Sunday, April 26, 2009

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

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 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. 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, 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...

I had to have JJ put to sleep on Friday April 23, 2009. He's been with my family for 13 years, and the Vet believes that he was probably 2 or 3 years old when he came to live with us. About a week and a half ago, he had a minor stroke. He bounced back from it literally within 15 minutes. Then last Wednesday, he had another one, but that one was major. When I got home from work, he was lying in the back room, and would not get up on his own to walk. I finally got him to stand, but he couldn't make his left side do what he wanted it to do. We made an appointment at the Vet for him, but they couldn't see him until the next morning. We decided if he wasn't any better, that he would have to be put to sleep. The next morning he hadn't improved. He still bit at his favorite ball, and wagged his tail, but there was no will to get up, eat or drink any water. We kept the appointment, and my Mom said the Vet was really great with him. I couldn't stand to be there, so I went on to work. We had a little "ceremony" for him that evening, and he's resting beside the creek on my brothers property.

It's amazing how a pet can altar your life without even knowing it. It has been a very boring weekend. The house is quiet, and I have stopped what I'm doing a million times to glance down to see if JJ is under my feet! I know that we did the right thing for him, as I would never want him to spend one more second than he had to being scared, or hurting. He will be missed though.

15 comments:

Nicolle said...

Oh, Cassie. I'm so sorry. JJ sounds like he was a wonderful pet for your family. I believe they are family too! I know you will miss him, but you are right, you did the best thing for him. I am sure it was a rough decision. Keep your chin up!

Lannae Johnson said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Cassie. We lost our sweet dog at the end of February, and I still find myself glancing to see if he is there to catch the crumbs that fall from our dining room table. What a wonderful life our sweet animals can live. We are truly blessed to experience such companionship. Hang in there because the days become easier and the memories sweeter. I'm thinking of you!

Queenie Jeannie said...

I'm so terribly sorry for your loss. Yes, pets ARE family members!!! I understand what you mean about looking down - I miss my Sasha A LOT too!

Hugs hun!

Tracy Griffin - Artist said...

So sad... animals have that certain way of knowing when you're sick and just laying by you... I would miss that terribly.

Thank you for sharing your story with us.

4 Lettre Words said...

Ahhh....I am so sorry. (Pets are truly family members and that's nothing but GOOD!)

Blessings are being sent your way.

Melissa said...

Ah honey I'm sorry about your doggie. I know how hard it is, as I've been there too. Remember the good times you shared together.
Sending you a big hug-
Smiles-
Melissa

Dawn said...

Awwww Cassie I am sooo sorry to hear about your beloved JJ - I can't imagine how you feel - if anthing happened to my two furries, I don't know what I'd do.
You did the right thing though and just remember you gave JJ the best life and loadsa love a doggie could have wanted.

Hugs
Dawn
xx

So glad to see you back though...

The Muse said...

Please know, with all sincerity, our family sends you loads of love...We know the loss of our beloved pet(s)...and we so want you to know that others are surrounding you and hope that you find comfort.

What a wonderful life your dog had...to be so deeply loved and cared for !

The Muse said...

Sending you cyber HUGS!

Shauna said...

Hope you have a super weekend!
♥ HUGS ♥

Queenie Jeannie said...

Please come back to bloggyland! YOU ARE MISSED!!!!!!!!!!!

Modern Country said...

Oh Cassie, I am so sorry to hear about your loss!! They are so wonderful, our animals, And I am sure you are hurting a lot. I hope you are well and that you are able to heal within time. Hugs and hugs from me,

Aina

The Muse said...

blogland is missing you...I know I am....

Prayers to you.

Nicolle said...

I miss you! I hope you are doing ok. I have not forgotten about you! :)

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Just dropping a belated comment to say I'm sorry for your loss. :(