“RAINBOW BRIDGE” (author unknown)
There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge, because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of hills, meadows and valleys with lush green grasses.
When a beloved pet dies, he goes to this place where there is food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and frail animals are young again.
Those who are maimed are made whole again.
They play all day with each other.
There is only one thing missing.
They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth.
So each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up. The nose twitches. The ears are up. The eyes are staring. And suddenly, one runs from the group! You have been spotted and when you and your special friend meet, you take them in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and you look once more into the eyes of your beloved pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never to be separated again.
Last week we had to say good-bye to our dear feline friend, Smokey. She was suffering from a tumor on her head that had gotten infected and the vet said that she would probably not survive surgery, being that she was about twenty years old. There would have been no returning from her ailment, which would have only cause her pain and suffering as it got worse. Euthanasia was the only option, to give her a dignified, easy death without her enduring any more pain. It was with very sad tears in our hearts that we said good-bye as we watched her gasp her last breath and slip away.
I have often wondered why it is ok for humans to be able to euthanize an animal that is terminal, but not to euthanize another human that could be suffering from the same ailments. Five states now support self-assisted suicide in terminal cases, and I am all for that! If it were me with a terminal illness, I would seek a more dignified way out. Why should someone have to suffer and withering away dying from a disease that they have no chance of surviving? Why has it been sociably acceptable to show animals the mercy of a dignified death but not our family member?
Rest in peace, dear Smokey. You were one of the sweetest cats that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. It was hard to say good-bye to you, but it would have been harder to watch you suffer and be helpless to assist you. I am sad, but I am glad that you are not in pain anymore. We will see you again someday, on the other side of the Rainbow Ridge.