Saturday, August 04, 2007

In loving memory





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....

My sister and her family lost a beloved member today. Miss Madeline (shown above opening her Christmas stocking) was her Mommy's girl and first baby. What a good girl she was and we will all miss her. Cancer took her away she had multiple myeloma. Please say a prayer for them and for Maddy...........

26 comments:

kris said...

Man it just breaks my heart... I don't know your sister or their dog, but I know that that kind of love is something born of heaven, and it's such a tremendous loss. For sure I will pray for them and for Maddy, though I suspect she is running happily free of cancer at last.

I'm so sorry.

Eric & Heather said...

We lost our 11 yr. old yellow lab in 2003 to cancer. They become just like our children...a member of the family. Every moment with them is worth it even though we know we'll probably outlive them and have to feel that pain. My heart goes out to those having to say goodbye~for now~to a very good old friend.

laurie said...

thanks jen-
you know she had a special place in her heart for her aunt jenny. thanks to your blogger friends for their thoughts and prayers. it will definitely help us through this tremendously difficult and painful time.
love ya-
laurie

Stacy said...

I am so sorry for the loss of sweet Maddy. It is so difficult to loose a furbaby.

My thoughts are with your sister and her family.

amy said...

I will say a prayer!

Jeter's Mama said...

Damn this canine cancer!!!!
I am so sorry for your sister's loss.
Those who have never been through it, just don't understand.

Lisa and Tate said...

I love the idea of a place for our beloved pets! I just cannot even imagine life without my Mesa. Hugs to your sister and family.

Lisa

Sherry Mc said...

She held a place in all of our hearts. No matter how long between visits she always remembered us. I'm sure she has now joined up with Tarby. I share your pain. Love you all, Mom

PromiseKeepersDaughter said...

Sorry to hear of your sisters family loosing their Miss Madeline. I will say a prayer for them.

Shannon S said...

Love and prayers to your family and their sweet Miss Madeline.

Anonymous said...

I was so sad when I read this post. First I cried then I thought of all the memories of Maddy over the years. She was a Mommy's girl! I will miss you sweet Maddy! Too many lives lost to cancer! :(

Much love and prayers to Chris, Laurie, Christopher and Erin

Mary, Chris & Luke

Sandwitchedin said...

I am so saddened by this news. For the past 10-11 years I've had a picture of Maddy and Ali on my desk at work. Ali is hugging Maddy in her Stawberry Shortcake nightgown. This had to be taken when L&C were living in the condo. It's one of my old time favorite pics.

Here's to the "twinklebells" Dear Maddy.

Love,
Aunt Debbie

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Sorry to hear about your sisters loss..
My prayers are with you and your family..
Have a great week.
Kim

Two Kayaks said...

I am so sorry. We lost our 11 year old sweetie in February and just seeing this post was difficult for me.
Time helps.

Buckeyes & Eggrolls said...

so sorry for your sisters loss. I've never had a pet take away from cancer but I've had parents taken by it. It's awful any way you look at it!

((hugs)) to them

Sandwitchedin said...

Ali was in the Strawberry Shortcake pj's, not Maddy. ;-) Blame the poor sentence structure on Monday mornings and sad news

Love,
Aunt Debbie

Krista said...

So sorry for your family's loss. Losing a beloved pet is so hard.
I've been there too.

Anonymous said...

Jenny,

I am sorry your sister and family lost their dog....it is never easy! They are part of the famly...I am sure you gave her the love you give to everyone else!

Thank you!

Randi

Shannon S said...

Love the recently added pictures of sweet Miss M.

RoLo said...

Thoughts and prayers for your sister and Maddy. Our fur-babies are very important to us and are a part of our family we understand their loss.

C.J. said...

I'm so sorry. I hate seeing all these wonderful pets lost to cancer this past year. It has been so hard.

Thinking of your sis and fam.

Shayla's Mom said...

I'm so sorry.

Lisa

Ali said...

Jenny,
I don't have Laurie's email address, but I hope she reads this comment, and I know you loved Madeline too and will appreciate this.
I loved Maddy a lot! I remember playing with her when I was a very little girl and thinking she was the most beautiful dog in the world. I even remember right before Laurie and Chris got married. I was so excited to be their flower girl, and I had so much fun playing with Miss Maddy.
Every time one of the dogs passes away down in Virginia, I miss them so much. Bernie, Tarby, Baron, and now Maddy. I loved them all and will always remember them.
love,
Ali

Ann said...

It makes me so sad to hear about families loosing their pets. It's such a difficult thing and it breaks your heart. They are all in my thoughts and prayers

Stephe said...

I'm so sorry that Maddy is no longer with her family. It breaks my heart everytime I read about someones loss. Not everyone knows how incrediblly heard it it when a beloved pet has passed. I'm sending lots of hugs and prayers. I'll also tell my little angel Alex (alexandra) to go find her and keep her company! Big hugs. Stephe

daisy said...

I just found out last night from sandwiched in, I haven't been faithful to blogs lately, computers hurt my back. Both Uncle Sandy and I are sorry, and sad, we had such a hard time saying good bye to our kitties, Maddy was a wonderful gentle soul, I found a book at our vets called Dog heaven by Cynthia Rylant, it's similar to what Jenny put in about the rainbow bridge. But very comforting. I own Cat heaven and have shared it often with clients awhen they lose a pet friend. love Aunt Laurie