Monday, April 13, 2009

The Rainbow Bridge is brighter today

My brother's heart dog passed away today.  Spot was 14 years old, which was truly amazing, since he was 114 lbs.  He was a very special dog with an amazing personality.  Everyone fell in love with him and he loved most people.  He had a huge bark, but was a total chicken.  He and Andrew fell for each other at our old church's bazaar when he was a wiggly hound puppy.
Our family was truly lucky that we were all together with him today.  He had everyone he loved today.
Here are two of my favorite poems:

Walk With An Old Dog" -- by Gayl Jokiel

Because you will not be forever,

Hope against time though I may,

I paint your picture in my memory,

Eyes blue with age, muzzle gone gray.

Because you walked with me in Springtime,

Puppy-clumsy, running free.

As you grew, we grew together-

You became a part of me.

Because you shared with me my sorrows,

Not understanding- simply there.

Often spurring me to laughter—

My friend, you know how much I care.

Because the years have slowed your fleetness,

Though your spirit still is strong.

I promise I will take more time now,

So that you can go along.

Because you do not fear the future,

Living only in the now,

I draw strength from your example-

Yet time keeps slipping by somehow.

Because the day will soon be coming

When I will no longer see

You rise to greet me-but in memory

You will always walk with me.

The 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...