At The Rainbow Bridge

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge, there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass. When a pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm Spring weather. Those old and frail animals are young again. Those who have been maimed are made whole again. They play all day with each other.

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.

Some of them here by the Bridge, however, are different. These pets were beaten, starved, tortured, and unloved. They watch wistfully as their friends leave one by one, to cross the bridge with their special person. For them there is no one, no special person. Their time on earth did not give them one.

But one day, as they run and play, they notice someone standing by the road to the bridge. This person wistfully watches the reunions of friends, for during life, this person had no pet. This person was beaten, starved, tortured, and unloved. Standing there alone, one of the unloved pets approaches, curious as to why this one is alone. And as the unloved pet and the unloved person get nearer to each other, a miracle occurs, for these are the ones who were meant to be together, the special person and the beloved pet who never had the chance to meet while on Earth.

Finally, now, at the edge of the Rainbow Bridge, their souls meet, the pain and the sorrow disappears, and two friends are together. They cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.


Although our Rainbow Bridge is primarily in tribute to LRR Labs, the story of Whippie and the love he gave needs to be shared with everyone.

Dear LRR,

A couple of years ago l mailed you our Lab Whippie’s life story and his rescue by us from our local SPCA. You were so kind to put it and his picture on your Lab Links page. Some 7 weeks ago I discovered our Darling had Lymphoma cancer. On Mon. Feb. 21st our Boy lost a short but very hard battle with this evil disease. We had our wonderful Vet come to the house. It went just as I wanted for him, very peaceful and comfortable with him being well loved to the end. We held him in our arms, let him have our scent, stroked and kissed him a thousand times and told him over and over what a good boy he was and how very much we loved him. Each day since he has gone to the Bridge has been harder than the last. Each day the mind brings forth another beautiful memory and the heart aches. The sight of his empty food bowl on the floor is enough to start me crying but I’m simply not ready to put it away. Coming home from work and not seeing his sweet old face and wagging Labbie tail is very painful. Today, March 4th is especially hard as this would have been his 8th birthday. I know he wasn’t a LRR Labbie but still a rescue, one I’m so glad I didn’t pass him up. I realize your rainbow bridge is for LRR Labs but I wanted to share this with you. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope Whippie’s story will stay on your link page as encouragement to others. The only thing better than a Lab is a rescued Lab.

Lee Ann Jarvis

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