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If dogs and cats and hamsters and cats and horses and tarantulas go over the Rainbow Bridge when they die, do our treasured pet fish go under it?

I am about to lose a beautiful grown-to-be-huge black lionhead to external ulcers, unless Tricide Neo works a miracle. (It has before. Maybe it will again.)

What about mudskippers? Do they get to choose their route?

Yes, I do know this is a silly post or a sad one, depending on how you feel about this Rainbow Bridge phenomenon.

Caroline in San JOse

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The answer to just about any metaphysical question simply must come down to what you, personally, choose to believe. I am sure you will find those that believe that all their beloved companions will be waiting on (or under) the Rainbow Bridge, just as you will find those that do not. IF you choose to believe that you will find that companion again, then, I feel, that, no matter what, you will do so, in some fashion.

Metaphysical questions have no definative answers. Choose the one you prefer and it will be "right" - for you.

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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....

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Well in that case I have many friends waiting on me and they will knock me over in that feild!..What a nice story Daryl.. :)

Same here!!!! I am such an animal lover that I have many pets waiting on me, as all my pets were loved and special! It is a beautiful story!!!

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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....

Author unknown...

Daryl - I swear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you keep finding things like that - to make tears well up in my eyes - and I thought I got over the emotional side of these aquadevils - and you write something like that - YOU WOULD FIND THE COMPLETE QUOTE - IT WAS NOT ENOUGH THAT SOME WERE AWARE OF THE QUOTATION - aaaahhhh!!! AHHHH if you do that again you are going to make me short out my keyboard with teardrops !!! LOL Now stop it !!!!lol

oH god!!! i CAN HARDLY SEE THE KEYBOARD;

ANYWAY! The poem is by Paul C. Dahm

and just to return the favor - cause me to run out of tissues and turn to toilet paper will you!~!! Well here - try this on for size!

LOL

http://indigo.org/rainbow/

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There is an added part for those rescuers out there.......As a rescuer (kitten, feral), I especially like this part!

And there is a special bridge spot for Rescues:

Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people know exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch. It wasn't long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often. He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge. With no place else to turn, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like him, also elderly and infirm. They weren't playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting. One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for a while to explain it to him. "You see, that poor animal was a rescue. He was turned in to the rescue just as you see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of the rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge." The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, "So what will happen now?" As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life. "Watch, and see," said the second animal. A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed her towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together. "What happened?" "That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of her work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn't place on earth across The Rainbow Bridge."

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:cry1 *sigh*

my mom just walked by and is concerned now because i am bawling at the computer. great! now she thinks i am depressed about something! :unsure:

*sigh* so very touching...

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Thanks alot, Eric!!!! Now I am bawling over my keyboard!!!! :cry That was so beautiful.... I saved that page and I am gonna look at it once in a while and think about all my special pets I have lost...waiting for me...

Well Nickie I hope it was a happy Ball - Daryl is silent - see what happens when you enter a life of fish - well I am glad - in a twisted sense - that you enjoyed the link,

And Jewel - I hope you had a burial ceromony - I have to wait with Thurston because the ground is frozen - needless to say - I have not bought any frozen desserts lately - opening the drawer to the freezer - and his container is right there - maybe a great way to loose some weight - but I would like to bury him in a final resting place.

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There's got to be a big BIG pond there somewhere. I had a dream once I died and was there, and my well-meaning golden lab (who's a puppy again) from years gone by pushed me into the pond to see all my fish, then jumped in after me.

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Oh man that was a real tear jerker... :( ...Hopefully heaven doesnt have goldfish bowls.lol.Maybe theres a rainbow river for fish..And you can row a boat around and all your little fishy buddies will follow? ;)

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