Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Our Pet's Place


Recently a friend of mine was saddened by the loss of her pet. It's a difficult time. Our pets give us love, loyalty and companionship, and we miss them when they're gone. They seem to sense things that we humans overlook. Maybe we just lost the ability to see what they see.

A few years ago, Brandy, my greyhound mix dog, was near her passing, so my son and I put a blanket on the living room floor and sat next to her to be close until the end. At that time, Kera, my 21 year old Siamese cat was quite feeble and stayed on a chair in the bedroom, but as I looked up I saw her staggering out into the living room. She went over by Brandy and sat beside her to wait with us. When the end came, she staggered back into the bedroom. Three months later she joined Brandy. That's love and loyalty. When Kera passed, the vet gave me a story about a bridge. This story has comforted me, and I'd like to share it with you.

The Rainbow Bridge

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills, and valleys with lush green grass. When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail are made young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play all day with each other. There is only one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! The nose twitches! The eyes are staring! And this one suddenly runs from the group! You have been seen and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her into your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.

Losing a pet is one of those painful bumps in the road on our journey through life. We may get through it, but we never forget.

Hug your pets often.

Marilyn

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