This morning our beloved Chocolate Labrador, Seth took his journey over the Rainbow Bridge; he was 13 years 4 months and 2 weeks old. He had major surgery back in May, and had been slowing down bit by bit ever since. To many it may seem like my Husband and I are grieving over ‘just a dog’, and this could be because those people have not known exactly how much a beloved dog gives, asking for so little in return.
Seth, and our other lab, were the reason I kept going through the long months of deployments. His antics always brought a smile to people faces, and there was not a person who came into contact with him who was not touched by him. We have a lot of things to arrange for him now, and our grief to deal with, so there may not be any more posts this week; I’ll take it day by day and see how it feels.
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….