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Friday, August 31, 2007

Spot



My cat Spot died on this day two years ago. I almost forgot the day, which is sad - I hope I'm not starting to forget her, or Grendel and Data, who died soon after. When she died, my vet sent me this prose poem about the Rainbow Bridge ...

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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

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7 Comments:

Blogger Deacon Denny said...

I like that vision. It's simply put, & very comforting.

Sometimes people ask me if animals (usually meaning pets) can go to heaven, and my answer always is that if our loved pets are necessary for our perfect happiness, then of course they do.

10:37 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

I hope that's true. It's hard to imagine that someone you love, even a pet, has just ceased existence.

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Paula said...

Such a sweet image...I hope that Tzutzu will also make it there...but giving the fact that he is such a holy terror..:-)

9:04 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Paula :-)

10:28 AM  
Blogger Garpu the Fork said...

I had rats for years. But they only live a couple of years, so it's hard when they die. (and they become so attached to you and vice versa.) I can't imagine the creature who lives a life of unconditional love wouldn't be rewarded in the afterlife somehow.

10:36 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

We had a rat when I was in college ... Ratso ... my mom brought him home from her physiological psych class/lab. He was so affectionate, he would ride around on our shoulders and play games with us :-)

11:44 PM  
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