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The rainbow bridge
- A memorial to your
special friend

Our Furry Friends Wait  For Us

At The Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge is a mythical place where the spirits of pets who have died wait for their owners, before going over the bridge to Heaven together. It started out as a poem about our special friends, and has become a source of solace for bereaved pet owners.

It happens to us all at some point; we lose a dog, a beloved pet, and some people can't understand our sense of loss. We talk to friends, and they say they are sorry, but they don't really understand.

We hope we can help. Here is a place where you can leave your tribute. As pet owners, our dogs are part of us, part of our lives, trusting us without question, and always happy to see us.

Everyone who sends us a tribute to their dog is in the same position, including me; we have all lost a dog - or more then one - so you are in the company of people who understand. We know how you feel.

On this memorial page, you will be welcomed and supported. This is a place where you are welcome to leave your words and photos.

READ ON to find out what to do!

A rainbow against a sunset, with the words

The Rainbow Bridge

BUT FIRST, here is the text of the 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...."

Author unknown...   

A green meadow with white clouds in the shape of a dog with a haloThe Rainbow Bridge meadow . . .

The Rainbow Bridge

Physical memorials: a comforting place to remember.

You may want to think about how you remember your dog in real life. I have an area where one of my dogs is buried. I go there from time to time and sit down, to remember the bright times.

Of course, I wanted to make sure his final resting place was marked in such a way that it remained a place we can go to remember. So I hit on the idea of a dog memorial stone.

But I couldn't find a place to write a dog memorial.

Writing can be an escape for the feelings which otherwise can stay locked inside. And locking feelings away is never a good thing. But I didn't know where I could write something. Nowhere to write, nowhere to post a picture.

That's when I decided to start this page.

Here is a place for you to share memories of your dog.


So now, writing your own tribute...

There's no right or wrong way of doing this - just write from the heart. Funny, happy, sad, "glad to have known you"... whatever you feel is a fitting tribute.

Here are some tips to help you get started;

  • When did you first meet your dog?
  • What breed?
  • What did you notice first about your dog?
  • Did they have any particular habits, like raiding the larder?
  • What did they do to make you laugh?
  • How did they show their affection?
  • Is there a particular moment you'll always remember?

Your experience of loss means that you know something about how other people feel.

Let other people know you understand.

Just send us your tribute with 2 or 3 photos to the Contact Me link. If your tribute is over 500 words, we will create a unique page for you, which you can visit anytime, to remember, and to share with friends and family. We will be sure to create the page as soon as possible after receiving your message, and send you the link. Don't forget to give us your email address!

And when you have, remember to bookmark the page so you can come back from time to time, and add your own comments to the other dog tributes.

The Rainbow Bridge Poem

An image depicting the Rainbow Bridge poem
Artist's impression of a bridge climbing into the sky, with pets above looking down.A Rainbow Bridge

(This page should not be confused with the Rainbow Bridge National Monument in Utah, in the United States. This is a natural rock formation, believed to be the highest natural bridge in the world.)


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