Rainbow Bridge Memorial Wall

In remembrance of them and all the light and love they’ve shared, TBFMD honors them here.
Your memorial gift will go directly toward helping a senior dog in need of urgent care.
Please feel free to share the page with loved ones and friends, and know that we join you in the celebration of all they meant to you and yours.

Warmest regards,
The Buddy Foundation of Maryland
Jay, Melinda, and Renee

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“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us,
and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.
It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and
even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”
~John Grogan, Marley & Me


Buddy Dackman
November 8, 2016

Well, you made it Bud. You’ve crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Utopia. Nirvana. After 12½ wonderful years here on earth, you are in heaven now--right where you belong.
You are the best, the cutest, the smelliest, the stubbornest, the most everything dog, loved by everyone who knew you. You are special--special to me, special to the world. Truly god’s gift.
My wish for you is to enjoy this next journey. Have a great time in heaven. Bark to your heart’s content. Pee on every tree you see. Eat as much pizza as you can find. And sleep every day till noon. You deserve it. Here’s to a job well done here on earth.

Rascal and Elliot Fitzgerald
May 28, 2020

On a muggy July afternoon they picked me, and on a cool May afternoon almost 14 years later, they were gone.

Brothers from the same litter, they were inseparable but also had their little spats, as siblings are known to do. Wild dog races around the yard, alligator fighting, barking in each other’s ears, and in particular, vying over the optimal lap spot were commonplace. Even though technically Rooney was mine and Fitz was my husband’s, Fitz was my lap dog from day one. If I wasn’t sitting down, he’d do his best to knock me over so I was. They had an unspoken rule about trading the coveted best lap position but didn’t always abide by it. Fitz could stay there for days but Rooney’s nose always got the best of him after awhile. Fitz is the only basset I have ever known who enjoyed playing fetch, but only with his “frog head” stuffed toy. Rooney was known for trying to spear you with his nose, steal food, or get in to mischief. One hot summer day he escaped the fence and ended up over 2 miles away, hanging out with an elderly gentlemen who took him in as if he were his own. Fitz on the other hand was a mama’s boy; he never tired of wagging his tail, and always ratted Rooney out for catching baby birds or eating a whole bag of Dingo bones. They had a nice big backyard, and it was and always will be “their” backyard. Many many times we “checked the perimeter”, picked tomatoes from the garden, and they barked at neighbors or kids on bikes or chased squirrels. They loved cooler weather and especially the snow—so much sniffing and running to do. They loved riding in the car to visit their “cousins” Gus and Chuck and going for walks. They loved cookouts and howling at the fire trucks--even at 2am it always made me smile. They loved getting new beds and Coolaroos and exploring the "forbidden" garage. As time marched on, the tail wagging slowed, a disease stole Fitzy’s back legs, and seizures and cancer took their toll on Rooney. Even so, I was always greeted with barks of excitement until the very end, and their unconditional love always shone through their big brown eyes. A favorite past time even on their final day was to lay in the warm sunshine together.

Rest in peace my fellas, I miss you so much.

Rascal Rooney and Elliot Fitzgerald, 2006-2020, forever warm in the sunshine.

Lucky “Lulu” Gillespie
March 21, 2018

Goodbye to my beautiful Lucky girl. We grew up together and you were my best friend. You were there to comfort me when I cried and you always let me know how much I was loved. I know it was your time to go but I would give anything for you to kiss my face or lick my cheek once more. You will always be my girl and I will always have you in my heart. I couldn’t have asked a better companion or a more loyal, brilliant, loving puppy than you. You’re just as much of a weirdo as I am and you mean the absolute world to me.
I know your suffering is finally over and you left this world knowing how loved you were. You had an amazing life and now it’s time to say goodbye.
Lucky (LuLu) Gillespie 2003-2018

Widgeon Neiffer-Preto
March 13, 2020

Widgeon, a Chesapeake bay retriever, was one of the sweetest pups and had the kindest soul. She never failed to show both love and affection, as well as make sure you were as happy as she was. Infamously known for her love of food, if snacks were around you knew she was only a few paw-steps away. She was the greatest of companion and best of friends. She will be so deeply missed.





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