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The Rainbows Bridge Poem

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...

Ky (   )


My best friend closed her eyes last night,
  As her head was in my hand.
The Doctors said she was in pain,
  And it was hard for her to stand.

The thoughts that scurried through my head,
  As I cradled her in my arms.
Were of her younger, puppy years,
  And OH...her many charms.

Today, there was no gentle nudge
  With an intense "I love you gaze",
Only a heart thats filled with tears
  Remembering our joy filled days.

But an Angel just appeared to me,
  And he said, "You should cry no more,
GOD also loves our canine friends,
  HE's installed a 'doggy-door"!

Rest in Peace Ky, Lots of Love Mum & Dad ( John & Cathie) xx


Tobey  (16/03/2004 - 14/06/2005)

May I go now?
Do you think the time is right?
   May I say good-bye to pain-filled days
and endless lonely nights?

I've lived my life and done my best,
an example tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond
and set my spirit free?

I didn't want to go at first,
I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now
to a warm and loving light.

I want to go. I really do.
It's difficult to stay.
But I will try as best I can
to live just one more day.

To give you time to care for me
and share your love and fears.
I know you're sad and afraid,
because I see your tears.

I'll not be far, I promise that,
and hope you'll always know
that my spirit will be close to you
wherever you may go.

Thank you so for loving me.
You know I love you, too.
That's why it's hard to say good-bye
and end this life with you.

So hold me now just one more time
and let me hear you say,
because you care so much for me,
you'll let me go today.

Tobey Taken from us with severe hip dysplasia at 9 months old, Run free at Rainbow Bridge, Love Mum & Dad (Rebecca & Andy) xx


Ozzy (16/10/2006 - 19/12/2006)

A Bridge Called Love

It takes us back to brighter years,
to happier sunlit days
and to precious moments
that will be with us always.
And these fond recollections
are treasured in the heart
to bring us always close to those
from whom we had to part.

There is a bridge of memories
from earth to Heaven above...
It keeps our dear ones near us

It's the bridge that we call love.

Ozzy sadly taken by an unknown illness at 9 weeks of age, forever in our thoughts, run free with your friends at Rainbow Bridge, Love Mum & Dad (Rachel & Mark)

Meg ( 22.09.1997-12.09-2007  )


      You're giving me a special gift,
      So sorrowfully endowed,
      And through these last few cherished days,
      Your courage makes me proud.

      But really, love is knowing
      When your best friend is in pain,
      And understanding earthly acts
      Will only be in vain.

      So looking deep into your eyes,
      Beyond, into your soul,
      I see in you the magic, that will
      Once more make me whole.

      The strength that you possess,
      Is why I look to you today,
      To do this thing that must be done,
      For it's the only way.

      That strength is why I've followed you,
      And chose you as my friend,
      And why I've loved you all these years...
      My partner 'til the end.

      Please, understand just what this gift,
      You're giving, means to me,
      It gives me back the strength I've lost,
      And all my dignity.

      You take a stand on my behalf,
      For that is what friends do.
      And know that what you do is right,
      For I believe it too.

      So one last time, I breathe your scent,
      And through your hand I feel,
      The courage that's within you,
      To now grant me this appeal.

      Cut the leash that holds me here,
      Dear friend, and let me run,
      Once more a strong and steady dog,
      My pain and struggle done.

      And don't despair my passing,
      For I won't be far away,
      Forever here, within your heart,
      And memory I'll stay.

      I'll be there watching over you,
      Your ever faithful friend,
      And in your memories I'll run,
      ...a young dog once again.

      Run Free at the Bridge Meg Lots of Love Mum & Dad (Genna & Gromit) xx


Guy (05/11/2006 - 04/10/2008)


They say memories are golden
well maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.

A million times I needed you,
a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you
you never would have died.

In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no one could ever fill.

If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
and bring you back again.

Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.

Guy , Taken from us suddenly at 2 years of age, Rest In Peace Little Man, Miss you forever, Run free with Tobey at the bridge, love Mum & Dad (Rebecca & Andy) xx


To have loved and then said farewell, is better than to have never loved at all.
For all of the times that you have stooped and touched my head, fed me my favorite treat and returned the love that I so unconditionally gave to you.
For the care that you gave to me so unselfishly.
For all of these things I am grateful and thankful.

I ask that you not grieve for the loss, but rejoice in the fact that we lived, loved and touched each others lives. My life was fuller because you were there, not as a master/owner, but as my FRIEND.

Today I am as I was in my youth. The grass is always green, butterflies flit among the flowers and the Sun shines gently down upon all of God's creatures.
I can run, jump, play and do all of the things that I did in my youth. There is no sickness, no aching joints and no regrets and no aging.

We await the arrival of our lifelong companions and know that togetherness is forever.
You live in our hearts as we do in yours. Companions such as you are so rare and unique.
Don't hold the love that you have within yourself. Give it to another like me and then I will live forever. For love never really dies, and you are loved and missed as surely as we are.

Your Pets In Heaven


The ground at my feet

The wind in my hair

The thrill of the race

The thrill of the chase

She raced with the best

From the start until the end.

In my dreams I dream of flyball

The fun of the ball

Fun and treats


Knowing I’m in a place where I can run free

To play with my friends of the past

To watch the stars of the future

To be in a place were flyball is forever.

This is my flyball heaven

In loving memory of Wednesday Love from

Ryan, Amanda, Shannon & Sophie Mills

This Poem was written by Shannon Mills aged 11 years


When humans die, they make a will
To leave their homes and all they have
To those they love.
I, too, would make a will if I could write.

To some poor wistful, lonely stray
I leave my happy home.
My dish, my cosy bed, my cushioned chair, my toy.
The well loved lap, the gentle stroking hand,
The loving voice.
The place I made in someone's heart.
The love that at last could help me to
A peaceful, painless end,
Held in loving arms.

If I should die, Oh do not say,
"No more a pet I'll have,
To grieve me by it's loss"
Seek out some lonely, unloved dog
And give my place to him.
This is the legacy I leave behind -
Tis all I have to give.

Bertie the beloved Boy of John and Cathie took too soon, Run free Bertie Boy you leave a whole too big to fill xxx Love Mum and Dad (John and Cathie)


SEVERING THE TIE – Bettina Markowitz

It hurts to be the one
That had to make the choice
Your life rested in my hands
I had to be your voice

I hope you will forgive me
I had to sever the tie
I knew you wouldn’t leave me
You would never say goodbye

Our bond will never be broken
I know this to be true
And when I leave this earth
I have you to look forward to

For now I can only tell you
That I miss you dearly my friend
I’m learning to smile through the days
But you know it’s only pretend

I still see you when I close my eyes
And feel you through and through
This empty place inside my heart
Can be filled by only you

RIP Moo Man, you will be greatly missed by us all.  You will forever be an Alpha VID