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Deep Dreaming of 'The Rainbow Bridge' by Benny Archuletaby@bobnoxious

Deep Dreaming of 'The Rainbow Bridge' by Benny Archuleta

by Bob WrightMarch 28th, 2023
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I have seen this story / anecdote attributed to a Benny Archuleta. (I did not write it, but I wanted to use it to see how Deep Dream would do with the tale). It is story more or less designed to pique the heartstrings. So my object here is first to present the story, I mean, why not? It is kawaii in its nature. Uplifting in its way. But the second reason, the “right here right now” reason is because I wanted to see what the Deep Dream Generative AI would render as images to accompany the tale.
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Or “The Rescuer's Final Reward”

I have seen this little tale/anecdote under both of these titles at various times. It is story more or less designed to pique the heartstrings. So my object here is first to present the story, I mean, why not? It is kawaii in its nature. Uplifting in its way.


But the second reason, the “right here right now” reason is because I wanted to see what the Deep Dream Generative AI would render as images to accompany the tale.


Disclaimer: I have seen this story / anecdote attributed to a Benny Archuleta. (I did not write it, but I wanted to use it to see how Deep Dream would do with the tale)



Whoever wrote it surely scribed a tear jerker.


Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and grey.


All the recent arrivals at the Bridge did not know what to think, as they had never seen such a day.


But the animals who had been waiting longer for their beloved people to accompany them across the Bridge knew what was happening, and they began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge.

Soon an elderly dog came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. He approached slowly, and though he showed no sign of injury or illness, he was in great emotional pain. Unlike the animals gathered along the pathway, he had not been restored to youth and vigour upon arriving at the Bridge. He felt out of place, and wanted only to cross over and find happiness.


But as he approached the Bridge, his way was barred by an angel, who apologized and explained that the tired and broken-spirited old dog could not cross over. Only those animals accompanied by their people were allowed to cross the Bridge. Having nobody, and with nowhere else to turn, the dog trudged into the field in front of the Bridge. There he found others like himself, elderly or infirm, sad and discouraged. Unlike the other animals waiting to cross the Bridge, these animals were not running or playing. They simply were lying in the grass, staring forlornly at the pathway across the Rainbow Bridge. The old dog took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting. yet not knowing for what he was waiting.


One of the newer dogs at the Bridge asked a cat who had been there longer to explain what was happening. The cat replied, "Those poor animals were abandoned, turned away, or left at rescue places, but never found a home on earth. They all passed on with only the love of a rescuer to comfort them. Because they had no people to love them, they have nobody to escort them across the Rainbow Bridge."


The dog asked the cat, "So what will happen to those animals?" Before the cat could answer, the clouds began to part and the cold turned to bright sunshine. The cat replied, "Watch, and you will see." In the distance was a single person, and as he approached the Bridge the old, infirm and sad animals in the field were bathed in a golden light. They were at once made young and healthy, and stood to see what their fate would be. The animals who had previously gathered at the pathway bowed their heads as the person approached. At each bowed head, the person offered a scratch or hug.


One by one, the now youthful and healthy animals from the field fell into line behind the person. Together, they walked across the Rainbow bridge to a future of happiness and unquestioned love. The dog asked the cat, "What just happened?" The cat responded, "That was a rescuer. The animals gathered along the pathway bowing in respect were those who had found their forever homes because of rescuers. They will cross over when their people arrive at the Bridge. The arrival here of a rescuer is a great and solemn event, and as a tribute they are permitted to perform one final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort all those poor animals they couldn't place on earth across the Rainbow Bridge."


The dog thought for a moment, then said, "I like rescuers." The cat smiled and replied, "So does heaven, my friend. So does heaven."


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.

On the other side of the Rainbow Bridge all the animals do their happy dance.


(This image was not done by the AI. I appropriated it from Hackernoon.)



I find the AI rendered interpretations interesting. Hope you enjoy them too.

As always Comments, Criticism, and Suggestions are welcome. Thanks for reading. ☺