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I adopted Martha from a shelter in March 2005. She was 1 year old. She looked so forlorn, but beautiful. I couldn't resist her. She didn't think that she was a cat. Didn't play with toys or run around (unless her big brother, TJ, who was 4 times her size, was chasing her). Her only goal in life was to make me happy. She would shadow me around the house. As I sat down, she would be right there beside me or on my lap. Martha endured several medical procedures during her short life. Several treatments for urinary infections, extraction of all but 4 teeth due to periodontal disease, and hearing loss within the past 2 years. About 2 years ago, Martha was diagnosed with kidney disease. The last 6 months she was in and out of the hospital several times. Her weight had slipped to 3.3 lbs and was given appetite stimulants to encourage her to eat. Subcutaneous fluids were given every 2-3 days. Laxitives were also given to treat her constipation. To top it off, she was diagnosed with possible cancer. The last trip to the hospital was for constipation. The vet gave Martha 4 enemas to clean her out. This didn't work. Surgery was out of the question due to her frail condition. At this point, I made the decision to euthanize her. Her quality of life had passed. This was the most difficult decision that I have had to make. I would lose her, but she is happier now. Hopefully she is running around with all of her new friends. Martha is thanking me for that decision. She is thanking me for the love and companionship that I provided to her during her time on earth. There is a huge void in my life now, but she is happy and that is what is important. Martha, you will be in my heart forever, my love. The happier times that we had together, will keep me going until we meet again. I must thank the vets that cared for her during these trying times. Dr Tanya Perry and Dr. Erin Brennan, and their technicians, at the Bolton Animal Hospital, Bolton, CT, were wonderful. They treated Martha as if she were their own.

Sweet Martha, I have read the following poem time and time again and I know well that this is what you would have wanted me to do. It was a very difficult decision. I love and miss you so much sweetie. Love, Daddy

THE LAST BATTLE
-Author Unknown-

If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this -- the last battle -- can't be won.

You will be sad I understand,
But don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.

Take me to where my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me until the end.
And hold me firm and speak to me,
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree,
It is a kindness you do to me.

Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close - we two -- these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

01/13/13 Sweet Martha, It has been 2 weeks since you departed. I'd give anything to hold you again. You gave me so much love, comfort and happiness. My heart aches but I know you are whole now and healthier than you have ever been. Your brother, TJ, still looks for you, as do I. I have told him that I loaned you to God, so that he could take care of you until we are together again. I hope that you are enjoying your new life with all of your new friends, dogs included. The only dogs you saw here on earth were at the vets. They are fun to be with too. I send my love to you, sweetie. I think of you always. Everywhere I look in the house I see you. Your spirit is with me always.

PRAYER FOR A DEPARTED PET
--Author unknown

Dear Lord,

Please open your gates and call St. Francis to come and escort this beloved companion across the Rainbow Bridge. Assign her to a place of honor for she has been a faithful servant and has always done her best to please me.

Bless the hands that send her to you, for they are doing so in love and compassion, freeing her from pain and suffering. Grant me the strength not to dwell on my loss. Help me to remember the details of her life with the love she has shown me. And grant me the courage to honor her by sharing those memories with others.

Let her remember me as well and let her know that I will always love her. And when it's our time to pass over into your paradise, please allow her to accompany those who will bring me home.

Thank you Lord, for the gift of her companionship and for the time we've had together. And thank you, Lord, for granting me the strength to give her to you now.

Amen.

1/20/13 My dear sweet Martha, it's been 3 weeks since you departed. I can still see you staring at me as the vet injected you with your final injection. It seems like yesterday. I am having a very difficult time trying to fill the void that you have left in my heart. However, I am happy that you are happy and healthy again. You did come to visit me one night last week. I wish that it was real life instead of just being a dream. I woke up looking for you. Your brother TJ is still looking for you. He doesn't have anyone to pick on any more. He has become much more friendly. I think that he was jealous of you. I have to give him a lot of attention. I miss you so much. You are my special angel. Until we meet again. I love you. Love, Daddy

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