Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and grey,
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 who had been waiting for
their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at
the path way 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
fury 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 apologised, but told him that he
would not be able to pass. Only those animals who 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 himself, also elderly and inform. They weren't playing, but rather simply
lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to
The Bridge. Also 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 only 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 greying 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 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 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 the person
neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch
behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed him
towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.
"What happened?..." "That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in
respect were those who found new homes because of his work. They will cross
when their new families arrive. Those you say 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 those poor animals that they couldn't place on earth
across The Rainbow Bridge."
Author unknown ..
Borrowed from the PCNSW