Puppy at Rainbow Bridge

It's only been a month when puppy was born.  It looked so small and fragile.  It looked so healthy and it cried a lot.  I cared for it everyday and missing sleep at night.  I watch its ears develop, eyes open and teeth grow. But, it hasn't grown in size.  Its weight was stuck at 260 grams.  But, lasting for weeks, I thought it could make it...until this morning...

It wouldn't drink its milk.  Suddenly, it eyes opened wide at me following where I was.  It still couldn't crawl so it laid still breathing but looking at me intently.  I knew something was wrong.  I called Kurt and he came quickly.  He saw it so thin and ribbed.  It's stomach was growling in hunger.  It then closed its eyes sleeping and breathing faintly.  It thought it was normal.  I left it in Kurt's care and I slept.  Two hours later, I woke from the news that it has left.  

My Prayer
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...

Farewell, little friend...

My Reflection
Death reminds me of how much little time we have in this world.  Yet, we have so much love to give.  
I'm also reminded at how fragile life is...  Sometimes it can be taken away too abruptly.   I thought since it survived for a month, it could live a little longer.  I imagined it running around playing and the life it could have had.  

I will cope with this in the only way I know how.  I will live life in a more efficient way.  Life is so short.  In every little chance, we should try to give it as much meaning as we can.