Friday, April 23, 2010


This morning,
we want to share a story
with you
about what happened
on the day
our Java went to the Rainbow Bridge.
The pictures on today's post
are from some of the memorials
that were sent to us
by friends and family.

The day before Mom, Dad and our Vet
had to help Java on his way,
we had torrential rains.

Our neighbor had come that morning
with his backhoe to dig Java's grave
which had about 2 feet of water
standing in it when they got home from the Vet.

Mom got a bucket and she and Lilly
watched as Dad dipped over a hundred
gallons of water from the grave.

Our sweet Vet had placed Java
in a blue canvas bag with an angel
at his head.
Dad gently laid him in the grave,
on his bed,
and started to cover him with the dirt.
As he started to cover him,
Dad told Mom she should take Lilly
and go to the house.
Mom knew that Dad needed
some time alone with Java.

After Dad had been out there about 20 minutes,
our doorbell rang and it was Dad -
he was all muddy and didn't want to
come in the house.

He said to Mom,
"The strangest thing just happened.
As I was covering Java,
I looked toward our house
and saw two Black Labs coming
up our road.
One of the Labs kept going,
and the other one came up to be petted."

The Lab that came to Dad
spent about 5 minutes with him -
just letting Dad pet him
and talk with him.
And when Dad started to the house
to get Mom so she could see the dogs,
they disappeared.

We have to think they were escorts
that came to take our sweet Java's spirit
across the bridge.

We miss him today and everyday,
but we know he's free of pain
and one day we'll see him again.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh, Ruairi,
Ciera and Becky


bea's blog said...

What a beautiful post...!
We know such situations and think of you!
Your puppies are so adorable; we always follow your blog!!
~•♥•~ ~•♥•~
Lovely weekend from Germany

Jazzi said...

Thats strange but yet true. I have heard about angels appearing to people helping out in situations and then they disappear!! God send his angels to help, comfort and assist us. Cool how God works huh??
We all miss JAva and yes, we will all see him again.


justjohn said...

Rip a person's heart out will you? Wow... what a story.

Yoda & Brutus said...

What a wonderful post! Mom is getting all leaky.

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda & Brutus

The Strawberry Mallard said...

Lynn you know how we feel...and we know why that happened....what a gift...
Hugz, Nancy & G-dog

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Lynn, you wrote from you heart. I know that Java is smiling his big dog smile down on you today. He is waiting there for you...but without pain - only with a very happy wag to his tail. God brings us blessings and signs to let us know that those we love are ok. I truely believe this.

What lovely treasures you have received in honor of sweet Mr. Java.

we all love you,
Becky, Duhgall and Fiona

Sue said...

I'm glad you were able to share that story.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

What an absolutely beautiful tribute to dear Java. Thanks so much for sharing it. Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Sierra Rose said...

Amazing angels! What a love, sweet Java. Really nice post. Leaky eyes over here.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Remington said...

Oh dear, now Beth is crying! I asked her to read it too because it was such a great post....and now! TEARS!....Beth here....that was the nicest blog about your dear Java. A person has to really wonder sometimes about the little things that happen in our life that we seem to miss -- I am glad your husband was there to pet the lab that came by....I am certain there was a reason for it....God has ways to let us know things are okay....

~Kim~ said...

What a beautiful, touching and amazing story! I know how very special and personal this story is to you--Thank-you for sharing it and sharing your beloved and precious Java with all of us!

Mango said...

What a wonderful story. No doubt those labradogs helped your dad to let go of Java in his heart. The memorials to him are really nice too.

I know how much you must miss him.


the booker man said...

thank you for sharing this beautiful and personal post. how comforting to know that java was escorted to his final home.

the booker man's mama

scotsmad said...

Thanks for sharing your story,even if it has meant reaching for the box of tissues. How beautiful.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

PS We think of Java every morning when our computer says it has Java updates!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Mom is leaking in agreement...

Thanks so much fur sharing that pawesome experience...

PeeEssWoo: And thanks fur your help with Stella's blog too!

Maggie and Mitch said...

Mom can hardly see your post through her tears. Thank you for sharing your very special story.

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Clive said...

That is such a very special story - thank you so much for sharing it with us.

take care
Clive and the NSLM

houndstooth said...

That's a really neat story! Java must have been a special guy to need two escorts on his way. We hope he's having a great time there!


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

What a beautiful tribute to Java and what a touching closing moment for Dad. Those two labs were very special angels indeed.

Hugs and woos, the OP Pack

BRUTUS said...

What a touching tribute to Java. The part about the labs and the picture of Java's collar hanging made mom's eyes leak... I'm sure you miss him terribly. Hope the puppies have helped fill the big hole that loosing Java left in your heart :)

Teary Snorts-
Brutus the Frenchie

Mrs.Kwitty said...

What a comforting story...God takes care of all his creatures, great and small. I always think that HE has a special place for his dogs because they are so full of love. Sorry for your loss ♥
Smiles, Karen

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

This is a beautiful remembrance to Java and all our furiends that have gone over the rainbow bridge.

Shannon and the Gang

pajudie said...

What a beautiful post - I can hardly read it because of my tears, though. Wonderful memories of your Java - hope they bring you comfort.
Judie, Duncan & Hamish

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi Lynn,
The tears are running down my face!! Very sweet to know Java had such great angels to take him over the bridge!!! I know that Bambi is not going to live forever and it is going to be so hard to lose her!!
XXOO, Bambi & Fern

Oskar said...

My mom person is crying tears at this beautiful post. We know that God sent angels to help your dad person.

Eric said...

What a lovely post for your Java and such a special story. Made us all a bit leaky.

Wiry love Eric xxx

Hollie and Janie said...

what a sweet, sweet story! mama and i are sharing tissues now! your java was such a special lab!!

Nan said...

I found you from Magpie Ethel's post of the Scotties. I really teared up at this post. I believe those two dogs were escort dogs what a beautiful thought and I believe it.

Petsitgal said...

What a very nice story! I was just crying my eyes out as I read this post! Java's angels help escort her to the rainbow bridge. Rest in Peace Java!

The Two Country Poodles said...

What a sweet post! It made us all a bit leaky too.

What great visitors your dad had.

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo & Uncle Puppy by Proxy

MAXMOM said...

Dear Lynn,
I catch my breath when I read such amazing stories like yours...
What a precious doggie your Java was! I can imagine how much you miss your times together. Thank you for sharing this. You are an inspiration in how you write amidst such grief. I hope I will be able to do the same when Max's time comes.
With love

gMarie said...

I should know better than to read these type of blog posts at work. Absolutely lovely post and what an awesome visit. I hope Java is helping Dudley adjust. g

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