"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Lucy Mongeau--September 2006-January 2011
Photo Courtesy of Denise Mongeau

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here,
that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. 

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. 

There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. 

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Photo Courtesy of Denise Mongeau

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy; 

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


  1. I am sitting here sobbing. Poor little Lucy.
    I am glad that she is finally free of the spiders and is running and playing and seeing with all the other dog angels.

    And may God (or destiny)show all those who treated her so badly just as much mercy as they showed her.

  2. Thank you Angela for this tribute to Lucy, I would not have been able to be as eloquent.

    I have learned many lessons since Lucy and her 3 siblings came to our rescue in Dec. 2009. About puppy mills, about baby steps, about hope ...and I hoped for more, but apparently it was not meant to be.

    Lucy had a special something about her that was seen and felt by many who met her. She made slow progress but at least she was finally able to smile, wag her tail and learn a little on how to play. It was so sad to know of the regression when she returned to us.

    She will always be in my heart.

  3. I was so sorry to read about Lucy's regression. It's clear she was well cared for by Schnauzer Rescue. You did all that anyone can do. I had followed along with her story. I guess there is nothing one can say except that she is better off now...

  4. This was a hard read....so sorry it had to be this way.


Some day, I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one, I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.