THE RAINBOW BRIDGE (author unknown)
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play all day with each other.
There is only one thing missing. They are not with the special people who loved them on Earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! The nose twitches! The ears are up! The eyes are staring! And this one suddenly suddenly runs from the group!
You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.
you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.
will not go quietly,
these dogs who shared out lives.
Old habits still make us think
we hear a barking at the door.
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go around the place
the food bowl used to be.
And, sometimes, coming home at night,
we miss them terribly.
And although time may bring new friends
and a new bowl to fill,
That one place in our hearts
belongs to them... and always will.
My sweet black
boy who would let me do anything to him and won a prize for his
costume as Santa Claus, complete with wire rimmed glasses.
The Buddhist boy who couldn't stand to see two dogs (or humans) not getting along and would stand between two to break the stares so there wouldn't be a fight.
The human "jungle gym" who let puppies crawl all over him, pull his ears and try to drag him by his tail to the last hours until his death from an inoperable tumor .
The first Tibetan
Terrier to win (owner-handled) Best Puppy in Show in Canada
at an All-Breed show (Essex County Kennel Club, Sept. 3, 1989)
CH. Dscho Utra Kathmandu's Cham Pot
(Ger.CH. Dokham Figaro x CH. Ben-Sa-Ba Quinla [Ger. Imp.])
Owner: Sue Mechem Breeder: Anette Palmer-Kelly
Oct. 9, 1988 - August 28, 2003
Erin (CH. Malishar's Maitreya, ROM), born October 4, 1989, lost her battle with a very aggressive cancer on Nov. 3, 1999. Erin, who thought dog shows were a day to gorge on treats (after all, she already knew she was beautiful), is sadly missed by her breeder/owners Ron and Margy Pankiewicz.
Babe (CH. Kathmandu's Cabbage Patch Kid) , born Nov. 12, 1983, lost her battle with mammary cancer on Oct. 21, 1999, just a few weeks short of her 16th birthday. Bred and owned by - and footwarmer for - Sue Mechem
Nikki, a Samoyed, spent the first year of her life as a "student" at Wiliam and Mary College with my nephew. She will be waiting for the whole Flint family - Bob, Betsy, James and Lisa as well as her "sidekick" Sam - at the Rainbow Bridge as she lost her fight with nasal carcinoma in March, 1999.
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