Dear bloggy friends and family, I have a prayer request that needs to be spread immediately please…My brother’s 13-year-old German Shepherd crossed the Rainbow Bridge this weekend. He lives in New Jersey so I just found out. We are all devastated.
First, let me explain something. He’s not REALLY my brother, but his sister is my best friend in the universe since college (and we consider each other as sisters) and he’s JUST LIKE an older brother to me and always has been.
We were in college in Colorado when Keith got Reggie, a sweet, big-eared, extra-large, curious little German Shepherd that loved people immediately, loved to play in any field with any ball, and loved to run free, ears flapping and tongue wagging wildly. He was such a gentle giant: he would let little children scream and play and poke and prod him without a word of protest. He would loyally follow Keith’s every instruction — one of the best trained and smartest and intuitive dogs I’ve ever known (and I’ve known A LOT of dogs…).
Reggie TRULY was a model Shepherd — he was perfect. He came from a breeder (a REPUTABLE one, don’t worry) and he was a hell of a representative of what the German Shepherd dog breed should be.
So here’s to Reggie, and here’s to you Keith, my pseudo-big-brother:
THE 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 his 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….
I love you Keith and I love you Reggie; you will be sorely missed and are irreplaceable.