Posted by: Marie | June 15, 2009

(87) Death of a pet

Post #87

Light the Heart Out by Martin Chen

Light the Heart Out by Martin Chen

[Private journal entry written on Monday, December 1, 2008]

My beloved cat, Megan, died today. I had to put her to sleep because she was very sick – her kidneys were failing. I know I did right by her while she was alive and I know I did right by her in her death.

She was with me for 16½ years. She was by my side through all my “stuff” — a true friend and companion. I will miss her greatly.


Soon after her death, my vet sent me a card containing the following words:

The Rainbow Bridge

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. Her bright eyes are intent. Her eager body quivers. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her 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 the Rainbow Bridge together.

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  1. That was only 6 months ago, I hope you have not had a difficult time with it.

    After watching me cry for 2 weeks over my small poodle, I let the vet put her down. It was gut-wrenching. It’s taken me 7 years to want another pet.

    • Hi, Ivory –

      Thank you for your comforting words . . .

      I had known for several years prior that she was going downhill. So, I knew what to watch for and I had set a fairly low threshold of discomfort . . . when she reached that threshold, I knew it was time — it was an easy decision for me. It was much harder to actually take her into the vet, but it was easy for me to know that it was time. It was way more important for me to keep her from suffering than it was to prolong my time with her — I couldn’t ask for more than 16-1/2 good years!

      My housemates have three dogs and three cats, so when I need a doggie or kitty fix, I bring one of them down into my part of the house for a few hours — I get the best part of having a pet without having to buy food and without having to clean up poop/pee! Hah!

      Thanks, again, for your kind words!
      So, have you gotten another pet yet?
      – Marie

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