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Farewell to Our Friend

By gingerdelight    
Sad news that today we have lost our dear Louis. He had been having health problems for a long time, and was on strong painkillers for the last couple of months. His health had finally deteriorated to the point where he had no quality of life, he could hardly walk, and the time had come for him to make his final journey. This photograph was taken last month on one of his last long walks. At the age of 13 years he has joined all his friends at the Rainbow Bridge:

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 vigour. 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....

Until we meet again Louis xxxx

Best wishes to you all,
Carol and Dave

Tags: Dog Love Sadness Pets and captive animals

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ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 7:54PM

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NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
24 Oct 2012 7:58PM
Sad but you did the right thing for Louis and the kindest is so hard, I have many friends across the rainbow bridge.........Smile

Sorry for your loss.........

SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 8:02PM
So sorry for your loss and a wonderful image and a beautiful description it made me tearful but some beautiful words. Thinking of you both.
24 Oct 2012 8:14PM
Sorry to hear about your loss Carol
paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 8:15PM
Nice capture and I feel for your loss.. I've had two dogs and miss them both. They genuinely become part of the family, and great companions when going out on photo shoots.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
24 Oct 2012 8:43PM
He will make many friends there-- c
A love tribute image!
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
24 Oct 2012 9:00PM
A heartfelt and beautiful tribute, Carol.

saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
24 Oct 2012 9:07PM
So sorry for your loss and a wonderful image and a beautiful description it made me tearful but some beautiful words. Thinking of you both,I agree with Sue,
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
24 Oct 2012 9:17PM
So sorry to hear of your loss.......Louis would have been a big part of your life.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
24 Oct 2012 9:24PM
Oh dear! You've got me weeping again. As you may recall we lost our wonderful little rescue dog, Hope, only a few weeks ago and I can so easily be set off thinking about the great hole left in our lives. So very sorry to learn of your loss and know only too well how hard it is.

helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 9:33PM
Sorry for your loss - a lovely image Carol
24 Oct 2012 9:42PM
How sad Sad But your words and picture is a lovely, very wonderful tribute.

24 Oct 2012 9:59PM
So sad.

He sounds like a fantastic faithful friend and I feel your loss.

lovely protriat of him.
24 Oct 2012 10:00PM
That is very sad. The loss of a family pet is a terrible thing. Your wonderful image is a lovely tribute. Don
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
24 Oct 2012 10:01PM
Very sorry to hear that
SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
24 Oct 2012 10:09PM
Oh, darling Louis. What a beautiful picture.
Now happy in Heaven. Sad
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 10:09PM
Thank you so very much everyone
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 10:12PM
They are not pets, they are so much part of the family, I'm sorry for your loss Carol.

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 10:17PM
So sad, pets are so loved and so missed. Beautiful image.
8 10 10 England
24 Oct 2012 10:37PM
Sadness now Carol but your lovely narration gives comfort to all who have lost a dear pet, recently or many moons ago.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 10:49PM
Oh Carol I feel your sorrow.
So sorry Louis had to take this journey.
You've portrayed the feeling of departure very well.
24 Oct 2012 10:52PM
Me & my wife decided not to have one any more. It is painful when they suffer & finally passes away.
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 10:58PM
So sad. When they go they take a piece of our heart with them. Lovely tribute image.
Tibetan 5 3 England
24 Oct 2012 11:02PM
We had the same situation, I was the murder that had my best friend killed! according to our children! I could not stand seeing him drag himself along the ground in pain anymore!, so insisted he be put down. I don't think I have been forgiven to this day! but would never have another! sad really!. regards Leon.Sad
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
24 Oct 2012 11:20PM
Sad news indeed Carol.
I love dogs,but that is the reason I do not have one.
Their lifes just seem so short !!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
25 Oct 2012 6:19AM
Very sad to hear, Carol, and your words have put a huge lump in my throat. I, too, have many friends across rainbow bridge, they will welcome Louis with open arms. Carol
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2012 7:07AM
A lovely tribute Carol
to a wonderful and faithful friend
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2012 7:35AM
I'm so sorry Carole. Your tribute is very touching and heartfelt.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
25 Oct 2012 7:39AM
I know its been said before and from personal experience it is like losing one of the family.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2012 8:17AM
my sincere thought with you all. lost our Bonnie and it really was a bad time...
conrad 13 10.9k 116
25 Oct 2012 9:29AM
So sorry to hear this, Carol. I know what it's like, I still miss my Ashley every single day.

Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2012 9:36AM
How sad Carol, im so sorry.
25 Oct 2012 10:54AM
Big loss Carol but remeber the fine 13 years

CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2012 12:17PM
I know how you feelSad
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
25 Oct 2012 2:52PM
A lovely dog, but what a sad story Sad At least you have this wonderful shot to remember him by Smile
Trev Smile
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
26 Oct 2012 11:24AM
What can I say ?

NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
26 Oct 2012 4:04PM
I think he would be happy with your picture and obviously heart felt tribute .
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2012 6:51PM
Know excactly how you feel Carol lost a dear pet several years ago suddenly and was gutted . But we always have the photographs and memories.
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
26 Oct 2012 8:08PM
Mum and I were very sad at the passing of Louis.
Dad xx
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
27 Oct 2012 5:00PM
Very sad to hear the news Carol, something I've experienced myself a few times, lovely tribute,
1 Nov 2012 1:33AM
Sad times, but your memories will last forever.

Take care.

BarbaraR 11 17 1 England
11 Nov 2012 3:25PM
Aww, sorry to be late finding this lovely picture
of dear old Louis.
Sad to hear of the loss of your furry friend Carol and Dave.
He made a good age and I can tell was very well loved.
Happy memories .. he will always be at your side.

B. xx
DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
11 Nov 2012 3:50PM
I have just come across this lovely image of yours and I expect that the pain is still with you. Its a sad day when a pet you love passes away. I know the feeling myself. People who do not or have never shared their lives with a dog sometimes do not understand. As you sit there and half expect them to come walking through the door with that look on their faces that say "Is my supper ready yet?" The pain seems to last forever. My sympathy goes out to you but there is one thing that does help to comfort you and that is that while they were with you they enjoyed the best life a dog could have.

Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
11 Nov 2012 10:29PM
We have chatted ,,of sorts about Loius and Shadow.
Difficult,heart renching but as true pet owners it is when you have to stand up and speak on behave of your beloved pet.Thats when all the cold noses and wagging tails are paid back in a manner fitting to our friend.
My thoughts are with you Carol,,such a difficult time,,

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
14 Nov 2012 10:46PM
So sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved companionSad

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