Memories of Bandit
Bandit along with his mother and 5 siblings had been abandoned on the side of the road. They were brought to the Lake County Humane Society where on July 18, 1992 Bandit was adopted. This was the begining of a wonderful and loving friendship. Over the next 14 plus years Bandit provided love, joy, many special moments and fond memories for his owners. He was a very beloved and dedicated friend and is deeply missed. He is in a better place now visting with Mom, and Cousin Goldie. I love Bandit very much and hope to see him again one day!!!!
Bandit's pal Pepper joined him at the bridge on August 21, 2007. Please visit Pepper at: http://rainbowsbridge.com/residents/PEPPE102/Resident.htm
3/24/07 - Bandit you have only been gone for a short time and I miss you so much. I still look for you when I come home and wait to take you out in the yard. You were my very special friend and life is not the same without you.
3/25/07 - I am overwhelmed by the amount of support I have received from the many friends of Rainbows Bridge. I know Bandit would be happy to know that so many care and understand the pain that I feel. Thank you all
3-27-07 - I can't believe it has been 5 weeks already. Everyone says it will get easier with time, it seems to be harder. I received a really nice poem today from a friend at Rainbows Bridge that made me fill good. Bandit, I am sorry I had to make the decision that I did but I know that it was best for you. I miss you so much. I love you.
3-30-07 - Hey buddy I miss you, I wanted to let you know that your pal Pepper also has some Kidney problems. We are going to do everything we can for her, like we did for you. I hope you and Cousin Goldie are at the bridge with you ears up high and your tails wagging. Bandit there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. You took a piece of me with you. Be well my friend.
4-8-07 Happy Easter Bandit. The snow is falling and you would have loved it. You did like the snow. The pain has subsided some but I still miss you deeply. I try and think of all the good things we had to together.
4-20-07 - It was 2 months ago that you left for the bridge, and it still seems like yesterday. The pain is not as bad but the void is still there. I miss the love and joy you brought, but your spirit will always be with me. I miss taking you for a ride in the car, "your sassiness" and playing with Phil. But most of all I just miss you. Pepper's kidney levels have become worse but she seems to being doing just fine, We are doing whatever we can to keep her as healthy as possible. I know she misses you and one day she will join cousin Goldie and you at the bridge, but we want to keep her with us for as long as possible. I know that cousin Goldie and you will be watching for her when her day comes to join you. Dr. J told me that on that final day I gave you the same unconditional love that you gave to me for all those years. She was right, but I never realized how much it would hurt. Give Mom and Cousin Goldie a big wet kiss from all of us.
5-4-2007 - Bandit, Pepper's kidneys are getting worse. She is at the vet today getting some treatment that we hope will slow down the kidney disease somewhat. We hope that she can be with us for as long as possible. Keep guarding the bridge with Cousin Goldie and all of your other new friends. I miss you very much my friend, I still wish I could give you a kiss on the head and hear that growl once more.
5-7-2007 - Bandit, we are having a hard time with your pal Pepper. She is not doing well and has been in the hospital for a few days now. I don't know that she is going to be able to come home again. She may be coming to the bridge soon. Keep a space in between you and Cousin Goldie for her. The three of you will be togther again. I love you and miss you very much.
5-9-2007 - We got great news on your pal Pepper, her kidneys did well with the treatment, she is not out of the woods yet but is inproving. Our hearts feel a little better that maybe she will be coming home soon. I know that you and Cousin would like to see her again but please ask God to let us keep her for a while longer. I am learning about this kidney stuff and I really hope that I made the right decision with you. I know that you are happy and free at least. Keep that special place for Pepper between you and Cousin but please wait to fill it. Tell Cousin Goldie that Grandma & Grandpa miss her very much, as well as the rest of the family. We miss you as well!!!!
5-16-07 - Hey Bandit, Pepper is at home and she is improving each day. Things are looking postive for the short term, long term is still in question. It has been very hard watching her go through all of the treatment over the past week and a half. She learned from you how to be a fighter.
5-30-07 Happy Birthday Bandit. You would have been 15, I was thinking about you very much last night and it still brings tears to my eyes. The void you left in my heart will always be there. I wish we could have had one more birthday together, but then I would have wanted one more, than another, you know what I mean. Pepper is doing better, I think she is going to stay with us for a while but keep that special place ready for her. Sister Max is not doing so well and she may be on her way to the bridge in the near future, I know you and her did not always get along well, but I know you and the Cousin will welcome her to the bridge. I think of you often my friend, I hope that you are running and playing and having a good time.
6-11-2007 - Hey Buddy, Sister Max is coming to be with you and Cousing Goldie today, Get that special space ready for her. You pal Pepper is still hanging in there and doing good. I still get tears in my eyes when I write to or think about you. You were my special friend and I will always miss you.
6-20-2007 - Bandit it has been four months now since you left for the bridge. Time has helped to heal the pain but the hole in my heart is still there. I still think of you every day and wish that I could kiss you on the head and hear that growl one more time. Pepper is still hanging in there, we are doing all we can for her. I can see Cousin Goldie, Maxie and you, all sitting at the bridge waiting for Pepper and all of us to meet again. I miss you!!!!!
7-16-2007 - Hey Bandit, I was thinking about you and how much I still miss not having you around. Pepe is still hanging in there, she has her good days and bad. I would give anything to see you again. I will never forget you my special friend.
8-20-2007 - Bandit it now been 6 months since you had to leave for the bridge. I still miss you every day and wish you were still here so I could talk to you. You have had a lasting impact on my life and I will never forget you. Your buddy Pepper is still hanging in there, we are doing everything we can for her. She is not the same as you remember her but she too has impacted my life in such a wonderful way. Keep that special place ready for her with you, Cousin Goldie and Sister Max. I still wish I could have done more for you, Love Dad.
8-21-2007 - Hey Bandit, Pepper took a turn for the worse last night and she may be coming to the bridge later today. You guys may all be together again. Have that special place ready for her and make sure that you, cousin and sister take good care of her when she arrives. You all brought love and joy to all of us!!!!!! The bridge is a better place with all of you up there. Keep a watch out for all of us!!!
8-22-07 - Bandit take good care of Pepper, she had a tough last few months but now she is with you, cousin Goldie and Sister Max at the bridge healthly and happy. We on the other hand are feeling sad. Our home and our hearts are very empty today. I can see you licking Peppers ears and your tail going a mile a minute. We miss you all very much.
8-25-07 - Bandit, Our house is void of the tap tap tap of dggie feet for the first time since we built it. Now that Pepper has joined all of you at the bridge, our home is not complete anymore. The memories that the two of you brought us are endless and we will cherish them forever.
9-6-07 - Bandit, there is a saddness in my heart now that you and Pepper have gone to the bridge. You were both a very important part of my life and now it is empty. I bet it is very happy at the bridge with all of your's and your pal's personalities.
9-20-07 - Hey buddy, it's now been 7 months since I kissed you goodbye and I still miss you very much, There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. Then Pepper came to be with you just last month and now we are very sad to have lost both of you. Thank you for all of the love you gave to me. Make sure you check Pepper's ears and give her a kiss for me.
10-20-07 - Hi my friend, it is the 20th of the month again and a reminder that I have now lived another month without you. The days have become a little easier but you are still missed very much. We have talked about giving a another dog in need a loving home but it is still hard becuase you and Pepper were such special friends. Be well at the bridge with all of your pals. We miss you all!!!!
10-26-07 - Bandit, You probably already know that we adopted a cute little puppy that we named Callie. Some of the things she does reminds me of what you did as a puppy. She has help us to ease the pain of losing you and Pepper but at the same time she makes me think about you even more. She is a sweetheart and I hope to have a strong bond with her but you will always be my buddy and in my heart!!!!! Give Mom, Pepper, Goldie & Max a kiss. I miss you and will never forget you and Pepper.
11-20-07 - Bandit, it is the 20th again, another month without you. It is 2 days before the first Thanksgiving without you here. I am very thankful that you were in my life for 15 years. Little Callie is doing good, her skin is improving and she is up to 10.5 lbs. Give Peeps and Cousin a kiss. I still miss you very much!!!!!
12-20-2007 10 months have past since you left for the bridge and the hole in my heart is still there. You took that piece with you when you left. I miss not being able to talk to you any more my friend but I know you are watching over me. Callie has come into our lives and our hearts but she can never replace you or Pepper. This will be her first Christmas with us and the first that you and Pepper will not be with us. Callie is full of life and energy, she reminds me of you when you were a pup. Give Peppie and Goldie a growl for me and tell Mom Happy Birthday. Merry Christmas Bandit!!!!
12-31-2007 Hey Buddy, 2007 is almost over and I am glad for that. It was not a very good year. I miss not having you around and relly miss that unconditional love. Most have forgotten, but I never will you will be with me forever. Please watch over me my friend!!!! I hope that I will get to be with you again someday. Happy New Year...
1-20-08 - I can't believe it has now been 11 months since you left for the bridge and 5 months since Pepe joined you. Even with Callie now in our home something still is missing. We have fallen in love with Callie, and we are trying to get her well. Her skin condition just does not want to get better. We took her to see Dr. J. and she is now helping, I am glad for that. Today it is very cold and snowing here, Pepe would have loved it. Bandit please keep watching over us and send Callie some special magic to help her get well. As always I miss you and Pepe very much.
2-20-07 - One year ago today we had to send you to the bridge, that was the hardest thing I have ever had to do Bandit. You were such a special part of my life. Your memory and spirit will remain with me forever, my friend. A friend told me that grief is not measured in time but when the heart is dry of tears and your mind comes to acceptance, well I guess I am still griefing. The tears are still there. What I would not give to be able to kiss your paw and get the growl. I miss you so much but I know you are at peace at the bridge with all of you friends. Rainbow Bridge is a much better with you, Pepper, Goldie, Max, Sniffles and Domino there. I love you Bandit!!!!!!!
3-11-08 - Hey Buddy I was thinking of you and wanted to let you know how much I still miss you. We got a couple of feet of snow and I know Pepper and you would have loved it. My birthday is just around the corner and it will be the second one without you. I will be out of town so please keep watching over me. Rest in peace my friend, Give Pepe a kiss for me!!!!!
3-24-08 - I miss you my friend, Thanks to Pepe and you for making sure Callie found a good home with us. I know the two of you were watching over her as well as Sue and I. Callie has helped the healing process for us as well as bring a new spirit to our home. Pepper's and your spirit will always be with us. I still have a special spot in my heart for the both of you. I will miss you always!!!!!
4-20-08 - Time just keeps passing since you left for the bridge but the memories will be with me forever. Callie is doing well, she will be 8 months in a few days. Give your pal Pepe a kiss for me I miss you!!!! I hope to see you again!!!
5-20-08 - The 20th has become a bittersweeet day for me. You had to be sent to the bridge on that day 15 months ago and for that there will always be saddness, but at the same time it is the day 7 months ago that Callie came into our lives so there is also joy. Bandit you took a piece of me with you and I hope that you cherished your time with me as much as I cherished the time I had with you. Thank you for all of the love that you gave to me. I know that you are at peace now.
5-30-08 - Happy Birthday, Bandit. I sent you some cake and a gift of love.
7-2-08 - Bandit, I think of you everyday and miss you my friend. I am so grateful for the time we had together. I lost a friend a couple of weeks ago, give him a growl for me and let him know how much he is missed. Callie is doing well, thank you for pointing us to her. Give Pepper a kiss fo me, I miss her very much also. Keep watching over me!!!!
7-21-08 - Time has gone by so quickly my friend. It has now been 11 months since you pal Pepper joined you at the Bridge. Callie is doing well and is full of energy. She is as spoiled as Pepper and you were. As much as we love her we miss Pepper and you. I added some pictures to your site and included one of your pal Pepper and one of Callie. I lost a couple of friends lately, please let them know they are missed. Give Mom a kiss for me. Check Pepper ears for her and keep watching out the window for us.
8-20-08 - A year and a half has now gone by and I still think of you and how much of an impact you had on my life. Tomorrow, will be one year since Pepe joined you at the bridge and it still seems like yesterday. We miss you both so much. Give Cousin Goldie, Pepe, Maxie, Sniffles, Domino, Mom and my friend Bill a kiss for me and let them know how much they are missed by all of us. I miss you and will never forget the love you gave me.
9-30-2008 - Hey Buddy, I was playing with Callie the other night and she started to pull my socks off of my feet and I thought of you right away. I remember that you loved to do that when you were younger. I think that you and Pepper had a hand in us getting Callie, I see a little bit of the both of you in her. I changed your season to fall since the weather is cooling down. Keep watching over me. Give Pepe a growl for me!!!
10-26-08 - I just wanted to say how much I miss you and that your love will always be with me.
11-20-08 - It's that day again, our season is changing again and winter is on it's way. Time just continues to pass since you left. I miss taking you and Pepper for walks on the golf course and letting you both run in the snow. I changed your season to winter so you could see the snow again. The pain I felt over your loss has gone but the void in my heart will remain forever. I have thought about you very much this week and I know someday we will see each other again but until then please continue to watch over me my friend!!
12-15-08 - Bandit, I see that Santa brought your gift from me early. This will be the second Christmas without you time just keeps flying by. This last couple of weeks we have lost some of our friend here and now they are with you at the bridge meeting up with there special friends. Make sure you give Norman, Rich and Tim a growl for me when you see them.
12-25-08 - Merry Christmas Bandit - Christmas nor life is the same without you. I bet this is a very special day at Rainbows Bridge. Let Pepper, Goldie and Maxie know how much they are missed. Give Pepper a special growl from me. Please keep watching over us.
2-20-09 -- Bandit, Two years have now passed since I had to send you to the bridge. That decision was the hardest thing I have done in my life. I know that it was the best thing for you, but at the same time the worst thing for me. It still seems like yesterday and I still miss you very much. You had such a wonderful impact on my life and I am thankful for the 15 years that we were together. The memories are priceless!!! I gave you a good home but you gave me so much more. Callie has help to heal my pain and she does things that remind me of you, but she will never take that special place you have in my heart. There will never be another "Hoove". I made some changes to your site, adding some new flowers, changed the season to spring and added a squirrel friend for you. Keep watching over me until we see each other again.
4-12-2009 - Happy Easter my friend, I miss you very much. I hope you enjoy your Easter Bunny I sent you.
5-30-2009 - Happy Birthday, Bandit. I know that it is a beautiful day at the bridge.
6-20-2009 - Bandit, it's that day again and I am reminded of when you left for the bridge, I miss
8-20-09 - Two and a half years has past since we had to let you go to the bridge, it still seems like yesterday. Tomorrow will be two years since Pepper joined you and Goldie. We miss all of you very much. Callie will be two on Sunday, she is a sweetheart. Bandit give Pepper and Cousin a kiss for me and keep watching over Callie and us. You were the best!!!!!
10-20-09 - Two years ago today Pepper and you sent Callie to us. She has made our house complete again with the tap tap tap of doggie feet. We love her very much but will never forget you and Pepper. The season is changing so I changed your site and added a pumpkin for you. Keep watching over us my friend.
11-26-2009 - Happy Thanksgiving my friend, I miss you very much and will never forget you.
12-19-2009 - Hey Buddy, give Mom a kiss for her birthday today. The snow is falling and I can see you and Pepe out there having fun playing in the snow together. I miss you all!!!
12-25-09 - Merry Christmas Hoove - I hope you like the gift I sent you. Please keep watching over us!!!
2-20-2010 - Bandit, time has passed so quickly since that day 3 years ago, the pain has subsided but your memory is as strong as ever. I think about you often and you will always have a special place in my heart. You gave me so much more than I could have ever given you. I know that you are so much better at the bridge with all of your pals, but I still miss you very much. Please continue to watch over us. Bandit, I love you
4-20-2010 - Bandit, Just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you this morning on my way into work.
5-25-2010 - Hey buddy, I was thinking of you this morning and just wanted to let you know how much I miss you!!!
5-30-2010 - Happy Birthday Bandit, today you would have been 18. You left us way too early. Give Pepe a kiss, it's her birthday to. The bridge will be happy place this weekend with the both of you having birthdays. I added some cake and balloons to your site, enjoy!! I miss you my friend.
11/25/2010 - Happy Thanksgiving Bandit - Another Thanksgiving has come without you and I still miss that growl of yours. I have a lot to be thankful for but please continue to watch over me.
12/19/2010 - Hey Buddy, please watch over me for the next few days. I hope you like the gift I left you. Give mom a kiss for me, it's her birthday. Give Pepe and Goldie a kiss also. Merry Christmas my friend, you are truly missed!!
12-25-2010 - MERRY CHRISTMAS BANDIT!!
2-20-2011 - Good Morining Bandit, I can't believe that 4 years has now past since that terrible day when you left for the bridge. I was very lucky to have you in my life for over 14 years, you brought me so much joy. I will never forget you and you will always have a place in my heart. Please continue to watch over us. I know that some day I will hear that growl again but for now I will always have the memories of you. Give Pepe and Cousin a kiss for me, I miss you all. I will always love you.
12-25-11 - Merry Christmas my friend!!
2-20-12 - Bandit, time has gone by so quickly since you left, it has now been five years. Time had healed the sorrow of losing you, but I still think about you often and will never forget you. Love Dad.
3-21-2012 - Hey buddy, please watch over Callie tonight for me.
5-30-2012 - Happy 20th Birthday Bandit. I know you and Pepper are sharing your birhtdays together. It has been too long since you left for the bridge, enjoy the cake I sent you. Remember you will always have a place in my heart and I know that I will see you again one day. Love Dad.
12-25-2012 - Merry Christmas Bandit - I hope you enjoy the gift I left for you. I miss you, Love Dad.
2-20-2013 - Hey Buddy, 6 years has now passed since you left for the bridge, life has continue on and Callie has been a joy to have in our home, but I still think of you often and will never forget you. I know I will see you again one day. It is not quite sping but I've changed your site as hope for spring has set in. Give Pepper a kiss for us as we miss her as well. We know that you are both doing just fine and having all kinds of fun. Love Dad!!
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