Sunday, November 28, 2010

Rainbow Bridge ~

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here,
that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends
so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food and water and sunshine,
and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor;
those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,
just as we remember them in our dreams
of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing:
they miss someone very special to them;
who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together,
but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
The bright eyes are intent;
the eager body quivers.
Suddenly he begins to break away from the group,
flying over the green grass,
his legs carrying him faster and faster.
YOU have been spotted,
and when you and your special friend finally meet,
you cling together in joyous reunion,
never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face;
your hands again caress the beloved head,
and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,
so long gone from your life
but never absent from your heart.
My Linnie got sick last week and the prognosis was not good. Yesterday I made the painful decision to have her put to sleep. It's one of the hardest things I have done in my life. Though she was in my life only a short time, she took a piece of my heart with her.
Run fast and free, my Linnie Lu.
Give your furbabies an extra hug and kiss today.


awsome said...

Oh, Lauren ~ my heart is sad for you ~ such a hard thing to do but the kindest thing to do for our four-legged friends. Sending you kind thoughts and a big hug ~
In friendship, Alice

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

So very sorry for your loss Lauren...

Loafer Mountain Primitives said...

Sending tremendous hugs your way.....
I too, had to make that choice not so long ago... It truely is a very difficult one. Makes me want to go hug all my fur babies and tell them I love them..
I pray you will find peace soon...

weaverpat said...

Lauren, I am so sorry to hear about Linnie's passing! It's such a hard decision to make, but when they are suffering there is nothing else we can do.
My thoughts will be with you. I know you'll miss her.

kelley said...


I'm so sorry for your thanksful that you gave her some good times and lots of love while she was with you...big hugs

lakeffect said...

While your head knows you did the right thing, your heart is breaking...missing that unconditional love for your pet. I've been there. Your post made me cry for you and our Gretchen, too. Maybe she and your Linnie will meet up and play together. Our little sweetie loved to run fast with smaller dogs her size. Hugs to you.

katie said...

I am sorry, we do love our animals no matter how long they have been with us.
It is so painful to have to make those decisions, but when we know the time has some we do what is best for the animal. Bless your heart for caring for them so much.

Orange Sink said...

You know my heart is breaking for you Lauren. We love our pets so much. You were such a wonderful mother to Linnie and made her last days here so comfortable. Healing thoughts and prayers to you today and in the days to come. You are one special lady!
Love and Hugs!
Cathy G

Doris said...

Oh Lauren, it is a gone conclusion that when we get a pet we are going to suffer a broken heart. I'm so sorry it had to be yours. Eloise and I are thinking of you and sending you good thoughts.

Gayle said...

Aw Lauren - I'm so sorry to hear of your loss! Hope you know that you did the right thing....

moosecraft said...

Awww... so sorry Lauren... hugs to you!

The Barn Door said...

Oh very sorry. Sometimes, certain dogs come into our lives and maybe it's for a short time, but there is always a reason. Linnie needed you for what little time she had left on earth. I know how hard having to make 'that' decision is. It is never easy, but you know it was best for her and maybe that's why she came to you, so she could be loved and and the right decision could be made.
Thinking of you!

Deb said...

Lauren - I'm so very sorry. There was a reason that Linnie came into your life and she into yours. No matter how long or short, I know that the memories are wonderful.

A Quilter Awakens said...

Kissing them now. I am so sorry you having this sad time. Karmen

Miccosukee said...

I'm so very sorry. I made a similar decision last week and on Friday got the call that her ashes were ready to be picked up. So difficult to drive over there to do it. I'll have to send someone else. Hard to believe I am down to only one horse and one dog. What a difference a year can make.

Linnie could not have had a better life than with you. Hugs to you.

KJ McLean said...

My deepest condolences on your loss. It's never an easy thing to do, no matter how "right" it is for the ones we love. Take care of yourself.

Jane said...

Dear Lauren - My heart is sad for you. All of us who have beloved pets in out lives know the heartbreak of losing them all to well. Linnie had peace and love in her last days and someone to look out for her. May we all be so lucky. Hugs, Jane

TamboinMO said...

Oh Lauren,
I'm so sorry to hear about your Linnie Lu. Take comfort in the fact that you made a huge difference in her life for the short time that you had her. I know she had to feel blessed to have led the last bit of her life in a loving home.

Tamera @ the Stone Fence Cottage said...

Dear Lauren,
{{{{{{hugs}}}}}} I know how hard it was to lose Linnie. Just remember you made her last days on earth wonderful. She got to know what it felt like to be loved.
I'm gonna hug my babies and shed a few tears for Linnie.

Joanne said...

Lauren - big hugs to you - I know how easy it is to get attached to those furbabies and how hard it is to make the "right" decision. She had a great ending to her life being with you - big hugs to you for being the special person you are

acorn hollow said...

Oh Lauren I am so sorry. It is never easy. You gave her joy in that very short time. a big hug to you.

Kim said...

Lauren, so sorry for your loss. Linnie was obviously brought to your kind heart for a reason. You had the strength to make a difficult decision but one that was necessary for Linnie.
Big heartfelt hugs to you.

Erica said...

Oh! That's awful! I am so sorry for your loss!

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Hugs for you! Sorry for your loss.

Andrea @ That'll Do Farm said...

So sorry! No matter how long they are in your life, they certainly own a piece of your heart.

Calico Rabbit said...

I am so sorry,
it is always so sad when a loved pet passes, you have my prayers and hugs!

Tamera @ the Stone Fence Cottage said...

Because of Ohio Pug Rescue and you...
Linnie didn't have the end her life come when she was cold, alone, unloved and suffering-
She came to the end being loved.
My heartfelt gratitude goes to all who rescue, foster and adopt the unloved, abused and unwanted pets.

Lori said...

I'm so sorry for your loss of Linnie Lu. I'm giving Zoe extra lovings today. Big hugs, Lori

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

A big hug to you, Lauren--my deepest, heartfelt sympathies go to you. I keep the same Rainbow Bridge saying in a little box and it comforts me when I lose a furry friend. I'll give my two cats an extra hug today.

Anonymous said...

Oh Lauren..I'm so eyes are filled with tears as I write this. Linnie was a lucky little girl to be loved by you. Thankyou for sharing your lovely poem and for all you do for these little lost ones. sending you a warm hug~Kathy XXOO

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry Lauren. I know how hard it is to do. What a beautiful tribute to Linnie and all our missed friends.

Robin said...

I am so sorry for you Lauren, I know how hard it is to do...but I also know how lucky she was to have you. Many blessings are sent your way...(millstonemercantile)

prims by olde lady morgan said...

OMG Lauren, so hard to do, yet right thing, jsut not easy at all! HUGS!!!
Thank you for all your kind words about mom, thinking of you too, just not easy! OLM

Joni of Fully Wooly Primitives said...

so sorry to hear about your fur baby. I think it is so hard to make a decision like that - I just loved your poem and have tucked that away in my files. So beautiful :)

Julia said...

Lauren, I'm so sorry. I feel for you as your heart is broken at the loss of your beloved pet. Over the years I have had to make that tough decision and have cried a lot but it's the kindest thing you can do for them under the circumstances. Now I just can't bear to have another pet because their lives are so short and it is so painful to part with them. Hugs JB

primitivebettys said...

Oh I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. The passing of a dear pet is so very heart breaking. Wish I could reach out & give you a great big hug!

Karen said...

I'M SO SORRY ABOUT LINNEY - it is a very difficult time for you I know. We have animals and can feel your loss.

Sorry I haven't been on the blogs this week or I would have seen this.


Christine said...

Oh I just saw this post and it breaks my heart. I have a Pug too and you are so right these little fur friends really hold a special place in our hearts. I am so dearly sorry for your loss here and I am not looking forward to this day here with our sweet Pug either. Lots of hugs and warm wishes your way.