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The Rainbow Bridge

inspired by a Norse legend

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.

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 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 that 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.

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 quivers. Suddenly he begins to run 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 parted again. The 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 heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

... even if they were with us a long time or a short time, whatever the amount of time we had with them was special. -- -- --- ----© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved. Reposted by Permission. (



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Comment by LM Fowler - Admin on January 26, 2011 at 4:52pm


Old dog in a locket 
That lays next to my heart 
I will always love you 
As I did right from the start.

You were right beside me 
Through the darkest of my days 
It was your kind and gentle nature 
That made me want to stay.

Now I hold you in my arms 
Your breath still warm against my hand 
Our hearts still beat together 
And I wonder if you understand.

Through the hours that I held you 
Before the light did leave your soul 
I knew a way to keep you 
Forever in my hold.

I snipped the hair from around your eyes 
So I would always see 
The beauty that surrounds me 
Even in times of need.

I snipped the hair from around your ears 
So I would always hear 
Music in the distance 
To quiet any fears.

I snipped the hair from across your back 
To bring me strength in time of need 
And that the power of your essence 
Would always be with me.

I snipped the hair from around your heart 
That beat in time with mine 
So love would know to find me 
At some other distant time.

And so, your life slipped out of mine 
On a quiet spring like day 
But I knew that a part of you 
Was always here to stay.

Old dog in a locket 
That lays next to my heart 
I will always love you 
Even though we had to part. 
- -Author Unknown


Comment by LM Fowler - Admin on January 23, 2011 at 12:50pm

TISSUE ALERT - This was an article in a local paper. I had tears in my eyes reading it, and wanted to share it with all of the dog lovers here.


By Norb Franz 
Macomb Daily Staff Writer 

Click to enlarge 
Postal workers express sympathy, compassion 

Accompanied by a family friend, 4-year-old Anna Baker sat in her family’s car at a veterinary clinic while her parents and brother went inside with “Jack,” their pet golden retriever. 

Ted and Rebecca Baker and their son, Daniel, 8, took the loving 9-year-old dog that the couple had acquired as a puppy, inside for the heart-wrenching task of having him euthanized because of cancer. 

“When we came back into the car,” said Anna’s mom, “she realized Jack wasn’t with us. I think she expected Jack would be back in the car with us and be better.” 

Anna cried uncontrollably for hours. As the family tried to find a way to console the little girl as they put her to bed, Anna said she needed to write a letter to her dog. 

The next morning, Jan. 12, she drew a picture of her family and placed it in an envelope addressed to “Jack in Heaven.” 

Anna and her mom stepped to their mailbox just as their letter carrier, known only to them as “Amanda,” arrived. The next day, another familiar postal carrier, “Patricia,” said they could expect to receive a package in a few days. 

A couple days later, a U.S. Postal Service supervisor who only identified himself as “Dave” arrived with a box bearing the words, “From Jack in Heaven.” 

Promise delivered. 

The contents brought Rebecca Baker to tears. 

The Dear Anna letter, “written by” Jack, said he had arrived safely; that he and the other dogs play ball and swim all day. There are many squirrels to chase, and all the mail carriers have Milk Bones in their bags for them. 

“Although my bed isn’t as comfy as your’s, I want you to know that I am OK in the safe hands of God. I was very happy to receive the picture that you made for me,” the letter states. 

“I miss my family and I miss you,” it continues. “God sends his blessing and wants you to know that he loves you very much. We will be watching over you every day. Love always, Jack.” 

Included in the box from Jack was a book about a dog being put down, and a stuffed animal golden retriever. 

Mrs. Baker read the letter to Anna. The items lifted her daughter’s spirits, leaving her amazed. 

Like getting a letter from Santa Claus. 

“She really believed this came from Jack in heaven,” Baker said. 

Daniel also has struggled to cope with the loss of Jack. 

“He was his best friend. He would come home (from school) and tell Jack about his day,” his mother said. 

The unexpected kindness and caring shown by the postal workers has deeply affected the Bakers. 

“I was so touched that somebody we don’t know would care so much about my child and what she’s going through, that they would do something like this to help her,” she said. “Those people have touched me like I can’t even express.” 

Anna carries her new pet stuffed animal everywhere. Asked what name she has in mind for it, her answer was simple. 


Comment by LM Fowler - Admin on January 16, 2011 at 8:35pm

My friend Terri is making beautiful memorials of beloved pets that have passed on. Here is the info if you are interested.


In Memory Keepsake Angel Photos
Hy Everyone
I would like to make Memorial's for you for the loss of your Beloved Pet...

This memorial will be mailed directly to your home...
8x10 On Glossy Paper, ready for Framing....
I hope asking for a small fee of $15 is not distasteful....just to cover the cost of paper, ink & postage.....
This is not intended to make money from your Pet's passing, but my little bit to you, in your Pet's Memory....

If you are interested, please message me with a photo you would like, dates & mailing address...

You may inbox me or email me....

Thank You, Terri Davis 
Creator of 
Rainbow Bridge "In Memory of our beloved Animals and pets"

To see the Memorial photos I make click this link

Comment by LM Fowler - Admin on December 12, 2010 at 1:53pm

Funny how they remain a part of our lives even after they are gone. Buster's paw prints will be on your heart forever, Paula. Until you meet again at the Rainbow Bridge.

Comment by Marie Shelto on March 31, 2009 at 7:33pm
No matter how many times I listen to it, I cry..whether I'm thinking of a pet or human that has passed on. Hopefully they are all happy.

Comment by LM Fowler - Admin on March 30, 2009 at 3:15pm
I like that...I wonder if millers and other bad peoplewho abuse animals will get to cross the bridge??? I don't think so...
Comment by Marie Shelto on March 18, 2009 at 9:39am
Thank truly is and says it all.
Comment by Marie Shelto on March 18, 2009 at 9:23am
Our rescue cat Knicki crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge four years ago today. We have a plush toy that looks like her and Bocker always takes it off the shelf and lays with his paws wrapped around it...does he remember?
Comment by Marie Shelto on March 14, 2009 at 9:38pm
Our dear friend wrote a beautiful song, The Rainbow Bridge, and my husband sings is on Bocker's Rainbow Bridge page of his website. A tear always comes to my eyes when I hear is so beautiful and so true. Hope you will enjoy it.

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