Hi. So, recently I mentioned that my adopted forever family recently lost their pet cat, Stanley. He and me had some minor “issues” at the beginning (doesn’t pooping indoors inside a box seems a little anti social?), but worked them all out without using our claws. Anyway, the family was really upset and they kept talking about memorializing Stanley so that they could always remember him with the love and respect he deserved, and also so he could “cross the Rainbow Bridge”, which I had never even heard of.
Anyway, last Sunday at the park I heard a group of pugs talking about “the Rainbow Bridge” and made a very polite inquiry (Pugs as a pack can be very territorial if you don’t give them their deference). Butchy, the alpha male, explained it to me (yes, we don’t just sniff one another’s behinds. We also communicate when it suits our needs). Turns out there is a legendary and long held belief that, for all beloved and deceased pets, there exists a temporal passage between this world and the next. That belief was originally expressed in an actual old traditional poem, Rainbow Bridge:
RAINBOW BRIDGE (author and date unknown):
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 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.
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 fun from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted. Happy kisses rain upon your face and you cross the Rainbow Bridge together.
Makes a dog think……..