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...


As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,

I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade.
I saw a wonderous image then of a place that's trouble-free
Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.
I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side
Were meadows rich and beautiful--lush and green and wide!
And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see
Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be!
My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new
And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do.
I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright.
That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright glow pierced the night.
'Twas the glow of many Candles shining bright and strong and bold
And I knew then that it held your love in its brilliant shades of gold.
For although we may not be together in the way we used to be,
We are still connected by a cord no human eye can see.
So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart
If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart.
C.G. 1995


An old man and his dog were walking down this dirt road with fences on both sides, they came to a gate in the fence and looked in, it was nice grassy, woody areas, just what a 'huntin' dog and man would like, but, it had a sign saying 'no trespassing' so they walked on. They came to a beautiful gate with a person in white robes standing there. "Welcome to Heaven" he said. The old man was happy and started in with his dog following him. The gatekeeper stopped him. "Dogs aren't allowed, I'm sorry but he can't come with you." "What kind of Heaven won't allow dogs? If He can't come in, then I will stay out with him. He's been my faithful companion all his life, I can't desert him now." "Suit yourself, but I have to warn you, the Devil's on this road and he'll try to sweet talk you into his area, he'll promise you anything, but, the dog can't go there either. If you won't leave the dog, you'll spend Eternity on this road." So the old man and dog went on. They came to a rundown fence with a gap in it, no gate, just a hole. Another old man was inside. "S'cuse me Sir, my dog and I are getting mighty tired, mind if we come in and sit in the shade for awhile?" "Of course, there's some cold water under that tree over there. Make yourselves comfortable" "You're sure my dog can come in? The man down the road said dogs weren't allowed anywhere." "Would you come in if you had to leave the dog?" "No sir, that's why I didn't go to Heaven, he said the dog couldn't come in. We'll be spending Eternity on this road, and a glass of cold water and some shade would be mighty fine right about now. But, I won't come in if my buddy here can't come too, and that's final." The man smiled a big smile and said "Welcome to Heaven." "You mean this is Heaven? Dogs ARE allowed? How come that fellow down the road said they weren't?" "That was the Devil and he gets all the people who are willing to give up a life long companion for a comfortable place to stay. They soon find out their mistake, but, then it's too late. The dogs come here, the fickle people stay there. GOD wouldn't allow dogs to be banned from Heaven. After all, HE created them to be man's companions in life, why would he separate them in death?

Author Unknown

Reunion Upon The Rainbow

I read of a place called the Rainbow Bridge
And the lush meadow which lies at its base,
And of the promise that there, once again,
I would gaze at your hauntingly beautiful face.

And feel once more the love that we shared,
And the warmth of the kiss from your tongue,
And see how the meadow has magically healed,
And made you once again young.

I cried yet again for the distance and time
That remain between me and that place,
For each day that goes by without you at my side,
Seems such a terrible waste!

I yearn for the day when the journey I'll take
To that place where I'll find you still waiting,
And together again we'll cross over the Bridge,
For in my mind there is no debating:

That it matters not where we go from that point
Just so long as we travel together;
For Heaven, I know, will be locked in our hearts,
And there shall remain, forever.....

In loving memory of Georgie Sparks and his beloved Books

Franci Sparks 1996


Although I've had to leave you
I have not traveled far;
No matter where my body lies
My heart is where you are.
For in my life on earth, you gave
Me all that I could want.
From the moment that I met you
It was clear where I belonged
And that remains the same today
And for all time to come.
For the special bond you and I share
Can never be undone.
Until we meet again, please know
That I am always near
And in my heart, I hold the love
You gave me, oh, so dear.

For Dante and his beautiful Geyser

Franci Sparks 1999

Little Grey Wonderhorse

When once I lived on grasses
I now graze upon the stars,
Where once I slept upon the ground
I now bed down on clouds.
When once I carried you around
It's you now carries me,
For though I'm gone
I still live on
In your sweet memories.

In loving memory of Smokey, and all the others with whom he now roams free

Franci Sparks 1999


Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn's rain...
When you awaken in morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there...I did not die!
Author Unknown

In Honor and Remembrance of the Victims and Families of Columbine High School
Littleton, Colorado
April 20, 1999

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