reply to post by riverwild
Thanks for the post , I loved it . Got me choked up . I may be a man , but I am a big softy when it comes to animals . I have read something similar
sent to me after the loss of my Chow Chow . I like this version better .
I have debated with my self concerning animals and souls and then my wife gave me my Jasmine as the greatest gift I have ever received . There was
something in her eyes , a light , that proved TO ME (at least) that there was a soul there . And I questioned myself ..... why would a loving God give
us such a faithful , loyal , loving creature who never judges , who knows NO guile , who does not care who you are or what you do , how much money you
have , how large your house is or what you drive . A creature , like a child , who some dirt bag will kick , starve , chain up out in the weather ,
generally ignore it's most basic needs yet still wag it's tail and look at it's "master" with hope and love and then tell us when (s)he has
passed on , we will not be reunited in the afterlife ? I can not except that , I will not except that .
If Heaven is truly paradise and God loves all his creatures , all my beloved dogs will be there to greet me when they see me approaching the "Rainbow
bridge" . Whole and healthy again . From my first dog that was poisoned by an a**hole neighbor , to my beloved Jasmine , to my little terror of a
Jack Russell that was a puppy mill dog that I purchased to keep another couple from buying and using as a puppy making machine (I over heard them say
they were going to breed her twice a year and sell the puppies) to our little rescue "mutt" now , who stole our hearts when we saved her from the
pound the day before she was to be put down .
Another poem that was sent to me after my Jasmine's passing......
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 friend , so long gone from
your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Sorry , but I love animals and have a VERY soft spot for our canine companions as they are more loyal to us than most humans .