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Over the Rainbow Bridge

October 2020

On 14 October 2020, you went to the Rainbow Bridge. I knew you were fighting to stay, and I did all I could to help you, but we both came to the realization that it was your time to go. You lived a long life; longer than any other cat companion I’ve had in my life.

When I told you that your deceased companion “Captain,” would be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge, you moved your paw on top of my hand, your way of saying, “It’s OK. I’m ready to go.”

I know you and “Captain” are running through the rolling meadows and hills, restored to the good health and vigor you once had in life, but lost with age.

You’ll even get to meet the other cats that have been a part of my life.

In this world, you now exist only in pictures, videos and of course, in my memory. Your empty food dish and the little stuffies you used to carry around like kittens are reminders of your life, but there’s an emptiness in the house now. It reminded me that when we leave this life, we leave everything and everyone behind.

After you passed, I was walking towards the mailbox down the street from the house. I looked up to the night sky and thought of you, now among the stars.

I’m grateful for the time we had together, which began on that day at the pet shelter when I picked you up and you mushed your face against mine. The sign on your cage said, “Very friendly,” and you were indeed.

I’ll miss you, and I know you’ll miss me, but a day will come when you will look back towards the gate beside the Rainbow Bridge and see me coming towards you. Then we will all cross over together.


The Rainbow Bridge

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…

Source: https://www.rainbowsbridge.com/poem.htm.

About the author

Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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