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Archive for May 5th, 2015

Dog Blog: Indigo Dream at the Rainbow Bridge

Posted by indigodream on 5 May, 2015

Rewind to Monday 6th March

Regular readers, and other dog owners, will be familiar with the concept of the “Rainbow Bridge” (see below) – a nirvana for our much missed pets where they wait in pain-free peace for us to join them and walk over the bridge together.

The queen of Miffbania :-)

The queen of Miffbania 🙂

As we started losing our regular Indigo Dreamers, a kind friend suggested that there would be a spirit Indigo Dream cruising serenely beneath the bridge to await the hounds that have cruised on her.

Since we launched Indigo Dream nine years ago, we’ve been privileged to welcome 57 different dogs on board (40 of whom were greyhounds!).

We recently said goodbye to Miffy – a regular Indigo Dreamer (before she retired from cruising last year). She reached the magnificent age of 14 years and 7 months . I hope she’s found the other Indigo Dreamers, I hope that she’s just ignoring the top girls (Lou and Susie) and is holding court with Princess Poppy 🙂

Miffy was the 17th Indigo Dreamer  to go to the bridge – which has led me to think about how big the spirit Indigo Dream will need to be – definitely a widebeam, make that a VERY wide beam! Now I finally understand the importance of the mediaeval debate about “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin”. Do spirit hounds need as big a sofa as they did in life? We won’t know until we join them 🙂

Note about the rainbow bridge:

For those not in the know here’s the ‘poem’ at the heart of the rainbow bridge – the author is unknown so I hope they won’t mind that I am reproducing it here:

Rainbow Bridge

There is a bridge connecting heaven and earth
It is called Rainbow Bridge because of its many colours

Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows,
hills, valleys with lush green grass

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this special place
There is always food and water and warm spring weather

The old and frail 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 each day they run and play until the day comes
when one suddenly stops playing and looks up !

The nose twitches !
The ears are 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 into your arms and embrace
your face is kissed again and again,
and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated

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