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 vigour, 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 intent, his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, be 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.

-Author unknown




Some of the animals at the bridge are different. They were beaten,
starved, tortured, and unloved. They watch wistfully as their friends
leave one by one, to cross the bridge with their special person. For
them there is no one, no special one. Their time on earth did not give
them one.

But one day, as they run and play, they notice someone standing by the
road to the bridge. This person wistfully watches the reunions of
friends, for in their life, they had no pet. They were beaten, starved,
tortured, and unloved.

As they stand there alone, one of the unloved pets comes up to them,
curious as to why this one is alone. And as the they get nearer to each
other, a miracle occurs, for these are the ones who were meant to be
together. Their special person, their beloved pet, although on Earth
they never met. With the meeting of two souls, the pain and the sorrow
disappears, and two friends are together.

Then they cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be







1. Thou shalt feed me today more than thou didst yesterday.
2. Thou shalt teach me with food - not big sticks and loud voices.
3. Thou shalt walk with me every day - despite thy favorite TV program.
4. Thou shall not buy furniture that I cannot sit on.
5. Thou shalt not pay attention to anyone else but me - lest I feel un-wanted.
6. Thou shalt love me to death - even when I bark all night.
7. Thou shalt not have a Cat with ATTITUDE and CLAWS.
8. Thou shalt not start the car until I am in it.
9. Thou shalt not hide the food.
10. Thou shalt obey the above without question lest I POOP on the
neighbours lawn and promote community strife.