It has been a very busy week for us Angels. We have been helping Santa prepare gifts for the shelter dogs. After a long day I stopped by Otie Campbell’s ice cream shoppe in Mayberry for a hot fudge sundae. Otie was polishing the counter when he looked up and asked me if I had picked a Pup of the Week yet. Thankfully no pups had crossed the Bridge this week so I had not picked one. “How about you let the pups who have crossed the Bridge in the last year write to their parents.”
This was a wonderful idea. First I am sure that parents would love to hear from their angels this Christmas seasons and second I don’t have to write a blog. So I turned it over to the Angels.
Otis Campbell: Hi Mommy and Daddy. I know this is a hard time of year for you since I went to the Bridge a year ago. But please know I am doing good. I love working at the ice cream shoppe and I am inventing all sorts of new ice creams. You can’t believe what you can do with squirrels. I love you both very much and watch over you everyday. I am so happy you have Briscoe. I have taught him a lot. I asked Mr. Springsteen to play Santa Claus is coming to town for you last night as a message that I love you. And I am trying to help the Steelers beat the Patriots. Don’t tell Foley. Please don’t be sad. Enjoy your Christmas and give Briscoe all the love you gave me.
Brody: Hi Mommy and my kids. I miss you all so much. Mommy you are doing a wonderful job with the kids. I am so proud of the way they are growing up. And I know Finley isn’t me but he is trying very hard and he is a good dog. I know it has been a hard year but I do see better days in your future. Know I will be with you every step you take. I wish you could have seen my Christmas tree. It was beautiful. But I ate it. I guess some things never change. Love you.
Zoe Boe: Oh Mommy did I ever pick the wrong year to leave you. I was very proud of the way you fought through your illness. I was with you through every appointment. I wish you could have known I was there. And I personally flew thousands of prayers up to the Big Guy from your family and friends. I know you have come through this stronger and a better person, even though you were my favorite person from the first day I met you. I love the artwork you have been doing and I am so proud of you. I show it to all my friends. I am doing some artwork myself. I wish you could see it I am sure someday you will but that is far, far in the future. Keep living your life Mommy. You have an uncountable amount of time left. And I will be waiting.
Erin: Hi Mommy. You are doing a wonderful job watching over my pack. I go into their dreams every night to make sure they are treating you right. I am very busy being the tech consultant for every pup here at the Bridge. You know how hard that can be. I try to show the same patience and understanding that you have shown over the years. You were truly an inspiration to me and others. I love you and miss you Mommy.
Aran: Hi Mommy. How I wish I could be on our lap giving you sweet kisses right now. (And how I wish I could be on a second honeymoon with my wonderful husband Wiley.) I am so proud of the way you have given Chloe all your heart the way you gave it to me. She is such a wonderful girl. Don’t worry about me a bit. I have lots of friends here who take great care of me. Thank you for introducing me to them. I would be very lonely without them. You are the sweetest parents in the world and I love you more each day. Remember I am always near you and I come visiting as lots of tiny flying creatures. Love Aran.
Max: Dear Sweet Grandma and Grandpa: Ladybug is right next to me and she wants to say hi and that, like me, she loves you very much and we are sending you 1,000 Angel kisses. We love you so much and we know this has been a very hard year, especially for you Grandma. We think, because you are so close to the Big Guy, that you feel our presence every day. At least we hope so. You keep your strong faith and keep believing and you will feel us with you. We miss you everyday and we both love you. You were the best parents and grandparents any dog could ever have.
Simon: Oh my sweet Mommy. How I love you. For so long it was just you and me and we loved it that way. But every story has to end. At first I didn’t know why they had to end but now I know why they do. It is so new stories can be told. Next year I want you to start a new story. A story with a new dog who you can give as much love to as you gave to me. I will always love you Mommy and I will wait decade after happy decade for you. You will lose lots of angels to the Bridge during that time because all their stories will end. I will take care of all your angels and someday we will be forever for eternity. Love you Mommy. Now go make a story.
Blazer: Hi Mommy it is me, Bazier. That was your special name for me. I have everyone call me that now because I like hearing it. I am helping Judge Foley out a lot just like you asked me to do. She is a wonderful friend and we snuggle together a lot. I miss you more everyday and I spend a lot of time looking over you because I know you haven’t been feeling well lately. I go to the Big Guy everyday and pray for you to feel better. I know it has been a hard year Mommy but please remember your little Bazier will always be in your heart, and just like when you went out shopping I am now home waiting for you, but I want to wait for a long time because so many people love you and count on you so it’s not time to come home yet. Look for me in your dreams Mommy. Love Bazier.
Logan: Hi sweet Mommy. I am so proud of you for keeping the Labs together. I know there are some new members but they aren’t like a rock band that keeps getting worse with each loss, you keep the band as strong as ever and that is because of the love that you show them. We are up here teaching the Labs to do right by you, to keep you happy and to relieve your many stresses. We know with the move and other things this has been a very stressful year for you. We have run up the mountain with many prayers for a less stressful year for you next year. We love you Mommy and we know you can always feel our love around you.
Reyah: Hi Mommy. I know how much you have struggled since I have gone to the Bridge I miss everything about you and I know you feel the same about me. It is easier for me. I get to watch over you and you never get to see me. That hardly seems fair but no one said life is fair (although the afterlife does bring justice.) Keep going forward Mommy, one step at a time, one day at a time, it will get easier, and I will be walking with with you. I know I am always represented on the mortal side of the River because there is a big piece of me in your heart. As long as you are on the mortal side I will be too. I love you.
Maya: Hi my sweet Mom. I am spending time with lots of our German Shephard friends. It keeps my mind off of missing you. I know that you have a lot of heartache about my passing. Try to remember the good times in our lives. I want to thank you for being such a great pup Mom. I love you more than you know. Merry Christmas.
Scooby: Hello my wonderful parents. Oh I miss you so much. I love the Christmas tree you planted for me. It makes me so proud. And the memorial is beautiful too. I am such a lucky dog to have such wonderful, caring parents. When I couldn’t walk any longer you were my legs, you were my freedom. And now that Odie has arthritic issues you are doing the same for him. I don’t think two people could care so much for animals. I am here now with Rusty and your other angels and we are sending all our love to you. Enjoy your family at Christmas and know when you look at everyone sitting around your table that we are all gathered under the table at your feet. Now I am going running. I wish you could see me run. Love you.
Fonzie Tuxedo: Dear Mommy: I am here with our Heavenly Father and I am doing everything that he tells me to do as you would want me to do. I do hope that the strong faith that you were blessed with has given you comfort. You know I am never far from you and that we will be together someday. I am trying to do good here, and to help all those doggies who don’t have homes. I do believe that someday we will find homes for all dogs. You have a wonderful Christmas Mommy. When you close your eyes know I will be there and that I will live in your heart forever.
Clint: Hello to my wonderful parents. I haven’t been here two months yet and I am still finding my way around but everyone has been very nice to me and they let me play with them. We run and play for hours. It helps keep my mind off of missing you. I don’t much feel like doing anything for Christmas this year but my friends are telling me I have to do something. You probably feel the same way but we have to keep moving forward. I do wish I was there with you and I wish I could take the pain from your heart. I love you more every day. Let’s both try to have a Merry Christmas and know you are in my heart and thoughts every day
Smores: It has barely been two weeks Mommy and Daddy. I have been doing my Angel training and trying to get used to things. I don’t know if I will ever get used to being without you and I don’t know if you will get used to being without me but I guess we will have to get used to it. Try to have a good Christmas Mommy. I promise I will too. Hopefully by next Christmas things will be easier. The one thing I have learned is, that, like me, all the angels here love their parents and they all want me to say a Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.