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 that 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



Rockport's Dancing Daisy

13 May 2005 - 9 September 2012

We lost our Daisy Sunday evening, September 9th, 2012. Daisy turned 7 in May and was the foundation girl of our breeding program and leaves behind a wonderful legacy. She came to us as a pup from Rockport Mastiffs in Canada and we’ll be forever grateful to Ken Pritchard for entrusting us with her. Daisy was everything a mastiff should be and a dear friend and companion. Rest in Peace Dear Daisy, We Love You and Miss You.


We had retired Daisy earlier from our breeding program and then decided to have her spayed. A few days after her spay she started showing some distress in her rear legs. What started as a little whine when getting up, quickly progressed into severe pain. The spay surgery was uneventful so we eliminated it as the cause of the problem, and decided she must have injured her back some how; possibly a pinched nerve or slipped disk. But despite major doses of pain killers and steroid injections she continued to decline to the point of not being able to support her weight at all on her rear. For about a week and a half she was unable to stand. But despite that, she seemed relatively content and comfortable. She was still eating and drinking fine and maintained all of her bodily functions, and our hope was with enough time to heal she would regain the use of her rear legs.  However, after continued treatment she took a turn for the worse and quite eating and drinking, and her breathing became heavy and somewhat distressed. Unfortunately, fluid was beginning to build up around her heart and lungs, and despite our best efforts, she succumbed to congestive heart failure. Fortunately we were able to be with her during her final moments. RIP dear Daisy.



St. Patrick's Wheel Of Fortune

19 August 2005 - 20 November 2012

We lost our Sajak on Thursday November 20th, 2012. Sajak was a St. Patrick's boy and one of the foundation dogs of our breeding program. He was 7 years old.


Sajak had been going downhill over the previous few months and testing indicated most likey some form of cancer, likely either bladder or kidney. He had lost 50+ lbs in a few months, but despite that remained mobile, in good spirits, and eating well. However, in the final couple weeks it became obvious he was getting much weaker and beginning to display signs of being in pain. So on Tuesday evening we made the difficult but correct and necessary decision to send Sajak to the Rainbow Bridge. RIP dear Sajak, you will be missed dearly but never forgotten.



St. Patrick's Proceed With Caution

11 March 2007 - 21 December 2012

On December 21st, 2012 we lost our beloved Hazard suddenly from an apparent heart attack. He was only 5 years and 9 months old.


When Hazard was almost 2 years old he got a serious infection in his foot that almost killed him. He had an extremely high temperature and was diagnosed with a flesh eating bacteria. After several surgeries and many months of massive doses of antibiotics he recovered. However, the infection took its toll and he continued to battle other medical issues over the next few years. Also, the infection wrecked his joints in his right front leg and he always walked with a slight limp but appeared to be pain free. I can’t help but wonder if the bacteria, high fever, and/or antibiotics may have also damaged his heart. The past year we noticed he would heavy pant with only minimal exercise, but lately seemed to be doing better.


Hazard was everything one could ask for in a mastiff. He had the most loving personality and was always content regardless of the situation. Nothing ever seemed to rattle this boy and he was always such a joy to take on social visits because of his rock solid temperament. Rest In Peace dear Hazard, you will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.



Midwest Mastiffs
John & Donna Richardson
Jonesburg, MO 63351

Phone: (314) 920-7871 or (314)750-4190