Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Rainbow Bridge

I'm sorry that this blog has been so sad lately (believe me I wish this weren't the case.) I was unprepared to lose Stella so quickly and even less prepared for just how hard it would be. I still 'see' her a dozen times a day. Any time I see a dark pillow on the chair, I think it's Stella. A stuffed animal out of the corner of my eye looks like our girl. I turn to call for her whenever we go outside. It is just so hard to believe that part of our family is gone.

I will move on, and I promise some cute pictures and funny stories coming, but first I wanted to share something. In the mail today, we received a card from the surgeon who was going to operate on Stella (during her pre-op exam we discovered that the cancer had spread too much to save her, so we cancelled the surgery and brought her home to spend her final days with her family.) It was a nice condolence card expressing sympathy for our loss and talking about what a sweet girl Stella had been. They included a lovely story that I wanted to share.

Sweet Stella

Rainbow Bridge

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. Her bright eyes are intent. Her eager body quivers. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her 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 and you once again look 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...


  1. Such a sweet tribute to Stella. Thinking of you and your family during this sad time.

  2. Oh Beth, I am so terribly sorry!! :( I do the same thing with my furry baby. It has been almost a year and I still see him! I miss him like crazy too! I feel for all of you so much! Like Stella he left us unexpectedly and way too soon! I am thinking of you and your family! Wish there was more I could do! take care!

  3. I am so sorry. I know how hard it is. I had to hae my St. Bernard put down. It's been three years and I still feel terrible about it and still miss him something fierce. My heart goes out to you and your family. It's amazing how attached we get to our pets, but they are part of our family.