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
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....
CGC NAC NCC NJC
1998 - 12/31/07
Elway was Craig's baby, his best friend. He was shar pei/pit bull. He was named for John
Elway, who was a quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Craig's a big Bronco's fan, even
more so for Elway. Elway was Craigs perfect dog, and he is very much missed.
1991 - 2005
Keesha was a cocker spaniel mix. She
was a very sweet girl who loved life
and everyone in it.
5/20/95-8/21/07 Kodak was a Malamute/Husky. He had all his outstanding novice NADAC
agility titles except weavers, and had his CGC (Canine Good Citizen). He was also trained to
pull (rollarblades, wagon, and custom dog sulky). He was an incredibly wonderful dog, and
we miss him very much.
199? - 2004
Secret, named after the famous race horse, was my first kitty. She had been abandoned in
the neighborhood, and I was more than happy to take her in. She loved to be pet, and loved
cheese and steak.
2001 - 2002
My first miniature, I will never
forget my Pelli. I have never
known a horse so loving as she. I
only had her a few months before
she tragically lost her life to a
mountain lion, but she made a
big impression in my life and will
never be forgotten. I love you
CheyAut's More Than A Feeling
We were so excited for the arrival of our first miniature horse
foal. Ruby was bred to Tracker for an April '07 baby, and we
knew it would be spectacular. I really wanted a filly, but had a
feeling it would be a colt. Craig said it takes more than a feeling,
so that is how Boston got his name.
Sadly, we never got to meet Boston. Ruby got an infection, which
caused him to die before he was even born. He was a gorgeous
light chestnut pinto colt, with perfect markings.
Boston, you are always in my heart. I only wish we got to meet.
But I know you are up there, watching over us and playing with
Jelly Bean's time on Earth was sadly way to short. She was a beautiful 2nd Gen Mini Ober
doe, and the friendliest of our goats. She always was right up there at the fence to greet
everyone. She loved attention. Her life was tragically cut very short, but we will never
forget this sweet, beautiful girl.
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I wish I could say this is all the wonderful, special animals who've been in our life but left
to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Sadly, there are more. I try to keep this page up to date, but it
is very hard and emotional for me to do so, so there are some I have not been able to get
up here. I also was unable to update my website for years, so I haven't really updated this,
except to add Cheyenne, so some are missing. Also, our beautiful Radiance isn't on this
page, as she has her own page, the Friesian page.
It is always so very difficult when we lose a loved one, wether it be animal or human. But
even if the time we have with them is short, it is always a special, wonderful time. We
never regret the time we have with someone, no matter how brief it may be.
M & M
M&M is a pygmy wether. Pygmies are roughly the same size as Nigerian Dwarves, but
they are cobbier. They are a meat goat vs a dairy goat. M&M was a show wether in
4H competitions and got some first place ribbons before he came to CheyAut Ranch
as a baby!
Reeces was our second goat, we got him as a companion for Twix. He was born in
2005. His breeder has shown him, and he did quite well, earning Grand Champion
Wether twice! Like Twix, he loves attention and will come running at the mention of a
Grem Lynne was born in 1996. She is very skittish,
and hides from all strangers. In fact, most people
would never know we have her! I've had her since
she was 6 weeks old, so I know she was never
abused. I'm not sure why she is so scared of people;
however, she LOVES Craig and I, and comes out for
us to pet her at night when everything is quiet and
CheyAuts Silent Harmony
Harmony came to us very skinny, tiny, hooves in horrible condition, a hernia and rain
rot. But her sweet nature shined so bright. She loved people and was so good. We got
her hooves in great shape, rain rot cleared up, she put on weight and grew a few
inches in the three short months we had with her. Hernia surgery was going to follow
shortly. But sadly, some nuerological problem came on drastically and this beautiful
girl had to be helped over the Rainbow Bridge. Even though it was only a few months
we got to spend with her, this girl meant so much to me, and was one of the hardest
losses I have had to go through. I will never forget you, Harmony.
CheyAuts Quite The Diva/ESM Quite The Diva
Diva was such a super sweet and beautiful girl. We had high hopes for showing,
driving, and breeding this Double Destiny granddaughter. Sadly, she showed some
nuerological symptoms while heavily in foal. We gave her round the clock care and
meds, and she was improving until she aborted a beautiful pinto filly via a bad
dystocia. Our vet was able to get the filly out, but Diva went downhill from there until
she crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Diva had a lot of people from all over the world
pulling for her, but sadly it was not meant to be. We love you beauty, run free with
your beautiful filly.
In 2006 we had a drill team performance at an
animal fair. There were several rescue groups there
trying to find homes for kitties and doggies. I saw
how beautiful Kadian was, and so I had to pet
him... only to find out how incredibly sweet he is!
There are some kitties who are just very special to
me, and Kadian was one such kitty. We had to put
him down in 2011 due to tumors in his nose and
mouth, and I miss him very much. I loved how he
would lay on me in bed and reach out his paw to
touch my face or to touch Craig. He was so very
sweet. I will always remember this beauty.
Dexter was born 5/15/11. His dam is our Welsh Cobx mare, Summer (see above),
and his sire is a POA named Tough Rocket. Dex is exactly what I ordered! I bred
for him to be my personal spotted riding beauty, so he is NOT for sale!!! Dexter
will be gelded when the flies go away late fall/early winter.
5/15/11 - 6/19/11
Dexter was the horse I dreamt of for so many years. He was perfect. I looked
forward to many years with this boy, he was not going to be sold. But things just
weren't meant to be. We lost this perfect colt to a very bad colic. The vet said no
amount of money would save him, the only thing we could do was end his
suffering. My heart isn't just broken, it's shattered.
Abrias DB Painted Design
Design is a 33" 2007 AMHA/AMHR silver bay pinto. This beauty is out of my favorite
Ruby daughter (other than Solitaire of course!) and her sire is Little Kings Double Your
Bucks, a son of the famous Boones Little Buckeroo! We are thrilled to add this beauty
to our herd! Watch for us in the show ring! She has been bred to Spin for 2012!
In 2011 we were devastated to suddenly loose this incredibly sweet and beautiful girl
who we had such high hopes for :(
Poppy is a Nigerian Dwarf doe. She has had a lot of baby goaties in her life, so Poppy
came here to enjoy the life of retirement :) Of course I need to stick with our candy
theme names, but didn't want this sweet old girl to be confused, so I was thrilled to
learn that there is a Swedish candy named Poppy! :)
In 2007 I saw photos of Skittles on a goat forum, and I knew I just HAD to have him!
Ashley of Sweet Gum Minis in SC is his breeder, and I am so very greatful she was
willing to go the extra steps to ship him all the way to Az for us! At first he was very
skittish, but he has quickly realized scritches on his neck feel great! He doesn't let
you NOT pet him now :)
I mentioned I found Hollow. Well, that was back
when I lived in a neighborhood. I bought my house
in the coyote-filled desert in 2004. Not a safe place
for a kitty. So I was very shocked in 2006 when I
came home and found a stray in my yard! I meowed
back and forth with him until he felt safe enough to
come to me, and found out he was a total love. I
brought him in and asked Craig if we could keep
him if we found no owner. He said that that kitty
looked like charcoal, so that's how he got his name.
He's really weird: he acts stoned all the time!
Charcoal is so sweet and loving though, you can't
help but smile at him :)
CheyAuts Desert Eclipse
Venus was born 4/18/12 at about 6am. Her mother is Amber. Venus was a
beautiful silver brown filly, just like her gorgeous mother. Sadly at only a month
old, she was fine one minute, the next thing I knew she was having a seizure and
died in my arms :( She is very missed.
Oreo is an adorable Nigerian Dwarf doe. She was born 7/09. She looks like a spotted
blanket appy horse, so of course I couldn't resist going to see her! When I met her
and saw what a friendly personality she has, I knew she was coming home with me :)
Rodabi-J Tattoo's Last Tango
Tango is an AMHR ~37" 1994 appaloosa mare. She is a silver bay
(homozygous for black!), lab tested EE Aa Zn and no cream. We are excited
to add this colorful girl with a great trot! She's had some beautiful babies,
including our 2010 colt CheyAuts John Locke! Possibility of her also
becoming a driving horse, maybe do some combined driving.
I saw Lexiva at the adoption center in Petsmart in
2004, but he wasn't with the other kitties. I soon
learned he was sick with an URI, so was going back
to the pound, where he would most likely be PTS
due to the high volume of healthy cats they had. I
called them and got permission to adopt him, got
him healthy, and have a very fun (though rather
round!) kitty to love on :) AVAILABLE!
Lyric was also adopted from the AzHS via Petsmart.
I got her as a kitten in 2004. I had always wanted a
black longhaired kitty, but was being picky on
purrsonality (as I want friendly, people-oriented
kitties). I wasn't really looking for another kitty,
but she fit what I wanted to a T, so I couldn't
resist! Lyric is definately the Princess here!
Samba is an AMHR 34" 2007 black varnish roan appaloosa. She is roaning out more
and more :) She is trained to drive, and hopefully will do ADTs in the future. She has
been bred to GT for 2013!
Chey is a 16hh, 1990 chestnut sabino Thoroughbred gelding. He is my horsey soul
mate! Who knew my first horse would turn out to be my best? We have enjoyed
dressage, jumping, sorting, barrel racing, trails, ect. We enjoy just having fun
together. He is lead horse of the "herd" and enjoying semi-retirement. NOT FOR SALE.
CheyAuts Cowboy Diamond Solitaire
Solitaire is a 30" 2008 AMHA/AMHR/PtHA chestnut pinto, daughter of Ruby. She is ee
Zn Aa and negative for LWO. She comes right up to people and follows you around :)
She was in her first show, weanling and yearling halter, and got 3rd place! She was
also shown as a yearling and took home many more ribbons! And then in 2011 she did
well again! She is a very good mother. She may be trained to drive in the future.
CheyAuts Jubilatious Talent
Talent is a 2013 AMHA/AMHR smokey black tobiano filly by Multi Champion stallion
Fallen Ash Farms Talent Scout and out of our Jubilee. She is E_ aa and tested Crn and
TOto, which means she is a minimal tobiano. She started off skittish, but now she
doesn't leave me alone and loves attention :)