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 hurt or maimed are made whole 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 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 begins to quiver. 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 caress the beloved head and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone before your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together…

– Author Unknown

If I Should Grow Frail

If it should be that I grow frail and weak And pain does keep me from my sleep, Then will you do what must be done For this – the last battle – can’t be won.

You will be sad I understand But don’t let grief then stay your hand. For on this day, more than the rest Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years; You wouldn’t want me to suffer so. When the time comes, please, let me go.

Take me to where my needs they’ll tend, Only, stay with me till the end. And hold me firm and speak to me Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree It is a kindness you do to me. Although my tail its last has waved, From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Don’t grieve that it must now be you Who has to decide this thing to do. We’ve been so close – we two- these years, Don’t let your heart hold any tears.

– Author Unknown