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Pet Sympathy Verses
I’ll lend you for a little while a horse of mine, God said,
For you to love while she’s alive, and mourn for when she’s dead.
It may be for ten or twenty years, or maybe more than these,
But will you, till I call her back, care for her, for me?
She’ll bring you joy to gladden you, and should her stay be brief,
You shall have her memories, and solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay, for all on earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there, I want this horse to learn.
I’ve looked the wide world over, in my search for teachers true,
And from all the throngs that crowd life’s lanes, I have selected you.
Will you give her all your love, and not think the labour in vain?
Nor hate me when I come to call, and take her back again?
Will you shelter her with tenderness, and love her while you may?
And for all the happiness you have known, forever grateful stay?
But should the angels call for her, much sooner than you planned,
Brave the bitter grief that comes, and please try to understand...
By Edgar Guest
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 vigour. 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.
A Dog’s Last Will & Testament
Before humans die, they write their last will and testament, giving their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I’d ask;
To a poor and lonely stray I’d give my happy home; my bowl and cosy bed, soft pillow and all my toys; the lap, which I loved so much; the hand that stroked my fur; and the sweet voice that spoke my name.
I’d will to the sad, scared shelter dog the place I had in m human’s loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.
So, when I die, please do not say, “I will never have a pet again, for the loss and the pain is more than I can stand.”
Instead, go find an unloved dog, one whose life has held no joy or hope, and give my place to him.
This is the only thing I can give…
The love I left behind.