While Australia and New Zealand pause today to mark the centenary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli, I will also be taking a moment to remember my girl Bonnie. A year ago today, I had to make the gut wrenching decision to have her put to sleep. She was in agony, not even methadone was easing her suffering. She was in organ failure, and at an estimated age of 15, she was very frail, and simply put, dying. It was sudden, with little time to prepare ourselves for the loss about to be suffered.

I know it will seem ridiculous to some for me to be writing about the loss of a dog on a day set aside to remember the thousands lost in that battle. Perhaps it is. But that dear little dog was the sunshine of my often very dim life.



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 their 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….

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