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A Christmas Story....

December 18th 2007 7:49 am
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A Christmas Story

December is the best month of the year at the Rainbow Bridge. For the dogs there is snow to romp in and the angels always have time to toss snowballs for them to chase. The cats enjoy patting at the snowflakes as they fall, and then curling up near the fireplace for a nice winter's nap.

But it is the lights that make this time so special. Winter on the Earth, their former home, is a time of lengthening darkness, and in December candles glow all around the globe beginning with Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, and continuing on right through the New Year's festivities. At the Bridge the glow of these candles is reflected in all of the trees, and in the hearts of every Bridgekid as they observe the month in their own special way; with memories of the lives, and the loved ones they left behind.

For most it is a time of quiet joy, but each year there are always a few who draw apart..
Near to midnight, "home time" on December 24 Charlie realized someone was missing from the Hale gathering. "I'll be right back," he told his siblings. He passed many similar groupings as he hurried down the well worn path, many friends called out to him, but he only acknowledge the greetings with a wave and continued on. The path ended at the Rainbow, and there he found a small group of newcomers, each sitting quietly, alone. One of these, the missing Sandifur, was crouched at the very edge, his stumpy tail twitching rapidly, as he stared at the scene below.

"You are missing the party, little brother," Charlie said.
"I don't care," replied Sandifur, "I don't like Christmas anyway. "

Charlie only smiled. "I felt the same way my first year. Do you remember your very first Christmas with Mom and Dad? Remember the new scratching tree they gave us that year, and the catnip mice? And remember all the good things we got to eat? That was a great time, wasn't it?" Sandifur nodded, still gazing intently below. "I want to go back."
"I did too, " Charlie said, licking gently at his brother's ear. "But we can't, baby brother. This is our place now." "But it's Christmas, and Mom and Dad miss us so much. Look, mom is lighting a candle right now, just for us and she is crying."

"Christmas Eve is her time to remember, little one, but tomorrow she will pass out the presents to all of our brothers and sisters, and she will be happy again. I want to show you something. Come with me."
Together the two kiddens climbed the arch of the Rainbow, and at the very top Charlie stopped. "Do you see that big silver cloud over there? Watch closely."

As Sandifur gazed the cloud began to swirl and gradually an image came into view. The clearing where he had left his family, and a larger gathering around the big, glowing pine tree. He could see the dogs, many more of them than when he had left, playing fetch and tug of war, and the kiddens, so many kiddens, sleeping in a heap, their soggy catnip mice forgotten in the grass.

Suddenly the kiddens all woke up, and the dogs ceased their play and stared into the darkness beyond the clearing, tails wagging in greeting.
And then, much to Sandifur's amazement, two humans stepped into the light."
"Hurry, Charlie, we have to go back," he said. " Mom and Dad, they're here!"
"Not just yet, Sandy. That cloud is our Window into Tomorrow.
Come back with me now, and join the others. The reunion will come. We have been promised."

Sandy reluctantly pulled his gaze away from the vision of the future, and followed Charlie. They found the others waiting for them at the base of the rainbow. "Is it time?" Charlie asked.
Terrie nodded, "They are waiting."
All of the Hale Bridgekids drew together, and looked over the edge, and along the entire length of the rainbow similar groups were gathered, all looking down at their former homes.

Suddenly the light of a million candles from the Earth met the glow from the Rainbow Bridge. "Now," Charlie whispered.

In unison three words were repeated again and again, and as they were spoken they merged with the bridge of light, flowing from the rainbow to the earth, and back again in ever increasing brilliance, and the colors of the rainbow merged with the light. "I love you," they all said, and the love entered every heart of the pet parents on earth, and the hearts of those who gathered at the rainbow.

"Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad," Sandifur whispered again, watching the lights slowly fade. "I love you. I will be waiting."

"I will look ahead for there is our tomorrow."

Marion Hale


For My SSP!!

December 17th 2007 1:03 pm
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Dear SSP,

You are teasing me, you sneaky dawg! I hab been a weally gud grllll and was eben nice to dat widdle fosser brudder, so I know you will tweat me weal gud!

You're wooferful SSP!!



My Fosser Brudder Went to His Fureber Home Today.....

December 15th 2007 2:29 pm
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and his new momma seemed to fall eben more in wub wif him wen she saw him in person! We hope dat she's de best fureber home eny widdle cairn cud hab, caws mom and dad say he's such a sweetie he deserbs a wubbing home.

I tink I mite eben miss dis widdle wascal a widdle bit now dat he'z gone! Dis house seemz awfully kwiet and still wifout him pitter pattering awound and wuking at wayz to get into twouble!

I eben did some play bows wif him in the past couple ob days.

Enyway, happy fureber to my widdle fosser brudder, we will miss you but we're gwad we cud hep you find a wubing home!



Vet Visit Today.......

December 9th 2007 2:35 pm
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I started squinting my left eye and closing it and blinking a lot in the past couple of days. Mom and dad knew that something had to be going on with that eye, so when mom remembered that my vet's office has regular appointments on Sunday afternoons, she called and got me in to see a vet. This nice lady vet stained my eye and took a look, and I have a very superficial corneal ulcer--probably started when I was rooting in the grass and bramble here our our land! That's the fun of my walkies, so I'm not going to stop though! Anyway, the vet looked me over thoroughly and pronounced me fit and healthy from my heart to my knees and hips and said this corneal ulcer was easily fixed and sent mom and dad home with antibiotic salve to put in my eye. For a vet, that lady was really nice!!


Quiz I read in Dorothy Louise's Diary......

December 8th 2007 4:57 pm
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I hope she and Angel don't's my answers!

What's your name?? Cassidy
What's your mommy/owners name? Diane and Jim
What breed are you? Cairn Terrier
How much did you cost?? $200.00
What's your favorite toy? A squeaky maroon "Cinderella" slipper
Tap water or bottled water? Tap
Do you always walk or are you always carried? I walk usually, I don't like being carried
How many pounds will you weigh full grown? 18-20 lbs
Do you wear clothes? Not willingly
Long or short hair? Medirum
Do you sleep with your mommy or in your own bed? I usually start off on the bed and then either move to my crate or to the couch
What's your fave color? Red
Do you chase cats or get along with them? I don't like cats.
How old are you? I just turned 8 years old in October
Do you like to go swimming? Nope
Are you fixed? Yes
What color are your eyes? Brown
What color is your hair? Black with silver and red highlights
Do you get groomed? Yes.
Are you potty trained? Yes.
How much do you bark? I don't bark much at all.
Have you ever bit anyone? No
Are you friendly with ther dogs or go you just attack? I am not very friendly to other dogs but I've not attacked any since I've lived with my mom and dad
Does your mommy/owner have a carrying bag for you? Nope.
Do you do any doggie sports?? Nope.
How cute are you from 1 to 10? Too Cute for words.
What is your favorite snack? Cheddar Cheese
My question: Do you like riding in the car? NO!


Welll....and so it goes with being a fosser sisder.......

November 30th 2007 10:31 am
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That widdle wippersnapper haz been in my howz a widdle ober a week now, and he'z not gown enywhere, so it wookz wike I'm stuk wif him for a wile! He duzn't unnerstand kwite how to be a gud corn dog boi yet, he "markz" in de howz, and for dat, he getz to wear someting called a bewwy band! He twies to get ALL de lubbingz dat the pawrent dole owt, but I getz MINE furst! De pawrents tewl me I am #1 dawg in owr howz and I always will be, and dat bedder be twue odderwise der's gonna be twouble in Pawadise!

De pawrentz hab been tewling me I'm a gud bug fosser sisder, and so far I've co-existed wif this widdle guy ok, I just hope he findz a home ob his own WEAL soon!



Fosser Brudder....

November 15th 2007 10:34 am
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Mom and dad hab desided dat dey will gib fossering fur dat Col Podder gwoop anudder twy. Wemember, wen dey fosdered muahhhhhh I made mi gwate xcape and went missing fur 0ber 30 hours be4 dey kot me in dat safe twap.

Enyway, de Col haz had to be turning needy widdle corn terrors wike me away caws dey didn't hab enuff foster homes, and mom and dad cudn't stand that one widdle corn terror would not make it caws dey wudn't twy egin.

Alzo, dey hab been told dat I wike being an only grrrrl. But, we are going to twy diz, and dey will be sure dat I knowz I am de best grllll in de house and dat dey WEALLY wubz me.

T-Bone will be here next Wednesday. He is a former puppy mill boi, a widdle ober 4 yearz old, and he'z a handsum wheaton color cairn boi. Fwom wat momma haz been told he'z sure a sweet boi just wuking for sum twaining and some wub, and we can suppwy dat fur him.

Mom tellz me to pwease be a gud grlll, and my fwiend Smoke weminded me dat eben dough his name is edible, to pawease welcome him wif open pawz and not open jawz! Dat Smoke is one wise pup!



I Caught Anudder Wrat!!

November 2nd 2007 10:57 am
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Yesterday abternoon my boss man and me were taking my wawkie and wat did I find? A nice big wrat!! I hustled wight abter dat juicee wuking morsel, and I caught it! I mouthed it for a while, den de boss man made me weave it!

Amazingly enuff, wen de boss man told de boss wady bowt my big catch, she wudn't wet me kiss her, not enywhere! Why????

So, here's hoping dat I find anudder wrat today wen de boss man wawks me, he's off wurk today, so I shud get some nice wong wawks.



All work and no play means no diaries for me!!

October 28th 2007 6:18 am
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My sekretery haz been so buzy at wurk and den wif her wong dwive to/fwom wurk, she'z been pwetty tired in de ebeningz, so do diary entwies here for me!

Not much haz been going on here enyway, oder dan de sekretery went and spent a weekend wif some ob owr dogster pals (and weft me at home becaws she tot I'd be happier here) and she had a wooferful time meeting Smoke, Tess, China Moon, Francis, Boudreaux and their hoomanz.

Den she spent one Saturday in Lake Charles heping to man de Col Potter boof and it waz a bery successful ebent!!

Our wedder is finally feeling wike fall here, in de high 40's in de morning and in de 70's dooing de day, pawfect wawking wedder for me!! I hab been enjoying some long wawks wif my boss man.

Hope eberyone will hab a happy and safe Howloweenie!!



God Created the Cairn Terrier

August 28th 2007 7:24 pm
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On the first day, God created the cairn terrier.

On the second day, God created man to serve the cairn terrier.

On the third day, God created the animals of the Earth to serve as potential food for the cairn terrier.

On the fourth day, God created honest toil so that man could labor for the good of the cairn terrier.

On the fifth day, God created the tennis ball so that the cairn terrier may or may not retrieve it acording to his mood.

On the sixth day, God created veterinary science to keep the cairn terrier healthy and the man broke (AMEN!!!).

On the seventh day, God tried to rest, but He had to walk the cairn terrier.

On the eighth day, God believeth that He was done, but Lo! the Garden of Eden was full of cairn terrier poop and craters. Adam & Eve, having been banished from the Garden, no longer dwelleth therein to serve the cairn terrier, so it came to pass that He had to clean the mess up Himself. And God was displeased.

On the ninth day, God sayeth unto the Heavens, "Who hath domain here, me or the cairn terrier"?

On the tenth day, God came upon the cairn terrier cockroached upon His Throne and abideth there unmoving, despite all His beseeching. And so it came to pass that God had His answer. He then sayeth unto
Moses, "Fine, you are in charge now, here is my 10 Commandments. You deal with the cairn terrier, I'm retiring to Miami Beach!" And Moses convinced Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of bondage in Egypt
and journey to the Promised Land. God sayeth unto Moses, "The Promised Land shall be yours, but you must take the cairn terrier with you." And so it came to pass that the Israelites wandered for 40 years in the wilderness, waiting for the cairn terrier to go potty, mark
every bush and sniff every blade of grass in its domain. And the cairn terrier was fruitful and multplied. The people were taken by the comeliness and manner of the cairn terrier, but were sorely distressed. "Lord", they cried out, "The cairn terrier is an attractive and sweet creature, but there are so many, what shall we do?" And
God sayeth unto the people, "Ye are the cursed people and shall be known as adopters! Thy yards shall be barren of grass. Thy dwellings shall overflow with dog beds, squeaky toys and cairn terrier kitsch. Thy
carpets shall be forever stained. Thy vet bills shall be large and thy lives forever ordered around by the cairn terrier. And thy minds shall be muddled, as thou shalt treat the cairn terrier as thou do thy human offspring."

And Adopters begat Chippers. And Chippers begat Fosterers. And Fosterers begat Adoption Groups. And Adoption Groups begat Discussion Lists. And Adoption Lists begat Gatherings. And Gatherings begat
Vendors. And Vendors begat a wardrobe for the cairn terrier. And the cairn terrier was spoiled. God looked down on this and was pleased.

-Author Unknown

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