September 12th 2010 12:23 pm
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Mom saw this posted and had to repost. It is too beautiful not to share! Thank you to the author.
“On the morning of September 11, 2001”
On the morning of September 11, 2001, there was an unprecedented amount of activity at the Rainbow Bridge. Decisions had to be made. They had to be made quickly. And, they were.
An issue, not often addressed here, is the fact that many residents really have no loved one for whom to wait. Think of the pups who lived and died in hideous puppy mills. No one on earth loved or protected them. What about the many who spent unhappy lives tied in backyards? And, the ones who were abused. Who are they to wait for?
We don't talk about that much up here. We share our loved ones as they arrive, happy to do so. But we all know there is nothing like having your very own person who thinks you are the most special pup in the Heavens.
Last Tuesday morning a request rang out for pups not waiting for specific persons to volunteer for special assignment.. An eager, curious crowd surged excitedly forward, each pup wondering what the assignment would be.
They were told by a solemn voice that unexpectedly, all at once, over 4,000 loving people had left Earth long before they were ready. All the pups, as all pups do, felt the humans' pain deep in their own hearts. Without hearing more, there was a clamoring among them - "May I have one to comfort?" "I'll take two, I have a big heart." "I have been saving kisses forever."
One after another they came forward begging for assignment. One cozy-looking fluffy pup hesitantly asked, "Are there any children coming? I would be very comforting for a child 'cause I'm soft and squishy and I always wanted to be hugged." A group of Dalmatians came forward asking to meet the Firemen and be their friends. The larger working breeds offered to greet the Police Officers and make them feel at home. Little dogs volunteered to do what they do best, cuddle and kiss.
Dogs who on Earth had never had a kind word or a pat on the head, stepped forward and said, "I will love any human who needs
Then all the dogs, wherever on Earth they originally came from, rushed to the Rainbow Bridge and stood waiting, overflowing with love to share - each tail wagging an American Flag.
~Alexander Theodore, Bouvier (as told to Pat Malone)
May 24th 2010 9:08 pm
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On the 1 year anniversary of my passing. Thank you, Crystal!
Walk With Me (by Munda)
Walk with me, the path of life,
to explore every bend of the road
Enjoy with me the beauty of life,
along its wonderful way
Find comfort with me, in each other's arms,
when grief crosses our path
Find strength with me, in each other's strength,
when despair lies in wait
Laugh with me, a single true laugh,
to enlighten another's distress
Cry with me, a single true tear,
to understand true happiness
Cherish with me, the wonders of life,
as they need to be preserved
Rejoice with me, in the mysteries,
of what is yet to be
Find peace with me, in each other's souls,
when the world has gone insane
Find love with me, in each other's hearts,
until this life has been fulfilled
And when the path comes to an end
I hope we can say from within
We've known the beauty of true love,
our love came from within
May 23rd 2010 12:35 am
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It's been a year since we last had you with us. We miss you so. It has been a rough year even thinking about you not being here with us. Your passing was so sudden, a blood clot during your recovery from surgery when we thought we were going to pick you up. So sad. I miss hearing the tap of your feet as you followed me around the house. Your big brown eyes looking up at me when I came out of the shower. Your whining for some running water or your dinner. I loved the way you loved new experiences. You loved going on vacations, riding in the car, going for walks, anything or anywhere we'd take you. You were always such a happy girl. You loved everyone you met! For so long when I went for a walk without you, the neighbors all asked for you. Finnegan & Winston miss running in the yard with you. Daddy misses you the most, his little girl. He misses the hugs and kisses, always sitting on his lap for your belly rub.
It's hard to believe it's already been a year. We love you so much sweet girl. Every once in a while I think I feel a presence that feels like you. The parrots call out to you. Every time they do, I say Hi Molly! Do you hear me sweet girl?
You'll always be in our hearts sweetie. We love you now & always.
April 26th 2010 2:41 am
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Dear sweet Molly, I think of you all of the time. Today I saw Vicki who took you to the hospital when you were so sick. We talked about what an impact you had and still have on our lives. I know daddy misses you so much. We all do sweet girl.
October 26th 2009 11:51 pm
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When you bring a pet into your life, you begin a journey - a journey that will bring you more love and devotion than you have ever known, yet also test your strength and courage If you allow, the journey will teach you many things, about life, about yourself, and most of all, about love. You will come away changed forever, for one soul cannot touch another without leaving its mark.
Along the way, you will learn much about savoring life's simple pleasures - jumping in leaves, snoozing in the sun, the joys of puddles, and even the satisfaction of a good scratch behind the ears.
If you spend much time outside, you will be taught how to truly experience every element, for no rock, leaf, or log will go unexamined, no rustling bush will be overlooked, and even the very air will be inhaled, pondered, and noted as being full of valuable information. Your pace may be slower - except when heading home to the food dish - but you will become a better naturalist, having been taught by an expert in the field.
Too many times we hike on automatic pilot, our goal being to complete the trail rather than enjoy the journey. We miss the details - the colorful mushrooms on the rotting log, the honeycomb in the old maple snag, the hawk feather caught on a twig. Once we walk as a dog does, we discover a whole new world. We stop; we browse the landscape, we kick over leaves, peek in tree holes, look up, down, all around. And we learn what any dog knows: that nature has created a marvelously complex world that is full of surprises, that each cycle of the seasons bring ever changing wonders, each day an essence all its own.
Even from indoors you will find yourself more attuned to the world around you. You will find yourself watching summer insects collecting on a screen. (How bizarre they are! How many kinds there are!), or noting the flick and flash of fireflies through the dark. You will stop to observe the swirling dance of windblown leaves, or sniff the air after a rain. It does not matter that there is no objective in this; the point is in the doing, in not letting life's most important details slip by.
You will find yourself doing silly things that your pet-less friends might not understand: spending thirty minutes in the grocery aisle looking for the cat food brand your feline must have, buying dog birthday treats, or driving around the block an extra time because your pet enjoys the ride. You will roll in the snow, wrestle with chewie toys, bounce little rubber ballstill your eyes cross, and even run around the house trailing your bathrobe tie - with a cat in hot pursuit - all in the name of love.
Your house will become muddier and hairier. You will wear less dark clothing and buy more lint rollers. You may find dog biscuits in your pocket or purse, and feel the need to explain that an old plastic shopping bag adorns your living room rug because your cat loves the crinkly sound.
You will learn the true measure of love - the steadfast, undying kind that says, "It doesn't matter where we are or what we do, or how life treats us as long as we are together." Respect this always.
It is the most precious gift any living soul can give another. You will not find it often among the human race.
And you will learn humility. The look in my dog's eyes often made me feel ashamed. Such joy and love at my presence. She saw not some flawed human who could be cross and stubborn, moody or rude, but only her wonderful companion. Or maybe she saw those things and dismissed them as mere human foibles, not worth considering, and so chose to love me anyway.
If you pay attention and learn well, when the journey is done, you will be not just a better person, but the person your pet always knew you to be - the one they were proud to call beloved friend.
I must caution you that this journey is not without pain. Like all paths of true love, the pain is part of loving. For as surely as the sun sets, one day your dear animal companion will follow a trail you cannot yet go down. And you will have to find the strength and love to let them go. A pet's time on earth is far too short - especially for those that love them. We borrow them, really, just for awhile, and during these brief years they are generous enough to give us all their love, every inch of their spirit and heart, until one day there is nothing left.
The cat that only yesterday was a kitten is all too soon old and frail and sleeping in the sun. The young pup of boundless energy wakes up stiff and lame, the muzzle now gray. Deep down we somehow always knew that this journey would end. We knew that if we gave our hearts they would be broken. But give them we must for it is all they ask in return.
When the time comes, and the road curves ahead to a place we cannot see, we give one final gift and let them run on ahead - young and whole once more.
"Godspeed, good friend," we say, until our journey comes full circle and our paths cross again.
~ Crystal Ward Kent
October 3rd 2009 1:09 am
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Today would've been my 11th birthday. Mommy is SO sad that I'm not there to celebrate it. But she said the family would do something special for me. I can't wait!!!
I sent mom a new little shih tzu to look after. She knows Nisha isn't me, but it's helping to heal her heart. My human cousin calls her "Molly colored" BOL! Look after mom little one. Together we'll bring her some peace in her heart.
September 13th 2009 9:37 am
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Molly, my sweet girl, I can't even look at your dogster page without crying. I miss you so much. You are in my heart and will be with me always.
A Time to Remember
By John Quealy
They come into our lives for such a short time
A time we wouldn't trade not even for a dime
Then before you know it the years have flown by
And then all of the sudden we're saying good-bye
It wasn't that long ago we said our good-byes
We held on to you tight as you closed your eyes
Your spirit has flown home on the wings of a dove
Into God's loving arm's; in heaven above
Over the days we've shed many tears
But the memories we have will live on for years
We feel your presence and we know that your near
You're keeping us safe and calming our fear
We think about memories from years past
When you were young and strong and ran so fast
We remember all the great times that we all had
How you always made us happy never made us mad
They were the best and happiest years we had
We'll always look back on them and never be sad
We look forward to the time we'll be together again
And we thank the Lord for such a great friend
Now you run and play up in Heaven above
Cradled in God's arms covered with his love
Playing by the Bridge waiting for the day
We come down thru the meadow to the bridge to stay
The love that you showed us we'll never forget
Because to us you're one very special pet
You're like a star in the dark of night
Always watching over us with the Lord's light
So now we take time to remember our best friend
Who will always be with us even to the end
We'll always remember you the way you were
One big lovable huggable pile of fur
September 10th 2009 11:51 pm
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Hi Sweet Molly,
It's still so difficult for me to see you on dogster. I cry every time I see your sweet face on your page. We all miss you so much. We're coming up on your birthday on October 3rd. We'll do something special for you. Keeping watching!
love you forever,
July 17th 2009 4:24 pm
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It's almost been 2 months since you left us sweet girl. Mommy's and daddy's hearts ache so much for you. We miss you so much. This is your human brother Andrew's 1 year anniversary weekend of crossing to the rainbow bridge. You were his puppy here with us. I know you two are together in heaven. We love you sweet girl and always will! Give Andrew some kisses for us.
May 24th 2009 7:28 pm
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This is Molly's mom. She had a complication in her recovery from surgery and didn't make it through. She has joined her best friends Boomer and Annie at the Rainbow Bridge. We are so heartbroken over the loss of this happy, sweet girl. Never sick a day in her life, never asking for much. She is already missed by her family and pack.
Nancy, Molly's mom
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