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Four legs, a lick and a wag

Sometime back I shared a poem about the Rainbow Bridge. My mom found a different version of the Rainbow Bridge. She thought it was pretty good so she asked me to share it with you this week. I think she found it on the internet or someone sent it to her or something. Here it is:

Hi Mum,

Now that I’ve been across The Rainbow Bridge for a couple weeks, they said I should write a letter home. Sorry, mum, but I’m so busy ‘across the bridge’ that I haven’t thought of home much. They said it’s okay and that you would understand. I hope you do. (I think you will.)

Remember that night when I wasn’t feeling very well and we were all crying? I don’t remember much, but I do remember seeing and hearing all of you and feeling your touches and hugs…I remember hearing “we love you” and that one last command of “Go through.” I didn’t know what you meant, so I turned around and walked through the fog that was in front of me. I saw the biggest bridge I’ve ever seen! And so many friends on the other side of it! They were all playing with toys and balls! You were right to tell me to go there!

My feet kept moving forward, but my heart kept pulling me back. Your touches became lighter and lighter and I wanted to come back and nudge your hands for more love, but I was overcome by this feeling of curiosity for the happy place over the bridge! My feet started moving on their own, like a gentle breeze was moving them forward for me! I can’t explain it, but I had no doubt that it was the right thing to do!

So, I walked across that big, huge bridge by myself! I looked for you, because you’re always by my side, walking with me, but this was different. I didn’t have a collar around my neck or a leash connecting me to you – I was ‘free’! Even though you weren’t there with me, I never felt alone! I actually felt like I had a huge cape of love wrapped around my body and the more I walked, the easier it was to breathe! So I kept walking. And I would feel more warmth in the big hug, so I kept on walking. I eventually made it over the big bridge – I did it by myself, mum!

When I got here, all of my new friends greeted me and helped me walk off the bridge – it was so cool! They gave me a pair of wings and said that I was now a Guardian Angel.

What I’ve learned over these past few weeks has been amazing and nothing like I’ve seen before. We’re all the same up here – we all have wings and we all have Forever People to watch over – that’s YOU, mum! You’re my Forever Person and I’m your Forever Dog! We had such a great life together and I do miss you a LOT, but please know that I am so happy in my new home across The Bridge.

I’ll send you another Earth Angel so you won’t be alone. Give them your whole heart, like you gave it to me. I’ll check in every so often to make sure they treasure your love – I always did! When you miss me, think of a rainbow and know I’m on the other side of it, waiting to walk with you again. I’ll always be in your heart. I love you, mum! Time for me to go play. Here I am...see me!!

I think this is kind of a tear jerker, but at the same time neat. I hope you liked it.

Tip of the week: February is dental month. Make sure you get your pearly whites checked and cleaned.

Something to think about: According to a six-year-old why dogs don’t live as long as people. “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life. Like loving everybody all the time and being nice. Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Your “fur-ever” friend, Buddy