Just this side of Heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the 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, someone who was 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 begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from the group, flying over the green grass, 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 those trusting eyes, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...

Author Unknown




If it should be that I grow frail and weak,

And pain should keep me from my sleep,

Then will you do what must be done,

For this, the last battle, can't be won.

You will be sad I understand,

But don't let grief then stay your hand,

For on this day, more than the rest,

Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,

You wouldn't want me to suffer so.

When the time comes, please, let me go.


Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,

Only, stay with me till the end


And hold me firm and speak to me,

Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree,

It is a kindness you do to me.

Although my tail its last has waved,

From pain and suffering I have been saved.


Don't grieve that it must be you,

Who has to decide this thing to do;

We've been so close,we two, these years,

Don't let your heart hold any tears.


Author Unknown





We have a secret, you and I
that no one else shall know,
for who but I can see you lie
each night in fire glow?

And who but I can reach my hand
before we go to bed
and feel the living warmth of you
and touch your silken head?

And only I walk woodland paths
and see ahead of me,
your small form racing with the wind
so young again, and free.

And only I can see you swim
in every brook I pass
and when I call, no one but I
can see the bending grass.

Author Unknown




I lost a treasured friend today
The little dog who used to lay
Her gentle head upon my knee
And shared her silent thoughts with me.

She'll come no longer to my call
Retrieve no more her favourite ball
A voice far greater than my own
Has called her to his golden throne.

Although my eyes are filled with tears
I thank him for the happy years
He let her spend down here with me
And for her love and loyalty.

When it is time for me to go
And join her there, this much I know
I shall not fear the transient dark
For she will greet me with a bark.

Author Unknown





Oh, little friend, do you recall, When you made this house a home?

You were just a ball of fluff, not even halfway grown.

You stumbled when you learned to walk, it was hard to steer four legs;

You learned to sit, and stay, and come,

And, of course, you learned to beg.

You loved those walks we used to take,

You never left my side;

And if I got my car keys out, you were ready for a ride.

You sensed when I was happy, or was feeling kind of low;

You'd rub up against my knee;

You always seemed to know.

You'd fetch a ball or get a toy,

Without even being told;

But, was your face crestfallen, If I felt the need to scold.

You found the outside world exciting,

Do you remember your first snow?

You'd not come back inside the house,

Becasue you loved it so.

Going to the vets for shots,

I guess was your greatest fear;

You seemed to know each scheduled date,

though you wnet but once a year.

You were afraid of the lightrning, too, and of boming thunderstorms;

You'd run and jump upon my bed,

Where it was safe and warm.

I never once felt lonely,

As long as you were here;

You were at my feet or on my lap,

You constantly were near.

Oh, I am going to miss you, no question about that;

But, little one, for your pain to go,

I had to send you back.

You're going back to heaven now,

From whence long ago you came;

You'll be welcomed back  by God, Himself,

Who knows your doggy-name.

I think there's Frisgees up in heaven,

And rubber, squeaky toys;

And angles who will play with you,

And little girls and boys.

But,  there won't be any thunderstorms,

And no vets with shots up there;

You won't even need a leash,

You'll run freely in God's air.

And when my time on earth is done, and at heaven's gate I'm near,

I don't want any harps or horns,

Just...happy barks to hear.

So, see you later, little friend,

I'm glad you're now pain-free;

And I'm glad you're sitting next to Jesus,

Now...you wait right there for me.

Author: Virginia Ellis

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