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Wordless Wednesday #335 – Til we meet again Miss Cuppercakes

May 31, 2017 10 comments

What last joyful thing did you do with your dog before saying goodbye?

November 5, 2012 32 comments

Aspen

A while back I saw this email posted on Life With Dogs. It was a request from a woman with a 15-year-old Border Collie.

She wrote

“…we have a 15-year-old Border Collie that is trained in herding but due to health issues hasn’t been able to herd in a very long time. His health is declining quickly and we would love to have him chase a few sheep around for one last time.”

I couldn’t help but be moved by her plea and hoped and prayed that someone would be able to answer her request.

Well, as it turns out, someone did. Thanks to my friend Sue over at Talking Dogs, I was able to see one very happy dog herd sheep for the last time (you can watch the video here).

It brought tears to my eyes. I couldn’t help it. What dog owner wouldn’t want the same for their dog? That one last chance to give their dog an opportunity to do what they loved?

It brought back some memories of the things I have done to give my dogs the very same experience of joy. That one last hurrah.

My Sheltie, Alicia, was 15 when we said goodbye, but I remember taking her on short walks all the way up to the very end. She couldn’t go very far, and often I would end up carrying her home, but I just loved seeing her wagging tail when I brought out her leash. It was worth it. On our last day together, I made sure to buy her a cheeseburger because I she loved them so. She ended up getting sick in my brand new car, but I didn’t care. I had given her something she loved. One last time.

When it was time to say goodby to my senior dog, Aspen, I made sure that I left the window down so she could stick her nose out. She loved to sit in the backseat and sniff the air as we drove from place to place. Besides going to the dog park, it was one of her most favorite things to do. I was not going to deny her that joy in those last moments. I still remember looking in my rear view mirror and seeing the tip of her nose poking out the window. I remember smiling through my tears in that moment.

It’s only natural to want the best for our dogs, even as the end nears. We want them to experience some amount of joy in their last moments with us. I suspect it’s as much for us as it is for them.

So what things have you done to give your dogs that one last chance to enjoy what they loved most? What was your dog’s last hurrah moment? I’d love to hear your stories.

How do you imagine your Rainbow Bridge reunion?

October 8, 2012 20 comments

On Monday I learned that a friend had lost her beloved husband to cancer, after a very short but hard-fought battle over these past three weeks. I couldn’t help but be sad for her and for the animals they shared. They didn’t know he wouldn’t be coming home when he went into the hospital for pneumonia. I know they all miss him terribly. I have no doubt that one day Greg and Ecco (their Chocolate Lab) will reunite happily at the Rainbow Bridge where they can be together forever. At least, I believe it to be true.

Animal lovers often refer to the Rainbow Bridge when a beloved pet passes. All of us hope to one day meet up with our pets at that bridge and cross over it together on our way to heaven. But when we think of that rainbow bridge, and what lies beyond, what do we imagine it to look like? Do we take the time to imagine what that reunion will be like? And, what do we imagine what we (our dogs and us) will do when we get there?

In my mind, the Rainbow Bridge is more beautiful than any human words can describe. The reunion with my pets more joyous than I can ever imagine.

I hope my last two dogs, Indy and Aspen, are there to greet me with smiling faces. I hope to see my first Sheltie, Alicia, spinning in excitement, as she did so often when she was here. I imagine my cat, Sebastian, wrapping his paw around my hand as we sleep together on a heavenly bed of clouds.

I also see my days spent in laughter as I watch my dogs running around heaven with their noses to the ground, exploring it with joy and excitement. I see Alicia curled up at the foot of my bed every evening and Jasper chasing his ball over and over again during the day. I imagine my little Lady barking her excitement at first seeing me, and then licking me on the tip of my nose, as she does now when she is happy. I imagine Daisy confident and strong, and just as gentle as she is today; happy to sit with me by a river or lake, or to leap in with her tail wagging as she happily paddles around.

I imagine the world beyond that Rainbow Bridge to be better than my best day with my dogs on earth, because it is there I will see them at their most strong, most healthy and most happiest.

After reading about Colton Burpo’s death (and return) in “Heaven is for Real” I feel even more assured that I will one day see my pets again – both at the Rainbow Bridge and beyond. If Colton says there are dogs in heaven I am more than happy to believe him.

So how do you imagine your reunion at that rainbow bridge? Who will you see? What will you do?

The Rainbow Bridge Poem
Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the 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. 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

Rainbow Bridge Pictures, Images and Photos

Greg – wherever you are, I hope that everything you imagined heaven to be is true. I have no doubt that your pets greeted you at that Rainbow Bridge or that you crossed over together. That is as it should be. Godspeed.

Dog Collars, Nostalgia and New Beginnings

July 12, 2011 13 comments

I was so excited when I opened the mailbox today. Inside was a little brown padded envelope. “Could it be?” I thought. I couldn’t wait to find out. There was no waiting until I got inside to open my package. Nope! I tore open that package right then and there.

“Yay!!! They’re here! They’re here!”

Inside that little brown package were the two items I had been waiting for – Daisy and Jasper’s new dog collars, a special gift from our friend Karen from Doggie Stylish. I was thrilled. I couldn’t wait to try them on Daisy and Jasper.

New Dog Collars from Doggie Stylish

Old Dog Collars

Jasper has had the same dog collar since I first fostered him (nearly two and a half years ago!) and Daisy’s collar (the one I bought her nearly 3 years ago) has begun to look old and faded. Yet, I have resisted buying them new ones. Why? Because I am somewhat nostalgic about them. Not because they had some special meaning when I bought them or that they had some special significance because of their color or style, but because I am kind of a keeper of dog collars. When I say goodbye to one of my dogs and send them over that rainbow bridge, I keep their collar as a way to remember them. Each collar carries a lot of memories for me – the day they first came to live with me, the days we played in the park or cuddled on the couch or took a trip to visit a friend. All of my memories are wrapped up in that one little collar.

That’s why when Karen offered to send them new collars I was a little bit tentative, despite the fact that they really needed some new ones. Could I give up their old ones and put on some new ones?

Then it occurred to me that it was all about perspective. These new collars could be even more special and have more meaning than the ones Daisy and Jasper were wearing now – if I chose to look at them with a new perspective.

These collars were coming from someone I respect a great deal. Someone who is smart, kind, humorous, and generous to a fault. Don’t believe me? Just check out what she did for Edie Jarolim and her dog, Frankie,. Or, the new collars she sent to our fellow blogger and friends in Denmark, Leo, Kenzo and Viva, to recognize them for their work in fighting Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). (Did you know Denmark bans and kills up to 13 dog breeds right now?)

That’s why I was so excited when Karen’s gift arrived. These collars will be a fresh start, but they also come with memories already attached to them, because they are a gift from a friend. These are the new ones that I will attach my memories to, the ones that I will look on with not only memories of my dogs, but memories of the person who gave them. What could be more special than that?

Now, I just have to look at her site for new dog leashes to match! I’m off to Doggie Stylish to see what I can find!

Before I go, here are Daisy and Jasper in their new collars!

Daisy in her new collar

Jasper in his new collar

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