Rainbow Bridge

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  1. tashi

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    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...
     
  2. DiamondHooves

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    i hope my hamster has gon to rainbow bridge and is happy there .
     
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    May God bless the souls of all the pets so cherished by us - humans.
     
  4. testmg80

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    Thank you for the beautiful epilogue Tashi, I had forgotten all about it; I used to belong to the Rainbow Bridge group on YahooGroups years ago.

    Steve
     
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    Hope my wee Billy is there x
     
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    kit10grl PetForums Newbie

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    That is really pretty. I have a cat who is there just now.
     
  7. Tasha

    Tasha PetForums Senior

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    I hope my Plus1 made it there he was the biggest softest ginger tabby you ever saw I was 11 when I found him at the bottom of the slide covered in pink paint suffering with serious flea and mite infestation and lead poisening I took him to my mum and we did what we could for him some 18 years later when i was pregnant with my daughter we had to take the decision to let him go his kidneys were shot and he looked tired I was devestated he chose to stay with us and I gave him the best life i could my little girl talks of the big brown and white cat we had but she never met him in life and we have not had one like this since but for years i caught a shadow in the corner of my eye and when I looked there was nothing..... He was a special cat but not mine to own hence his silly name I often think of him laying on my homework...
     
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    RAINBOW BRIDGE AND THE RESCUES

    Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and grey, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge to watch. It wasn't long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low and tail dragging.

    The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was straight away, for they had seen this happen far too often. He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no signs of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge , this animal had not yet been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked towards The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologised, but told him he would not be able to pass.
    Only those animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge. With no place to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly and infirm. They weren't playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly starring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.

    One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals who had been there for a while to explain it to him. " You see that poor animal was a rescue. He was taken into a rescue centre just as you see him now, and passed on with his fur greying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of rescue and passed on only with the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge "
    The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked , " So what will happen now ? " As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older animals, , a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and were all young and healthy again, just as they were in their prime of life. " Watch and see ", said the second animal. A second group of animals from those watching came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed him towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together. " What happened ? " asked the newcomer. " That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of his work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one , final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn't place on earth across The rainbow Bridge"

    " I think I like rescuers ", said the first animal.
    " So does God ", was the reply.

    SOME PEOPLE HAVE LIVES, OTHERS HAVE PETS.
    AUTHOR UNKNOWN.
     
  9. Tasha

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    this made me cry all those souls waiting for a rescuer did they not suffer enough at our hands on earth????
     
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    Im at work i just read the 'rainbow bridge story' im crying. I hope my Kandy Girls is happy up there....i miss her =[
     
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    Aw that is so sweet. I do hope my Benny is there.. Waiting for me xxxx
     
  12. tonette

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    Beautiful, made me cry!
     

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    Oh my god - this is so moving....

    I have only read the a couple of bits and I have got tears pouring down my cheeks.....
     
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    that story is lovely, it made me cry too
     
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    i can't read this without crying, I read it once about a year ago and i've hardly read it since because it's just so moving :(
     
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    my louie went there today at 9.38 am rip my baby
     
  17. mojacarmagazine

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    Our Harv went there friday 13th at 6pm. He was 13, border collie x, see our video on you tube, just type in Harvey Steel, .....we will miss him so much RIP Harv our big guy xxx
     
  18. alibabe61

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    that was so moving, i hope our basil (17) is now playing with the other animals, he passed away last night peacefully at home, we were told that we may have to put him to sleep but the good lord answered our prayers and took him into his arms with his loved ones around him to give him a farewell after having him 15 years. basil was a rescued dog who when we first got him was quite depressed and poorly, the vet who examined him at the time said he wouldnt last very long but he did and gave us many enjoyable years, goodbye sweet basil you will never be forgotten xx
     
  19. Pollyanna580

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    God Bless all the angels who have crossed over to the bridge. Run fee and wild angels xxxx
     
  20. borderterriers

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    Just read this with tears streaming down my face. My 11month old border terrier Dylan jumped on my knee and licked my tears. If only he knew how lucky he is.

    RIP at rainbow bridge all the rescue pets.


    In the eyes of a well loved dog, life is just perfect.