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 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...



Gone from our physical prescense but never forgotten...


Our special place for our beloved dogs who left us too soon, with an eternal candle.
Traverse is on the left, Teak on the right
Thanks to Sleepy Hollow Pet Cemetary for lovingly caring for our kids.

We have also lost three puppies who never got a real chance at life, those pups are still Sympa boys and missed, never to be forgotten.

  • "Little Boo" (02/01/10 - 02/19/10)
  • "Wall-e" (01/25/12 - 01/26/12)     
  • "Chance" (05/02/13 - 05/05/13)   

 

 

IF IT SHOULD BE
 
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.
You will be sad - I understand
Don't let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day, more than all the rest
Your love and friendship stand the test.
We've had so many happy years
What is to come can hold no fears.
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 until the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know, in time, you too, will see
It is a kindness you do for me
Although my tail, its last has waved
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it should be you
Who must decide this thing to do
We've been so close, through all these years
Don't let your heart hold any tears.
 
Author Unknown

 

WATCHING OVER YOU
 
I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you, that I'm not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "it's me."
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
You sat there very quietly, then smiled,
I think you knew ... in the  stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning
and say "goodnight, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you,
There is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out ...
Then come home to be with me.
 
Author unknown

 

LOVING LOVE
 
If you ever love an animal, there are three days in your life you will always remember.
 
The first day is a day, blessed with happiness, when you bring home your young new friend. You may have spent weeks deciding on the breed. You may have asked numerous opinions of many vets, or done long research in finding a breeder. Or, perhaps in a fleeting moment, you may have chosen that silly looking mutt in a shelter -- simply because something in its eyes reached your heart. But when you bring that chosen pet home, and watch it explore, and claim its special place
in your hall or front room -- and when you feel it brush against you for the first time -- it instills a feeling of pure love you will carry with you through many years to come.
 
The second day will occur eight or nine or ten years later. It will be a day like any other. Routine and exceptional. But, for a surprising instant, you will look at your longtime friend and see age where you once saw youth. You will see deliberate steps where you once saw energy. And you will see sleep where you once saw activity. So you will begin to adjust your friend's diet -- and you may add a pill or two to her food. And you may feel a growing fear deep within yourself, which bodes of a coming emptiness. And you will feel this uneasy feeling on and off, until the third day finally arrives.
 
And on this day, if your friend and God have not decided for you, then you will be faced with making a decision of your own -- on behalf of your lifelong friend and with the guidance of your own deepest spirit. But whichever way your friend eventually leaves you -- you will feel as alone as a single star in the dark night.
 
If you are wise, you will let the tears flow as freely and as often as they must. and if you are typical, you will find that not many in your circle of family or friends will be able to understand your grief, or comfort you.
 
But if you are true to the love of the pet you cherished through the many joy-filled years, you may find that a soul -- a bit smaller than your own -- seems to walk with you, at times, during the lonely days to come. and at moments when you least expect anything out of the ordinary to happen, you may feel something brush against your leg -- very, very lightly. 
 
And looking down at the place where your dear, perhaps dearest, friend used to lay -- you will remember those significant days. The memory will most likely be painful, and leave an ache in your heart. As time passes the ache will come and go as if it has a life of its own. You will both reject it and embrace it, and it may confuse you. If you reject it, it will depress you. If you embrace it, it will deepen you. Either way, it will still ache.
 
But there will be, I assure you, a fourth day when -- along with the memory of your pet -- and piercing through the heaviness of your heart -- there will come a realization that belongs only to you. It will be as unique and strong as our relationship with each animal we have loved, and lost. This realization takes the form of a Living Love -- like the heavenly scent of a rose that remains after the petals have wilted, this Love will remain and grow -- and be there for us to remember. It is a love we have earned. It is the legacy our pets leave us when they go. And it is a gift we may keep with us as long as we live. It is a Love which is ours alone. And until we ourselves leave, perhaps to join our Beloved Pets -- it is a Love that we will always possess.

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