July 23rd 2009 6:25 pm
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Well, next week on July 31st will be my 10th Birthday (my 3rd Gotcha Day anniversary) and the first one celebrated at the Bridge. Mum was looking through my photos and shifting some around on my page when she came across two photos that are very, very special. Here's the story:
Back when Joy Ward was writing the Dogster Dog Blog, she asked if anyone had had contact "from beyond the Bridge". Joy posted: "Have you had an experience with a dog who has passed to the Rainbow Bridge? Received a visit from a beloved canine furbaby who has come back to help you or reach you in some way? I’d love to hear from you!"
The story of how we came to keep an As Good as Gold--Golden Retriever Rescue of Northern Illinois rescue transport, LuckyLucy, is about contact from beyond the Bridge:
"We lost our "heart" dog, HoneyBunny, quite suddenly in June 2006. At the end of July 2006, we brought a rescue transport, "Lucky", home for just one night.
Lucky was laying on a daybed with my husband while he watched TV. Suddenly, she jumped off the daybed and quickly started to dig around underneath, behind a row of storage boxes. Lucky was digging and digging... stretching her paws as far as she could reach along the wall. We could hear Lucky's nails scratching frantically on the hardwood floor... we had no idea what on Earth she was doing!
Finally Lucky popped up and jumped back up onto the daybed. In her mouth was an empty 2-liter plastic bottle from soda. Lucky proceeded to calmly chew on the bottle until she had the cap off, and then stretched out for a nap.
My husband looked at me and I at him... goosebumps running up and down our arms and tears forming in our eyes. That bottle had been left by HoneyBunny... before she became ill, cap dysection had been a favorite pasttime. HoneyBunny must have pushed the bottle underneath the daybed behind the boxes... possibly to save it for later or ????
We hadn't planned on expanding our pack so soon, but it was as if HoneyBunny had sent us a message from beyond... "this one... keep this one...". How did Lucky know to jump off the daybed? How did she know what to find and what to do with it? And why in the 2 years that she's lived here has Lucky, now LuckyLucy, never played with plastic bottles again--dropping them out of her mouth the instant she's given one? I think only LuckyLucy and HoneyBunny know the answers...
(Mum was taking some pictures of our "overnight" guest, and captured this amazing incident in the two photos shown above.)
We still miss our quirky girl very, very much. We had only two short years with her, but we made sure that she got a lifetime of love from us every second of every day. Happy birthday, baby girl... we love you!
They never leave us.... and sometimes.. just on the edge of vision.. or the edge of sleep or waking.... there they are.
Flicka Δ,,Δ and Lucas /..|Cleo (In Memory) Δ,,Δ and Pam X
We're thinking of your whole family at this time and want to say that we, too, have been visited by our "heart dog" Buddy (shortly after he left us)...so we know that they are never really gone, just not visible, but always near!!
Sending all our love~
Sully, Socks, Mom & Dad