Rainbow Bridge

Should You Go First

 

 

Should you go first and I remain
To walk the road alone,
I’ll live in memory’s garden, dear,
With happy days we’ve known.

In spring I’ll wait for roses red,
When fades the lilac blue,
In early fall, when brown leaves call
I’ll catch a glimpse of you.

We’ve known so much of brotherhood,
We’ve had our grief and joy,
And memory is one gift of God
That death can not destroy.

Should you go first and I remain,
One thing I’d have to do:
Walk slowly down that long, lone path,
For soon I’ll follow you.

I’ll want to know each step you take
That I may walk the same,
For some day down that lonely road
You’ll hear me call your name.

 

– A. K. Rowswell

If it should be….

 

 

If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
and pain should keep me from my sleep,
then you must do what must be done,
for we know this last battle can’t be won.

You will be sad, I understand,
but don’t let grief then stay your hand,
for this day, more than the rest,
your love and friendship must stand the test.

We’ve had so many happy years,
what is to come can hold no fears.

Would you want me to suffer? So,
when the time comes, please let me go.

Take me where my needs they’ll tend,
only stay with me until the end,
and hold me firm and speak to me,
until my eyes no longer see.

It is a kindness that you do to me,
although my tail it’s last has waved,
from pain and suffering I have been saved.

Do not grieve, it should be you,
who must decide this thing to do.

We’ve been so close, we two these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.

 

– Author Unknown

Waiting for us at Rainbow Bridge

Spirit (Sept. 21st, 2002 – Nov. 10th, 2003) Winter (October 19th, 2003 – March 31st, 2004)
Alaska (Jan. 2nd, 1999 – July 8th, 2004) Harley (Sept. 20th, 1999 – Sept. 8th, 2004)
SusieQ (? – October 21st, 2004) Brier (May 24th, 2004 – February 17th, 2005)
Amazing Grace (? – August 24th, 2005) Zena (? – September 20th, 2005)
Blackjack (? – November 28th, 2005) Casper (January 2002 – September 25th, 2005)
Phantom (March 18th, 2003 – October 28th, 2005) Athena ( ? – February 28th, 2006)
Domino ( ? – March 18th, 2006) McGee (May 16th, 1997 – May 3rd, 2006)
Samson George ( 1997 – June 15th, 2006) Snowball (October 19th, 2003 – August 29th, 2006)
Frost ‘T’ (October 19th, 2003 – January 29th, 2007) Liquorice (? – June 11th, 2007)
Boba (? – June 12th, 2008) Jasper (March 13, 1996 – June 27, 2008)
Dodger (August 2000 – September 10, 2008) Axl – part of BHHR’s extended family (Aug 20, 1995 – Sept 24, 2008)
Klondike (October 18th, 1996 – March 1st, 2009) Olivia (May 20th, 1997 – June 18th, 2009)
Maggi (January 1st, 2001 – July 17th, 2009) KB/JB (August 2002 – July 21st, 2009)
Dragon (August 8th, 2001 – July 24th, 2009) Bart (? – September 3rd, 2009)

 

Jaxson (December 18th, 2008(approx.) – December 12, 2009)

Jay (? – December 22, 2009)
Bean (February 2, 2010 – November 6, 2010) Storm (October 2008 – December 4, 2010)
Albert (? – April 11, 2011) Bongo (1999 – September 14th, 2011)
Kona (April 20, 1999 – March 30, 2012) Atlas (? – June 13, 2012)
Emma (? – July 16, 2012) Hamilton (September 9th, 2007 – July 29, 2012)
Rambo(Dec 2010 – August 25th, 2012) Concert (? – October 6th, 2012)
Dana (? – December 19th, 2012) Riley (? – February 12th, 2013)
  Freddy (? – May 27, 2013) Guinness (December 23, 2003 – June 27, 2013)
Autumn (? – June 28, 2013) Dyce (April 7, 2006 – July 29, 2013)
Titus (? – Oct 7, 2013) Breen (? – Feb 8, 2014)
Zara (?- Feb 20, 2014) Nessie (? – Aug 21, 2014)
Bleach (Sep 12, 2010 – Jul 8, 2014) Soul (Apr 7, 2006 – Aug 29, 2014
August (? – Sep 24, 2014) Moncton (? – Oct 15, 2014)
Tain (Aug 8, 2008 – Nov 13, 2014) Zayna (? – Dec 13, 2014)
Canvas (? – Dec 22, 2014) Timon (? – Jan 14, 2015)
Merlin (? – Jan 21, 2015) Caffrey (Apr 22nd, 2009 – Jan 24th, 2015)
Braveheart (? – Apr 8th, 2015)  Ichabod Crane (??? – May 6th, 2015 ~ 11 months of age )

Drift (Jan 9th, 2012 – May 9th, 2015)

Liberty (? – Jun 30th, 2015)

Salma (Apr 2004 – Aug 8th, 2015)

Porridge (Mar 30th, 2007 – Oct 7th, 2015)

Bunker (May 17, 2012 – Oct 15, 2015)

Frodo (1995 – Oct 22, 2015)

Ember (? – Dec 13, 2015) – 3 weeks old

Waffle (? – Jan 2, 2016)

Bloom (2010 – Apr 1, 2016)

Scooby (2008 – May 3, 2016)

Brulee (? – May 6, 2016)

Ethel (2009? – September 26th, 2016)

Miller (? – January 10, 2016)

Pumbaa (August 2011 – May 20th, 2017)

Sambuca (? – August 23, 2017)
 

I Remember
I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying. You found it hard to sleep.

I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
“It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.

I was with you at the shops today. Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I’m not lying there.

I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said “It’s me.”

You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.

It’s possible for me to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.”

You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew…
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.

The day is over… I smile and watch you yawning
and say “Good-night, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning.”

And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand, side by side.

I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out… then come home to be with me.
-Author unknown