Five More Minutes With Our Pets on the Rainbow Bridge

Written by Braiden Rex-Johnson on December 17, 2012

Anyone who has ever lost a beloved pet (which I suppose we are now supposed to refer to as “companion animal” if we want to be politically correct) knows how difficult that can be. Animals give us unconditional love and ask for hardly anything in return.

Unlike relatives and friends, they don’t bring a lot of emotional baggage. They are (often) pure sources of joy and wonder.

So when the following poem crossed my desk at 9:42 one morning, I couldn’t help but read it and shed a tear.

Here’s to all the wonderful animals in our lives cats such as Bo-Bo, Jasper, and Henry-san, and dogs like AmandaTimmy, Matchin, and Lucius who are no longer with us physically, but will always live on in our hearts and minds.

And here’s to meeting again to cross the 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…