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GoldenRetrLuver
04-02-2004, 10:53 AM
I wasn't sure where to put this....but here it is. I'm sorry if this was already posted before, but I got it off of another board and thought it was a great story. *Warning* May cause some to cry...I know I did.

THE RESCUE RAINBOW BRIDGE

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 that 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 cat 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 who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge.

With no place else to turn to, the elderly cat turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other cats like him, 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 cat 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 cat 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 feline. 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 Bridge together.

"What happened?"

"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 all 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.

moosmom
04-02-2004, 11:01 AM
GRL,

I've seen similar stories but nothing as emotional as THAT one! Thank you for sharing it. And yes, I'm sitting here bawling like a baby!!

lovemyshiba
04-02-2004, 11:08 AM
A friend's dog passed away a few weeks ago, and I was searching online for the perfect poem to put in the card for her.
Of course, I came across many Rainbow Bridge sites, and eventually saw this poem too--I cried for an hour, at least.

I did see this one, only with a dog instead of cat.

jazzcat
04-02-2004, 12:41 PM
Okay, between CCL's shelter story on Cat General and now this I'm just sitting here bawling like a baby.

delidog
04-03-2004, 07:35 AM
Oh GoldenRetrieverLover,
That Was Beautiful *Sniff*

Yes, a Tearjerker,But Beautiful Nonetheless!!!

Thank You for Posting that....I hope that Mugsy sees this Thread

lbaker
04-03-2004, 07:59 AM
and Jen should see this too ... reminds me of, excuse me, have to blow my nose, the variation that was posted here right after 9/11. An alert was given at the bridge that LOTS of people were on there way :( Does anyone have that link?

delidog
04-03-2004, 08:01 AM
Oh I remember that.....*Sniff*
You are so right...that was Beautiful!!!

Maybe Mayor Karen has it???

lbaker
04-03-2004, 08:17 AM
OMG!! Aly must see this as well.. purrfect for Aly (and so many others here, it's just that Aly ... well - you know)