Dotti At The Bridge
Unlike most days at Rainbow
Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could
be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had
never experienced a day like this before. But the animals that 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 watch.
It wasn't long before an elderly
animal came into view, head hung low and 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 too often.
He approached slowly, obviously in
great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike 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,
as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel
who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those
animals that were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge.
With no place else to turn to, the
elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of
other animals like him, 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 waiting.
One of 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.
"You see, that poor animal was a
rescue. He was turned in to rescue just as you see him now, an older animal
with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. 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."
The first animal thought about
this for a minute and then asked, "So what will happen now?" As he was about
to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted.
Approaching The Bridge was Dottie and as she stood among the older animals, the
whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and
healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life.
"Watch, and see" said the second
animal. A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and
bowed low as Dottie neared. At each bowed head, Dottie offered a pat on the head
or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and
followed her towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.
"That was Dottie DuLany, a rescuer!
The animals you saw bowing to her in respect were those who found new homes
because of her work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you
saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer like Dottie
arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are
allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn't place on earth across
The Rainbow Bridge."
Mahalo Dottie ~ I will love you forever!!!!!
08/05/51 ~ 10/11/05