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The Rainbow Bridge

A Note from Dr. VanHorn, DVM

Rebecca, I was so sorry to hear that your dog died. Being a veterinarian, I walk with many people through this difficult time and it is never easy. Our pets become members of our family. I hope you will take good care of yourself and that in time, memories of your dog will help you feel better. There is a well-known poem about the Rainbow Bridge that I often share with those who have lost a pet. I've posted it in the Notes section for anyone who might like to read it.

The Rainbow Bridge

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge, there is a land of meadows, hills, and valleys, with lush green grass. When a cherished pet passes away, they go to this place. There is always food, water and sunshine and everyone is warm and comfortable. All the animals that have 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 days gone by. They play all day with each other.

There is only one small thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth and had to be left behind. So they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks off into the distance. Their bright eyes staring! The nose twitches! The ears are up! Their eager body begins to quiver! Suddenly, they begin to run from the group, flying over the green grass, their legs carrying them faster and faster…

You have been spotted! And when you and your special friend meet, you cling together in joyous reunion. Your face is kissed again and again and again, your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the adoring eyes of your trusting pet, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart. Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never to be separated…