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Legend of Rainbow Bridge Poem, Tribute to Death of a Pet

The Legend of Rainbow Bridge

Prose by William N. Britton

I posted The Legend of Rainbow Bridge a few months back in memory of my German Shepherd dog, “Star” who lived to be 14 years old.  She was my best dog friend and I viewed her as a sister to me. We shared a lot together over the years, and she was the best running partner I ever had. She will be in my heart forever. I miss her a lot.  Please enjoy.

The Legend of Rainbow Bridge
Jeanne and Star

The Legend of 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…. 

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Born in Nova Scotia, I moved to the United States 20+ years ago.I am a dedicated lover of animals and fight for their rights and protection.I love people too, of course, and enjoy meeting folks from all walks of life.I enjoy philosophical discussion, laughing, and really odd ball stuff.I hope you enjoy my site.Leave me a comment to let me know you were here!Peace out.
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13 thoughts on “Legend of Rainbow Bridge Poem, Tribute to Death of a Pet

  1. Love this Jeanne 🙂 Having seen people pass on, petting their pets as they’re moving on, and speaking to folks who’ve passed on, then returned, we need not fear death, nor believe that we’ll never see our pets again 😉

    Sure, we miss ’em, and wish they’re here, but we’ll see them again, and live in happiness, in complete freedom, soon enough.

    Thanks Jeanne!

  2. Our blue heeler, Shadow, came to us 3 years ago, after our elderly neighbour had to move. We know she is at least 11 years old, but we don’t know how much older she is. Her favourite sport is to chase coyotes off our property — something she does with great enthusiasm, many times every night. She’s a sweet dog, well behaved with kids, and endures with patience her life with 5 cats! Every day with her is a gift.

    I just loved the video of Hoppy and Tiptree!!
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    • Shadow sounds like a lovely dog! I’m happy that she gets along with your 5 cats! That’s fun that she chases the coyotes away too. I had a dog that did that too. Nicest dog. Thank for visiting my blog today, Willena. I appreciate you.

  3. Hi Jeanne ,
    I lost my dog last year on Thanksgiving,
    he was just a few minutes out and we are 500 m away from a street,
    but I think he chased a animal .He got hit by a car and was gone .
    we had him 8 years and the kids loved him .
    we all have been very sad .
    thanks for this story
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  4. Very touching Jeanne. It’s not an easy thing to go through. We lost our seven year old Sheltie about a year and a half ago. She came down with a sudden illness, and was quickly taken from us. It was devastating for our family. Carling was a part of our life, and is dearly missed.
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