Pets become a member of our family and when they die it can affect us in a very hard way.
When I was 11 years old my parents had to put down my beloved collie dog Susie, and I cried for days after.
In 2001, I had to put a beloved cat down due to end stage kidney disease and I cried all the way home and for the next 3 days.
I was wondering if it was normal to cry so much for a cat and I looked up websites at that time and found that other people felt the same way. I found a poem online called “Rainbow Bridge” (author unknown). This poem made me cry but at the same time gave me much comfort.
Just reading it again makes me think of these past pets and I want to share this poem with you. I hope you like it and if you have experienced the death of a beloved pet, I hope it gives you comfort like it did for me.
Rainbow Bridge (Death of a Pet)
There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.
It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of all its beautiful colors.
Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows,
hills and valleys with lush green grass.
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place.
There is always food and water and warm spring weather.
The old and frail animals are young again.
Those who were sick, hurt or in pain are made whole again.
There is only one thing missing,
they are not with their special person who loved them so much on earth.
So each day they run and play until the day comes
when one suddenly stops playing and looks up!
The nose twitches! The ears come up!
The eyes are staring and this one runs from the group!
You have been seen and when you and your special friend meet,
you take him in your arms and hug him.
He licks and kisses your face again and again –
and you look once more into the eyes of your best friend and trusting pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together never again to be apart.