Wednesday, July 07, 2004

The Rainbow Bridge

Our neighbor lost one of their dogs this week. He freaked at the fireworks, escaped, and sadly, was hit by a car on a dark street. I called to say how sorry we were for them and wanted to share the story of "The Rainbow Bridge" if they had not heard it before. Don't read on if you don't want to is the story of "The Rainbow Bridge", taken from the AKC website. It has comforted me in the past when a pet has passed on. I did discover, when searching for it today, that they sell luminaries (candles) for different breeds of dogs that you can light in their memory.

The Rainbow Bridge
Author Unknown

There is a bridge connecting heaven and earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colours. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge is a land of meadows, hill and valleys, all of it covered with lush green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this lovely land. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. Those who are maimed are made whole once more. They play all day with each other, content and comfortable.

There is only one thing missing. They are not with the special person who loved them on Earth. So each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! Then, the nose twitches! The ears are up! The eyes are staring! You have been seen, and that one suddenly runs from the group!

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, together, you cross the Rainbow Bridge, never again to be separated.