In loving memory of Machelle
who lost her battle with diabetes on April 19, 2001...

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, to keep our friends warm and comfortable.

All the animals who have been ill or old, are restored to health and vigor. Those who have been hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just like we remember them in our dreams of days, and times gone by. The animals are happy and content except for one small thing, they miss someone that had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when they will suddenly stop and look off into the distance, as if they see someone they have been waiting for. Their eyes become bright and their bodies begin to shake with anticipation. Suddenly one will break form the group, flying over the green grass, running 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. They happy kisses rain upon your face, and your hands are able to caress their beloved head once more. You look into those trusting eyes, so long ago taken from your life, but never absent from your heart.

Once again united, you cross the Rainbow Bridge together.

Author unknown