There is a bridge connecting Heaven and
Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors.
Just this side of Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills
and valleys with lush green grass.
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to
this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and the frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed
are made whole again. They all play with each other.
There is only one thing missing. They are not with
their special person who loved them on Earth. So each day they run and
play until one day when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! The
nose twitches! The ears are up! The eyes are staring! And this one
suddenly runs from the group!
You have been seen, and when you and your
special friend meet, you take him or her in your arms and embrace.
Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more
into the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge
together, never again to be separated.
I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to
I whined to you, so softly, as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
Thinking of the times I begged, and your hand reached
down to me.
I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there.
You looked so very tired when you sank into the chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew....
In the stillness of that evening, I was so very close to you.
It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
And when the time is right for you, to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll walk then, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out... then come home to be with me.
THE RAINBOW BRIDGE
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.
"For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.
They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over … together.
*inspired by a Norse legend
- Author Unknown*
THE RAINBOW BRIDGE STORY
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow
When an animal who has been especially close to
someone dies, 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 and water and sunshine, and our
friends are warm and comfortable.
Animals who were 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 from days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one
thing: they miss someone very special to them; the person they left
All of the animals 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 break
away 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
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
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…
- To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say
- But first of all,
to let you know that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from the Rainbow Bridge.
- Here I dwell with God above.
- Here there are no more tears of sadness; there is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight,
- remember that I am with you every morning noon and
The day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through
- God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family they'll be here later on.
I need you badly, you are part of my plan
- There's so much we have to do,
to help our mortal man."
God gave me a list of things that He wished for me to do
- And foremost on the list was to watch and care for you,
And when you lie in bed at night the days chores put to flight,
- God and I are close to you in the middle of the night.
When you think of life on earth and all those loving years
- Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears
But do not be afraid to cry,
it does relieve the pain
- Remember there could be no flowers, unless there could be some rain.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth in over
- Now, more than ever before my life to you is closer.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb
- But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too
- That as you give the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain
- Then you can say to God at night"
my day was not in vain."
And now I am contented that my life was worth while,
- Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
- Lend a hand to pick him up as on your way you go.
When you are walking down the street and you've got me on your mind.
- I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go, from your body to be free,
- Remember you re not going. You're coming here to me.
--- Author Unknown ---
A TALE FOR A BREEDER
I love my little puppy, he makes my
house a home, he always is my best friend, I never feel alone. He makes me
smile, he makes me laugh, he fills my heart with love. Did some breeder
breed him? Was he sent from heaven above?
I've never been a breeder, or seen life
through their eyes. I hold my little puppy, just sit and criticize. I've
never know their anguish, I've never felt their pain, the caring of their charges, through snow or wind or rain. I've never waited all night long for
puppies to be born, the stress and trepidation when they're still not there
I've never felt the heartache of a little life in my hands, a darling little
puppy who weighs just a few grams!! Should you do this instead of that? Or
just pray to God? Alone you fight, and hope one day he'll grow into a dog,
bring joy to another being and make a house a home. You know it's all just
up to you, you fight this fight alone.
Formula, bottles, heating pads, you've
got to get this right. Two hourly feeds for this little mite throughout the
day and night.
In your heart you know it, you'll surely lose the fight to save this little
baby, but God willing, you just might save the little mite....
Day one he's in there fighting. You say
a silent prayer. Day two and three he's doing well, with lots of loving
Day four and five - he's still alive your hopes soar to the heavens! Day six
he slips away again, dies in your hands day seven.
You take this little angel and bury him
alone, with aching heart and burning tears, (and an exhausted groan).
You ask yourself, Why do this? Why suffer all the pain? But seeing the joy that
puppies bring - it really self explains! So, when you think of breeders and
label them with 'greed'. Think what they sometimes endure to fill another's need.
And when you buy a puppy, with dollars and cents you part. You only pay with
We pay with our hearts.
Death Is Nothing At
I have only slipped away
into the next room.
I am I, and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way you used
Put no difference in your tone, wear no false air of solemnity or
Laugh as we always
laughed at the
little jokes we enjoyed together. Let my name be ever the household name
it ever was, let it be spoken without effect,
without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was: there
is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for
an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.
"All is well."
Henry Scott Holland