It is with heavy heart I take to this post, today me beloved pup breathed her last. After almost 16 years of grand life in high style, she could no longer go on, stubborn, but not stubborn enough to see herself to the completion of her 16th year. When I last saw her at Christmas, I knew...I'd no longer see her, but even that knowledge can't prepare one for the loss of one so dear. The puppy who was scared of grass, having never seen it. The dog who was there for Jr. High, High School (heck, even the football coach knew her by name), college, work, grad school, and life away. No matter what, she was always there to great meet at the door, even as she aged, she still summoned the strength to greet me when I came home, to play a little fetch with her favorite ball and to just curl up next me on the floor, even one last time over Christmas, for old times sake when she wouldn't leave my side....she knew I think, too, that it would be out last time together. I try to hold back the tears, but they keep coming. Tears of grief, tears of happiness, because the past week she had really taken a turn for the worst, old age coupled with one last big snow did her in. Words can't express what a great friend, companion, and source of joy she was....think about it...I'm 27, she was almost 16...that means she's been in my life since I was 11...for a dog that is amazing, but it also makes the sense and bond that much stronger. My puppy, my baby...finally gone. Why is that good dogs have to grow old? Perhaps it's to teach us about life and friendship and that everything has an end, just as it has a beginning. If there is a place in the great beyond of Heaven for good dogs...I'll see her soon. No dog could take her place, but there will be others, not right away but someday and each will be different, but each will draw comparisons to Candy. My black faced little puppy who loved to chase birds, squirrels, bit slippers, answer the phone, and walk her neighborhood. Even in her advance age, all the neighbors knew her and none of the other dogs bothered her...they knew who ruled the block...the little 18 lb terrier. I'll see you soon girl....in the meantime find a ball, find Smokey, Candy I and Cookie and wait for us to catch up and then be prepared for a game of fetch like you've never seen.
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 pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....Oh, when we get to Heaven We hope that we will find The souls that once we loved Who left us all behind.Some left us at the right time They left this world in peace Others left too sudden Without the chance to say Goodbye, They were gone before we had The chance to even cry.There's a special place for grownups A special place for kids Me? I'll be on the other side The side called Rainbow Bridge. Across the dark green meadow A'top the hills I'll run Where the colors from the rainbowG litter from the sun.And there I'll find my sweetheart Running fast toward me In my arms where she belongs for all eternity.
May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow
May the soft winds freshen your spirit
May the sunshine brighten your heart
May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you
And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.