This adaptation of the legend was written by Alexander Theodor Bouvier, of whom I know nothing other than he was a Fourth Year Resident at that time and he cared enough to write this in the days following 9/11.
On the morning of September 11th, 2001, there was an unprecedented amount of activity at the Rainbow Bridge. Decisions had to be made. They had to be made quickly. and, they were.
An issue, not often addressed here, is the fact that many residents really have no loved one for whom to wait. Think of pups who lived and died in hideous puppy mills. No one on earth loved or protected them. What about the many who spent unhappy lives tied in back yards? And, the ones who were abused. Who are they to wait for?
We don't talk about that much up here. We share our loved ones as they arrive, happy to do so. But we all know there is nothing like having your very own person who thinks you are the most special pup in the Heavens.
Last Tuesday morning a request rang out for pups not waiting for specific persons to volunteer for special assignment...An eager, curious crowd surged excitedly forward. each pup wondering what the assignment would be.
They were told by a solemn voice that unexpectedly, all at once, thousands of loving people had left Earth long before they were ready.
All the pups, as pups all do, felt the humans' pain deep in their own hearts. Without hearing more, there was a clamoring among them- "May I have one to comfort?" "I'll take two, I have a big heart." "I have been saving kisses for ever."
One after another they came forward begging for assignment. One cozy-looking fluffy pup hesitantly asked, "Are there any children coming? I would be very comforting for a child 'cause I'm soft and squishy and I always wanted to be hugged." A group of Dalmatians came forward asking to meet the FireFighters and be their friends. The larger working breeds offered to greet the Police Officers and make them feel at home.
Little dogs volunteered to do what they do best, cuddle and kiss. Dogs who on Earth had never had a kind word or pat on the head, stepped forward and said, " I will love any human who needs love."
Then all the dogs, wherever on Earth they originally came from, rushed to the Rainbow Bridge and stood waiting, overflowing with love to share-each tail wagging an American Flag.
Of course we know that there were many flags to represent many Nations who were there that day. No offense was intended.