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Rainbow Bridge

Welcome at Rainbow Bridge

Don't Cry Mommy

Dear God

A Letter from Heaven

We Have a Secret

If I Were to Close My Eyes


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...

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by AlexanderTheodore, Bouvier, Fourth Year Resident

On the morning of September 11, 2001, there was an unprecedented amount of activity at the Rainbow Bridge. Decisions had to be made. They had to be made quickly. And, they were.

An issue, not often addressed here, is the fact that many residents really have no loved one for whom to wait. Think of the pups who lived and died in hideous puppy mills. No one on earth loved or protected them. What about the many who spent unhappy lives tied in backyards? And, the ones who were abused. Who are they to wait for?

We don't talk about that much up here. We share our loved ones as they arrive, happy to do so. But we all know there is nothing like having your very own person who thinks you are the most special pup in the Heavens.

Last Tuesday morning a request rang out for pups not waiting for specific persons to volunteer for special assignment.. An eager, curious crowd surged excitedly forward, each pup wondering what the assignment would be.

They were told by a solemn voice that unexpectedly, all at once, over 4,000 loving people had left Earth long before they were ready. All the pups, as all pups do, felt the humans' pain deep in their own hearts. Without hearing more, there was a clamoring among them - "May I have one to comfort?" "I'll take two, I have a big heart." "I have been saving kisses forever."

One after another they came forward begging for assignment. One cozy-looking fluffy pup hesitantly asked, "Are there any children coming? I would be very comforting for a child 'cause I'm soft and squishy and I always wanted to be hugged." A group of Dalmatians came forward asking to meet the Firemen and be their friends. The larger working breeds offered to greet the Police Officers and make them feel at home. Little dogs volunteered to do what they do best, cuddle and kiss.

Dogs who on Earth had never had a kind word or a pat on the head, stepped forward and said, "I will love any human who needs love."

Then all the dogs, wherever on Earth they originally came from, rushed to the Rainbow Bridge and stood waiting, overflowing with love to share - each tail wagging an American Flag.

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Don't Cry Mommy

Don't cry, Mommy,
I'm Okay!
The Angels came,
I couldn't stay.
God brought me home,
He loves me, too!
He said that I can
Watch over you.
I know you love me,
I love you, too.
That's why I'll do
My best for you.
That's my new job,
To wait for you
Until you come,
Here's what I'll do:
I'll run and romp,
And play with glee!
I'll lift my leg,
When I have to pee!
But most of all,
I'll guard you well.
I'm up here watching,
Can't you tell?
Think of me,
I'll hear your voice.
And know you made
The perfect choice.
You saved me once,
I'll not forget!
You took care of me,
But better yet:

You loved me.

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Dear God

Dear God,

Please remember these few things when taking care of my boy.
He likes to walk back and forth in the pond, chasing the
blue gills, watching close for you to reel in the "big one." He will then "hold"the stringer for you. Please take him fishing.

The lizards in the tree stumps won't be safe anymore, so you'd better hide the lizards. If you put dog bones in your robes, he will "wave" at you until you give him one. Give him two.

His day bed is the one closest to the fireplace. If there is a girl lying in it he will come and rest his head on your knee until you remove her. His bedtime is 8 pm; please help him up the stairs.

Don't leave freshly baked pies on the counter, no matter how crippled he becomes, he will always eat it. Blueberry is his favorite, with just a little cinnamon.

If there is a child in the water he will bring it out, especially if it is having a good time. If there is a small child walking with a cracker, he will keep the child from overeating. Please give him a child to follow.

Don't leave any ladders leaning against your house, he will be found on the roof. I hope there is a playground nearby with lots of kids, he will wait his turn at the slide, and bark when he gets to the bottom.

Be careful when you spell out words like "C-A-R R-I-DE" and "E-A-T," even "B-U-N-N-Y." He knows how to spell, you had better be ready to follow through.

When you take him on a trip, and stop to rest, just tell him to "be a good Boy," he will lift his leg whether he has to go or not. He can't "go" with a leash on, it makes him cough. In fact don't even show him a leash, he will choke. He also can't go for a walk without his Dummy in his mouth, He can't make it past the gate, he likes the orange one the best.

The top of his head will become pointed if you don't kiss it often during the day. Then his hats won't fit. He can't sleep unless he is on the right side of the bed.

When you give him a marrow bone, make sure his mom is there too, he likes to use her back as a table and get her all slimy.

If you tell him to "stay," make sure you come back to release him, he will stay there for days.

During the football games, if you get a chip, he gets a chip. He doesn't like the nuts with the shell on them, peel them please.

If you go to the lake then stop for ice cream on the way home, he always gets the first lick and then the bottom of the cone too, please.

Don't use a Buoy to tie off your boat, he will spend all afternoon trying to drag it to shore. If you take him camping, he has to sleep between you and Mrs. God, on the softest part of the foam pad.

Don't get mad at him when you come home and his head is in the dog food bin, He has to stretch his stomach muscles every now and then.

That's all for now God. Tell him we love him, miss him and hope he likes the food up there.

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A Letter from Heaven

To my foster family, some things I'd like to say,
But first of all to let you know, that I arrived okay.

I'm writing this letter from the Bridge - where I now dwell with God above-
Up here there are no tears or sadness, only eternal love.

Please don't be unhappy, just because I am out of sight,
Remember that I am with you, every morning, noon and night.

The other day I had to leave you, when my life on earth was through -
God picked me up and hugged me, and he said, "I welcome you...

Its good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone...
As for your foster family, they'll be here later on".

When you think of my life on earth, and the neglect in my last years,
Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.

But do not be afraid to cry: it does relieve the pain,
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

God gave me a list of important things, that he would like for me to do,
And foremost on his special list, was to watch over and care for you.

And when you lie down and try to sleep, with the day's chores put to flight,
Remember that God is closest to you, in the middle of the night.

I wish that I could tell you, everything that God has planned,
But even if I could tell you, you wouldn't understand.

But one thing is for certain, though my earthly life is over,
I'm more happy, healthy and content, than I ever was before.

If you can help another, who is in sorrow or in pain,
Then you can say to God at night; "My day was not in vain".

And when you're walking down the street, with me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps, only a short trot behind.

There are rocky roads ahead of you, and many hills to climb,
But a rescuer's heart is big and strong, just take it one day at a time.

For it is simply God's nature, and I'd like it for you too,
That as you give to the world, the world will give to you.

And when your time on earth is up, to leave your body and be free,
Remember you are not "going", You are coming up here to me.

Author Unknown

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We Have a Secret

We have a secret, you and I
that no one else shall know,
for who but I can see you lie
each night in fire glow?

And who but I can reach my hand
before we go to bed
and feel the living warmth of you
and touch your silken head?

And only I walk woodland paths
and see ahead of me,
your small form racing with the wind
so young again, and free.

And only I can see you swim
in every brook I pass
and when I call, no one but I
can see the bending grass.

May in Florida

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If I Were to Close My Eyes

If I were to close my eyes, would I see you near?
Your glossy coat, your graying face,
Your eyes that held me dear.

If I were to close my eyes, would I feel you near?
Your gentle breath upon my hand,
Your tongue upon my tear?

If I were to close my eyes, would you be near me?
To watch, to guide my every step
To see what else will be.

When I do close my eyes, I just have to smile.
The memory of you comforts me
And will until I die.

And then one day, we'll all be near,
Together we will be.
Thee and me and all before,
The Father, our Family.

Penny Webster
For Grafin Houston von Biscuit, HT, CGC September 24, 1988 - January 21, 2002     Champion of my heart.

She was a wonderful dog. Everyone should be fortunate enough to own one at least once in their life. I can't believe how many times I have been so blessed.

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