For Anyone Who Has Ever Loved and Lost a Pet

Anyone parts of a dissertation paperwho knows me, is aware that I am an animal lover.  I believe cats and dogs are little Angels, in a literal sense.  They are messengers, sent here to comfort and guide humans through emotions and trials that they couldn’t handle on their own.  The kind of love you can receive from a pet is something special… different.

Several years ago, my husband and I had a cat named Caesar.  He was a wonderful… beautiful cat.  Sadly, he came down with a disease of the liver, and after two surgeries, it became clear there was nothing more we could do for him.  He stopped eating, drinking, and playing.  He became thin, lethargic, and weak.  Finally, we knew it was time to let him go.

We mourned Caesar for almost six years. My little Solomon fills that void now.  Solomon is my new Angel.

Today, as I was perusing my email, I came upon the following video.  It was sent to me by a fellow animal lover.  This short documentary broke my heart.  It is something you can only really relate to if you’ve loved and been loved by an animal, and you had to let them go. This film really broke me down, and yet it was such a warm and loving tribute… I had to share.

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I’d love for readers to share tributes to their beloved pets who’ve moved on to the next life. Please feel free to do so in the comments below the following poem.

 

The Rainbow Bridge

inspired by a Norse legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,

Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,

Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,

Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,

Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved.

The memorial stone pictured at the top of this post can be purchased here: Grasslands Road Beloved “Run free now” Cat with Halo Remembrance Stepping Stone Plaque


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