Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Waiting at the bridge...

I found out today that my Uncle and Aunt's Yellow Lab was diagnosed with liver cancer and had to be put to sleep. The loss of a loved one (person or animal) is never easy. Sam will be missed, but he will be waiting with Rocky to greet you at the bridge.

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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....

—Author unknown


MCF said...

Great photo. Sorry to hear of your Aunt 7 Uncle's loss.

storyteller said...

My heart goes out to you and your Aunt & Uncle on the loss of their beloved fur-friend. Your post is a lovely way to think about such transitions. Thank you for sharing.
Hugs and blessings,

JunieRose2005 said...

ahh- so sorry to hear of their/your loss!

The poem is beautiful! I always love to read that>


Fenway said...

Lovely tribute and dear thoughts.

I have to tell you about something awful that happened to Monty, my dear lab friend. And I tell you and all your followers this sad tale so that you can learn and spread the word.

Monty was playing bitey face with his pal who got his lower jaw stuck in Monty's choke chain collar. Both dogs reacted by pulling and twisting in a frenzy of fear. I don't think I need to go any further with this story. All I can say is that my dear friend Monty, who is only 2 weeks younger than I am, is waiting at The Bridge.

Please, all dog owners: NEVER, ever use a choke chain collar except for training. NEVER leave a dog alone with one on or let your dog play with another dog who is wearing one. Also, don't EVER let your dog play with a harness on or let your dog play with another dog wearing one. Paws & legs get stuck in them.

Sadly : (((

b13 said...

Oh Fen! What horrible news :(