I believe animals go to heaven. I remember the first lab I lost and when I went to the cemetary where his ashes were spread. They had the rainbow bridge poem there. It was very comforting to me, but I pictured it as my boy being in heaven and rushing to greet me as I met him in heaven...not really a "rainbow bridge", but heaven itself.
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Welcome !! 8)Originally Posted by pbcNo, it is for all the animals we all loveIs the RB for dogs only?See above, all animals are allowedOr Dogs and Cats?I guess, it is a sort off play ground, until you die, and you could meet again with you're beloved animal who's allready in or at the Rainbow Bridge! (until we meet again! )Or any animal that passes?I think it is a small part off heaven, just for the animals to wait until their beloved owners to come and show up, until then, they play all together in happiness !! 8)Do people who believe in the Bridge consider the RB to be Dog/Animal Heaven?Just passing through, looking for their beloved animal, who's in or on that playground at the Rainbow Bridge, after joining together again, they go straight in to heaven! 8)Are there people there also?
If you believe in heaven, then you also believe all your loved ones will be there with you. I'm not sure if your departed pets are in heaven when you arive there, or if you make a pit stop at the bridge and pick them up? I guess it is what you want to believe. I guess we have to wait til our time comes, to know for sure. Kind of a deep subject.
Just wanted to add this animated version. I can't make it past the first few seconds without crying like a baby. :'(
I'd like to think that my dog is there happy and pain free.
Here is the rescue version:
Rescue Rainbow Bridge
Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All the recent arrivals were confused and concerned. They had no idea what to think for they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had spent some time waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was happening and began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge to watch. They knew this was something special.
It wasn't too long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung heavy and low with tail dragging along the ground. The other animals on the pathway...the ones who had been at Rainbow Bridge for a while...knew the story of this sad creature immediately. They had seen it happen far too many times.
Although it was obvious the animal's heart was leaden and he was totally overcome with emotional pain and hurt, there was no sign of injury or any illness. Unlike the pets waiting at the Bridge, this dog had not been restored to his prime. He was full of neither health nor vigor. He approached slowly and painfully, watching all the pets who were by now watching him. He knew he was out of place here. This was no resting place for him. He felt instinctively that the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But alas, as he came closer to the Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who spoke softly to the old dog and apologized sorrowfully, telling him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their special people could pass over the Rainbow Bridge. And he had no special beloved people...not here at the Bridge nor on Earth below.
With no place else to turn, the poor elderly dog looked toward the fields before the Bridge. There, in a separate area nearby, he spotted a group of other sad-eyed animals like himself...elderly and infirm. Unlike the pets waiting for their special people, these animals weren't playing, but simply lying on the green grass, forlornly and miserably staring out at the pathway leading to the Bridge. The recent arrival knew he had no choice but to join them. And so, he took his place among them, just watching the pathway and waiting.
One of the newest arrivals at the Bridge, who was waiting for his special people, could not understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the pets who had been there for some time to explain it to him.
"That poor dog was a rescue, sent to the pound when his owner grew tired of him. The way you see him now, with graying fur and sad, cloudy eyes, was exactly the way he was when he was put into the kennels. He never, ever made it out and passed on only with the love and comfort that the kennel workers could give him as he left his miserable and unloved existence on Earth for good. Because he had no family or special person to give his love, he has nobody 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 all-invasive gloom lifted. Coming toward the Bridge could be seen a single figure...a person who, on Earth, had seemed quite ordinary...a person who, just like the elderly dog, had just left Earth forever. This figure turned toward a group of the sad animals and extended outstretched palms. The sweetest sounds they had ever heard echoed gently above them and all were bathed in a pure and golden light. Instantly, each was young and healthy again, just as they had been in the prime of life.
From within the gathering of pets waiting for their special people, a group of animals emerged and moved toward the pathway. As they came close to the passing figure, each bowed low and each received a tender pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. Their eyes grew even brighter as the figure softly murmured each name. Then, the newly-restored pets fell into line behind the figure and quietly followed this person to the Bridge, where they all crossed together.
The recent arrival who had been watching, was amazed. "What happened?"
"That was a rescuer," came the answer. "That person spent a lifetime trying to help pets of all kinds. The ones you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of such unselfish work. They will cross when their families arrive. Those you saw restored were ones who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are permitted to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor pets that couldn't place on Earth across the Rainbow Bridge. You see, all animals are special to them...just as they are special to all animals."
"I think I like rescuers," said the recent arrival.
"So does God," was the reply.
Rusty, Blaze & Buster Brown
BJ - 3/9/2007 - 2/6/12 - miss you everyday
Boomer - ? - 3/15/12 - always in my heart
:'( : :'( : :'(Originally Posted by I Like Ike
i think its fair to say that the rb would be for any animal that passes, though probably only ones that have been in a special relationship with a human. there is a bond there that connects us to one another, on earth or not, and those animals that didn't have special people probably go to wait for whatever they were closest to (another dog maybe?). and i don't think your pet has to wait until you can meet them at the bridge to tell you they're still with you.
my story: last april my terrier passed right before i purchased my home, while i still lived at my mom's house. she was a old rescue dog that many people shunned and gave away, but i gave her all the love i had and i know she did the same for me. anyway, i kept telling her that soon we would have our own safe place together, but she had to go and eat some chocolate the week before i closed on the house. her system couldn't handle it and she died in my arms at my mom's house. so i packed her up with her favorite blanket and chew toy and buried her in my new backyard (because i told her i'd bring her to my new house). this summer i had a bad day and was crying because i didn't have her to comfort me, and the next day a giant sunflower bloomed on her grave. i also noticed sweet pea flowers blooming around the yard, and i used to call her sweet pea. i didn't plant sny of them, so i took her message and said thank you. i realy believe, and maybe i'm crazy, that she was trying to give me some peace. and even if i am crazy, it did make me feel better, and i suppose that's all that matters.
I believe animals have souls and they go to heaven because they are so pure and loving. If there are no dogs in heaven....what a cruel trick to play on us who believe we will see our pets again. It busts my chops when the holier than thou say animals have no souls.....I think a lot of humans who do. dispicable things have no souls. and I was raised Catholic. :P
I cried too.Originally Posted by I Like Ike
I believe in the rainbow bridge, because I choose too. It brings me comfort to think of those that will be waiting for me, and it makes the passing of loved ones a little easier.
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue