I had talked about Best Friends so much to my boyfriend Alan that he wanted to come tour the sanctuary with me. He was actually kicking himself for not signing up to volunteer, but that will have to wait until the next trip.
As we were driving along the dirt road heading down to the lower canyon, we came across Angels Rest.
I had heard about this place. Other volunteers had strongly recommended visiting Angels Rest. They said it was so beautiful and serene there.
Now I can totally agree.
Angels Rest is the cemetery dedicated to all the friends that have crossed over Rainbow Bridge from the sanctuary.
Set up high over looking a beautiful canyon, Angels Rest gives all the animals a peaceful place for their final sleep.
We walked through the iron gates and followed the footpath through the cemetery looking at all the different headstones. Some had flowers. Others had different colored stones placed on top of them. Groups of wind chimes hung on stands scattered around the grounds.
The wind was blowing and the music of the chimes echoed throughout the canyon. There is something so soothing about it.
A dear friend gave me a wind chime when my last dog, Andre, passed away, and every time I hear it, I feel like he is right there with me. I love the sound of wind chimes and could have sat there and listened to them for hours.
It brought back memories of past pets especially my last boy. Now they are all playing together over Rainbow Bridge.
I’m not going to lie…..I cried a little. What’s even more is Alan admitted he got a little choked up too, and he never cries!
I guess that’s the power of the love for animals.
We walked around and listened to the chimes for a few minutes longer before heading back to the hotel.
We both had a sense of calm that had overcome us.
If you find yourself visiting Best Friends, be sure to stop by Angels Rest. It’s a great place to pay your respects to past friends no matter where their final resting place is.