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

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 sort of sister. 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

Prose by William N. Britton


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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9 thoughts on “Legend of Rainbow Bridge Poem, a Tribute to Death of a Pet”

  1. Well now. JilltheChill , my pet friend just past away , while I.was at work..She was a gift and with me from about 8 weeks old till 17 years and 4 months. From ?? to ????? .

    • I’m sorry to hear you lost your pet friend. 🙁 It’s so hard to lose them. It’s amazing she lived to be 17+ years old. What was she? Peace to you, and thank you for visiting Animal Bliss in your time of sorrow.

  2. I lost my beautiful old Sebastian four weeks ago aged 12 and half. I have never grieved so much for a dog. Today out walking, my little dog Ringo aged 10 and long time companion to Sebastian spotted an old Border collie ahead of us, he tried so hard to catch up to him, when we did, I realized he thought it was Sebastian, my heart broke again. Ringo also is missing his old friend. I don’t seem to be coping very well with the loss and I am surrounded by people who don’t see pets in the same way, as family, my children. Maybe I am getting older, less able to cope with the loss on my own. When I read your rainbow poem I was moved beyond words, I have always believed that our pets all live on and that we will meet again one day.

    • I am so sorry for your loss, Eve. I certainly know the grieving one can go through after losing a pet-friend. We lost two seniors in as many years. Then I lost my 22-year-old cat. I miss them every day and probably always will. There are empty spaces where they used to be both physically, and in my heart. Thank you for visiting Animal Bliss and glad that you were touched by the Legend of Rainbow Bridge poem. Peace to you.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!

  5. Beautiful. I could see the scene so clearly. That’s one legend I hope is true. 🙂

    Star looked like a lovely dog. It’s very sad when a pet departs.

  6. 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

  7. 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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