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I'm so sorry Thom and Louise that you lost your little friend Higgins. He sounds wonderful, and he went out purring and in the arms of two who loved him.

I've lost a couple dear friends and there was always a last "purr", a period where they said goodbye. My 19-year friend Jewel slept on my head one of her last nights. My Ebony followed me from room to room even when walking was painful for her and she couldn't keep up, so I'd scoop her up and carry her in one arm while doing housework with the other. They do know they're getting ready to take that journey, and they tell us they love us one last time.

I'm glad you had all those years and smiles with Higgins. He was a brave soul who survived a rough beginning and went on to have a great life. Thank you for sharing his last little rumble.

shirleeujest's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm


I'm very sad to hear about Higgins. I use to love to hear you talk about him. I know he had a very good life and lot's of love.

Jen in Evanston

Jpfaff99's picture
Dec. 26, 2012 5:42 pm

So sorry to hear about Higgins. This always makes me feel better when I think of my dogs that passed a couple of years ago. I lost two Boston Terriers with in 6 months. Mother and son. I hope you find comfort in this poem. I did.

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....

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Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

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