Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

Crossing the rainbow bridgeAs a responsible pet parent, I think we all know in the back of our mind that our furry loves won’t be with us forever.  We also accept the responsibility for helping them when they cannot advocate for themselves, and yes, even guiding them across the rainbow bridge when no other options exist.  Nothing about that knowledge prepared me for the day that I would have to make the gut-wrenching decision for my girl.

Truth is, the lifespan of an Old English Bulldog is only about 12 years.  I’ve always known this to be true.  We lost her brother from another mother 6 years ago.  I’m grateful for the extra time with my sweet love.

I know that the decision had to be made to send her across the rainbow bridge.  She was in pain and no amount of financial or medical intervention would have cured her.   I also know that she was consoling me in those last moments which is just as heartbreaking as the decision itself.  I like to think that she is now running free and chasing the dot without pain or discomfort, with all the energy she had as a puppy.

And I miss her more than words will ever be able to express.  The house is so much emptier without her… something our Paisley notices too as she keeps running back to my office, waiting for her buddy to come home.

My sweet sweet Raven, you will always have a special place in my heart and I hope you know how loved you are.


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