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I'm an old time roleplayer who became a soldier who became a veteran who became a developer who became a dba who became a manager who never gave up his dream of a better world. Even if I have to create it myself.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Shadow (c. 1999 - 9/25/2012)

Shadow (c. 1999 - 9/25/2012)

My long-time friend and companion passed away today, resting comfortably in our arms.  She was mostly paralyzed for a few hours, and she passed while we were in the car heading to the vet.

Moments before she departed, she became suddenly aware and perked her ears up, looking into the distance as if she heard a call.  A family member shared the Rainbow Bridge poem with us:

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.

I like to think that what she was hearing at the end was my call, from somewhere in the future.


  1. Very sorry for your loss. Animals are a part of the family, not just a play thing.

  2. Sorry to hear your little buddy passed. It's very tough because they mean so much to us. Take care.

  3. Please accept my condolences for your loss. A canine companion is one of the closest friends we can have.

  4. We were so sorry to hear of Shadow's passing. We know how heartbroken you must be! We loved Shadow, too. I know you will always miss her.

  5. Oh, Mr. Blue. I am sorry to read that your pup is gone. They really do become part of the family.

    Deepest sympathies.

  6. Sorry to hear about this mate. Condolences.


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