Thursday, November 15th, we said goodbye to a dear member of the family. Our little puppy-girl Mitzy let us know it was time to go. She had been diabetic for many years, blind and deaf, but still in the last six months spent time occasionally tracking Sasha the cat. I'm sure she was thinking, "a cat really does not belong here!" Still, more and more time she spent curled up in her favorite cushy velour bed, until Mom & Dad decided it was time for her to be set free. On that blustery, dark day we got lost on the way to see our vet. All of a sudden, the sun broke through the clouds, and Mitzy was bathed in a pool of sunshine, her favorite spot! We got to the vet's office and all I could think of was a poem I'd read recently:
The Rainbow Bridge
Author - an unknown pet owner
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, someone 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. Her bright eyes are intent; her eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her 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.
So I told Mitzy to wait for us by the rainbow....