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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Thankful Thursday: Rainbow Bridge Flags

Just Added 4:10pm PT - Rainbow Bridge Flag Project Video with Mom's Dad playing piano... Scroll to the bottom of the post to watch the video Mom took at the BlogPaws 2012 final reception of some of the Rainbow Bridge honor flags strung across the stage...  =^..^=

It's Thursday and time again for the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop, so post, Facebook or tweet whatever you can find to be grateful for today (or at least before next Thursday, when the blog hop ends) then come back and hook up to our blog hop.

This week, I'm focusing on two of Mom's good friends, Michele Brown and Wanda Kruse, who happen to be the moms of two of my good friends, @MaggieTKat and @PepiSmartDog. 

Wanda (@maggietkat's mom),
Plush Cokie & Mom (@blogpawskristin)

Michele (@pepismartdog's mum)
These two beautiful women took it upon themselves to set a place at the table at BlogPaws for the elephant in the room - the sadness humans carry deep inside, and that can't help but rear its little head in a hotel full of every make and model of pet... I'll bet almost everyone there had moments that caught their breath as they were reminded of a pet they'd loved and lost.

Michele put together a video explaining PepiSmartDog and his responsibility as the Rainbow Bridge Ambassador. It was played at the conference, and while everyone cried - it also made everyone feel better to think of their pets being happy and pain free, playing and waiting to join them...

@PepiSmartDog's Flag - made by Wanda
Wanda created the Rainbow Bridge Honor Flags Project, similar in concept to Tibetan Prayer Flags. She brought loads of material, glue, scissors, beads, and other art supplies, and set them out on tables at the Sheraton for BlogPaws attendees to use to create flags in honor of their own pets who'd passed on.

And they did! Every day there were different people sitting at the tables alone or in groups, silent, or happily sharing stories of the pets the flags were for. They began stringing them along a fire place hearth, and later, on Saturday evening, after the Nose-to-Nose Awards Ceremony, the flags where strung across the stage, as attendees came up to look at each one, take photographs, and talk about the significance of different elements in their own flags.

It was remarkable, healing, and a beautiful tribute. 

The flags were all collected, and the plan is to bring them back next year, to continue the project.

So I'm thankful for my wonderful friends and their wonderful passions - and Mom's great musician dad (Ray Dewey).

How about you?



At July 5, 2012 at 5:40 AM , Blogger Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

What a lovely post! You got some really nice photos and yes, it was full of love and nice to walk past and see who was at the table, sharing and talking and healing...

At July 5, 2012 at 3:21 PM , Anonymous KittehPeaceSummit said...

Such a beautiful tribute - thank you for sharing! I really hope I get to go to BlogPaws next year. :)

At July 6, 2012 at 4:54 AM , Blogger Kruse Kats said...

It was incredible for Mom to watch the development of the project. When all the flags were brought into the main hall, it was unbelieveable. energy just poured out of them, cleansening energy, reviving energy.

This post was just a great summation. I wonder how it big it will grow next year?

maggie and Mom

At July 6, 2012 at 4:55 AM , Blogger Kruse Kats said...

You know cokie, you are make her cry good tears?


At July 6, 2012 at 10:46 AM , Blogger meowmeowmans said...

Oh, that is such a beautiful and loving tribute. ::dries tears::

At July 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM , Blogger Rykers Boyz n Allie said...

OH MY CAT! Mommy started crying when she saw Ryker's name on that flag....


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