Die Geschichte The Rainbow Bridge von Paul C. Dahm ist im Kreise tierlieber Menschen hinreichend bekannt.
In ihr findet man Hoffnung auf ein Wiedersehen mit dem Tier, das man verloren hat.
Denn es wartet treu auf seinen geliebten Menschen, um mit ihm eines Tages gemeinsam über die Regenbogenbrücke zu gehen und nie wieder von ihm getrennt zu werden.
Die wenigsten allerdings kennen die Fortsetzung der Geschichte, die die Frage aufwirft:
„Aber was passiert mit all den Tieren, die nicht geliebt wurden, die niemanden hatten, der sich um sie sorgte, die in ihrem Leben niemanden hatten, auf den sie warten können? Tiere, die verloren, vergessen, auf sich allein gestellt leben mussten, als Straßenhund oder angekettet, die misshandelt wurden oder in Tierheimen dahin vegetierten und einsam starben?“
Als ich diese Geschichte Rescue at Rainbow Bridge auf einer Tierschutzseite entdeckte, war ich tief berührt und in mir entstand die Idee zu einem Kinderbuch.
Dieses sollte Kindern nicht nur dabei helfen, den Verlust eines geliebten Wesens leichter verarbeiten und akzeptieren zu können. In ihm lebt auch der Gedanke, dass der Mensch Verantwortung übernehmen muss für Lebewesen, die Schutz und Hilfe benötigen, die nicht für sich selber sprechen können.
Im Regenbogenland am Fuße der Regenbogenbogenbrücke warten so viele ungeliebte Tiere auf ihre Rettung…
auf jeden einzelnen von uns. Denn jeder kann ein wenig dazu beitragen, Hoffnung in die Welt zu tragen.
Im Folgenden sind die Originalgeschichten in englischer Sprache eingepflegt, da die Übersetzungen ins Deutsche leider alle voneinander abweichen.
Für alle, denen das Lesen der englischen Texte nicht so leicht von der Hand geht, hier Auszüge aus meinem Kinderbuch 'Das Geheimnis der Regenbogenbrücke', das in Anlehnung an diese wundervollen Geschichten entstanden ist. Sie spiegeln den Inhalt der Originalgeschichten recht gut wieder und geben gleichzeitig einen kleinen Einblick in mein Buch, das ich im Eigendruck veröffentlicht habe.
The Rainbow Bridge
Originalgeschichte von Paul C. Dahm, 1997
Just this side of heaven there is a place more beautiful, more peaceful, and happier than anywhere on earth. This place is called Rainbow Bridge. When pet dies that has been especially close to someone on earth, the pet always goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows, parkland, leafy woods, clear streams and gently rolling hills for those special friends to lay on, to run on, and to play happily together. Food, water and warmth are plentiful. Those special friends are always warm, are always comfortable. They want for nothing. All those pets that had been ill or had become old and frail in life are restored to full health, youth and vigour, those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong once more. They are just as we remember them in our dreams of the glorious past we shared with them. All are happy and content except for one small thing.
Each of them misses someone, who was very special to them, someone who they had to leave behind. They spend their days running and playing together until the day comes, as it does to each of them, when one stops and gazes into the distance. His eyes shine with a brightness that even the sun cannot equal. His whole body quivers in anticipation. Suddenly, almost without warning, he turns away from the group and begins to run faster than he has ever run before. He is almost flying across the lush, green grass. You see, you have been spotted by him, and when you and your special friend, who you thought you would never see again, finally meet you cling together in the purest of embraces, and you both know that you will never again be parted.
Licks and kisses smother your face, your hands gently caress his head and neck and you look once more into the trusting eyes of the pet, so long gone from your life but who was never ever absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Rescue at Rainbow Bridge
Originalgeschichte von Benny Archuleta
Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, 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 rescuers", said the first animal.
"So does GOD", was the reply.
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