most of the sun filled days at the Rainbow Bridge, this particular
day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as
any day could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had
no idea what to think, as they had never ever experienced
a day like this before. But..... the animals who had been
waiting for their beloved people, knew exactly what was going
on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge..........to
long before an elderly animal came into view, his head hung
low, so very low, and his tail dragging. The other animals,
the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story
was right away, for they had seen this happen far, far, too
often. He approached slowly, very slowly, and was obviously
in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness.
all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal
had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous
again. As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the
other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here
and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be.
But, alas, it was not to be. As he approached The Bridge,
his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who sadly
apologized to him, and then told him that he would not be
able to pass. Only those animals who were with their people
could pass over to the Rainbow Bridge.
place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the
fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals
like himself, also elderly and infirm. They weren't playing,
but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring
out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took
his place among them, watching the pathway and waited.
the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he
had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been
there for a while to explain it to him.
see, that poor animal over there, with the others, they are
rescues. He was turned in to rescue just as you see him now,
an older animal with his fur graying
and his eyes clouding. Sadly, he never made it out of rescue
and passed on with
only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his
earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love
to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge."
animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, "So
happen now?" As he was about to receive his answer, suddenly,
the clouds parted swiftly, and the gloom lifted with a mighty
wind. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person
and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed
in a golden light and they were all once again, young and
healthy, just as they were in the prime of their life.
and see," said the second animal. A second group of animals
from those also waiting came to the pathway and bowed their
heads ever so low as the person neared closer. As each bowed
head, the person offered a pat on their head or a scratch
behind the ears.
one, the newly restored animals fell into line and followed
him towards The Bridge. And then, one by one, they all crossed
The Bridge together.
just happened?" asked the first animal. "That was
a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing to the rescuer in respect
were those who found new homes because of all their work.
They will all cross over to The Bridge, when their new families
arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found
homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform
one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort all those
poor animals that they couldn't place on earth across The
think I like rescuers," said the first animal. "So
does GOD," was the reply from the second animal, "so