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Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day!

Today we celebrate our long lost pals when they crossed the rainbow, it is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day.  This day is observed annually on August 28th.

Our pets, Cokie and Shelby, have always been a family member the moment we adopted them.  Like a person, they also get old and suffer from illness and at times no matter how we try and spend all the money to keep them with us and live longer, they will leave us and join our creator.  Some pet dies of old age and some dies when we don’t want them to suffer and we help them end their suffering and help them cross the rainbow bridge.

We all know and believe that there is always a place in heaven and we help them cross the Rainbow Bridge to be free of sufferings and be happy again.  I believe that there are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.  Plenty of friends, food, water, and a warm and comfortable life waiting for them on the other side of the rainbow.  I know we will be sad and missed them, but we know they will be happy once again.  Cokie and Shelby may have crossed the Rainbow Bridge but they will always be in our hearts until we meet again.

Deborah Barnes, a blogger, and an author chose August 28 for the date of the holiday because one of her cats, Mr. Jazz, passed away on that date in 2013. After his death, she shared her experiences and feelings of the loss on her blog, Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles. After receiving feedback, it became apparent to her that she wasn’t alone in her feelings of pain and grief after the loss of a pet. This convinced her to write a book, and what came was Purr Prints of the Heart: A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond, a story of her loss through the eyes of Mr. Jazz himself.

The book helped many to process the grief after losing a pet. She thought an outlet was needed for people to talk after losing their pets, so she created Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day so people could remember their pets in a way they most felt comfortable, whether that be by writing a poem, posting a picture, or by sharing a story or memory. It was her hope that the day would continue to be celebrated each year.

So, today, let us remember our beloved fur babies who had crossed the rainbow bridge.  We can make an online pet memorial remembering them or visit their burial spot.  We can send love to friends who also have lost their pets.  We can share some photos of our beloved pet on social media using #RainbowBridgeRemembranceDay reminding everyone that they are not forgotten and will be forever in our hearts.

1996 Charles and Diana divorce

After four years of separation, Charles, Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne, and his wife, Princess Diana, formally divorce.

On July 29, 1981, nearly one billion television viewers in 74 countries tuned in to witness the marriage of Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, to Lady Diana Spencer, a young English schoolteacher. Married in a grand ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral in the presence of 2,650 guests, the couple’s romance was, for the moment, the envy of the world. Their first child, Prince William, was born in 1982, and their second, Prince Harry, in 1984.

Before long, however, the fairy tale couple grew apart, an experience that was particularly painful under the ubiquitous eyes of the world’s tabloid media. Diana and Charles announced a separation in 1992, though they continued to carry out their royal duties. In August 1996, two months after Queen Elizabeth II urged the couple to divorce, the prince and princess reached a final agreement. In exchange for a generous settlement, and the right to retain her apartments at Kensington Palace and her title of “Princess of Wales,” Diana agreed to relinquish the title of “Her Royal Highness” and any future claims to the British throne.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/charles-and-diana-divorce)