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Our Rainbow Bridge Memorial Page

From a Norse Myth:

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

But there's more.

Other animals are there as well, each waiting for a special friend to come and take them across the Bridge. Read on:

Some of them waiting at Rainbow Bridge are different. They were beaten, starved, tortured, and unloved. They watch wistfully as their friends leave one by one, to cross the bridge with their special person. For them there is no one, no special one. Their time on earth did not give them one.

But one day, as they run and play, they notice someone standing by the road to the bridge. This person wistfully watches the reunions of friends, for in their life, they had no pet. They were beaten, starved, tortured, and unloved.

As they stand there alone, one of the unloved pets comes up to them, curious as to why this one is alone. And as the they get nearer to each other, a miracle occurs, for these are the ones who were meant to be together. Their special person, their beloved pet, although on Earth they never met. With the meeting of two souls, the pain and the sorrow disappear, and two friends are together.

Then they cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated


This is Colonel in the year 2001. We only had him for two months but he grew to love us deeply in that time. He came from a negligent and possibly abusive home into ours where he responded to our love by becoming extremely loyal to and extremely protective over us. Unfortunately, he was too extreme in his protectiveness. Loudoun County Animal Control was going to have him declared "vicious" and had him put down. However, we got to see the loving side they couldn't see. In these pictures, he is a very contented puppy and merely wanted to make sure his happy home remained secure.

This is Heinrich. My family got him back in 1978 and he grew to be one of the best friends I ever had. He was spunky as a puppy but grew respectfully sedate as the years went by. He passed on to the Rainbow Bridge in 1989.

This is Freya. She is named after the Norse goddess of Love and Beauty. We got her back in 1969 along with Siegfried (see below). Back in 1983, the Vet gave Freya six months to live. But, because she loved us so much and simply didn't want to leave us, she stretched that six months out into two years before she finally passed to the Rainbow Bridge in March of 1985.

This is Siegfried and Freya together as puppies back in 1969. Siegfried was named after the Norse Hero who battled the great dragon Fafnir. The picture on the left shows Freya sleeping while Siggy stands watch over her. On the right, Freya has her head on my mother's foot and Siggy is once again standing watch in the back. Siggy was attacked by another dog in the winter of 1978 and passed on to the Rainbow Bridge.

This is Heidi. She was a former show dog that was retired at the age of five when we got her. Back then, her name was "Sweets" and it was a bit of a task renaming her. Up until then, she had spent most of her life living in a cage and so wasn't very sure of how to respond to a family that gave her so much freedom. I remember that her favorite place to curl up was in a laundry basket. But she eventually became used to the attention she was receiving and soon it was impossible to walk through the house without her trying to get you to notice her. Heidi passed away from a heart attack on Memorial Day weekend in 2005.

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