The Ol Cowboy

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Threetango, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. Threetango

    Threetango Audentes Fortuna Iuvat Supporter

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    An old cowboy was riding his trusty horse followed by his faithful dog along an
    unfamiliar road. The cowboy was enjoying the new scenery, when he suddenly
    remembered dying, and realized the dog beside him had been dead for years, as
    had his horse he was riding on.

    Confused, he wondered what was happening, and where the trail was leading them.

    After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall that looked like fine marble.
    At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch topped by a golden letter "H"
    that glowed in the sunlight.

    Standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl,
    and the street that led to the gate looked like gold.

    He rode toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.
    Parched and tired out by his journey, he called out, 'Excuse me, where are we?'

    'This is Heaven, sir,' the man answered.

    'Wow! Would you happen to have some water?' the man asked.

    'Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up.'

    As the gate began to open, the cowboy asked, 'Can I bring my partners, too?'

    'I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.'

    The cowboy thought for a moment, then turned back to the road and continued riding, his
    dog trotting by his side.

    After another long ride, at the top of another hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a
    ranch gate that looked as if it had never been closed. As he approached the gate, he saw
    a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

    'Excuse me,' he called to the man. 'Do you have any water?'

    'Sure, there's a pump right over there. Help yourself.'

    'How about my friends here?' the traveler gestured to the dog and his horse.

    'Of course! They look thirsty, too,' said the man.

    The trio went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with
    buckets beside it. The traveler filled a cup and the buckets with wonderfully cool water and took
    a long drink, as did his horse and dog.

    When they were full, he walked back to the man who was still standing by the tree. 'What do you
    call this place?' the traveler asked.

    'This is Heaven,' he answered.

    'That's confusing,' the traveler said. 'The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.'

    'Oh, you mean the place with the glitzy, gold street and fake pearly gates? That's hell.'

    'Doesn't it make you angry when they use your name like that?'

    'Not at all. Actually, we're happy they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.'
     
  2. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    I have always said that if heaven doesn't allow dogs, I want no part of it!
     

  3. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I'm pretty sure that if there is a hell, my cats will be there waiting for me.
     
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  5. Sniper03

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    This is GREAT!
    Here is something that my friends in the industry sent me when my Lab Angel got ranover in my driveway by the stupid builders wife who was brining sandwiches. I was so numb and mad I advised them all to leave that day before I did something stupid. And they did! But I received this Poem and have cherished it on Angels behalf ever since and also shared it with other friends who have grieved over their loved animals. So here is the Rainbow Bridge!

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

    Author unknown...
     

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  6. JimRau

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    I am an 'Old Cowboy' so if my horse(s), dog(s), and cat(s) aren't welcome neither am I!!!:cool:
     
  7. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    Yep I feel the same!!!!!
     
  8. rockratt

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    I think it was Will Rogers that said" If heaven doesn't have dogs then I want to go where they are".
     
  9. HankStone

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    I just put down my three legged best friend Dog JAKE last Wednesday,your post meant more to me then you will ever know for me.,

    THANKS
     
  10. Threetango

    Threetango Audentes Fortuna Iuvat Supporter

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    Don't worry, you will surely meet again.

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together..
     
  11. rockratt

    rockratt Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    My condolences!! Don't even want to thank about that day.
     
  12. F4U

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    I would have a dog if I didn't work 12-14 hours a day. Way longer than the average dogs bladder is capable of. I can't stand to see a dog tied up outside 24/7. As a kid we always had dogs around, mostly muts that were dumped off on the dirt road we lived on. When I was 18 or 19 mom and dad took a 6 week vacation out west, we had a beautiful collie at the time. Mom was very attached to this dog.

    About 3-4 weeks into their vacation I notice the dogs fur is very matted along his back and the area stinks badly. I took him to the vet who we had been using for years, it was cancer, very bad, the vet who knew mom very well and I agonized over putting him down or waiting until mom got home. He was in a lot of pain so in the end we didn't wait on mom. But I always have wondered in the back of my mind if we were too quick to put him down.
     
  13. steve666

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    It will just be a homecoming for them... where do you think they came from in the first place.
     
  14. fev

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    That story reminds me of old black & white episode of Twilight Zone called The Hunt. It's about an old boy & his coon hound named rip. Kinda same story but different. I looked it up on YouTube if you want to watch it.
    Thx 3tango for sharing the story i enjoyed reading it.