Pet Articles - Celebrating Our Pets
By Diane Marie Ford, CHHC, AADP
Photo: Buddy, Diane Marie Ford and Katharine Gilpin
If “all good dogs go to heaven” and all dogs are good; then heaven is overflowing with dogs…and cats…and a plethora of other animal companions. Good for us, I say. I, for one, look forward to being reunited with my animal companions.
Our beloved corgi; Buddynwolf Rowan Crowfeather, most affectionately known as Buddy, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on Mother’s Day. We had shared (almost) 15 years together. His passing was unexpected. We were not ready. But then again, when is anyone ever ready to be left behind? Buddy fought the good fight and survived his bout with cancer last year, gracing and blessing us with an additional 14 months of pure joy, delight and unconditional love. Buddy truly lived every moment he was alive!
Buddy was a great teacher. I vow to uphold and share the lessons he has taught us, (and I do believe he will continue to teach us from a distance)... He taught us how to love without judgment and without conditions. One of his closet sidekicks and trusted confidantes was Toka, a cat. Buddy showed us how to find joy and happiness in every moment. He would delight in rolling in the snow and never ever became dismayed because it was raining. He loved to share his life and his possessions and never complained when his (new) canine companion Charlotte ‘stole’ his favorite treat… sure he grumbled for a moment, but he let go and moved on. He taught us how to forgive and how to be happy, despite whatever obstacles we were faced with. Having short legs (he didn't know he wasn't a wolf) he would be confronted with challenges while ‘out and about’ on a trail, however, he simply chose another route, another way around things. And he taught us to find the answers deep within our hearts and souls. He chose love.
Those of you who have had to let go of a dearly beloved animal companion, are more than likely remembering your life with that great animal as you read my words. You feel my pain and grief in your heart and there is knowingness that we are not alone.
Animal companions have presented themselves during readings so I know heaven is full of our friends and I find comfort in that knowing.
Diane Marie Ford, CHHC, AADP, Nourishment Counselor & Spirit Medium is the founder of Whole Soul Nutrition™.
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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....
The sacred circle is now complete.
Simone & Buddy
Sweet Dreams Reiki Bunny
Our rabbit, Autumn, moved in with us in August 2003, and passed from this earthly plane in August 2009. During the six years she spent with us in our home she also shared close friendships with six ‘formerly feral’ cat companions. Forrest, Gracey, Georgie, Maisie, Izzie and Tigger draped themselves all around her living space, day and night, sleeping on top of, or next to her cage. Such quiet yet profound friendships…..
Having been neglected in her previous home, Autumn wasn't the most trusting of people and was barely receptive to handling. Through the years we gradually established a beautiful bond; we both became very comfortable with one other. I believe the healing energy of Reiki was the major catalyst in her journey to becoming more open, receptive, loving and affectionate.
I am a Reiki practitioner, and Autumn was my most ardent Reiki fan. Each night I’d come to her cage and say “Reiki time”, she’d hop over to me, present herself, and I’d lay my hands on her for a good ten to fifteen minutes prior to retiring for the night. She thirstily drank in the love, as did I.
As I teach Reiki classes, I share her story of acceptance and transformation with a full heart. She will continue to live on in my memory and teachings.
Katharine Gilpin, LMT, Sound Therapist and Reiki Master/Teacher has had a private healing arts practice, Listening Hands, for twenty years. She and Diane share their home in Massachusetts with nine cats (two of whom are strictly outdoor ‘ferals’), two dogs, five hens and two roosters. Visit her web site ListenToThyself.com »