The Rainbow Bridge - Pet Article 17

Articles about Animals and Pets – The Rainbow Bridge

When we lose a beloved animal companion it truly can be one of the hardest things we humans can experience in our life time. I only came to realize how much animals have to teach us about total honesty, innocence, forgiveness, how to express our feelings fully and then let them go, when I had to let my cat Snoopy go. We humans tend to hold on; animals teach us how to let life flow and above all, how to give and receive unconditional love. It is often in their passing that we realize the full extent of their love and when it is gone we can feel lost, empty, sad, confused or even angry.

The day I found out that Snoopy had a huge liver tumor and that she may not survive surgery, my whole world turned upside down. I'd only had her for four years and even though she was now eighteen, I wasn't ready to let her go yet. I still remember the Vet saying “We can put her down right now or you can take her home and she will continue to suffer.” I struggled in my heart and in my head for hours. What should I do, what's right for her, what does she want, can I really play God and decide another being's fate, who am I to make this kind of decision? I was so confused and quite frankly angry that I had to decide with so little time.

I took her home and prayed for guidance and a sign for what to do. The following morning while showering, I asked for help from whomever may be listening. I closed my eyes and suddenly a beautiful image appeared of a pair of glowing white hands coming down from above and scooping Snoopy up. These hands then rose upwards to the sky cradling her and bringing her to an immense beam of golden light. Then everything vanished and I was left with an incredible feeling of peace and love. I had received my answer.

Although Snoopy was no longer with me physically I knew she was not gone. She visited me regularly at night just before I would drift off to sleep. I could feel her presence wrapped around my head as she had done when she was with me.

Animals often communicate that they feel no separation from us on “this side” and that they are still very connected to us after they go. They always tell me that they see their physical body merely as a temporary vehicle for the spirit to do its work in. No matter what they are doing or where they are on the “Other side” they always have the ability to connect with us in the physical world.

The Rainbow Bridge Poem brought me great comfort after Snoopy went into the light, see below for his poem.

The Rainbow Bridge Poem

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 that 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. 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. Author Unknown

Written by Stephanie: Articles on Animal Communication