1. Angie Traylor

    What a great story, message, and wish for our world! I was just talking to each of my classes today about what a wonderful family we have at school. We almost know each other better than our true family members do. I also like to share about how my online friends are my family, because we share emotions so easily with each other.

  2. George,

    I'm so sorry for your loss and truly empathize. I'm usually not a big fan of "corny" but this was on my vet's wall and when I had to let my 14 year old pup go last year, I remembered it and it meant a lot to me. It's called "Rainbow Bridge" – here goes.

    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…

    I have added Kobe to the pics in my mind of Jack (my dog), Sunshine (my husband's dog – also an adopted & formerly abused yellow lab) and several others playing just across the bridge… I still cry for my pup sometimes, but not so much anymore, and overall even remembering him has made me laugh and smile far more than missing him has ever made me cry. I wish the same for you… <3Melissa (@thenewtag)

  3. George, thanks for sharing the last two days with us. I know losing a close friend can be difficult, but like you said, we can learn so much from them even after they're gone. Those lessons and memories are what make us who we are and help us become who we want to be. You have a passion about life and a genuine love for learning. I think Kobe would be proud that you've learned that over the last 11 years. Time helps us heal. I hope that I can share (directly and by example) what I've learned in the last couple days with my family, colleagues and students. We truly are one family. I'm glad to have a brother like you.

  4. Cyndie Jacobs

    Your words about the global family really hit home for all of us who read your posts and saw Kobe through your eyes. You shared your love and your loss with your global family.If we have helped you through this time, it is because that is what family does.

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