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The Legend of the Rainbow Bridge

 Just this side of heaven is a place called 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 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….

– Author Unknown

It is believed that this writing was inspired by an ancient Norse legend. I’m inclined to believe it since a rainbow bridge figures in other Norse myths. If so, it shows that we have had a special relationship with our pets for centuries, probably as long as we have been keeping animals as companions and helpers.

There are may sites on the web offering ‘Rainbow Bridge’ themed memorials for your special animal companion. To find them just enter ‘rainbow bridge’ in your favorite search engine.

Dancing ribbons pushed by time
Float through an old kitten’ dreams.
She chases them into eternity
As they change into angel’s wings

– Author Unknown