I write today with a sad heart. This pretty girl above us, Mandy, had to be put down today. She was 13-years-old and had been having seizures besides Cushing’s disease. She was also having signs of organ failure.
My husband’s family got here from the local Humane League when she was about three and a half. The Husband just saw her name on her cage and called her name, and she came. They took her home that day. My mother-in-law believes that Mandy was a day or so from being euthanized.
Mandy was abused during her younger years before she came to live with The Husband’s family. She was beaten and chained outside.
I’m glad she got to live with a family that treated her like the sweetie she was. She liked to play with squeeky toys and loved her biscuits. When you were eating at the table, she would bump you elbow for food.
Mandy was attached to my father-in-law, Bill. She would travel with my in-laws, too. They even took her to Maine, where she got to chase the waves of the ocean.
My in-laws buried Mandy in the backyard with her favorite toys and a blanket, along with some treats.
I don’t know who wrote this poem, but I want to share it with you now.:
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to 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, and 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 small 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 intent; 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 the beloved head, and 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 Rainbow Bridge together….