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Old 04-15-2013, 06:32 PM   #31
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Rainbow Bridge

So sorry for your loss..... I share your pain.

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....

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Old 04-15-2013, 06:44 PM   #32
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I've read that several times, it's very moving and reminds us of the companions that gave us so much joy and unconditional love. Still to this day it brings back so many memories and emotions... thanks for sharing.

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Old 04-15-2013, 06:52 PM   #33
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I've read that several times, it's very moving and reminds us of the companions that gave us so much joy and unconditional love. Still to this day it brings back so many memories and emotions... thanks for sharing.

Rick
I hope it helps those that need it.
Brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. Makes me think of my 17 year old buddy Oscar. Boy, I miss that dog!.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:02 PM   #34
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My son an daughter in-law Lost their German Short hair last week. I want to send them this ,but I think I'll wait ?
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:19 PM   #35
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My son an daughter in-law Lost their German Short hair last week. I want to send them this ,but I think I'll wait ?
The rainbow bridge was the only thing that helped me. It gives you hope ( so to speak) to help fill the empty space in your heart, to give you peace about the tough decision you had to make for your buddy.
They will read it many times over the next month. I have been reading it for 5 years now and every time I read it, I think of that good old dog and the times we had shared together.
I printed it out and framed it for my boys so they could read it when they got to thinking about Oscar. I think it helped us all get through the tough times.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:32 PM   #36
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Sorry for your loss. A dog is more than just a pet. He is a beloved family member that sometimes knows us better than we know ourselves. My heart goes out to you and in time, only fond memories will remain. Peace.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:55 PM   #37
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So sorry for your loss, It is a hard decision to have to make. I had to make that same decision many years ago and said I would never have another dog. It hurt that much. Well 5 years ago I got another, "Mick" and he is a big part of the family. As I sit hear with tears in my eyes knowing that someday I may have to make the same decision. I truly feel your loss.
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I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We just put our Maddie down the end of February. She too had cancer. She had a mass removed from her shoulder and while doing that surgery they found another mass in her mouth. She lived pain free for over a year with this. We were letting it take natural progression. We came home to find her confused, unable to stand and having almost seizure like activity. We took her to the emergency vet who said it had spread yo her brain. We let her cross the rainbow bridge that night. I feel your pain. I miss her every day. My 5 yr old still talks about her and asks to hear stories about Maddie from before she was born. I can now finally tell her the stories and not cry. Your pain will ease with time but for now cry, think about shadow wood. Let the emotions come and go. But take comfort in the fact that you gave her the greatest gift of love you could have given such a dear friend and family member, you gave the gift of peace. For now, think of shadow wood as being welcomed by many other camping buddies and sleeping by the great campfire in the sky waiting for dropped marshmallows. But when your turn comes, shadow wood will be waiting for you and she will in turn show you his gratitude for your love and compassion.
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Sorry to hear of you loss.

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This was posted for me when I lost my Maddie and I think it is appropriate for you too. They were right, You will cry when you read this

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Sorry for your loss. This may make you cry at this point but it also may help you with your grief:

THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF AN EXTREMELY DISTINGUISHED DOG

I, Chelsea, because of the burden of my illness and realizing the end of my life is near, do hereby bury my Last Will and Testament in the mind of my Master. She will not know it is there until after I am dead. Then, remembering me in her loneliness, she will suddenly know of this testament, and I ask her to inscribe it as a memorial to me.

I have little in the way of material things to leave. Dogs are wiser than men. They do not set great store upon things. They do not waste their days hoarding property. They do not ruin their sleep worrying about how to keep the objects they have not. There is nothing of value I have to bequeath except my love and my faith. These I leave to all those who have loved me, to my Master, Vicky, who I know will mourn me the most, to my companion, Will, but if I should list all those who have loved me, it would force my Master to write a book. Perhaps it is vain of me to boast when I am so near death, which returns all beasts and vanities to dust, but I have always been an extremely exceptional dog.

I ask my Master to remember me always but not to grieve for me too long. In my life I have tried to be a comfort to her in time of sorrow and a reason for added joy in her happiness. It is painful for me to think that even in death I should cause her pain. Let her remember that, while no dog ever had a happier life, I have now grown ill and pained. I should not want my pride to sink to a bewildered humiliation. It is time for me to say "good-bye". It will sorrow me to leave her but not sorrow me to die. Dogs do not fear death as men do. We accept it as part of life, not as something alien and terrible which destroys life. What will come to me after death? I will be in a place where one is always young; where I will someday be joined by companions I have known in life; where I will romp in lovely fields with those that have gone before me; where every hour is mealtime; where in long evenings there are fireplaces with logs forever burning, and one curls oneself up and remembers the old brave days on earth and the love of one's Master.

This is much to expect but peace, at least, is certain, and a long rest for these weakened limbs. And eternal sleep is perhaps, after all, the best.

One last request I earnestly make. I ask her, for love of me to have another. It would be a poor tribute to my memory never to have another Lab. What I would like to feel is that, having once had me, she cannot live without one! I have never had a narrow spirit. I have always held that most dogs are good. Some dogs are better than others--like me--and so I suggest a Black Lab as my successor. She can hardly be as well bred or as mannered or as distinguished and beautiful as I, but my Master must not ask the impossible. She will do her best, I am sure, and even her inevitable defects will help keep my memory green. To her I bequeath my collar and leash. I leave her my place in the car which I loved so much and wish for her long rides with open windows.

One last word of farewell, dear Master. Whenever you think of me, say to yourself with regret but also with happiness in your heart at the remembrance of my happy life with you, "She is the one who loved us and whom we loved." No matter how deep my sleep, I shall hear you, and not all the power of death can keep my spirit from wagging a grateful tail.
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