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....
At Olympia Kennels, we have been privileged to work closely with many remarkable dogs and people over the years. Here are a few who have especially touched our lives.
Mike and Jennsy
When Jennsy came to us as a young dog, it was hard to imagine that this rough stone would develop into such a rare gem. Her raw power and superior fighting drive were recognized by top trainers from around the world, who offered kings’ ransoms for her. However, to us she was priceless. Even though she was known to her fans as “The Baddest Bitch in Boston” for her protection performances, she had an endearing personality a zest for life that made her unforgettable to anyone who knew her. She will be greatly missed.
Luger was over 14 years old when he passed away. He was owned and loved by a close friend of Mike's, Phil Buckland. Phil did much of the construction at Olympia through the years, and was in charge of building the Doggie Day Care facility. Throughout this long project, Luger was always with Phil, hanging out at the kennel, playing with the pups, and entertaining the people who came to visit. A dog of excellent temperament, Luger was full of life and a true character right up to the very end. As Mike would jokingly say, " Anyone who can live with Phil must have a steady disposition! " Luger will be missed by all of us.
"Alex" Galax vom Niemberger Eck SchH3, KKL2a
Alex was imported from Germany by Olympia as a two year old Schutzhund 3 dog at the request of one of Olympia's regular customers. This was the second time Olympia imported a dog for these clients, and he would have big shoes to fill since his predecessor, Bronko, was an outstanding German Shepherd. But Alex had nothing to worry about, since he not only impressed his new owners with his ability as a working dog, he also quickly found his way into their hearts as their faithful friend and companion. Alex's page
Crystal de Brucelee was imported as a puppy and grew up here at Olympia Kennels. While Crystal was still young Harry Alexander became her primary handler and Mike became her helper. Crystal earned her Schutzhund I, II and III with very respectable scores. She won 1st place in the Schutzhund II competition which was held in Germany.
Crystal was then sold to Ray and Brenda Bourgeois of Bedford, NH. Ray has trained several import German Shepherd Dogs with us through the years and of all the dogs he has worked Crystal showed exceptional willingness to please her master. Crystal never took her eyes off Raymond when he handled her in Schutzhund obedience. The teamwork they displayed was a thrill to watch!
Crystal was loved by Ray and Brenda unconditionally until her death in 2011. She will always be remembered as a courageous compeition dog and a wonderful family companion who was always on her best behavior. She was a loyal and devoted best friend of Ray until the very end.
Crystal will always be in our hearts.
Ray and Crystal
Crystal de Brucelee SchH III, BH, AD August 13, 1997 ~ January 17, 2011 A once in a lifetime dog