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|Rainbow||White Orchid||Orchid||Crossing the Rainbow|
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. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor;those who were hurt or maimed The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... Author unknown...
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.
are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
to them, who had to be left behind.
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.
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.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor;those who were hurt or maimed
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
The Peruvian Inca Orchid Rescue, Inc. is dedicated in the memory of Sarah Martens.
She bravely fought and lost her battle against cancer. Forming a rescue program for her
beloved PIO dogs was her life long dream. We hope to meet or exceed her expectations in
our efforts to carry out her plan in the rescue of this breed. Thank you Will Martens.
The memory of a loved one can live on by making a donation to help carry out the
Peruvian Inca Orchid Rescue, Inc. mission: to rescue, nurture and adopt both hairless
or coated pure breed or mixed Peruvian Inca Orchids, into loving forever homes. Your
memorial donation includes a personalized card that will be sent on your behalf.
In Memory of:
Made in the name of:
|Sarah Martens||Will Martens|
|Sarah Martens||Little Works Studio|
|Tee (20 year old cat)||Barb Harris|
In Honor of:
Made in the name of:
|Taruk has crossed the Rainbow Bridge||Pioja crossed Sept. 27, 2008|
Sarah Martens saw her first Peruvian Inca Orchid in an issue of Dog World Magazine. The dog depicted was a
black and white coated. She loved sight hounds and she thought it looked like a small Borzoi. She decided to find
out more. She soon was the proud owner of a little black and white coated girl named Coya. Coya became Sarah's
shadow going everywhere with her. Sarah's heart was broken when while she was out of town, Coya got loose from
her Mother's house and was hit by a car. By that time Sarah was hooked on this breed. She had two other coated
PIOs then got her first hairless by the name of Quilla.
Sarah truly dedicated her life to supporting this breed. She served over twelve years as an officer in the
national breed club and fought to get the breed accepted by ASFA (American Sight Hound and Field Association).
One of her greatest joys was taking her dogs lure coursing. Her hard work in this area paid off when we were
accepted in 2000 as full members in ASFA and she was able to finish the first Peruvian Inca Orchid lure coursing
champion. While all these accomplishments are wonderful they are not the reason Sarah Martens is held in such
high regard and memorialized here.
Sarah's loved this breed but over time she began to recognize that there was a problem. Peruvian Inca Orchids
attracted people who saw the hairless dogs as exotic and a way to make money. She began taking in the dogs no one
wanted, rehabilitated them and then would pay to have them shipped to good homes. Her first rescue was of a dog
she named Rizzo Honey. Rizzo had attacked a Champion Italian Greyhound and her owner threw her in a pen and except
for food and water ignored her. Her nails were so long they circled back and cut into the pads on her feet. Sarah
purchased her and took her home. Rizzo was not the sweetest dog to anyone but Will and Sarah but they loved their
girl. It was routine to take their dogs to their shoe store but soon they found out they needed to keep her home
because she was prone to stalk small children.
There was one breeder who had over sixty dogs left in the elements without shelter. When she saw a pink male
with serious burns on his body she immediately purchased him. She ended up paying thousands of dollars in vet
bills because he had a piece of milk bottle that had lodged in and was eroding his esophagus. She always found
room in her home and kennel not only for a homeless PIO but for other dogs as well.
Sarah always had room in her heart to help not just the dogs but people as well. During her travels she would
transport dogs for people, pick up gifts or share any new information she found on the breed. She was always
willing to listen. Sadly in the late 1990's she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was only in her thirties.
Despite aggressive treatment the cancer marched on. Her husband, Will, said the saddest day in her life was the
day she wasn't able to feed her dogs anymore. Caring for them was not work but her joy and it made her cry not
being able to do this. She lost her fight and died at age forty-one.
This rescue is dedicated to her memory. Not only was she a great ambassador for the breed she worked tirelessly
to help place as many dogs as she could. If she had lived she would have been thrilled to see a dream she often
spoke of, but could not get enough people interested in, come to fruition.
There is a poem quoted often amongst dog people called "The Rainbow Bridge." I suspect that if it is true that
when Sarah got there and after greeting all her dogs that passed before her, she looked around at all the dogs
waiting for their masters, and decided to stay there just so she could watch over them till their loved ones arrived.
That is just the type of person she was, a gentle heart who loved all dogs but most of all her beloved
Peruvian Inca Orchids.