Sunday, June 8, 2008

We got him when he was 18 months old. Skinny and Skittish he flourished under our care. He was our Empty Nest Dog. But he filled our nest with Joy. Winston enjoyed the best of health and barely knew our family vet. The only times he saw him were once a year for his yearly check up, until a few months ago. With failing eyesight and little hearing, he developed problems eating. He just didn't want to. After a month of injections and fluids we all sadly decided it was time to quit being selfish and let him go.

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....

Author unknown...

Rest in Peace, our Beautiful Winston!



7 comments:

Judy said...

What a wonderful little dog he must have been and what a nice tribute.

Molly Jo said...

Beautiful fur baby was so lucky to become yours for a wonderful life...I know he will always be in your heart...he was a lucky lucky dog!!!

Hoardmeister said...

That was beautiful...it brought tears to my eyes. Rest in peace, Winston.

BigAssBelle said...

oh rita, that was such a beautiful tribute to your sweet baby. i am sitting here crying having watched it and seeing how he was such an enormous part of your life. you must be heartbroken and i am heartbroken for you. winston was a fortunate dog, so obviously happy. i am so glad you had him, even if there's heartbreak in the end. i'm going to hug my little dogs Bill and Betty and my sweet kitty Mo.

Lisa said...

RIP Little Winston.

Sweet Cherry Vintage Lingerie said...

(((Rita)))
That tore me up. You know how I feel...this was most beautiful tribute to Winston. I especially loved the pictures of him in amongst all your vintage clothing etc, and the picture with his reindeer ears. He was beautiful, and I can see the joy, love and happiness he brought to you and your family... ((((((((((((((WINSTON)))))))))))))

Joan said...

What a lucky, beautiful pup!

(((((Winston & the Cemetarians))))