The Rescuer's Final Reward
Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray. All the recent arrivals at the Bridge did not know what to think, as they had never seen such a day.
the animals who had been waiting longer for their beloved people to
accompany them across the Bridge knew what was happening and they began to
gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge.
He felt out of place, and wanted only to cross over and find happiness. But as he approached the Bridge, who apologized and explained that the tired and broken-spirited old dog could not cross over.
Only those animals accompanied by their people were allowed to cross the Bridge. Having nobody, and with nowhere else to turn, the dog trudged into the field in front of the Bridge. There he found others like himself, elderly or infirm, sad and discouraged.
Unlike the other animals waiting to cross the Bridge, these animals were not running or playing. They simply were lying in the grass, staring forlornly at the pathway across the Rainbow Bridge.
The old dog took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting, yet not knowing for what he was waiting.
of the newer dogs at the Bridge asked a cat who had been there longer to
explain what was happening.
asked the cat, "So what will happen to those animals?"
In the distance was a single person, and as she approached the Bridge the old, infirm and sad animals in the field were bathed in a golden light. They were at once made young and healthy, and stood to see what their fate would be.
The animals who had previously gathered at the pathway bowed their heads as the person approached. At each bowed head, the person offered a scratch or hug. One by one, the now youthful and healthy animals from the field fell into line behind the person. Together, they walked across the Rainbow Bridge to a future of happiness and unquestioned love.
The dog asked the cat, "What just happened?"
The cat responded, "That was a rescuer.
The animals gathered along the pathway bowing in respect were those who had found their forever homes because of rescuers. They will cross over when their people arrive at the Bridge. The arrival here of a rescuer is a great and solemn event, and as a tribute they are permitted to perform one final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort all those poor animals they couldn't place on earth across the Rainbow Bridge."
thought for a moment, then said, "I like rescuers." The cat smiled and
replied, "So does heaven, my friend.
|As I learned today, rescuing does not always mean getting the dog to your home or to a safe place. I heard about a dog in a high kill shelter very far away. I told the rescue that works with the shelter that I would take the dog if they could help me transport her the 600+ miles to my home. We worked for 10 days on this, buying her time every Monday and every Thursday. Just when we finally had the plan in place the rightful owners showed up!!! They had left their beloved 11 year old dog in the hands of another and that 'other' had not been competent. Sometimes rescuing isn't what we envision. Carol|