Just this side of heaven is a place called
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.
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....
There is an
Indian legend, which says:
"when a human dies, there is a bridge they must cross
to enter into heaven. At the head of
this bridge awaits every
animal the human encountered during their lifetime...
The animals, based upon what they know
of this person, decide
which humans may cross the bridge...and which are turned away"....
"If you talk
with the animals they will talk with you
and you will
know each other.
If you do not
talk to them you will not know them,
and what you
do not know you will fear.
What one fears,
~CHIEF DAN GEORGE
Love the animals.
God has given
them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled.
Do not trouble
it, don't harass them, don't deprive them of their happiness,
don't work against