My childhood dog, sweet Brandy girl, went to the Rainbow Bridge yesterday morning. Our family is devastated because we thought she had more time but comforted knowing she was not in pain. With tears in my eyes, I write this while Scarlett licks away my tears. Dogs just know.
Brandy’s health had been in recent decline. Diagnosed with diabetes, Brandy formed cataracts causing complete blindness overnight. My mom put her on a homemade dog diet for diabetic dogs and Brandy’s health improved. She shed all her excess weight, was acting like a puppy again and was pain-free, limited only by her blindness. She went in for surgery to repair her cataracts and went into cardiac arrest during the operation. The veterinarians did everything they could but they could not save our sweet angel.
Brandy lived for 12 wonderful years; she’s been a part of my family for half of my entire life. I will cherish the many memories of her in my heart forever and I know my family will, too– especially my mom. Brandy was very special to her.
In closing, I will share the Rainbow Bridge poem in memory of my sweet Brandy girl. Rest in Peace my angel.
Rainbow Bridge Poem
Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge…
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the 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 so our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. 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 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 intense. 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 that beloved head. 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 the Rainbow Bridge together…