Inspirational Poems & Stories

Until one has loved an animal,
a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

~ Anatole France (1844-1924)

The Rainbow Bridge

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play all day with each other.

There is only one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. So each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! The nose twitches! The ears are up! The eyes are staring! And this one suddenly runs from the group!

You have been seen and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again, and you look once more into the eys of your trusting pet.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.

~ Author Unknown

My Forever Friend

I know that it must be different,
now that I am no longer here.
I realize how much I was loved
and how all of you did care.

I know it will be hard at first
when you look around for me.
Expecting to find me in my bed or
beside my favorite tree.

Someday you will begin to see,
although it'll take some time,
the happy times you shared with me,
the memories are yours and mine.

I'll remember you, my family,
and how much you meant to me.
So please don't grieve and don't be
sad, it was just my time to leave.

~ Author Unknown

Heaven is the place where all of the pets
you've ever loved come to greet you

~ Author Unknown

A Prayer for Animals

Hear our humble prayer,
O God,
for our friends, the animals,
especially for those who are suffering;
for any that are lost or deserted
or frightened or hungy.

We entreat for them all
thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them,
we ask a heart of compassion
and gentle hands and kindly words.

Make us, ourselves,
to be true friends to animals
and so to share
the blessing
of the merciful.

~ Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

Dogs are not our whole life,
but they make our lives whole.

~ Roger Caras

Free at Last

You fought hard to stay alive, my friend.
In the end, though, you couldn't conquer death.
But neither did death conquer you.
Death cures all diseases,
Mends all broken bones,
Breaks all chains
And made you free at last.

~ Author Unknown

Shed No Tears
Nor Grief Prolong,
Don't Cry For Me
I am Not Gone.

~ Author Unknown

The Gift of Animal

The animals that share our lives
enrich them beyond measure.
They show us that there is joy in
simplicity and that love can be
communicated without words.
They help us understand that life is to
be lived in the moment without regrets
over the past or worries about the future.
They teach us about companionship
and trust and about giving of ourselves:
our time, our attention, our affection.
Animals bring out our humanity and
help us become better people.
All we need do is open our hearts
to what we can learn from them.

~ Mary Montgomery

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die
I want to go where they went.

~ Will Rogers (1875-1935)

Until Next Time ...