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Memorial created 10-15-2007 by Ann Earnshaw
October 23 1993 - December 5 2006
My Sweet Baby Girl Sandy. Sent to bud on Earth and Bloom in Heaven
I'd like to dedicate this spot to a dog I called Sandy whom I found too late.
We found her in the local dog shelter aged approx 9 months.After we rehomed her we took her straight to our vets for her vaccinations.What we didn't know at the time was she had already been exposed to Distemper before we found her.Symptoms soon started to appear.In the short time we had her and many trips to the vets we often took one step forward three steps back.She developed pneumonia and although my husband had to get up for work,stayed up all night giving her tiny sips of a glucose solution to stop dehydration.
One Sunday morning i woke to find her staggering like a new born lamb.We were warned by the vet this horrible disease could attack the nervous system.Enough was enough.We weren't going to beat this with medication and love.We rang the vets to set her free.She was less than a year old!
I only hope in the short time we had her she experienced love,warmth and the touch of caring hands.
I will always be angry about Sandy's death.She was robbed of a life.Her death could have been prevented if only she had been vaccinated.
Run Freely Baby Girl x
I'd also like to dedicate this spot to all the dogs in shelters who have been abandened,neglected and abused.I have worked at a dog shelter and RSPCA kennels and witnessed first hand dogs leaving this world with no familiar face by their side.
May you all Roam Freely with the Wind in your Fur x
Rescue Rainbow Bridge Poem
Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp
and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to
think, as they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had
been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to
gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch.
It wasn't long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low and tail
dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his
story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often.
He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or
illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been
restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked toward The
Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place
here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be.
But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an
Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those
animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge.
With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The
Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly and infirm. They
weren't playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the
pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the
pathway and waiting.
One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he had just witnessed
and asked one of the animals that had been there for a while to explain it to him.
You see, that poor animal was a rescue. He was turned in to rescue just as you see him
now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out
of rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his
earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one 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
gloom lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the
older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all
young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life.
"Watch, and see" said the second animal. A second group of animals from those
waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed
head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly
restored animals fell into line and followed him towards The Bridge. They all crossed
The Bridge together.
"That was a rescuer." The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found
new homes because of his work. They will cross when their new families arrive.
Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives,
they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those
poor animals that they couldn't place on earth, across The Rainbow Bridge.
"I think I like rescuers," said the first animal.
"So does GOD," was the reply.
The Orphan and the stray
Across the brook near the Rainbow Bridge
There stands a little boy
Who never had a puppy
And scarcely had a toy.
He had never really had a home
Or a loving family
His parents had left the world
Quite sudden and tragically
His life on earth was lonely
Because he never quite fit in
He was just a little different
That was his only sin
Each night as he would lie in bed
He'd give the Lord his plea
Please send me a companion
A little LBD (Little Black Dog)
Now on the darkest, coldest streets
God heard another plea
A tiny little puppy
Cried out in agony
Please send a little boy
To share my life with me
I promise I'll be no trouble
My family has abandoned me.
The night that God heard their pleas
They had each taken their final breath
They crossed through the meadows of the Rainbow Bridge
Where there is no cruelty or death.
When the little boy and puppy
Looked across the brook they would see
That God had answered their prayers
And granted each a family.
The Rainbow Bridge Return
The little dog arrived at the Rainbow Bridge , and a pack of dogs rushed up to greet him. He braced himself, expecting a fight, but this was the first pack that wagged their tails and kissed him instead of attacking him. It was beautiful here, and everyone was nice to him. None of them had been born in a puppy mill, like he had, and used for dog-bait fighting and left to die in a shelter because he was a mix-breed battle-scarred cur and wasn't cute. They explained why they were waiting... for their humans who loved them.
"What is love?" he asked, and God let him go back to earth, and find out.
Warm, and dark, he squeezed in with the others and waited for the day to be born. Scared, he held back as long as he could, but finally got dragged out, by his hind feet. Hands without fur held him gently and rubbed him dry and opened his mouth and guided him to a warm nipple with milk. He didn't get a good hold on it, because one of his big fat brothers pushed him aside. The human hand moved the other puppy to another nipple and held his body, so he could drink.
"Ahhh, that's better, " he thought, and drank until his jaws got tired and he curled up to sleep next to his warm hairy mother. "I remember this," he mused... "Too bad I'll have to grow up to be hit, left out in the cold and rain, and used for dog-bait fighting, and die as an unclaimed rescue dog. I remember what it's like, being a dog." he thought sadly. That night, he crawled up to his mother and tried to nurse, but he kept getting pushed off to the side. When they were full, the big brothers and sisters got their bottoms cleaned and he finally latched on to a nipple, but the human hands weren't there to hold him up, and there wasn't any milk in any of the nipples, anyway. He was weak and so tiny. It was even hard to stay upright, and he fell over on his back and couldn't right himself. So he began to cry, and suddenly the human hands were there, holding him up and putting a rubber thing in his mouth. It didn't taste or feel like mother, but it was warm and made the ache in his tummy go away. He was having trouble breathing ... His lungs weren't fully developed, because he had waited too long to join the others in the womb, as he took one last romp at the Rainbow Bridge. He could feel the heartbeat of the human, who had laid him on her chest and covered him with a soft cloth, keeping him warm, and soothing his boney body with gentle circling touches. He kept thinking of his new friends who had been so nice to him at the bridge and asked God if he could go back.
God said "Yes, but not just yet. You wanted to experience Love."
So for several hours (seemed like days but it was dark and he couldn't tell what time it was), the human supplemented his feeding and let him experience the warmth of his mother's body and tongue, and the pile of warm soft littermates. He got weaker, and the human held him more often, leaving the littermates to sleep in a pile while he got carressed, kissed, and got to listen to the heartbeat which was strong and loving.
Finally God came back and asked, "are you ready to come back to the Rainbow Bridge ?"
"Yes, he responded," with a little sorrow, because the human didn't want to let him go, and was crying. He pushed the air out of his lungs and floated back to the Rainbow Bridge and looked back at the human, who was still crying and holding the limp body that he had borrowed for his trip.
"Thank you, God," he said. "Love is beautiful, and I will wait near the Bridge and let the human know, when she arrives, that I loved her, too."
by Joy LaCaille
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