This was Dad’s dog Polly. This photo always makes me laugh because she’s just sitting there looking as if she walks around wearing a Christmas hat every damn day of the year. Nothing unusual here people.
Polly died about two years ago and she was cremated at the same place that Betty was. It’s the only pet crematorium around and it covers a large area. Anyway her ashes sat in a box on dad’s dressing table with this awful tragic poem on a card nearby. You couldn’t read it without feeling weepy. I have one of my own now that came with Betty’s ashes but I’ve filed it away so I don’t have to look at it.
So when we were planning dad’s funeral and cremation Mum asked what we thought should go in the casket with him and I said – what about Polly? I knew Mum couldn’t stand having her about the house and Dad really loved his dogs so off she went with him. Just to clarify, Mum loved Polly as well and she couldn’t bear to think of her in the box as ashes, she liked to remember her wearing a christmas hat and running about the garden.
When Daz took Betty to the crematorium the man who runs it told Daz that he believes that when your pets die they cross this rainbow bridge and then spend some time frolicking about in a nice place where they’re all healthy and happy and they wait for you to turn up and when they see you coming over the bridge they come to meet you then you toddle off together. And thats kind of a nice idea. I like to think that Dad met up with Polly again. Mind you he owned a lot of dogs and if they’re all waiting there for him he’s going to have quite a pack following him about.
We’re a little bit concerned about Betty actually and what she will do if she meets up with the next door neighbors cat Monty who she hated with a vengeance. He hated her as well. He died a few years ago so I hope they’re not up there causing a ruckus. They had some terrible fights while they were alive.
We’re also having some issues agreeing on who Betty will go with. Because you’d presume that one of us will die before the other unless we’re involved in an accident together. If I die first will she refuse to come with me and want to wait for Daz? Do I have to wait with her on the rainbow bridge until he turns up? What about all the other cats and dogs? Who will they choose.
It’s almost turning into a custody battle.