the Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.
Whenever 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 all our friends are warm and comfortable. All of the animals who were ill and old are restored to health and vigour, and those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again – just as we remember them in our dreams of the days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing – they 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 up into the distance. His eyes are intent; his tail twitching, waiting.
Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carry 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 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 in your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together……………
-- Author Unknown