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 the 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 that 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 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 the Rainbow Bridge together ...
Tribute to a Best Friend
Sunlight streams through window pane
unto a spot upon the floor
Then I remember,
it's where you used to lay
but now you are no more.
Our feet walk down a hall of carpet
and muted echoes sound ...
Then I remember
its where your paws would joyously abound
A voice is heard along the road
and up beyond the hill
then I remember, it can't be yours
your golden voice is still.
But I'll take that vacant spot of floor
and empty muted hall,
and lay them with the absent voice
and unused dish along the wall.
I'll wrap these treasured memorials
in a blanket of my love,
and keep them for my best friend
until again, we meet above.