Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The Rainbow Bridge


This is one of the most awesome stories. Its a must read for each and every pet owner… enjoy


The story tells of a green meadow located "this side of Heaven" (i.e., before one enters into it). Rainbow Bridge is both the name of the meadow and an adjoining bridge connecting it to Heaven.

According to the story, when a pet dies it goes to the meadow, having its body cured of any illnesses, frailties and/or injuries. The pet runs around and plays with other pets, missing only one thing – the love and companionship of its owner, who is still alive on Earth.

Upon the pet owner's death, on his/her journey toward Heaven s/he crosses the meadow. While doing so, the pet (along with any other pets the owner had while on Earth) spots its owner and runs to greet him/her. Reunited, the pet(s) and owner cross the Rainbow Bridge together into Heaven, never again to be parted


Rescuer at the Bridge

Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and grey, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All the recent arrivals were confused and concerned. They had no idea what to think for they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had spent some time waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was happening and began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge to watch. They knew this was something special.

It wasn't too long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung heavy and low with tail dragging along the ground. The other animals on the pathway...the ones who had been at Rainbow Bridge for a while...knew the story of this sad creature immediately. They had seen it happen far too many times.

Although it was obvious the animal's heart was leaden and he was totally overcome with emotional pain and hurt, there was no sign of injury or any illness. Unlike the pets waiting at the Bridge, this dog had not been restored to his prime. He was full of neither health nor vigour. He approached slowly and painfully, watching all the pets who were by now watching him. He knew he was out of place here. This was no resting place for him. He felt instinctively that the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But alas, as he came closer to the Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who spoke softly to the old dog and apologized sorrowfully, telling him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their special people could pass over the Rainbow Bridge. And he had no special beloved people...not here at the Bridge nor on Earth below.

With no place else to turn, the poor elderly dog looked toward the fields before the Bridge. There, in a separate area nearby, he spotted a group of other sad-eyed animals like himself...elderly and infirm. Unlike the pets waiting for their special people, these animals weren't playing, but simply lying on the green grass, forlornly and miserably staring out at the pathway leading to the Bridge. The recent arrival knew he had no choice but to join them. And so, he took his place among them, just watching the pathway and waiting.

One of the newest arrivals at the Bridge, who was waiting for his special people, could not understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the pets who had been there for some time to explain it to him.

"That poor dog was a rescue, sent to the pound when his owner grew tired of him. The way you see him now, with greying fur and sad, cloudy eyes, was exactly the way he was when he was put into the kennels. He never, ever made it out and passed on only with the love and comfort that the kennel workers could give him as he left his miserable and unloved existence on Earth for good. Because he had no family or special person to give his love, he has nobody to escort him across the Bridge."

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 all-invasive gloom lifted. Coming toward the Bridge could be seen a single figure...a person who, on Earth, had seemed quite ordinary...a person who, just like the elderly dog, had just left Earth forever. This figure turned toward a group of the sad animals and extended outstretched palms. The sweetest sounds they had ever heard echoed gently above them and all were bathed in a pure and golden light. Instantly, each was young and healthy again, just as they had been in the prime of life.

From within the gathering of pets waiting for their special people, a group of animals emerged and moved toward the pathway. As they came close to the passing figure, each bowed low and each received a tender pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. Their eyes grew even brighter as the figure softly murmured each name. Then, the newly-restored pets fell into line behind the figure and quietly followed this person to the Bridge, where they all crossed together.

The recent arrival who had been watching, was amazed. "What happened?"

"That was a rescuer," came the answer. "That person spent a lifetime trying to help pets of all kinds. The ones you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of such unselfish work. They will cross when their families arrive. Those you saw restored were ones who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are permitted to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor pets that couldn't be placed on Earth across the Rainbow Bridge. You see, all animals are special to them...just as they are special to all animals."

"I think I like rescuers," said the recent arrival.

"So does God," was the reply.

--Author Unknown--

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Second Chance Sanctuary Raffle!!

Hi Everyone!
Happy Tuesday!
Please help Second Chance Sanctuary by buying a raffle ticket…
They really do some awesome work – buying a ticket means that you will be helping the animals!!! Isn’t that awesome! You can win some stunning Jewellery by being kind to the furries! Smile
Read on for pic’s of the prizes and how to enter. Its a country wide competition so lets get buying!!
Competition Time!!
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Second Chance Sanctuary is trying to raise funds for vet bills by having a Jewellery Raffle.

Tickets are R10 each and will run until 31 October 2011.

This is a country wide raffle, so everyone can get a chance to win, and we will ship it off via the post to anywhere in the country.
The first prize is a white gold 9ct Tanzanite pendant with two diamonds valued at R1200:
11st prize

Second Prize – a 9ct Gold Chain with a Cross Pendant:
12nd prize

Third Prize – These beautiful earrings:
13rd prize

How to enter – deposit the raffle fees into the following account:
Second Chance Sanctuary
FNB Bluff Branch Code 250135
Account Number 62239003578Ref:
Raffle and your name
Send the proof of payment to along with the amount of tickets you are buying and your contact details –
please note that if you are buying for friends by putting money together, please supply each person’s name, contact details and how many each tickets person is taking.For more information, please contact Cherece at
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Friday, 26 August 2011

Update day


It’s Friday and I haven’t updated in a long time…

I have been kept very busy and have been pulled in a million different directions!

This is the one line that has stuck with me this week. Once again I forgot to save who wrote it – so thank you – whoever you were.
“knock – knock, oh I’m here to put you down, ur cats over u… he says you cramping his style.”
This was in reference to the amount of people dumping their pets… there have been way too many cases lately where people don’t take their animals to shelters – the poor souls are left at empty houses, at shopping malls, or even deserted at kennels.

006 blomThis week Rhino Poaching has been in the news… I followed ABSA’s progress and FB posts and reposted them for those unwilling to join the Aquila Private Game Reserve Page. We have to be aware that things like this are happening even if it saddens us. It’s the only way to educate and know how we can make a difference.
RIP ABSA boy. Your tragic death has brought together more people who are willing to fight to save other Rhino’s and SA wild live that are in danger. Your suffering although horrific was therefore not in vain…



What has upset me most with humans – and I know I’ve mentioned it before – is how people tend to toss you aside when you do what you want to do with your life… it’s as if they have a plan for your life and they want you to live it accordingly.
I for one can no longer live like this… I have tried to keep everyone happy my entire life, I have been there when everyone else vanished (they were too busy…) I have tried to make everyone proud… - except me…

In the time that I have been putting my heart and soul into animals; long time friends and family that I have always looked up to - have either walked out of my life or made it blatantly clear that they do not support what I do. It’s tough though – this is my life – my existence – and I have to do what makes ME happy.

So don’t expect to see me bowing out of the lives of the precious, voiceless four legged friends; any time soon.

I will however repeat how much I despise how people act and turn a blind eye to cruelty and abuse. You see it’s easier for them to do it. Turn the other cheek and become as much of a coward as the one who abuses.

On the positive side I have to thank the amazing people I have met online who are willing to speak out. Those who I consider to be incredible angels put specially on earth to make a difference…

I have to thank the few friends who have told me they are proud of me… My mom is one of them… to hear this made me smile in an extremely difficult time.

One of my long time friends has made me incredibly happy and proud of her. Through facebook issues and glitches – as well as a difficult period in her life has gone above and beyond the call of duty… Last night I received the most amazing thank you from this angel. It seems that we have been a positive source of energy to each other. Well if you think about it – it’s the animals we have to thank for strengthening our bond. So thank you to all the gorgeous furries.

On to my crazy cats

005 MimmoMiss Mimmo has settled in beautifully. She is a little tornado in the house. Her “dragging” shoe fetish has grown to being shoe protector.
She has learned to open doors too and invited my boy cats into the shower – while I was using it…
She has become everyone’s cat in a way. She follows my daughter, plays with my son sleeps with dad and well; she thinks I’m dirty… She decided that my hair was not clean enough for her liking and gave me a special kitty bath.
She is still getting used to her disability and so are we. She now at least “kitty kisses” Kitt and Stig instead of swatting them when they are on her blind side. Her tail is an issue she hasn’t quite mastered yet. She turned into a cyclone last weekend (at bed time) when it waved past her blind eye – if I wasn’t so exhausted I would have laughed. Silly girl.008 boxie

Kitt has upgraded from his favourite sleeping places – boxes – and retires to the bedroom at night – on my feet. Although he still likes his boxes during the day… *laughs*

Stig still visits his girlfriend – another cat in our complex – pity that her owners aren’t likable. I say “her” here although “she” could very well be a “he”. We haven’t established that yet. If you know my boy cats – you will know how in love they are with each other… so Stig may in fact be cheating on his boyfriend Kitt…

That is all for now

I hope that you all have a great week end.



Thursday, 04 August 2011

Angel Pie

I read a post this morning that said “If your dog doesn’t like someone then you shouldn’t either.”
This took me back to thinking of my darling angel pie child. To me she was and still is the most beautiful four legged creature ever created. I love her as much now as I did when she was alive. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her. She was the epitome of perfection. I could go on all day about her.

I was 11 when she was born. My first glimpse of her was when she was still in her birthing sack and only half way into meeting the world. It feels like yesterday. Her mother Heidi was stolen, darted by a security company when she was only three weeks old.
I bottle fed her and protected her from the get go. I refused to allow her to be trained – My step father considered training to be a brutally cruel practice and I couldn’t allow that to happen. He thought that her spirit needed to be broken and that if she refused to walk on a lead that her paws should bleed until she did. So Racy was never trained. I would take her for walks on a lead – or should I say she walked me… I trained her with love. She listened to my every word and never went out into the street on her own. Even if the gate was open.
She had the most amazing character, she would talk to you and when you were busy – for example hanging washing – she would nip you on your butt to get attention – or plonk her but on your foot so you couldn’t move.
She would scamper after a tennis ball and then proceeded to chew the thing to bits.
When she ran – it sounded like a galloping horse.
She owned the kennel. Poor old Turbo had to “beg” her to let him into it. You see I found the kennel second hand; sanded it down and painted it. After that she decided that it was hers because her mommy made it for her.
When it rained she would boot me out of my own bed and I would end up sleeping on the “sleeper couch” Whatever was mine was hers.
She loved peppermints and egg shells and would steal them when she could. She had some disgusting habits too but I won’t mention those – although I do laugh when I think about them.
When I started dating – now this is where the quote comes in – she would sit in between me and any guy she didn’t like. Which was most of them – her decision to point out that these guys were wrong for me was completely right!
When I was sad she was always there – she knew my soul – she knew things about me that no one has ever known. She shared a love and bond with me that no human could ever fathom knowing.
My angel lived an entire 11 years. She had grey speckles showing a life lived well and to the full. I wish she could have lived longer… I miss her so very very much. Even though I can still feel her spirit around me I still wish that I could give her a cuddle; or get a big sloppy doggy tongue kiss.
Miss you my darling child.
Till we meet again
002 mimmoOn a lighter note…
Miss Mimmo is doing fine – she is a typical female – she loves shoes. She is so good I don’t think she has a bad bone in her body. She darts up and down the passage in the morning and attacks anything and everything – and a shoe that she drags out into the passage to “wear”.
We are all learning how to cope with her disability. She gets very angry if you approach her too fast or stroke her on her blind side. She loves putting her head in your hand. She also purrs now and has started to vocalise at food time. She’s a lovely little girl.
I must love and leave you all now…
I hope you all have a super long weekend…
I hope all ladies have an awesome Women’s Day.

Monday, 01 August 2011

Fork In The Road


Marriage or Relationship?

If you want someone who will eat whatever you put in front of him..



Then adopt a dog.


If you want someone always willing to go out, at any hour..



Then adopt a dog


If you want someone who will never touch the remote,and can sit next to you as you watch romantic movies....



then adopt a dog.


If you want someone who is content to get on your bed just to warm your feet and whom you can push off if he snores..



then adopt a dog !


If you want someone who never criticizes what you do, doesn't care if you are pretty or ugly, fat or thin, young or old, who acts as if every word you say is especially worthy of listening to, and loves you unconditionally....



then adopt a dog.


BUT, on the other hand, if you want someone who will never come when you call, ignores you totally when you come home, leaves hair all over the place, walks all over you, runs around all night and only comes home to eat and sleep, and acts as if your entire existence is solely to ensure his happiness.
















then adopt a cat!

You thought I was gonna say... Marry a man, didn't you?

No, not at all!!!



Each animal that is featured

in this email is available for adoption



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Account number: 190 512 5232

Bank: Nedbank, Florida Branch Code: 190541

CLAW relies heavily on donations of:


-Pet food-Leads and collars

-Dog and cat feeding and water bowls


-Pet carriers and cages

-Kitty litter

-Veterinary supplies & medication

-Blankets and towels

-Cleaning supplies (rubbish bags, mops, brooms, bleach, hand soap, laundry soap)


-Dry dog food & cat food (we are REALLY low!)

-Canned dog, cat and puppy food

-Shelving unit for cat room

-Heaters for winter

-Fans for summer




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