The Night Before Christmas at Rainbow Bridge (Annabelle)

***In memory of my sweet Annabelle!***
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THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS AT RAINBOW BRIDGE

T’was the night before Christmas, at Rainbow Bridge too.
We Bridge kids were thinking as always of you.
We’d seen how the holidays weren’t bright this year,
Heard you whisper so often, “I wish you were here!”

We know how you wish you could just stay in bed
And sleep through the holiday lying ahead,
When all celebrate with their loved ones so near…
Unless they have loved ones on this side this year.

But we’re no less alive here, on the other side.
If you could just see us, you would’ve laughed and not cried.
The dogs all in harness, pulling the sleigh.
The cats all in Santa hats pointing the way.

The pet birds all flying back over the rainbow,
Bound homeward in spite of Earth’s darkness and snow.
All the pets that you’ve lost, pets for whom you’ve cried,
Flying home on this Christmas to be by your side.

If you feel warm fur brush you when no pet’s around,
Hear a soft bark or purr, just a ghost of a sound,
We’re trying to tell you we’re visiting this way,
And our visits, even rainbows, can be on any day.

But for Christmas we have something special to do,
A sleigh full of happy dream visits for you.
On doggy, on kitty, on winged friend and ferret!
The love that you lavished, we mean now to share it!

We’re fetching that love home, the way we once played,
With the closeness we shared and the memories we made.
Our Earth lives with you were too short for us, too,
And on this Christmas Eve we have so much to do.

So all through this night as you sleep in your beds,
Sweet visions of fur babies dance in your heads.
This one special night we can bring you Home for a while,
Your true home in Heaven, where again you will smile.

Over the rainbow you’ll fly, for a short while this night,
Hours that you’ll be happy, hours that will feel right,
Hours to cuddle and hug us, to run and to play,
Before the return to Earth in our magic way.

And when you awaken and face Christmas Day,
We pray you’ll remember your trip on our sleigh,
But in case you forget, just remember our love.
Remember us watching you, your angels above.

Sending love wrapped in rainbows, shining and bright,
Love that will guide you through the darkest night,
Love found in each memory unwrapped through the year,
Replacing dark sorrows with Christmas cheer.

Leave the toys to St. Nick, we Bridge kids bring dreams,
Sweet visits to remind you all is not as it seems
When you look all around you with tired Earthly eyes.
If you saw as we do, there’d be joy and surprise.

There are fur angels waiting by those Christmas trees,
Always there for you and hearing your pleas.
We’re never more than a thought away from your home,
You’re never forgotten, you’re never alone.

Nor are we alone here, with our Rainbow Bridge friends.
We know only joy here, the celebrating never ends,
And after our reunions with you Christmas Eve,
We Bridge kids will party like you’d never believe.

But we’ll slip away often to be by your side.
Sitting there watching you, eyes open wide,
Praying you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of us, too.
But whether or not you see us – Merry Christmas to you!

Hoppy Halloween From Texas, Y’all!

Such cute bun buns!

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Folks, this be the final Bunday before Halloween. So we had to get these Hallo-Bunz out there, from Betsy of the North Texas Rabbit Sanctuary. Even Da Bunz are bigger in Texas. Y’all.

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“I just had to share with you these photos from our latest Spa Day fundraiser!”

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“After being groomed, receiving nail trims, and the obligatory (yet dreaded) ear, eye and nose check..”

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“..the Buns got to pose in front of the fireplace with our pro-photographer from (PLUG ALERT) Westfall Images.”

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“The images were so pet-able and furry I just had to share.”

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“Not too many pictures of ‘Tocks however- I hope the pumpkins make up for it.” [They do. Ed]

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“The photographer is too well trained to capture the front of his subjects. (He needs some Tock-Training I guess.)”

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“Thanks for brightening our day with cute photos so consistently!!”

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RIP 2 Giant George

Rest in Peace Giant George! 😦

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Sad news to report on a Saturday, folks- Giant George has passed away. He died on the 17th, according to his Facebook page.

Guinness recognized him in 2010 as the Tallest Doggeh Evah.

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He could get up to 7′ 3″ on his hind legs!

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He was 43″ tall from paws to shoulders.

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Georgie ate 110 pounds of dog food per month.

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And he even slept in his own queen-size bed.

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Photos from Mail Online, with additional info from Examiner.com.

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Move Over Grumpy Cat, It’s Derpy Bun!

So cute!

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“Buckwheat has a health condition called ‘Head Tilt’ which left his head at that jaunty angle after an infection messed with his balance centers. But 2 years later he’s adjusted just fine.” -Wendy Z.

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Bunny fostered by Elise M. from the Red Door Shelter in Chicago. Photo by Nicole M.

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‘Tocktober is for the Dogs!

Visit your local shelter today!

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Dogs. They happen to be America’s most popular pet, and the American Humane Society has made October Adopt-A-Dog Month. We think that makes a lot of sense, because dogs happen to be ‘Tocktober’s most popular ‘tocks! So now it’s official, dog gone it!

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“This is Kafka from Poland, my French bulldog laying on my mom’s lap. Love your website, I start my day with it.” -Anna.

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Make the Pledge – I Did

I made the pledge!

By taking the Pledge, you’ll help spread awareness of the joys of shelter adoption, you’ll take a stand against commercial pet distribution, and you’ll take the first step towards helping to prevent the millions of tragic euthanizations that occur annually due to over-crowding at shelters.