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Post by Guest on Sun May 13 2012, 18:01

Unlike most days at RainBow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All the recent arrivals were confused and concerned. They had no idea what to think for they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had spent some time waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was happening and began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge to watch. They knew this was something special.

It wasn't too long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung heavy and low with tail dragging along the ground. The other animals on the pathway...the ones who had been at RainBow Bridge for a while...knew the story of this sad creature immediately. They had seen it happen far too many times.

Although it was obvious the animal's heart was leaden and he was totally overcome with emotional pain and hurt, there was no sign of injury or any illness. Unlike the pets waiting at the Bridge, this dog had not been restored to his prime. He was full of neither health nor vigor. He approached slowly and painfully, watching all the pets who were by now watching him. He knew he was out of place here. This was no resting place for him. He felt instinctively that the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But alas, as he came closer to the Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who spoke softly to the old dog and apologized sorrowfully, telling him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their special people could pass over the RainBow Bridge. And he had no special beloved people...not here at the Bridge nor on Earth below.

With no place else to turn, the poor elderly dog looked toward the fields before the Bridge. There, in a separate area nearby, he spotted a group of other sad-eyed animals like himself...elderly and infirm. Unlike the pets waiting for their special people, these animals weren't playing, but simply lying on the green grass, forlornly and miserably staring out at the pathway leading to the Bridge. The recent arrival knew he had no choice but to join them. And so, he took his place among them, just watching the pathway and waiting.

One of the newest arrivals at the Bridge, who was waiting for his special people, could not understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the pets who had been there for some time to explain it to him.

"That poor dog was a rescue, sent to the pound when his owner grew tired of him. They way you see him now, with graying fur and sad, cloudy eyes, was exactly the way he was when he was put into the kennels. He never, ever made it out and passed on only with the love and comfort that the kennel workers could give him as he left his miserable and unloved existence on Earth for good. Because he had no family or special person to give his love, he has nobody to escort him across the Bridge."

The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, "So what will happen now?"

As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the all-invasive gloom lifted. Coming toward the Bridge could be seen a single figure...a person who, on Earth, had seemed quite ordinary...a person who, just like the elderly dog, had just left Earth forever. This figure turned toward a group of the sad animals and extended outstretched palms. The sweetest sounds they had ever heard echoed gently above them and all were bathed in a pure and golden light. Instantly, each was young and healthy again, just as they had been in the prime of life.

From within the gathering of pets waiting for their special people, a group of animals emerged and moved toward the pathway. As they came close to the passing figure, each bowed low and each received a tender pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. Their eyes grew even brighter as the figure softly murmured each name. Then, the newly-restored pets fell into line behind the figure and quietly followed this person to the Bridge, where they all crossed together.

The recent arrival who had been watching, was amazed. "What happened?"

"That was a rescuer," came the answer. "That person spent a lifetime trying to help pets of all kinds. The ones you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of such unselfish work. They will cross when their families arrive. Those you saw restored were ones who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are permitted to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor pets that couldn't place on Earth across the Rainbow Bridge. You see, all animals are special to them...just as they are special to all animals."

"I think I like rescuers," said the recent arrival.

"So does God," was the reply.



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Post by stella on Sun May 13 2012, 18:51

Crying or Very sad
that was very moving and so glad it had a happy ending Crying or Very sad
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Post by janey on Sun May 13 2012, 22:37



Can't comment for the tears.

Lovely, but thanks for that Caryll!
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Post by Guest on Sun May 13 2012, 22:41

I read that on another forum & it had me in tears. But so sweet at the end.

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Post by Guest on Sun May 13 2012, 23:57

Excellent find I make sure the better half reads this as well

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Post by Guest on Mon May 14 2012, 08:12

Sobbed but so glad that the end is happy even although I could hardly read it.

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Post by Guest on Mon May 14 2012, 08:14

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sad but a lovely ending

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Post by Guest on Mon May 14 2012, 12:39

Crying or Very sad Had me in tears too . So glad there was a happy ending

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where's the kleenex?? Crying or Very sad

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Post by Kathy on Tue May 15 2012, 14:01

It got me reaching for my hanky too Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad

A wonderful ending though Love Struck
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Post by Guest on Wed May 23 2012, 16:37

wiping away tears right now Crying or Very sad

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Post by Irene on Sat Jun 23 2012, 22:54

Just found this and Oh My it made me cry Sad

Happy ending though xx
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Post by Kathy on Sun Jun 24 2012, 09:22

doh nooooooooooooooooo read it again Crying or Very sad must stop that
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Post by Guest on Sun Jun 24 2012, 10:41

But isn't it a lovely thought? Love Struck

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Post by Irene on Sun Jun 24 2012, 11:03

Yes its a beautiful thought x x
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Post by Natalie.claire on Thu Jan 03 2013, 15:42

Amazing had me in tears I couldn't see the words but
Beautiful xx
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Post by nicolene Iveson on Wed Aug 14 2013, 06:09

We have a rescue Rottweiler. We love all our animals but Sasha is even more special. Just that she allowed us in and gave us her trust after she was so abused.....

She is getting on in years and after reading this she is going to get an extra hug and love. This inspired me too. We have a household rule no more than four dogs but I will if the opertunity allow make the next dog to become part of my family another rescue.
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