Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal who has been especially close to someone here dies, that companion animal goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills where all our special friends can run and play together. Food, water and sunshine abound, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All animals who had been ill or old are restored to health and to youthful vigour. Those who were hurt, injured or maimed become whole and strong again, just as they are remembered in our dreams of days and times gone bye. The animals are happy and content, save for one small thing; each misses someone very special, who had to be left behind. All the animals at Rainbow Bridge enjoy each other's company.
Now and then, a day comes when one animal stops abruptly. He gazes far into the distance. As he stares intently, his bright eyes become brilliant. His body quivers eagerly. Suddenly he begins to run from the others, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when finally you and your special friend meet, you cling and embrace in joyous reunion, never again to be parted. Happy kisses are rained upon your face. Your hands again caress his beloved head and body, and you look once more into the ever-and-always trusting eyes of your companion, gone so long from your life but never absent from your heart.
Together you then cross Rainbow Bridge ... entering eternal paradise.
-- With the utmost thanks and gratitude to Jack Tanis, who sent me this wonderful verse.
March 9th, 2006
December 8th, 1998