A Tribute to Trixie, Endearing Hero of Tiger’s Den

The Shadbolt family, owners of Tiger’s Den, are mourning the loss of their hero, Trixie.

Trixie, Tigers Den Hero

Trixie, named after Keith’s aunt because ‘she was also short and little’, was a well loved member of the family. The following story is just another reason for why.

It happened some years ago, in the middle of the night, at the family home in Ladbrookes, Christchurch. Their son BJ woke in the middle of the night because Trixie was biting him. He yelled in horror – Trixie NEVER came into his room at night, and certainly not to bite him!

It was there and then that the quake hit!

The chimney broke off and landed on the bed. One of beams came down and speared the pillow, right where BJ’s head had been. BJ was sitting up in bed, holding onto the dog, looking up at the stars with a crumbled chimney millimetres away from him!

A very special little dog, she is sorely missed by her family – there’s definitely another little star in the Marlbourough Sounds sky over Tiger’s Den.

Tigers Den Hero, Trixie

We’re sharing the story of the Rainbow Bridge, a sweet tale that recounts the journey our pets take when they leave us.

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 …

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