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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.
It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors.
Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge, there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place.
There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and frail animals are young again.
Those who are maimed are made whole again.
They play all day with each other.

There is only one thing missing.
They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth.
So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up!
The nose twitches!
The ears are up!
The eyes are staring!
And this one suddenly runs from the group!

You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her in your arms and embrace.
Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.

-----Author Unknown 

our beautiful girl, Duchess, is now at the Rainbow Bridge.

she took a dreadful downward turn yesterday
& there was nothing more the doctor could do.

her Blonde sister, Hana, the Maltese, Bono, & the Poodle, FiFi,
are all sad, along with the entire family.
the only thing we know for sure is that she was loved and had a wonderful life.

rip, my lady.



  1. Marsha - I am so sorry to hear this news...hugs to you and your family. xoxo

  2. Oh, my heart is with you. It is so hard to say good by to our furry family members. Our precious Maggie went to Rainbow Bridge in February. Love and prayers for you and your family. xxoo

  3. Oh Marsha, I am so sorry to hear this. Our pets are BELOVED and love us unconditionally too. You are in my thoughts. XO, Pinky

  4. Marsha, I am so sorry to read this, I have no doubt that she had a wonderful life....thinking of you & sending love Xx

  5. Losing a pet is one of the most difficult things in life, they are so innocent and so loved; I wish we could have them live forever...sending love to you and your family~

  6. Marsha......................

    I think you and the doctor did everything can be done:(((

    I know that Duchess would get rest there at the Rainbow................

    LOVE you,

    HOW wonderful are these woords,wich you used there special for Duchess.

  7. Marsha-
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know how you are feeling. It is horrible, and I don't guess it every goes away, but it becomes bearable. I know, because I lost my sweet Lady a year ago this month. It will never be the same without her, but at least I know now I can love another doggie when the time comes.
    I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  8. Marsha, the minute I read your title I had tears in my eyes and my heart felt a deep sadness. I know we have to be grateful for the time we have with those we love, but it is so difficult to say goodbye. Thinking of you tonight as you and your family face the loss of sweet Duchess. ~ Sarah

  9. It's never, ever long enough.

    You were lucky to have Duchess and she was lucky to have you.

    I'm so sorry

  10. Marsha, these words are very beautiful....I am thinking of you and am so sorry you are sad.....N.xo

  11. I am so sorry that you lost your beautiful little friend. I know how hard it is, but the Rainbow Bridge is the only things that get me thru when I lose a pet.
    thinking of you.

  12. Please know that you and your family are in the thoughts and prayers of this Labrador Retriever loving family. The image of Duchess is beautiful!

  13. I, like Sarah, started crying when I read the title. Those words in that "poem"? have been such a comfort to me in my long life with dogs! Dogs have been such a comfort to me!
    Kinda a cute story: on my 50th birthday (YIKES!! I am now 66!!!) my daughter says to me: "Mommy, you should sign up for "Casa Dorinda" now; there is a long waiting list!"

    Reeling with shock; I answered......."I am never going to 'Casa Dorinda'!! You will have to buy the house next door or something....you can't have a dog there!! I would die without a dog!!'" I truly would!

    We now have three (even though the "rule" is only two!)

    Dogs save our lives; frankly.
    I was praying for your girl. She is at the "bridge"!! I am actually not afraid of dying; because of that poem!

    All of your people are sending you our comfort and hugs. I am so so sorry. I know...what a loss this is. what a lucky dog....and lucky owners.......there is a wonderful quote from a child.....I will try to find!

    Keep all those wonderful memories of that beautiful doggie! She doesn't hurt anymore!!


  14. My heart is with you and your family. Duchess, such a beautiful dog, must have had a wonderful life, and her spirit will be with you forever. Leslie in Portland, Oregon

  15. I am very sorry for your loss. It is hard to lose one who loves us unconditionally and who doesn't expect much. Please know you and your fur family are in out thoughts.

  16. Marsha, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Dutchess. Having a faithful companion and a loving pet is such a blessing as well as a heartbreak. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Xxoo Elizabeth

  17. Marsha, I am so sorry. She was a beautiful dog. My heart goes out to you and your family.


  18. What a lovely tribute. I am heartbroken for you.

  19. She's beautiful and I'm sure that many friends and family were there to great her on the other side. We're all so lucky to have special animals in our lives; they add much and never judge - no such thing as a bad hair day, they just love us "as is". Thinking of you. MMR

  20. I totally feel your pain, when my lovely Hogan died last September who away a gorgeous Lab too I swear I needed a real break too! I hope that my Hogan is playing with Duchess right now!!
    Much Hugs!! Karolyn

  21. Marsha,
    I'm so sorry about your beloved Duchess. May your good memories of her support you through this difficult time.

    Warmly, Kathleen

  22. Marsha, I have not been actively blogging, but check your blog every morning....when I saw your post about your beloved lab I was so emotional when I saw the pic. Your sweet lab looks just like my Chance...she appears to be an English bred lab too. I lost my beloved Chance a year ago this past Nov. I just felt your sadness. It is so raw. They give so much to us and expect so little. When my husband died, Chance changed...so protective...my constant comfort. My heart knows your hurt...but know he is with you...that love is spiritual and does not stop just because the physical body has left us. It is a bond beyond the physical body. That love is a gift.

  23. Marsha, I am so sorry to read of the loss of your Duchess. We too lost our "Best Dog in the World" Honey-a yellow lab, 2 years ago. Our cat missed here terribly too, so I can imagine your other pets are in mourning as well. I remember all the wonderful/funny/touching moments and I captured alot of them in pictures. I have a 16x20 canvas of her hanging with my children's photos. No one could ever take her place. We thought it was time to move on and got 2 more labs this March. Brother & Sister~Zeke & Zoey~yellow & black. They have brought much joy into our lives and I continue to document them in photos. Treasure your memories and continue to love on your pets~they truly enrich your life.


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