Dear Mary and Northcentral Maltese Rescue:

It is with much sadness that I want to inform you that our sweet boy Tipper joined his sister Millie at Rainbow Bridge on March 28, 2013. He meant the world to me. My heart truly aches. Please include the following tribute to him on the "Rainbow Bridge" page of your website. Thank you and North Central Maltese for all the joy he brought to me, my husband, and everyone who ever met him! He was a treasure!

In Loving Memory of Tipper, my best friend and love of my life. You were one of the best things that ever happen to me. You were everything to our family and life will never be the same without you. You had the heart of a lion. I will forever miss you my sweet, sweet boy!

Tipper came into my life with Millie on October 15, 2004. At the time I thought I was only adopting two dogs from North Central Maltese. Little did I know how fiercely I would love these two, and the impact they would have on my life. From that day forward, my life was never the same. We spent the next 8 years together. Although it was not nearly long enough, I am fortunate to have my life touched by these two angels. I wish I could turn back the clock!

I fell in love with Tipper's silly and mischievous ways. He was so curious and feared nothing. In spite of his early beginning in life, he never lost faith in the kindness of humans. He loved being with others and always wanted to be part of the action. And he was such a happy little guy. He truly loved life. As one friend of mine said, "he put a smile on my face every day". One could never be in a bad mood with him around. He could change that immediately.

He thought I was the greatest person in the world in spite of my flaws and imperfections. I can only hope I gave him half of the joys he brought me in the past eight years. Tipper was with me no matter what life brought my way. Through a divorce, death of my father, death of my sister, and remarriage, he was always by my side. He made all things good or bad seem better. I feel lost without him. My husband Jason, who loved him so much, called Tipper "my son".

In June of 2011, Tipper was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He fought hard for almost two years. But in the end, all the love and excellent vet care he received were not enough to save him. I think he lived as long as he did because he loved life and his family so much. Once Millie left us in February, 2013, Tipper's heart and lungs simply gave out. I take comfort in knowing they are together again.

I will always remember how he loved to watch television, eat pizza, wrestle with Millie, and run as fast as he could when he was in a field. How he would wake me up by crawling onto my chest in bed, and the first thing I would see when opening my eyes was his wagging tail. He was just pure joy! As his time neared an end, he would look into my eyes with a love I will never be able to explain.

I will never forget you my sweet boy. You have taught me how to enjoy my surroundings, not hold a grudge, and live in the moment. I wish I could be more like you!

We will miss your exuberant greeting when we return home. There is a void and a silence in our house now. Your aura was so big ! You gave us more love and devotion than we ever thought possible. If I could turn back time, and just hold you in my arms once more sweet boy. Our hearts will never stop aching and longing to be with you. But I am happy knowing your pain has been replaced by freedom and happiness. You are running wild like you used to with Millie again!!!

Our loss is so profound and these words are so inadequate. We miss you soooooooo much son!

Until we meet again at Rainbow Bridge. We love you Tipper and Millie! 

Love Mom and Dad xxxoooo!

Northcentral Maltese: God love you for the work you do, Thank you for bringing these two into our lives!

Jason and Nancy Burke
For our Loved Ones, The Heart Never Forgets
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