Friday, February 26, 2010

Goodbye, Elsie!

It is never easy loosing the family pet but it is even harder when one of the family members is deployed. Wednesday, Elsie, the James family pet since March 6, 1995 passed away at approximately 1:15 AM Elsie lived a good and happy life and will be missed tremendously!
Our pets are such an integral part of our lives and loosing them after so many years leaves you it is devastating and leaves you with such an empty feeling. I know Nick would have liked to tell Elise goodbye and scratch his ears one more time he is off serving his country. This is just a tiny example of the many sacrifices that our Soldiers make for their country. There are so many things that our deployed Soldiers have to adjust to or go through from afar but to them, it is just part of their job. To me, it is an unselfish act of sacrifice for us to have our freedom. My heart goes out to Nick and his family on the loss of "Man's best friend, Elsie".
I know the James family has many fond memories with Elise and will find comfort in recalling all the fun times.

Rainbow Bridge
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....

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