death of our puppy.

Emma was an inseparable companion to our other Louisiana adoption dog, Levon. Levon was as devastated as we were. He made periodic sweeps throughout the house to find her, and cried during the night when she wasn’t by his side. In our grief and devastation, we needed to comfort him as well. We felt guilty, and wish we could have prevented this tragedy.

Emma was a muscular lab who could play rough. We had witnessed her occasionally taking Levon’s collar in a playful tug-of-war game.  We would stop the behavior, but never fathomed it could lead to a serious injury, let alone death. We wonder if she was too young for the system, or, if we had been more aggressive in curbing the collar tugging, her death could have been prevented.

PLEASE DON’T LET YOUR DOGS PULL ON ANOTHER DOG’S COLLAR. DON’T PUT YOUR DOG INTO A CRATE WEARING A COLLAR. REMOVE YOUR DOG’S INVISIBLE FENCE COLLAR WHEN THEY ARE INDOORS.

After learning of this tragic incident, Invisible Fence sent an e-mail to their dealers to warn of the potential hazard. We continue to use our Invisible Fence, and have trained Beckett with the system. Invisible Fence did notify their dealers, and plan to modify their contract to warn of potential for harm. We highly recommend them as a responsible and reputable company.