Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Can You See the Rainbow

I was not planning on a blog post today, but after seeing this, I just had to share with you all.

You see, this morning my dear sweet Dude passed to the Rainbow Bridge. I will share a special post about him later, because right now it all seems too new and too surreal to share

What I did want to share is this picture I just took from my back porch on a cloudless fall day. The picture taken with my cell phone does not do justice to the vivid colors of this rainbow but the fact that a rainbow appears in my yard today is amazing. I saw it and cried

To me, this is Dude's Rainbow....a sign from him to me that he made it safely to the Bridge and is now waiting with GigEm and Icee Bear and Olive and on and on. And you know what, I hear there is an unlimited supply of squeeky toys at the Bridge

I miss you big guy,


3 doxies said...

Cheryl, my heart is breaking but it alos goes out to you for your loss of Dude.
And of course, I am trying to find some comforting words or wisdom...but I can't. I don't think there are any words. But I hop you know we are thinking of you during this difficult time and we will always be there for you! Please let me know if yu need anything and when you are up to us doing a post in memory of Dude.
He was so lucky to have made his life with you and so loved. You both were so lucky to have eachother.
We love you Cheryl!

Puddles mum

Those Elgin Pugs said...


It comes with so much sadness for me to type this comment~

My heart breaks for you~

I am sorry for the loss of your beloved Dude.
He had a great life with you and he will be in your heart always~

Our thoughts and prayers are with you tonight and we will continue to keep you close in our hearts.

You have such great love for your babies as anyone can clearly see and I am heartbroken that one is gone~ but not forgotten~
He is watching you and the next rainbow you see dear Cheryl, will be from him~
We love you!!

~Katy, IzZY, Josie and Anakin Man

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Dear Dear Cheryl, I am sooooo terribly sad to hear this news. I know that Dude was a huge part of your family and that there are many wonderful memories.
I am stunned that the rainbow appeared on the exact day that you needed to see it. How beautiful.
If there is ANYTHING that I can do for you in this sad time PLEASE do not hesitate to contact me.
We in Blogville are ALL here for you.
Lana Price

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With Khattledog said...

It has been another rough week here in The Blog World -

We will be lighting a candle tonight for others had crossed today - and a few we've learned crossed on earlier in the week -

We'll add Dude to our thoughts -

How nice you saw the sign - and knew to look for it -

Khyra and Her Mom Phyll

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

So very sorry and sad to see this. We didn't know Dude at all, but we understand your heartache. He is a wonderful furry to send you that rainbow - you just HAVE to know it was from him. Lots of hugs and good thoughts to all of you from all at the OP Pack.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder,and Ciara and Mom too

Maggie Mae and Max said...


I am so sad to hear this news about Dude. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Blessings and Love,
Janelle and Maggie Mae

houndstooth said...

Oh, I am so very sorry! It's never easy to lose them and there is never enough time together. Our hearts really ache for you right now! We're thinking of you!

Carrie and Bunny

Oskar said...

We are so deeply sorry for your loss. I am so glad that Dude was able to send you a sign that he was running free.

Nubbin wiggles & hugs,
Oskar & his mom person Pam

Brian said...

Puddles told me about your sweet Dude and I just wanted to come by and tell you how sorry I am to hear that news. My sisters and I all send you purrs and hugs.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Cheryl. I was so shocked and saddened to hear about the loss of Dude. He was so lucky to be part of a home that loved him so very much. I hope that soon your memories of him will bring smiles to your face instead of tears. Please know that all of us are thinking of you and sending you warm thoughts at this sad time.

Amber (and Mayzie)

K9 Katastrophie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Peace be with you.

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

We are so very sorry for the loss of Dude. That rainbow surely was a sign. We are sending you lots of gentle headbutts and purrs.

Barbara said...

We send our heartfelt condolences for your loss of Dude. We never get over our pets, we just learn to go on. Our prayers are with you.

Trixie, Minnie and Barbara

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Dude was a very good dog. I know you'll miss him:(

The Ladies of Beaglebratz Manor said...

From mom Beaglebratz - I am so glad I was home when I saw this - there are a handful of blogs I can't comment on from my work computer and yours is 1. I am so very sorry for the passing of Dude. That was sweet of him to send you that rainbow - you know he did. He is one of God's puppers now and Dude asked God if he(Dude) could send you a sign to let you know that all is ok at the Rainbow Bridge. The way I understnad it - not just toys but an endless supply of blue sky and always good weather and the doggies and all the animals there never want for anything.

Ruby and Penny said...

We are so, so sorry that your Dude crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
Let your wonderful memories of him fill the Dude shaped hole, his leaving left in your heart.
If there is anything we can do for you, let us know.
Love Ruby, Penny & Joyelle

♥ Sallie said...

I know that rainbow was a sign that he is ok. We love you.

(((((((((((((((Big Hug))))))))))))))

The Daily Pip said...

Oh, I am so sorry for your loss ...I know this beautiful rainbow is a gift from Dude and he is just on the other side running free. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Dude.

Pip & Kristin

Dexter said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. He is running free now and only those left behind are feeling the heaviness in their hearts.


Molly the Airedale said...

We are friends of Puddles and we are so very sorry to hear about Dude. Our hearts are breaking for you.

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Lola and also Franklin, too said...

We are all so sorry for your loss. The rainbow, though - what a beautiful sign to help you through it all. We know you're going to be sad for a while and it can't be helped, but every time you think of Dude's passing, you'll think of that rainbow, too, and know that he's safe and happy.

love from Lola, Franklin and the whole family

rottrover said...

What an amazing gift from Dude -- a reassuring, "it's OK Mom." I'm so sorry for your loss. Hug the other kids and love them!

Pippen said...

We are so, so sorry to hear of the loss of Dude. He must have been one super duper special dog to be able to send such a great sign to you on his safe arrival.

Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Lorenza said...

I am so sorry to know about Dude.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Take care
Kisses and hugs

sprinkles said...

I heard about Dude from Frankie. I didn't have the honor to know Dude but I understand your heartache. I'm just so very sorry and wish I could do something to help take your pain away.

I truly do believe that rainbow was from Dude himself letting you know he made it over to the other side.

You and your family are in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Dude. Will keep you and your family in prayer. I know there is no words to make things easier now. But, with time, I hope good memories will ease the pain you and your family feel right now.

Sandra said...

Our hearts break at the news. We are so sorry for what you are going through. What a beautiful gift that Dude sent you with the rainbow. We will pray for you and your family.


detroit dog said...

Such a beautiful rainbow that came for Dude!

I am so sorry for your loss, but there are lots of great dogs that I know Dude is meeting and befriending at this very moment. My girldog Bastet and her friends Buddy, Atticus, and Lola are three of them, and I bet they're having a great time.


Mollie said...

Puddle's mom is one of my best-est friends, so I try to follow some of her blog friends (so I know what in the world she's talking about). I am SO sorry to hear of your loss. Allison wrote a wonderful post this summer when my young daughter's kitten passed away unexpectedly, so I know that the blogging community is a great source of support. I've had my share of loss and know how grief-stricken you must be. The rainbow in your yard was truly miraculous! What a blessing from Dude! Your loss is definitely the bridge's gain. Take care - my thoughts and prayers (and a bunch of purrs and meows) are with you. - Mollie

Unknown said...

Oh Cheryl, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Dude. It's always not easy to lose our beloved one and I know how you feel. It was so great to have the rainbow there and it's definitely Dude's rainbow. I'm sure he's happy running over there now. YOu and your family are always in our thoughts!

Brutus, Ellie, Pippa and Otto said...

We read about the passing of Dude on a couple of other blogs and wanted to stop by. We are sorry for you loss. We love that Dude sent a rainbow to you to show you that he made it to the bridge ok.

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda & Brutus

Anonymous said...

Frankie Furter told us of your loss. We are truly sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

wooo woooo wooooooo, Tessa and Mom Blu

Taffy said...

I am so sorry to hear about Dude. What a beautiful rainbow he sent you. That just shows how much he loves you and how special you are to him. We will be keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.
Twix and Teresa

Oreo said...

I am so sorry to hear about Dude. I dont know him well, but I do know about loosing a dog that you love very much. Prayers are with you at this time and it is cool that you saw the rainbow and yes, I bet there are a ton of squeaky toys there.

Our thoughts are with you!!
Diana and Jazzi

Levi said...

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Dude. There is nothing I can say about your loss. Losing a member of the family is hard and so very sad. You are in my thoughts.
What a beautiful rainbow that Dude left you to show that he is okay and in a good place.

Emma Rose said...

We are so sorry to hear this. But what a beautiful message he sent you in the rainbow!

Emma Rose and the Duchess

Autumn and Jasmine the Maltese said...

I'm sorry to hear about Dude passing the Rainbow Bridge. Lossing some one who closed to us is really painful. The rainbow is the message from him to let you know that He will always be with you.

Love from,
Autumn, Jasmine and mom

Neeko said...

Dear Dude's Family...

We just came over from Those Elgin Pugs to tell you that we are so very sorry for your loss.
The Divine Rainbow you saw today is indeed a clear sign that your precious Dude is in good hands, running happy and free...

Sending you our love at this very difficult time,
Neeko and Family

Wilma said...

We came right over when we heard. Please know you are in our thoughts today and in the days to come. The loss of a beloved pet is one of the hardest things to bear. So amazing he was able to send you a message that he made it.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Sending you my Golden Thoughts n Prayers. For sure you have great memories of Dude that you will treasure forever. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Maxmom said...

Oh Minna...
I am really sorry to hear of Dude's passing! I really am!
Please know that my heart is with you at this difficult time and as you try to digest this new absence.
I am so, so sorry!
Sending lotsaluv

Caro's mama said...

Hi! I'm so sorry for you. I know how you feel. But you know, Dude is currently playing with my doxie who went suddenly to the rainbow bridge last spring.

Martha said...

We were so very sad to hear about Dude from Puddles. That is such beautiful rainbow and we are so very happy that Dude sent it to you.
We know he is letting you know he is among good friends there and he is content but we also know your heart is breaking and you will miss him.
Sending you basset and human hugs.

Anonymous said...

Thinkin Dude sent you the most beautiful rainbow :)

Wishin you the happiest memories of your beloved Dude,

Your furiend,

Wyatt said...

Sorry to hear about Dude crossing the rainbow bridge. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Wyatt and Stanzie and family

♥Mona + Prissy + Angel Weenie♥ said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What a beautiful sign that Dude made it to the Bridge and I'm sure he had lots of friends waiting in line to greet him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

God Bless...Sarah,Mona's Mommy.

Mack said...

We are so sorry to hear about Dude's passing. What a beautiful sign he sent you from the bridge. See you later Dude!

Uji, Angel Izzy, Ziggy, Angel Bean, Hiro and Momma Tea said...

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss, I'm not good with words at times like these but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
What an amazing lad to send you such a beautiful rainbow.
I will look out for a new star tonight and I am positive Molly would have been there to meet him as well.
With Much Love
Tea ( Mollys Momma )
x x x x

Charlotte said...

We are very saddened this morning, to read of the passing of your beloved Dude.

We have lit a candle to guide him safely to the Bridge.

Dogspeed Dude.

((hugs)) your friends
Oskar, Schatzi & Xena

My Mind's Eye said...

Dear MinnaK, Mom and siblings....Madi and I are heartbroken to read about Dude. We are sorry for your loss he was a precious family member....
The rainbow story is so very touching....
We will keep you all in our prayers,
Gentle hugs and kitty kisses.
Madi and Mom

Amber DaWeenie said...

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Dude. I do believe in the sign of the Rainbow, as it has also happened to me on two occasions--on April 6, 2009 when I lost my furbaby, DeeDee, and again within 24 hours of losing my sweet Angel in January of this year. Dude will always watch over you from the Bridge and will remain safe in your heart forever until you meet again.


Unknown said...

I am so sorry for your loss. RIP Dude and run free.

Marg said...

We are so sorry to hear about Dude. It is always so sad to lose a furfriend. And the apprearance of the rainbow is really something. What a great sign for you. We are sending lots of hugs to you in your sad times. Take care.

Lacy said...

sooo sorry in your loss of Dude...we never have them long enuff...i do believe in signs and what a wonderful way to let you know he was ok..RIP Dude, run with the wind..

a sad,
angel lacylulu and mama..

The Heartbeats said...

Signs have a wonderful way of healing the heart. The Heartbeats are thinking of you in this terrible time.

Anonymous said...

We came offur from Maggie Mae's page to tell you that we are so sorry your beloved Dude had run off to The Bridge. And it is amazing that he sent you a sign, so quickly, that his journey was quick. He will watch over you all and is waiting for the day you shall be reunited.

Gentle Hugs & Purrs,
The Kool~Kittie~Krew and Shannon

Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

Minna and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about Dude's passing. Please know we are thinking of you and hope your broken hearts heal soon. Our Aunt Dolly is there and we know she will take excellent care of him! We loved the rainbow you shared it was so beautiful!

Extra Wags and Licks,
Mollie JO & Bobo

Road Dog Tales said...

Our hearts are sad for all of you. The rainbow was a beautiful sign and we know Duke left you wonderful, happy memories that will lighten your heart in time.
The Road Dogs

the booker man said...

miss cheryl,
me and asa and mama' hearts are aching for you. we are so sorry about dude's passing. dude was an amazing little guy. we are not surprised that he sent that gorgeous rainbow to you so you would know he is a-okay at the bridge.
enjoy your endless buffet of stuffies up there, dude! your sweet mama will be with you again some day.

*comforting huggles 'n gooey nose kisses*
the booker man, asa, and the mama

Nubbin' Tails said...

We haven't visited before but came over from Miss Mayzie's page. We're so sorry for your loss, we know how it feels.


Mr. Nubbin's Mom

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

So sorry for your loss!

Corbin said...

Oh, MinnaK, Mom & Family... I am so so so sorry to hear about the loss of Dude. With an awesome name like that, I can only imagine he was the best of dogs! I hope you can find comfort in the wonderful life you gave him and the wonderful memories you have of him. You'll be in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time.
-Corbin and Jenn

3 doxies said...

Cheryl, just letting you know we are here and still have you close to our heart. We love ya'll.

Allison and Puddles

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Words simply fail. Our prayers are with you.

SASS....Sammy Andy Shelly Sierra said...

We didn't know Dude, but we wanted to come by and let you know that we send you our purrs and love....we hope that will help comfort you in some small way.

What a blessing to see that rainbow in your garden at a time like this.

Love to y'all.

Bruschi said...

I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Dude, but I heard the sad news from Maggie Mae and I came to pay my respects and condolences. Mommy has the wet stuff coming down her face right now.....that rainbow appearance is truly touching.

Hugs and Licks, Bruschi

George The Lad said...

I'm so sorry to hear this news, mom knows about the pain you must be feeling, run free sweet Dude. You are in your thoughts
George and Jan xxxx

Unknown said...

We are so sorry to hear about Dude. I am sure he'll be sorely missed. A rainbow indicates that he got there safe.. do not worry. He'll be waiting at the rainbow bridge. Remember the happy moments.

Dommy, Piper & Anny.

Remington said...

Beth here....tears are falling as I write this. I am certain that was a sign that he made it heart goes out to you....I am so sorry for your loss....

Bocci said...

So very sorry to hear of your loss-that rainbow, we believe, was a beautiful sign from your Dude.
Our thoughts are with you...

Draco and his Mom said...

I came over from Frankies sorry that the Dude left for the rainbow bridge. It was a beautiful rainbow, a sign for sure that Dude made it over and is running free.

Scooter said...

I am so sorry to hear about Dude. I'm sure he was amazing and had a wonderful life. We doggies know how much we mean to our people and I'm sure Dude knew too. That's why he sent the rainbow. A reflection of your love to him and his back to you. I hope it comforts all of you.
Deepest Sympathy

Teddy Bear said...

We are so so sorry to hear about Dude.:( We are sending lots of love and hugs.

Teddy Bear

A MilShelb Mom said...

I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Words just cannot express it. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
~Maggie (the Mom), Milly, and Shelby


Puddles had posted that Dude ran off to the Rainbow Bridge and we just wanted to stop in and send your our deepest purrs....

purrs & purrayers

Abby (the manx)

Zona said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I think you are exactly right about the rainbow and I hope it provided you some comfort in knowing he is at the bridge with friends and waiting for you and your family. You're in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult days.

Hugs and wags,
Zona and mom

Unknown said...

I am so sorry. Rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace sweet Dude, you are loved and missed, today and always.

Asta said...

I just heawd this sad sad news fwom Puddles..(my pootew is bwoken)
Pleez take ouw love fow youw bwoken heawts fow youw loss of Dude..I know he must have left a big hole thewe.
That wainbow is cewtainly a sign that he's safe and waiting and enjoying all those toys and tweats they have in heaven..Mommi and I send ouw love
smoochie kisses

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

We're so very sorry for your loss. It always hurts so much to lose them, but the joy of whatever time we have with them makes it bearable.

Bijou said...

Gosh we are furry sorry to read about Dude's passing. We haven't been bloggin much lately so just now found out about your loss.

Bijou, Banjo and Mom