Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Rainbow Bridge

Some of you may be familiar with the Rainbow Bridge... for those of you who are not, here is the story...

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 he begins to break away 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.

Our little Trooper is playing near that bridge now... and we know that he is happy and healthy again... but we miss him sooooo much. Love ya, Troop...

Kyeri's Trophu (Trooper)
6-Aug-2001 to 16-Nov-2009

I found this beautiful little poem and thought it would be appropriate (and those closest to me will probably figure out why I chose it...

"Last Night"

I stood by your bed last night; I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying you found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today; your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today; you tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you; I smiled and said, "it's me."
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew...
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning
and say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to be with me.

( Author unknown )


Cathy Boone said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. He can meet our Sam who left us in Sept.

Polka Dot Moon said...

So sorry to hear of your loss! Our big guy went to play by the bridge over 3 years ago and is missed every day! I only can imagine all the fun our 4 legged friends are having :)

Splendid Little Stars said...

What a wonderful post! so sorry about Trooper. I know how painful it is to loose a beloved pet. I imagine trooper running and jumping and playing with all his new friends, perhaps including my sweet kitty Misty. Thanks for sharing.

customteddys said...

Oh my... this one has me all choked up. Thanks for sharing the beauty and sadness with all of us pet lovers.

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