Headed to Heaven

© Michelle L. Frick

Headed to Heaven

Dr Silly level-classic December 30, 2007

Wonderful capture of Mickey. We had to put down Bear this year so I know how you feel. :O)

Michelle L. Frick December 30, 2007

Thank you Doc. I appreciate your comment, and I am sorry for your loss too. It's been sad here, even though he was a generally quiet dog, it feels more quiet in his absence. We know he's in a better place, but somehow it doesn't take away the sting. Time heals... #5269598

Susan M. Hembree level-classic December 30, 2007

So sorry to hear about the loss of Mickey, Michelle. It is so hard when a pet passes on. But I am so glad you were able to capture this beautiful photo of him and in his favorite setting, too. #5269606

Susie Peek-Swint December 30, 2007

Mickey was such a beautiful dog.. I'm so sorry he had to leave you Michelle.. I lost my beloved Rolo almost one year ago and still miss him.. it's good to know they no longer fill any pain but so hard to let them go! #5269697

Bob Cournoyer level-addict December 30, 2007

Good lookin' dog.
He's better now.. :-)

Bob #5269709

Nancy (Peaches) Harker December 30, 2007

Gorgeous dog Michelle, Super capture and so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayer's! #5269728

Datha Y. Thompson December 30, 2007

He is just Gorgeous!! I am so sorry for your loss, our pets mean alot to us.. In case you have never read this I wanted to include this poem..

Rainbow Bridge
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, 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 each 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. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run 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....

Author unknown...

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic December 30, 2007

Beautiful, beautiful dog...I am so sorry for the loss. I know how hard this must be....You are in my thoughts and prayers. #5269844

December 30, 2007

We share a commong love and your image tells the story well. Heres to all the dogs we have loved. #5269873

Michelle R. Kovach December 30, 2007

You know how much I love this! You did such a wonderful job on the PS.
I am so sorry for your family's loss. I know how hard it is. As I told you, my dog Sandy, was 18 when we had to put her down. I had her since I was 2.
Just know that Mic's in heaven & there is no pain or sorrow there & he can run free.
Love you girl!
Michelle K #5270056

Heather L. Haderly December 30, 2007

So beautiful Michelle, a loving tribute!!!! #5270085

Kara L. Hendricks December 30, 2007

This is a wonderful tribute image Michelle... He's a beauty... I am so sorry for your loss... Our pets are like our babies...:) I know it hurts... #5270125

Robert Baer December 30, 2007

When things get rough focus on all the wonderful years you were fortunate enough to have with Mickey Dog. Dogs are the best!!!!!!! #5270320

Sherry Karr Adkins level-deluxe December 30, 2007

Michelle, I am so sorry for your loss. I do know they go to Heaven, they wait for us at the Rainbow Bridge. I see that Datha sent it to you. My heart goes out to you. He was beautiful and you captured him well. Print this up and put it in a frame in a important place to see everyday. #5270438

Alexis Yobbagy December 30, 2007

Oh my, that's so sad. What a terrible loss for you but your photo is an incredible tribute to your wonderful dog!!! #5270554

Michelle L. Frick December 30, 2007

Thank you so much Sue, Susie, Bob, Peaches, Datha, Shelly, Cheryle, Michelle, Heather, Kara, Justin, Sherry and Alexis - your words are a great comfort during this difficult time. My family and I appreciate your thoughts and prayers. I read my Mom many of your thoughts, and you had us both in tears. It's a wonderful thing to know so many people care, and so many others love their animals too.

I wish you all the best in this coming New Year! My family and I head back to Texas tomorrow and I hope to get caught up on commenting when I get home (does anyone want to come pack up my Christmas tree and decor?).

Thank you all again so much! #5270641

Les Rhoades level-classic December 31, 2007

I know it was a sad day, but you have good memories.
Our little baby girl (Dachshund)is 12 years old. #5271004

Tammy Espino December 31, 2007

What a beautiful dog, so sorry to hear of your loss. I love that poem the Rainbow's bridge. They gave it to me when my dog passed away~ #5271783

Joy Rector December 31, 2007

gorgeous dog, so sorry for your loss, I know the pain #5271955

Jennifer L. Taranto December 31, 2007

Beautiful tribute to beautiful Mickey!!! I think we'll be seeing this one again - everything is perfect here!!! #5272367

Sheila D. Bottoms December 31, 2007

So wonderful and sweet. Makes you want to refocus on whats important in our lives. True friends and family. Love to Mic #5272425

Dolly L. Davis December 31, 2007

So sorry for your loss, Michelle. My pets are like family to me, it is hard when we lose them. Beautiful tribute and portrait of him! #5272432

Paul Goodman December 31, 2007

Awesome capture SHELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it! #5272588

Mitch Spence level-classic December 31, 2007

So sorry, Michelle. I love these dogs. They are beautiful, beautiful animals, and your lovely shot reflects his enjoyment of his world. #5272816

Sam Britt December 31, 2007

I'm so sorry, Michelle. Beautiful tribute. #5274030

Michelle L. Frick December 31, 2007

Thank you Les, Tammy, Joy, Jenn, Sheila, Dolly, Paul, Mitch and Sam. Your encouraging words are very helpful. Your warmth and caring touches my heart and I appreciate it very much! #5274605

Jennifer L. Alder January 02, 2008

Awww---Michelle,this is such a sweet portrait! I am sorry to hear of your loss---- it is a lovely tribute! #5283512

Michelle L. Frick January 02, 2008

Thank you Jennifer. We will miss Mickey. #5283647

Emily E. Bem January 03, 2008

What a gorgeous animal. I'm so sorry for your loss.....a real shame. Great clarity here and colour, Michelle. #5285731

Michelle L. Frick January 03, 2008

Thank you Emily! He was a beautiful boy! #5287839

Kara L. Hendricks March 05, 2008

Congratulations Michelle for winning the coveted 101 PCA Award!!!

I know this image means alot to you.. So glad it won!!! #5595026

Dr Silly level-classic March 05, 2008

Congratulations Shell on your PCA win. :O)

Susie Peek-Swint March 05, 2008

Many congrats Michelle ~ I love this picture! #5595103

Michelle L. Frick March 05, 2008

Thank you so much Kara, Doc and Susie!! #5595431

Bob Cournoyer level-addict March 05, 2008

Ya think Mickey has the pca award hanging on his favorite heavenly fire hydrant??

Bob #5595479

Katarina Mansson March 05, 2008

Congratulations on the PCA win Michelle! Strong capture. #5595482

Michelle L. Frick March 05, 2008

I like that image Bob - Thank you Bob and Katarina!! #5595549

Melinda F. Schneider level-classic March 05, 2008

Great photo that will bring great memories. Glad you won the PCA award with this! #5595577

Corinne M. Thompson March 05, 2008

Congrats on this winning the PCA Michelle! #5595679

Les Rhoades level-classic March 05, 2008

Michelle, Congrats on winning the PCA! #5595873

Susan Fox March 05, 2008

Congratulations on your PCA win Shell! #5596119

Michelle R. Kovach March 05, 2008

Congratulations girlie! See I can pick a winner! ;)
Happy B-day too! #5596719

Michelle L. Frick March 05, 2008

Thank you Melinda, Corinne, Les, Susan and Michelle!! #5596774

Sherry Karr Adkins level-deluxe March 05, 2008

Congrats on the PCA win and a belated happy birthday! #5597155

Michelle L. Frick March 05, 2008

Thank you Sherry on both counts! #5597161

Datha Y. Thompson March 06, 2008

CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is such a Beautiful capture Shell!! Love it...

Oh and My kitten, she is grown up now, but stayed pretty small :0) she doesnt cooperate with me now unless she is sleepig :( ONE Day though when she is not expecting it Oh Ill get her.. LOL Thanks girl :0) #5602344

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In loving memory of Mickey Dog. My Dad brought him home back in 1994 on the day I was coming home for Christmas, and named him Mickey (Mic Dog) after me. And, now, we are full circle - back home visiting and Mickey is on his way to heaven.

"Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really." -Agnes Sligh Turnbull

"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons."
- James Thurber

Adj Levels, increased contrast and sat, cloned out Mickey's chain and collar, sharpened in PSCS3.

Exif: F Number: 10, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/800 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 1600, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 400.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D

Uploaded on December 30, 2007

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