Our dear friend, and NELR team member, Diane Cliche, passed away on Dec 13th, 2017. Diane was an important and valued member of our NELR team. She was a foster Mom to over 50 NELR dogs! The amount of people she met at transport was literally in the thousands. She always had it all under control and made everyone feel secure and excited to meet their new Lab. Diane had a unique sense of humor and her ability to take on difficult situations and turn them into success stories was amazing and such a wonderful gift. She was able to go on her dream vacation to Spain before she passed. She visited some of the foreign exchange students that she fostered as young teens. She and Steve fostered and took in about 20 or more students over the years. Her home was always open to so many students. Diane was also on our Board of Directors, did lots of paperwork and came to all of our NELR events and shows to talk to potential adopters. She once drove to South Carolina to pick up our NELR labs and had a heart that loved people and especially all dogs who needed love. She had 5 dogs of her own, Max, Bella, ( who she fostered for NELR for 2 years), Baxter and Dickens ( both adopted from NELR). Diane volunteered for NELR for over 6 years and she soon became part of our big “family”. She is greatly missed by all of us here at NELR, and our hearts go out to her two grandchildren, her son and daughter and her husband, Steve, who also went to every transport to help Diane. Diane, we love you, we miss you so much, and your legacy will live on in our hearts and minds always. Your big heart of love was an inspiration to everyone you met and you changed our world with your generous and kind spirit.
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....