Friday, 3 September 2010

Rainbow Bridge

This week has brought the end of an era. As you will know if you read my blog or have visited my website I’m rather soppy over my many pet rats. I’ve kept them for several years and over the past 3 years I’ve been mom to a rather large mischief of rescues. At the beginning of this year I decided that I need a bit of a break from the non stop cage cleaning, training and nursing of rescues and so I’ve been allowing my numbers to naturally dwindle.

The end to which I refer is the loss of my last two females who went to sleep for the last time within days of each other last weekend.

Whenever I lose one of my furies I always remember this little story. I’m not a religious person but this tale always makes me feel a little better.

“Just this side of heaven is a place called the 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 and valleys with lush green grass for all of our special friends, so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigour, 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 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. The bright eyes are intent, the nose twitches and the eager body quivers. Suddenly, this one breaks away from the group, flying over the green grass, legs carrying them 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 long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.

Then, you cross the Rainbow Bridge together...”

Einy                                               Trinket

Both these ladies lived to the ripe old age of 32 months.


  1. :( So sad, sorry for your loss. My husband actually came across the Rainbow Bridge website a couple of years ago. We aren't religious either but it was nice to come across such a nice site with an idea of where pets go. :) Hope you feel better soon.

  2. Oh Rats! So sorry for the loss of your beautiful furfriends.... I kept rats for years myself, they are fabulous and I miss them.

  3. They do make the most wonderful pets. I don't know what I'd do with out my mischief :)