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Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

Thursday, April 04, 2013

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. 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."
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  • PCOH051610
    I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Ms. T (what a lovely name, by the way) and I firmly believe in the Rainbow Bridge. I hope to be reunited with my beloved Peaches, Brownie, Jo-Jo, Lucky and Skippy (even though the latter was a gerbil!) in good time.

    2210 days ago
    I'm so sorry for the loss of such a special furbaby. I love the Rainbow Bridge poem and just know that all our babies are there waiting for us.

    Sending you emoticon
    2211 days ago
    Oh, my goodness... I'm so sorry for your loss, LILPAT. Our doggies are such cherished family members, and to have lost your sweet dad and then your beloved dog is such a terrible loss, especially around the time of your birthday...

    I only hope that in time, the bittersweet quality your birthday may feel will give way to a day of so many cherished, warm, wonderful memories. Time is a great healer; may every day bring you more peace. emoticon
    2211 days ago
    I am so sorry you had such a sad event on your birthday. I hope all your favorite memories fill your heart with joy! emoticon
    2211 days ago
    I'm so sorry you had to put her down but understand they all have to go sometimes, so often before us. I agree that your dad will be happy and so will she, although I know its a loss for you. My lab is 10 1/2 years old, and the lifespan of labs is 10 to 13 years. She has slowed down so much the past couple of years and I know that it won't be long (whether soon or a year or two or three) before she is gone and that saddens me. But I have to believe that she will be waiting for me on the other side. I can't take her hiking anymore because it wears her out so much, and has for the past couple of years. I miss having her on the trail with me. Our dogs (or other pets) are so much a part of our family and I understand your loss.

    And I'm so happy to see the leaves and green popping up around us now. If only the winds wouldn't blow so hard sometimes LOL. Belated happy birthday although I know there was sorrow in it too.
    2211 days ago

    Pets are as much of our families as humans. I'm so sorry MS. T. has passed. Like you, when I lose a pet, I believe they move onto family members who have passed that I know will love them, regardless of whether that family member knew that specific pet while living. A being, animal or human, that creates that much love and happiness certainly gets to "move on" after fulfilling their earthly lives.
    Peace to You,
    2211 days ago
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