18 years ago today we sent the one and only original Jimmydog on his way across the rainbow bridge. Little did we know what an adventure that would be. We’re so proud that he has become a Newcomers Club Ambassador welcoming all who cross and making sure they’re settled and happy in their new homes. We always knew he was the smartest boy but had no idea that he would learn to write and type. Not only does he send letters home to us updating us on how he and the rest of our rainbow pack, Joey, Freddie and Luna are doing but he can share news with anyone wanting an update on how their beloved pet(s) are doing. The rainbow bridge is a happy and magical place, make sure you visit fromtherainbow.com soon.
We love hearing the patter of 8 furry feet. It’s Miss Betty’s one month Gotchaversary and she’s a perfect fit. She loves playing with Miss Sally, walking with Todd and snuggling with Stephanie. Affectionately known as Busy Betty or Queen Kong after her favorite toy, we’re so happy she joined our pack.
Hi! My name is Jimmy and I’m a dog who lives beyond the Rainbow Bridge. You and I have never met, but we have a mutual friend — Otis! It turns out that your best canine pal is one of my neighbors here on the other side of the bridge.
Not to brag, but I have a very important job. I am an ambassador for the Rainbow Bridge Newcomers Club, which means I help welcome new arrivals, show them around and get them settled into their new homes, so I met Otis the day he crossed the bridge. He’s such a nice and handsome boy!
I also got some special powers when I crossed the bridge, and now I can write and type! I even draw! Word has gotten around about my abilities, and I often write letters back to people on your side of the Rainbow Bridge. Otis heard about that and recently asked me to write you a letter to tell you how well he is doing here.
Otis lives in his own house, with lots of comfy, cozy beds — some for nighttime sleeping and some just for naps. One of his beds is shaped like a stroller — just like the one you used to push him around in. Otis says he has the best dreams when he sleeps in his stroller bed. Otis’ house even has a kitchen, stocked with all the kibble, chews, bones and treats he could ever want!
On this side of the Rainbow Bridge, we have a car service called LegLyft that we can use to get around if we are too tired to walk or just want to ride in the car. You know how dogs love to ride in cars! But when Otis arrived, he asked if he could get his own car because he’s an expert driver.
“Of course,” I said. “Anything you want!”
“It doesn’t have to be a big car,” Otis said, “but it must be pink like the one I used to drive with my friend Carson Parry.” So, we took Otis car shopping, and he picked out the cutest two-seat hot pink convertible. I live here with my best dog friends Joey and Freddie, and we often see Otis drive by, the wind blowing through his fur, his ears flapping in the wind, a big smile on his snout.
One of Otis’ favorite places to hang out here is The Big Ballpark. Just as it sounds, it’s a big park filled with every kind of ball you can imagine: soccer balls, beachballs rubber balls, baseballs, softballs, basketballs and, of course, tennis balls. They even have meatballs, but those are for eating, not for chasing! Otis likes to play on the Tennis Court, where a robot hand throws tennis balls for as long as a dog wants. Otis can spend hours there, chasing balls and playing fetch with his friends. (He also has plenty of tennis balls at his house, but it’s always fun to get together with friends at the park, isn’t it?)
All that running around can make a dog tired — and hungry. After a day at The Big Ballpark, Otis likes to stop by Tea for Terriers (and Everyone Else, Too!). His usual order at the tea shop is a cup of Pupper’s Pekoe Tea and maybe a Canine Cupcake or a Snoutful of Scone — or both!
Last week, I ran into Otis at the tea shop. That’s when he asked me to write you this letter.
“What else do you want her to know?” I asked, writing everything down as he talked.
“Hmm,” he said, thinking hard, his whiskers twitching with concentration. “Oh! You have to tell her about the TV!”
I forgot to mention that earlier when I was describing Otis’ house. Every house here on this side of the Rainbow Bridge has a TV. Animals can watch all their favorite shows: “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” “Lassie,” “Cat in the Hat.” But there’s also a special channel — unique to every house — that animals can tune to and watch their favorite people back on the other side. At Otis’ house here, it’s channel 1352.
“Tell her 1352 is my very favorite channel,” Otis said. “I watch every night as Carson Parry gets ready for bed, but also tune in a couple of times a day to watch her play with Pearl Monroe and Franklin Reeves. She is such a good and loving big sister! She takes care of them just like she used to take care of me.”
So, remember Carson Parry, even though Otis has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, he is always watching over you. And every time you see a rainbow, know that Otis is running up and down it, having a blast and barking, “Hi! Carson Parry! It’s me! Your best friend Otis!”
Tail wags and doggie kisses!
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Hi! My name is Jimmy and I’m a dog who crossed the Rainbow Bridge many years ago. Like the two of you, I have a very important job: I am an ambassador for the Rainbow Bridge Newcomers Club, which brings me to my reason for writing to you.
I wanted you to know how well Benjamin is doing. Part of my job is helping new arrivals get settled here. When we got word that Ben would be crossing the Rainbow Bridge, I asked his dog pal Chloe to join me so he would see a familiar face. Ben bounded across, looking very handsome in a jaunty red, white and blue bandana, all this ailments and aches left behind. He ran straight for Chloe and they played until they both plopped down in the grass, which gave me a chance to introduce myself.
“Hi!” I woofed. “I’m Jimmy, and I’m here to help you get settled in your new life.”
“Nice to meet you,” Ben said, jumping up to extend a paw in my direction. (Such a well-mannered boy!) He glanced around at all the cheerful arrivals and happy reunions taking place around us. “I’ve heard of the Rainbow Bridge. It seems like a fun place — and I’m so glad to see Chloe,” he said, giving her a big lick on her cheek.
“Are you hungry?” I asked. “We can grab a bite to eat before I give you the tour.”
“Now that you mention it, I am hungry,” Ben said. I woofed for a LegLyft and we piled in, both Chloe and Ben hanging their heads out the windows. I could see Ben’s nose begin to twitch and his lips smack as we neared the food court.
“A lot of new arrivals want to stop first at Forbidden Edibles to sample all the things we could never eat before,” I explained as we jumped out of the car. “Underpants, socks, cellphones, chocolate, table legs — Forbidden Edibles has it all. The Legs! Legs! Legs! stand is popular, too. I enjoy the turkey drumstick and chicken thigh platter, but we have a new place I think you’ll like: Bark-B-Q!”
Ben and Chloe ordered combination plates of eastern-style and western-style North Carolina Bark-B-Que (“We shouldn’t play favorites,” Ben explained, diplomatically.) And we got a huge basket of hushpuppies to share.
Our tummies full, I promised to show Ben some of the parks I knew he’d love, and we woofed for another LegLyft. First stop was the Flowers & Floaties Botanical Gardens. The flowers in the gardens are always at their peak, but the highlight for most dogs and cats are the floaties — butterflies, bees, dragonflies — that they can chase to their hearts’ content. Next up: Don’t Fence Me In Dog Park & Recreation Area, a big, grassy field lined with rows and rows of chain-link and white picket fences, stone walls, and wrought iron rails of all lengths and heights that dogs can jump over and dig under. Finally, we stopped by Lake Everybody in the Water! It’s a big lake with glass-bottomed boats so we can watch the fish, and plenty of sandy beaches for sunbathing.
“Those are just some of the fun places,” I said. “There’s so much to do and new parks are always opening. We also have mountains and beaches for daytrips and vacations.”
“You can check DoggyDoings for a calendar of Rainbow Bridge events at the parks, and Snoutbook has meet-up groups,” Chloe added. “I’ll get you set up on those, Ben. Oh, and here’s our house.”
Ben and Chloe share a beautiful house — a brick Victorian with a wrought iron fence. The inside is filled with cozy dog beds and stuffed toy boxes. “Here’s your bedroom,” Chloe said, leading Ben down a hallway to a door marked “First Dog Benjamin.” Inside was a monogrammed bed, more toys and a dresser filled with collars, sweaters and coats for special occasions. “Very nice,” Ben said. “I will be super comfortable here!”
“Our kitchen is always stocked with our favorites foods, treats and bones,” Chloe said, leading Ben and me through the breakfast nook. “But we also can call Pupper Eats and they’ll deliver anything we want. I’ve got a crush on one of their delivery ponies,” Chloe confessed. We grabbed pieces of dried sweet potato and turkey jerky from canisters and headed into the living room.
I picked the remote for the large TV hanging on the wall and started scrolling through the channels to show Ben that he can watch the Panthers, Hornets and Hurricanes play whenever he wants. “And there’s another important channel,” I said, pushing 200 on the remote.
“My family!” Ben said, dropping his jerky and running to press his nose against the screen. “There’s my dad, my mom, my human sisters, and all of my dog and cat siblings! I love them so much. They gave me the best life!”
“You can watch them anytime you want,” I explained. “It’s considered must-see TV around here.”
I wanted to give Ben plenty of time to explore his new house and to catch up with you via channel 200, but before I left, I asked, “Ben, I know that on the other side of the bridge, you helped greet visitors to the Executive Mansion. We could use someone with your charm and social skills as a Rainbow Bridge Newcomers Club ambassador. Would you be interested?”
To my surprise, Ben teared up a little. “I would be honored,” he said, shaking my paw. “My family taught me many things, including the importance of being kind to all animals and the value of public service. If I could make other animals feel welcome and comfortable after they cross the bridge, I would love to be an ambassador.”
“Thanks, Ben,” I said. “I think you’ll be great.”
As I said my goodbyes, I turned to see Ben settle in front of the TV, a smile on this face, his tail gently wagging as he watched your family on the screen. “You always told me I was a good boy” he said, softly. “I will make you proud — even across the Rainbow Bridge.”
Tail wags and doggy kisses!