A few months ago, we met up with two ladies on our walk and noticed they only had one dog with them. We asked what had happened to the greyhound, and apparently she had recently died of cancer.
We have seen the owner several times since, both on her own and with her friend, and she now has two ‘new’ retired greyhounds, which she’d taken on one at a time. Both have settled in now and are well socialised, but at the moment are still on leads on their walks in the woods ‘just in case’. If the wagging tails are anything to go by, they are pleased to see us, especially as it didn’t take either of them long to work out which pocket contains the biscuits!
When we lost our dog unexpectedly in 2005, we were both inconsolable. The emptiness reached deeper and extended further than his redundant basket and toys, especially as only a few weeks prior to losing him, he had been given a clean bill of health by the vet. He was 9.
No-one can appreciate what it’s like unless they have experienced such a loss, and those that have never had pets say ‘It was only a dog/cat/whatever pet’ having no idea about facing the void that is left when they leave us. To some, losing their beloved companion is much harder to deal with than losing a family member.
I cannot remember who told me about Rainbow Bridge, but I found comfort here, and so, Thank You. This is for bereaved pet owners everywhere if you don’t already know about it.
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….
This will probably be me as I intend to meet my beloved friends and my Maker with a pocket full of dog biscuits.