Sadly, we've had so many recent passings, it's time to revisit our little group at the bridge.
Date: September 10, 2008.
Location: The Grey Haven area of the Rainbow Bridge.
Batman, Icarus and Cody had gotten to be real buddies, and they took their reception duties at the Rainbow Bridge very seriously. Well, as seriously as they could, since they were in paradise. There was always a treat, a turkey neck or a stuffie that was irrestistible and could draw them away from their duties for a time. But luckily, time at the Rainbow Bridge was a different kind of thing than anywhere else. And treats would appear, and another happy feeling would fill them with joy anytime a loved one thought of them.
Miss Nellie arrived and leaned over to sniff Cody.
"I think something's up again - gee, it sure has been busy at reception lately"!
Cody yawned and stretched, poking Batman with his paws.
"If we're getting another bunch in, we'd better call in the troops, and you know, we need the girls, too! You'd better call them, they don't always hear me" said Cody.
Miss Nellie lifted her lovely head and called out:
"Foxy! Song! Lacey Laine! Suzy! We have more arrivals"!
Batman sat up slightly, better to listen for the girls. He was guarding a pile of socks and one was stuck to Icarus' head.
"Icarus! Clean up! Gee, what are the newbies going to think if you greet them with an angels' sock stuck to your head"! Nellie scolded.
Icarus shook his head, stood up and stretched, looking as handsome as ever.
"That's better" said Batman.
"Here come the girls" said Cody, and with that, you could hear the thunder of many paws hitting the grass in an excited fashion. They could see the girls they'd called to help, and many others too, Song had Bright Jade, Ocala Betty, Kyles Hombre, Honey, Patches, Merry and the others with her. Lacey Laine was leading the way with Jana, and Angie was bringing up the rear.
Everyone could hear the thunder the girls created as they ran, and the sound woke the rest of the residents at the bridge. Cinder and Tigger, along with Dylon, Scrimage, Quinnie, Oliver and Dreamer came up over the ridge. Carrier came, with Stanley, Nevada and Mahogany. Queen Barbie Jade, Sugar Bear, and Runner brought Princess Flake, Buycut, Wally and Raisin with sister Lucky Charm. Hoss had to run hard to catch up with them, and Nauti was not far behind!
"Listen up" said Batman, "We have a lot of new arrivals, let's go over and show them the ropes! Be sure to let them know, they're just here for a while, their parents will pick them up one day, and in the mean time they get to do whatever they want. I'm not going to teach anymore greyhounds how to steal angels' socks, the angels are getting a little miffed, and they all have cold feet"!
"We know the drill, we've done it before, lots of times" said Miss Nellie. Cody and Icarus rolled their eyes.
"Wait for me, my sister's coming"! Beecher said as he ran up.
"So's mine" said Oscar, out of breath, âââ€š¬Åâ€œAnd mine"! said Earl, nuzzling Oscar.
"OK, let's go" said Icarus.
"But wait", said Cody, "Where's Peatie? Oh, I keep forgetting, his Mom came to get him and they moved on together. Never mind!"
Once again, the established pack at Grey Haven moved forward to meet the newcomers just arriving at the Rainbow Bridge, joy shining out from their eyes in the knowledge that they had been, and still were, loved by those who had taken care of them in life. They could still feel this love every time someone on earth thought of them.
The newcomers approached.
Comet, Tessie, Dee, Warrior, Nimby, Geordie, Dempsey, Emmy, Aria, Payne, Caesar and the others came up to meet the Grayhaven Pack.
Tilt was in the lead, and Icarus approached him. Earl went to Nimby, Oscar to Dee and Beecher to Tessie. As siblings reunited, Cody kicked a basketball to Emmy, and they all moved forward as one, running over the shining hills...some of them had not been able to do that in a while! Kato ran to catch up.
They all experienced the joy and bliss that came with just being at the bridge. Pain and old age were gone forever, everyone was whole and happy here, while they waited...
ORIGINAL APRIL 2007 POST
On the anniversary of my Cody's passing three years ago, and inspired by Diane's series, I feel the need to write a little something. So many have passed in those 3 years, and quite a few just recently. I would like to offer this little something to acknowledge the joy, grief and love these beautiful creatures bring into our lives. Most especially for Cody, I love and miss you, you big goof, and I can totally see you in this little story. If your pupper is not mentioned by name, as many are not, you can go ahead and add to the story.
My thoughts and prayers go out to those of you who have lost your beautiful grey. If I offend, I do apologize, this is offered from my heart.
Cody and Friends at The Bridge
It was a clear day at the Rainbow Bridge, as all the days are. Kiowa My Dodie also known as Cody or Goofball, scanned the horizon, as he had a feeling of anticipation come over him, and he knew what that meant. He leaned over and sniffed Batman's butt, and gave him a poke to wake him. Batman lazily turned his head, being careful to guard all the angel's socks he had been collecting.
"What's up, Cody?"
Cody sniffed the gentle breeze curling through the greyhaven area of Rainbow Bridge.
"I think we have some new arrivals on the way, something's definitely up, I can always tell. Whenever new arrivals are on the way, I can smell my Mom's scent - it's her way of letting me know to keep an eye out."
"Geez, Cody.... didn't we just have a big hullabullu a while ago, when that lady, Milli something showed up for all of her crew? Seems like just yesterday, and now more excitement?"
Cody sniffed the breeze again.
"Yup, something is definitely up, maybe you should call in some of our extended crew - be sure to get some girls, they are always good at making sure we don't miss anyone. Last time we were in charge, and poor Nugget almost ended up camping out with the new arrivals in the Golden Retriever area, if it wasn't for Ceasar, we might have missed Nugget altogether!"
Batman stretched out, revelling in the sunbath he had been having, but realized he had a responsibility to fullfill. His Mom would expect no less of him. He called on the breeze.
"Nellie! Nugget! Pretty! Lily!"
Cody could see the girls coming from a distance, poetry in motion, running at top speed with joy in their hearts to join Batman and himself. The gentle breeze in the greyhaven area of the Rainbow Bridge always seemed to help them get where ever they needed to be, not that any of them ever needed any help anymore. All the pets at the Bridge were restored to wholeness and completely painfree. They could also eat anything they wanted, whenever they wanted it, and special treats came up regularly whenever their loved ones thought of them. This truly was heaven, Cody thought, and the best part is I can think of my family without being sad, time is different here, and I know I will see my family again.
"Batman, you'd better put a call out for Casino, she needs to be here for sure, another one from her family is arriving!"
Batman called, and there was Casino, running with the wind. She had caught her sister's scent already, and knew where she had to be.
Cody tilted his head, pondering another scent.
"Hmmm, looks like we need a special delivery message to another area of the bridge... Hamster Haven, I think. Yes, definitely. Sending the call out now, but tell Nibbler she needs to manifest herself as a greyhound to everyone but her brother, otherwise there'll be mayhem up here! Oh, and tell her to bring Maisey too!" Cody's message made it's way to the right area, and Nibbler came scampering to see who it was she was meeting, with Maisey running up from the lake.
"Ok, ladies, what do you think, do we have everything we need to meet the newbies?"
Nellie sniffed the breeze, and thought for a moment.
"I think we could call a few more, just to be sure the newbies feel comfortable and happy. You know who to call, I think."
Cody lifted his muzzle, and called out.
"Cinder! Thunder! Cleo! Idol! Oh, and bring Slick ,Larry and The Rev... they are always great with newbies! And Iberia too!"
Nellie looked sideways at Cody and Batman. " You know guys, I don't know why you worry so much about this, you know that whoever needs to be there to greet newcomers, well, they always appear. Look, see, there's Dagger coming over the hill and you never even called him. And Star and Kali too! Both Erin and Icarus will have everyone they need, and will adjust instantly, as we all do when we arrive.
Cody pawed the ground.
"Yes, Nellie, you're right as always. I just think they need some help understanding how things are here, I bet Icarus will be confused, because he passed so quickly, all of a sudden he's here, all his legs are fine, he can run just like he used to, and you know, he did have some trouble moving around down there. And Erin, too, she almost made it to her 15th birthday, she hardly had any teeth and see - look at her she's prancing around like a puppy and her teeth are back! That's gotta be confusing for her!
Sophie, Queenie, Olivia and Weenie arrived in time to hear Cody's comments.
Sophie nuzzled Cody gently and said " But Cody, didn't you say when you arrived, you just meandered right in and started eating treats, playing with your greeters, and had no problems at all, even though you remembered later that you passed very quickly?"
Cody sniffed Sophie's flank. "Ok, ok, you girls are right. So let's go meet the newbies - Erin and Icarus are waiting, and I see a few more, it looks like Tatum, Blue and Kurri are there too. Wow, that's a lot of new puppers for us to play with!"
Kassidy and Dove ran up to Cody. " It's time - look there's our brother, waiting for us".
The established pack of the Greyhaven area of the Rainbow Bridge move forward as one, shining their light brightly for all the newcomers to see. They brought with them all the love they knew in their lives, as well as the love they still receive whenever they are remembered, and the joy shines out from their eyes as they run up to meet the newcomers.
Casino, Nibbler, and Batman arrive first at the new group. Icarus, Erin, Blue, Tatum, Tweek and Kurri and the others look up at them with anticipation. As Casino nuzzles Erin, Batman starts off... " Ok all you new puppers, come with me and I'll show you how to steal the angel's socks when they are not looking....."