Cooper was a toy fox terrier and was my best buddy for 15 years. As with many dog lovers, I cannot put into words the joy he brought to my life.
He died 8 weeks ago after 2 years of fighting diabetes. We buried him outside, underneath the window where he ruled his world and waited for his two best buddies (my husband and I) to return each evening.
The grandchildren made a stepping stone as a marker with his name. Along with his ashes, we buried him with his picture, collar, favorite toy and the many sympathy cards we received and a copy of the poem, The Rainbow Bridge. I have attached the poem in hopes it may help someone else in their grieving too.
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....
Thank you for the opportunity to share.
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