Crossing the rainbow bridge

After 2.5 months of working together to try to heal Abby’s kidneys, our precious girl succumbed to her kidney disease that was made worse by congenital deformities. Our hearts are broken and we desperately wish that we had more than 2.5 years with her. She stole the hearts of all who met her and leaves a giant hole in our lives.  As with all unwanted changes, each day brings tears and moments to balance the sadness. Our Christmas amaryllis started sending up shoots a week ago, and look what happened today! Abby’s spirit is with us in big and small ways.

The pack order is experiencing some re-ordering during this time. While both dogs are grieving for Abby – looking for her, repeatedly sniffing the places she slept, looking for her when we leash up for walks – they are also developing their relationship as a pair. As you can see, King George is establishing his dominance of all things living and inanimate. Always a character, George is making sure that Ezzie has NO DOUBTS about who is the alpha dog.

Meanwhile, our kooky Corgi Pup is now 1 year old, and misses his big sister and playmate so much. He is sticking VERY close to me and Bill, no matter what we’re doing. Here, Bill is planting a garden over the place where we buried Abby and Ezzie supervised every shovel of dirt.  Abby is planted next to our first Corgi, Lizzie, and it brings me such comfort to know they are frolicking together at the 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. 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….

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