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.
Today,February 5, 2016, our family lost a beloved dog.
Lee Ann's English Bull, Tank, died after a long illness.
Tank was a puppy when he came to
live with the family-he soon became a part of the family
and was adored by all of them.
For some time now, Tank has been ill with cancer
but until today, euthanasia was not even discussed.
Tank lost control of his kidneys and Taryn convinced her Mom
that it was time to let him go with dignity.
The vet came to their house this morning, gave Tankie a shot to relax him.
He relaxed, looked up at his Mommy and Daddy, and quietly died.
Tank, you were one in a million and will never be forgotten.
Go now, over that Rainbow Bridge and join the others in fun and frolic.
We love you, and your precious memory will sustain the family.
I received a post on FB from our nephew, Mike, on January 16, 2016
Mike's message follows.
This is Booth. Michelle rescued him in April, 2011
and he spent lots of time at our house enjoying
the fenced yard and our growing family
before moving in for good when Michelle and Chris relocated to DC.
Booth loved chasing squirrels, and letting us know
when a stranger approached the house, or the neighborhood.
He was a true Showalter, preferring the center slice out of the chocolate chip banana bread,
and his slobbery welcomes were dubbed "Booth kisses",
imitated frequently and enthusiastically by our grandchildren.
Booth was unfailingly patient with our grandchildren and loyal company for Mary when I was away.
Booth was Michelle's dog, Scott's dog, Mason and Maddox's dog,
Char loved feeding him and Trey played fetch with him, mostly in the house!
Booth died on Thursday after being hit by a truck.
He was truly a "family" dog and will be missed.
On August 11th, 2012 at 2:30 AM, we lost our Gizmo.
Giz was Laurie and Alicia's dog but we
kept her during days and some nights.
She was a precious little girl and
we miss her terribly.
She now rests in a beautiful oak container.
on our mantle-it has the picture above embedded in it.
She is forever in our hearts.
Below are the dear friends of my nephew Don, and his wife, Jenna.
Rainbow was Andy's dog-Jenna's son.
Harley was Bill's dog-our son in law.
Rest in peace, all you beautiful animals of God.
Their Guardian Angel watches over them all.
HARLEY LOVED TO HIKE~
NAMES IN ORDER OF PHOTOS:
TANK..ELMAN'S ENGLISH BULL
BOOTH-SHOWALTER'S FAMILY DOG
FRECKLES-JENNA'S DOG-ON HIS BED
GIZMO-OUR FAMILY DOG
MEISHA-DON AND DANA'S DOG
REGGIE-LEE ANN'S AND OUR FAMILY DOG
ROLLIE-LEE ANN'S DOG-HIT BY A TRUCK.
HARLEY-BILL'S FAMILY DOG
REST IN PEACE.