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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…


In Loving Memory of Toby

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Toby w.Ribbons
Toby agility
Toby crocodile rock

Toby is a NTSR alum who came into the lives of Janey & Ruben Rodriguez in 2006. From the moment Margy brought him to their house, he made himself at home and wiggled his way into their hearts. Toby may have had a rough start as a puppy, but he accomplished so much in his 13 years. With his tail ever wagging, he charmed people no matter where he went. Toby was a fan favorite running agility because even though he was not the fastest and sometimes missed a jump, he had so much fun running through the obstacles, and always received lots of applause and encouragement from the crowd. Toby earned his Canine Good Citizenship certification, and how could he not? He auditioned for a lawn care commercial, and competed in earth dog and Rally Obedience, his tail wagging as he completed each station. Everywhere he went, people wanted to pet him because he was so cute.


Toby loved attending NTSR’s Fala and Fall picnics and participated in the costume contests going dressed as Batman, Elton John, Cinco de Mayo, M&Ms and Gummy Scotties candies. He did not particularly enjoy dressing up, but he was always a trouper.


Toby goes to join his fellow Rodriguez Scotties over the rainbow bridge – Smytty, Chevas, BrinDee, and Kibbee. He leaves behind Scottie parents Ruben, who walked him, nursed him through illnesses, trained and ran him in agility, played bull dozing, and was a fellow couch potato lounger. Janey, who was his Rally partner, taught him to shake hands and do a paw low five, and decided when he needed grooming, and then did not allow him to roll around in the grass afterwards. In addition, Atticus, his 22-month-old Scottie mate who Toby attempted to pass on his good manners, friendliness, tricks, how to score treats, and also put up with the young pup’s rough playful antics. 


Toby was very much loved and even though his passing is painful, it in no way compares to never having had him in their lives – Janey & Ruben Rodriguez.


February 8, 2006 – September 19, 2019


When you rescued me, I promised I would be with you forever. Yesterday afternoon I fulfilled my promise. I held you as your head started to lean because of the tranquilizer. I held you as that cone of anesthesia put you to sleep. I held you as the drug slowed your breathing. I held you as you slipped away – far from the vet table. I whispered in your ear “we beat that damn cancer, Chance”.


On Thursday, August 22, 2013, we received a call from VCA Hospital in Fort Worth. A Scottie had been brought in supposedly as a stray. We picked up the dog we named Riley that afternoon. Riley was described to us as an older dog with some hair loss, maybe he had mange. We’ve seen this too many times before, Riley did not have mange just the end result of a flea infestation. Friday he went to the vet. Our vet’s report was not what we wanted to hear. Riley was 12-13 years old, he had full b


Thank you, my precious little Harley (Davidson!) for bringing such Joy into my life with your love, antics, affection, & loyal friendship. I love & miss you daily. Shall see you at Rainbow Bridge. Hugs, Mom

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