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January 24, 2008

Shaggy 01/24/08

A Tribute to Shaggy

yellow labrador retriever - Shaggy

yellow labrador - Shaggy

yellow lab - Shaggy

yellow lab - Shaggy

Hi everyone, My name is Jaya. I lost my lovable lab, Shaggy, a year ago. Was 5 years old. He ran out the front gate and was hit by a car.

I was only 14 when I got Shaggy (now I'm 19). I was so over the moon about having a dog, just the fact that I could look after him and share fun times with him seemed so fantastic. Mum was meant to get me a dog when I was about 7, but she thought it would be difficult to look after as i was too young.

After I got Shaggy, I couldn't imagine how I lived with out him for so long! He just made life a whole lot better. After he passed away, I again think how can I live with out him. He was a gentle giant.

Photos From: Jaya (Location Unknown)

Do dogs go to heaven?
by Dan Atcheson

My little bully passed away, no more to breathe a sound.
I held him for the last time, then entombed him in the ground.
Day and night I wept so much, in tears I thought I'd drown.
I searched my soul for comfort, but no peace therein was found.

In great despair, I hit my knees and then began to pray.
"Father will I ever see, my dog again someday?"
I raised my eyes and saw an angel standing near a gate.
I sensed an inner peace I'd never felt before that day.

The angel smiled and said to me, "Oh man of little faith!
God sees every bird that falls; He knows your bully's fate.
I have met your little dog, I saw him pass my way.
Your precious dog is still alive; he just walked through this gate.

Paradise is lovelier than you can comprehend.
No pain or grief, no tears or fears, and life will have no end.
God gave to man His only Son, to cover all his sins.
So why would God withhold from you, your pure and loving friend?”

The angel took me by the hand and said, "Now come with me.
A glimpse of paradise I'll give, to you so you can see."
Through the gate and o'er the Rainbow Bridge we did proceed.
Through green valleys filled with flowers, rolling hills and trees.

“Wow, so this is paradise!” The place was filled with joy.
I saw my bully playing there, with dogs and cats and toys.
He also had some doggie treats, and food that he enjoyed.
He'd made a lot of new friends there, including girls and boys.

Then I saw a child come near, and hug my little mate.
She said to him, "I love you so," and kissed him on the face.
The angel said, "The child just crossed the Rainbow Bridge today.
Now she needs a little friend, to love and help her play.

God’s love for her would be enough, in that make no mistake.
But in His love, He knew full well, the child would want a mate.
This is why God called your dog unto this splendid place.
God’s entrusted her with him, ‘til you pass through the gate."

I pleaded, “May I hug them both?!” The angel answered, “No!
You’d violate a sacred site, and now it’s time to go.”
He led me back across the Bridge and through the gate to home.
He left me there with new-found hope and peace within my soul.

If someone ever asks what happens to a dog that dies,
Just give a gentle smile of joy and look them in the eye.
Take their hand and comfort them and tell them not to cry.
For dogs don’t die, they simply cross a bridge to paradise.

Thank you for the wonderful photos and sharing your story about Shaggy. My deepest condolences on your loss.

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