Rainbow Bridge and My Pets

Close To My Heart

I just wanted to share this little story with everyone I possibly can. I turn into a blubbering cry-baby every time I read these lovely words. So, I guess I want all the faithful pet owners out there to bawl with me so I do not feel so alone.

Many of you may have already read this, for it has been all over the Internet the last few years but it always deserves another look. For those who have not, get your tissue box ready.

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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…

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Kishka & Mandy - Mandy is possessed.  Those eyes!  Oh, those evil eyes!!!
Kishka & Mandy - Mandy is possessed. Those eyes! Oh, those evil eyes!!!
Indy - His best "Blue Steel" pose.
Indy - His best "Blue Steel" pose.
Molly - Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.
Molly - Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.

My Kids

Now I must show off my babies. My wife and I adopted all but one (Mandy) through rescue agencies. They are all great family members and we have had no regrets.

Who says you have to have a puppy? I highly recommend giving a homeless animal a chance at a good and loving home. Older dogs need love too!

My dog Indy (see pic at right) was literally one day away from being put to death in the pound. He now has a good home and gives us so much laughter and happiness. It scares me to think that we almost didn't save him.

So many animals just like our beloved Indy get put down every day! It breaks my heart. Please visit these sites for more information.

Remember to spay or neuter your pet to help control the pet population (I sound like Bob Barker).

 

Which one of my kids do you want to kiss and hold and cuddle and love the most?

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Please feel free to share your personal pet experience here. 40 comments

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goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

good hub. I can't stand it when my dogs look at me. They break me down every time and I end up giving them what they want. Your dogs got that same look.


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justmesuzanne 8 years ago from Texas

Great Hub! Thanks! I have just recently published a Hub about losing a pet and another about the Obama's possible dog choices. I hope you will have a look!

:) Blessings,

Suzanne


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Thanks to you both. I love dogs!!! I work with dogs. I have 4 dogs. Dogs are the greatest!


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dana825 7 years ago from Chicago

I love dogs... and have four dogs of my own!


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MamaDragonfly2677 7 years ago from New York

I have a dog, Nanook. She was found on the side of the road, in a bag with her two brothers, one which had already died... A friend of mine found them and brought them home, but couldn't keep them, so I took Nanook, she was only a few weeks old. I still, to this day, don't know exactly what breed she is, but if I had to guess, I would say she has malamute, and husky in her. Her eyes are almost human, and she is my baby! I do believe she understands everything I say... She is tremendously smart, and I really didn't have to do much to train her. She is also a guard to my children. I've never heard her growl, besides at a cat... (Her worst enemy) She is part of my family, and always will be. Excellent hub! Encore!


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

I don't see how people can be so cruel. If you don't want the pups, bring them to a shelter. Why tie them up in a bag and throw them out like trash?!?!

They have DNA test kits for dogs if you are interested in your dogs breed.


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

Well now, since your a dog lover I have to join your fan club. good looking too. god I love 'em so. I have 4, 3 bassets, and a Toy Fox Terrier. My friend over 2 houses has a Wired Haired Dachsund looks similar to your black one, your's a long hair?


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Yes, I have two long-haired dachsunds. One is kinda of mix between long and short hair though.


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Lady Guinevere 7 years ago from West Virginia

I have always had a dog or two and also cats. I grew up with two Collies, Princess was the black and white one and King was her son. King got stolen right out of our backyard! He looked very much like Lassie. Princess died and was found behind a refridgerator at my paren't house in their basement some years later.

I had a beegle lab mix named Brandy--she ran away and we never sawher again. We know she was going to die and didn't want us to know.....they do that.

I also had a white Bison Frise. She was the seetest dog ever. She had papers, but we weren't going to breed her and we let her hair grow naturally. Her name was Cindy, but her real name was a long one but her first name was Cinnamon. We didn't know about spaying back then and she got caught by a big dog. It was said becasue she hemoraged after that. Her last day she was quiet and laying at the top of the stairs and I sat with her becsue there was nothing else anyone could do. I knew she was trying to stay for the kids sake. I held her inmy arms and told her that if she wanted to go and she was ready to just go.........five minutes later she was gone. It was very sad to have lost a wonderful dog and friend. She was the best and got along with everyone--even the cats and other animals we had then. That big dog that got her was a stray and we never did see him again. He was three times her size!I don't have any pictures of her or Brandy either. My ex took them to his house for the girls and they had a fire and they were in the fire and they are gone. My memories still serve me good.

I also had to put to sleep one of my other babies--he was a cat and he got along perfectly with Cindy. His name was Bambi and some day when my daughter finishes the scrap book she did for me I will put his picture online.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Damn LG! I think I am gonna slit my wrists after reading your comment. What a bummer!!! I'm sorry for your losses.


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Pest 7 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

Cute kids. Does the rainbow bridge apply to snakes? I just don't see here running to me, I mean she doesn't have legs. How will she see above the grass? Do evil mice and rats die and get sent to her as food? It would be upsetting if she ate one of Pam"s cats.

Seriously, she doesn't eat rodents, she eats other snakes.

My cat, Kat is my best friend, she has been through a lot with me. I would love to see her at the rainbow bridge.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

I believe there is a place for serpents...it's called Hell.


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Lady Guinevere 7 years ago from West Virginia

I didn't tell you about Snit, I have a hubpage made just for her. She passed away last year ---actually the end of this month. She was my baby too! I miss her alot!


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Pest 7 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

I will fall to pieces when kat has to go. I have a friend that said she would take care of it when that time comes, but I think I would have to be there for her. i also hated when i would have to put calves down that were ill. i even out of my way to carry the spiders out of myhouse or avoid running over frogs and worms on the road. I am a freak I guess.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

I carry spiders outside too.  I only kill them if they make it too hard for me to catch them.

Here's a scenario that just came to me:

You're driving down a road and realize that you must swerve to avoid hitting one of two things...a person or a dog.  You cannot avoid both.  You must hit one to avoid the other. 

You know what...I do believe I would swerve out of the way of the dog and hit the person (if the person wasn't a child). 


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Pest 7 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

Me too. The person should know enough to get out of the way making him responsible for his/her own demise.

When i lived in Louisiana the swamps would flood during heavy rains and at night there were thousands of snakes...I couldn't help running them over. I went home and wept! Snakes don't just go "squish" when you run them over either. "THUD".


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Bummer!


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Pest 7 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

I did throw a six footer in the trunk and took him to the bar I was headed to. Wrapped the thing around the toilet in the mens bathroom. Laughs all night long!


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Lady Guinevere 7 years ago from West Virginia

Pest you are a trip!! Yeah my husband hit a dog on the highway and I went berserk! I could feel the dogs pain! I hit a dog once ont he highway too and the lady said that she heard screams. Yep that was me when I seen the dog as I hit it. It litterally came out of nowhere! I was on the wrong side of the tractor trailer and we were on a bridge and it came up over the bridge and in front of the truck. The truck missed it--don't even think he saw the dog. The dog was all white and kind of big--lab or that size. The lady was there to get it because someone had let it out of her fenced in backyard. It was killed and I cried all the way home!


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

LOVE dogs!! Yours are adorable!!!!! And yes, I cried.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Thank you PM! Have you read Rainbow Bridge before?


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Thank you so much for this hub. I don't know how I missed it, but I've also linked it on your worship page.

I wish that everyone felt the same as you about animals. You make a wonderful point about adopting rescue dogs. I have two rescues myself. The number of stray/abandoned dogs and cats that I see in my area is daunting. What's more sickening is that shelters are overflowing and generally refuse to take in more animals. It makes me ill.

The story you shared is beautiful, and your babies are adorable. :)


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Thank you Pam.


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Lady Guinevere 7 years ago from West Virginia

Pam, I have the same problem here. I have managed, out of my own money, to get two females fixed, and four mailes fixed and that doesnt' include the strays that I took into the house. Thank goodness for Spay Today! Spread the word about that group because in some areas the charges are almost FREE while other areas -like mine- there is a nominal charge. It is still a lot less than what the full price at the Vets are!


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

No, I actually hadn't. My uncle sandblasts headstones for our pets who have gone ahead of us. Some people think it's morbid, but to me, it's a way of respecting their memory.


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Lady Guinevere 7 years ago from West Virginia

We burried Snit, our cat, in the backyard and I put a white picket fence around her.  My other cat, her daughter will be burried there as well---hopefully not for another few years, but she is old and eats like crazy and gains no wieght.  She's 16 years old and her mom was 18.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

BTW, if you haven't looked at my Hachiko hub then you must!  It's a must read for dog lovers.  It's also number 14 on the yahoo search and in the 30s on google search!  :-)

http://hubpages.com/animals/Hachiko


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Lady Guinevere 7 years ago from West Virginia

I looked at it and watched the video's and also made a comment.


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srhgompf 7 years ago from Roseburg Oregon

I always wondered what my Facebook friends were referring to when they talked about the Rainbow Bridge. Now I know. It made me tear up, too. Kudos to you and your family for rescuing dogs.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Thank you srhgompf.


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Carol M. 7 years ago from Massachusetts

Well said; I know the Rainbow Bridge text well. It has comforted me in the loss of my beloved pets. Bravo! This is a great hub! Carol M.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I know the Rainbow Bridge words, too. I enjoyed your article and your photos. If I could, I'd take all the dogs home from our local Humane Society every week. I can barely stand to visit there, so many are put down for lack of space. I do visit there often.


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imadork 6 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Pamela - thank you for your comment. It is sad that so many good dogs are put down on a daily basis. My dog Indy (pictured above) was one day away from the needle.


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ILoveTinkerbella 6 years ago

Rainbow Bridge brought tears to my eyes when I came across it a few days ago when I lost my Tinkerbell and just can't cope, I really hope it exists and if not I want to go where my Tinkerbell went.


UrsulaRose 5 years ago

I have only just found out about Rainbow Bridge with the recent passing of my beloved best-friend Oscar (15 years he was my 'Little-Big Man).

Through tears streaming down my face I read your article and your words helped me write my own hub article to promote the message of Rainbow Bridge.

Thank you imadork for 'giving a damn'. :-)


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imadork 5 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Thanks UrsulaRose.


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Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA

Hi,

I lost my sweet cat, Specks, 3 years ago after 17 wonderful years together. She was the most loving, affectionate, and sweetest cat I ever knew. She passed away from a tumor in her throat which they couldn't remove. I had to put her down. It was the most difficult thing I ever had to do. I stayed with her to the very end and completely fell apart when the doctor told me she was gone. I created a memorial for her in a large picture frame. I have photos of her, a few prayers, and of course a copy of the Rainbow Bridge.

I still get teary eyed whenever I think of my sweet girl, even after 3 years, I feel just as bad as when she first left me. I doubt I will ever get over that.

I just pray that she is in a special place that God created for such special companions. I long to see my girl again and spend eternity with her and my other lost friends.

Thanks for posting this and hope you will visit my hub...have quite a few hubs on my animal friends and a tribute to Specks!

God Bless you and our animal companions!!


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Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA

By the way, we are neighbors! I live in Maryland Hts. about 15 minutes from you...very close to Creve Coeur Lake!


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MercyGrace 5 years ago from USA

This is great. The Rainbow Bridge made me cry every time I read it after losing my dog but it is so beautiful and fills me with hope. Thanks for sharing.


channelislandgirl* 5 years ago

It really cheered me up. I thought my cat who died would lay there in black because he has no soul. Just today I figued out today I will meet him at the rainbow bidge someday-and all my other cats, too.

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