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.
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.”