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 the Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends.

There is plenty of food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and  comfortable.

All the animals that 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 time 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.

Her bright eyes are intent, her eager body begins to quiver;

suddenly she breaks from the group, flying over the green grass.

Her legs carrying her 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 friend.

So long gone from your life but never absent from your heart

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...

- author unknown -