Do you know the story of the Rainbow Bridge? It's a place where animals that have been loved a lot go to wait for their people after they die. I'll put the story below, so you can read it for yourself.
The reason I wanted to talk about the Rainbow Bridge today is because we know a dog who died on Friday. His name was Khaki, and he was a Golden Retriever who was 9 years old. His mom was my mom's friend, Aunt Barbara. We are all very sad about Khaki, but Aunt Barbara is the saddest of all.
What happened with Khaki was that he got a rabies shot, and then later he started acting like he didn't feel good, so Aunt Barbara thought maybe he had a reaction to the rabies shot. She took Khaki to her vet's office and then to the emergency clinic. At the emergency clinic, they did this thing called a sonogram, and they found out that Khaki had cancer all inside his body. It was extremely sad, and Aunt Barbara didn't want Khaki to suffer, so she let him be put to sleep. This means that when he wakes up, he will be at the Rainbow Bridge, which would be a lovely place to wake up, I think.
Mom isn't sure if the Rainbow Bridge story is true, but Mom is what you might call a "skeptic," so you shouldn't pay any attention to what she says about such things.
Anyway, here is the Rainbow Bridge story. When you read it, you can think about Khaki and all the pets you have lost who are now waiting there for you, and it will make you feel better. I really believe it will.
Just this side of heaven is a place called the 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 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 the Rainbow Bridge together....