Diavolino Italian Greyhounds

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Rainbow Bridge
The hardest part of loving these dogs is that they do not live long enough. My heart breaks a little bit more with the loss of each one.

My own life has been made richer by each of the following IGs, and I hope to meet them again someday.

  • Ch Diavolino's Christmas Miracle (Dec 28, 1988 - Feb 28, 2001)
  • Ch Diavolino's Demon Child (Mar 6, 1995 - Jan 3, 2012)
  • Ch Diavolino's Hurry Up (Nov 20, 1992 - Sept 15, 2008)
  • Ch Diavolino's Lasting Impression  (Jul 5, 1990 - Sep 10, 2004)
  • Ch Diavolino's Starlight Rumor (Nov 17, 1989 - Sep 27, 1999)
  • Ch Diavolino's Twilight Secret  (Jul 5, 1990 - Jan 4, 2006)
  • Am Ch Luisa's Cosimo's Last Word  ( Oct 3, 1989 - Aug 11, 2000)
  • Mira Bayou   (Jan 15, 1998  - Aug 22, 2005)
  • Ch Pikop's Cerulean Mystique  (Oct 30, 1985 - Apr 22, 1998)
  • Ch Pikop's Scandalous Affair  ( Jun 4, 1986 - Feb 22, 2003)
  • Am/Can Ch Sunjata's Sunnyside Up (April 23, 1988 - 1995)
  • Spiderman (Jun 12, 2008 - Aug 24, 2008)
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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.... 

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If you have suffered the loss of your treasured companion, it hurts... I know it does.  God knows... I know.

It is completely normal to grieve the loss, much as you would grieve the loss of a human companion.  Some people will tell you "It's only a dog" and belittle your loss.  Do not be angry with them, feel sorry for them, for they have never known a love so unconditional as that which you have experienced.

I have found that it helps to share my loss with others who can empathize with my feelings.  It is very important to the grieving process to acknowledge the loss, to acknowledge the love you shared, and to honour your companion with some form of ceremony.  For some, that might be a funeral, for others, it might be a Memorial ad in a dog magazine, for others it might be posting your companion's life story on the internet.

Personally, I post my dog's life story on an Italian Greyhound Forum where I know everyone else feels my pain.  Although my eyes fill with painful tears when I write the story, as time passes, I can go back and re-read it with a smile slowly growing.  I can remember the joy I felt when I had them in my arms, and relive it just a little bit.

Do not feel ashamed if your grief feels insurmountable.  Do not be ashamed to seek counselling.  These lives were real... they meant something.  To pretend that they weren't important enough to feel real pain is to dishonour their memory.

   These are some links that you may find comforting:

Association For Pet Loss & Bereavement     Rainbow Bridge      Coping With Pet Loss     Pet Loss Grief Support

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