Rainbow Bridge ~ Anonymous


This morning our beloved Chocolate Labrador, Seth took his journey over the Rainbow Bridge; he was 13 years 4 months and 2 weeks old.  He had major surgery back in May, and had been slowing down bit by bit ever since.  To many it may seem like my Husband and I are grieving over ‘just a dog’, and this could be because those people have not known exactly how much a beloved dog gives, asking for so little in return.

Seth, and our other lab, were the reason I kept going through the long months of deployments.  His antics always brought a smile to people faces, and there was not a person who came into contact with him who was not touched by him.  We have a lot of things to arrange for him now, and our grief to deal with, so there may not be any more posts this week; I’ll take it day by day and see how it feels.



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….

Author unknown…


13 thoughts on “Rainbow Bridge ~ Anonymous

  1. I have an old dog, Giblet, and we say that someday he’ll go in the garden. Though our grief will be in the future, I empathize with your pain. Seth wasn’t just a dog, he was a part of your family. We are all so much more enriched because of them. Take care.

  2. My deepest sympathy, Cate. We’ve always had dogs in our family and it’s very hard to say goodbye to family members. All the best!

  3. Heartfelt sympathy for you and your family as you mourn the passing of your dear friend. My standard poodle is getting on in years and I dread the day when we will say goodbye. Know that many of us animal lovers are with you and wishing you well during this difficult time. Blessings!

    • Thank you Tammy. We were lucky in the fact that he passed away at home, and the people that are taking care of him before we can bring him home again on Friday, are doing so with the dignity and respect he deserves.

  4. Hugs Cate. I’ve also lost some of my cats in the past and can sympathize with your loss. Take care of yourself and your other lab, I guess this must be also tough for him/her.

    • Our remaining lab is feeling it as Seth was there from the minute we rescued him. I think he’s lost more than just a friend, he’s lost his canine compass if that makes sense.

    • They made me smile, especially him going straight for the tag on the stuffed toys, ripping them off and spitting them out. Thank you for sharing them with us Paula xx

  5. Never apologise for grieving for a pet. They are part of our family. To those of us who never had any human ones, they are our children. I believe animals have souls. I believe we will see them again. How can anything so sentient, so funny, so loving, just cease to exist? They would grieve for us, there is no shame in grieving for them.


    • I feel no shame in grieving for him Loretta, bar 5 months he was with us for our entire marriage to date and has got us both through some dark days. All we can do is take comfort in the fact that his body can now keep up with the energy he had stored away and he’s running puppy laps while waiting for us three to join him.

  6. I’m so sorry to hear about your lab, Seth. He sounds like a magnificent friend. We often spend more time with our animal friends than our human ones and when they leave us, there’s a big hole in our lives. My deepest sympathy goes out to you.

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