Sad news today – my parents had to put Dena to sleep this morning. She has been struggling for a long time with her health and today she gave up the fight. I looked online for the Rainbow Bridge poem and found this:
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….
Dena will be dearly missed. She was one of the best dogs we ever had. My parent rescued her and Sam from the SPCA at the same time, not long after my mom and I rescued Rocky from PAWS. As soon as they brought her home, it was like they had had her forever. She was a big dog but she thought she was a little puppy. She liked to romp around in the yard…and romp is exactly the right word. She had the sweetest disposition you could ever find. The boys both loved her but I really think Rocky thought she was his mother.