Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A Memorial

After many health battles, a dear friend of mine lost her beloved dog this morning. I just wanted to ask anyone who reads this to please send your compassionate thoughts and prayers for her. Thank you.

Just this side of heaven is a place called 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, 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 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.
Her bright eyes are intent;
Her eager body quivers.
Suddenly she begins to run 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 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.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

~ Author unknown

Rest in Blessed Peace, Sweet Doggie


Anonymous said...

Thank you for stopping by and leaving condolences.

Martie said...

Rainbow Bridge has brought tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat. I will keep your dear friend in my thoughts and prayers.

Rebecca said...

So very sorry for your friend.... I've lost a few myself, and I'm so very looking forward to meeting them on the Bridge....

Lori said...

I'm so sorry for your friend and her loss. Losing a pet that is dear is very difficult and I've felt that loss more than I'd like.

I love the poem...very touching.

Seabiscuit said...

Big hugs to your friend. This is a difficult time. I lost my best friend Hobie this past June. He was my buddy. He was more than just a bird. I still miss him so very much. But, now I can talk about him without crying. And, the most comforting thing is the memories. I have so many fond memories of him that I'll spend a lifetime remembering him. Thoughts of him will bring a smile to my face now and forever.

Bainwen Gilrana said...

"Rainbow Bridge" always makes me cry.

Much sympathy to your friend. Anyone who says it's "just a dog" or "just a cat" when someone loses a pet has clearly never had a pet who loved them.

Dak-Ind said...

losing a pet is like losing a friend. my heart goes out to your friend. i have never seen this poem before, but its wonderful, and brought a tear to my eye.

Anonymous said...

*moment of silence*

I know her pain very well.