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The Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge


Just this side of Heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge

When a beloved pet dies, they come here and they wait

Their Love for you is such that they will not cross the Bridge without you

And so they wait

There is no hunger, there is no thirst

The old eyes uncloud and they are restored to youth and vigor

They run and play

The sun is warm and the grass is cool

And yet they wait

Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled.
~ Dostoyevsky


They wait for the loving hand that stroked their head

They wait for the voice that tenderly called their name

They wait for the one that gave them comfort

And the one who they gave comfort in return

They wait for the special one who loved them on Earth

One day the head jerks up

And the nose twitches

In the distance a figure approaches

The beloved pet knows the master has come

And the wait is over

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.  ~Martin Buber

With arms out and tail flying

The two come together

What Love has joined

Not even Death can sunder

At the foot of the Rainbow Bridge they meet

And together

Forever together

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They cross into Heaven

"The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different."
~ Hippocrates

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This video is dedicated to all the animal friends who have shared our lives.

Music:  John Denver & Placido Domingo, "Perhaps Love"

The original poem the video was based on:


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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