“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.”

If only they could stay puppies forever.

Nikki was my father’s constant companion and died too soon last week at age eleven. She was just a little thing, but the void left by her loss is a big one. We’re all so sorry, Dad.

“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….”

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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5 Responses to “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.”

  1. Jean Gutsche says:

    Wonderful, wonderful . Tolkien and Lewis would love Rainbow bridge.

  2. Steve says:

    Mike, if you see this comment I hope you will accept my condolences for your loss of Nikki. Only people who have pets can know how painful it is when they leave us. That little dog took a cute picture, that’s for sure. And I guess Marilyn and I are grateful to her for all of the companionship she provided you over the years. You must be so sorry to see her go, and I am sure it is a little too quiet around your house now without Nikki. So sorry.

    Steve

  3. Katherine Gunther says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your father’s loss.

  4. mlgcomm says:

    Marilyn, this is such a beautiful piece on the rainbow bridge. Jean started crying when she told me about it. You should be penning children’s book… that are really written for adults.

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