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Things are very active on this side of the bridge.  There is always a steady stream of newbies arriving and always a steady stream of humans to collect their best friends.  And play.   Although the poem has a lot of things right….you don’t HAVE to cross the bridge as soon as you and your entourage of pets reunite.  There are lots of things I cannot explain since you kind of just have to be here but in all honesty, do you really think most humans could really just snatch their pet up and run for the bridge?  Really?  I mean, I am so handsome and fit, how could people NOT want to love me?  Even people who have never met me?  Plus, you just got your new body, what better way to learn about it than playing with dogs?  Or cats.  Or horses.  Or whatever else your heart has bonded to.  We’re all about inclusion here and no non-human is excluded.

In July, I got to finally meet the daddy’s Memaw.  She came to collect her babies and spent some time getting to know us all before they all crossed the bridge.  Buffy introduced her to everyone and that took forever.  Memaw knows just where to scratch behind the ears to bring a puppy to bliss.  She comes to visit us often.

Just over a week ago, the daddy’s mother came to collect Higgins and her other loves.  Higgins, a Scottie, is her HEART dog.  The bond between them is quite special and for a moment, they only  had eyes for each other.  It was like watching a Lassie movie.  Well, a very short Lassie!  He just KNEW his human was there and kind of went away looking into the distance.  They locked eyes…and then he tackled her.  The rest of us followed him and it was a very happy reunion.  Like Memaw, she also had Parkinson’s so it had been quite some time since she got to play with her puppies and she is making the most of it.

I’m adjusting to the long wait.  Yes, it is wonderful to be restored and have nothing physically hurt but I still miss my humans.  Just like you miss all the rituals you had with us, we still miss the rituals too!  We can see you at any time and sometimes your heart calls to us without you even knowing it is.  Its easier for us to meet you in your dreams – at least there, we can touch.  Watching your every day life can be tough at first because we’re missing your touch and eye contact too.

For those who wonder about not getting any physical pennies, all I can tell you is it is an art and not easy to do at first.  I had to ask for a lot of help when I showered the mommy with dimes to let her know I was doing ok.  We’re still with you, watching you, and sure enough LOVING you while we wait for you to collect us.  As so many of you already know in your hearts, yes, many of us try to have some influence on who you open your heart to next.  The more friends you have waiting for you at the bridge, the more  involved the process can be.  What I find amazing is how easily most people accept direction.  We do honor your need to grieve but nothing makes us happier than when you can love again.  Loving again IS honoring our memory.  Never forget that.


5 Responses to “About the Rainbow Bridge”

  1. linda8115 says:

    Beautiful! Thank you sharing Nixon. Your words offer great comfort to us humans!
    Linda & Max

  2. benny55 says:

    I grid, your gift of expression from your heart and soul never ceases to amaze me.

    This is just delightful, even though the arrival of someone at the Bridge means the perception of loss here on earth to us humans.

    I know you are dealing with a lot of “firsts” this year and they are sooo damn tough.

    One of the highlights of the tripawd lawty was meeting Nixon AND you and Rich! Truly! Nixon and your devotion to Nixon…your innate ability to communicate and understand Nixon, Cookie and ALL dogs…such a gift.

    You and Nixon will always be a gift to all of us here.

    Thanks for this insightful post. The visuals are…well…invigorating is the word that comes to mind. The reunions…humans being able to let and love on Higgins, Buffy and Nixon…the introductions…the explanation of how nard it is to master the art of sending pennies…spot on.

    Thank you Ingrid. This .akes my heart smile and my soul get all warm and fuzzy.

    Much love to all!

    Sally and My Chunky Spiritual Being Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    And, again, sorry to hear of the humans who transitioned, but they are having a ball!

  3. Michelle says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I am sorry for you losses. I can imagine how beautiful it is there. I know one day I will see all my furbabies and my beautiful Sassy.

    michelle & Angel Sassy

  4. jerry says:

    Very wise and oh so true words from an amazing dawg.
    What a vivid, happy picture of life at the Bridge Nixon. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone describe it quite so beautifully. I see a children’s book here, or even one for us adults. You are quite talented and we hope to read more from you OK?

  5. jerry says:

    P.S. I am very sorry for your human losses in the family and my heart goes out to the pack. Practice sending those pennies, I’m sure the humans all need lots of them. xoxo

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