Monday, March 23, 2009

Saying goodbye to a friend.

My best friend from college is having her first "baby" put to sleep today. He is old and sick and his quality of life is not good. He's been OK at best for a while, but he's taken a huge turn for the worse today.

His name is Comet - he's a very sweet Cocker Spaniel. He was a crazy young pup - he ran all over Shannon's house like a crazy man. I used to take him outside on a leash because they don't have a fenced in yard and he was always SO full of energy. He was a great companion when I sat on their couch to watch TV.

My friend is heartbroken and I can't be there to hold her hand or give her a hug. When she told me of her plans today, my thoughts immediately went to the Rainbow Bridge.

This is such a comforting poem for me - I'm certain some of my old pups are waiting for me and I'm sure Comet will be waiting there for her!

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...


Anonymous said...

You just had to go and make me cry on a Monday morning, didn't you?

I have had to put two dogs to sleep in my lifetime, both due to old age. I am so incredibly attached to my current dog, Dexter, that I already have nightmares about the day he crosses the Rainbow Bridge, and he's only 6 1/2.

Your friend is in my thoughts and prayers today.

Sandra said...

It's so sad when we have to put our pets to sleep, it's truly heartbreaking.

Jodi said...

Its so hard to say good-bye to a family pet! *HUGS* to your friend!