'Rainbow Bridge' - Author Unknown
Scroll to the bottom to send in and read expressions of personal grief after the loss of a dog. Only a fellow dog owner will understand this.
In the dog world dying is commonly referred to as 'going over the Rainbow Bridge'. This is the beautiful poem of the same name.
There is a bridge connecting heaven and earth
It is called Rainbow Bridge because of its many colours
Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows,
hills, valleys with lush green grass
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this special place
There is always food and water and warm spring weather
The old and frail are young again
Those who are maimed are made whole again
They play all day with each other
There is only one thing missing
They are not with their special person who loved them 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 are up !
The eyes are staring !
And this one suddenly runs from the group !
You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet,
you take him or her into your arms and embrace
your face is kissed again and again,
and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated
'Those of us who surround ourselves with lives more temporary than our own live within a fragile circle that is easily and often breached. Yet knowing this, we still would choose to live no other way.'
Blue Cross Pet Bereavement
If you're experiencing the loss of a pet,
this is a useful page for support.
The Blue Cross
American site offering support
British site offering support
What Other Visitors Have Said
Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...
Back to the other Dog Poems
Back to the Homepage