1. So sorry for your loss. My sister and her family just lost a beloved dog a few weeks ago. I keep telling my sweetheart, Scout, that he can’t die for at least 10 years as I’m going need him when my boys leave the nest. 🙂

  2. I have to say that I also miss Nikita. And Buddy! …And Brandy!

    We said goodby to Lisi’s family dog Weston early this year, and that was quite difficult. He was a white west highland terrier, and one of the sweetest pups ever. At one point, about three years before he passed to the Rainbow Bridge, he actually brought in a baby bunny he found outside- Never hurt it, just picked it up gently in his mouth and smuggled it inside. Put it on the bed and started snuggling and licking it.

    Then this last summer, I and my adopted family out here bid a fond farewell another beloved furbaby- Amber. She was a pomeranian mix, but was lacking the small dog syndrome. She was incredibly intelligent, and and an excellent judge of character. I remember the last day I saw her was a very good day; she seemed to sense that she was not long for the world and just wanted to love on everyone. In spite of her physical pain and disability, she made sure to spend time with everyone as best she could: Licking hands, cuddling, and even trying to play.

    Our pups are wonderful examples of true, unconditional love. I believe that is why it takes so much out of us when we have to say goodbye. Here’s a sweet bit of writing that helped us through the hard goodbyes:

    Just this side of heaven is a place called 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, 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 each 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. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run 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.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    ~Author Unknown
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