Illustration by ©sophie-filomena
"A dead mouse? Under your bed? Oh it’s very bad luck and I hope you understand that I have nothing to do with this."
Photo by ©polandeze
"What did you say? Steve? Steve? I can’t hear you, you’re breaking up! STEVE!"
Photo by ©Björn Söderqvist
"Move along, citizen! I have a nest to do!"
Photo by ©jpockele
Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray. All the recent arrivals at the Bridge did not know what to think, as they had never seen such a day. But the animals who had been waiting longer for their beloved people to accompany them across the Bridge knew what was happening, and they began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge.
Soon an elderly dog came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. He approached slowly, and though he showed no sign of injury or illness, he was in great emotional pain. Unlike the animals gathered along the pathway, he had not been restored to youth and vigor upon arriving at the Bridge. He felt out of place, and wanted only to cross over and find happiness.
But as he approached the Bridge, his way was barred by an angel, who apologized and explained that the tired and broken-spirited old dog could not cross over. Only those animals accompanied by their people were allowed to cross the Bridge. Having nobody, and with nowhere else to turn, the dog trudged into the field in front of the Bridge. There he found others like himself, elderly or infirm, sad and discouraged. Unlike the other animals waiting to cross the Bridge, these animals were not running or playing. They simply were lying in the grass, staring forlornly at the pathway across the Rainbow Bridge. The old dog took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting, yet not knowing for what he was waiting.
One of the newer dogs at the Bridge asked a cat who had been there longer to explain what was happening. The cat replied, “Those poor animals were abandoned, turned away, or left at rescue places, but never found a home on earth. They all passed on with only the love of a rescuer to comfort them. Because they had no people to love them, they have nobody to escort them across the Rainbow Bridge.” The dog asked the cat, “So what will happen to those animals?” Before the cat could answer, the clouds began to part and the cold turned to bright sunshine. The cat replied, “Watch, and you will see.”
In the distance was a single person, and as he approached the Bridge the old, infirm, and sad animals in the field were bathed in a golden light. They were at once made young and healthy, and stood to see what their fate would be. The animals who had previously gathered at the pathway bowed their heads as the person approached. At each bowed head, the person offered a scratch or hug.
One by one, the now youthful and healthy animals from the field fell into line behind the person. Together, they walked across the Rainbow Bridge to a future of happiness and unquestioned love. The dog asked the cat, “What just happened?” The cat responded, “That was a rescuer. The animals gathered along the pathway bowing in respect were those who had found their forever homes because of rescuers. They will cross over when their people arrive at the Bridge. The arrival here of a rescuer is a great and solemn event, and as a tribute they are permitted to perform one final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort all those poor animals they couldn’t place on earth across the Rainbow Bridge.”
The dog thought for a moment, then said, “I like rescuers.” The cat smiled and replied, “So does heaven, my friend. So does heaven.”
"In early June I took home a kitten and was worried about introducing him to my ferrets. Watch him grow up with them."
Photos/caption via Imgur (full album HERE)
"But I said I’m thankful! I said I’m thankful! Nooooooo!"
Photo via Catster
Rescue Tuxedo Kitty’s First Thanksgiving
Meet Lily the Tuxedo. She was an itty bitty kitty when she was rescued. This is her first Thanksgiving at her forever home.
“She was the runt of the litter, abandoned by her mama, and taken in by my cousin. She now has a big brother, Puck.” - Gillian L. wrote on her Flickr.
All via Love Meow
Happy Catsgiving Day!
Photo by ©mk30
Sure I’ll pay two dollars for this little guy!
Photo/caption via Slightly Viral
Owls are Flying Cats
Photo via Cutest Paw
What This Man Found In A Bag Of Mulch Will Blow Your Mind. What He Did With It Will Melt Your Heart.
A Florida man opened a new bag of mulch and, to his surprise, he found a baby squirrel inside. We found the man on Reddit, where he is known by the handle “Nadtacular,” but now the Internet is starting to know him because of his compassion. The baby squirrel appeared to be only days old when he found it. It was so young, he initially mistook it for a mouse or rat. But he decided to take care of it, and lucky for us, document his its development.
As you can see from the photographs, a bond developed between the man and the squirrel, which he named “Zip.” There is no definitive answer to how baby Zip found its way into the bag of mulch, but it’s safe to say Zip appears to be enjoying his new home. It’s also safe to say that this man’s selfless act has restored our hope in humanity. Way to go!
Via Slightly Viral