Today we are honoring our pets that have left our homes but not our hearts. It is Rainbow Remembrance Day hosted by Zee & Zoey. This is also the last Friday of the month which means it is Fractured Fryday Hairy Tails or #FFHT hosted by Murphy and Stanley. Of course, every Friday is our Pet Parade hop so I am offering a three for one today. Enjoy our Rainbow Remembrance and watch for the FFHT sentence of the month; “It would be really embarrassing if everyone knew…”
This past June I participated in my friend Oz the Terrier’s blog hop, “Bravo for Special Moments.” I chose to write about our first puppy, Madison the German Shepherd. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 1997. As often happens when I start writing, I lost myself in her story. It started out happy and as I went through the years, it eventually came to the time she had to leave us.
I ended up changing the original copy because it made me cry. We are talking an ugly sobbing kind of cry. As you know, I try to keep you laughing or at least, smiling when you visit Barking from the Bayou. As I was copying and pasting the revised post, the weirdest thing happened. It’s taken a couple of months to decide whether to share this story with you. It would be really embarrassing if everyone knew that I had visitors from the Rainbow Bridge.
Let me set the stage for you. It was around 11:00 p.m. and I was putting the finishing touches on my post. I had my coffee, my phone charging, the dogs are asleep, and the house was quiet. This is the time that I do my best work. Sure, it’d be great to tell you that I have posts written weeks in advance, but it would not be the truth. There are a few rant blogs that I have saved, but they will most likely never see the light of day.
I’d decided to share the story of Madison and her best friend, Miss Gitty. The bond between our German Shepherd and this petite tabby was remarkable. I rescued Miss Gitty when I was eighteen and she was six weeks old. We grew into adulthood together. She ruled the roost around our home when I got married and when the new puppy joined our family, she felt the need to teach Madison the rules. It didn’t take long before the pair became inseparable.
They made an odd couple, but the love they shared was very real. Humans could learn so much about judging others that are different from themselves by watching our pets. Anyway, the two enjoyed their lives together for fifteen years. Madison was no longer able to stand and the decision was made. It was a devastating decision as most of you know. Miss Gitty was lost without her best friend. Two weeks after Madison left us; Miss Gitty suffered a massive stroke. At least, that is what the veterinarian said. It was obvious to me that she had a broken heart. I was once again forced to make the hardest choice a pet parent ever has to make. Those were two of the darkest weeks in my life.
That was the story that I wrote, but as you can see it is very sad. Even after all of these years, it still breaks my heart. I decided to change the story to one that was more uplifting about Madison’s life.
*This is something that you need to know in order to understand the weirdness that occurred. When I began writing my book series, Miss Gitty became a central character. She is the wise mentor to not only the Guardian Angel Faith Fullilove but to all of the other Returns. The second book introduces Madison into the story. In one chapter, the gang goes to New York to track down the bad guys. Miss Gitty recalls her days on the stage in the musical Cats. She sings the song ‘Memory’ and melts the hearts of The Returns.
Something that you may not know about me is that I love show tunes. I had been listening to the soundtrack of Cats on my iPhone earlier on this particular day. It was about 11:30 p.m. when I was wiping my tears and erasing the sad portion of the post, that ‘Memory’ began playing on my iPhone. I almost jumped out of my chair. My husband turned around from his desk to see what happened. I had my hand over my mouth and couldn’t speak. He said, “You look like you’ve seen a ghost!” When I finally told him that my phone started playing the song without me even touching it, I completely lost it. Major big ugly crying! Now, I know there is probably a perfectly logical explanation for what happened. I don’t want to know it. I felt then and I will always believe that Madison and Miss Gitty saw how their memories were making me sad. Somehow, they had a paw in sharing that special song with me at that exact moment. There is no question to me that I will someday see all of my beloved pets again.
Have you ever experienced a “sign” from the Rainbow Bridge?
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Murphy & Stanley.
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