Friday, October 19, 2007

Ode to Casey and Clyde

I would like all of you to meet Casey and Clyde; it has been my honor to spend the past 14 years as their Auntie. Casey and Clyde have always been an old married couple, spending hours snuggling and spooning each other. Casey, the saucy calico, was the queen of everything (and she had no qualms about letting everyone know it). Clyde was for most of his life the shy quiet gentleman, I was one of the first people other than his mom that he allowed to get close to him.

We lost Casey a couple of years ago, and now we are preparing to part with our sweet Clyde, he hasn’t been doing very well lately, and then developed a growth on his paw that has been ruled cancerous. With the various health issues and the pain he has been in, his mom has decided that the time has come for him to join his love Casey.

I spoke with him for the last time Wednesday night that has always been one of our special things. You see after his mom moved to Boston, he instinctively knew when I was on the phone and he would climb up on her shoulder and start head butting her till she would either drop the phone or she would put it down for him to talk to me, I would talk, he would mew and purr, roll around on the phone and even push the numbers. I always felt his love and affection pop thru the line.

I know that at one time or another we have all had a pet in out lives be it ours or someone else’s that we have felt that special connection to and have had to say good-bye. To honor all of the pets we have lost I will ask that at 2 p.m. EST you take a moment to think of them and say a little prayer for Clyde as this Sweetest Day he peacefully joins his sweetie Casey for eternity.

“I shall not look upon his like again.”

~William Shakespeare

NOTE: The above was written by the lovely yet talented Mrs 618. I can only add that they -- like all beloved pets -- are crossing the Rainbow Bridge and will be there to greet us when our time comes. And unlike the last time we see them in this dreary life, when we meet again, they -- like us -- will be young and healthy and energetic.

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

When an animal dies 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....

(Author unknown...)

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