The Rainbow Bridge

Hosted by Maggie ^O^
Group active since Sat, Jun 21, 2014

This group is for all to share the pictures and stories of your sweet little furbabies who have gone ahead of us.

They are all together playing and having fun while they wait for us to meet them at the Rainbow Bridge.

Feel free to share a photo of your sweet little one.

Post a message when you want to let them know you are thinking of them.

Come here for comfort and peace and to honor those who loved us unconditionally.

Maggie ^O^
Jun 21, 2014

The Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge

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 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....

Author unknown...

Maggie ^O^
Dec 20, 2016

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS AT RAINBOW BRIDGE

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS AT RAINBOW BRIDGE

'Twas the night before Christmas, at Rainbow Bridge too.
We Bridgekids were thinking as always of you.
We'd seen how the holidays weren't bright this year,
Heard you whisper so often, "I wish you were here!"

We know how you wish you could just stay in bed
And sleep through the holiday lying ahead,
When all celebrate with their loved ones so near...
Unless they have loved ones on this side this year.

But we're no less alive here, on the other side.
If you could just see us, you'd've laughed and not cried.
The dogs all in harness, pulling the sleigh.
The cats all in Santa hats pointing the way.

The pet birds all flying back over the rainbow,
Bound homeward in spite of Earth's darkness and snow.
All the pets that you've lost, pets for whom you've cried,
Flying home on this Christmas to be by your side.

If you feel warm fur brush you when no pet's around,
Hear a soft bark or purr, just a ghost of a sound,
We're trying to tell you we're visiting this way,
And our visits, even rainbows, can be on any day.

But for Christmas we have something special to do,
A sleighful of happy dream visits for you.
On doggy, on kitty, on winged friend and ferret!
The love that you lavished, we mean now to share it!

We're fetching that love home, the way we once played,
With the closeness we shared and the memories we made.
Our Earth lives with you were too short for us, too,
And on this Christmas Eve we have so much to do.

So all through this night as you sleep in your beds,
Sweet visions of furbabies dance in your heads.
This one special night we can bring you Home for a while,
Your true home in Heaven, where again you will smile.

Over the rainbow you'll fly, for a short while this night,
Hours that you'll be happy, hours that will feel right,
Hours to cuddle and hug us, to run and to play,
Before the return to Earth in our magic way.

And when you awaken and face Christmas Day,
We pray you'll remember your trip on our sleigh,
But in case you forget, just remember our love.
Remember us watching you, your angels above.

Sending love wrapped in rainbows, shining and bright,
Love that will guide you through the darkest night,
Love found in each memory unwrapped through the year,
Replacing dark sorrows with Christmas cheer.

Leave the toys to St. Nick, we Bridgekids bring dreams,
Sweet visits to remind you all is not as it seems
When you look all around you with tired Earthly eyes.
If you saw as we do, there'd be joy and surprise.

There are furangels waiting by those Christmas trees,
Always there for you and hearing your pleas.
We're never more than a thought away from your home,
You're never forgotten, you're never alone.

Nor are we alone here, with our Rainbow Bridge friends.
We know only joy here, the celebrating never ends,
And after our reunions with you Christmas Eve,
We Bridgekids will party like you'd never believe.

But we'll slip away often to be by your side.
Sitting there watching you, eyes open wide,
Praying you'll be able to catch a glimpse of us, too.
But whether or not you see us - Merry Christmas to you!

- Cindy Morgan (2007)

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Maggie ^O^
Dec 9, 2016

Taffy

She was 16 years old. We had her for 15 years.

She was a rescue having been removed from an abusive home so she always had a few issues but they were nothing of concern.

She truly just loved life and it seemed no matter what was happening she wanted to be a part of it and she was always happy to join in - with the exception of bath time.

About 3 months ago she was diagnosed with kidney failure so we were so very fortunate to have been given an additional 3 months with her.

She left us on Wednesday Dec 7 to join her brother Zippy at The Rainbow Bridge.

We did everything we could to make her as comfortable as possible and she died in my arms Wednesday morning.

We lost Zipper about 4 years ago and that was really hard, but we still had Taffy and I think she absorbed and helped us through out grief. Now she is gone.

I had washed up all of her blankets and how I have them kind of spread all over the house just looking like little pillows of love and they are actually a little comforting at this time.

A few months ago we bought a cute little wooden box at Michael's craft store and we bought it specifically for the purpose of putting the ashes of both Zippy and Taffy together in it.

I wasn't able to do anything with that box before but now it's time.

So my husband and I both work on it together.

We will laminate photos of them and put them on the box. We have their collars so those will be incorporated onto the box also. I think this will be a sad but healing project for us as we both want them to be together and to be at home with us.

We are so fortunate to have had these loving souls in our lives.

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Joey Wolf
Nov 11, 2016

have any of you done pet fostering?

i hope this isn't too far off topic?

we have been kicking around doing pet fostering, instead of adopting another rescue......have any of you done this? it seems like it might be a more affordable way to have a pet. adoption at shelters has gotten SO expensive. we probably won't do anything until spring.....

Joey Wolf
Nov 1, 2016

Ellie Mae's Story

I have always loved the story of the Rainbow Bridge.

Ellie came into our lives earlier this year. I saw her on fb, being given away! I was very surprised, when her owner brought her by our house and left her, after a very short visit!!! She did not know us from Adam. We could have been the next stop to a dog fighting ring. We had never had a basset hound before, my folks had raised them, when i was very young. She had many quirks, I've always wondered what the rest of her story was. She was housebroken, stayed off the furniture, and would not leave a room you put her in, without being invited to.......more like begged and pleaded! She avoided the bathroom, like it was full of terrible things, but enjoyed her trips to the groomer. She freaked out at the sound of the bug zapper, any sharp, loud noise would really startle her. She hated the vacuum, mower, leaf blower, weed wacker and being left home alone. She eyed the running kitchen aid mixer with suspicion. What a funny girl. She LOVED going for rides, I think she would have willingly sat in the car all day, rather than spend 10 min. home alone. She loved meeting new people, her job was to make people smile from the smallest person to the gnarly old bikers down at the corner bar, (she especially liked going into the bar). She preferred little girls, passing up boys for girls, but going back to the boys after smoozing the girls.

A month or so ago, I noticed some lumps in her neck. We took her to the vet. He said in his opinion, it was cancer, in her lymph glands. Given the breed and her age his recommendation was, we keep her comfortable. She quit eating about a week ago, sat in my lap every night, crying and moaning, spending most of her time in her bed. she was really just going through the motions....no bouncey basset on our walks, our very slow walks. Halloween, we took her to see the grandkids, and on a ridiculously long car ride. This morning I called the vet. He checked her over, said the tumors had doubled in size in the past month and he was sure she was in pain. Ellie left for the Rainbow Bridge about 2:20 pm today, she went easy and I cried all the way home and am still in tears. I know we did what was best for her. We will miss her, until then.

Maggie ^O^
Sep 11, 2016

Last Known 9/11 Search and Rescue Dog Laid to Rest

Last Known 9/11 Search and Rescue Dog Laid to Rest
cnn.com/...e-911-dog-euthanized-trnd


(CNN)When it was time to say goodbye, she was given a hero's farewell.
Firefighters and rescue workers lined the sidewalk as her body, draped in an American flag, was carried out. Tears streaked down some faces.
Bretagne, believed to be the last surviving 9/11 Ground Zero search dog, was euthanized Monday.

The golden retriever was 16. Old age had slowed her down, and it was time to put her to sleep.
So, the firefighters at the Cy-Fair Fire Department in Harris County, Texas, lined the path up to the Fairfield Animal Hospital, as her owner, Denise Corliss, walked her in to be put to sleep.

Back in 2001, Bretagne (pronounced, "Brittany") and Corliss were fresh graduates of Disaster City when they were deployed to New York shortly after the World Trade Center attacks.
Corliss joined hundreds of other search and rescue teams sent from around the world to find survivors at Ground Zero, working 12 hours a day for two weeks straight.
We know now there were very few survivors found in the rubble of the twin towers, and Bretagne, like so many other searchers, worked hard -- only to find none.

Making a discovery
But Corliss discovered something unexpected: rescuers and firefighters would approach Bretagne and pet her. Soon they'd be sharing their personal stories with Corliss, describing the missing friends, loved ones and colleagues they were searching for. Bretagne had become a kind of therapy dog. "Dogs can be so comforting, so it makes sense to me now," she says. "I just didn't anticipate that, then."

There were other calls to action.

9/11 was only the first of many national disasters that called Bretagne and Corliss into action.

Deployments followed for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and other storms. Once Corliss watched Bretagne risk her own safety when the dog found herself standing on the end of a dangling staircase.
"She walked to the edge of it and she stopped -- turned -- and she came back down," Corliss recalled to CNN in 2014. "She did exactly what she was supposed to do, but it scared me a bit."

Despite all that training, Corliss admits "there were still times when I held my breath and said, 'I hope she does this right. I hope she's OK.' "

She was a pushy puppy.

It's no coincidence that search and rescue dogs such as Bretagne succeed while working under such dangerous conditions.

From the time they're puppies, dogs must survive a rigid screening process before they can do this kind of work.

When Corliss spotted Bretagne, she had a feeling this dog might be right. The puppy was pushy.

Sharing a plastic kennel with eight other puppies, Bretagne buffaloed her way through the pack from back to front, to greet Corliss.

"That kind of pushy behavior helped her be the persistent don't-give-up-style of working dog that I needed later," says Corliss.

The later years.

Bretagne left Texas Task Force 1 in 2009 to focus on her work as a local fire department search and rescue dog. Then after a couple more years, it was time for her to retire altogether. But that didn't mean the end of Bretagne's public service.

In her later years, Bretagne spent time once a week teaching kids how to read. Really.

She visited elementary school classrooms, where children, who "may be intimidated or uncomfortable reading out loud to their classmates, have an opportunity to develop reading skills by reading to her," Corliss said.

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