It is with huge sadness that I inform you of the death yesterday of Marie-Anne Martin [Wagtails], our dear friend, a great animal advocate and very generous supporter of Rupert's Fund and animal rescues. Marie Anne has been greatly missed on the forums during her illness, she was such a caring, wonderful, knowledgeable and inspiring person and had many forum and email friends.
She was someone who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Our deepest condolences to her family.
I think most people are aware of the Rainbow Bridge story, some may find this comforting at this very sad time:
Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and grey, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch.
It wasn't long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often.
He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge. With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly and infirm. They weren't playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.
One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for awhile to explain it to him.
"You see, that poor animal was a rescue. He was turned in to rescue just as you see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existance. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge."
The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, "So what will happen now?" As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life.
"Watch, and see.", said the second animal. A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed him towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.
"That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of his work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn't place on earth across The Rainbow Bridge."
"I think I like rescuer's", said the first animal.
"So does GOD", was the reply.
Written by Benny
Saving the World, four paws at a time
Foster home, Hospice
I'm so sorry to see this. I remember Marie-Anne and often thought about her and how helpful and kind she always was to all of us. She shared what she knew and was such a comfort to me when Sydney died. Nicki, you have given her a beautiful tribute.....thank you for letting her friends here know.
Rest in peace Marie-Anne. Find comfort with all our departed cavaliers who will surround you with their love.
I am so very sorry to read this. Im sure there were many at the bridge waiting XX My thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.
So very sorry to read about Marie-Ann, she was so very helpful and kind on the forum. Thinking of her family and friends at this very sad time.
I am so sorry to read this. She was always very helpful and a big part of the cavalier talk family.
I'm deeply saddened to read of her passing. Sincere condolences to Marie-Anne's family and friends.
She was a much valued contributor to this board, always kind, respectful and had such a deep love for the breed.
She will be very much missed.
So very sad :( Lovely helpful person
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Such sad news, she was an exceptional lady.