Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A Sad Note about Buddy

Today after a family member told us about the terminal illness of his pet, Buddy, we felt so sad. I realize every day that Ren is holding on as he is approaching 16. He is totally blind but he is not suffering in any kind of way. Regardless, I know his days are limited and we try to make him as comfortable as he can be. I have not had a dog this long and I know it will be hard when his time comes. I found some comfort in reading this today:

Rainbow Bridge

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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