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Rainbow Bridge

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 and 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 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. The bright eyes are intent, the eager body quivers. Suddenly she begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her 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 her 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 pass over Rainbow Bridge together....

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Casanova
December 2006, age 12


Moca
March 2007, age 8

Rescuer's Final Reward

Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray. All the recent arrivals at the Bridge did not know what to think, as they had never seen such a day. But the animals who had been waiting longer for their beloved people to accompany them across the Bridge knew what was happening, and they began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge.

Soon an elderly dog came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. He approached slowly, and though he showed no sign of injury or illness, he was in great emotional pain. Unlike the animals gathered along the pathway, he had not been restored to youth and vigor upon arriving at the Bridge. He felt out of place, and wanted only to cross over and find happiness.

But as he approached the Bridge, his way was barred by an angel, who apologized and explained to the tired and broken-spirited old dog that he could not cross over. Only those animals accompanied by their people were allowed to cross the Bridge. Having nobody, and with nowhere else to turn, the dog trudged into the field in front of the Bridge. There he found others like himself, elderly or infirm, sad and discouraged. Unlike the other animals waiting to cross the Bridge, these animals were not running or playing. They simply were lying in the grass, staring forlornly at the pathway across the Rainbow Bridge. The old dog took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting. Yet not knowing for what he was waiting.

One of the newer dogs at the Bridge asked a cat who had been there longer to explain what was happening. The cat replied, "Those poor animals were abandoned, turned away, or left at rescue places, but never found a home on earth. They all passed on with only the love of a rescuer to comfort them. Because they had no people to love them, they have nobody to escort them across the Rainbow Bridge."

The dog asked the cat, "So what will happen to those animals?"

Before the cat could answer, the clouds began to part and the cold turned to bright sunshine. The cat replied, "Watch, and you will see."

In the distance was a single person, and as he approached the Bridge the old, infirm and sad animals in the field were bathed in a golden light. They were at once made young and healthy, and stood to see what their fate would be. The animals who had previously gathered at the pathway bowed their heads as the person approached. At each bowed head, the person offered a scratch or hug.

One by one, the now youthful and healthy animals from the field fell into line behind the person. Together, they walked across the Rainbow Bridge to a future of happiness and unquestioned love.

The dog asked the cat, "What just happened?"

The cat responded, "That was a rescuer. The animals gathered along the pathway bowing in respect were those who had found their forever homes because of rescuers. They will cross over when their people arrive at the Bridge. The arrival here of a rescuer is a great and solemn event, and as a tribute they are permitted to perform one final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort all those poor animals they couldn't place on earth across the Rainbow Bridge."

The dog thought for a moment, then said, "I like rescuers." The cat smiled and replied, "So does heaven, my friend. So does heaven."

"Remember"

We have a secret you and I,
That no one else shall know,
For who but I can see you lie,
Each night, in fireglow?
And who but I can reach my hand
Before I go to bed,
And feel the living warmth of you
And touch your silken head?
And only I walk woodland paths,
And see, ahead of me,
Your form racing with the wind,
So young again, and free!
And only I can see you swim
In every brook I pass. . .
And, when I call, no one but I
Can see the bending grass. . .

. . Author Unknown

As a mobile groomer I am happy to help the special needs pet, but I also know that there is a sadness that can come after I groom them.
 

2005

 

 

Casper

Bichon

June   age 13

Beethoven

SH cat

Fall    age 10+

Duke

German Shepherd

December  age 10+

 

 

 

2006

 

 

Duncan

Golden Lab

Spring   age 11

Bob

Bassett

Spring   age 8+

Molly

Golden Retriever

Spring   age 8+

Rudy

Shih Tzu

Spring  age 10+

Annie

LH Calico cat

May   age 18+

Sebastian

Cocker Spaniel

June   age 12

Pumpkin

Bichon

August  age 13

Max

Blue Healer mix

August  age 12+

Rudy

LH orange tabby cat

Summer   age 19

Hilde

Giant Schnauzer

September   age 11

Pete

Shih Tzu

September    age 11

Brindle

Carin Terrier

October   age 15

Molly

Black Lab mix

October   age 14

Brandi

Pomeranian

December age 13+

Ivan

Black Lab

Winter   age 12+

Macy

LH grey cat

Winter   age 3+

Ivan

Black Lab

Winter   age 11

Chester

Golden Lab

Age 11

 

 

 

2007

 

 

Susie

Aust.  G. Shep  mix

February   age 15

Henry

Cocker/Dach mix

June   age 17

Libby

Toy Poodle

June   age 14

Mitser

Tea Cup Poodle

June   age 10

Libby

Toy Poodle

June   age 14

Kina

Springer Spaniel

Spring  age 11

Scamp

Mini Schnauzer

Spring    age 15

Tiger

LH orange tabby

August    age  12

Cleo

LH  cat

Sumner   age 15+

Morris

LH  orange tabby

Summer   age 20 +-

Casey

Golden Retriever

September   age 10

Joy

Collie

September  age 10

Tino

Toy Poodle

Fall   age 10

Murphy Brown

Lab Blood Hound mix

Fall  age 10+

Kea

LH cat

December   age   10+

Macy

LH  grey cat

Winter    age  3

 

 

 

2008

 

 

Yahtzee

G Shep Husky mix

March    age 17

Muffin

Mini Poodle

March    age  9-10

Brandi

Mini Schnauzer

March    age 9

Cookie

Sheltie

April   age 8

Cleavous

Jack Russell mix

Spring   age 14

Puffy

Cock a Poo

June   age 14

Buddy

Maine Coon cat

July   age  6+

Snowy

Mini Poodle

July   age   10+

Snifter

Cocker Spaniel

August   age 12

Eddie

Maltese

Summer   age  15

KiKi

Chow

September  age 15+

Jammer

SH  Blk/White Tabby cat

September   age  19

Hershey

Schnauzer mix

October  11+

Isabel

Black SH  cat

October  age 12

Eddie

Schnauzer mix

Fall  age 2

Shayla

Mini Poodle

Fall  age  15

Pandi

LH Tortishell cat

Fall   age  12

Bailey

Pomeranian  mix

Fall  age 14

Pepper

Mini  Schnauzer

November   age  13

Little Bit

Chihuahua

age   10+

 

 

 

2009

 

 

Hobo

LH Dom grey cat

Spring  age 14+

Pic-a-chu

Black Pomeranian

May  age 11+

Rajah

LH Tuxedo cat

Summer  age 13

Trixie

LH Himalayan cat

June  age 5

Blue

Dalmatian

June     age  6+

Sadie

Black Lab

August  age  17+

Andy

Mini Dach

August   age  5+

Princess

Sheltie

October  age 12

Jake

Mini Aust Shep

October  age 7

Aladdin

LH Himalayan cat

November  age 15

Buttons

Toy Poodle

December  age 19

Darcy

Brit Spaniel

December  age 13+

 

 

 

2010

 

 

Pepe

Shih Tzu

January age 9+

Big Boy

Greyhound ex-racer

January  age 7+

Casper

Golden Retriever mix

Summer  age 14+

Boomer

Golden Ret/Black Lab mix

Summer  age 13+

Buster

Shih  Tzu

June   age 6+

Mia

Sheltie

June   age 7+

Holmes

Standard Poodle

July   age 12

Maggie

Toy Poodle

September  age 13

Tina

Irish Setter

September  age 13+

Scooter

Dalmatian

June     age 6+

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Dogs Don't Live Longer Than People......

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old
Irish Wolfhound named Belker.  The dog's owners, Ron, his wife,
Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker
and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he
was dying of cancer.  I told the family there were no miracles left
for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the
old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would
be good for the four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure.  They
felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's
family surrounded him.  Shane seemed so calm, petting the old
dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what
was going on.  Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully
away.  The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without
any difficulty or confusion.

We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud
about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. 
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."

Startled, we all turned to him.  What came out of his mouth next
stunned me.  I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good
life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" 
The four-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do
that, so they don't have to stay as long."

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