Rabbit Advocacy Animal Matters


       A Christmas Story        

      December is the best month of the year at the Rainbow Bridge. For the dogs there is snow to romp in and the angels always have time to toss snowballs for them to chase. The cats enjoy patting at the snowflakes as they fall, and then curling up near the fireplace for a nice winter's nap.

      But it is the lights that make this time so special. Winter on the Earth, their former home, is a time of lengthening darkness, and in December candles glow all around the globe beginning with Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, and continuing on right through the New Year's festivities. At the Bridge the glow of these candles is reflected in all of the trees, and in the hearts of every Bridgekid as they observe the month in their own special way; with memories of the lives, and the loved ones they left behind.

      For most it is a time of quiet joy, but each year there are always a few who draw apart..
Near to midnight, "home time" on December 24 Charlie realized someone was missing from the Hale gathering. "I'll be right back," he told his siblings. He passed many similar groupings as he hurried down the well worn path, many friends called out to him, but he only acknowledged the greetings with a wave and continued on. The path ended at the Rainbow, and there he found a small group of newcomers, each sitting quietly, alone. One of these, the missing Sandifur, was crouched at the very edge, his stumpy tail twitching rapidly, as he stared at the scene below.

      "You are missing the party, little brother," Charlie said. "I don't care," replied Sandifur, "I don't like Christmas anyway. "

     Charlie only smiled. "I felt the same way my first year. Do you remember your very first Christmas with Mom and Dad? Remember the new scratching tree they gave us that year, and the catnip mice? And remember all the good things we got to eat? That was a great time, wasn't it?" Sandifur nodded, still gazing intently below. "I want to go back." "I did too, " Charlie said, licking gently at his brother's ear. "But we can't, baby brother. This is our place now." "But it's Christmas, and Mom and Dad miss us so much. Look, mom is lighting a candle right now, just for us and she is crying."

     "Christmas Eve is her time to remember, little one, but tomorrow she will pass out the presents to all of our brothers and sisters, and she will be happy again. I want to show you something. Come with me."
      Together the two kiddens climbed the arch of the Rainbow, and at the very top Charlie stopped. "Do you see that big silver cloud over there? Watch closely."

     As Sandifur gazed the cloud began to swirl and gradually an image came into view. The clearing where he had left his family, and a larger gathering around the big, glowing pine tree. He could see the dogs, many more of them than when he had left, playing fetch and tug of war, and the kiddens, so many kiddens, sleeping in a heap, their soggy catnip mice forgotten in the grass.

      Suddenly the kiddens all woke up, and the dogs ceased their play and stared into the darkness beyond the clearing, tails wagging in greeting. And then, much to Sandifur's amazement, two humans stepped into the light." "Hurry, Charlie, we have to go back," he said. " Mom and Dad, they're here!" "Not just yet, Sandy. That cloud is our Window into Tomorrow. Come back with me now, and join the others. The reunion will come. We have been promised."

     Sandy reluctantly pulled his gaze away from the vision of the future, and followed Charlie. They found the others waiting for them at the base of the rainbow. "Is it time?" Charlie asked. Terrie nodded, "They are waiting." All of the Hale Bridgekids drew together, and looked over the edge, and along the entire length of the rainbow similar groups were gathered, all looking down at their former homes.

Suddenly the light of a million candles from the Earth met the glow from the Rainbow Bridge. "Now," Charlie whispered.

      In unison three words were repeated again and again, and as they were spoken they merged with the bridge of light, flowing from the rainbow to the earth, and back again in ever increasing brilliance, and the colors of the rainbow merged with the light. "I love you," they all said, and the love entered every heart of the pet parents on earth, and the hearts of those who gathered at the rainbow.

      "Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad," Sandifur whispered again, watching the lights slowly fade. "I love you. I will be waiting."
"I will look ahead for there is our tomorrow."
Marion Hale

Visions of Carrots 

'Twas the night before Christmas and all thru the pen
Not a creature was stirring but a little bunny named Ben

Covered with hay the babies snuggled in their hutch
Dancing thru their heads visions of carrots, parsley and such 

When up on the roof there arose such a clatter
Lil Ben volunteered to see what was the matter

By his bright red suspenders Santa hung from the roof
Took a wrong step and fell thru the snowy wire with a poof

Santa smiled at Ben and said, "Hi Little Bunny"
"I'm in a bit of a bind and yes, it is kind of funny"

At Santa's request Ben woke the other bunnies
They yawned and they stretched and looked at him funny 

With their heads cocked sideways, they listened to Santa explain
He wanted to become some kind of airplane? 

They formed a big circle around where Santa hung
They counted to 3 and then they all sprung 

They reached up and latched onto Santa's red suit
Ben grabbed a hold of Santa's Big Black Boot 

Just as they landed back down on the ground
They all let go, hoping for a big rebound 

This sent Santa sailing thru the hole in the roof
They didn't think it would work but here was the proof 

They had stretched Santa's suspenders by pulling on his suit
Sent him flying thru the air losing one boot 

He landed in his sleigh, upright on his feet
His boot landing beside him on the driver's seat 

Thru the hole in the roof he thanked all the bunnies
Then left loads of carrots and parsley to fill all their tummies 

Santa pulled on his boot and straightened his hat
It had stayed on his head, can you imagine that?
Then over the pen Santa made one more flight
Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!

Jenny Hildebrand 

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