To the sweet souls who left footprints on our hearts. . .
WE REMEMBER FRIENDS AND FAMILY
WE REMEMBER OUR RESCUE FURKIDS
It came to me that every time I lose a dog, they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog that comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and maybe I will become as generous and loving as they are.
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To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say. But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from the Bridge. Here I dwell with God above. Here there's no more tears of sadness. Here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy, just because I'm out of sight. Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you, when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me, and He said, "I welcome you.
It's good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone. As for your dearest family, They'll be here later on."
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do. And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight, God and I are closest to you... in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years, because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry, it does relieve the pain. Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you, all that God has planned. If I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er. I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are rocky roads ahead of you, and many hills to climb; But together we can do it, by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy, and I'd like it for you too; That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody, who's in sorrow and pain; Then you can say to God at night..."My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented...that my life was worthwhile. Knowing as I passed along, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody, who is sad and feeling low; Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, with me on your mind; I'm walking in your footsteps, only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go...from that body to be free. Remember you're not going...you're coming here to me.
-- author unknown
Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as 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 watch.
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 illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again.
As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here 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 and waiting.
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 as you see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort 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 animals, 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 bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed her towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.
"That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of her work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn't place on earth across The Rainbow Bridge."
"I think I like rescuers", said the first animal.
"So does GOD", was the reply.
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