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There's a Rainbow Bridge Ahead for Mans Best Friend

There's a Rainbow Bridge Ahead for Mans Best Friend

Today we are visiting our good friends up in South Lake Tahoe, Richard Bolen and Max.  What wonderful friends these folks are, we are very blessed to have them in our lives.  When we arrived here last night, they let us know that their baby "Spanky" was not doing so well, you see Spanky has liver cancer.  Spanky is 9 years old and one of the sweetest family members in the Bolen household.  Not two hours ago, we were petting him, giving him lots of love, and spending the best quality time we could with him.

Spanky had to go to the vet this afternoon, and he won't be coming home tonight.  Spanky had to be put to sleep.  His condition was so bad that he could no longer have the quality of life he deserved and that we all wanted him to have.  A few days ago, Richard, Max, and their son Olivier accepted that Spanky didn't have much time left and to say that day was a tough and challenging day would be a huge understatement.  Spanky's eyes closed slowly as he gently went to sleep in Olivier's arms this evening, just as it should have been.  He was so loved!!

So to my dearest friends, I want to dedicate this post, this day, and this poem to you and to Spanky.  All dogs DO go to heaven, and they do it via the "RainBow Bridge" Here's to you Spanky, be at peace and know you will be missed and you are still and will always be mans "BEST FRIEND!"

      

"The Rainbow Bridge"

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal passes away 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....

 

     

"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 63 commentsBrad Andersohn • September 19 2010 11:45AM

Comments

I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes as I think of Spanky and all the Spankys who have graced my life over the past many years.  The greatest sadness is the short amount of time we're given with man's best friend.  They come here, teach us so many lessons of love and laughter and go home, to await our return one day.

The first time I saw the Rainbow Bridge was when my vet sent it to me the day after I had to make the devastating decision to put my dog Jaime to sleep.  The decision tormented me and took days too long to make as I prayed for the courage to let her go.  God bless your friends and their special angel on this dismal day in their lives.  I'll be thinking of them all tonight.

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) about 10 years ago

Brad- I had never seen the Rainbow Bridge but it made me think of my dear Lucky who left us over 5 years ago.  What a beautiful poem and how thoughtful of you to share this with us.  All dogs do go to heaven because of the joy and unconditional love they've given us.  I am so sorry for your friends; they too are lucky to have you as friends. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 10 years ago

It has to be such a tough time for your friends. Our pets can be just like children and loved so much. I'll say a little prayer for Spanky. He's in good hands now.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

My wife and I have done that twice. Boy, your post really stirs up memories.

Posted by Larry Bergstrom, CNE, CRS, GRI (Crescent Realty, Inc. Spanaway, WA. ) about 10 years ago

Hi Brad-I had seen that Rainbow Bridge for animals and it is indeed a comfort to know there is such a place for all our four footed friends who love us unconditionally. Losing a pet is like losing a member of the family because they are.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Brad, 

Thank you for the post.  I am very familiar with the Rainbow Bridge.  My wife and I are volunteers for the local greyhound rescue.  We have four hounds in our home now.  We lost a dear one Bubba not long ago.  He was 11 when he was brought to the shelter and in very bad shape.  We nursed him back to health and he had a good year and half of love and a wonderful home before he crossed the bridge.  We know he is in a better place waiting and playing. 

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) about 10 years ago

Hey Brad, sorry for your loss.  Thanks for the infomation about Rainbow Bridge.

Posted by Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066 (Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty) about 10 years ago

I love "The Rainbow Bridge" - & I sure hope it is real.  We recently lost our 12 year old dog & I have to say in the midst of our shock & grief (his death was very sudden) I had the clearest picture in my mind of him all of a sudden running around a big meadow just like he used to do as a young dog.  All I could think of was that he had crossed that Rainbow Bridge & was in doggie heaven having the best time ever.

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA about 10 years ago

Oh, man! Get me the tissues already. Sorry to hear about the loss of Spanky. A beautiful tribute!

Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID) about 10 years ago

I'm almost unable to type this ... tears are running down my face. I have a golden retriever, Hobbs, laying beside me that's going in for surgery on Tuesday to remove a tumor on his foot. He'll likely lose a toe. He seems to always have some sort of health issue, and yet he's the most loving, friendly member of the family. Spanky's family must miss him.

I love the Rainbow Bridge and know that all of our beloved pets are there running through the meadow with tails wagging.

Posted by Gabrielle Nemes, 206.300.8421, S King & Pierce County RE Advocate (RE/MAX Realty South) about 10 years ago

Brad - Here I thought I was going to open something of yours to learn. Then I saw South Lake Tahoe, where I grew up as a kid, and then about Spanky. My heart goes out to his owners. I am dreading the day something comes up with mine. They are my children as I have no others. I have three dogs. Not old but getting older. I dread the day.

Posted by Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified (Dilbeck Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Brad..My heart goes out to you..If you spell your friends  name backwards ..DOG ..  he was a gift to you ..a dear friend..I am so sorry

HelpfulHannah your friend in Philadelphia

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) about 10 years ago

Brad - Through the tears in my eyes, I am so sorry for your friends loss.  As a long time dog mama, I too have some of my own fur babies cross the rainbow bridge over the years.  Although I was sad to see them go and have missed them terribly, i knew they would no longer be in physical pain anymore.  It's one of the hardest decisions for a family to make.

Posted by Donne Knudsen, CalState Realty Services (Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA) about 10 years ago

Two months ago we lost our 17 year old, Stormy. Its tough! So, so sorry.... :`(

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) about 10 years ago

AWW Spanky, how thoughtful of you to support your friends.  I hate it when we are faced with saying goodbye to our four legged best friends We have a 14 year old golden retriever that is completely gray in the face and its like taking care of an elderly individual but we love her and I hate to think of the day we have to see her off to that bridge.

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty) about 10 years ago

Brad, A very nice tribute to Spanky and for your friends. So sorry to hear the sad news. We had to do this with our Tibetan Terrier, Geo, who we still miss.  We catch ourselves calling our chocolate lab, Zeke...Geo.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate about 10 years ago

Brad, forgot to mention that I like your new profile photo.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate about 10 years ago

Thanks you guys for commenting, I know Richard, Max, and Olivier haven't sat and read this post or comments yet, but in time they will, (too tough right now) and I know they'll appreciate all the love and support and really heartfelt comments you've all left here.  Thank you.

As I sat and spoke to Spanky while petting his head just before they took him to the vet this afternoon, I couldn't help the tears that I shed for this great and loving pet.  In my heart, I knew he would not be coming home again. It was one of the hardest moments I have aver experienced while staying as a guest in another persons home.  I felt as though he was my very own.  That is how strong and powerful a friendship can be and shows just how much one can be touched by the love surrounding others in a home.  As I said, I am truly blessed to have these guys as family and friends.  I think man can be mans best friend too!!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 10 years ago

What a nice tribute to a family pet.  I love my two dogs, and can't imagine my life without them.  I know someday I'll be leaving them at the Rainbow Bridge . . . it makes me sad to even think about it.  But for now, I'll give them a hug, and a cookie.

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 10 years ago

Oh my . . .tears have welled up because of your sweet dear, kind words for your friends  . . .and their dear companion.  You truly are one of the most caring people I know. I know your friends will be comforted by your words.  I think many of us have been.

Posted by Meg Zoller, Houston Fine Homes (Keller Williams) about 10 years ago

These little four legged fur babies come into our lives, show us their amazing personalities and become part of our family!  I am so sorry to hear about this.  My heart breaks for the family (and you too!) 

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) about 10 years ago

Brad, please tell  Richard that Jezzebell & Mr Bond will meet Max at Rainbow Bridge and they will welcome him. Also aske them to keep their heart open and accept another critter into their lives soon. There are soo many that need a home. Just visit the nearest Rescue Organization and they will know what I meant.

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 10 years ago

 

I’ve Loved a Lot of Dogs

 


In this life

I have loved

A lot of dogs.

With them

I have never

Lost at love.

 

A couple of

Canine characters

Named

Spot and Jip

Taught me

To read.

Others like Jack London’s

Buck* and White Fang

Taught me

To love reading.

 

Others made me love

Comics and cartoons:

Dagwood’s Daisy  

With all her pups;

Mickey’s friend Goofy,

Who walked on two legs;

And his pet Pluto

Who walked on four;

And everyone’s

Special favorite--

A dog named Snoopy.

 

Some were on the big screen:

The Shaggy Dog

And Old Yeller.

 

Some were on the

small:

Forty-seven Lassie’s

And several Rin Tin Tin’s.

 

Though these dogs

Were just fictional

My love for them

Felt real enough.

 

But of all

The dogs

I’ve known,

The ones

I’ve loved

The very most

Are the ones

I’ve fed.

Rusty was the

Dog of my childhood.

He was part Irish

But all-American

At playing softball

There on the farm

With my dad

And me.

 

Our old wagon shed

Played backstop;

I batted,

Dad pitched,

Rusty played the field—

All of it.

 

At each crack of the bat,

Rusty would give chase,

Make a spectacular play,

And then pretend to bring

That slobbery ball to Dad.

 

My father always said

Rusty must only be

“Part-setter”

Because only

Part of the time

Did he actually

Volunteer to

Set the ball down

Near the pitcher’s shoe.

Much more often Dad

Had to chase Rusty some

To retrieve the ball Himself.

 

One day, Rusty was

Was ran over by

A speeding car.

When I got home

From school and

Heard the rotten news,

I grabbed my .30-.30,

(Which was almost

As tall as me)

And headed right

Down the highway

To look for his killer

With anger my only

Conveyance.

That terrible time

Dad had to chase

Me.

 

Queenie was the

Dog of my youth

And delivered to

The world and me

The first litter of

Wrinkled pups

I’d ever seen up close

And always hungry.

They grew up--

Fat, fuzzy and fun

But too frisky--

And so had to

Leave and live,

I hoped, with some

Other boy.

 

Queenie was part shepherd

But all hunter--

Given to pure patience,

Rare resourcefulness

And, dare I say, a certain

Dogged determination.

 

We helped each other

Hunt greydiggers…

Ground squirrels that

Loved to burrow

In Elk Prairie’s

Red clay soil.

She would dig

Deep and long--

Following just

One squirrel.

Hours might go by

Until you could see

Only a tip of tail--

Wagging like a flag

Amid a pile of red dirt.

She would often 

Climb high up inside

The big, hollow trunks

Of our ancient apple trees

Until the only sign

Of the dog was

The bark.

 

I missed Queenie

After leaving home

For college

And the Army.

An Uncle wanted me

To hunt men instead

Of squirrels.

Goldie is the dog

Of my middle age.

She came one Christmas

And long has been

A gift of fun.

 

I hate the fact that

Here she is bound

By fence and leash.

Of course, she hates

The one and loves

The other—the leash

Being her ticket to

The world beyond

The fence.

 

It’s tough on

Country dogs

Living in cities.

Here there are no

Wagon sheds

Or greydiggers.

But there are boys

And balls.

 

Goldie loves

My two boys

And tennis balls

Rolled off our roof.

She makes fantastic

Catches in mid-air

Or with one bounce

At most.

 

Like Rusty, she never sets

A ball down at your feet,

But makes you work

For every throw

She gets.

She is pure Golden

But must also be

Part-setter.

 

Of all the dogs

That I have loved,

The ones I’d most

Like to see again

Are those who

Have so well

Fed me.

 

 

 

  *The Call of the Wild


 

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) about 10 years ago

Brad,

I've been there and it still hurts, even though it was the right thing to do.

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 10 years ago

Man putting a dog to sleep is one of the hardest things to do in life. I have been there a few times. It is so sad!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 10 years ago

Brad-any of us who have been blessed to be loved by a pet know the hearbreak their loss leaves behind.  I've had to make the same painful decision more than once in my life for an older pet and it never gets any easier.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 10 years ago

Isn't it an amazing how we get attached to our little friends?

I lost my Sienna 5 years ago. I was so heartbroken that it took nearly 2 years to get up the nerve to find my little Gypsy. The grief is finally gone, replaced by love as big as a mountain.

Eventually you will find another best friend who will fill the emptiness your heart.

Posted by Judy Chapman (Referral Network of Illinois LLC) about 10 years ago

What a beautiful tribute to Spanky and a wonderful way to envision what comes next for beloved pets! We lost our Cherokee 3 years ago and I love to picture her happy--and mobile-- again!

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) about 10 years ago

I love that poem as it's always been one of my favorites!  I think it's one of the bravest and unselfish thing we can do for our loved ones when they no longer have the quality of life they deserve.  I've been through it twice and it never gets easier.  Knowing in their hearts that they did the best thing for their loved one will give them peace and comfort.  My thoughts and prayers are with them!  I'm sure Spanky is thanking them!

Posted by Terri Adams-Scott, Realtor, Walnut Creek CA Real Estate (J. Rockcliff, REALTORS) about 10 years ago

Brad, I am so glad you and Debra got to be there. I know they take comfort in that, although unexpected. 

I love your poem am going to save. 

As a mom of 5 dogs and one cat, I'll probably need it one day. 

Condolences to Richard and Max. 

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 10 years ago

Brad, what a lovely tribute to Spanky.  I hope he runs into my old dog, Sparky, who was just the best.  Losing a dog and great friend is so hard!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Brad....it's a blessing to have a dog but oh so sad when you have to give up the special blessing.  I look at mine and know someday I will....but til then....I enjoy each time he sits with me, lays on me and just is the best little friend I could have!!  I also know what a GREAT life he has...we're both lucky!

Mister Cosmo  Mister Cosmo!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) about 10 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss...as you know, I dedicate much of my time and effort and love to animals and I know how hard it is to lose a family member.  Many times, I love and choose animals over humans!  Your sweet dog will be missed, but never forgotten, and feels no pain now over the rainbow bridge :-)

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) about 10 years ago

Brad, The Rainbow Bridge is the poem the man who cremated my Ella B. Dog included in the sympathy card when he delivered her urn to me.

Slainté Spanky! You will be well remembered and greatly missed. Safe journey.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) about 10 years ago

Brad, thanks for the Rainbow Bridge. I'm saving this for when its needed.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 10 years ago

Rainbow Bridge is a brilliant declaration of limbo turned into paradise Brad.

The soul and spirit are the essence of the happy, positive and timeles memories we treasure, and your analagous poem wonderfully captures this like I've never heard before.

Thank you.

Posted by John Grasty, Your Tri-cities REALTOR, neighbour and volunteer. (for real estate results in the Tri-Cities.) about 10 years ago

Brad, thanks for the post...I'm reading a great book at the moment 'The Story of Edgar Sawtelle'...If you're a dog lover you will enjoy it...I look at my Katie every now and then and realize that I'm all she has...She gives me devotion, I owe her the same...Enjoy the day.

Posted by Ernie Steele, Call me, let's get started!!! 717-273-3774 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

Having had to make that final journey to the vets seven times, it never gets easier. In some ways more difficult I think. As part of St. Bernard Rescue I love giving battered and neglected Saints loving homes and showing them the way they were meant to be treated. It is always so hard to say goodbye. I know without a doubt we will see them again in Heaven. The Bible talks about animals in Heaven so if they are there, why not ours?

Posted by Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M (Rooms With Style) about 10 years ago

What a beautiful poem! Please let Richard, Max and Olivier know that we are thinking of them in their time of loss! It is such a difficult decision to make! I'm so sorry for your and their loss.

Posted by Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA (Paige Walker) about 10 years ago

What a beautiful testimony and poem to your friend's beloved pet.  Thank you for sharing it with us...

Posted by Susan Laxson CRS, Local Knowledge & Global Network (Palm Properties) about 10 years ago

Hey Brad,

Love the new picture. I hope you are staying true to all the goals and promises you made on your blog a couple of months ago. You look great man!

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 10 years ago

I didn't want to cry today, but can't help it after reading this post.  What a wonderful post in honor of Spanky and his family.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 10 years ago

Thank you everyone for sharing your support and comments, Spanky and his wonderful family will really appreciate all of this when they can find it within themselves to finally read this post and all your comments. Thanks again, they really are wonderful people and great friends.

Hey Greg - thanks man.  In fact I am, at least trying to.  I've been peeling back the onion layers that can create tears when cut to hopefully expose that wonderful aroma that fills the surrounding air when cooked in butter!!  :-))))  BTW - Love your new photo too!! 

Chris - sorry about that.  I know spanky is up there somewhere appreciating all the salt water that has been shed/shared in his honor.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 10 years ago

 

 Been there !!!!            Speechless !!!!

Posted by San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country (www.sanantoniotexasnewhomesforsale.com) about 10 years ago

Very wonderful post... It makes me think of Samantha, our cocker. We went to the pound one day to look for a dog when the kids were small. I'll never forget walking down the corridor with mostly large dogs barking up a storm. My 2 girls were scared and clung to me so tightly I could hardly walk. I too was a little shell shocked, it was a profound experience. I looked down that row to the end and I could see Samantha crying in the corner of a cage, she too, was scared.

Upon seeing her way before the kids did, I instantly knew without a doubt, and without ever saying a word... We'd be leaving with that dog. The wonderful people that worked there consulted with us that it might not be a good idea. She was abused and she was also along in age, probably 6 or 8 years old.

It took a little time, but that dog worked its way into our hearts and was a wonderful member of the family for a little over 10 years. Bless her heart, Sammy (as we called her) in her last years was so old she was going blind, deaf, and lost teeth. We loved her just the same. I still to this day have her picture on my fridge.

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) about 10 years ago

Brad, It was nice of you to dedicate this a your good friend, we can never have too many good friends and the ones that stick by you earn a special place on the other side of that bridge.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) about 10 years ago

I learned about Rainbow Bridge when my first ESS died in my arms.  When my 2nd and 3rd ones died, I had them cremated and I will plant dogwood trees and place the ashes in the holes next spring.  I know the pets from my youth and my dogs that are gone are in a better place and still in my heart.

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 10 years ago

Brad, great tribute to a dear friend, I am amazed how many people are unaware of the Rainbow Bridge.....

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) about 10 years ago

I just saw a post come through from Richard on his Tahoe Real Estate Blog.  If you have time, please stop by and say hi and share condolences there if you can too.  http://www.laketahoerealestateblog.com/2010/09/19/spanky-truly-this-mans-best-friend/

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 10 years ago

It is so hard losing a family pet.  Our pets become a part of our family and it is a huge hole in our daily lives when they leave us.  I'll never forget the day we had to let our Macy go and there are times when I still hear her bark.

Posted by Christine Pappas - REALTOR®, eXp Realty - Because Experience Matters (eXp Realty) about 10 years ago

Brad, what a beautiful post. Of course I am bawling like a baby, not so long ago I put my long time kittie friend to sleep, she died in my arms as it should be and is now a part of our flower garden. My best friend is old and grey now, and suffers from pancreatitis and is loaded with fatty tumors. I cherish each day I have with him and let him know how much he is loved. When his time comes I will read the Rainbow Bridge story after the tears leave my eyes enough to see again.

To all our special loved ones we have lost, dogs, cats, horses, cows, gerbils, whatever they may be, here's to seeing them on the other side, happy, healthy, whole and free from pain.

Now off to read your friends post.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 10 years ago

Brad... Some might think it is an inhuman thing to do, but not me.  I've had to put two of my *best friends* down... and it isn't easy.  What was done was not someone being selfish, but one who is putting their friends needs first.

I'm sorry for the loss, but Spanky is in a MUCH better place.

Posted by Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889 (Johnson Real Estate, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Brad, Amy and I are huge animal lovers and our dog is like a member of our family. My heart goes out to your friends as they are no doubt going through a very difficult time right now.  I really appreciate you sharing "The Rainbow Bridge" with us.

Posted by Dan and Amy Schuman, Luxury Home Specialists (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 10 years ago

Very touching and comforting Brad.  Thanks for sharing this...I wanted to comment a few days ago when I first gave this a read, but I was too choked up.

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 10 years ago

Thanks for sharing this story, Brad.  I'm so sad for Spanky's family!  I never got the "dog thing" and how people can be so attached to their dogs until 8 years ago when we got our little Shih Tzu.  He is like our baby now and I get it!!!!!! 

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) about 10 years ago

That was a very sweet send off to an obviously wonderfully loved Spanky.  I'll bet he was smiling at the poem as he was walking across the RainBow Bridge!  Thank you for sharing that and for being such a good friend to your friends :)!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) about 10 years ago

Oh man, I cannot comprehend what they are going thru.  I have a beloved daschound that is 11 next month.  First pet I have ever had and I know my time is coming.  I thank you for the lovely tribute too!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Brad, What a beautiful tribute to Spanky.  I couldn't even read the Rainbow Bridge poem.  I read it a few years ago when I lost my Golden, Lulu, to cancer.  Broke my heart.  You are such a nice person Brad...have I ever told you that?

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) about 10 years ago

So sorry for their loss that will be a void in their lives that will take a long time to heal.  My short hair had to go to the vet yesterday and I was fearful that I was going to be told that same news.  She's getting old and not holding up as well as our lab.  Best wishes to you and your friends.

Posted by Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate, Broker, Results Real Estate (Results Real Estate 801.580.5624) about 10 years ago

I know how this feels and I'm truly sorry they had to let Spanky go.  I had to do the same thing 2 years ago but was so grateful that my Boopi was in my arms.  Some people say they couldn't do that but I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.  I'm glad they were able to hold Spanky 'til the end too.  Very nice tribute Brad. 

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) about 10 years ago

Brad,  I am so sorry for your friends' loss.  The hardest thing we have to do as animal lovers is to let them go when their quality of life is gone.  I have sent a few to the Rainbow Bridge myself.  It is never easy.  Their unconditional love is what drives us to bring yet another one (or two) home again. 

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful companion.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Hi Brad:

Wallace Gibson referred me to this post.  I posted earlier today that my cat died this morning and I was feeling blue.  She was almost 21 and very much loved.  I read your post and cried.  What a touching tribute to your friends and their beloved pet.  Thank you for sharing ti with us. 

Posted by Carol Pease, CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320 (JP & Associates Realtors) about 10 years ago

Oh Carol - I am sooooo sorry.  Our kitty in getting up in the years too, I can't imagine life with out her in it. 

For what it is worth, I hope this "Rainbow Bridge" brings you even the tiniest bit of comfort as I know there just aren't any words that can take the pain you're experiencing away. 

May the memories of your dearest pet live on in your heart forever!!  <3

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 10 years ago

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