During my first weeks of public life, after I first joined the late Doggyspace, I made many friends. But one of the friends had already shed his mortal coil and gone to the Bridge. I had never had a friend on the immortal side of the River but one night Fred popped into my dreams and showed me the paradise that awaited me when I crossed over.
Fred arrived at the Bridge before dogs began social networking. The crowds that now greet pups who cross the River were not there when Fred climbed the stairs. Just personal friends and family members. But as soon as his Mom’s dogs, Junior and Luca, got online and made thousands of friends, whenever one of those pups crossed the River Fred was there to greet them.
Before dogs began blogging learning how to adapt to life at the Bridge was an adjustment for new angels but Fred began teaching them their duties as soon as they got their wings. He not only taught them how to be angels for their pups and parents but he trained them on how to teach others to do the same.
Now there is an army of dogs waiting at the Bridge, myself included, to greet our friends and to train them the way Fred trained us. To honor Fred I recently appointed him an Angel Captain.
We haven’t barked as much with Junior and Luca was we would like in the last few years. Human issues crept up and blocked block our barks. We know their wonderful Mom would like to giver her dogs the Freedom to Bark they had in the past and hopefully they will in the future.
But for us angels at the Bridge we have Fred to bark with everyday. And we are better angels for it.