Lost Pet – poem

Death of a Pet

paw prints sand

I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep,
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
“It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here”.

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today, your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you, that I’m not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said “it’s me”.

You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair,
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It’s possible for me, to be so near you every day.
To say to you with certainty, “I never went away”.

You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew…
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over…I smile and watch you yawning
and say “goodnight, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning”.

And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out…then come home to be with me.

Author unknown

Your Pets In Heaven – poem

cloud sun sky heaven

cloud sun sky heaven

To have loved and then said farewell, is better than to have never loved at all.
For all of the times that you have stooped and touched my head,
fed me my favorite treat and returned the love that I so unconditionally gave to you.
For the care that you gave to me so unselfishly.
For all of these things I am grateful and thankful.
I ask that you not grieve for the loss, but rejoice in the fact that we lived, loved and touched each others lives. My life was fuller because you were there, not as a master/owner, but as my friend.

Today I am as I was in my youth. The grass is always green, butterflies flit among the flowers and the Sun shines gently down upon all of God’s creatures.
I can run, jump, play and do all of the things that I did in my youth.

There is no sickness, no aching joints and no regrets and no aging.
We await the arrival of our lifelong companions and know that togetherness is forever.
You live in our hearts as we do in yours. Companions such as you are so rare and unique.

Don’t hold the love that you have within yourself. Give it to another like me and then I will live forever.
For love never really dies, and you are loved and missed as surely as we are.

Your Pets In Heaven

Ken D Conover

A Time to Remember – poem

dog meadow

dog meadow

They come into our lives for such a short time, a time we wouldn’t trade not even for a dime.
Then before you know it the years have flown by and then all of the sudden we’re saying good-bye.

It wasn’t that long ago we said our good-byes, we held on to you tight as you closed your eyes.
Your spirit has flown home on the wings of a dove, into God’s loving arm’s in heaven above.

Over the days we’ve shed many tears, but the memories we have will live on for years.
We feel your presence and we know that your near, you’re keeping us safe and calming our fear.

We think about memories from years past, when you were young and strong and ran so fast.
We remember all the great times that we all had, wow you always made us happy and never made us mad.

They were the best and happiest years we had, we’ll always look back on them and never be sad.
We look forward to the time we’ll be together again, and we thank the Lord for such a great friend.

Now you run and play up in Heaven above, cradled in God’s arms covered with his love.
Playing by the Bridge waiting for the day we come down thru the meadow to the bridge to stay.

The love that you showed us we’ll never forget because to us you’re one very special pet.
You’re like a star in the dark of night, always watching over us with the Lord’s light.

So now we take time to remember our best friend who will always be with us, even to the end.
We’ll always remember you the way you were, one big lovable huggable pile of fur.

John Quealy

All Things Bright and Beautiful – poem

bird branch robin

bird branch

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings.
He gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell,
how great is God Almighty, who has made all things well.

Cecil Frances Alexander

A Parting Prayer – poem

prayer lake

prayer lake

Dear Lord, please open your gates
and call St. Francis
to come escort this beloved companion
across the Rainbow Bridge.

Assign her to a place of honor,
for she has been a faithful servant
and has always done her best to please me.

Bless the hands that send her to you,
for they are doing so in love and compassion,
freeing her from pain and suffering.

Grant me the strength not to dwell on my loss.
Help me remember the details of her life
with the love she has shown me.
And grant me the courage to honor her
by sharing those memories with others.

Let her remember me as well
and let her know that I will always love her.
And when it’s my time to pass over into your paradise,
please allow her to accompany those
who will bring me home.

Thank you, Lord,
for the gift of her companionship
and for the time we’ve had together.

And thank you, Lord,
for granting me the strength
to give her to you now.


Brandy Duckworth

A Bridge Called Love – poem

bridge black dog grass

heaven bridge

It takes us back to brighter years,
to happier sunlit days
and to precious moments
that will be with us always.

And these fond recollections
are treasured in the heart
to bring us always close to those
from whom we had to part.

There is a bridge of memories
from earth to Heaven above…
It keeps our dear ones near us
It’s the bridge that we call love.

Author unknown

A Dog’s Prayer

dog drinking

dog drinking

I love pieces of writing which sees life, and death, from the animal’s point of view. So often we are wrapped up in how we feel and what our life is for us with them in our lives.

What about the animal’ persepctive?

A Dog’s Prayer is a lovely poem, similar to my A Single Tear. I hope you enjoy it:

Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than mine.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for although I should lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will teach me more quickly the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when I hear your step.

When the weather is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am a domesticated animal, no longer used to the bitter elements, and I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I would not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.

Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding. To walk by your side, standing ready to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.

And master, when I am very old, if the greatest master sees fit to deprive me of my health and sight, do not turn me away. Rather see that my trusting life is taken gently and I shall leave you knowing with the last breath I draw, my life was always safe in your hand.

Beth Norman Harris


A Single Tear – Rainbow Bridge from your pet’s point of view

tears eye birds eyelashes

tear eye

To my dear friend I have some thoughts, now that I am safe and well
Having arrived at Rainbow Bridge, its like a magic spell
I’m full of health and happiness. I’m surrounded by so much love
Its such a safe & peaceful place, sunshine from above

Love is the only feeling which has transcended through the grave
But it breaks my heart to watch you cry – I need you to be brave.
Because I am fine, I’m waiting here, with no boundaries of space or time
A wag of the tail, a beat of my heart, and once again you will be mine

You tell me that you love me and if you do you’ll hear my plea
To close your eyes, with joy in your heart, only good times will you see
And that day will come when you are here, in an instant by your side
With all the other animals who you loved with equal pride

One look from you and we’d both know, what the other was thinking
We could read minds through our eyes, our souls were clearly speaking
Because your eyes would spell out to me, a message from deep inside
Thoughts of love and trust you’d send, secrets you would confide

So now as your beloved pet, no longer in front of you
I’m sending this message from my heart to yours, as our eyes can no longer do
I want you to know I’m safe and well, now I passed to the other side
And looking back, I know the fact, you loved me with so much pride

I need you to know I loved you too, even more than you loved me
I relied on you to survive, to be healthy and illness free
And you did this, I was safe from harm but now I see you frown
I feel your pain, but there is no gain, it hurts me that you’re down.

I’m safe and well, I’m happy, I’m reuniting with old friends
There’s lots of other pets round here, there’s no sense this is the end
There is no sadness at Rainbow Bridge, just a single tear
That’s not because we’re unhappy now, it’s because you are not here

This single tear reminds us, each and every day
Of loved ones we have left behind, but that doesn’t stop the play
I’m having fun, I’m fighting fit. Eat, play, sleep, repeat
But last thing at night and when I awake, my heart will miss a beat

I get a pang of immense pain, for a split second I feel alone
But then for all the others times I’m like a dog with a juicy bone!
I do not carry the sadness, any blame or feelings of grief
So do me one more favour and live on with this belief

And because on earth I have so few years, my heart only belongs to you
But as you live for longer this is what I want you to do
Go love another animal, now that I am safely here
And do it without hesitation, do it without any fear

And although its cruel I live so few years, and I have to go before you
In your heart you must know, just how much I adore you
And so for now the best thing for me, although we are apart
Is for you to love another, for you to share your heart

Do not feel guilt or any remorse, that you’re not doing right by me
You cared for me with all you heart, unconditionally
Our love was pure, it filled my life, we both know it was real
Now rescue pets must have the chance, to feel how you made me feel

So promise me you will move on, with no more than a single tear
And when you wake and fall asleep, feel that I am near
But don’t be sad, just think of me, playing with all the others
Comforted by the incredible love, from my new sisters and new brothers

And when I see the other owners, meet pets who came here first
They walk across the bridge as one, hearts about to burst
One day I know that will be us, but with no concept of time
You live your life the best you can, however long, that’s fine

You see, the tear reflects the bridge, red thru violet shade
And only when we reunite, will its sadness fade.
But for now it stays on my cheek, it will never complete its path
Until I see you across the field, when we’ll meet and hug and laugh.

It’s just a matter of time until we’ll meet in this magical place
And only as we cross the bridge, will it trickle down my face
Cos watching those reuniting whilst standing on the green
In death I see lives made whole again, an ironic final dream

So don’t cry for me, be happy, cos all my life you had one plan
That was for me to be safe and well, and this is what I am
I am not there but in your heart I will never disappear
There is no sadness at Rainbow Bridge, just a single tear.

Tony Bacon

Also read my Rainbow Bridge poem inspired by The Original Rainbow Bridge poem.

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From Friend to Friend – poem

old dog

old dog

You’re giving me a special gift,
So sorrowfully endowed,
And through these last few cherished days,
Your courage makes me proud.

But really, love is knowing
When your best friend is in pain,
And understanding earthly acts
Will only be in vain.

So looking deep into your eyes,
Beyond, into your soul,
I see in you the magic, that will
Once more make me whole.

The strength that you possess,
Is why I look to you today,
To do this thing that must be done,
For it’s the only way.

That strength is why I’ve followed you,
And chose you as my friend,
And why I’ve loved you all these years…
My partner ’til the end.

Please, understand just what this gift,
You’re giving, means to me,
It gives me back the strength I’ve lost,
And all my dignity.

You take a stand on my behalf,
For that is what friends do.
And know that what you do is right,
For I believe it too.

So one last time, I breathe your scent,
And through your hand I feel,
The courage that’s within you,
To now grant me this appeal.

Cut the leash that holds me here,
Dear friend, and let me run,
Once more a strong and steady dog,
My pain and struggle done.

And don’t despair my passing,
For I won’t be far away,
Forever here, within your heart,
And memory I’ll stay.

I’ll be there watching over you,
Your ever faithful friend,
And in your memories I’ll run,
…a young dog once again.

Karen Clouston