This page is dedicated to Lily, a seven month old white Samoyed female puppy killed on April 30, 1997 and to all those faithful animals who pay the ultimate price for a few moments of inattention by their owners.

Lily: Too Fast For Life

Lily, Lily, burning bright
Came to us on a stormy night;
A quivering ball of fur and bones
and a blazing spirit all her own

Lily, Lily, burning bright
A canine dynamo clothed in white;
Glittering eyes and coal black nose;
Mischief written down to your toes;

Tucker arrived after awhile
A yellow lab with a beautiful smile;
A friend! A companion! Oh What Fun!
Running and tumbling till day was done.

It was clear to me you had much to say
Because you talked to us in a special way;
With a voice as clear as the winter skies
And a lovely twinkle in your eyes.

There is a place, way out back,
Where water and leaves conspire to black;
Which to some dogs seems just right
To cloak their colors in a veil of midnight.

And then it happened on a cool spring morn
Just seven months from when you were born;
A fateful encounter on a quiet road
took the life that you were owed.

Tucker's friend is gone, nothing is the same,
No one to run with, no one to play a game;
No company through the long lonesome day;
Who'll run out ahead and show him the way?

I know a man who misses you most,
Who saw the spirit you could boast;
Who loved you more than he could ever say;
Who wishes you peace wherever you play.

Lilly, Lily, burning bright.
Will never know the summer night;
Will never run the August brook;
Will never know the season's look.

Pictures of Lily and Tucker

Lily was born on October 22, 1996. We picked her up on December 8, 1996 in the aftermath of a major New England storm. She was killed by a car on April 30, 1997 out in front of our house. In the few months that she was with us, she captured our hearts. She is sorely missed.

Well, it's not mom but it will do.
I can't seem to remember if I sleep here and eat on my rug or .......
Okay,'s this for cute?
Let's get this straight - I'll decide who sits on the couch.
If I only had a can opener I'd really be rolling in it.
All right, all right, I'll sit - but only for a few seconds.
Lily at graduation from obedience class. Not exactly the dunce, but no honors either. Obedience school is so boring!
Photo taken three days before Lily's death. As usual, both of them are going full bore.

I found this on one of the many animal web sites......

The Rainbow Bridge

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, they go to this place. There is always food, water and warm spring weather. The old and the frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play all day together.

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 them 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

Other interesting and useful pet sites.....

The Story of George...... "White Fur, Red Blood" is an emotional story of the death of a Samoyed.

The Samoyed Rescue Page helps connect unwanted Samoyeds with new loving owners. Consider finding your next dog here. The page also contains pointers to breed specific sites as well as general dog sites.

Expedition Samoyeds contains many links to Samoyed related pages.

The NetVet and the Electronic Zoo contains much useful medical information and pointers to medical and animal resources on the net.

The MSPCA Springfield Animal Shelter has animals for adoption but I wasn't impressed by the conditions in their shelter or their policies concerning euthanasia.

The Dakin Animal Shelter also has animals for adoption and will keep dogs and cats until they are adopted. Please support them however you can; one way of doing this is by donations of food and supplies (see their web page for more information).