The misery of keeping a dog is his dying so soon. But, to be sure, if he lived for fifty years and then died, what would become of me? Sir Walter Scott
If you don't already know the story of Rainbow Bridge, please click here, and use the "back" button of your browser to return. We believe in the concept of Rainbow Bridge, and have some very special animals waiting for us there. Here are some of their stories.
Cinder - was a kitten adopted from the Los Angeles city pound. She was totally black, except for the tip of one toe, and came already named, so she missed out on being named from aviation terms. When we first got her, she was so little we totally lost her when she snuggled under the comforter on the waterbed. She had the distinction of spending several years with us traveling in a semi-tractor. She viewed that cab as home, and we literally had to wrench her from the bunk when it was time to go in at the home-forty. She succumbed to renal failure after an extended illness.
Magneto - came to us at about the age of 1 1/2, we never could be really sure. His job in life was supposed to be to energize Cinder in her latter years by being her playmate. She never thought much of him, but he became a very special part of our lives. Adopted from the Fort Wayne Animal Control shelter, he soon earned the title of "million dollar kitty". He impaled himself in the chest with an Exacto knife one New Years Day. We had visions of kitty chest tubes and a kitty ventilator as we rushed to the emergency veterinary clinic, but it was just a flesh wound. Later, he taught us about "plugs" in the urinary tract of male cats. We nursed him through renal failure (quite literally; he was getting subcutaneous fluids at home twice a day) until we realized his quality of life was gone. But he must have understood, because when we told our vets of our decision, the verdict was that anytime in the prior two weeks they would have agreed but that day the cat seemed a little better. He lived two more years on borrowed time, livelier and more affectionate than ever.
This page was last updated 05/25/2002