Rainbow Bridge Poem
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
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....
As much as I loved the life we had and all the times
I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would
I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's
Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.
I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other
Were meadows rich and beautiful--lush and green and
And running through the meadows as far as the eye
Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be!
My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and
And I wanted to go run with them, but I had
something left to do.
I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm
That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright
Glow pierced the night.
'Twas the Glow of many Candles shining bright and
strong and bold
And I knew then that it held your love in its
brilliant shades of gold.
For although we may not be together in the way we
used to be,
We are still connected by a cord no eye can see.
So whenever you need to find me, we're never far
If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your
A Pet's Prayer
Treat me kindly, my
beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more
grateful for kindness than mine.
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for although I
should lick your hand between blows, your patience and
understanding will teach me more quickly the things you
would have me do.
Speak to me often for your voice is the world's sweetest
music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail
when I hear your step.
When the weather is wet and cold, please take me inside
for I am a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter
elements, and I ask no greater glory than the privilege
of sitting at your feet.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I
shall not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you
when I suffer thirst.
Feed me clean food, so that I may stay well to romp and
play and do your bidding to walk by your side standing
ready to protect you with my life should your life be in
And master, when I am very old, if the Greatest Master
sees fit to deprive me of my health and sight, do not
turn me away. Rather see that my trusting life is taken
gently, and I shall leave you knowing with the last
breath I draw, my fate was always safe in your hands. Be
with me on that difficult journey, remember everything
is easier for me if you are there. Remember, I love you.
Ten Commandments for a Responsible Pet Owner
My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any
separation from you will be very painful.
Give me time to understand what you want of
Place your trust in me Ė it is crucial for my
Donít be angry with me for long, and donít
lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your
friends, your entertainment. I have only you!
Talk to me. Even if I donít understand
your words, I understand your voice when itís speaking
Be aware that however you treat me, Iíll
never forget it.
Before you hit me, remember that I have
teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand,
but I choose not to bite you.
Before you scold me for being lazy or
uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be
bothering me. Perhaps Iím not getting the right food,
Iíve been out in the sun too long. Or my heart may be
getting old and weak.
Take care of me when I get old. You, too,
will grow old.
Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, ďI canít
bear to watch itĒ or, ďLet it happen in my absence.Ē
Everything is easier for me if you are there.
Remember, I love you.