September 7, 2014

M.L. Guida's News: Moving on and the Rainbow Bridge

Last week, I wrote about losing my little cocker spaniel, Sadie. She was my best friend and always by my side. I have my good days and bad days, and hope to meet her at the Rainbow Bridge. But I have gotten a new little friend to help me over the hump. Her name is Raven. She’s fourteen weeks old.

Raven, my little paranormal cocker spaniel

Raven, my little paranormal cocker spaniel

Will she replace Sadie? No. But she will build another chapter into my life. I’ve forgotten how much work a new puppy can be, so we are both adjusting. The question is: will my hardwood floors survive? I’m crate training her and she’s learning. But there are many mistakes.

Was this too soon? Maybe. But I’m single and coming home to an empty house was too depressing. When Sadie died, it was as if all the joy was sucked out.

Now, Raven is slowly making her mark. (Sometimes literally!) Thanks to her, I’ve started writing again. I’m mostly editing, but I’ve signed up for blog tours and am getting back into the swing of writing.

I’ll never forget Sadie. I miss our connection—how she poked her black nose through the door when I came home or how she’d snuggle next to me at night. She never strayed far from me.

When we lose a pet or a loved one, I’m still always surprised on how life goes on. The world keeps moving—people are busy with family, friends, or pets. But does this mean loved ones are forgotten? No. As long as we lock the memories in our hearts, they’ll always be alive.

The wonderful people at Animal Urgent Care sent this to me after Sadie died.

The Rainbow Bridge

There is a bridge connecting Heaving and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills, and valleys with lush green grass. When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play all day with each other. There is only one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. So, on each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stop playing and looks up! The eyes are staring! And this one suddenly runs from the group! You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and you look into the eyes of your trusting pet. Then you cross at the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated. Author Unknown

Good-bye Sadie—Until we again at the Rainbow Bridge.

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