Our Shasta is Waiting at the Rainbow Bridge

26th Aug 2017

Shasta is waiting at the rainbow bridge

We have been missing for a while.

Though I’m back, because it was time, I am missing a piece of my heart.

I didn’t realize, with our graduation post, it would be his last.

I’m crying as I write and it feels like the crushing pain and emptiness may not end.

I have many experiences with a lot of learning to share. I’m just not quite ready.

The memories of our precious fur kid and the time we spent together are what we can still hold.

Creating this video and the walk down memory lane is therapy and brought smiles through the tears.

The Rainbow Bridge Poem-Harley and Shasta

Special thanks to M.K and Skipper Clinton for their PhotoShop expertise.

Check out M.K’s amazing blog Barking from the Bayou featuring Skipper’s photo skills!

We miss you everyday little man!!

Until the smiles, barks and wagging tails return….

The Book  “Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates” has been a lifeline for me, in case you are in need of hope in the midst of your own grief.


I want to thank my Mum for an amazing birthday gift! I told her about Cuddle Clones and how much I wanted one of Shasta. A cuddle clone is a customized, handmade, stuffed animal in the likeness of your pet. Around Christmas time my Shasta clone arrived.

In two weeks I will attend the 10th anniversary 2018 BlogPaws conference.  It is my fourth time attending and will be my first without Shasta. I plan to bring his clone with me. Though it does not replace him, his clone brings me comfort. I now want one of Harley too. I only wish I had ordered it before he crossed the Rainbow Bridge and plan to have one created much earlier when the next furry friend joins our family.Bringing comfort in our loss-Shasta's Cuddle Clone

63 comments on “Our Shasta is Waiting at the Rainbow Bridge

  1. M.K and Skipper Clinton are really nice photographing. I have seen the full video, some photo are awesome for me.

  2. I’m so deeply sorry for your loss, Denise. I hope all of the wonderful memories you have of Shasta will eventually bring you comfort. Our fur babies are never far… they live forever in our hearts. (I’m so glad I got to see Shasta at BlogPaws.)

  3. I was so sad to hear of Shasta’s passing, but very happy I had the brief chance to meet him at BlogPaws this year. I know just how important he was to you and you to him. He will be will you forever and this was certainly a beautiful way to honor his memory.
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  4. I am so sorry for your loss! It looks like Shasta had a great life with you, and I know you will always miss him. Sending you healing thoughts.

  5. Karen Harrison on said:

    Met him briefly at Blogpaws this year. I am so very sorry for your loss. Take the time you need to begin the healing. Everyone handles it in their own way, and when the time is right, the way to honor him will become clear. In the meantime, take care!
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  6. I’m so blessed to have had some time with Shasta, sharing some kisses, snuggles, and warmth when we were together in South Carolina. Shasta was such a loving dog and I know his loss has been difficult. I always take comfort in knowing that heaven has a new member and that we on earth have a new guardian angel. Shasta will always be with you, as will the memories you shared together.

    Sending you light, love, and healing thoughts.

  7. You know how sorry I was for your loss Denise- you have such a big heart!. I am so glad we got to hang out at BlogPaws and that at least you got a little extra time if not nearly enough. I love seeing you back and that you are ready to share a tribute to Shasta as that is a great part of dealing with such heart break. It is great to celebrate the wonderful moments. Sending hugs. XSXSXSXS
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  8. Such a precious baby. We remember Jasmine every day. And Cookie is living out her legacy.

  9. Oh this hurts to see. We are not regular visitors but we know real love and grief when it happens.

    We are so glad you are back, although you will miss your muse Shasta.
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  10. Hello Denise, I’m new to the Blog Paws community, so I’m visiting your blog for the first time today. What a beautiful tribute to Shasta and the rich life he enjoyed with you! The variety of pictures and videos showcases how far his hippity-hop walk took him, precious little guy! Hugs!

    • Welcome to a wonderful community of like minded people. The heartbreak remains but this loss is very different than when we lost Harley in 2013 because of the support of the BlogPaws group. I look forward to getting to know you better.

  11. Your king remembrance and offer is comforting. If you come to BlogPaws please come by the Honor Flags.

  12. What a lovely video of your boy. I’m honored to be in it. He was the sweetest little soul. I know one day you’ll begin to be able to remember him with more smiles than tears. You guys were so lucky to have found each other!
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  13. I’m so sorry to hear about Shasta. There’s nothing to describe the pain we feel when we lose a fur child. It’s been 6 years since I lost my Praline, but she remains in my heart and the pain still creeps out at times. My thoughts are with you during this time of grief.

  14. Denise, I’m so sorry to hear about Shasta, I didn’t know. I know how much your heart hurts, we have all felt that crushing pain. Your video montage is wonderful, Shasta certainly lived large and had so many great adventures with you. You gave Shasta the best life!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  15. I’m so sorry for your loss. It looks like Shasta had a long, happy, active life with you guys. Hold those memories close. Shasta would want you to remember him and smie 🙂

  16. Oh, I am so very sorry for your incredible loss. Your video was so touching! That could not have been easy to put together. I know how I get with just a single picture, let alone a beautiful collage of so many. RIP sweet Sasha.

  17. I’m so very sorry for your loss. It is always so hard when we lose our beloved fur babies. I hope you can find comfort in the many happy memories you shared together. I loved the video tribute – so very sweet. Sending hugs

  18. Shasta was certainly a stunner!! What a beautiful tribute to such an important part of you. I truly believe our beloved pets who are no longer with us are running free, happy and waiting until we meet again. Being part of a community of pet lovers really does bring solace, as we all understand how you’re feeling and you have a community to turn to when you need support.

  19. That is such a lovely video. I am so sorry for your loss! I am sure Shasta led an incredible life with you.

  20. I cried so much watching the video. Such a lovely tribute to little Shasta. She was lucky to have you as her mom!

  21. What a touching tribute filled with love and happy times shared with Shasta. So sorry for your loss. Heartfelt hugs and caring thoughts to you.

  22. Shasta was a lovely dog and he got to live a full and rich life with you. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  23. SO sweet – I’m sorry for your loss! I love seeing all these rainbow bridge day photos though, to remind everyone of those special pets that have gone before. <3 -Shelby G.
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  24. Bless your heart – the pain is so visceral and real, and I completely understand. Sharing the depth of the emotion is so personal and it took me 10 years before I could put in words what my heart experienced at the loss of my heart dog. I’ll keep you all in my thoughts.

    • The pain is so deep. When we lost Harley I felt very alone. I started the blog almost a year after we lost Harley and still have not been able to share. Finding an on line community of pet parents who understand has changed my life!

  25. I am so sorry for how much your heart is breaking. Remember that you will be together again one day. In the meantime, hold the good memories close to your heart….Meowy Hugs!

  26. Heather Wallace on said:

    I am so sorry. Losing a pet is horrible and I still miss my cat even 8 years later. I try to remember the wonderful times we had together when it gets especially hard.

  27. I am sorry for your loss Denise. Shasta was so lucky to have you and share in your lives.

  28. I love this video so much – so many wonderful memories and that last clip of Shasta running was just perfect.

    Shasta lived life to the fullest thanks to you. I am so glad I was able to spend time with both of you in May. I wish we lived closer because I know how much your heart is breaking. Wish there was something I could say, but really in these moments I know there is not …sending you tons of love and light.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it as I know the video was long but an such an important piece of my grief. I’m glad we spent time together too! Being part of this community (BlogPaws) has changed my life and introduced me to wonderful friends. We bonded over your series, “The Specials”, and though distance separates us you are a precious friend to me.

  29. I am so sorry for your loss Denise.
    Shasta was such a special little gal, I love her little run.
    My heart is breaking for you.

  30. What a beautiful tribute. Thank you for letting us play a part in it. Y’all gave Shasta a wonderful life. ❤️??❤️

  31. Denise, my heart breaks for you during this difficult time. Sending lots of love and prayers!

  32. Amber Morgan Wong on said:

    You’re an amazing dog mom with an even bigger heart! So sorry you’re hurting. 🙁

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