I believe that even when our animal friends have passed over into the spirit world they are always around us. Do you feel the faint brushing against your ankle, do you hear the faintest bark of your old dog, do you hear the hoofbeats of your favorite horse? Close your eyes and remember all of the wonderful times you had together with your best friend and know that they will be at the Rainbow Bridge to greet you when it is your time to cross over. Many animals have come into our life for a few brief moments but they have left imprints on our hearts that will last forever. I have included some of their stories below for you to read.
There is an Indian legend which says when a human dies there is a bridge they must cross to enter into heaven. At the head of that bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based upon what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge ... and which are turned away.