When I arrived at Rainbow Bridge, I was presented with two options. I could either rest in peace or spend time with friends and family. I choose the latter. Resting in peace, on the surface, seems like a sound pick. You live in a cottage overlooking a lake, where you spend your days resting, alone. It is a low-stress selection but also dull, so much that I wonder if it is really the bad place.
This is the time of year when I am especially happy to be living in the Doggyspace and Blogville communities at Rainbow Bridge, where times can be stressful, but they are never dull.
We dogs and a few cats living amongst us enjoy decorating our abodes at Christmas. The Big Guy is high on this holiday and enjoys seeing all his angels marking the season with lights and ornaments. He stands on the mountain, looking down at us, smiling, with his faithful dog Max by his side.
I like a tasteful display. I purchased a snow shower light that shines red and green lights on the pine trees standing in the backyard. It is more efficient than stringing lights. I might fall off the ladder and injure my tail feather. I put a manger in front of my house with Mary, Joseph and a little statue of me as the baby Jesus because that’s how I view life.
Angel Apollo and his pack placed brightly lit green and red dogs, that stand three stories high, and wear Santa hats, in front of his house. He strings hundreds of lights on the Weeping Willow. That same tree used to spread across his backyard when he was mortal. Apollo tries to recognize his wooden friend each holiday. He is lucky because he has his dad with him who brings a human touch to his decorations.
Sydney and Moose decorate their yard with special ornaments. The golden baubles, each engraved with the letters, IMHA for Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia, the disease that robbed Moose of his mortal life. There is an ornament for every warrior who lost their battle with this relentless disease. At night a spotlight shines on the letters IMHA which are covered with red and green tinsel.
Max and Tupper are two of my favorite dogs. Loyal brothers on both sides of the river the boys have one goal each Christmas season, to build, always a few inches larger than last years, the gigantic letters M, O, and M on their roof, then point a powerful spotlight at them, hoping their mom will see her name reflected in the stars and know her angels were thinking of her.
My small Yorkie buddy, Chelsea, pays tribute to her home state, Texas, all year long, but at Christmas, when everyone decorates, Chelsea redoubles her efforts. She has dozens of stars, representing her love for the Lone Star state, all over her building, where she lives in the penthouse suite. Somehow, by Christmas, she can transform her building from a square shape into a star, and she proudly sits on top of it.
Cassie lives in the woods. They remind her of the long walks she would take accompanied by her dad. Each Christmas she somehow finds the time to decorate all the trees around her house. Walking through her woods is like strolling through a winter wonderland.
If you see a glow off the horizon during the holidays, know it is the angels at Rainbow Bridge celebrating the season.