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Surviving Pet Loss

Rainbow Bridge Poem

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….

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Image: In Loving memory of Byron

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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11:55PM PST on Jan 22, 2015

Thanks for the article and the helpful info. I'm glad you got to share your life with Byron. I am sorry for your loss.

8:20PM PST on Jan 22, 2015

Say good bye to beloved animal friend is so sad, it is like loosing one of the family, thank you for sharing such a loving story.

4:45AM PST on Jan 22, 2015

Such a beautiful and at the same time sad story. You have been so brave, I know when I lost my cats I was devastated, I cried for weeks and still do now, but I know that one day I will be with them all, it is only temporary and what a lovely lesson we learn from our companions, they are so loyal, loving and faithful. They only leave us in body form, they are by our side forever, devotion like that never goes away.

7:32PM PST on Dec 28, 2014

just a sad , heartbreaking thing...

4:07PM PDT on Aug 7, 2014

thank you for all the advice I hope and pray I do not need it for a long time yet but my little 'darling' is getting old now and after getting an extended tummy due to retaining liquid have been told by my Vet that he has a problem with the valves in his heart which they will explore by an ecg when the 'water' pills he is on get his tummy back to normal, same water pills by the way that I am on (I'm getting old too) so am hoping whatever the heart problem it can be controlled by medication to keep him with me for several more years yet. Have only recently lost my Mum - my little 'darling' all I have left - so as I said thank you but hopefully will now need it for a long time yet. My respects to the memory of your lovely dog.

8:42PM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

Thanks

7:50AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

THANK YOU FOR SHAREING SUCH A BEAUTIFUL STORY:) I AM STILL MORNING THE LOSS OF MY BELOVED PONIE WHO PASSED APRIL 2013. I KEEP HIM CLOSE TO MY HEART EVERY DAY AND MISS HIM TERRIBLY BUT BLESSED TO KNOW HE IS NO LONGER IN PAIN. I AM TRUELY LOOKING FORWARD TO ONE DAY BE REUNITED AND CROSS THE BEAUTIFUL RAINBOW BRIDGE TOGETHER. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE THANKED ME FOR SAVING THIS PRECIOUSE FUR BABIES LIFE BUT I TELL THEM IT WAS PONIE WHO SAVED ME:) RIP MY BIG GUY MOMMY WILL SEE YOU AT THE RAINBOW BRIDGE:) ♡♥♡♥♡♥

2:00PM PST on Dec 2, 2013

dzięki

10:48AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

Still trying to carry on after my beloved Minou's demise, and I lose another cat.
One of my kittens died on Friday 2nd. He was only 3 months old... I don't know what to think.
I am astonished, shocked, desperate. He was a gorgeous male, grey and white, healthy and sweet. A virus killed him in two days. The vets only make assumptions, nothing certain. How can it be? You are unable to tell me what happened? A healthy kitten, kept indoor and taken good care of, suddenly dies? An innocent creature, a beautiful baby, who plays, eats and purrs, is then dead in my bathroom?
3 months before I moved my cat dies, and 2 months after I move one of my kittens dies.
The coincidence is creepy, unfair and mean. I can't believe this. Misfortune has hit me twice in a 5 months.
What killed him and how? We were about vaccinating him. We wanted to keep him with us forever, not only for one month. I feel empty.

6:07AM PDT on Aug 3, 2013

A dog or cat's life span always seems much too short. Saying goodbye is the hardest part of having them in your life!

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