The Rainbow Bridge, A Sad Thought, A Happy Hope

©Scott Sheaffer, USA Dog Behavior

The more I work with dogs, the more inclined I am to believe they have souls. I have a theologian friend (a very conservative one to boot) who believes that animals will be with us in heaven. He argues, "Why would the God of creation leave all of His magnificent animals behind?" Good point.

One of my favorite quotes is from Will Rogers, "If dogs don't go to heaven, when I die I want to go wherever they went." My sentiments exactly.

How great would it be to be reunited with all the dogs that have blessed our lives so richly?

However, as a client recently reminded me, we need to make it to heaven in order for this reunion to occur...

All dog lovers have, or will, experience the loss of their pet. This loss can be devastating. The following classic poem by an unknown author recognizes the loss and provides hope for reunion.

The Rainbow Bridge

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.