Reflections On The Journey 



The Rainbow Bridge

Posted on November 26, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Have you ever lost a beloved pet?

I had a tough day last Tuesday - my cat Sugar passed over to the Rainbow Bridge. If you aren’t aware, the term “Rainbow Bridge” comes from a lovely poem (author unknown) that imagines what it is like when a beloved pet dies.

Even though I knew Sugar was old (we estimate she was 18 in human years), and her time was probably coming, it still hit me hard. She was the pet I had owned the longest and so she had provided me with the most comfort over the years. Although she had her “moments” (like throwing up on the carpet an hour before company arrived), over all she was a beloved companion.

In her younger years, Sugar loved to chase a feather attached to a springy piece of wire. A catnip mouse could provide hours of entertainment. We had some real mice at our old house, and she dispatched most of them for us. As she got older, she spent less time playing and more time sleeping. Her sense of smell seemed to diminish, and she developed arthritis and cataracts so sometimes it took her a while to find the treat I tossed onto the floor.

Sugar knew that a suitcase meant I was going to be gone for a while. She would sit beside it and give me that “look” and meow. When I returned from my trip, she would loudly meow at me for the longest time, at first scolding me for leaving her, and then thanking me for coming back. She wouldn’t be angry very long, for as soon as I sat down, she would be up in my lap purring.

Our little cat could sit on someone’s lap for hours. Whenever I was on the couch, she was there. If my laptop was occupying HER spot, she would wedge herself between my body and the laptop to let me know that SHE was more important than the PC. Often, I had to forcibly extract her from my legs in order to get up!

When I wasn’t on the couch, Sugar would occupy another of her favorite spots: the back of the couch in front of the picture window, the seat of the rocking chair, or right beside the pillow on my bed. On the days when I was ill, she would lie beside me in bed keeping watch. Sugar had a good “motor” too – the louder her purr, the more contented she was. And why pay for an exfoliation treatment when Sugar would do it with her rough tongue for free?

Our pets can provide us with much love and companionship. They may encourage to get more exercise or calm us when we are facing anxiety. And the loss of a pet affects each person differently. For some it is not a big deal, while for others it may seem like their whole world has collapsed. I guess I fall in between these extremes… Sugar certainly was an important part of my life, and there is now a tiny hole in my heart. I will miss her.

If you have lost a beloved pet, I send my sympathies to you. I hope that you are blessed with fond memories of the love that he or she brought into your home. Always keep a special place in your heart for your pet. My gift to you today is that lovely poem, “The Rainbow Bridge.”

The Rainbow Bridge - Author Unknown

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth.

It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of all its beautiful 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 were sick, hurt or in pain are made whole again.

There is only one thing missing,

they are not with their special person who loved them so much 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 runs from the group!

You have been seen and when you and your special friend meet,

you take him in your arms and hug him.

He licks and kisses your face again and again -

and you look once more into the eyes of your best friend and trusting pet.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together never again to be apart.

Have a blessed Monday!


© 2018

Categories: Inspiration, Poetry

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