Two days before Christmas we lost our beloved dog, Molly.  She had been sick and after almost 10 years of love and friendship, it was time.  She was actually my Honey’s dog…she loved and tolerated me, but her person was my Honey.  It is still awfully quiet and empty around here.  I know at some point there will be another dog, but there will never be another Molly.

A card arrived from the Vet on Saturday.  I knew what was in it, but couldn’t make myself open it until yesterday.  I have read this poem before.  It’s comforting but boy, the tears do run.

By the edge of a wood, at the foot of a hill, is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run, when their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, the wait and they play, till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or sadness for here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed, their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care, until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back, then all of a sudden, one darts from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met; Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other these friends from long past, the time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart, has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever, and then, side-by-side, they cross over…together.


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