Over The Rainbow Bridge

Sometimes we have to approach a sad and serious subject. I am on Twitter as some people may know. I have a large number of friends on Twitter and despite not meeting 99% of them in the fur, we woof and discuss what has happened during the day which is usually fun stuff. There are some occasions when the talk turns to more sobering matters such as the illness and injuries that afflict us all at some point in our lives. I have gone through my phase of being pawly and injured. I am hopeful that I have finished with that particular chapter. There are friends who suffer injury now and then. We all try to rally round to help to support them when we can.

Then there is the subject that we all know will arise but none of us want to contemplate, the subject of us making the longest journey. It is known as Over The Rainbow Bridge, as this has a softer tone and feel to the inevitable end. This is the most difficult time for any dog owner, and we always try to treat it with respect and thoughtfulness.

There seem to have been too many friends who have gone bravely to take the longest journey recently and this is always a strange and difficult time. We all know that, usually, we furs don’t last as long as humans. This doesn’t, and shouldn’t, diminish our ability to wheedle our way into your hearts and then take a small piece of it with us when we make our final journey. We may not be here for your whole life but you are invariably here for our whole life. Furs inevitably rely on their humans for pretty much everything from beds to food to tickles and walks. We don’t ask for much when we are here with you and it might be this level of love and loyalty that allows us to take this piece of your heart with us when we go. It’s a strange feeling when you find out that a friend who you have woofed with is suddenly not there. The emptiness in your tummy is palpable and it doesn’t decrease for a considerable time.

I have heard it said that we know when it is “time” and I think this is a true story. A while ago one of my friends was at the vets for various ailments and a picture was posted of him. I looked at his eyes, he seemed sad and resigned to his body giving him notice that this was the time to be brave and make the final and longest journey of all. This is now being replicated by a friend who knows he will go to the Rainbow Bridge soon. However he will do it on his terms and when he, and his parents, want him to go. The bond of love between them remains unbroken and there will be an acknowledgement when the time is right for the lead and collar to be hung up for good.

That the humans we leave behind are sad and feel lonely is, I think, an indication of the esteem and love they hold for us beyond our years of living and companionship. Equally it is an indication of the love and loyalty we have given back. The overriding factor seems to me to be that we have, in the main, enjoyed our time here. This gives our humans that sense of comfort when we have gone. They have looked after us and allowed us to enjoy life, see new things, smell new scents and have fun. Maybe our departure for the Rainbow Bridge shows the humans what they will miss most about us. The sense of fun, loyalty and the bond between us. What I think, and hope, we leave behind is a sense of celebration of our lives and the fun that we had when we were here.

Its not my time yet and I hope that I will continue to be here for quite a while yet. However when I go to the Rainbow Bridge, for I shall go one day, I hope that I leave pals and peeps with a sense of contentment that they made my life worth living and that I was happy. For now though, there is still much life in me. 

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Enjoying life in my forever home. Sharing my contentment with whoever will read my tales.

8 thoughts on “Over The Rainbow Bridge”

  1. Beautifully said Dex. It was a year ago, January 3 that my most precious went over the bridge. It took till October before we could mend our broken hearts enough to invite young Zippy into our life. It just isn’t the same without a fur. Love you very much, and you humans are pretty cool too!

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    1. Thank you dexter for such a well written piece.it is so true you leave a huge piece of your hearts with us .
      I like to think that my beautiful fur girls are just watching and waiting for the time for us all to be together again one day .unti then I feel that they are having fun across the rainbow bridge 🌈🌈🌈🌈

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  2. Thank you dexter for such a well written piece.it is so true you leave a huge piece of your hearts with us .
    I like to think that my beautiful fur girls are just watching and waiting for the time for us all to be together again one day .unti then I feel that they are having fun across the rainbow bridge 🌈🌈🌈🌈

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  3. This piece touched my heart. After a good cry and some much needed Beagle kisses, I am able to reply. For me, saying goodbye is one of the hardest things I will ever do in my lifetime, as it seems to get harder and harder each time. That is why I promise to make the lives of my dogs the best they can possibly be during their time on this earth. That was beautifully written, thank you, Dexter! ❤️🌈

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  4. Oh Dex, beautiful as always. Yes you guys leave many paw prints on my heart via Twitter, some leave deeper impawsions than others. We here at the #tillythebeagle house have seen 2 beautiful puppa’s over TRB and they are now sleeping in our garden, we cannot bare to be far away.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts of how you feel from a furbabe’s point of view. I feel peaceful now.

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