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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

If you’ve lost a beloved animal, you’ve likely seen heartfelt poem aptly named Rainbow Bridge. Tomorrow, Friday, August 28 is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. What better day to commemorate the animals we’ve loved and lost?

Anyone who has connected with a cherished animal knows that humans and animals can endure an unbreakable, indescribable bond. Our furry companions are always there when we need them most, hold no judgment, and have a natural ability to provide loving support.  If you’re looking a way to honor your special pet, might we suggest these ideas:

  1. Pass the time looking through photos

    Whether you have a printed photo album or just an extensive media library on your mobile device, look through your photos to remember the good times you two shared together. You may want to consider printing one your favorite pictures to always have the memory nearby.
  2. Help another animal

    If you’ve lost a pet sometime in the recent past, consider helping another animal. This may mean adding a new member to your family or volunteering at your local animal shelter. Remember that welcoming a new furry member into your life doesn’t mean that you are trying to replace an old friend – it just means that your heart has more love to give.
  3. Tell a story about one of your favorite memories

    One of the best parts of creating a blog is having the option to engage directly with our readers. And, we can all participate with this celebration idea. We’d love to hear a story about one of your dear pets. Tell us about the special connection you and your animal shared in the comments below.

Those of us who have had the privilege of loving a pet know firsthand how tough it is to lose them when the end inevitably comes. That’s the trouble with animals; the time together is just never long enough. But don’t forget that their memories will always live in our hearts.

Happy Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day from Lions Pride!