The Rescuers Final Reward

by Benny Archuleta

Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray.
All the recent arrivals at the Bridge did not know what to think, as they had
never seen such a day. But the animals who had been waiting longer for
their beloved people to accompany them across the Bridge knew what was
happeninga swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent
arrivals had
no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before.

It wasn't long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low and
tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while,
knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too

He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign
of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The
Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and
vigorous again.

As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals
watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could
cross over, the happier he would be. But, alas, as he approached The
Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized,
but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were
with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge.

With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields
before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also
elderly and infirm. They weren't playing, but rather simply lying on the
green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge.
And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.
One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he had just
witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for awhile to
explain it to him.
"You see, that poor animal was a rescue. He was turned in to rescue just as
you see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes
clouding. He never made it out of rescue and passed on with only the love
of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existence. Because he
had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The
The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, "So what
will happen now?" As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds
suddenly parted and the gloom lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen
a single person, and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly
bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as
they were in the prime of life.
"Watch, and see," said the second animal. A second group of animals from
those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At
each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind
the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed her
towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.
"What happened?"
"That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who
found new homes because of her work. They will cross when their new
families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes.
When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of
rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn't
place on earth across The Rainbow Bridge."
"I think I like rescuers", said the first animal.
"So does GOD", was the reply.

Author Unknown
In Loving Memory
SHANE, the old man, was the Father of
all of our dogs.  He was a mixed breed
but he had a champion heart.  He was 18
1/2 when he crossed the Rainbow
Bridge.  He was only 50# but to the
dogs, he was King.  He took care of all of
dogs.  They would come up dripping
from the pond, he would lick them dry.  
He adored each and every one of them.  
You are surely missed, Shane Dog.......

June 10, 1991-Sept. 19, 2010
SABLE passes away peacefully in
her sleep. She was such a good
girl.  She loved everyone and all the
dogs.  She enjoyed playing with
Niko and their daughter,  Sesi Girl.  
We miss you Sable.   Peace be with
you Sable Girl.  

February 14, 2003 to November
21, 2011
It's with a heavy heart that we have to
say "See you later" to our precious
Mahle.  She had some amazing
puppies for us so her legacy will live
on.  She got so excited when it was
her turn to spend the night in the
house with us. She would run big
circles in the yard, woo-wooing as
loud as she could.  It is so quiet
around here now, Mahle.  She loved
the water too and had so much fun
swimming with her friends.  We all miss
you so much.   

AUG. 1, 2006- Oct. 19, 2012
It is with a broken heart that we
have to say goodbye to our
precious Keke.  She was such an
amazing girl to be so young.  She
was the Mother Hen of all of our
young girls.  Even at only 4
months old, she was still very
protective.  We only had her in our
lives a short time but I treasured
every second with her.  She was so
gorgeous and has the personality
to match.  I miss you my Keeks.  

January 19, 2013 -August 9, 2015
The time comes. An Alaskan Malamute lifts up its head.
There is an untested adventure beyond. Time to go.
Across the Rainbow Bridge is a place for all dogs.
A river runs wide and shallow with tennis balls that fly with their
own wings;
That is the place for a Labrador or Golden to await its master's

The Malamute is not content here. Northward is its trail.

There are soft pastures for Aussies and Border Collies, with
sheep and geese to pen.
Agility equipment grows like trees amid Frisbees and flyball.

But the North continues its sure wild call,
And the Malamute's journey continues.

Now the air is colder. Now the moon is always full.
Now the light is silver and it breaks and shimmers on fields of
bright snow.

Now there are no roads, no walls, no pens, just endless space to
This is where Malamutes gather, North of the Rainbow Bridge.

They wait in this beautiful place, happy, but not complete.
Suddenly, a howl begins, as one dog senses someone coming,
Someone very special.

All the Malamutes raise their heads and join in the ancient chorus.
They dance like moonbeams and sing like winter winds.

There are red ones like dawn streaks, black ones splattered with
many colors
And silver ones like the first strange hour before light.
They line up as if in harness and run together,
In a scintillating, many-colored streak.

The leader of the team guides the others past the fields
And river, with racing feet and racing heart.
They rush to greet the new arrival at the Rainbow Bridge
Where the leader is rejoined with its beloved person, never to be
parted again.

The glory of the reunion is celebrated by all
The Malamutes dwelling beyond the Bridge,
A glimmering, multicolored team leaping and whirling with joy.

The light from that scene is what we see on magical evenings
In the northernmost parts of this Earth:
The Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights beyond the Rainbow

Sikora was the Witch of the Pack.  We
had to spay her due to heath
complications when she was 6
months old.  She didn't get along with
any of my other girls but loved all my
boys.  She was the perfect dog when
she was in the house all by herself.  
She was 11 and had a great life. She
loved to go to the pond with
Avalanche and swim.  They would
break the ice and go swimming.  I miss
you so much 'Kora Girl.  

December 3rd, 2005 to March 25,
It broke my heart to lose  my precious
Ripley. She was my best friend.  She
was such an amazing girl. We called
her "Lickers" because she couldn't
quit giving kisses.  She was Sasha's
daughter and so adored around here.

February 22, 2007-August 1, 2018
SKYLEE was our oldest, at almost 14
when we lost her.  She was an
amazing girl.  She loved to swim in
the pond.  She stayed in the house
with me during the day since I lost
her sister SASHA. She was terribly
spoiled.  We love and miss you Sky

December 4th, 2005-November
1st, 2018

It is with a heavy heart that we say
goodbye to our Justy Girl.  She was
an amazing girl.  She tolerated our
dogs, which is asking a lot.  She was
so super smart too.  If we went down
to the pond and didn't feed her at
the barn, she would block the gate so
we couldn't get in the yard.  She
loved our Cows.  I do love
Ornamental Grasses and have them
all over my yard.  Sometimes I would
let her in the yard and she would
grab them and pull them up by the
roots. I just went along behind her
and replanted them.  
Logan adored her.  She had a bad
hip so we had to quit riding her but
Logan just wanted to spend time with
her to so would take her for a walk.

We love you Justy Sioux and miss
you terribly.  

February 16, 1994-April 13th, 2020