Rainbow Bridge has been rather busy within my family this past month. First it was Abby, then Lucy. Today I regret to inform you that ‘Sage’ has also crossed Rainbow Bridge.
Dreaded Making The Phone Call
It was a rather unsettling start of the day. I had to know how ‘Sage’ was. I made the call. The news was not good. ‘Sage’ got worse despite the IVs that contained medication to help her toward better health. The tumor on her hind leg was simply ‘too aggressive’. Her body wasn’t strong enough to overcome it. She wasn’t herself.
Making The Decision
It is always a difficult decision when it is time to put a beloved pet down. It was time. ‘Sage’s’ 12 year old body simply could not take anymore. I gave Dr. Hennen the okay.
I Had A Request First
I asked Dr. Hennen if she could tell ‘Sage’ that she will be crossing rainbow bridge where Dodger and Abby will greet her. The three of them grew up together in a bustling home of girls that loved them lots. She said she would do that for her.
Sage’s Last Ride
Tomorrow will be ‘Sage’s’ last ride. I will pick her remains up at the clinic and taking her home where there will be a grave dug next to Abby. Her brother Dodger who crossed Rainbow Bridge a few years ago and was cremated will be buried with ‘Sage’. The two beagles will be together again. This time at Rainbow Bridge.
Every dog and their owner have a story to tell. For most dogs, they will spend an average amount of 11 years – 16 years with their owner. Many stories in their life span. Here is how Lucy and my mom Joyce found each other.
Mom had just lost her dog Toto who crossed Rainbow Bridge about a month earlier. During this month I let my dog Lily spend time with Mom so she wouldn’t be so lonely and lost. I had two cats at the time and could easily foster Lily out. Mom still had times of no pet in the house, something very uncommon in her life.
One day Mom was driving in the neighborhood where she saw this ‘Little White Dog’ cross the road in front of her. She found it odd she didn’t have a collar on her.
Fast forward a week and in the local paper the Humane Society had put some pictures of dogs looking for their ‘Forever Homes’. Low and behold, there was a photo of a ‘Little White Dog’ that looked like the dog Mom had seen crossing the road. She went to the Humane Society and she was there waiting for Mom to bring her home!
Victim Of Circumstance
The employees at the Humane Society knew nothing about her. She was a stray. Mom brought her home and named her ‘Lucy’.
Lucy was so happy living at Mom’s! Whoever had her prior took very good care of her. She was well trained and had a great disposition. One of the scenarios may have been that her previous owner had to go into the nursing home or may have passed away and the family did not want the dog so they just let her out to fend for herself. In any case, Lucy found her ‘Forever Home’ with my mom Joyce.
The Mailman And The Paper Boy
Lucy loved to lay on the back of the sofa. She would patiently wait for the mailman to arrive so she could jump off the sofa and run around the house barking. Then she would get a nap in before the paper boy delivered the paper and Lucy repeated the process again. She got where she could sense when they were coming.
Lucy And Lily
Lucy met Lily my dog and they hit it off right away. They were the same age and they grew up together. Mom would bring Lucy to my house and spend a few days together and they would play. I have an enclosed play area for them to play together.
The Trip To Iowa
Back in 2012, Lucy and Lily went on a trip with their owners. My Great Aunt Hilda was celebrating her 100th birthday. Mom had taken Lucy with her and drove alone in the earlier years. Hilda LOVED Lucy! It was great for both of them.
One Of Lucy’s Favorite Things
Lucy loved it when I stopped by to visit Mom. She was the happiest dog. I always had to shake her paw. She liked that. She would sit on my lap for awhile to visit. She did this every time up until she crossed Rainbow Bridge.
Rainbow Bridge Came A Calling This Morning
As Lucy aged through the years, she developed diabetes. Mom had to give her a shot twice a day. Because of the diabetes she lost her sight and had a difficult time hearing. The thing was that she was always happy. Last week I saw her and I had to raise my voice so she could hear me and then as I came closer to her she could smell me and knew it was me. We would shake hand to paw and then we would sit in the chair together and we would visit until it was time for her to get down.
This morning while I was at church Lucy crossed ‘Rainbow Bridge’. It was time for her to join Lily where Lily would welcome her to the world where health is restored and they could play together always staying alert for the time they will be reunited with their owners.
Lucy Will Be Buried At Lily’s Garden
Lucy will be buried beside Lily who crossed Rainbow Bridge last August. They can both be the ‘Gate Keeper’ to Rainbow Bridge where other pets of the owners are buried.