Sunday, 5 February 2012

Rainbow Bridge

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I lost my Tyler back last April and it tore my heart in two.. I am all choked up just typing but on the weekend I read a poem attached to this post and just wanted to share it for anyone who still misses their first baby...

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....

I love you Tyler and I miss you so much ;(... Your Obi misses you too. Have you lost a loyal four legged friend? Does the pain pass eventually?


11 comments:

  1. We had to have our dog put down in October. I was at a wedding, and when I got home, my mum to,d me that they had taken him to the vet because they just couldn't care are to see him in pain for another day. I didn't get to say goodbye, and I still miss him so much. I feel like I'm grieving for a person. Like I've lost my best friend. I hope this ache passes for both of us.

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    1. It's hard when you are not there my first family let died the night I left the UK an I felt terrible that I had left him but this time he was my first baby and it does hurt so much more... I hope your aching is slowly dwindling x

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  2. Oh it doesn't get easier, the memories of your children's childhood with Tyler will be with them forever!!
    I still think of our beautiful first German Shepherd who was born the week we got married, he welcomed every baby home & once he hit 10, the old big dog issues started arising. Bless his big boisterous heart. Little did we realise, the month he was put down, his distance cousin was born & about to become the new puppy love in our children's lives (& mine, as i walk him & he knows ALL my secrets & issues). So that is 15 years of marriage & non stop puppies in our lives, we couldn't have it any other way. I still get choked up about missing him, the biggest deal was watching our 4 children say their goodbyes & my husband bravely taking Jakob to the vet, he knew & he was comfortable with it, we didn't push him past his legs/ eyes/ hips due by date. My husband (a big tough soldier) came home with the lead, oh, the empty lead, breaks my heart looking at his hand, our 3rd girl ran up to him & said "it's Ok Daddy, you did the right thing" & we all burst into tears, devestated, but it was, it was fair. Then it was serendipity that our Sydney born puppy who we took to Darwin twice, in his 11 year life - we moved to Canberra & found a German Shepherd stud in NSW, chose our new puppy & while chatting, discovered they shared ancestry, so it was just like having another Jakob, only starting off fresh with a silly puppy again.
    We still think of our 'trial' child fondly, he taught us so much, love Posie

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    1. Oh Posie, that is sad but lovely. Thank you for sharing.. We still have Obi and and Bless him I am not situate what we will do when he moves on but I feel we will take a break from pets as it hurts too much x

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  3. Your love for your dog is absolutely heartwarming, Tessa. It says a lot of very good things about the kind of person you are. I hope the rainbow bridge brings you comfort. x

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    1. I never thought it would leave me feeling the way it has but it's a growth experience either way x

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  4. for me, thankfully it does get easier. four years ago, when I was 8wks into being a first time mum, I had to make the horrible decision to have our beautiful cat put to sleep. he was old, 18, and was going down hill very quickly, losing lots of weight, patchy hair, in the last days, he was unable to even jump up onto the couch, I had to lift him. it was the most heart wrenching decision to have to make, I just couldn't watch him in pain anymore. and the hardest part was I couldn't take him to the vet because my daughter needed a feed right before we were meant to leave, so my husband had to take him. oh my, 4yrs on and I am crying typing this! I still miss him, he was such a beautiful old man, and soon, now that our smallest is nearly old enough to handle a pet, this year we will welcome a new family member who, I hope, will be around for another 18yrs, and give our children the same love and companionship, that Mac gave me and my siblings. I do hope it gets easier for you x

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    1. He is truly in a better place and am sure he still watches you all fondly....the memories are always the best I know we will have more pets just like you but the first loss was a toughy x

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  5. My beautiful boy Tully, aged just over 12 and a half, was put to sleep on 20 October 2011. I had had Tully since he was almost 2, a cavalier king charles spaniel, and 6 weeks later after getting Tully I was lucky enough to find another cavvie needing a home, Gretel. In February 2011, little miss Poppy joined us, also 2 and a cavvie. I was conscious that if one of my darling Tully or Gretel passed away I would have a single dog and that would be awful for Tully or (given his health) most likely Gretel. All 3 are (were? I still cant talk in past tense) rescue pups. Poppy was from a an awful puppy farm and had never walked on grass, eaten other than chicken carcasses and while initially wary of me, fell instantly in love with Tully and Gretel (and my 2 rescue pussycats). Tully had been sick for over 3 years on and off with seizures. Most likely he had a brain tumour. We didnt go away for all this time as I had to stick by the emergency hospital. Anyway, my worst fears came to fruition in Ocober when he had dauily seizures and was so so medicated that he could barely hold his weight. To say I miss him is an understatement. Tully - my brave darling courageous man who fought so so long and gave me more love than I ever thought possible. He (and Gretel and Poppy) are my heart. I have struggled to function and continue to do so. I take his little box of ashes with me if I go away for the weekend and have him and the other darlings names on my uberkate necklace I won (thanks to DTLL). So Tessa, I think no, the pain never goes away, you just (so people say) learn to cope at some stage a bit better and think of the happy moments more. I like to think of my darling man resting, pain free, and will also think of Tyler and everyone elses pets with my precious angel.

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    1. Let's picture them pottering around together, I think that's nice ;)

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  6. Mel@Georgica Pond10 February 2012 17:06

    That's a lovely thought - I must remember to tell the kids that whenever a family pet dies. We've had a few who are related, but not ours directly. I do still remember the pain and feeling of losing our childhood pets, two dogs and a cat after 20 years or so, and I reckon that was about as bad as losing a grandparent when you're young, if not worse! The pain does ease, but the memories stay.

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