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 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 Rainbow Bridge together....
~ Author unknown
Diego was a 15 hand bay Quarter Horse gelding that we bought in January of 2001. I had been riding for a sum and total of 2 months. Boy, did I get lucky! There were times during that first year together that I thought that he absolutely hated me but we came to an understanding. He taught me a lot over the years. He started to show signs of colic on July 7, 2008 and the vet determined that he had a blockage. The blockage did not resolve itself and he crossed the Rainbow Bridge on July 8, 2008. RIP, my old man. You will be missed forever.
Jet (show name Fly Away Jet) was a 14 hand black bay Mexican Mustang gelding. He was my buddy and is irreplacable. I will miss his goofiness, his flappy lip, his Big Bird legs, his sensibility and affection, how he took care of T. I will measure every horse against all that he was. We are fortunate to have had him in our lives for two and a half years and I am comforted by the fact that we gave him the very best life. He didn't have an easy start to his life, as evidenced by the marks on his back and his poor feet when we got him, but he had a great life with us and especially as T's partner. He was my steady-Eddie, my trail leader, the one you always grabbed to work with an inexperienced horse, the confidence booster. He would take care of a small child or run flat out. And he was Reserve Champion in 2009. Not bad for a little horse of unknown origins who will forever hold a big place in our hearts. He developed a very rapidly progressing neurologic issue that the vet felt he would not recover from so we made the difficult decision to end his suffering. He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 11, 2010. Rest in peace, my Jetty. May you gallop in green fields forever.
Cocoa, our miniature horse mare, coliced and crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Friday, October 26, 2007. There was nothing more that we or the vet could do for her. Cocoa had been a pasture mate of Pumpkin's, came from the same farm, and had suffered from the same illness as Pumpkin. We enjoyed the short time that Cocoa was at our farm and loved her while she was part of our family. RIP, sweet mare. We will miss you.
Binky was our mixed breed Chow/Border collie dog, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 6, 2008 after almost 14 years with our family. She was 15 and really starting to deteroriate physically. RIP Binky - we will miss you.
Snoopy was our miniature Dachsund, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on August 18, 2008 after 14 years with our family. He was 14 and starting to deteroriate physically. RIP my little buddy - we will miss you.