Busy at the Bridge
Source: Unknown
I found this on an animal lover's website,
and she indicated she received it via email...

Welcome at the Rainbow Bridge
September 11, 2001
by Alexander Theodore, Bouvier, Fourth Year Resident

On the morning of September 11, 2001, there was an
unprecedented amount of activity at the Rainbow
Bridge. Decisions had to be made. They had to be made
quickly. And, they were.

An issue, not often addressed here, is the fact that
many residents really have no loved one for whom to
wait. Think of the pups who lived and died in hideous
puppy mills. No one on earth loved or protected them.
What about the many who spent unhappy lives tied in
backyards? And, the ones who were abused. Who are they
to wait for? We don't talk about that much up here. We
share our loved ones as they arrive, happy to do so.
But we all know there is nothing like having your very
own person who thinks you are the most special pup in
the Heavens.

Last Tuesday morning a request rang out for pups not
waiting for specific persons to volunteer for special
assignment.. An eager, curious crowd surged excitedly
forward, each pup wondering what the assignment would
be.

They were told by a solemn voice that unexpectedly,
all at once, over 4,000 loving people had left Earth
long before they were ready. All the pups, as all pups
do, felt the humans' pain deep in their own hearts.
Without hearing more, there was a clamoring among them
- "May I have one to comfort?" "I'll take two, I have
a big heart." "I have been saving kisses forever."

One after another they came forward begging for
assignment. One cozy-looking fluffy pup hesitantly
asked, "Are there any children coming? I would be very
comforting for a child 'cause I'm soft and squishy and
I always wanted to be hugged." A group of Dalmatians
came forward asking to meet the Firemen and be their
friends. The larger working breeds offered to greet
the Police Officers and make them feel at home. Little
dogs volunteered to do what they do best, cuddle and
kiss. Father Mike got a special little Yorkie for his
very own. It was difficult to determine who was
comforting whom the joy was so complete!

Dogs who on Earth had never had a kind word or a pat
on the head, stepped forward and said, "I will love
any human who needs love."

Then all the dogs, wherever on Earth they originally
came from, rushed to the Rainbow Bridge and stood
waiting, overflowing with love to share - each tail
wagging an American Flag.