ACDs at the Rainbow Bridge

This page is dedicated to our beloved blue and red friends that have gone on to The Rainbow Bridge and await us there. Undoubtedly, these very special ACDs romp and play and herd to their hearts desire.


There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge, there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass. When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water, and warm Spring weather. Those old and frail animals are young again. Those who have been maimed are made whole again. They play all day with each other.

But there is only one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up. The nose twitches, the ears are up, the eyes are staring, and this one suddenly runs from the group. You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.

- Author Unknown

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Yonder BISS CH Bryn Mawr's Wild Blue Yonder. "Yonder" blessed us with his goofy ways from 7/28/90 to 5/19/94. He touched many, many people in that short time....but several of us will never be the same having known and lived with him. Yonder's most special people were his breeder Monica Shifflet, his mommy Kathy Buetow, his godmother Kyle Sibinovic and his handlers Kathleen and Mike Bowser and Chris Ann Vohsen. Yonder is undoubtedly at the Rainbow Bridge tossing around a silly looking big blue dumb-looking stuffed bird that his grammie Monica bought for him.....well, that and flirting with ALL the girls !!

CooperCH Katwala's My Special Agent CGC, HICc

Archie AM.CAN.CH The Dreamtimes's St Louis Blues Q.W. Was our first homebred Ch......and my best friend. He was sired by BISS CH Bryn Mawr's Rough N' Rowdy out our foundation bitch CH Durango Sweetest Surprise. He was a hansome, silent worker, and a loyal family pet. He loved his "Grammy's Carol Vohsen, and Monica Shifflet, almost as much as he loved me. He chose friends VERY carfully, as anyone who knew him will tell you. Though he never liked to show much, he became a Group Placer in Canada. He sired Champions, and also Dreamtime Catch the Blu Train, who is a Champion producing bitch, and the mother of Ch Dreamtime Double Dragon (currently the number one Australian Cattle Dog Bitch in the country as of 06/01/96. He was OFA-F and CERF normal. We lost "Archie a.k.a Arch-Modine" on 03-02-93 from inoperable carcinoma of the bowel. He went from a glorious, viberant, healthy dog, to a shadow of himself in the space of two weeks. His loss was very difficult for me...I'm still not over it. Though in my heart, I know he's happy, safe , and waiting for me at the bridge...I miss him terribly. I always will. All the joy I feel when I look into his grandchildrens eyes, I would trade in a heartbeat to have him back with me. Rest well my "Modie".......

Chasey Chasey (Nip 'n Heels Chasing the Stars), May 1992 - Nov 1992. Chasey was my dream dog. I waited for her for a long time. When we first met, she was 6 or 7 weeks old and was already a handful of energetic cattledog stuff. Chase attached herself to me from the moment I arrived. She hopped into the car as if she'd been with me for years, and she never looked back. She was #1 in her obedience class. We would have gone on in obedience and agility had not fate intervened. On Thanksgiving Day, 1992, we were walking in a Christmas tree farm with several family members, including a small child, and two dogs. Chasey bumped her nose against something on the ground...later we found it was an old cyanide "popper"...and died in minutes. In that instant, my heart was broken, for at that same time my partner's father, my close friend, was dying in an ICU bed from a massive stroke; the walk was a family thing to hold onto the good memories of him...
Chasey, by beloved "Chasing the Stars", you were so unfairly ripped from this earth and I still miss you so! Someday I'll touch your sweet fur again and, together with BoPeep, we'll carouse the skies! As Fate would have it, I did get a pup from the September litter; BoPeep is Chasey's niece and my latest best friend. --Kathy Okay, Corvallis, Oregon.

Banjo - Banjo

Valentine - Valentine

Canio - Canio - The little wild boy with an old soul and the heart of a big dog.

Cairo - Cairo - She opened my heart to being able to love again.

Oscar - "Oscar" - BIS/BISS CH Bryn Mawr's Rough N Rowdy

Goldie - Goldie

Angel - Angel - CH Reddenblu's Angel Luvs Badmen HC, 2/22/91 - 8/18/97. Angel left this earthly existance when her 8 pups were just 2 days old. Unable to care for her pups in her final hours she very willing allowed me to give them to Rush her daughter who had 6 day old pups. Angel's death came very fast, she passed away at home in my arms where she always felt safe and loved. The post mortem showed internal bleeding from a tear in her uterus. We buried her in one of her favorite spots where she used to tend the sheep endlessly. She lies close to her old friend Nancy our Nubian Goat of 16 years and Dolly our POA pony who was part of our family for over 25 years. They are all together now never to be seperated again.

Butch Butch 06/89 to 04/14/99
He was our best friend, our guardian angel. He had saved the life of my oldest son 2 times and was baby-sitter for both of my children. He will be missed beyond belief. He went to his final rest doing what he loved, herding the horses. His heart just stopped. It was just his time to rest, he had earned it. The Farrell family - New Smyrna Beach, Fl.

Cherokee Rose Cherokee Rose, 1998-2000 You needed a home and we needed you. Timid, shy, and desperately seeking affection, I hope your short time with us was as meaningful and rewarding to you as it was for us. You seemed to have had a rough start, but you kept your enthusiasm for life and each day you grew. We'll never forget how you touched our life. We'll especially miss your excitement at greeting us on the backyard deck, the slap of your doggy door and your wet cold tongue on our feet. You were a member of our family. You'll always be our "Rosebud."

Bandit Bandit (a.k.a. "Fat Dog") 1992 ~ 2001. Please click on Bandit's photo for a beautiful tribute.

Ehko & Sunnny Ehko & Sunny - Please click on Ehko & Sunny's photo for words from their owner.

Jack Jack

This is "Blue". She was our first ACD whom we loved with all our hearts. She was the runt of the litter and her entire life she was in need of special treatment. Her endurance was low as was her activity level but her love was enormous and contagious. We were more than happy to cater to her needs and comply with her demands because she was our pride and joy. She spent every minute of her life being happy and loved. She was romping around in the yard with our 13 year old Schnauzer (she could never keep up to the 13 year old dog) playing a game of tag, when she went into the pond to cool off, she climbed out of the pond, looked up at daddy with a distressed look on her face. She lied down and passed away instantly. She was 3 years old. We miss her terribly and in hindsight as we look back, we are proud to say that we couldn't have made her any happier than she was or loved her in any greater way than she was loved. Her love that she gave to us was unforgettable. We will always keep a special place in our hearts for her. Rest in peace my love.

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