TREK, my first "show dog", and Ed

Terri's dear father Ed
with golden retriever Trek, 1985
My father's love for animals was instrumental in my
love and dedication to them.  
Dad passed away in early 2001 and we miss him every day.
Our home was always full of a variety of animals --
our own and those that needed a helping hand.
"Maximillian of Manchester
"Quinton's Golden Buster Shane"
golden retriever, 1978 - 1985,
the dog by which I measure all others.
Photographed with my father in 1980

This page is dedicated to the memory of those
who left their indelible marks on our lives.
As our human family grew, animals continued to be an important part of our family.

Below is a trip down memory lane... of the animals that blessed our lives.
Sadly, digital photos were not available during many of these years.  
As we locate additional photos, we will expand this page.
Lab mix
Buddy saved this puppy where he was
dumped at a construction site in 1991 and
brought him home.
Tabby cat adopted from the SPCA,
with a very young Kelsey, 1992
Australian Shepherd
1995 - 2003
Kelsey's childhood confident & soul mat
Photographed in 1995
with her litter of 9 beautiful pups that
Kelsey (age 6 at the time) helped to whelp.
Pups born July 1996
Golden retriever/ Australian Shepherd
Our son Trey's dog who endeared himself to
the family as our trusted and loving friend.
We miss you so much dear, sweet boy.
1995 - 2007
Dear Hershey - born with partial sight, he
was one of the happiest, kindest, hardiest  
dogs I've ever known.
1996 - 2004
dwarf hamsters, parakeets, hermit crabs, lizards, rats, and guinea pigs.
They learned to care for another living being and anticipate their needs, gaining
patience, responsibility, and love.
Children learn what they live.
Albino guinea pig that Kelsey found injured
in a hamster cage at a pet store.  He lived
many years with us, well beyond normal life
Silver joined us as a rescue.
She lived out a charmed life after adoption
by a dear neighbor.
teaching Breeze doggy manners shortly
after she arrived at Xanadu.
Mike lived with Breeze and Midas for 3 years
before crossing the rainbow bridge at age 12
MIKE (in forefront)
with Buddy, puppy Midas (in pool) and
Breeze (hopping out of the pool) on a hot
summer day in 2005.
our Bashkir Curly with Kelsey and Trey, 1999
Sunny lives with his breeder and doing well.
Yes, this is a real lion cub.
After college, Terri had the privilege of working with a variety of
wild animals at a Lion Country Safari Park in Richmond, VA.  
This young male lion shared my office with me during the day.
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 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...
Our Special Memories
QUINTON and Terri
"Quinton's Golden Son"
He and his brother Max were my first
golden retrievers in 1978.
The golden retriever years......
Special horses that shared Kelsey's life.  These horses are doing
well with their families.  We remember them as we love them so.
from Kelsey's Sweet Briar sophomore year

Thank you Ali!
Updated 7/25/10
with Kelsey 1996
join our family
abCHptd Ocean State's Echo in a Breeze, ROM, OFA

March 21, 2004 - June 24, 2015