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Miss Elly
October 27, 1983 - January 20, 2000

Sis's Corky, Jr. (JR)
September 27, 1983 - January 20, 2000

JR, a Yorkie and Miss Elly, a Peek-A-Poo, our furry family, went to heaven to play with our son on January 20, 2000, the heaven date of their new owner, John. Sixteen years ago, they came to live with us when they were 4 and 8 weeks old! I have put together a few photos that I hope you will enjoy.

JR was a Christmas present to me from my sweet husband. He told me that he had set up an account for me to go to the pet store and purchase whatever we needed for him. Well, not only did I get what he needed, but he needed a friend to play with. So I bought Miss Elly, because he needed her. They were so close. One time Miss Elly spent the night with my sister and JR got physically ill. He wouldn't eat or jump and play. He missed her so much, that when we met my sister later the next day, JR saw Miss Elly first and he jumped completely out of my arms and ran to her! There was nothing wrong with him the night before. He was just heart broken. Needless to say, they were always together to the end. They came into our home 16 years ago together and they left this world to their pet heaven together. I have a lot of stories about these two. They were our constant dedicated companions.


The picture to the left is of our two little muffins on our boat. They began their boating career when they were first brought into our home. We used to take them every week with us. They loved it! The picture on the right was taken on their little ride around the pool on their float!


John Dion Ridenour-Marvel
September 8, 1968 - January 20, 1989

The two photos above are of our son, John and each of the babies. John loved these two a lot. We just know that they will be so happy to see John and he will be so happy to see them, too!

They lived through so much. They even lived through 2 infant grandbabies always pulling their ears and their hair. They would chase them around the room just to give them a hug.

One time Miss Elly got out of our fence in the backyard. We walked and drove all over the neighborhool looking for her. I was in tears most of the time, but we just could not find her anywhere. The next morning, my husband drove around again and then left for work. He heard a lot of honking on a main street here. There was our Miss Elly, in the middle of the street with traffic stopped in both directions. She was looking lonely and was shaking like a leaf. My husband brought her home and was she ever happy.

They had the cutest personalities! We used to give them a doggie biscuit when they came inside from doing their business. They used to have a little game they played with the biscuits. J.R. would eat his immediately almost like he was starved to death! (We all know that isn't true!) Miss Elly would play with her biscuit for a while and taunt J.R. with it. She loved to play these games with him. He would sit and watch her for a long time in hopes that she would take her eyes off the biscuit just long enough for him to take it. When he would get near it, she would growl so that he wouldn't get near it. J.R. began to get smart to her games. One day, he went to the front door and barked. Of course, Miss Elly jumped off of the couch and ran immediately to the door thinking someone was there. The second she left her position on the couch where she was guarding her biscuit, J.R. ran in, jumped on the couch and ate the whole thing! As soon as Miss Elly discovered that nobody was at the door, she came back in to resume her position guarding her biscuit and found it gone! Well, this worked so well for J.R., he thought he would try this little game again the next time they received a biscuit. Miss Elly got smart to his schemes and when J.R. tried barking at the door again, after a few seconds, he came running in and made a jumping leap onto the couch. Miss Elly was sitting right there guarding her biscuit. He landed on top of her and was so surprised that she was still there! He immediately ran back to the door and tried barking again. She didn't move! However, this time, he did not jump onto her. He was a little more cautious. I was sitting there watching the whole episode and have laughed about this for years!

Tribute to A Dog

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, in health and sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. When all other friends desert he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

JR and Miss Elly was awarded the Certificate of Achievement from All American Dog Training Academy, Inc. on March 9th, 1985.

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of Heaven is a place called 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 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 who have 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, someone who was 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 begins to quiver.
Suddenly, he breaks from the group, flying over the green grass, 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 those trusting eyes,
so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...

*Author Unknown*

If It Should Be

If it should be that I grow weak,
And the pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle cannot be won.
You will be sad, I understand,
Don't let your grief then stay your hand,
For this day more that all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.
We've had so many happy years,
What is to come can hold no fears,
You'd not want me to suffer so,
The time has come to let me go.
Take me where my need they'll tend,
And please stay with me until the end,
I know in time that you will see,
The kindness that you have done for me,
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved.
Please do not grieve, it must be you,
Who had this painful thing to do,
We've been so close, we two, these years,
Don't let your heart hold back its tears.

*Author Unknown*

Heaven's Doggy-Door

My best friend closed his eyes last night,
As his head was in my hand.
The Doctors said he was in pain,
And it was hard for him to stand.
The thoughts that scurried through my head,
As I cradled him in my arms.
Were of his younger, puppy years,
And OH...his many charms.
Today, there was no gentle nudge
With an intense "I love you gaze",
Only a heart thats filled with tears
Remembering our joy filled days.
But an Angel just appeared to me,
And he said, "You should cry no more,
GOD also loves our canine friends,
HE's installed a 'doggy-door"!

* Jan Cooper '95*

Thank you for sharing our special furry family that were with us for so many years. We miss them so much, but we know they have a new master and that is our son, John.

After JR and Miss Ellie left us, we weren't sure we could go through the pain of losing another furry family member. We changed our minds. It is our pleasure to introduce you to Dale's "Shadow". He is our new Tiny Yorkie born February 11, 2002. His full weight will not be over 4 pounds. Shadow has been a great joy to us and we are very happy to have him in our lives. He's already showing signs of being extremely smart. Puppies are a joy to train and we will have so much fun. Eventually we will have a website contoured just for him. We're collecting stories about this little guy. In the photo on the left he is almost 2 months old (photo taken April 28, 2002). We will be updating photos of him as he progresses. Please click on his picture to visit his site!

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