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Old 03-18-2005, 08:04 AM   #16
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I hope that this doesn't come off as tacky, but I always thought that this was a nice poem for someone who has lost a pet. I cry everytime I read it!

I'm so sorry for the loss of your pet. I've been through the same thing - there's no easy way to it. You know better than anyone else what was right for you dog, don't question yourself!



THE RAINBOW BRIDGE Author Unknown

By the edge of a woods, 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, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.


No more do they suffer, in pain or in 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 breaks 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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Old 03-18-2005, 12:46 PM   #17
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Old 03-18-2005, 05:12 PM   #18
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The rainbow bridge poem makes me cry every time I read it
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Old 03-18-2005, 05:23 PM   #19
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The rainbow bridge poem makes me cry every time I read it
That one and one my vet gives out when you have a pet put to sleep (I think it's called "A pet's prayer") always do it for me.
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Old 03-19-2005, 03:07 AM   #20
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you did the right thing for your beloved friend. You ended her suffering

as for the Florida case, it horrifies me that they are going to allow a woman that obviously has some motor skills and sensations to slowly starve to death. Starving is an extremely painful way to die. It could take up to two weeks for her to die. I want to know how ANYBODY could consider this humane? If a couple had a baby that was born with mental retardation and they didn't feed it, they would be locked up and called monsters. However, essentially this woman has a severe brain injury which is quiet similar to mental retardation.

I really wish this world had as much compassion for people as we do our pets....
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Old 03-19-2005, 10:01 AM   #21
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stray I hear you, so loudly.
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Old 03-19-2005, 10:20 AM   #22
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Aww Stray, is this what you were upset about the other day?
I'm so sorry
But don't feel guilty, you did what was best for her.
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Old 03-19-2005, 03:40 PM   #23
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you did the right thing for your beloved friend. You ended her suffering

as for the Florida case, it horrifies me that they are going to allow a woman that obviously has some motor skills and sensations to slowly starve to death. Starving is an extremely painful way to die. It could take up to two weeks for her to die. I want to know how ANYBODY could consider this humane? If a couple had a baby that was born with mental retardation and they didn't feed it, they would be locked up and called monsters. However, essentially this woman has a severe brain injury which is quiet similar to mental retardation.

I really wish this world had as much compassion for people as we do our pets....
ty lovetown....generally speaking I have found people who love animals to be people lovers as well...
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Old 03-19-2005, 03:42 PM   #24
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Yes brightest, that was a bad day for me...
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Old 03-19-2005, 05:14 PM   #25
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you are welcome stray, and yes, you are right, animal lovers tend to have very big and loving hearts for all living beings
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I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. It's incredibly difficult, beyond words really.

As somebody who has had to make that decision before, it's hard because you know logically you are making the right choice, but it's still something else to have it happen before your eyes.

It's never just a pet or just a dog or just a cat. My Collie was so much more and I'm sure your dog was as well.
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:19 PM   #27
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I still miss my Bonnie.
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Old 11-23-2014, 12:53 AM   #28
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I do empathise with you, stray dog. In January 2005, our 20-1/2-year-old cat Miss Purrl was diagnosed with gum cancer that had eaten all the way into her nose and was making her nose bleed. She was also in mid-stage kidney failure. There was no hope that she would get better, so we made the tough decision to let her go. We held her while she was injected, and I'm still hoping SO much that she didn't feel any pain and just faded to black. I still miss her every day. We have four other cats now, whom I love dearly; and I know that it is likely that they will reach the same point, for one reason or another, someday. Our fierce little calico Callie is 11; our big ginger boy Fergus is 9; and the little sisters Bronwyn and Finnula are 3. I hug them every day and let them know how much they are loved. My heart goes out to you.
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stray dog, like you and MsPurrl, I've been through this as well, and probably feel similarly. Probably a year after you lost Bonnie, we made the decision to euthanize our dog Kelly - she was a 12 year old lab who developed cancer. The vet sounded optimistic at first, and said that they could perform a surgery that would cost a minimum of $3,000. I went home devastated and considering it, and then spoke with bonosloveslave, a mod here who replied to your thread ages ago. She told me the right questions to ask of my vet, and when I realized that the prognosis was very bad for a dog who had reached her lifespan for her breed, and that keeping her alive would just be artifically prolonging her paid, we made the decision to have her euthanized. Could she have lasted longer with the surgery? Maybe. But her quality of life would have been greatly diminished, so I felt like we made the right decision. So why were we so devastated after? I think it's the combination of losing someone who gave you unconditional love, while wondering if you made the right decision, and there being no definitive way to know that you did. But you know what? If you have agonized and hurt over it for years, you did do the right thing.

Right after, people kept saying we should get another dog. My daughter said that she wanted to punch anyone who suggested that, as though Kelly could be replaced. We didn't get another dog. Then nearly two years later, a stray cat appeared at our door. I loved her right away. My daughter took a bit longer, felt like she was being disloyal to Kelly by being attached to another pet. But, we took her in. And about 7 weeks later, she had a litter of 6. We fell in love with them, and now we have 7 cats. But we still love Kelly, she'll never be replaced.
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