by Vince 12/1/02:
Angel Dusty met Brandon today at 9:15 a.m. at the threshold of Rainbow Bridge. Brandon did not respond well after being brought out of the drug-induced coma. Five of the Veterinarians at the Animal Emergency Hospital have said over the last few days that they believed something else other than the epilepsy was going on. I believe they meant either a brain tumor and/or neuromuscular disease. That was something I had begun thinking about over the last several months.
After seventeen hours out of the coma, he was barely conscious and could not move anything. Ann offered to make the decision, but I could not allow her to do that. She would never have stopped blaming herself because she knew how much I love Brandon. I telephoned the Hospital.
Ironically, yesterday I tried watching a movie to take my mind off Brandon. I was not very successful and kept thinking about him. At one point I looked up and the movie had gone off and a new movie started. I could not believe it. It was, "All Dogs go to Heaven." It was the movie we showed our little children thirteen years ago after our pupper Shadow was put to sleep.
Ann had to go sign the papers. She held his head and told him how much I loved him, how much she loved him. Ann told Brandon it was okay to join Dusty at Rainbow Bridge.
As many of you know, I am a quadriplegic. I did not have the honor or privilege of comforting Brandon in his last moments on Earth. For five years, he has been with me twenty-four hours a day. Brandon spent most of every day and night by my side. I know that he knew I was at his side spiritually before he left for Rainbow Bridge. Throughout our lives, Ann and I have had the privilege of many canine, feline and human companions. We have always both agreed that Brandon was simply the best. He was the gentlest, kindest soul on this Earth. He never barked nor growled at anyone, except once at a teenager who was a known drug dealer. Brandon never bit anyone. When he took food from me, he knew I could not move my fingers out of his way, so he took it so very cautiously and gently. Brandon never left even a tooth imprint he was so gentle.
A visitor to our home was always greeted by this wonderful soul. Everyone remarked how beautiful he was and said we must have brushed him for hours on end. I told them no, it was not brushing that made him beautiful. It was Brandon's spirit shining through.
We have a friend, Margaret, who when she was a child was attacked by a dog. In the sixty years since, she was never able to go near or pet a dog. After much misgiving, she allowed Brandon near her and a true miracle occurred, she reached over and petted him. Her husband nearly fell off of Ann's bed. To this day, he cannot believe what his eyes saw. Such was the magic of Brandon.
I want to thank each and every one of you for tremendous outpouring of love and support. Your generosity, kindness and thoughtfulness has filled my heart to the brim. If you do not mind, I will ask my God to bless and watch over each of you and your puppers. My prayers and thoughts will be with you all. Although Brandon's physical presence is gone from my life, his spiritual presence will be here always.
Huggers and Waggles,
we wish you the joy of our spirits, the love in our hearts and the peace from our souls,
Vince, Angels Brandon and Dusty.
left this world on 1/29/03 at 5AM and we are sure that Brandon and Dusty were there to
greet him. And all are now in wonderful health and now reunited. We all miss
you Vince...... thank you from all of us for all your love and support. We are all
blessed that we had the opportunity to have you in our lives.
Vince, Ann and family
July 12, 1997 - December 1, 2002
Healthy and at peace at the Rainbow Bridge with Vince and Dusty
Ann and family