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Rainbow Bridge2 
 Paul C. Dahm
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 again,
and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together,
never to again be separated.
Rainbow Bridge
The Rescuer's Final Reward

Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray.
All the recent arrivals at the Bridge did not know what to think,
as they had never seen such a day.
But the animals who had been waiting longer for their beloved people
to accompany them across the Bridge knew what was happening.
They began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge.
Soon an elderly dog came into view, head hung low and tail dragging.
He approached slowly, and though he showed no sign of injury or illness,
he was in great emotional pain.
Unlike the animals gathered along the pathway,
he had not been restored to youth and vigor upon arriving at the Bridge.
He felt out of place, and wanted only to cross over and find happiness.
But as he approached the Bridge, his way was barred by an angel,
who apologized and explained that the tired and broken-spirited old dog
could not cross over. Only those animals accompanied by their people
were allowed to cross the Bridge.
Having nobody, and with nowhere else to turn,
 the dog trudged into the field in front of the Bridge.
There he found others like himself, elderly or infirm, sad and discouraged.
Unlike the other animals waiting to cross the Bridge,
these animals were not running or playing.
They simply were lying in the grass,
staring forlornly at the pathway across the Rainbow Bridge.
The old dog took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting...yet not knowing for what he was waiting.
One of the newer dogs at the Bridge asked a cat who had been there
longer to explain what was happening.
The cat replied, "Those poor animals were abandoned,
turned away, or left at rescue places, but never found a home on earth.
They all passed on with only the love of a rescuer to comfort them.
Because they had no people to love them,
they have nobody to escort them across the Rainbow Bridge."
The dog asked the cat, "So what will happen to those animals?"
Before the cat could answer,
the clouds began to part and the cold turned to bright sunshine.
The cat replied, "Watch, and you will see."
In the distance was a single person,
and as he approached the Bridge-
the old, infirm and sad animals in the field were bathed in a golden light.
They were at once made young and healthy,
and stood to see what their fate would be.
The animals who had previously gathered at the pathway
bowed their heads as the person approached.
At each bowed head, the person offered a scratch or hug.
One by one,
the now youthful and healthy animals from the field
fell into line behind the person.
Together, they walked across the Rainbow Bridge
 to a future of happiness and unquestioned love.
The dog asked the cat, "What just happened?"
The cat responded, "That was a rescuer.
The animals gathered along the pathway bowing in respect, 
 were those who had found their forever homes because of rescuers.
They will cross over when their people arrive at the Bridge.
The arrival here of a rescuer is a great and solemn event,
and as a tribute they are permitted to perform one final act of rescue.
They are allowed to escort all those poor animals they couldn't place
on earth across the Rainbow Bridge."
The dog thought for a moment, then said, "I like rescuers."
The cat smiled and replied,
"So does heaven, my friend. So does heaven."
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This adorable little girl was left on a volunteer`s doorstep at 4 weeks old with her sibling. She was found to have health issues that could not be resolved. This precious life will always be remembered by foster parents - Linda, Pam + Brian, + Sarah. 10-8-07

This sweet boy had his last week being loved and pampered. He will be missed by foster mom, Aimee. 8-8-07

This little 6 week old brown tabby girl was not with us long. She is waiting at the Rainbow bridge for her rescuer, Donna. 8-5-07

Missing you since June 30, 2007.

Harley was a most special boy. He was rescued as a tiny pup, to have 13 wonderful years with his family. He will always be in the loving memories of Robin + Gary, along with family and friends. We will miss you Harley. December 19, 2006

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