Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge. When an animal that has been especially close to someone here on earth passes away, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends where they can romp and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our beloved companions are warm, comfortable and at peace.
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. Each and every one is happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very dear to them who they had to leave behind on earth.
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 with anticipation and joy. Suddenly he separates 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 to one another in a joyous reunion, never to be parted again. His happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress his 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 the Rainbow Bridge ~ together for evermore.