There's something missing in my home,
I feel it day and night,
I know it will take time and strength
before things feel quite right.
But just for now, I need to mourn,
My heart -- it needs to mend.
Though some may say, "It's just a pet,"
I know I've lost a friend.
brought such laughter to my home,
and richness to my days.
A constant friend through joy or loss,
with gentle, loving ways.
Companion, friend, and confidante,
A friend I won't forget.
You'll live forever in my heart,
sweet, forever pet.
Sometimes things just aren't meant to be, this little one suffered a
broken rear leg in utero, went through
the surgery and was doing very well, during the night he apparently
choked (necropsy showed)
and was unable to breath, passing on in the night. He was a
special little guy,
so much personality and a real fighter.....I will always miss his little
The Rainbow Bridge -
Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp
a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals
had no idea what
to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before.
But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew
exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to
It wasn't long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low
and tail dragging.
The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what
his story was
right away, for they had seen this happen far too often.
He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no
sign of injury
or llness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at
The Bridge, this animal had not
beenrestored to youth and made healthy
and vigorous again. As he walked toward
he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was
and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be.
But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the
appearance of an Angel who
apologized, but told him that he would not be
able to pass. Only those animals
who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge.
With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the
fields before The Bridge and saw a
group of other animals like himself,
also elderly and infirm. They weren't playing, but rather simply lying
on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to
The Bridge. And so, he took his
place among them, watching the pathway
One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he had
just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for awhile to explain
it to him.
"You see, that poor animal was a rescue. He was turned in to rescue just
see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding.
made it out ofrescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to
him as he left his earthly existence. Because he had no family to give
his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge. "
The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, "So
what will happen now?" As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and
the gloom lifted.
Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older
a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they
were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of
life. "Watch, and see" said the second animal.
A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and
low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat
head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into
followed him towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.
"That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those
new homes because of his work. They will cross when their new families
Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer
they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed
those poor animals that they couldn't place on earth, across The Rainbow
"I think I like rescuers", said the first animal.
"So does GOD", was the reply.