What to do when you lose a trusted pet

rainbow bridge

Three of my friends lost pets recently. Unfortunately this is a sad, but inevitable part of the reality of owning pets. But I believe that pet ownership at any cost is worth it. Olivia lost her kitty, Pal, and Ruthie lost Kizer over the past two weeks. Lota lost Belle a few months ago.

My advice is – do not pass go, do directly to the Animal Shelter and adopt a homeless pet who will repay you with buckets of love.

I lost my Golden Retriever, Cajun, two years ago and I wanted to be buried with her! I’m convinced that God sent me Lucky Dawg two months later when she wandered up to my house on a cold February night. Her sweet nature – so like Cajun’s – makes me wonder if she isn’t a reincarnation.

A friend sent me a card with the inscription below. It gave me lots of peace. The author is unknown, but I’d like to believe there is some truth here somewhere.

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….

6 thoughts on “What to do when you lose a trusted pet

  1. Word of advice: Don’t go see MARLEY AND ME! Jill left last week to go back to S. Dakota. She and my grandcat have lived with me the last 6 months while her husband was deployed. Now I am really feeling petless, but I don’t think I am ready for another pet just yet.

  2. I read the book and loved it – but I admit I quit reading when it became obvious the sad part was about the begin.

    Is Jill’s husband back? Now’s a great time to go adopt a “pound-dog.”
    If I didn’t have Rebel and Lucky Dawg, who would I talk to but myself which is very non-stimulating!

  3. Thanks for thinking of us during this sad time. Each day is better, and Buddy (age 14) has just about stopped looking under the beds, chairs, and tables for Pal. You are absolutely correct in your directions to us to go out and get a shelter pet! They are the best….so appreciative of our love and ready to give it back to us! We will certainly be getting a “new” one or two (maybe a puppy and a kitten) as soon as our house is completed!

    I loved the story of the Rainbow Bridge….it is exactly as I envisoned….only thing is I will have so many pets that will be “watching’ for me!!!

  4. I had to put my beloved Brandy to sleep after 17 years!! I’m still broken over this. It’s been 2 months and 12 days. It’s like I had to kill my daughter. I’m not ready for another pet yet, and I agree with Lota. Don’t go see Marley & Me. My daughter did, and she said she cried thru the whole movie. and had to leave when the “bad” stuff started happening. She said it was really hard!! I will go to the pound when I’m ready for another angel, but not just yet. Thanks, girls. You’ve all been a comfort. I have the Rainbow Bridge tacked to my bulletin board in the kitchen. I read it often for encouragement.

  5. This is just beautiful and a comforting thought. 2008 was not a good year for our pets, but I do believe that JC’s new pet Scout was sent to him earlier in the summer to help with the loss of Kaizer.

    As Olivia said, I will probably have a lot watching for me too. Thanks for thinking of us.

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