Memories of our own Special Friends

Welcome to our Rainbow Bridge page. Please feel free to share your memories of your own special friends who have already crossed over the bridge, and if you have a photograph too we'd love to see it. Just send it as a jpeg attachment to your email and we'll be pleased to display it with your tribute.


See Tributes to our Beloved Dogs


Further down this page you will find links to many other pet loss pages, full of hope, healing and solace. Do you have any other favourite links that we could include? If so, please let us know.



The Story of the Rainbow Bridge

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)



If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep
Then you must do what must be done
For this last battle can't be won.
You will be sad, I understand,
Don't let your grief then stay your hand,
For this day, more than all the rest
Your love and friendship stands the test.

We've had so many happy years
What is to come can hold no fears
Would you want me to suffer? So
When that time comes please let me go.
Take me where my needs they'll tend
But stay beside me to the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time that you will see
The kindness that you do for me
Although my tail its last has waved
From pain and suffering I've been saved.

Do not grieve it must be you
Who must decide this thing to do
We've been so close, we two, these years
Remember joy among your tears.

(Anon. )





Links to Rainbow Bridge and Pet Loss Pages
a large web site ~ links to just some of their pages below
concerning pets with special needs
dealing with the guilt
a large collection of poems, many familiar
the Monday evening candle ceremony



this page updated October 2021


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