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 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 contented, 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 in to the distance.  The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers.  Suddenly he begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, his leg carrying him faster and faster.
YOU have been spotted, and then 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 in to the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Charlie's brother who died of enteritis aged only 6 weeks in October 1985
Our cross-abyssinian who we adopted from the RSPCA as a cruelty case.  We gave him a short but happy life after he had been rescued.  Our brave little soldier had to be put to sleep 6/8/97, aged only 5 years, to save any further suffering.
Our purrfect little gentleman, who was at his happiest curled up on someone's knee.  He was in charge of our hearts and our home for 14 years until he died very suddenly on 4/2/99.
Our 'Peter Pan' cat who we hand reared from 4 days old.  He loved to chase and fetch marbles and play with balloons. He enjoyed 10 very happy years, with each day more exciting than the last until we had to say goodbye on 19/10/99.
Mum and Dad's cat who left us after a short illness, in April 2001, aged 12 years.
Coco, our mackeral tabby was at his happiest when grumpy.  He was our gentle tiger who brought sunshine into our lives after we rescued from the brook on a rainy day.  He died suddenly on 24 March 2002 aged 14 years.
Mum and Dad's 'Fiver' was never content to be just a rabbit, so he became a champion swimmer.  He was the dwarf who refused to be a dwarf.  He died at the grand age of seven on 26 March 2002
Charlie was our very first cat who had a huge fan club.  He was reknowned for his opera singing, fastidious tidyness and bossy attitude.  We will always miss him and never fill the hole that he has left in our hearts.  He died suddenly on 1 December 2002 aged 17 years.
Int Gr Ch Nishalka Jays Hijinks
Jinks was a lovely girl belonging to our good friend Isobel.  She was also very special to us as she was Figaro's mum.  She went away to the Rainbow Bridge too soon and is very much missed by us all.
Pip was our first house rabbit.  He was a Black Otter Netherland Dwarf, who very sadly died on 3 March 2005, just before his fourth birthday.   Pip loved to play chase with all of the cats, especially Teddy.  He was a bunny with attitude!
Susie came to stay with us in March 2001 as a Cats Protection foster cat.  She was in very poor condition both physically and mentally.  We nursed her back to health over many months and taught her that not all people are bad.  She joined her friends at the Rainbow Bridge in 2007.
'Lotte' - She was owned by Mum and Dad.  She was Joe and Tobys' big sister and had to frequently put them in their place!  Sadly she died in 2008 aged 15 years.
This page has been presented a Raffles Award by South Ribble Pet Cat Club
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