A Letter From Your Pet In Heaven
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say.
But first of all, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from the Bridge. Here I dwell with God above.
Here there's no more tears of sadness. Here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy, just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you, when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you.
It's good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on."
God gave me a list of things that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight,
God and I are closest to you...in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth and all those loving years,
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry - it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
Though if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too;
That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and in pain;
Then you can say to God at night..."My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented...that my life was all worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along, I made somebody smile.
God says: "If you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low;
Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street with me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps, only half a step behind."
"And when it's time for you to go...from that body to be free.
Remember you're not going...you're coming here to me."
More than an angel
The young pup and the older dog lay on shaded sweet grass watching the reunions. Sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, sometimes a whole family would approach the Rainbow Bridge, be greeted by their loving pets and cross the Bridge together.
The young pup playfully nipped at the older one. "Look, something wonderful is happening!" The older dog stood up and barked "Quickly--get over to the path." "But that's not my owner" whined the pup, but he did as he was told.
Thousands of pets surged forward as this new figure walked along the path toward the Bridge. As the figure passed, each animal bowed his head in love and respect. The figure finally approached the Bridge and was met by a menagerie of joyous animals. Together, they all walked over the Bridge and disappeared.
The young pup was in awe. "Was that an angel?" he whispered. "No, son" the old dog replied. "That was more than an angel. That was a person who works in animal rescue."
Molly & Tess
This tribute is long overdue. I have tried to write it so many times and found I could not continue as it hurts so much, so I have been doing it in batches and have finally managed to finish it.
When we lost Molly in February 2004, it was an unbelievable hole in our lives.
We still had Tess to keep us amused and busy, and she looked after the children that came to the centre on a Sunday, but there was always one missing.
When we lost Tess on the 4th August 2006, the hole was suddenly the size of a universe.
These two animals were an amazing learning curve to a lot of people, especially us, they were always pleased to meet anyone who came by. All they wanted was love, someone to play with and food…in that order. They gave their love, companionship and devotion unconditionally to the day they died. They were always there to greet you when you came home, always behind you when you walked from one room to another and always there if you needed company. Mind you….they were always on our bed when we woke up in the morning. We were contorted into strange positions while they had most of the bed. But that was their way. They had to be close to us at all times ready for us to stroke them if we felt the need.
We hope they feel that we were suitable and caring owners, and that we did not let them down in any way in their all too short lives.
It was an honour to be part of your lives. We miss you both so much.
Until we meet again.
Rachel (Honey Bunny)
IN LOVING MEMORY OF RACHEL (HONEY BUNNY)
Honey was born with severely deformed back legs, to the degree where one leg was the wrong way around and that she had no hip sockets. She also had a flat chest and curved spine. The vet told Delia and Jim that she wouldn’t have a long life, not even to make 12months, and that we would have to keep her comfortable and see how she coped. She would need pain relief, to be kept clean and would need to be kept indoors on special vet bedding. As you can imagine she wasn’t left alone for a minute, with volunteer after volunteer wanting a cuddle but it was my heart strings that were really tugged at. As a vet nurse I could offer her all the care she needed.
Honey settled into home life immediately and we soon realised she didn’t need constant pain relief. She was always so full of life and mischief. I don’t think she quite understood she was disabled as she tried to do everything a normal rabbit would do. Seeing her ‘binky’ was an experience and she loved to happily throw her toys at your head if you opened the cage and didn’t stroke her straight away. She never complained even with all the bandage changes, shaving and bathing, and physiotherapy sessions. Near the end of her life she suffered from an eye condition that needed treatment 6 times a day but still she never complained. She was at her happiest on my Dad’s lap for the nightly cuddle. She adored our cats and would stalk them and demand licks. My favourite time of the evening was the smooching session on the floor with her nuzzling into my face frantically licking me.
We always knew she would have short life but never expected her to leave us so suddenly. She died peacefully in my arms after suffering breathing difficulties on 27th September 2009. She was 19 months
Honey was such an ambassador for Bobtails and had an impact on so many lives. Everyone who met her was amazed by her endearing spirit. The biggest impact was on my own life, my heart shattered the day she died. We miss our little monkey so much. It has taken me nearly a year to write this, never finding the right words to describe how amazing she was or being overcome by grief. Honey is a constant reminder that no matter how bleak a situation looks, there is always hope. Until we meet again my little love. Foster Mum Tracey x
Dolly was found abandoned in a box in a park in West London in February 2014 and was taken to a local vets. She was severely underweight and was showing neurological problems, the vets did not expect her to survive the night. Dolly was brought to bobtails and was fostered by our volunteer Tracey as she needed specialist care. In November 2016 Dolly developed a respiratory infection and after intensive care from Tracey, Dolly sadly suffered a seizure and passed away in the arms of Foster Mum Tracey on 8th December 2016. Tracey did an amazing job looking after this very special little girl who touched the hearts of all that knew her.
Karly was one of our long term residents and sponsored bunny with her sister Kim. Karly passed away in August 2011 after a long battle with abscesses and an infected jaw bone.
Honey the guinea pig passed over the rainbow bridge in September 2011 after brave battles with abscesses and bladder stones. Honey was one of our sponsored long term residents.
Jupiter was one of our much loved long term residents who passed away in September 2011. He was a cheeky brave little piggy and will be much missed.
Kermit arrived with us in September 2009. He was extremely under weight and had some of the worst teeth we had ever seen. Throughout his time with us he had many health problems but was an inspiration to us all as he was such a happy friendly bunny. Kermit went over the Rainbow Bridge in November 2011.
Dumped on the doorstep in February 2006 in a horrendous state, Bud defined all odds in making it through that first night. With much love and nursing he went from strength to strength and became the ‘face’ of Bobtails helping raise money through our sponsorship scheme and being the front cover for our first Bobtails Calendar in 2006. After some ups and downs with his health he went over the Rainbow Bridge in April 2008. RIP our brave little man.
Pip one of our long term residents had been with us since 2006 and battled with teeth problems. This in turn led to other health issues. He went over the rainbow bridge in Feb 2012
Allow Aggi wasn't with us that long, we hope we made her twilight days happy and comfortable. Aggi went over the rainbow bridge in April 2012 and is now running free from pain in that big bunny meadow in the sky.
One of the colony who came to Bobtails in March 2005 with their Mum (Stella). Poppin had lots of problems with an abscess on her jaw but she was always strong as though she knew we were trying to help her. She passed away in September 2012. RIP Poppin.
Blackjack had a lot to contend with. He had problems with his front teeth and was prone to bladder stones and bleeds. The love and care of his foster Mum ensured he had a happy and active life until he went over the rainbow bridge in April 2012.
Kim was one of our long term residents and had lots of problems with arthritis in her back legs and in later life problems with her chest. Kim passed away in January 2013 and is reunited with her sister Karly.
Karen sadly passed away on 13th February 2013. She was the last of a family colony of rabbits that had lived at the Bobtails since 2003 and will be missed by all at the Rescue. RIP little Karen – binky free with the rest of your siblings.
Aprilla sadly past away at the grand old age of 13 years in February 2013. He was originally rehomed by Bobtails and had a happy life. His owner had to move abroad due to work commitments in 2012 - she was devastated to have to give him up but visited him regularly when she was back in this country. Aprilla was kept at Bobtails and bonded with Forrest Delia & Jim’s house bunny and this wonderful old gentleman spent his last few months being cuddled and either watching TV or falling asleep and snoring loudly. He was very chilled out and a much loved bunny who will be sorely missed.
In loving memory of a very special lady, Debbie Broad.
Debbie passed away last autumn after a short battle with cancer. She was a long-time supporter of Bobtails, adopting animals from us and also acting as a home checker for her local area.
Debbie was a beautiful lady, full of life and always ready with a smile, she cared deeply for her family and pets, she would never turn any animal needing help away.
We will all miss her and send our condolences to her family.
Even during this awful time she thought of the animals and requested no flowers at her funeral but donations towards The Royal Marsden and Bobtails.
We would like to thank her husband Colin and family and let them know we are thinking of them.
Sadly our long term resident Iggle passed away at the beginning of June. Born in October 2008, Iggle came into Bobtails in July 2011 with his brother Piggle. As Iggle had chronic arthritis in his legs which restricted his movement he became a permanent resident and part of our sponsorship scheme. This little lad will be sorely missed.
It was a very sad start to 2014 for us at Bobtails as Pringle, one of our long term resident guinea pigs, went over the rainbow bridge on 8th January. This brave little piggy had undergone an operation in September 2012 to have a cancerous lump on her liver and her spleen removed. Pringle had a scan in January 2013 when she was shown to be doing really well although her prognosis is guarded. However, a visit to our vet this January and more tests confirmed our worst fears that her cancer had come back and it was time to say goodbye. Pringle had a wonderful life and was cared for by Foster Mum Tracey who did a wonderful job in making each day special for Pringle.
Popcorn had a few health problems which we believed were neurological. She therefore remained as permanent Bobtails residents and sadly passed away in July 2014.
Sadly, our lovely old boy Thunder went over the rainbow bridge in April 2015.
We are always saddened when we lose any of our animals but had a special bond with Thunder as he had been living in the house with Delia and Jim and Forrest their own bunny. RIP Thunder.