The Passing Of A Great Spirit

Alex Bauer - my best friend and loyal companion
Born May21, 1987 - Passed on to eternal life - January 2, 2004

Until one loves an animal,
a part of one's soul remains unawakened

- Anotole France

This page is a living memory of my sweet pal Alex - with me for almost 17 years. 17 of the best years of my whole life. If you're a lover of animals, please read on, if not, you may not understand the level of love that a dog can provide to a human or the unconditional love that awaits you.

How can I describe what Alex meant to me? The sheer joy he brought to my Soul is unparalleled - from his many jumps off the pier at his favorite lake to the snowballs he caught in mid-air, to the paw he gave me at every opportunity to the soft velvety ears that calmed my every woe.

In a lifetime, if were blessed, we're fortunate enough to experience a level of bliss that unconditional love can give you. Alex gave me and sop may others he met that sweet unconditional love. He transformed me and opened up my Heart in ways I never imagined. The fun, the play, the naps, the silly tricks, little experiences too numerous to count filled the last 17 years with pure love and joy.

My hope is that you feel the kind of love and joy that Alex gave to me.

"...should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest- and I will leave you knowing that with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands"

- From A Dogs Prayer Beth Norman Harris
Full poem below

Alex in his prime at 13 - Summer 2000 - Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
His favorite place to swim and play

To Those I Love

...Grieve not,
nor speak of me with tears,
but laugh and talk of me
as if I were beside you...
I loved you so
'twas Heaven here with you.

~ Isla Paschal Richardson

Alex 2001 - still youthful

"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 and 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 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. The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to break away 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......."

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Alex and Paul - October 2003
Alex beginning to slow down


A Dog's Prayer

Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps falls upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest - and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands."

So true... the innocence of our little pals can touch us so deeply.

May you find some solace through our experience...


Al and Paul

: - )

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This wonderful non-profit group provides guide dogs for people with disabilities. I can think of no better contribution that would bring Alex joy.

Your gift will be used in a program of enhancing the lives of adults and children with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.