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, someone who was 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 begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from the group, flying over the green grass, faster and faster.  You have been spotted and when you are 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 those trusting eyes, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together. . .

*Author Unknown*




Sir Lance the Lop

Erkel (a.k.a. Eggy)








Baby & Will

Bob & Rennie




























A Loan From God

God promised at the birth of time,
A special Friend to give,
His time on earth is short, He said,
So love him while he lives.

It may be for eight or ten years,
Or only two or three,
But will you, till I call him back,
Take care of him for me?

A wagging tail and cold wet nose,
And silken velvet ears,
A heart as big as all outdoors,
To love you through the years.

His puppy ways will gladden you,
And antics bring a smile,
As guardian or friend he will,
Be loyal all the while.

He'll bring his charms to grace your life,
And though his stay be brief,
When he's gone the memories,
Are solace for your grief.

I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return,
But lessons only a dog can teach,
I want you each to learn.

I've looked the whole world over,
In search of guardians true,
And from the folk that crowd life's land,
I have chosen you.

Whatever love you give to him,
Returns in triple measure,
Follow his lead and gain a life,
Brim full of simple pleasures.

Enjoy each day as it comes,
Allow your heart to guide,
Be loyal and steadfast in love,
As the dog there by your side.

Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call,
To take him back again?

I fancy each of us would say,
Dear Lord, Thy will be done,
For all the joys this dog shall bring,
The risk of grief we'll run.

We'll shelter him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known,
Forever grateful stay.

But should the angels call for him,
Much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand.

If by our love we've managed,
God's wishes to achieve,
In memory of him that we have loved,
And to help us while we grieve.

When our faithful bundle departs,
This earthly world of strife,
We'll get yet another pup,
And love him all his life.


Stray Cat
By - Francis Witham

Oh, what unhappy twist of fate
Has brought you homeless to my gate?
The gate where once another stood
To beg for shelter, warmth, and food
For from that day I ceased to be
The master of my destiny.

While he, with purr and velvet paw,
Became within my house the law.
He scratched the furniture and shed
And claimed the middle of my bed.

He ruled in arrogance and pride
And broke my heart the day he died.
So if you really think, oh Cat,
I'd willingly relive all that
Because you come forlorn and thin
Well.....don't just stand there........Come on in!

Touch Me
by Susan Krauser 2002

Touch me with your voice
as a puppy young and new,

And let me know my presence
is what is pleasing you.

Touch me with your spirit,
for God sent me here to you,

To teach you of that precious bond
known by the choicest few.

Touch me with your hands
as I grow tall and strong,

I need you as my mentor
throughout my whole life long.

Touch me with your lips,
and brush them softly on my brow,

Please kiss away the fears
that I am feeling now.

Touch me with your eyes
as I become full grown,

To validate unspoken love
that we have always known.

Touch me with your heart
as our bond keeps growing stronger

And words need not be used
in our language any longer.

Touch me with your breath,
so soft and warm upon my face,

As I try to bring you comfort
in life's never ending race.

Touch me with your love
when my muzzle turns to gray,

I live my life to please you,
each and every single day.

Touch me with your scent
when age has dimmed my sight,

To reassure me always
that you will be my light.

Touch me with your face
when your tears are meant for me,

So I may bear your pain
and let your heart be free.

Touch me with remembrance
when I have traveled on,

And, I will hold your heart in mine
forever when I'm gone.