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Just this Side of Heaven is a Place called Rainbow Bridge

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together ...

Author Unknown.

Our Baby Girl, Pooky. May 30, 2003. She crossed over the rainbow bridge peacefully, held in Sam's arms, covered with Joe's kisses.

Pooka, the little flirt!
Pooky having had a little
romp in the snow!
Pooka.  Pooky. Wee-Willie-Pooka-Belly. Yup, that's it!  WOOF!
Grama in 1958.
What exactly do you think SHE would have thought of the amazing World Wide Web??
Am I pretty or what?

When life is viewed in hindsight, the memories reform themselves in very interesting ways. They ... appear, arrange, occur, affect ... and happen all over again. For us, one such particular year was 1987. I can honestly say that "we" (we being Sam and Joe) experienced the glory of highest of highs ... and the tragedy of lowest of lows.

Nineteen-eighty-seven was a year of extremes for Sam and for Joe: learning and facing the most sorrowful finality of life; as well as the beginning of a new one.In March of 1987, we lost our beloved Grandmother. Boy! Would SHE have LOVED the Internet! If only she were here today.

Nonetheless, I won't dwell on our family's the sadness of that year; but highlight the most wonderful part: the arrival of Pooka in our lives!

In September 1987, Pooka called to us. Right through thin air; through God's direction. She knew she had to be in our lives. So, her Sam and Joe ... they drove far and wide, high and low, over hill, over dale, rivers, woods, you got it ... to find her and bring her to her HOME.

Pooky's first strong memory was of being brought home, in a Mustang GT (she knew she must be a cool dog then!). When Sam and Joe stopped to get a soda at a convenience store on the trip home, Sam (who was driving) held Pooky ... while Joe went into the store. Well, Pooky wasn't too happy about that. See, she'd BONDED with Joe during the drive. Since Joe had been HOLDING her. Sam? WHO CARES?! WHERE'S JOE!?!?! Fortunately, I finally was able to SHOW her the JOE through the window. Smart pup. She actually saw what I was pointing at! Well. Pooky promptly set about bringing goofiness and joy to her Sam and Joe's lives.

As a matter of FACT ... POOKY is the REASON we are: SAM AND JOE. Hey, we couldn't BOTH be "Mom," you know. So she is the one who gave us our "names." Many years have passed; many memories are born every day. Pooka has long been the reigning alpha female in our home! She is FIFTEEN (in July 2002). She's a wonderful little pup who has blessed our home with her beauty, loyalty and entertaining personality for many years ... and hopefully many more years to come.

Pooky has quite a bit of arthritis now, has developed severe cataracts ... and is almost completely deaf. All that having been said ... her vet says that she is in GREAT health (otherwise!). She takes medication for her arthritis (1-888-PetMeds!), and needs to be guided around quite a bit (so she won't walk into things!), but she still has a remarkably strong appetite and very dominant personality!

She is still a bit of a child at heart, and loves playing with her two brothers, Checkers and -- most of all -- Scootie. They bring out the "pup" that still lives in her soul!! Scootie LOVES his big sister so much!!! Pooky often wears her t-shirts, or even her fleecy cow sweat suit ... just to keep her joints warm!!  


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