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I received a phone call yesterday informing me that one of our senior clients had passed.  I was sadden by the news…but it hadn’t completely sunk in…I said my condolences to the family and hung up the phone.  My son was in the car with me and we discussed  the memories of Keesha.  We were saddened but it still had not sunk in of  her passing.

The next morning as I headed to the client’s home to care for the other pets in the home…I was saddened…the yard seemed to be empty as I scanned it looking for her laying in her usual spot sunbathing.  I played with the pups and talked to them as I normally do as I cleaned their yard….as I got closer to Keesha’s “spot” I got this lump in my throat…then I saw a clump of her hair in the spot blowing in the breeze…the lump got bigger and I lost it.  I began to mourn the loss of Keesha….it finally hit me she was gone.  I broke down and cried in the yard with her sisters leaning on me as to say…”It will be okay…”

By no means did she suffer..she had an awesome family that she chose to live with….she found them..she picked them to be her family.  She had a great life.  She was loved.  It seemed to make her passing a little easier to accept because she knew love and her family loved her very much.  She wanted for nothing.  She was spoiled as any four legged family member should be. She lived to be 14 yrs old..she fought all the odds to stay with her family as long as she could…her family told me she had died before and came back during a surgery…She was not ready to go…. she wanted to stay…but this time her body finally said it was time to go.

If you ever wondered if the people that care for your pets love your pets….the answer is Yes…do we get upset when your pet passes on…the answer is Yes….we mourn their loss and feel their absence just as if they were our own family pet.

Make sure when you find someone to care for your pets needs that they do not treat your pet as if they are just a dollar sign.   Make sure your pet has a great connection with them from the start…do not force a relationship between your pet and their provider…you want them to love your pet as much as you love your furkid.

Give your pet a big hug and kiss and tell them you love them…they love you unconditionally…

Keesha 2012

 

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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