In 2004 I made an 'internet' acquaintance.
Our common interest? Mules of course!
We emailed and phoned each other along with letters 'snail mail letters'.
Always, always, our favorite subject was of course Mules. And one particular mule was the subject of most of our conversations. A spotted mule named Dinah.
My husband and I grew to love and admire both Dinah from a long distance. We became very fond of her owner who always had a happy go lucky voice and positive attitude.
Last year I got a phone call...and hang up from this mule owner. It was later followed by an email which asked if we would consider becoming Dinah's owners if something happened to her.
I called her and she did indeed ask us if we'd consider giving Dinah a home if 'something' happened to her.
My friend has a deep and incredible love for her animals.
Hubby and I assured her that ... yes, we would take Dinah.
[and never ever sell her...give her a forever home]
I recieved an email this morning asking about Dinah. Would we honor her mom's wish and give Dinah a home?
We weren't expected to...but if we could direct them to someone who might want her....
I emailed the daughter and said 'Call me!' We made a promise about Dinah and want to honor it.
Said Daughter called and we tearfully talked.
Hubby joined in.
Dinah will not go to sale per my friend's wish. Dinah will come to our place where she will have a forever home.
We don't go back on our word. We promised and we will deliver.
Dinah will come to live with us [and work for us]...forever.
And then the day will come where Dinah will cross the Rainbow bridge...
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....