Today is bitter-sweet. As we celebrate a two month seizure free stretch for Rocco, we are also saying goodbye to Tundra, a dear friend and fellow epi-dog. This morning Tundy set out on her journey North of the Rainbow Bridge. She was just under two and fought a brave battle. Her family provided us with support as we were trying to make sense of Canine Epilepsy and Tundra remained an inspiration throughout.
Run free, sweet girl, knowing you are loved by many. We will remember you through Rocco’s ups and downs as he bravely continues on his path.
Photo Credit: NT Photography
The time comes. A Siberian Husky 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 arrival.
The Siberian 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 Siberian’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 run.
This is where Siberians 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 Siberians 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 Siberians 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 Bridge.
Our evening walk will be dedicated to Tundra, soft husky woooooos,
RA, Isis & Nanük
Deena O'Daniel says
So very sorry for your loss. Give Rocco an extra belly rub from Dakota the Corgi and me.
So sorry to hear your sad news xxx
Thibaud Vidal says
Thanks for this post. Tundra was such a brave and beautiful dog. As Rocco, I did not know her personally but it was like I did. I have followed her struggle against the monster and, now, I am much than sad she died. Darn it! she was too young to endure this…Hum, anyway, congrats Rocco!!! Two month without seizure, that is good news! I wish you thousand month seizure free.
Pet and hug Rocco from me.
So sorry to hear about Tundra.
What a beautiful poem.
Run fast, run free Tundra.
Ann Paws says
What a beautiful dog Tundra was.
For the Love of Dogs says
So sorry to hear about Tundra. Heaven gained another angel. Puppy prayers to the family.
We, too, share in your sadness of Tundra’s passing. We have come to know Tundra and her wonderful family as fellow-Epi-dog parents. We learned so much from each other and were certainly praying there would be a way for Tundra to beat those seizure monsters. Beautiful tribute post to a beautiful girl.
I hope this note finds Rocco still seizure free! Two months…woo! Here’s to a hundred and two more! And then more, and more, and more….