|ROSCOE AS A YOUNG HEALTHY DOG|
Roscoe crossed the Rainbow Bridge this afternoon after a horrible set of illnesses. He crossed at home surrounded by family and friends.
Over the last several years he bravely battled illness after illness... all the while doing his best to care for his family.
He was known as Roscoe, the Weather Dog. He helped Mama Shine with one hurricane and one tropical storm. He saved my sister's home from tornadoes that went just north and south of them. He has moved so many storms away from us over the years I could not even begin to count.
Roscoe was a rescue Dog that was found wandering by animal control and taken to the kill shelter where he was rescued by a very kind couple who took him into foster care for six months before he was adopted by me. During his first few years, he battled constant abuse, poor nutrition, being left outside during thunderstorms without shelter, heartworms, and severe flea infestation.
He was my best friend for ten years. During that time he welcomed many animals into our home always with open paws and kindness. He did not have a mean bone in his body. He was courageous beyond belief, kind, gentle, and loving.
The entire pack that went to the Bridge before him escorted him home.
He is now young, healthy, pain-free running in a field of flowers where there is abundant food and water�and no thunderstorms.
Shadow and I are sad beyond belief.
Again we all thank you for your kindness and energy over this difficult time.
Animalspirits and Shadow
THE RAINBOW BRIDGE POEM:
By the edge of a woods, 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 here, 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 romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears perked 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 felt 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.