"All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us!" ...Helen Keller

Our loved ones may leave the world,

but never our hearts.

How precious the time,

How beautiful the memories!


In Loving Memory of our Dear Friend Candy Wisnieski

"The Soul would have no rainbow

       Had the eyes no tears."

         All of our Love...

In one of the stars, I shall be living.

In one of them, I shall be laughing

And so it will be, as if all of the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night

...and there is sweetness in the laughter of all of the stars...

and in the memories of those that you love.

...The Little Prince


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...


"Something To Live By..."

A collie at heart...

Our fabulous cat, Wilder, from Fantasy Collies in Indiana, passed away in his sleep on September 16, 2012.  

This amazing cat, welcomed and help raise every collie baby that was born here at Riverrun for the past 10 years.  
He loved them as much as their moms, playing with them gently in the beginning 
and then teaching them how to run, tumble and wrestle in the yard as the puppies were older.   

Our adult collies loved him to pieces, as did we.

Who would have thought a cat could mean so much.  

Two years ago, we had to bring our beloved Wilder to our vet in distress - a blood clot had paralyzed his back legs and we found out that he had a very bad heart.   We were told that he wouldn't be with us more than a couple of days and they strongly urged us to put him to sleep.   We brought him home and with constant gentle care, we managed to get his back legs working again.   Within a month, he was walking and as another month passed, you could hardly tell that he had suffered such a terrible setback.   Our vet was amazed, and delighted that Wilder had beat the odds.   But, she cautioned us that Wilder probably wouldn't be with us for more than a few more weeks with his heart condition.  

Well, Wilder, had different thoughts, and our wonderful cat, proved them wrong and lived almost two more years.   

Rest in peace my beloved Wilder, dear friend and constant companion.  



(CH. Long Acre The Lion’s Share OA, NAJ, CD x CH. Raptorvale Riverrun Rainsong)

2002 - 2014

Thank you Carly for giving us such wonderful children, grand-children, great grand-children...

We will see your beautiful face and loving temperament in all of our generations.



(Ch. Vennessee’s Midnight Express ROM x Calavar Cloudburst)

Skya, "THE PRINCESS", has passed over the Rainbow Bridge.

She is missed by us all!

Thank you to Susan Albelt of Calavar Collies

and the late Pamm Horack

for sharing Skya with us!



(Ch. Fantasy’s Bronze Talisman ROM x Raptorvale Tennessee Hills)

Missy has passed over the Rainbow Bridge.

We miss our best friend dearly at home.

Thank you to Joyce Spirat of Raptorvale Collies

for sharing with us such a wonderful girl!


"Elke Sommers"

Best of Friends...

Elke passed away shortly after her 14th birthday in May of 2011.

Thank you Elke Sommers for the constant joy and happiness you brought into our lives

Your graceful elegance and loving disposition are truly missed!

Till we meet again...

All our Love,

Mary & Dan, Julia & Jillian



The Pet Safe disaster services program was created by Nancy G. Lynch in 1999 during her service with a human services organization. Observing the emotional bereavement of pet owners when they were separated from their beloved companion animals as a result of house fires, weather-related events, and other emergencies, she called together animal-oriented organizations and spearheaded a coalition which, in 2005, incorporated as an independent not-for-profit organization.

In Memory Of Jester….

Losing a pet is devastating, and since my Misty only passed a few months ago, I’m still feeling the pain. Just this morning I thought “I have to make sure I throw out the lint roll tape or else Misty will chew on it,” before I remembered that she was gone.

Nancy Lynch, the Founder and Co-director of the Pet Safe Coalition, is unfortunately going through this same pain. Her dog Jester recently died at age 13. Jester was more than a house pet-he was also the poster dog for Pet Safe, an organization that deals with emergency management for animals in case of a disaster.

I never met Jester, but I know he had a tremendous impact on Pet Safe and helped make strides in emergency preparedness for animals and humans. Since Nancy was his mother, I think that her words can best encapsulate his life.

Jester was Pet Safe’s ambassador to hundreds of kids and families during his 13 years as Pet Safe’s mascot-helping them prepare for disasters with their pets. Jester’s gentle demeanor, big grin and wagging plumed tail reassured kids he was friendly as he waded in among them and all I could see was the tail! Jester also helped spread the preparedness word in libraries, storm conferences, pet events, dog shows, firehouses-everywhere dogs were welcome and even some places where people weren’t so sure but his gentleness won them over.


Jester was a puppy in 1999 when Tropical Storm Floyd threatened Long Island. I was asked to help in a people shelter but would have had to leave Jester home in a precarious situation. I knew I could not be the only pet owner with such a problem and that proved to be the case because some residents refused to evacuate a threatened low lying Island off the North Shore called Morgan’s Island and remained home with their pets-risking their lives and the lives of emergency workers who tried to save them. At that time I also recalled the ‘no name perfect storm’ in the 1990s where Bayville was flooded. There was a very worried woman in a shelter who had left her little dog behind not realizing the waters would rise so high so quickly. Fortunately her pet was rescued but something needed be done to help pet owners on Long Island.

I never thought I would be the one to do it though because I wanted to make Jester a Champion in the show ring, then breed him. I had grown up reading the Albert Payson Terhune books Lad: A Dog and, of course, Lassie, and wanted to create the perfect collie. But dog shows were not destined to be either my fate nor Jester’s.

Instead I began to study the issues of pets in disasters and in 1999 became certified in Animals in Disaster Community Planning and Animals Awareness and Preparedness, attending the Human Society of the United States (HSUS) First Conference on animals in disasters in 2000 in Orlando, Fla. Then under the auspices of a human services organization I brought representatives of public and private shelters, the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association (LIVMA) and professional animal handlers to the table to discuss making plans to help pet owners keep their pets safe in disasters on Long Island. And so Pet Safe was born.

Many didn’t understand the importance of planning with pets in disasters at the time but told me after Katrina “now I get what you are doing.” Every step of the way I expected someone who knew more than I did would step up to take the lead. When that didn’t happen I began implementing my vision of a plan for pets in disasters. Pet Safe Coalition is now working with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters both here on Long Island and in New York State in the capacity of Pet Owner support in disasters. Pet Safe was the first County Animal Response Team in New York State. During Earl Pet Safe worked with Noah’s Wish and all the coalition partners who have remained a cohesive unit since 1999 to set up a safe haven for pets at Bideawee in Wantagh.

Pet Safe changed both Jester and my life. I doubt Jester regretted not being a show dog. He really didn’t like dog shows… he much preferred being a star with kids and crashing on our couch but in the end he was a Champion in my eyes.

A friend wrote some very comforting words last night: “Hopefully you will find some consolation in the work Jester inspired, and know that in that way, he lives on in all you do.”

This handsome guy not only brought joy to everyone he met, but he also helped out Long Island animals, and will continue to do so.

While talking with Nancy she also brought up the Rainbow Bridge poem. (see above)  For those who don’t know it, it’s a poem about where animals go after they die. I decided to post this up as well, and warn you in advance that it is impossible to read without tearing up.  
Rest in peace Jester