The 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 that 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 Unkown

A Cat's Prayer

If it should be, that I grow frail and weak,
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then, you must do what must be done
For this, the last battle, can't be won.

Don't let your grief stay your hand,
For this day more than the rest,
Your love and friendship stand the test.
We've had so many years,

What is to come can hold no fear.
You'd not want me to suffer, so
When the time comes, please let me go.
Take me where my needs they'll tend,

Only, stay with me to the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you'll see it is a kindness
you do for me

Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved.
Don't grieve it should be you who this thing
decides to do.
We've been so close, we two, these years,

Don't let your heart hold tears.
Smile, for we walked together for awhile.

Author Unknown

Little Ghost Cat

Your footsteps pit-pat
In the hallway of my mind
The kiss of air, whisper-soft purr
I hear the echos of your purr
See your pouncing shadow everywhere
And smile through my tears

Author Unknown

Pet Memorial Poem

There must be a heaven for the animals we love.
They are not human, yet they bring out our own humanity...
sometimes in ways that other people cannot.

They do not worry about fame or fortune...
instead, they bring our hearts nearer to the joy of simple things.
Each day they teach us little lessons in trust and steadfast affection.

Whatever heaven may be,
there's surely a place in it for friends as good as these.

All Pets Go To Heaven

Can you imagine a heaven without pets?
There is a very special place where beloved pets go
after they die. This is only a temporary location.
But there are trees and grass and lakes, and
everything they love. Here they can play and eat
and sleep, even better than they did, before they
died. Now, there are no aches or worries or dangers
of any kind to trouble or threaten them. The only
joy missing is their beloved human companion, you.
All health is restored completely, and all injuries
are healed. Dogs and cats play with each other like
youngsters, and they do not have time to feel
lonely for you. They miss you, and with the special
wisdom that animals have, they trust that this
condition will get better. And they confidently
wait as they frolic.
A wonderful day will come for each of them, when in
the middle of playing they will suddenly feel
something is different. And all their senses will
be at the height of excitement and exuberance. They
will sniff the air and look off in the distance
where they recognize that dearly loved special
presence. Then they will call out in elation, and
with eyes shining and tail going wild, tear off at
a full gallop, almost flying over the green grass.
Your expected arrival has been sensed, and now
there is nothing that can keep the two of you
apart, ever again. As you run toward each other the
tears flow from your eyes. Your pet leaps into your
arms, and you cling together in jubilant reunion.
The joyous kisses are all over your face, and you
kiss back, just as ecstatically. Your hands so
lovingly caress once more the beloved fur, the head
and neck and body you knew so well. And you look
into each other's loving eyes, and all those old,
wonderful shared feelings are back, again.
And then something will call the both of you on, to
a different field of warmth and nurture, where all
the love you knew now comes to fruition. With your
pet, you leave that special waiting area, walk into
the main part of heaven, and begin a new existence
there, together.
If you accept that pets can love us as much as we
do them, then the logic is clear and cannot be
denied. If you believe that there is a heaven for
people, then they must be there, waiting for us,
when we cross over. Heaven is love, and pets always
share that with us.

Wallace Sife, Ph. D. The Loss of a Pet (Revised Edition, 1998)

Catbed In The Sky

I thought that you might like to know I got here safe and sound
Though you must feel rather strange not having me around;
Of course, I am not really gone, I've just moved out of sight,
And I don't need that old body, things had stopped working right.
Sometimes I'm sorely tempted, to pop back down and see,
Just how you are managing, without any help from me,
But I'm sure that you will understand I can't come back to stay,
Though I have it on good authority that we'll meet again some day.
The chow up here's delicious - Ambrosia brand, it's named,
Once you've tasted this stuff, Friskies won't taste the same,
And where do they get this nectar, which thick and creamy comes,
It's not like other dairy products cos it don't give me the runs.
I haven't found the litter tray, and THIS perplexes me,
That however much I wolf down, I never have to pee.
But there are other plus points, which cannot be ignored,
My claws have all come back again and there are drapes here to be clawed.
Another little oddity, that leaves me quite astounded,
Underneath my tail end are two lumps, furry and rounded -
I can't remember having them, when I lived down there with you,
And up here, all I can say - I've not figured out their use.
Oh yes - I've got a comfy bed, just like mine down there at home,
So things here are quite adequate, I cannot gripe or groan;
But while I'm up here waiting, in my cat bed in the sky,
I'll regularly look in on you, and keep a watchful eye.

Author Unknown

Cat Heaven

One day a cat dies of natural causes and goes to heaven.
There he meets the Lord Himself. The Lord says to the cat,
"You lived a good life and if there is any way I can make your stay
in Heaven more comfortable, please let Me know."
The cat thinks for a moment and says,
"Lord, all my life I have lived with a poor family
and had to sleep on a hard wooden floor."

The Lord stops the cat and says, "Say no more,"
and a wonderful fluffy pillow appears.

A few days later, six mice are killed in a tragic farming accident and go to heaven.
Again, there is the Lord there to great them with the same offer.
The mice answer, "All of our lives we have been chased.
We have had to run from cats, dogs and even women with brooms.
Running, running,running; we're tired of running.
Do you think we could have roller skates so we don't have to run anymore?"
The Lord says, "Say no more," and fits each mouse with beautiful new roller skates.

About a week later the Lord stops by to see the cat and finds
him snoozing on the pillow. The Lord gently wakes the cat and asks him,
"How are things since you got here?"

The cat stretches and yawns and replies,
"It is wonderful here. Better than I could have ever expected. And those
'Meals On Wheels' you've been sending by are the best!"



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