The death of a pet affects each of us in a different way, which is only natural, since every human and pet relationship is unique. Whether the pet has been part of your life for years or only weeks, whether the death was expected or unexpected, the loss brings a feeling of sadness and often pain. The feeling may last for a short time or longer, but it should not be denied. A friend is gone, and the loss is real.
The Rainbow Bridge story has been around for years, and no one seems to know who originally wrote it.
Lives More Temporary
We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan.-- From "The Once Again Prince" by Irving Townsend
There Must Be a Heaven
There must be a heaven for the animal friends we love.
They are not human, yet they bring out our own humanity - sometimes in ways that other people cannot. They do not worry about fame or fortune - instead they bring our hearts nearer to the joy of simple things. Each day they teach us little lessons in trust and steadfast affection. Whatever heaven may be, there's surely a place in it for friends as good as these. -- Author Unknown
Dogs in Our Lives
We aren't house-proud. If we were, we wouldn't abide the scratches on the door-frame, the holes in the screen, the darkened shine of worn spots on the chair. We would wince at the mottled carpet and fret at the hair clinging to our clothes. We don't. If anything, we lovers of dogs are a tolerant lot, finding greater value in the unabashed affection of our friend than immaculate sofas. Shoes can be replaced, but heroic retrievers are timeless. Without dogs, our homes are cold receptacles for things. Dogs make a fire warmer with their curled presence. They wake us, greet us, protect us, and ultimately carve a place in our hearts and in our history. On reflection, our lives are often referenced in parts defined by the all-too-short lives of our dogs. -- Paul Fersen
Oh, what unhappy twist of fate
Has brought you homeless to my gate?
The gate where once another stood
To beg for shelter, warmth, and food
For from that day I ceased to be
The master of my destiny.
While he, with purr and velvet paw,
Became within my house the law.
He scratched the furniture and shed
And claimed the middle of my bed.
He ruled in arrogance and pride
- And broke my heart the day he died.
So if you really think, oh Cat,
I'd willingly relive all that
Because you come forlorn and thin
Well . . . don't just stand there . . . Come on in!
-- Francis Witham
[This one is for my Elvis]
One of the oldest human needs is having someone wonder where you are when you don't come home at night.
~ Margaret Meade ~
Dogs Are Even More Like Us Than We Thought: National Geographic