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Rainbow Bridge

Below is a poem that is familiar to many animal lovers. It brings a tear to the eye for friends gone by and hope and knowledge that we will see them again soon.

Just this side of Heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet
goes to the 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 have been ill and old are restored to health and vigor;
those who were hurt or mainmed 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, someone who was left behind.

They all run 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 breaks from the group, flying over the green grass, faster and

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 cross the beloved
head, and you look one more into those trusting eyes, so long gone from your
life, but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...
~Author Unknown