that our loved ones were first loved by God and they are safe now beside
Life was made better
by those remembered here...
love I have for animals comes from my mother. You can safely say
this woman who raised 7 children and held a marriage together for 40 yrs;
who buried 3 sons and her husband; who worked to promote Amaryllis and
help raise feed money for the horses even without fail throughout her last
2 yrs of battling cancer was a saint. Alas, she was not. She
was just a woman predestined to single handedly alter the future for the
horses and she succeeded. Amaryllis' successes are hers. Tens
of thousands of people were educated along the journey. Hundreds of
horses told they were extraordinary. Numerous farm animals hollered
at the sound of her approaching Jeep.
integrity and an unfathomable strength carried my mom throughout her life.
Dozens of beloved horses waiting at the Rainbow Bridge have carried her
into Heaven. Once inside the Pearly Gates, the horses circled around
her and asked the plan.
the horse nation on earth now has the most powerful ally in Heaven.
Watch what happens.
The one who started it all,
what seems like a thousand years ago. One horse can change your life,
leave hoofprints on your heart and live daily in your thoughts for all the
rest of your life. I met Ben when I was 8. He was the first horse I
ever rode. He became my first horse and he became the best friend I
ever had. I lost Ben to an allergic reaction to a vaccine when I was 14. I
would like to say I recovered, but that would be untrue. I can safely say
there never has been a horse greater than he, though. And that is
aka Rascal My heart and soul, my strength. Your honesty,
your courage, your devotion and your ability to offer 110% in all weathers
where qualities not easily found...in any species.
This rescue is for
you. May it grow as fast as an Amaryllis and blossom as boldly so you see
from Heaven that I remain crushed without you. Be there as I arrive,
E Rascally Rabbit. Tell me you are proud.
(Christine's first Husband)
Pictured in the
back round is
Clarke was a highly decorated Vietnam
veteran. Val served in the U.S. Coast Guard. This is for them:
~Remember those who fight and have
fought for YOUR right to remain FREE, and the principles this nation was
The intensity of the
love shared between Reebok and his soul mate Joyce can be felt to this day.
Love does not die. The ones we lose here on earth will be waiting for us
in Heaven where all that remains is the LOVE. In their honor and for those
who have passed before us, we must comfort another being. That is what
they would have us do.
God Bless you and keep you Reebok. Your mom has comforted MANY in your
honor. Be proud.
copy and paste the link below:
(It was sent by Reebok's owner on the third
anniversary of his crossing)
is with the heaviest heart I bring the news that Aamin (Dallas), our "Schnarkles"
has crossed the Rainbow Bridge at the New England Equine Hospital. It is
tragic and deeply heart wrenching. Schnarks had the greatest year of his
life I am sure. He got to wear the BEST, eat the BEST and live in a couple
of the BEST stables around. His adopter was also his sponsor from the
beginning. She saved him with AFER and she said it was Love at first
sight. I am so sorry Coleen.......no horse could ask for more than what
you gave to him.
It is with great
sadness we announce the passing of this mighty Percheron. The day came
that he could no longer raise his great body. It happened on a sunny,
warm day. I fed him his breakfast as he lay in the field. Comanche and
Abraham were with us. The vet arrived and Ben never again tried to rise.
I told him everything he was never told. I told him how awesome a horse
he was, how he enabled an Amish family to survive, how he was needed and
respected and how much he was deeply loved. He understood and listened
intently. I told him of where he was going and how the rainbow bridge was
where he would regain all his lost strength and vigor. He would gallop
free again and his mighty heart would be happy. I told him that God would
meet him as he entered Heaven and the words he would hear would be "Well
done, my faithful servant" and God would (((HUG))) him.
Our earthly life
serves a purpose. All we do, all we meet are eternally affected.
Some live very long lives and complete a long term project set out for
them the day the spirit of life was breathed into them. Some live a
short time on this earth before moving onwards and upwards, but their life
was no less dynamic and purposeful. Sometimes Heaven requires the
assistance of a particular spirit for reasons unknown to us. Perhaps
a job needs doing that can only be completed from above. As we enter
the hereafter, all our questions will be answered.....by the loved ones
gone before us. Until then, in their honor keep their memory alive
so they may look down and smile, for they too will be missing us.
me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.
But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.
So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic that will
Once more make me whole.
The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it's the only way.
That strength is why I've followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I've loved you all these years...
My partner till the end.
Please, understand just what this gift
You're giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I've lost,
And all my dignity.
You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it, too.
So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that's within you,
To grant me this appeal.
Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.
And don't despair my passing,
For I won't be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I'll stay.
I'll be there watching over you,
Your ever-faithful friend,
And in your memories I'll run,
... a young dog once again.
Forgive me my Cap-e-tan, for having
such trouble allowing you to leave me. Misunderstood and still
noble, you changed the way I think. You changed the way Amaryllis
will allow horses to live. You showed the importance of friendship
and companionship while maintaining the leadership role you were born to.
"King" Cap-e-tan, I would tell you and laugh. But you were king, and
held a position that remains unforgettable. In spirit and strength,
Captain you have become Amaryllis. Your desire to be close to your
chosen friend at all times, and be treated the same as those who could see
clearly has shown us a deeper level of horse than we were aware of.
The future is in your honor. Horses will be allowed to live and
remain with the love they choose. Education efforts will be tripled
so more will learn what you have taught us. You were loved, my
Cap-e-tan. Your life served a major purpose. I am humbled and
honored to have had the chance to learn from you. I miss you every
Frisco misses the Captain
immensely.......as do we all...
Our tears don't
seem to stop
Three times in my life have I have
been blessed with a spectacular horse. Aramis, you have left the
rescue and all it's inhabitants devastated.
Valentine was saved in your memory by
Robin and Christine saved DanAngel for you. Pilgrim, your best
friend is secure in the hands and hooves of Valentine and he is of course
with Nemo. I will guard your friend as you did and I ache to hold
Aramis, I told you a thousand
times...you were too good for this world we live in. Apparently God
thought so too.
Your hoof beats in heaven keep me
Joseph John Noto
Few people in my life have shared the
degree of passion for the horses that I possess. Joe shared it
though. He was a friend to the horses and to the people who cared
for those horses. Hours spent just being a friend for the horse who
needed him, and hours spent educating the horses about people and people
about horses. Captain loved Joe and sought him out. I find
comfort in the fact that they are together now and Joe can speak those
Apache words the old woman taught him. Those words that made Captain
Thank you Joe for spending your life
making it a little easier for the horses you loved. You were
special. Hug Captain for me. He will be so glad to be your
trail partner in Heaven.
Ya Ta Hay
Iíll lend you for a little while my grandest dog, He
For you to love while heís alive
And mourn for when heís dead.
It may be one or many years,
Or days, or months, you see.
But will you, till I take him back
Take care of him for me?
Heíll bring his charm to gladden you,
And should his stay be brief
You will have treasured memories
As solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught on earth
I want this dog to learn.
Iíve looked the wide world over
In my search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd lifeís lanes
With trust, I have selected you.
Now will you give him your
Nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate when I come
To take him back again?
I know youíll give him tenderness
And love will bloom each day.
And for the happiness youíve known
Forever grateful stay.
But should I come and call for him
Sooner than youíve planned
Youíll brave the bitter grief that comes
And someday youíll understand.
Mr. Bear's life was
saved by the selfless generosity of an 11 year old girl. He was
bought from hell and transported to Amaryllis. Mr. Bear stood
quietly and ate....for weeks he just kept his head down and continued
eating. His tail had been cut extremely short so the sorry soul-less
person could profit from it in addition to profiting from Bear's flesh.
Mr. Bear was only 8
when he arrived. He had seen the more violent side of humans and had
asked for peace....just peace. We found him that peace and he lived
for 2 years on 19 grass acres with his love Heartbreaker. When I
would visit he would gallop across the fields to greet me as I shouted his
favorite question: "Who loves Mr. Bear!?!" and answered "I
love Mr. Bear!!!" He always seemed to think it was funny.
Mr. Bear died
suddenly of an apparent aneurysm. I guess God wanted yet another
Appaloosa for his herd. I am extremely thankful we were able to give
this horse, the toughest horse I ever met, the life he asked for.
And I am thankful he was taken quickly and quietly by God. Few will
ever know how truly magnificent Mr. Bear was........
In Memory of every horse who
experienced hell before death...
I believe my mother literally educated thousands to
the horror these horses endured. She made these flyers and spread it
throughout the Hamptons. This is the reality horses continue to
Look closely...the one underneath and to the back is
alive. These horses were someone's best friends, adored and cherished.
Do you know where the horse YOU adored is now? I am going to hold
off from showing the next photo...which is of the horses who broke pelvic
bones and legs on route being DRAGGED off the trailer by a leg.
Help us build the Sanctuary!
Whether the horses are slaughtered here or
across the borders the journey is excruciating, the terror unimaginable
and the death....well most of them get to watch their own death...piece by
piece according to slaughter house actual videos and interviews.
I chose to post these photos here because
it is something I personally deal with EVERY DAY, and you CANNOT imagine
what it is like to try with every ounce of strength and finances to SAVE a
horse, especially one who was a beloved pet or lesson/show horse....and to
LOSE THEM TO SLAUGHTER because we don't have the finances to give them the
LIFE THEY EARNED...
We NEED you so we can keep helping
Our beloved rooster has
passed quietly in his sleep. The ducks and chickens he protected
held a vigil on their own. Romeo was being killed by a young, strong
rooster when we the kids found him a couple years ago. Nursing him
back to health, we fell in love with this fine bird. Romeo was a
true gentleman and guarded the flock, dissolved any arguments between
rivals and would always, always wait to eat until every other bird had
their fill. Even when an awesome treat was given, he would step back
and allow the flock to eat, only then would he look to care for himself.
He would watch the sky and squawk a warning if a hawk flew by.....and
occasionally a low flying airplane!
Hundreds of children were
safe around Romeo and though his talons were incredibly long, he would not
conceive using them for harm. I wish we had known Romeo earlier in
his life, but of course we wish that wish about them all. Two years
did not seem like much time. Romeo, however must have appreciated
his time here because he was spoiled and adored.
Romeo was 12 years old.
Romeo died knowing he was loved.
They're a very special gift; to
be cherished and loved
You're chosen for each other; by God Himself above
It's a match made in heaven; so it can't be wrong
You're tied together by a bond; that's oh so strong
All they'll ever ask from you; is to be loved and fed
And at night make sure they have, fresh water and a bed
In return for so little; the rewards are so great
You'll get a companion for life; with some very special traits
When you are lost; and the end seems so far away
They'll walk by your side; they'll help you find your way
When life gets you down; they can put a smile on your face
As they run you in circles; with their fast pace
You'll share the good with the bad; you'll be happy and sad
And through it all you have a friend; the best you ever had
You're time together; will be special and unique
It will be as priceless to you; as a rare antique
Then before you know it; the day will arrive
When suddenly your life; takes a steep dive
The furry friend who's been with you for all of these years
Has now passed on; and left you in tears
As you sit and wonder; what did I do
Why is this all happening to you
Into each of our lives; a little rain must fall
And you must be strong; to answer the call
Your little one's spirit has flown home on the wings of a dove
To a special place that awaits them; in heaven above
St. Francis will meet them; when they get home
He will take them to a meadow; where they're free to roam
There in the meadows; down by the pond
Your furry friend will remember her loving bond
She'll look into the water; then you appear
She can see you're frightened; she can feel your fear
Through the bond that still ties you; from heaven above
She looks down upon you; she sends you her love
Because you loved her; and because you care
Whenever you need her; she'll always be there
There in the meadows; they patiently wait for the day
When you will celebrate your life together; each and everyday
Waiting for that day; when you come walking back home
When together for an eternity; through the meadows you'll roam.
(((hugs Cynthia))) from Chase
23 years a beloved
And God asked the
"Are you ready to come home?"
"Oh, yes, quite so," replied the precious soul,
"And, as a cat, you know I am most able to decide anything for myself."
"Are you coming then?" asked God.
"Soon," replied the whiskered angel,
"But I must come slowly, for my human friend is troubled
For, you see, she needs me, quite certainly."
"But doesn't she understand?" asked God, "That you'll never leave her?
That your souls are intertwined. For all eternity?
That nothing is created or destroyed? It just is....forever and ever and
"Eventually she will understand," replied the glorious cat,
"For I will whisper into her heart that I am always with her,
I just am....forever and ever and ever."
One girl's hopes and dreams and heart lay to rest
with this special horse today. Deputy Winter wasn't your average horse.
After a successful career as a race horse, Winters owners knew how special
a horse he was, and donated him to a mounted unit. His Dad and Partner
would tell you he was the best of the best, A Standardbred who was more
reliable and far smarter then some of the best seasoned Quarter Horses
doing mounted work. A life of service usually means people come and go
and you don't get to bond with a person of your own. Winter's partner and
Dad could not keep him where he lived, and placed him at a beautiful
mansion on a hill. One day, a tour guide of the Mansion, a girl named
Jess offered her blueberry muffin to him. Life, as they both knew it was
never going to be the same. They each had found their soul mate.
As fate and life get in the way sometimes, Winter was separated from Jess
and she was unable to find him. The long, heartsick weeks turned into
months. Two hearts, girl and horse, gazing up at the same sky wondering
where the other was. Finally, God intervened and a friend on a hunch
started asking around. She brought Jess to this 'off the beaten path'
farm where someone had said the horse the forlorn girl described might
be. As horse and human caught glimpse of the other, there were screams of
joy, tears of happiness and a charge across the field to each other.
Happily ever after was the plan for the future. Fencing was planned, a
gorgeous Amaryllis mare would be his stable mate...life was to be grand
for all. Tragedy struck shortly before Winter was to move home with
Jess. He became entangled in fencing and apparently twisted a gut trying
to free himself. His Dad and Partner were called, and rushed to his side,
the vet was called. When Jess was alerted, she flew to his side and
together the pair fought for Winter's life for all they were worth.
Winter did not want to leave his love and Jessica didn't want to face life
without him. The two clung to each other and the love rose to the
Heavens. Literally. As God looked down, He smiled because though He knew
this was going to be extremely difficult for all to bear, He wanted Winter
to know for sure that he had achieved the greatest gift ever a horse on
earth could....the love of his girl. He had extended His plan to bring
Winter home until He brought Jess and Winter together once more so they
each knew they were loved by the other above all else. Jessica, Winter is
waiting for you in Heaven. He is galloping and playing and God has
((hugged)) him for you. Take his love and tell your new "Secret" all
about him. Winter will smile. He would have loved her.
He loves you all still.
Augie's dad's words say it all........
It is very difficult to
write this - but even more difficult to talk about it...(.I never
thought as a grown man I could shed as many tears; or at least I thought
I could hold them back)....so for the moment, this email will have to
We are saddened to send
this note to all of you, but after almost 15years of bringing greater
meaning to the words "home" and "family" for us, Augie passed this
weekend suffering from cancer and just plain old age. He was a loving
and loyal dog to the end who I think would have fought everyday to stay
with us as long as he thought we needed him, even if it was just to "be
there". In the end - we had to let him go.
We wanted all of you to
know and to say thank you. Whether you had a good laugh or smile because
of Augie or how he was treated (a charmed life indeed), or even if you
asked just once how he was doing, you all knew how very much he meant to
our Family - especially Sascha and I. And for that we thank you. What
you may not know is that Augie was my engagement gift to Sascha. So
maybe that is why he, his life, and his passing has had, and always will
have, far more meaning than just as a family pet.
He was in every sense
of the word a son, a brother, a friend, a loyal companion, a
protector............We know he never thought of himself as just a
dog.....and neither will we.
October 24, 1995 - March
28, 2010 (Palm Sunday)
know Augie is at God's feet right now, and God is proud of him
Karma came to us hardly alive and it was a few days before we could even
believe he would survive. Karma seemed to rally his every desire to
live and proceeded to blow our expectations and hopes out of the water.
Karma tried hard to understand the way he was treated in the past had no
reflection on the humanity surrounding him now. He even taught a
summer of pony camp one year. His wish, though was to be allowed
FREEDOM and a friend. We granted this wish and Abraham was brought
this fine pony. For many years the two were inseparable. The
quality of life is paramount to us and Karma got his every dream. We
had to allow our beloved Karma-Snugglebunny to cross the bridge recently
after a 4 day fight to live. At almost 30, he still found too much
pleasure here to want to pass. Karma leaves behind an
absolutely distraught Abraham and a hole in our hearts. Death leaves a
heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Once again, we thank God for allowing us to give this precious, abused
pony a really good and happy life with us. He crossed that bridge
knowing without a doubt he had been cherished on earth.
Born "Doug's Glory" in 1999, our sweet Penny faced nothing but continual
betrayal by humanity. From racetrack to grave, all the way to the
homestretch of her life she bore the effects of a self centered society.
Rescued from a contracted slaughter buyer at the age of 7, rehabilitated
over the course of a year and contractually adopted into what was meant to
be a 'forever' home. A lesson was learned by all of us here at
Amaryllis. Never, ever believe a human being. The verbal
constant "What a wonderful girl, she has just 'blossomed', is SO
loved....etc" was bought by me. She was in a public boarding barn
after all and a dozen 'owners' frequented. Who wouldn't speak up for
a voiceless animal if need be? Apparently no one.
because this is Penny as we found her and brought her home.
Dr. La Croix, the eye surgeon made a special trip out right away to assess
Penny. The results were horrifying. What could have simply
been removed from her eye when it first appeared, had now spread
throughout her lymph system rendering her inoperable. At 11 yrs old.
Safe, smart, incredibly kind, sound, sweet Penny faced certain death.
For three months, Penny ate like there was no tomorrow. She enjoyed
the phenomenal courtship of Captain Jack Sparrow. She was groomed
constantly and hugged until she believed she was in deed loved.
Penny crossed the Rainbow Bridge when she said herself that it was time.
The fate of all who silently watched her torture? Well, that is
decided upon by God. There is a special place in hell, no doubt and
there are only other humans there.
I can only say this. Royalty on
hooves walks in Heaven this day.
Red helped me start the educational part
of the rescue. On his back our rescue was carried for 2 years.
When his chance came to get a great, private home, we gave him the honor.
Without Red, Amaryllis would have failed
in it's first year. I am on my knees in gratitude to this
magnificent horse, as is his family of the past 3 years and every horse
that was able to enter the safety of Amaryllis because he caused it to
Take care of my mom, Redman
In memory of a soul loved by you, please
give comfort to a soul in urgent need. Our senior, special needs and
visually impaired horses need support. A donation for our sanctuary
horses means safety, security, love and the best care will always be
available for them.
cannot do this alone.