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Yesterday, at the memorial service for the journalist and host of "Meet the Press", Tim Russert, two things happened that warrant repeating here.  

Maria Shriver read a poem that was given to her when her cousin, John Kennedy, passed away in the plane crash.  She said it was very comforting to her.   I was struck by how it seems to fit the losses of our furbabies, as well.   How their little "ships" set sail away from us, to another shore.  And, how they are warmly greeting at their arrival on the other side.   So, I am repeating it here.

The Little Ship

I stood watching as the little ship sailed out to sea. The setting sun tinted his white sails with a golden light, and as he disappeared from sight a voice at my side whispered, "He is gone".

But the sea was a narrow one. On the farther shore a little band of friends had gathered to watch and wait in happy expectation. Suddenly they caught sight of the tiny sail and, at the very moment when my companion had whispered, "He is gone" a glad shout went up in joyous welcome, "Here he comes!"

The other occurrence was nothing short of miraculous, in my opinion.  The last song at Mr. Russert's memorial service was an instrumental version of "Over the Rainbow".   As Tom Brokaw exited the service, to their amazement, he and the other mourners saw a perfect, full, CLEAR double rainbow.   He said in the newscast that he is sure a lot of things could explain the appearance of that rainbow at that exact time, but he knew "Tim's soul" had a hand in it.

To all our babies at the Rainbow  Bridge:  We love you and miss you with all our hearts.

To Mr. Russert:   GODSPEED, TIM!!!   We will miss you.

Peace to all who grieve,
Betsy's forever mom


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Dear Melissa,

Thank you for sharing those two very hope-inspiring messages.  I love the piece about the sailboat, and it IS very comforting, both when thinking of our fur babies....but also when thinking about - dare I say it? - ourselves. I have thought lots about that last one lately (age has something to do with it!) especially since Tim Russert's passing.  I am a Buffalo girl and he never stopped being a Buffalo boy.  What a sad loss.  But what a wonderful sign!
Coincidence?...I think not!



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Melissa - Thank you for reminding us all that God is ever-present in all that we do!  Miraculous................Yes................and perfectly timed!  I have absolutely no doubt Mr. Tim Russert had a hand in it!  How wonderful for all of us to share in that renewed hope that we will see our "babies" again!  In the interim, there is a new "Angel" named "Tim" with a heart of gold who will be checking in on our "Kids" regularly!  I'm feeling pretty good about that!
Our loss is their gain.............and I'd say our "kids" are in very loving, caring hands!

Bless you Melissa for always finding the "Light" in the Darkness!

Donna(Rudy & Rileysmom)

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Dear Joanne and Donna,

Since losing Betsy, I have become even more spiritual and in tune with these types of occurrences.   I have had too many "Betsy experiences" since her passing for them to only be coincidences.   I truly believe our babies are leading a blissful existence at the Bridge, and are still fully aware of our love for them.  

And, yes, I can just imagine Mr. Russert up there, too, playing with our babies, with that big, always-present smile on his face!!   I know our babies welcomed him as he approached.

Sending big hugs to all,

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My dearest Melissa –

As my mother’s last days approached, the hospice nurse had given me a small pamphlet titled “About Dying,” and it was mostly what to expect from a medical standpoint, but the very last page held that same poem that Maria Shriver recited. I found it to be most profound and it cut deep into my heart. When my mom was first diagnosed over 2 years ago, I had had a conversation with her about being greeted by those that have gone before us; and she believed it and so do I, for if I didn’t I think I would go crazy. It’s a strange sort of comfort to know that while we are saying goodbye to all of our loved ones here, there are those waiting for us with outstretched arms and cries of joy and welcome.


I imagine our babies at the Rainbow Bridge in a similar place, where, even though they don’t realize it, they’re patiently waiting for our arrival.


Wrapping my arms around all of us as we miss our sweet little babies who now wear their very special Rainbow Bridge wings.


Affectionately always,


Rusty’s Mom – Allison.


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All I can say is AMEN.


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Dear Melissa, that is a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing that poem. It certainly makes you think. It is refreshing to hear that even Tom Brokaw believes. I wish you peace and comfort Melissa, you are a very kind person. I am so sure your darling Betsy is very proud of you! Donna, Mr. Meowgy's mom


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Dear Allison, Jerry and Donna,

The Little Ship poem really touched my heart and made me feel such a sense of hope.  It was so horribly difficult to send Betsy to the Bridge, but when I think of all the wonderful furbabies and featherbabies that have gone before, I feel a sense of comfort.  Our babies are together.  They are not lonely.  They watch over us.  I truly believe this.

When I get really sad about Betsy being gone, I imagine my Grannie holding my Betsy in her arms.  She was more of a "cat person" but I am sure she is holding Betsy close.  My Grannie had a cat named "Sue" who turned out to be male (she thought "he" was female initially, so she named him "Sue").  We used to tease her and tell her that is why "Sue" was so irritable all the time.  I smile to think she and "Sue" and Betsy are all together now, living in perfect bliss.

Just thought I'd share that with you.  God bless each and everyone of you.


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Thanks for sharing this story with us!  Today on "Meet the Press", they had a summary of the memorial service for Tim Russert (truly an angel) where the "Over the Rainbow" music was played and at the end, they showed the double rainbow over Washington DC.  Amazing!!  I am so happy that Tim was able to send this message as a reminder to all of us!  It sure gives me hope!

Again thanks,

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Dear Melissa, what a lovely poem, and so appropriate for this site, it is positive, hopeful, and ever so beautiful!   I too have become more spiritual since losing Nike, and frankly, less fearful of what awaits us in the next world.   If our fur babies are there, it can't be too bad, right?  I just took care of my daughter's little Italian greyhound for a week, the first time I have had a dog in the house since July of last year.   I cried when I had to give her back today.  Hmmm,  sounds like I am ready for another furchild, but what I am so afraid of is going through the fear and pain again.  I just cannot go there just yet...anyway, my daughter said I could have Hannah overnight anytime, and that we will dog-share for now.   Perfect!   Wishing you and everyone here a week of peace and wonderful experiences and memories.    Hugs,  Jan


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Thank you so much for sharing the poem and the rainbow story.  They were both so comforting.  God is truly here for us and he holds our precious furbabies in his loving hands.

Kate (Gus' mom)


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Thank you so much for the poem and the rainbow story.  I have been having a really hard time lately with Hanks death, and I asked him for a sign on my way home last night, and he showed me a double rainbow.  Reading this post just brought that back.
Thank you so much,
Heather, Hanks' forever mommy
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