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Rainbow Bridge

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Joshie Muir

3rd June, 1998 ~ 10th September, 2011

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….

Author unknown…


Thank you so much, my friends, for your support over the past few days.  It has helped more than you will know.  I’m sure you will all understand if I’m not visiting and commenting for a few days.  I’m so tired, emotionally drained and sad.

My little hero, Joshie, is lying next to Katie on this earth.  Hopefully Katie has found him at The Bridge and they’re having a wonderful time chasing rabbits and playing.

Poor John doesn’t really understand what’s happened yet.  His last words to Josh, as we laid him to rest, were “I won’t be far behind you, Joshie”.  The past few years he’s often said he’s only hanging around as long as Josh does.  Half an hour after we had buried Josh he asked me where his body is.  His poor brain doesn’t compute nearly as well as it used to.

Give everyone you love, 2 and 4 legged, a hug for me and for you.  I’m going to cuddle Beryl now.

Take care.

24 Responses

  1. Fatima

    Oh darling 🙁 What can i say…nothing. Whatever i say will sound silly. Rachel, Louie , Lucy and me are always here for you and your kids… always xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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  2. Michelle

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Grab your hound and go rest now my friend. You must be exhausted.
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  3. Tucker's Mom

    Anyone who has been through what you’re going through now will know that there’s nothing anyone can really say. So I’ll say only that we are so very sorry to hear of Joshie’s loss. We will be thinking of you as you rest, and cuddle, and begin to try to heal from this. Lots of hugs.

  4. Bella and Daisy

    Big hugs!
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  5. Kristin G.

    Awhh, I’m so sorry for Josh’s passing. I will continue to think of you in this difficult time, and wish you comfort and peace. Sending virtual hugs from many miles away. xoxo
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  6. Sue

    (((Sue))) Take comfort in Frankie and Beryl and the knowledge you did what was best for Josh. I am sure he has loads of friends now at Rainbow Bridge and my my Poppy is playing with him and flirting something awful:)

  7. Michelle

    So sorry for your loss!! Godspeed Joshie.

  8. Pamela

    I’m so sorry, Sue. You did a wonderful thing giving Josh time with you at the end. I’m sure being with someone he loved so much was comforting to him.

    Your heart healing will be slow. But I’m sure Beryl and Frankie will do their best to help.

    Take care of yourself.
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  9. Never Say Never GHs

    RIP Josh.

    Hang in there.
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  10. Emma

    I am very sorry for your loss. I do wish there were some way to keep them with us.

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  11. Helen, Snoopy and Jerry

    Oh that is such sad news Sue 🙁 🙁
    RIP Josh, I’m sure Velvet will be keeping you company up there xx

    thinking of you Sue, and John
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  12. BZ Training

    Words fail… 🙁 Know our thoughts are with you. They just never stay with us long enough, do they?
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  13. Karen Friesecke

    Hugs and kisses. The pack and I are thinking about you.
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  14. houndstooth

    Sue, I’m so sorry! There’s never a good time or way to lose them. It hurts no matter what happens, but you were Josh’s angel in more ways than one. I’m glad that Josh had you in his life! We’re thinking of you right now, and sending prayers and hugs your way.
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  15. Winnie the greyhound

    I am so sorry to read your sad news.

    I am also sorry that I lost track of your blog after you changed URLs….and it was only today that I found you again….and then to arrived at such a very sad time.

    Our thoughts are with you over the coming days. We know how very hard these times are but it’s good that you have so many supportive folks around you.

    Love and licks, Winnie
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  16. 24 Paws of Love

    You will all be in our prayers. We are so sorry to hear about Josh. Take care of yourself and your puppies. We will be thinking about you.
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  17. Terri Jacobson

    I am so, so sorry. Take your time coming back. We’ll all be here when you get back.

    Thinking good thoughts for you.
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  18. didiwright

    Oh, Sue, I’m so, so sorry for your loss. Josh and all of you are in our thought and prayers. Take care and take your time getting over this tragedy. We’ll always be here if you need us.
    A big hug to you and your babies.
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  19. Caron

    I’m so sorry, it’s so hard to loose them. I’m sure Josh is with Katie and they are having the best time. Josh, and Katie, know how much you love them and they’ll always be with you and taking care of you. Sending lots of love to you.
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  20. Leslie

    Oh Sue, I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. I was away for the weekend and am only seeing this now. You did a wonderful thing for Josh taking him in and giving some relaxed quality time with you in his final hours.

    I hope your memories of many happy years with Josh will bring you comfort in this sad time.

    Warm regards,
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  21. Kirsten

    Hugs and wags and warmth to you. Just remember the joy you brought into his life on this planet and the connection you will always share with him in your heart, even though he exists in another place now. Peace to you and John and your pups.

  22. Kristine

    I am so sorry to hear the terrible news. Josh was such a special, adorable little guy and I know he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. It doesn’t matter how well you are prepared for such a day, it is never easy. My thoughts are with you.
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  23. Twiggy

    My heart goes out to you. I came by to visit and let you know that Twiggy’s wound is healing quite nicely, and when I saw this as your top post my heart sank. :'( I believe we feel such deep sorrow at the loss of our loved ones because when you love so intensely the sorrow just matches that intensity. Take your time to grieve and heal. We’ll still be here.
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  24. Chris

    I am so sorry for your loss.
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