When a Rescuer Comes to the Rainbow Bridge

When a Rescuer Comes to the
Rainbow Bridge

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 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 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.”—— Author unknown

The Rainbow Bridge –by Pam Tanzey

from The Basset Hound Owners Survival Guide by Diane Morgan

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  1. I lost my resced bassethound two wks ago.I know she.ll wait for me,and we,ll be together,for heaven to me would be her,a river,and her favorite sugar cookies. Rescues are always so grateful to be given a second chance,Someday ‘ll have another,not yet.

  2. In your basset hound’s memory and in the honor of her life, I hope that you open your heart to a new rescued basset soon. There’s a pair of soulful eyes waiting for you.

  3. I love all my bassets, rescued from petstores and adopted from Daphneyland. I know I will again be with my babies that have gone to the Rainbow Bridge. I can’t wait to snuggle my:
    1. Mr. Bob
    2. Miss Lucy
    3. Annabelle
    4. Sherman
    5. Judy
    6. Cletus
    7. Joey

  4. I lost my beloved bunny a month ago. Yes, bunnies make great pets in the right hands. He was litter box trained and free to roam my house. He was a huge part of my family for 8 short years. He never spent a moment in a lonely hutch or miserable in a wire mesh cage. He never went hungry or without love. Bunnies cross the bridge too. I know because when he passed in my arms, a gold beam of light shot across the ceiling and the next day I found a feather the same color of his coat sitting on my bathroom sink. He let me know he got his wings. I can’t wait to see Misty again when I cross the bridge.

  5. I am so sorry of your loss. He will be there waiting for you at the foot the Bridge when it’s your time to go.

    Yes, bunnies are great pets. And, I even hear of household that have bassets and bunnies living together. Where there’s love, there’s harmony.

    I hope that when your heart heals, you will find room in your heart to love another bunny. There are a lot of bunnies that need a new loving home.

  6. A moving and truth honouring rendition of the life of a rescue (both those placed in a forever family and those who live with the special love of a loyal rescuer; and of the honour shown by our canine friends to the rescuer. Would that more humans could see the wonder of the job and support with money, time, kind words, etc.
    I have had 4 rescues, all different all wonderful! My current friend is a Black Lab cross from up north, who was adopted out once before we were blessed to find him. He is a bit of a Marley”; but like Marley, has a heart of gold! This means that when he stands up and steals my chop from the skillet, he get a reprimand; but is still loved! Also one can take a bone or anything, right out of his mouth, “Give” stupendous! He is so gentle with my grandchildren who run little cars over his back, groom him, and snuggle up to him–always under adult care! He just seems to soak up the attention.
    He has little ritual for when we go out, when its bedtime or when I am making my half-hearted attempts at waking up. Oh, it’s time to jump on the bed and entice her to return for a morning cuddle! Not much enticing needed. Compared to this wonder and love,what is a few shoes, a window screen and the better part of a chair, oh yes and 2 cell phones; remember those early “problems”! :-)Each rescue brings their own unique view on life, a few problems that a good trainer and lots of love can sort out , and an unbelievable ability to forgive and forget; if only we two-footers could be so unconditionally loving and forgiving!

  7. We adopted Bogie and Bacall approximately 10 yrs. ago from Bluegrass Bassett Rescue. They have a joy and loved members of our family. Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 at 12:20 am our beloved Bacall crossed the rainbow bridge. Our hearts are broke. Bogie is mourning right along with us.

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