The Rescue Rainbow Bridge Author: Unknown
Unlike most days at
Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as
could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they
had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had been
waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to
gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch.
It wasn't long before an
elderly animal came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. The other
animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was right
away, for they had seen this happen far too often.
He approached slowly,
obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike
all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been
restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked toward The
Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of
place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But,
alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an
Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those
animals who were with their people could pass over
Rainbow Bridge. With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards
the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also
elderly and infirm. They weren't playing, but rather simply lying on the green
grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he
took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.
One of the newest
arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he had just witnessed and asked
one of the animals that had been there for awhile to explain it to him.
"You see, that poor
animal was a rescue. He was turned in to rescue just as you see him now, an
older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of
rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left
his earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no
one to escort him across The Bridge."
The first animal thought
about this for a minute and then asked, "So what will happen now?" As he was
about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted.
Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older
animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all
young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life.
"Watch, and see.", said
the second animal. A second group of animals from those waiting came to the
pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person
offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored
animals fell into line and followed him towards The Bridge. They all crossed The
"That was a rescuer. The
animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of his
work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored
were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to
perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals
that they couldn't place on earth across The Rainbow Bridge."
"I think I like
rescuers", said the first animal.
" So does GOD", was the reply
Below are the Rescues we have lost. And though
they may be gone they will never be forgotten.
Wear you silver harness proudly little ones for we
will meet again!
2001 - October 8, 2003
As the tears flow I write the email I hoped would never come...our beloved Cognac has crossed
over the Bridge today. He was just a baby...2 1/2 years old. At about 1 pm this afternoon we
peacefully helped him drift away in my arms. Cognac will always hold a piece of my heart and
no one will ever forget him. Run free my boy...wear your silver harness proudly and we will
meet again in time.
Beloved companion of Lorraine Healy.
Baby was the very reason why Lorraine started this rescue 8 years ago.
Run free over the bridge Baby, and wear your silver harness proudly. You will be missed dearly by all of the staff here at the House.
Sadly we had to say goodbye to a wonderful friend and family member of Husky House.
RIP sweet King.
January 1, 2003 - April 2, 2007
Beloved companion of Jason, Christine and Mark
Bo developed Epilepsy sooon after his first birthday. He was only 4 years old when he was taken from us.
It is difficult to put into workds exactly what Bo meant to us. Anyone who ever met Bo knows what a lover he was! Losting him was like losing a piece of ourselves. He will forever be in our hearts.
November 1996 - January 21, 2003
Beloved companion of Barbara Lukowski
Bone cancer took you from me way too soon. You will always be in my heart my pretty blonde girl. We miss you every day. Till we meet again.
Only 2 years old, this beautiful girl just could not catch a break in her short life, dumped with her sister to fend for themselves, she was frightened and feral when we took them in. She had made remarkable progress in the past few weeks and was sweet and shy to those who took their time with her. Lexi passed in her sleep during the night, for reasons unknown.
Thunder was a bautiful Siberian boy whose life was cut short at only 13 months of age despite intensive medical treatment for the last 3 months. He suffered from encephalitis (swelling of the brain), neurological problem of his back legs triggered by he swelling and storage problem which cause his body to waste away no matter how much he ate.
1995 - July 9, 2004
Beloved companion of Barbara Lukowski
I was blessed to have found you that fateful day. We were only together 3+ short years due to multiple heart problems and renal failure...but those memories will last me the rest of my life and keep me smiling. Your personality was larger than life. We miss you every day. Your're in my heart always...till we meet again.
Jan 2000 - July 8, 2003
Beloved rescue of Barbara Lukowski
You were tragically taken from us due to a freak accident. Your sweet nature, smiling personality and super intelligence shall never be forgotten.
You're always in my heart till we meet again.
1998 - June 12, 2007
Beloved companion of Anna and Brad
Isis you will always be in my heart....forever....my Rottie girl.
Beloved companion of Anna and Jason
Playmates to sister, Kalea, Nalu and Lani
Little Noni you left this world too soon. We will never forget you or your sweet nature and will miss you always.
March 20, 2008
Baby Lily has crossed over the bride. She was loved and cherished by her foster parents Jason & Anna. She leaves her brothers and sisters, Pirate, Bert, Maggie & Razzy.
March 24, 2008
Our beautiful baby Maggie has crossed over the bridge this late afternoon. She was loved and cherished by her foster parents Jason & Anna. She leaves her 2 brothers and sister, Pirate, Bert & Razzy.
June 11, 2008
She was the sweetest little Siberian who loved every one and will be missed dearly.
Rest in peace my sweet Honey girl...Wear your silver harness proudly...We will meet again in the time at the bridge
Skylar Brown (aka Brownie)
2000 - August 6, 2008
Dear Skylar Brown (aka Brownie): You left us way too soon, we will never forget how you loved to lay upside down with your feet in the air, your love bites and all of your other "wonderful ways." You were the best man ever and while unfortunately you are gone, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
Hugs & Kisses, Art & Allyson
August 2, 2012
Rest in peace little guy. We will never forget your precious face.