The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of Heaven is a place called the 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 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 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 those trusting eyes,
so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...




The following Poems and Inspirational Readings have been suggested by members of Epil-K9


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To view individual Poems click on the links below

  The Fragile Circle  If a Dog Be Well Remembered
 My Special List  I Stood By Your Bed
 Pawprints in the Snow  The Star
 Angel's Words to Mom  Old Dog in a Locket
 The Silence  A Living Love
 If It Should Be  A Dog's Prayer
 Angel Dogs  From Friend to Friend
 Footprints in the Sand  The Last Will & Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog
 You Were Here  Now I Must Go
 The One  Rainbow Bridge Return
 A Parting Prayer  For Every Dog and Angel
A Rosebud  Lend me a Pup
 From a "Bridge Kid"  Momma Please Know
 The Dalmatian I Loved So Much  Polli
 To a Loyal Companion  Beyond the Rainbow
 Memories of You  Death is Nothing at All
On 9/11 Welcome at Rainbow Bridge The Rainbow Bridge (in a different format )





APLB The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
P.O. Box 106, Brooklyn, N. Y. 11230
National clearing house for information on pet bereavement

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) National
Pet Loss Hotline
(800) 946-4646, pin in pin # 140-7211 and then own phone number
Call are returned immediately 24 hours a day.

C.A.R.E. Helpline for Companion Animal Related Emotions
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: 1-877-394-2273 (toll-free)
Staffed Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday 7 pm-9 pm Central time. Staffed by
veterinary student volunteers; Can leave message at any time.

IAMS Pet Loss Support Center and Hotline
(888) 332-7738
Hotline available Monday through Saturday, 8am-8pm

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
877/244-CARE (toll-free) 217/244-CARE (local)
CARE is available Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 7-9pm CST and staffed
by Univ. of Illinois vet. students.

Pet Friends Pet Grief Hotline, Morristown, N.J.
1-800-404-7387 (toll-free), (609) 667-1717, (609) 234-8888 (Emergency crisis
Staffed by trained volunteers; 24 hour voice-mail; All calls returned within
24 hours. Long-distance calls are returned collect.


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