And it is with a very heavy heart that I must say that my Dunken is now one of them.
As hard as it was for me, this morning, I held him and whispered in his ear as he took his last breath. Words cannot express the loss that I am feeling, that we all are feeling. But I am so relieved that he is not in pain anymore. And I am sure that he is frolicking and running around - barking at every little noise and digging holes bigger than he is. My heart hurts so much, and I miss him more than I ever thought possible. He was such a big part of our lives. And even as horrible as I feel right now, I would not trade even one single second of our lives with him. He will forever be in our hearts and in our memories.
I can't even talk about it yet.
So here are some words that I find comforting today.
The Rainbow Bridge
There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.
It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge is a land of meadows, hills, and valleys, all of it covered with lush green grass.
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this lovely land. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. There, the old and the frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole once more. They play all day with each other, content and comfortable.
There is only one thing missing. They are not with the special person who loved them on Earth. So each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! Then, the nose twitches! The ears are up! The eyes are staring! You have been seen, and that one suddenly runs from the group!
You take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then, together, you cross the Rainbow Bridge, never again to be separated.