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Thread: September 11, 2001 at Rainbow Bridge

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Methuen, MA; USA

    September 11, 2001 at Rainbow Bridge

    I only just came across this today. I wanted to share it will all of you.

    The Welcome at Rainbow Bridge September 11, 2001
    by Alexander Theodore, Bouvier, Fourth Year Resident

    On the morning of September 11, 2001 there was an unprecedented amount of
    activity at the Rainbow Bridge. Decisions had to be made. They had to be made
    quickly. And, they were.

    An issue, not often addressed here, is the fact that many residents really have
    no loved one for whom to wait. Think of the pups who lived and died in hideous
    puppy mills. No one on earth loved or protected them. What about the many who
    spent unhappy lives tied in backyards? And, the ones who were abused. Who are
    they to wait for?

    We don't talk about that much up here. We share our loved ones as they arrive,
    happy to do so. But we all know there is nothing like having your very own
    person who thinks you are the most special pup in the Heavens.

    Last Tuesday morning a request rang out for pups not waiting for specific
    persons to volunteer for special assignment. An eager, curious crowd surged
    excitedly forward, each pup wondering what the assignment would be.

    They were told by a solemn voice that unexpectedly, all at once, thousands of
    loving people had left Earth long before they were ready.

    All the pups, as all pups do, felt the humans' pain deep in their own hearts.
    Without hearing more, there was a clamoring among them - "May I have one to
    comfort?" "I'll take two, I have a big heart." "I have been saving kisses

    One after another they came forward begging for assignment. One cozy-looking
    fluffy pup hesitantly asked, "Are there any children coming?

    I would be very comforting for a child 'cause I'm soft and squishy and I always
    wanted to be hugged." A group of Dalmatians came forward asking to meet the
    firefighter s and be their friends. The larger working breeds offered to greet
    the Police Officers and make them feel at home.

    Other dogs volunteered to do what they do best, cuddle and kiss. Dogs who on
    Earth had never had a kind word or a pat on the head, stepped forward and said,
    "I will love any human who needs love."

    Then all the dogs, wherever on Earth they originally came from, rushed to the
    Rainbow Bridge and stood waiting, overflowing with love to share - each tail
    wagging an American Flag.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Awww, I've never heard this before. Brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing it.
    Our goal in life should be - to be as good a person as our dog thinks we are.

    Thank you for the siggy, Michelle!

    Cindy (Human) - Taz (RB Tabby) - Zoee (RB Australian Shepherd) - Paizly (Dilute Tortie) - Taggart (Aussie Mix) - Jax (Brown & White Tabby), - Zeplyn (Cattle Dog Mix)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    I didn't really need tears in my eyes at this moment but thanks for sharing

    You know I will pass that one on.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Illinois, USA
    Oh, Freedom. I was just getting over leaky eyes from watching Tasha running zoomies and now I'm all leaky again. I have never seen this before.
    I've been Boo'd ... right off the stage!

    Aaahh, I have been defrosted! Thank you, Bonny and Asiel!
    Brrrr, I've been Frosted! Thank you, Asiel and Pomtzu!

    "That's the power of kittens (and puppies too, of course): They can reduce us to quivering masses of Jell-O in about two seconds flat and make us like it. Good thing they don't have opposable thumbs or they'd surely have taken over the world by now." -- Paul Lukas

    "We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays." -- Persius, first century Roman poet

    Cassie's Catster page:

  5. #5

    We tried to promote that beautiful article back in 2002 ...
    Zippy-Kat found it and posted the link on this thread >>>

    It still brings tears to my eyes.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Methuen, MA; USA
    Phred, I'm sure Zippy-Kat wants it circulated. I wasn't part of PT back then, and didn't think to do a search. Glad you posted the first link.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Aquidneck Island
    I read this when Zippy first posted it. I can't tell you how many times I've thought of it over the years. It is just a s lovely now as it was back then! Thanks for reposting it.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Middle of Germany
    That is so beautiful! And so sad! Major LES here!

    Thanks for sharing!


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