The Rainbow Bridge

Hosted by Maggie ^O^
Group active since Sat, Jun 21, 2014

This group is for all to share the pictures and stories of your sweet little furbabies who have gone ahead of us.

They are all together playing and having fun while they wait for us to meet them at the Rainbow Bridge.

Feel free to share a photo of your sweet little one.

Post a message when you want to let them know you are thinking of them.

Come here for comfort and peace and to honor those who loved us unconditionally.

Maggie ^O^
Jun 21, 2014

The Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called the 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...

Joey Wolf
Mar 10, 2017

Goodbye Maddie Moo!

My son and his family had to help Maddie Moo on her journey today. His wife Jen, is devastated as Maddie has been her constant companion for 11 years. Little Zoey is too young to understand. Kaiser Zak's dog will be lost without Maddie...the whole family is grieving. Maddie and I had a special bond, I'm an early riser, the kids are not. She loved when I came to visit, as I was always ready for an early morning walk. It made me aces in her book!

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Joey Wolf
Feb 26, 2017

Dutch!

3 years ago we adopted an 8# puppy, who 6 months later weighed 80 lbs. he did a whirling dirvish move and tore my miniscus in 2 places......hubby said, "you have to get rid of the dog, we can't have him re-injuring you." i found a really nice home for Dutch, with a much younger family. Dutch fell in love with Caleb (19) immediately......it took a little longer for Caleb's folks to fall for Dutch. They were very happy to get a dog already house broken, as they all work and don't really have time to. He could also sit and stay and came when called......his brakes didn't work too well, hence the torn miniscus! I'm happy to report Dutch and his new family are doing SO very well. I saw Dutch this am, out for his Sunday morning ride with G'pa Todd. I don't think he remembers me, but he's always happy to see me. Dutch weighs over 100 lbs now!


Joey Wolf
Feb 20, 2017

we have adopted a new doggy!

Meet Scooter...the lion hearted! We rescued Scooter last week, he'd only been at the shelter overnight, his previous owner was arrested and surrendered him. he's been checked out by the vet, and had his boy-parts removed today. he's a little wobbly this eve; but they said he would be. Even in the shelter as frightened as he was, he wanted in to the cat room to check on his cat-mates. they were all okay, wish we could have kept them all together, but just too many family members are allergic to cats. he is a very sweet boy, completely housebroken, doesn't bark excessively, chew on anything....just an absolute dream!

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J. White Harris
Feb 15, 2017

A Dog's Prayer by Norman Harris

Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of mine.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though you had no home, I would rather follow you. Through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest–and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

J. White Harris
Jan 26, 2017

Wherever Love Is

Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words:

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.

I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith' in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away.

Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I'm easy to find. I am wherever there is love.

Love, God

J. White Harris
Jan 24, 2017

Fun Facts About Dogs

All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbear of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog.

Small quantities of grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, cooked onions, or anything with caffeine can also be harmful. Apple and pear seeds contain arsenic, which may be deadly to dogs.

Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws.

Dogs have three eyelids. The third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” keeps the eye lubricated and protected.

A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running.

Eighteen muscles or more can move a dog’s ear.

Dog nose prints are as unique as human finger prints and can be used to identify them.

Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. Humans have approximately 9,000.

The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kublai Khan.

The American Kennel Club, the most influential dog club in the United States, was founded in 1884.

The most popular male dog names are Max and Jake. The most popular female dog names are Maggie and Molly.

The shape of a dog’s face suggests how long it will live. Dogs with sharp, pointed faces that look more like wolves typically live longer. Dogs with very flat faces, such as bulldogs, often have shorter lives.

The name of the dog on the Cracker Jacks box is Bingo. The Taco Bell Chihuahua is a rescued dog named Gidget.

Toto - the little dog from The Wizard of Oz - reportedly earned $125 per week of filming while each Munchkin actor earned just $50 per week.

The Basenji is the world’s only barkless dog.

Within hours of the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, specially trained dogs were on the scene, including German Shepherds, Labs, and even a few little Dachshunds.

The smallest dog on record was a matchbox-size Yorkshire Terrier. It was 2.5" tall at the shoulder, 3.5" from nose tip to tail, and weighed only 4 ounces.

Zorba, an English mastiff, is the biggest dog ever recorded. He weighed 343 pounds and measured 8’ 3" from his nose to his tail.

Petting dogs is proven to lower blood pressure of dog owners.

The oldest dog on record was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey who lived 29 years and 5 months. In human years, that is more than 160 years old.

One survey reports that 33% of dog owners admit they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on answering machines while they are away.

The grief suffered after a pet dog dies can be the same as that experienced after the death of a person.

Dogs have an amazing sense of smell. Depending on the breed a dog’s sense of smell is between ten thousand and ten million times as good as a human’s sense of smell.

You can walk into the kitchen and recognize the aroma of that pot of beef stew cooking on the stove. A dog can smell that same aroma and he can identify every food ingredient along with every spice used in the stew.