Friday, August 28, 2015

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day - Celebrating Special Friends

Today is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day - a special day for pet guardians to honor the memory of cherished pets who have passed on.

I've been blessed with many loving animal companions in my life, including equine, bovine, canine, feline and fowl.  Since this is primarily a dog blog, I've chosen to include my dogs in the graphic above, along with one very special cat.

I have no doubt that they'll be there to great me "on the other side."  And there is no doubt that I miss these sweet souls every single day:
  • My shelter dog, Benji, who lost a leg to cancer yet lived to a ripe old age. He joined me when I was in college and we grew up together.
  • My shelter dog, Sherman, a stroke survivor succumbed to old age. He was fully of mischief and honestly earned the nickname "Trash Dog."
  • My rescued Border Collie, Lizzy, who left me way too early. She chose me and I still feel the honor of that trust.
  • My shelter dog, Spanky, who lost his battle to mouth cancer. He knew no fear and brings to mind the word courage.
  • Sweet Petey who sometimes seemed more dog than cat.
  • My rescued dog, Tucker, the original Talking Dog. I strongly believe he was sent to us.  Thank goodness.
  • My heart dog Lucy.   Oh, Lucy.  She's the dog in my business logo and my heart still aches from the loss.
 My mind plays little videos of good times together. They may be gone from this earthly plane, but they still are with me.  My heart remembers and feels the love.

Established by Deborah Barnes in honor of her beloved, Jazz, Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day is a special day dedicated to honoring the memory of cherished pets worldwide.

Barnes has created a special event page on Facebook so that on August 28th people will be able to pay tribute to that pet (s) in any way that feels most comfortable to them, such as by posting a picture, writing a poem, or sharing a favorite story or memory. Barnes hopes this will become an annual event and rather than it being a day of sadness, she wants it to be “a celebration – a time to remember those pets we have lost with love and happiness – for however long or short their time on this earth was.”


  1. Awwwwwwww. Great post, especially the poem.

  2. Had to pin the poem. So many lost furs. I've only lost cats so far, but Mom and Katie have lost many more. So sad, but they are in our hearts forever!

  3. oh Sue my eyes are leaking!! Your graphic and the snippets about each of your babies touched my heart and soul. What precious and special pets they were. I know how blessed you were to have them, and for them to have you.
    Thank you for sharing all of these special memories with us!
    Sending much love!

  4. You made me cry too. My heart aches for those who have lost such dear, dear souls. Hugs to you my friend.

  5. What lovely graphics and such a beautiful and heartfelt post. Thank you so much for participating in Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day - xoxo from Mr. Jazz, Deb, Purr Prints of the Heart and the Zee/Zoey Gang

  6. Thanks for joining in with the memories of those who touched your heart, and now have touched ours
    Timmy and Family

  7. This is a beautiful tribute to your many loves and the graphic so true. ♥

  8. Awe what a great tribute to your loved ones. Hugs Friend!

  9. Very nice tribute to your furbabies.

  10. What a list of beloved pets and a beautiful way to remember them. We didn't know about the blog hop otherwise mom would have joined in, she has some cats that she hasn't honored yet on my blog. Oh the hop is open for a month maybe we will join! Mom had a dog named Lucy too. Love Dolly

  11. We all deal with grief in our own time and way. I feel emotions so deeply that I have to move forward through grief with happy thoughts in order to survive. My fur children will always have a special place in my heart. How wonderful we can have a day to remember our fur children who've gone before us.

    Mom Paula

  12. Purrs to you on this day of remembrance.

  13. You have had so much special love in your life. It is such a blessing, but at the same time such a heartache when we lose them.


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