Posted 30 June 2006 - 07:24 AM
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....
Posted 02 February 2007 - 12:22 PM
Here is a kid with more perception on life than most grown-ups. Short and to the point.
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year old Irish Wolfhound named Belker.
The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for the four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why." Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The four-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."
Posted 19 February 2007 - 10:38 PM
We rushed him to the vet and they said that he was too jaundice and sick to be able to save him. The vet said that it was probably liver cancer or some disease that dogs can catch from skunks or racoons but since he's an indoor dog that it was probably liver cancer. So we had to put my dog down tonight. I'm so heartbroken right now! When we got home, Rylie (my almost 3 year old), was still up and kept asking if Diesel wasn't feeling good. We got him as a pup about 9 years ago from the pound.
Such a sad night.
Posted 20 February 2007 - 10:49 AM
I am so sorry for your loss, I have been through it, so I know how hard it is.
Please know we are all here for you through this tough time, our pets are a part of our families!!
Posted 20 February 2007 - 12:17 PM
The other thing was likely a disease called Leptospirosis. Even an indoor dog can get it (unless it NEVER goes out in the yard even to potty) because it is passed in urine. It is also contageous to humans (17 Vet Techs in Ontario were diagnosed with it last year). So, make sure you wash any area your dear dog may have urinated in the house, wear gloves to do it or wash really well. The "likelyhood" of your dog having it was low if he only went out to potty so it was more likley liver disease.
Posted 20 February 2007 - 11:43 PM
This is the company that many of the vets deal with to take care of our beloved pets.
I am truly sorry for your loss, and always keep in your heart the good times you had, and they will help you through your loss.
Posted 28 February 2007 - 09:34 PM
today we had to let one of our dogs go to the rainbow bridge
she was an amazing dog loving and stubborn and wonderful
and we are going to miss her so much
Posted 20 June 2007 - 02:48 PM
Got looking at the Pet section here. I want to add a link to a web page for "The Rainbow Bridge". I have sent this to a nember of friends after they have lost a pet.
Hope the link works- I don't post here very often.
Edited by gardengal, 20 June 2007 - 02:50 PM.