Pet Loss: Always With You

Inspired by so many emotional pet losses recently and having experienced 2 great losses of my own, I decided to share with you some really touching, comforting poetry about pet loss and grieving. Agnes Sligh Turnbull put it simply, “Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really.”

So grab some tissues and be grateful that your pets were in your life, no matter how long. <3

It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.


The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak, and pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done. For this, the last battle, can't be won.
You will be sad I understand, But don't let grief then stay your hand.
For on this day, more than the rest, your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years; you wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they'll tend. Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me, until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree, it is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved, from pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close, we two, these years. Don't let your heart hold any tears.

Author Unknown

Message To My Master(s)

The day you laid me down to sleep, you prayed to the Lord; my soul to keep
I know you had to send me on my way but you sent me to a new; better; and much brighter day
You sent me home to heaven above where I'm cradled in God's arms; covered with His love
I understand what you did; you did out of love and I'll return that love; from my new home above
My sickness is gone and I'm free here to roam. I run and play in the meadows; here in my new home
We play here by the Bridge from morning to night. There is no rain here; just warm sunlight
I know you all miss me; I miss you all too. But I'll always be with you; whatever you do
Please wipe the tears from your weeping eyes by remembering the good times; from days gone by
When you look out; into the dark of night, I'll be that bright star; your guiding light
We'll meet again at the Bridge one day, when we'll walk in the light; together to stay

John Quealy

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

Beyond the Rainbow

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 wondrous 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 one 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.

Author Unknown