I received a lovely card from our Vet's today to acknowledge the peaceful passing of my old clonky cat Holly last Saturday. It has been one of the hardest decisions that I've ever had to make, dear Holly was 14 years old in August - she had been getting skinnier, a little more odd in her behaviours, and in search of water constantly, and I made the huge decision to make the visit to the vets. Holly is now home at peace in the garden, by the clothes line where she loved to sleep under the ferns in the bush in the sun. Beck's and I placed paua shells in a cross ontop of her grave... I cried and cried most of Saturday, and I miss her terribly, however I know she is with Amber in pet heaven and they will look after one another.
Here is the loveliest verse that was on the card...
By the edge of a wood, at the foot of a hill,
is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
when their time on earth is over and done.
For there, between this world and the next,
is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
for here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
They rompt through the grass, without even a care,
until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
the time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they fet while they were apart,
has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
and then, side-by-side,
they cross over ... together.