You're in mile 18 and all you have to do is get to the next water station. Up ahead you see them. The group of happy cheering volunteers handing out half-filled paper cups of water. Only a few more steps and aawwhh! You're there! Take a break! Walk a few minutes! And enjoy the sights and sounds. You deserve it!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Tribute to Past Furry Friends

Now don't worry - I didn't lose my Jersey Girl.  She's doing fine.  Enjoying my family visiting for a week.  I've just read a blog of another runner who has lost a pet and thought this might bring them comfort.  Also, it may help others deal with the loss of a furry child.  Read with an open heart and a box of tissue.  Hugs to everyone!

The Rainbow Bridge

Inspired by a Norse legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.


  1. It does. Thank you. Hugs, pets, big Rottie skull noogies to your Jersey girl.

  2. Thank you! I always love reading these (and every time I cry!)

  3. That poem always makes me cry and I can't even get past the title. It is a great one!

  4. Love this one. My vet gave me a copy when we lost our last pet.