The Rainbow Bridge Poem
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 the 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 the Rainbow Bridge together....
One of the many names on Precious Friends' Memorial Wall is "Molly".
"I had a horse put to sleep last year, and it just broke my heart," Linda Hutchison says. "She was just as important to me as my dogs. We tried to save her for two years."
Hutchison says Molly took care of her when she was injured in a car wreck. Hutchison agonized over her ailing horse, but ultimately decided it was time to have Molly euthanized.
"I knew it was the one thing I could do to get her out of her pain," Hutchison says.
She says she believes, as the 'Rainbow Bridge' poem says, that she will see her beloved animal friend again one day.
"I can see Molly now, running around, eating grass, having a good old time. I truly believe when the time comes we will meet our pets again and go on to Heaven with them."