Friday, August 05, 2011

For Those Who Rescue

Kitties I have a story to share, we all thought it was really special, we hope you do too.
~Gracie

Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch.It wasn't long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often. He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be.But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge. With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly and infirm. They weren't playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for a while to explain it to him. "You see, that poor animal was a rescue. He was turned in to rescue just as you see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge. "The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, "So what will happen now?" As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life. "Watch, and see" said the second animal.A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed him towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together."What happened?""That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of his work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn't place on earth, across The Rainbow Bridge. ""I think I like rescuers", said the first animal."So does GOD", was the reply.-- Author Unknown

22 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful story. You might like to forward it to Floyd the dog who publishes animal stories, to share with the rest of the furry world.

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  2. We just wish there were more rescuers.

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  3. Awwwwww - this is a very beautiful story, thank you!! Yay for rescuers - me and Charlie are truly humbled and in AWE of all the good work these wonderful people do! Take care
    x

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  4. Gracie, Honey, you have just helped our Mumsy so much. She always hurts so much for the ones she can't help. Now she knows, there will be another chance. Thank you, sweet Gracie. Our Mumsy really needed this.
    (((Hugs))) kitty-kisses...now we gotta gets our Mumsy some of them Kleenex things.

    Has a good weekend =^~^=

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  5. Gracie, the mom's having a breakdown from reading this...a bit of warning that Kleenex is required might have been in order. It's pretty hard for humans to contain noisy sobs in an open cubicle at work.

    She says she wishes she really did believe in a "rainbow bridge."

    Beautiful story, just beautiful.

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  6. Oh my, that was a good story, almost made my mommy weep!

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  7. What a wonderful story. Mom has always believed her rescues make it there....along with all those that never make it out of shelters due to illness and overcrowding.

    Now....to find a tissue.

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  8. what a wonderful story!

    purrsss n nosekissies to mine gorgeous sweet tuxie pricess Abby

    your adoring floofy cocoapuff meezerman Sammy

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  9. That was one terrific story. So glad you passed it on to us. I wish I could rescue some more but there are so many here now, I just don't think it would be smart. Anyway, hope you have a wonderful week end.

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  10. That is truly a wonderful story, thank you so much for posting it!

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  11. Thank you Gracie for sharing this very thought provoking story of the rescuers. We wish there were no homeless animals.

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  12. Our Mommy has tears in her eyes. What a wonderful story!

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  13. That was such a wonderful story. I have tears in my eyes. Cats are such wonderful companions and loves. My heart goes out to any who do not have a home and need to be recued.

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  14. That's such a wonderful story. Mom was crying for all the poor, sad animals that couldn't go over the bridge, but we are so glad that they are able to in the end.

    Cody and Gracie

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  15. Aw, we gotted a little leaky reading this. But it's a pawsome story!

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  16. Wow.. that is a beautiful story.... I am crying.

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  17. That is a beautiful story Gracie. Thank you for sharing it.

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  18. That is a lovely story, but we prefer to believe that God will not let any animal linger because they do not have a person. We simply think rescuers are extra special :)
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia

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