This week I received a phone call from a pet parent that has had to make the most difficult decision regarding their beloved fur-baby.  Their fur-baby has had 13 wonderful years with them, but as pet-parents we all know that it doesn’t matter….it doesn’t make their passing any easier.

I should have tried harder to be strong for her, but I couldn’t help but to break down in tears.  She ended up comforting me. I heard the tears and sadness in her voice.

We have worked with her fur-babies for a while now, and our team has fallen in love with them. I’ve spent a few sleepless nights thinking about their little family and how very difficult this time must be for them.

I found this poem that I want to share with our beloved clients who are hurting right now, and ALL our pet parents. I hope it brings them some comfort:

The 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…