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Rainbow Bridge

Tia CustomThis page is for our four legged friends waiting for us at Rainbow Bridge.


 

Rainbow Bridge
by
Author Unknown


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 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 Rainbow Bridge together....

 


 

 

 

 

 

Part 2 Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

A man on his way to Heaven stopped just before a great, multi-coloured and iridescent bridge. The sunlight shone on it as it lead up to the very Gates of Heaven. Off to the side he could see miles of rolling green fields lined with brooks and trees. Playing and resting in those fields appeared to be many animals, mostly family pets, small and large, and of every type known. There appeared to be an abundance of food and water available for all of them; and the sun was always warm as they played and rested in the meadows. He also noticed, off to one side, in a small, separate meadow, a group of German Shepherds. They looked content and in excellent condition, but they did not run and play like the rest of the animals.

Now, off in the distance he could see another traveller upon the road, making his way to the bridge. As this traveller crested a small rise in the road all the German Shepherds lifted their heads and looked towards him, but then they put their chins back down on the grass. At that same time a dog playing in another part of the meadow let out a bark and ran towards the man walking on the path. The man, looking surprised, knelt down to greet the dog as it covered the man’s face with kisses and whimpers of joy. After a short time the man rose and continued down the path, over the bridge and through the Gates, the dog running and jumping beside him.

“Hello my friend, you are new on this path are you not?” The man turned to see a lovely woman sitting on the grass next to him. She appeared quite young, yet there was something in her eyes which spoke of great age and deep wisdom. “Come and sit next to me for awhile and feel the Sun." the woman said, "I will answer your questions before you continue on your journey”. The man sat next to her upon the grass and asked about all the animals in the meadows, and why they were there. She looked over at the meadows saying: “This place is called the Rainbow Bridge. When any animal dies that has been loved by someone, that pet comes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills here for all our special friends, so that they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm, safe and comfortable.”

She turned to look back at him then, a gentle smile on her lips, and continued: “All the animals who had been ill or old are restored to full health and vigour; those who were hurt or maimed are made strong and whole again, as we like to remember them in our dreams of times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: each one of them misses someone very special, someone who they have left behind. “They run and play together, but then one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his ears prick up; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks out from the group and runs, flying over the green grass, faster and faster. They have spotted their “special someone” and when they meet they will greet each other in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happiness glows from their friend's face; those loving and trusting eyes, so long gone from their life, but never absent from their heart. Then the reunited pair cross Rainbow Bridge together.”

As she finished speaking, another traveller crested the small hill to the meadows. Instantly an “Ooooh” was heard amongst the playing animals and four of the German Shepherds suddenly burst from their meadow, running with blinding speed towards the man. A large group of German Shepherds that had been resting separate from all the other animals, also rose to their feet as the man crested the hill. Their heads all seemed to turn in unison to look at him as one and then, leaping like gazelles, broke into a full run toward him. The man, facing the four Shepherds that had originally run towards him, turned to see the rest flying his direction. Dropping to one knee he opened his arms and welcomed all them to him, laughing and almost falling backwards from their enthusiasm. Rising he then walked toward the Rainbow Bridge, awash in a dancing sea of german shepherds.

“I believe I understand “ said the man, “but what about that last person? I understand why those german shepherds came to him from the meadow, but what about all those that were laying separate from everyone else and never seemed to play like the rest. Why did they all run to him also?” The woman then let out a small melodious laugh, like the water of a small brook, or a light breeze across some wind chimes. “Well, that is a very special case. Those german shepherds that were resting over to the side lived their entire lives as rescue dogs, unwanted, abused,  and most came from the dog pound. . They never got to know what it was to play, or have a family, or a “special someone”. So when they come here they do not play like the other animals. They are happy and content, but they wait until a special person comes along who can show them the love that they missed in their former lives.”

“I don’t believe I understand” said the man, “I realize that he owned german shepherds, but that could not possibly be the only reason they all ran to him.”
“You're quite right,” she replied, “He was actually part of a german shepherd rescue group. In life he demonstrated his love for them by helping their brothers and sisters. They know that now he is here, he will love them all, just as he loved all those who were in his care. Every time a rescuer approaches the Rainbow Bridge, all those unwanted german shepherds who are waiting here, can now enter Heaven.”

The man smiled then, remembering the joy of all those shepherds sprinting across the field and the joy and laughter of the man as they came up to him. He thanked the woman for the kindness she had shown him and set his feet upon the path over the Rainbow Bridge, feeling a twinge of sadness that in life he did not know the love that the last traveller had felt both in life, and beyond.


 

Rocky

RIP Rocky, only 8 years old, run free boy.


 

Misty

Misty was a dog that was found as a stray in West Midlands and handed in to the dog pound, we were able to offer Misty a rescue place and she was transported to South England.  Misty was found to have a lump in her stomach and was operated on, the lump was removed and the lump proved to be benign. Paul her foster dad fell in love with Misty and because she had gone through so much gave her a fantastic forever home. She lived  happily with her two GSD friends and was spoilt rotten. Unfortunately another lump was found in Misty's mouth and this time nothing could be done for her, Misty went quietly to the bridge.......

R.I.P Misty

misty6


 

Rocky

It is with great sadness that we have to say that Rocky lost his fight against cancer today. His family are absolutely devastated and describe 10 year old Rocky as a true gentleman, a big soft gentle giant. We would like to offer his family our heartfelt sympathy. He wasn't in his new home very long but while he was there he enjoyed his life and was a well loved family member.  R.I.P Rocky go play at the bridge xx

Rocky

rocky20


Jess

Sadly Jess had to be euthanised because she had cancer of the spleen that had also spread to other parts of her body, the vets could do nothing to save her.  Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Susan and her family who adopted Jess from our rescue, they are absolutely devastated at the loss of this lovely gentle girl. Jess originally went to Susan as a foster, but they all fell in love with her and decided that they wanted to keep her. Jess was well loved by Susan and also by her previous owner who also loved Jess dearly. R.I.P Jess. and thank you Susan for giving this girl a loving home.

Go play at the bridge lovely girl

jesslawson


Jake

Jake enjoyed the last few weeks of his life chasing chickens and cats. Jake was a 12.5 year old GSD X who had no tail, unfortunately he was dumped into the pound. We rescued Jake and we were hoping that we would be able to find him a permanent or foster home. Unfortunately Jake became very ill and the decision was made that Jake should be allowed to go peacefully. R.I.P Jake.

jake_oldie


 

Max

Max, who could have just left this older boy to spend his last days alone.  GSRS took Max out of the pound and into boarding kennels. Sadly Max got very sick, and was rushed to the vets, we did all we could do to help Max but he lost his fight for life. How could anyone just throw this boy onto the streets and leave him to face his remaining time on his own....

 

maxworksop1


 

Charlie

Charlie was about 1 year old when he was taken to the council pound., nobody knew his history he was just another stray abandoned to the streets.  Charlie came out of the pound under our rescue and we all thought that this young man would make it and find a new home.  Unfortunateky Charlie got very sick, he was rushed to vets but they couldn't save him. Charlie lost his fight for life on Boxing Day 2009, aged 1 year.

RIP Charlie

charlie1