Some dogs take a long time to adjust to life at Rainbow Bridge. Others adapt to its mysteries like they were childish riddles. I met such a dog this week.
Many dogs assume I know every new angel before I give the Angel Oath. The truth is I often encounter pups for the first time while administering the Pledge. This week I greeted Lady, a lovely little dog strongly devoted to her mom, Patrica Elliot Nie Towriss. Lady had battled renal failure with every her heartbeat but the illness, as it often does, waiting for Lady’s allotted heartbeats to expire then forced Momma Patricia to make the hardest decision. She took away all of Lady's pain by taking it on herself so that Lady could be young and pain-free at the Bridge.
I watched as Lady slowly crossed the Bridge. All the pain her mortal coil held was swept away with each step. By the time she reached the stairs, she was running. When I met her at the top all her physical pain was gone.
Lady impatiently listened as I recited the Angel oath. She quickly barked “I do.” Then she was greeted by the several friends who had preceded her to the Bridge. I introduced the many angels who would be aiding Lucy in her transition to immortality. Lady was polite, but I could tell she was anxious. I asked her why.
“I am worried about my mom,” Lady said. “I need to let her know that I still exist and I am waiting here until we can be together again.’
I told her there were many possible ways. There were dream visits, borrowing the bodies of winged creatures who fly to and from the Bridge, and there are two that require years of practice: Ghosting, whereby a dog sends their invisible spirit to be near their parents and Rainbowing which is caused by an angel loving their parents so much a rainbow goes from their hearts to their moms. This technique is how Rainbow Bridge got its name.
Lady insisted she was going to try Rainbowing. I tried to dissuade her, but she is a stubborn little girl. She concentrated on the love she had for her mom so intensely she began to shake. Suddenly a rainbow appeared on the ground next to her that rose into the heavens. It touched down on the ground near her mom. I checked mama Patricia's Facebook page. Not only had she seen the rainbow she knew it was a sign from Lady.
Having seen the rainbow other angels came running to find who had performed this unique trick. They, many of whom had tried rainbowing to no avail were stunned to see it was accomplished by a rookie. Everyone tried to get Lady to share her secret. “I thought about my love for Mom hard,” Lady`said. The dogs howled in astonishment.
Some angels suggested we study Lady so everyone could learn her acquired skill, but I squashed that idea. I showed Lady her new home and left her intently trying to signal her mom. I had no idea how Lady had Rainbowed but didn't think she had any unique ability beyond love.
Two mornings later there was a knock on my door. I opened it and found Lady beaming in my entryway. “I did it again, I did it again,” she barked excitedly. “I visited mama in her dreams. This morning I checked her Facebook page, and she remembers my visiting.”
I said “hush little one there is no need for the others to know our secret. Many angels would be thrilled if their loved ones remembered their dream visits. If they knew what a knack you had to communicate across the River they would hound you until you spilled your secret. ” Lady readily agreed to keep her powers to herself.
Maybe someday when Lady's mom and her loved ones are all here, and Lucy no longer has a use for her unique abilities, she will teach others. Until then the secret of how special a little girl Lady is will be kept by her mom and me.