Monday, September 28, 2009

The Rainbow Bridge

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.... 
Author unknown.


  1. Thank you Piper for the Rainbow Bridge story. Saturday I watched Dog 101: on the animal planet channel. I hope you watch that channel because it can be very interesting. Anyway, on Saturday - they had a segment on Vizslas. Having owned a few Vizslas I was very interested; however, after watching it - I was a bit sad or melancholy thinking of Nellie, Sandy, Rob, Judge....however, since reading your post on the Rainbow Bridge, I now feel much much better. I realize I was only being SELFISH and forgetting that Nellie, etc., were all in a better place. Excuse my loooong comment, but wanted to share with you how much I REALLY APPRECIATE today's post. One more thing: hope your mom is feeling better today!
    Love, AP

  2. Piper,
    Your insight into life and death is awesome.
    Get your Mom to go to the libary, get Randy Alcorn's book titled Heaven and read the chapter(s) on animals. Your friend Barbara
    could use this about now.
    The poem really made me tear up!
    Donna in AR

  3. Dear Aunt Patty and Aunt Donna,
    I'm glad the Rainbow Bridge story made you feel better. It always makes me feel better when I read it, so I am happy to remind people about it. I will have to check out that book about Heaven, too. Thanks for telling me about it!