In Loving Memory

Amaguk Scarlet N'Kia of Aniak
Snomist's Shady Lady | Sutaisa Aniaks Takn A Chance | Sutaisa Midnight Hijak O'Aniak
Aniak's Spirit of the North | Kira | Katrina | Aniak's Littlest Angel  & Aniak's Moment's Blessing


Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called the 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...

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Snomist's Shady Lady

June 02,1990  - December 08, 2003

Ashley, our first Alpha Siberian, was always respected by each Aniak Siberian, even on her last day here with us. She was a Siberian who could just give them "the Look" and that was enough to restore order in the pack. Always so youthful and healthy, we truly thought you'd live to be seventeen. Old girl, you are dearly missed by all of us,especially by your sibling, Bear. Ashley, please wait for us at the Rainbow Bridge and keep the Aniak Tribe in order until we are reunited. You are gone but you will never be forgotten. We hold you in our hearts each and every day. Via con dios, until we meet again, dear, sweet Ashley Girl.

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Sutaisa Aniaks Takn A Chance

July 21,1994  - August 30, 2003

Chance was an amazing dog. He was a "Fire and Frost" grandson. He had incredible movement, was very masculine and had a wonderful face. Chance got a third placement in the 12 to 18 month class at the 1995 SHCA National Specialty under Mrs. Ann Rogers Clarke. Shortly after that, unfortunately, Chance injured his leg and was never competitive again . He was a funny boy and very hard headed if he did not want to do something. Always young at heart, he would share his opinions with us readily. At times, it seems so empty and silent here since he went to the Rainbow Bridge. Chance, please wait for us with the rest of the Aniak Pack until we are reunited again. You are truly missed by those who remain here.

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Sutaisa Midnight Hijak O'Aniak

June 30, 1993  - December 15, 2002

"Our sweet Hyjack, how we loved you so. Somehow you were meant to be in our home and Pat so graciously agreed to let you come live with us. We will always remember your sweet, affectionate and loving nature; how you loved to perch yourself on the second story deck and look out over the river and desert; and how you loved to snuggle with me on the bed. You will forever be in our hearts and we will never forget you. Rest in peace, my sweet boy."

"Aniak also wants to remember our dear sweet and oh so special friend, Hyjack. Our hearts break knowing that you are no longer enjoying your life at the Bachmann's. It has always amazed us that the very first time you met Lori, in an instant, you were able to share your special love with Lori as you had done with us for two and a half years. Your Siberian heart was big enough to immediately do this. You are gone but definitely not forgotten. Hyjack. You already know the Aniak Pack that is waiting at the Rainbow Bridge. Please wait with them until we meet again, beloved old friend. "

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Aniak's Spirit of the North

April 26, 1996  - November 29, 1998

On November 29, 1998 our beloved Chakka (Aniak's Spirit of the North) passed away, still short of his third birthday and just as the world was beginning to see what a wonderful Siberian he was. In six short months, he received multiple Best In Show awards and was named the #1 Siberian Husky, #1 of Group 5, and #10 All Breed in Brazil for 1998.

"Chakka, in April of 1998 you went from never having been in the show ring to being the 10th Best Dog in all of Brazil by November. You accomplished so much in such a short time. We are so proud of you. You were loved and cherished by us. Our hearts are truly broken and, even now, the tears flow so easily. Chakka, wait at the Bridge for us and we will see each other again..."

More about Chakka

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August 9th, 1998  -December 12th, 2001


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Katrina went to the Bridge in October 1999.
She will be missed by all those who loved her.




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Aniak's Littlest Angel
Aniak's Moment's Blessing

The ocean is a little deeper now from the many tears that I cried when you slipped out of our lives. There is a heaviness in my heart when I consider how powerless I was to keep you both here with us. We LOVED you both and we did NOT want to lose you. At five days of age, you both slipped away to the Rainbow Bridge. I tried so hard to keep you breakthing and your hearts beating but you could not stay. Wait with Chakka and Katrina and they will keep you company while you await our arrival. Maybe you are able to see your brother and sisters and know that they are doing well here with us at Aniak... Know that each of you all will remain eternally in our hearts until we meet again...


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A Dog's Poem

I got to the gate of heaven today, after we said goodbye
I began to miss you terribly, because I heard you cry
Suddenly there was an angel, and she asked me to enter heaven┤s gate
I asked her if I could stay outside for someone who would be late
I wouldn┤t make much noise you see, I wouldn┤t bark or howl
I┤ll only wait here patiently and play with my tennisball
The angel said I could stay right here and wait for you to come
Because heaven just wouldn┤t be heaven if I went in alone
So I┤ll wait right here, you take your time, but keep me in your heart
Because heaven just wouldn┤t be heaven without you to warm my heart...

Author unknown...





Rainbow Bridge Return

The little dog arrived at the Rainbow Bridge, and a pack of dogs
rushed up to greet him.  He braced himself, expecting a fight,
but this was the first pack that wagged their tails and kissed
him instead of attacking him.

It was beautiful here, and everyone was nice to him.  None of
them had been born in a puppy mill, like he had, and used for
dog-bait fighting and left to die in a shelter because he was a
mix-breed battle-scarred cur and wasn't cute.They explained
why they were waiting... for their humans who loved them.

What is love?" he asked, and God let him go back to earth,
and find out.

Warm, and dark, he squeezed in with the others and waited for
the day to be born. Scared, he held back as long as he could,
but finally got dragged out, by his hind feet.  Hands without
fur held him gently and rubbed him dry and opened his mouth
and guided him to a warm nipple with milk  He didn't get a
good hold on it, because one of his big fat brothers pushed
him aside.  The human hand moved the other puppy to another
nipple and held his body, so he could drink.

Ahhh, that's better, " he thought, and drank until his jaws
got tired and he curled up to sleep next to his warm hairy
mother.  "I remember this," he mused... "Too bad I'll have
to grow up to be hit, left out in the cold and rain, and used
for dog-bait fighting, and die as an unclaimed rescue dog.
I remember what it's like, being a dog." he thought sadly.

That night, he crawled up to his mother and tried to nurse, but
he kept getting pushed off to the side.  When they were full,
the big brothers and sisters got their bottoms cleaned and he
finally latched on to a nipple, but the human hands weren't there
to hold him up, and there wasn't any milk in any of the nipples,
anyway.  He was weak and so tiny.  It was even hard to stay
upright, and he fell over on his back and couldn't right himself.

So he began to cry, and suddenly the human hands were there,
holding him up and puting a rubber thing in his mouth.
It didn't taste or feel like mother, but it was warm and made
the ache in his tummy go away.

He was having trouble breathing ...   His lungs weren't fully
developed, because he had waited too long to join the others
in the womb, as he took one last romp at the Rainbow Bridge.
He could feel the heartbeat of the human, who had laid him on
her chest and covered him with a soft cloth, keeping him warm,
and soothing his boney body with gentle circling touches.

He kept thinking of his new friends who had been so nice to
him at the bridge and asked God if he could go back.
God said "Yes, but not just yet. You wanted to experience Love."

So for several hours (seemed like days but it was dark and he
couldn't tell what time it was), the human supplemented his
feeding and let him experience the warmth of his mother's body
and tongue, and the pile of warm soft littermates. He got weaker,
and the human held him more often, leaving the littermates to
sleep in a pile while he got carressed, kissed, and got to listen
to the heartbeat which was strong and loving.

Finally God came back and asked, "are you ready to come back
to the Rainbow Bridge?" Yes, he responded," with a little sorrow,
because the human didn't want to let him go, and was crying.

He pushed the air out of his lungs and floated back to the
Rainbow Bridge and looked back at the human, who was still
crying and holding the limp body that he had borrowed for
his trip.

Thank you, God," he said.  "Love is beautiful, and I will wait
near the Bridge and let the human know, when she arrives,
that I loved her, too."

by Joy LaCaille





For All Who've Lost A HeartDog

I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying. You found it hard to sleep.
I whinned to you softly as you brushed away a tear.
"It's me, I haven't left you. Im well, Im fine, Im here."
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wished I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you, that I'm not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "It's Me"
You look so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away"
 You sat there very quietly, then you smiled, I think you the
stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over...I smile and watch you yawning
and say "goodnight, God bless, I'll see you in the morning"
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live you journey out...then come home to be with me.

Author unknown



The image of the Rainbow Bridge used on this page is ęCopyright 2000 by Native American Images. All rights reserved. Used with permission.



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