Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods. Trees are blooming, life is renewed.
Life definitely goes on.
16 years ago yesterday, on my birthday, I bought a pup for my dad to replace the old dog he had lost. He loved "Ms. T" and she took great care of him for many years. My father became bed ridden and Ms. T rarely left his bedside. When I lost my father, it broke her heart and she has slowly gone down hill for the last five years. Yesterday, on my birthday, I had to put Ms. T down. She has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and I am sure my dad is happier.
For those who might have never read the poem:
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 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 have 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.
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. 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 the Rainbow Bridge together.
~Unknown~ but based on Norse Legend
"Dogs don't live as long as humans. Humans must learn to love unconditionally. Dogs are born knowning how to love unconditionally, and therefore need not stay as long."