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A wonderful tribute to those that rescue!

Winston
May 22nd, 2008, 03:50 PM
I wanted to post this poem I found today! It is a little on the long side but once you all read it you will see it was worth it!

I would like to dedicate this poem to every person on this site that has helped in rescue in whatever way! Whether it was, cat, dog, horse whatever!

I dont think people realise how special this type of person is! Here you go! I hope you all enjoy it!

Cindy
:thumbs up


Rescues and Rescuers Enter Heaven


Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch.

It wasn't long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for awhile, knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often. He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here, and the sooner he could cross over the happier he would be. But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge. With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, elderly and infirm. They weren't playing, bur rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.

One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he had just witnessed, and asked one of the animals that had been there awhile to explain it to him.

"You see, that poor animal was a rescue. He was turned into rescue just as you see him now, and older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge.

The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked "So what will happen now?" As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life.

"Watch and see" said the second animal. A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed him towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.

"What happened?"

That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of his work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn't place on earth across the Rainbow Bridge.

- Anonymous

chico2
May 22nd, 2008, 04:02 PM
Winston,that was a nice story and yes,we have some wonderful,unselfish people here,who have helped soo many animals,our unsung heroes:angel2:

Frenchy
May 22nd, 2008, 08:05 PM
arrrggg , now I will have puffy eyes tomorrow morning :p

I read this before , it's beautiful :cloud9:

Winston
May 22nd, 2008, 08:21 PM
Ooops sorry Frenchy! I loved it the moment I read it! Oh well puffy eyes on a Friday??? hmmm maybe a sick day!!

Cindy

14+kitties
May 22nd, 2008, 08:21 PM
Winston - thank you for sharing that! It was a beautiful story!! I agree, all rescuers need to be recognized occasionally for their terrific work. One day I hope I can do my part to help too. They are all :angel2:!

Frenchy
May 22nd, 2008, 08:26 PM
Ooops sorry Frenchy! I loved it the moment I read it! Oh well puffy eyes on a Friday??? hmmm maybe a sick day!!

Cindy

Could you call my boss and tell him I can't come in because YOU made me cry :D

But really , I think about those you don't get to be rescued , there's so many of them , so so sad. :sad:

Winston
May 22nd, 2008, 08:27 PM
OMG you do your part all the time! 14+ Kitties after all!

Cindy
:thumbs up

want4rain
May 22nd, 2008, 08:27 PM
*snort* 14+ i think you do your part already.

Cindy, thanks for making me cry

Frenchy, wear those puffy eyes with pride!!

-ash

Frenchy
May 22nd, 2008, 08:28 PM
One day I hope I can do my part to help too. They are all :angel2:!

You are doing so much right now 14+kitties :thumbs up

:cat::cat::cat::cat::cat::cat::cat::cat::cat::cat: .........

14+kitties
May 22nd, 2008, 08:34 PM
:o thanks guys but I really don't consider these guys rescues. Not in the true sense of the word. That's what I would like to do. But I need a bigger house! (Or my own :rolleyes: ) I need to win that Super 7 tomorrow night!!!!
Then we could ALL rescue!

Frenchy
May 22nd, 2008, 08:43 PM
Frenchy, wear those puffy eyes with pride!!

-ash

:laughing:

chico2
May 23rd, 2008, 07:24 AM
14+you are certainly waaaay up there together with all our other honorees,where would all those kitties be,if it was not for you caring:cat::angel2:
Frenchy,puffy eyes will gather sympathy for you at work,people will go aww what's wrong and bring you goodies:laughing:

ancientgirl
May 23rd, 2008, 08:50 AM
I'm all misty eyed and have a lump in my throat.

What a beautiful poem. I also hope there is a special place in heaven where those who never find rescues or homes go. A very special place where they will finally know the kindness and love they never received on earth.:candle:

Chris21711
May 23rd, 2008, 12:20 PM
Thanks for sharing Winston :candle:

mastifflover
May 23rd, 2008, 12:31 PM
Great post Winston Love that story

rainbow
May 23rd, 2008, 01:49 PM
What a sad but beautiful story .....thanks for sharing. :goodvibes:

It's a wonderful tribute to all those that do rescue work. :angel: :thumbs up