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Bill N

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Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« on: February 07, 2017, 07:26:23 AM »
Our 17 year old Shih Tzu, Heidi, will be crossing  the Rainbow Bridge this morning to our great sorrow. She had a very bad night with several strokes and can no longer stand and appears to be almost comatose with her eyes flickering constantly. She has been deaf and blind for several years and she will be going to a better place. We are hoping she will go on her own before the vet opens but it does not appear that will happen.  Losing a pet after 17 years is the same as losing a child.

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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2017, 07:28:46 AM »
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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2017, 08:31:28 AM »
Losing a pet after 17 years is the same as losing a child.


Sincere condolences Bill. And yes it it like losing a child, and a friend, all in one. We just lost our Sheltie and and share in your grief.
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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2017, 10:01:12 AM »

Sincere condolences Bill. And yes it it like losing a child, and a friend, all in one. We just lost our Sheltie and and share in your grief.

Thank you Scott.  She passed with the vets assistance at 9:10 am CST.  Her ashes will live with us as will memories for the rest of our lives.

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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2017, 11:34:02 AM »
So sorry. It's so hard to lose our hairy kids.
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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2017, 11:51:30 AM »
Bill, you are in my thoughts and prayers. After 17 years, it really is like losing a child because she has been a member of your family, not just a pet. We lost our prized Collie last April at the age of 10 and are readying ourselves for the impending loss of our 14 yr old Sheltie who is in his last days. We know exactly what you are going through and feel your pain and loss.
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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2017, 02:44:29 PM »
Been there 3 times Bill. Thoughts and prayers for healing are with you.
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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2017, 02:47:08 PM »
Sorry to hear about the loss Bill.  :'(
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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2017, 03:06:38 PM »
My prayers that your grieving will be short and that the joy and love you knew with Heidi will be with you forever. 

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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2017, 03:30:31 PM »
I know your pain Bill. Just take joy in the knowledge that she had a very good life with you and your family. I am sure the love and care that you showed her for all of her life was a tremendous blessing for all of you.
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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2017, 05:08:47 PM »
It always sad when we lose anyone or thing that is close to us, The many dogs we have had over the years that have passed has always been a great sorrow. We lost a long time German Shepherd (friend and companion) last May and I still glance in the direction where he always slept fully expecting him to be there.
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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2017, 05:13:13 PM »
Sad news Bill. I bet she had an awesome life though. Sending hugs, I know that pain.  :'(
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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2017, 06:20:11 PM »
 Not that it's any big deal but according to the "poem", your friend doesn't cross the Rainbow Bridge until you die, then you both cross the bridge together.  At least that's how I interpret it.

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....
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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2017, 07:30:42 PM »
Bill, you are in my thoughts and prayers. :'( :'( :'( :'(
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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2017, 08:40:18 PM »
17 years is a testament to the great care she must have gotten.  I'm sorry for your pain.
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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2017, 06:56:46 AM »
My heartfelt thanks to all of you for your kind comments.  It really helps us through the grief process.  Heidi had a wonderful life. She was diagnosed early with a kidney stone problem and was fed special food for her whole life.  She never was overweight and always 'pranced' when she took her walks.  Though deaf and blind for the last few years she placed her faith in us on her walks and still pranced at the end of the leash trusting that we were guiding her in a good direction.  She knew all the special places on her route and knew where she should do her business.  Once again, your kind comments make us happy to be members of the group.  Her favorite walks were in campgrounds where she had lots of new smells.  We do feel like it is a family here, ready to help each other with any problem.  A good day to all.

Joan & Bill
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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2017, 11:59:54 AM »
I'm so sorry for your loss.  No matter how long we're blessed with their company, it seems they always leave too soon.

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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2017, 06:28:22 PM »
At 75, whenever I cross over there will a pack of herding dogs, mostly Pulik, rushing to see me and me them! That's my hope.

Their going first has always brought tears and pain, Bless you!
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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2017, 08:28:15 PM »
I know this is really tough.... lots of tears, but great memories. It's all a part of being a pet owner. Grieve and get another - not to replace the one lost, but to start another great adventure.

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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #19 on: February 09, 2017, 06:52:14 AM »
Not that it's any big deal but according to the "poem", your friend doesn't cross the Rainbow Bridge until you die, then you both cross the bridge together.  At least that's how I interpret it.

Thank you for that clarification and I agree with your interpretation.  I have read the poem many times and never realized that our pets are just waiting for us at the bridge but having a great time in the waiting. We all cross together.  Thanks again.
Bill
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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #20 on: February 09, 2017, 06:56:27 AM »
Bill, you are in my thoughts and prayers. After 17 years, it really is like losing a child because she has been a member of your family, not just a pet. We lost our prized Collie last April at the age of 10 and are readying ourselves for the impending loss of our 14 yr old Sheltie who is in his last days. We know exactly what you are going through and feel your pain and loss.
Thank you John.  We appreciate those kind words from someone who knows the pain and grief as do several others here.  It is so nice to be able to share and receive words of support at such a down time in your life.  We thank all who commented and those who read and had kind thoughts.

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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2017, 10:36:38 AM »
My wife and I were standing in front of our house after having had to have our beautiful Lab/Shepard put down.  I looked up and prayed "God, we are sending you a very pure spirit, please take good care of her for us." At the moment I made the request, a double rainbow slowly appeared, went fully bright, held and slowly faded.  We knew our request had been heard and she was fine.

We feel your pain Bill . . . .  the right decision is sometimes incredibly difficult



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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2017, 12:09:35 PM »
Bill and Joan, Nick & Marian,

So sorry for your losses.

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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #23 on: February 10, 2017, 06:14:38 AM »
In searching for sources of solace, Joan came across this poem which helped us feel better and accurately describes what we hoped for Heidi.  I hope you don't mind my posting it here for others who are losing a loved pet.

DO DOGS GO TO HEAVEN?
(Opus 4)

My little bully passed away, no more to breathe a sound.
I held him for the last time, then entombed him in the ground.
Day and night I wept so much, in tears I thought I'd drown.
I searched my soul for comfort, but no peace therein was found.

In great despair, I hit my knees and then began to pray.
"Father will I ever see, my dog again someday?"
I raised my eyes and saw an angel standing near a gate.
I sensed an inner peace I'd never felt before that day.

The angel smiled and said to me, "Oh man of little faith!
God sees every bird that falls; He knows your bully's fate.
I have met your little dog, I saw him pass my way.
Your precious dog is still alive; he just walked through this gate.

Paradise is lovelier than you can comprehend.
No pain or grief, no tears or fears, and life will have no end.
God gave to man His only Son, to cover all his sins.
So why would God withhold from you, your pure and loving friend?”

The angel took me by the hand and said, "Now come with me.
A glimpse of paradise I'll give, to you so you can see."
Through the gate and o'er the Rainbow Bridge we did proceed.
Through green valleys filled with flowers, rolling hills and trees.

“Wow, so this is paradise!” The place was filled with joy.
I saw my bully playing there, with dogs and cats and toys.
He also had some doggie treats, and food that he enjoyed.
He'd made a lot of new friends there, including girls and boys.

Then I saw a child come near, and hug my little mate.
She said to him, "I love you so," and kissed him on the face.
The angel said, "The child just crossed the Rainbow Bridge today.
Now she needs a little friend, to love and help her play.

God’s love for her would be enough, in that make no mistake.
But in His love, He knew full well, the child would want a mate.
This is why God called your dog unto this splendid place.
God’s entrusted her with him, ‘til you pass through the gate."

I pleaded, “May I hug them both?!” The angel answered, “No!
You’d violate a sacred site, and now it’s time to go.”
He led me back across the Bridge and through the gate to home.
He left me there with new-found hope and peace within my soul.

If someone ever asks what happens to a dog that dies,
Just give a gentle smile of joy and look them in the eye.
Take their hand and comfort them and tell them not to cry.
For dogs don’t die, they simply cross a bridge to paradise.

By Dan Atcheson (5/2/00)

I also found that by writing down a few words in the general format of of special poem for us it has helped a lot.  No need to post that here but do take the time to write down your thoughts when you lose a special friend, be it a pet, friend or family member.
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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #24 on: February 10, 2017, 06:33:11 AM »
 CMEO :'(
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Re: Heidi is Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
« Reply #25 on: February 10, 2017, 09:00:56 AM »
so sorry for your loss.   :'(
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