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Last year someone at MO suggested the following: On Christmas eve, take a few minutes to take your baby outside and look up at the sky and give just a minute of your time to think about those babies who have gone over to the Bridge and wait patiently for us. Send a kind thought to the family who misses them so much and will forever ache for their sweet presence. We all know that a Maltese becomes a family member, not jut a family pet. Last year it was bitterly cold here in Tennessee. There was a solid sheet of ice almost four inches thick on the roads and in our yards. Still, Doggie Daddy took Brutus and I took Sammie to the front yard for just a few minutes to give special thought to our friends at the Bridge. It was a very special bonding moment for our whole family. You don't need to do anything at any specific time, just a minute of silence if you prefer, or a prayer for those families who miss their babies so much. Before we went out, we put some thick towels in the dryer and we wrapped our little buddies in them when we came back in, sat quietly in a room lighted only by the Christmas tree, and thanked God for our little ones as well as thought of our friends who have lost so much. Maybe take another second or two for those soldiers so far away this Christmas, and anyone else who needs our good vibes.

Particular special wishes to 3Maltmom for the loss of precious little Sammie and to Missy's Mom for the loss of the bravest little creature of all. I know there are others, and my heart just goes out to you. Know that your loss is not forgotten by any of us.

Share something special. Share yourself.

Samsonsmom

Snifffff. Sammie
 

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What a wonderful thought. I will sure be with you, looking into the heavens on Christmas Eve. I will think of all of the little angels at the bridge. I will thank God, as I do each and everyday, for the joy and the laughter my little Sammie brought into my life. The holidays have been so hard without her. I miss her so very much.
 

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That is very lovely....
 

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What a beautiful idea. I am so glad that you mentioned it and I am sure that my Chance isn't too far over the bridge that he won't hear us and take messages to those that have been over there for a long time. Thank you for the thought.
 

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Seeing all those beautiful babies that have gone on the the Bridge.....what a wonderful way to remember them. We will be outside on Christmas Eve thinking of all the fur babies that have left us.
 

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The beautiful sentiments and lovely pictures...brought tears. I know that Lynda lost her Pebbles after 13 years of loving and sharing life with her.

Bless all of you whose fur-angels have gone on ahead...and sweet blessings to the fur-angels who play and wait at the bridge. . .

~Carole and Bella~
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THREE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE
By Martin Scot Kosins
If you ever love an animal, there are three days in your life you will
always remember....

The first is a day, blessed with happiness, when you bring home your
young new friend. You may have spent weeks deciding on a breed. You may
have asked numerous opinions of many vets, or done long research in
finding a breeder. Or, perhaps in a fleeting moment, you may have just
chosen that silly looking mutt in a shelter--simple because something in
its eyes reached your heart. But when you bring that chosen pet home,
and watch it explore, and claim its special place in your hall or front
room--and when you feel it brush against you for the first time--it
instills a feeling of pure love you will carry with you through the many
years to come.

The second day will occur eight or nine or ten years later. It will be a
day like any other. Routine and unexceptional. But, for a surprising
instant, you will look at your longtime friend and see age where you
once saw youth. You will see slow deliberate steps where you once saw
energy. And you will see sleep when you once saw activity. So you will
begin to adjust your friend's diet--and you may add a pill or two to her
food. And you may feel a growing fear deep within yourself, which bodes
of a coming emptiness. And you will feel this uneasy feeling, on and
off, until the third day finally arrives.

And on this day--if your friend and God have not decided for you, then
you will be faced with making a decision of your own--on behalf of your
lifelong friend, and with the guidance of your own deepest Spirit. But
whichever way your friend eventually leaves you--you will feel as long
as a single star in the dark night.

If you are wise, you will let the tears flow as freely and as often as
they must. And if you are typical, you will find that not many in your
circle of family or friends will be able to understand your grief, or
comfort you. But if you are true to the love of the pet you cherished
through the many joy-filled years, you may find that a soul--a bit
smaller in size than your own--seems to walk with you, at times, during
the lonely days to come. And at moments when you least expect anything
out of the ordinary to happen, you may feel something brush against your
leg--very very lightly. And looking down at the place where your dear,
perhaps dearest, friend used to lay--you will remember those three
significant days. The memory will most likely to be painful, and leave
an ache in your heart--As time passes the ache will come and go as if it
has a life of its own. You will both reject it and embrace it, and it
may confuse you. If you reject it, it will depress you. If you embrace
it, it will deepen you. Either way, it will still be an ache. But there
will be, I assure you, a fourth day when--along with the memory of your
pet--and piercing through the heaviness in your heart--there will come a
realization that belongs only to you. It will be as unique and strong as
our relationship with each animal we have loved, and lost. This
realization takes the form of a Living Love--like the heavenly scent of
a rose that remains after the petals have wilted, this Love will remain
and grow--and be there for us to remember. It is a love we have earned.
It is the legacy our pets leave us when they go.

And it is a gift we may keep with us as long as we live. It is a Love,
which is ours alone. And until we ourselves leave, perhaps to join our
Beloved Pets--it is a Love we will always possess.
 

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What a sad but lovely idea, there are so many lovely pets who have gone to the bridge.
This is my Rottie, Rueben, who awaits at Rainbow Ridge.

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This is a beautiful idea. Little Holly is there I hope her mom, Janet, sees this thread.
 

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To my sister, my baby blue...You would have been 12 last weekend.
I miss your hugs and kisses, when you gave me "high fives", and your cute little smile. You were my drive to do my best in vet school. I will never forget you

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What a very nice idea, my little yorkie CeCe is there who I miss so much, not a day doesn't go by that I think about her.... I just loved her so much but now I have Peechie to love also
 

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This thread has turned out so nice. What a lovely tribute to all of the fur babies at the bridge.

When Carolyn mentioned someone from MO had thought of this last year, it came to mind that it was Missysmom. I believe it was first mentioned when our precious little Sparkle had to leave us.

A beautiful thread, and a lovely tradition to carry on...
 
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