Pet Love: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

August 28 is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day.  

If you’ve lost a pet, you’ve probably heard of the Rainbow Bridge. It’s a mythical place that connects Heaven to Earth. When our pets die, it is believed that they go here, to wait for us until we can meet again and then join us in Heaven. It has hills and meadows and everything our furry friends could hope for. 

Even though today is a day of remembrance for the Rainbow Bridge, I think we need to also take time to be thankful for the pets we have now.  They won’t be with us forever, and one day they will be waiting for us at the bridge. 

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Our pets bring so much more to us than we realize. Studies have shown that petting a dog or cat can lower blood pressure. Nursing homes are starting to welcome cats and dogs to improve the mood of the residents and make it feel more like home. Police stations are welcoming therapy dogs for the officers to come back and spend time with after a stressful day.

 

I’ve lost many pets in my life so far, and I hope they will be waiting for me at the bridge, my first dogs, Jake (a white Maltese) and Norman (a Yorkshire Terrier), Chester and Lucy (my hamsters), Snickers and Beanie (my guinea pigs).  They all brought me so much happiness and I miss them daily.  

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Take time to enjoy and love on your pets today and let them know how much you love them while they are still here.

“The 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 hand 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….

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Spend today remembering your pets that are waiting for you at the bridge. And especially use today to appreciate the ones that are still here with you. They will one day be joining the others on that bridge. And remember that all those dogs on the little Rainbow Bridge are looking down at you happy that you gave them the best darn life possible. And that is what today is about.

 

Happy Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day! And hug your pets a little harder today for the ones who are waiting for you at the bridge.


 
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