Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day was founded by a fellow pet blogger, Deborah Barnes. The author of Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles, Deb created this special day in tribute to her Ragdoll cat, Mr. Jazz, whom she said goodbye to on August 28, 2013. Upon receiving overwhelming support for her book about his death (Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond), Deb decided to create the day in his honor as a way for others to share memories of their own departed pets.
Rainbow Bridge carries on an ancient tradition of memorializing our beloved pets with the same care and consideration as we do our departed human family.–Deborah Barnes
This year, I wish to honor Jazzy and Jonesy. Jazzy belonged to my in-laws. He was a black toy poodle, and he died last year at the age of 15. My in-laws have only owned toy poodles, and they only have one at a time. Jazzy was their third. After he died, they went the longest they’ve ever gone without a dog since getting their first toy poodle in 1975. But a couple of months ago they got their fourth toy poodle – an eight-week-old cream-colored puppy that they named Toby.
Jonesy belonged to my family, and especially my sister. Jonesy was one of two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels that needed a home. The dogs came to my family at the age of four. They were mellow and amicable dogs. Everyone who knew them considered them sweet. This past year, Jonesy welcomed my parents’ new puppy, Lexie, and even played with her, despite being 13 years older than her. On August 17, while my parents were playing a game of Scrabble, they noticed that Jonesy was unusually still. When they checked on him, they discovered that he’d passed away quietly. You can read my dad’s tribute at: Jonesy
For those who have ever lost a pet, Deb is hosting a Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day blog hop. The post will go live at 12:00 a.m, EST, on August 28 with the code and linking information available at that time. She has also created a Facebook event page where you may want to post a picture, upload a video, or share a favorite memory. This is the event link: http://bit.ly/2h0NXUU.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to remember the other pets I have lost but not forgotten.
And as with every year, there is no pressure to participate and I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable. I know it’s a sad day. But it’s also a beautiful day. The outpouring of love I see is so touching, as people share in the love they had (and still have) for their pet(s). It’s a time when we can all take a moment to collectively come together and comfort one.–Deborah Barnes