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Rainbow Bridge

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.

© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved. Reposted by Permission and link to this www.NewRainbowBridge.com

Legend of the Rainbow Bridge

Thank God for GRRSM giving us one of the most precious gifts


She has given our family so much love and we will miss her like crazy until we see her again someday.


I am VERY grateful for the
extra months we got to have with our incredible Cody bear.


BaTuke’ (Tuke) was a great and loving boy taken way to early. He loved to play and twirl around, he would even snap his toys like hiking a football. At first he was a handful, didn’t listen very well, but then we found out that his original patents were Brazilian. He just didn’t understand English😊. […]


I will miss our nightly talks about the day


He was always the most well behaved dog in the neighborhood and always had a smile on his face and a wag in his tail.


She was our everything and filled our hearts with so much much love, our lives with joy and purpose. We’ll forever miss her until we’re reunited again.


He was my “Golden Gentleman”.


They brought joy and happiness to our family! They will be terribly missed!


We were so fortunate to have 3 great years with him.


More like a gentle Teddy Bear it was like he had always been with us…


We are so glad he did not suffer from cancer or another horrible disease and was happy and healthy right up until he was not. He was an easy boy who was so loved by us. We will miss you Harry.


He was a great well behaved and my favorite


Our Sydney passed over the Rainbow Bridge. She lived with us for almost 4 years. Norm drove to Tennessee to pick her up. He was concerned for her comfort traveling in a crate with the very large abscess growth on her tail. Unfortunately her tail had to be amputated. Sydney was another foster failure. Sydney […]


We will miss him greatly and remember him always


I know how happy mom must be to have her princess back by her side.


Angel always lived up to her name.


Saying “goodbye” never gets easier. Joe and I helped Stanley, our foster boy who we adopted yesterday, cross Rainbow Bridge today.


He was such a huge & important part of our family.


always a lady….


You were there written by: Phil Monahan


“She turned into a great dog.”


Alex in our home for only two days and just diagnosed with heartworms and intestinal parasites we knew we wanted to be his forever family. A


Daisy crossed Rainbow Bridge a couple of weeks after her family learned she suffered kidney damage due to Lyme disease. Barb Saylor and I were at PETCO in St Mary’s volunteering with another rescue. A woman was walking around the store asking if anyone would take her puppy. They pup named “Daisy” had severe ear […]


She passed away knowing everyone around her loved her very much.


Smart, stable, a perfect Golden. We loved her and will miss her.


“Woody was not our whole life, buy he made our lives whole.”


Please send virtual hugs to Barb and Jeff Saylor who helped their boy Bailey cross the bridge today. Bailey had come back to rescue when his adoptive owners could not afford two expensive surgeries he needed. Becky Minnich fostered him and nursed him back to health…..so we thought. Barb and Jeff adopted both Bailey and […]


Let Totta’s lesson to all of us be not to wait


I will miss her for the rest of my life.


 1. There’s nothing that could have been done differently A Soul’s path is planned before they are born onto this Earth. This plan includes all possible exits from this world. And when the Soul leaves this Earth, know that this exit was part of their Soul’s plan and a specific choice made by their soul. […]


I always called Riley my last puppy, as I am fully committed to rescue dogs at this point.

He died peacefully on the porch rug.


Doc loved people, playing fetch & catch, riding shotgun in the truck with the window down, lining up his tennis balls and large stuffed animals for quick retrieval, and of course eating. If you were close enough to him he always took the opportunity to give you a big ole wet kiss. Millie honored him […]


What a joyous, fabulous pup, so full of life. To prove that, only an hour before he died, he chased the horses when they came up for dinner, had his favorite 32 seconds of the day (as I always call “dinner” here for the dogs as they race through their food),then promptly died.


We were blessed to be his family.


We lost our Ranger tonight. It was sudden. Cancer. We are heartbroken.”


He was my best friend and faithful companion.  Couldn’t ask for a better dog who seemed almost human at times with his empathy for his master.


they are over the rainbow together.


She has left a special place in our hearts and minds and we will miss her dearly


This afternoon we made the difficult decision to help Lord Tweed cross the Rainbow Bridge. Tweed came into the rescue on the Fourth of July two years ago. He had been left in the drop box at the Charles County shelter at age ten. Tweed had two large mast cell tumors, bad ears, just very […]


To all our GRRSM friends: I am very sad to inform you that Angus moved on to the Rainbow Bridge Tuesday afternoon at age 14 years, 8 months. About three weeks ago he began to weaken and started drinking lots of water and having accidents in the house. The vet said that there was little […]


Pam Lowery has had a really sad afternoon. Not one, but two, of her pups crossed Rainbow Bridge this afternoon – her foster dog Cinder, and her foster, then furever girl, Bertie. This was always my favorite photo of beautiful Bertie. She came to rescue about two years ago and Pam agreed to foster her. […]


Cinder crossed Rainbow Bridge this afternoon in the loving arms of his foster mom, Pam Lowery. Pam had fostered Cinder for about a year. He came to us from Pulaski County Animal Shelter where this senior citizen had been picked up as a stray. Other rescues refused to take him as he was not “adoptable,” […]


Rest in peace our beautiful Shelby Girl. You filled our hearts with joy when we needed it most. You were Jake’s first best friend. Champion ball and Frisbee chaser, mole catcher and protector of our yard from bunnies, squirrels and possums. You made us feel like rock stars everyday. Thank you for loving us, we […]


Colter passed April 26, 2014 – Colter was 11 years, 7 months, 1 day
Targhee Dec 3, 2014 – Targhee was 14 years, 9 months, 1 day.


Beau’s dad, Tom, called to let us know that he helped Beau cross Rainbow Bridge today. Beau came to rescue two years ago as a sickly stray. He was an older boy and went to live with his senior dad who loved him very much. Pam Lowery was his foster mom. Tom doesn’t use the […]


We helped our Anna Banana cross Rainbow Bridge this morning. As you all  know she had been diagnosed with cancer, but had been doing surprising well. This morning after eating a hearty breakfast, she had a seizure that lasted for several minutes. We were able to settle her down and we all went back to […]


Susan Riege & Charles Strup’s pup Pepper, who was adopted last year, crossed the Rainbow Bridge this week due to cancer. She was fostered by Kim and Titus Adams. I will always remember her by as beautiful  “Miss December” in the rescue’s 2015 calendar.


From Carolyn and John Sweeney: Have sad news this morning. Kody crossed the Rainbow Bridge this morning at 8:30. His Kidneys had shut down and the ultrasound found bleeding in his belly so we let him go to be with Cheyenne. Thanks for giving us two of the best buddies in the world. This photo […]


Sandy was helped across the Rainbow Bridge this morning with his foster mom and dad at his side. Sandy came to rescue at 10.5 years old after both of his owners passed away. A big boy at 128 lbs when he arrived, we quickly realized he had mobility issues and learned he needed ACL surgery […]


Jimmy Steward’s Ode


Hugs to my sister, Deb, whose beloved golden, Diego, passed away last night. We were at the beach together last week and we knew it was time. He had a nice week and leisurely drive back to Michigan. “Was taking him to the vet torrow&was feelung down figuring Id have to put him down but […]


Please send hugs to Peggy and Paul as they had to help Danny Boy cross the Rainbow Bridge yesterday.  Danny Boy was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma.  Peggy and Paul picked Danny Boy up from the shelter, fostered him through a major tumor removal surgery and then adopted him a couple of years ago. Thanks to […]


Saturday was a very sad day for our entire family. Bo our 9 year old golden crossed the rainbow bridge unexpectedly. Not only did our family lose a part of it,our Eli lost his buddy to hangout with. For thoughs who attend the dog park meeting Bo was the tall golden that just walked from […]


Cheyenne crossed Rainbow Bridge after her battle with bone cancer. Please send hugs to her family – Carolyn, John and her canine brother, Kody. Cheyenne came to rescue after her family’s home was foreclosed a few years ago. Carolyn and John fostered her and decided she was a “keeper.” About a year later, Carolyn and […]


It’s with sadness we learned Happy crossed Rainbow Bridge today. He was only four years old. He died of cancer. Hugs to his family.


At 12:15 this morning, with Eva by his side, Herc’s battle with lymphoma ended and he crossed over the rainbow bridge. He put up a good fight, and left this world with dignity and grace. We are so thankful that he passed in his home, and that he chose the time, not us. Thank you […]


Today we helped our sweet Morgan peacefully cross over the Rainbow Bridge.  Morgan loved Golden Days at the dog park, being a social butterfly meeting lots of Golden lovers and all newly arriving dogs.  As she aged, she would find a grassy spot to rest, almost falling asleep.  Morgan was a gentle soul, always wanting to keep […]


It breaks my heart to leave them behind, I snap a photo instead. I capture their soul with every click, and pray they don’t end up dead. The photograph is their last testament. It’s the one proof they walked this Earth. Their image burnt into my mind, I remember their eyes, I see their worth. […]


Saying goodbye is hard to do… RIP Daisy. You were such a gift to our family. xoxo Hugs to the Campbell family who adopted Daisy in 2008. You may recognize this world traveler as she is the cover girl of the 2013 Golden Rescue calendar.


“My heart is breaking. After 13 and a half years, we had to put Dakota, my first baby, to sleep tonight. She was the kindest, gentlest, most eager to please dog, and she is already dearly missed and will forever be loved. Both my furry angels decided the first Wednesday in October was their day […]


I wanted to let you know that Pumpkin, formerly known as Brandi, passed away on September 7th. It was the day after our 3 year anniversary. She had a horrible seizure…as far as I know, she had never had one before. Could you please let the rescue know and also let them know that I […]


It’s with profound sadness that I inform you of the passing of Princess, who came to us through GRRSM through the efforts of Al Huey. Princess was one of the dogs rescued from Zuni, but she quickly mastered the task of moving from life in a squalid cage to a place where she had 400 […]


It was with a heavy heart that we said goodbye to my heart girl, Catie Lynn on May 10th, 2012. She was my first Golden and she was also the best. Over the 11 ½ years that we were together, she brought joy to many, whether it was jumping in the pile of leaves daddy […]


Words cannot express the deep loss we feel for our Allie. She was a devoted and loving companion for 13 years. Even through she struggled most of her life with health problems, and was totally blind the last year of her life, she was always happy and excited to be alive. Life was wonderful to […]


It is with huge tears that I write about my best-friend Vinny. While only with me for 1 1/2 years, he became the joy of the household. My lawn looks like a minefield, and I never minded his love for digging holes and laying in them. He found his most joy, laying in the yard, […]


This was Major’s brother Sam. He was 10 and a half years old when we had to put him to sleep this past Saturday. We rescued Sam from a family who had him locked in their garage and the husband was mistreating Sam. He was a very loving, obeident friend. Loved his toys and having […]


Binks crossed the rainbow bridge this week. This poor guy was a victim on severe neglect. His owner was charged with animal cruelty and we were asked to take him into rescue by another rescue group. Carol Boyd fostered him, nursed him back to health. He had about two good years with her. He died […]


My wonderful friend Bonnie crossed the rainbow bridge. The Neals had adopted her from a shelter more than 15 years ago so not sure how old she was. I brought her with me to some of the golden get togethers. She was with me thru so many tears and smiles. I loved that little dog […]


Well, Spunky made the decision himself last night. He crossed the rainbow bridge peacefully, at home, at about 11:30. We sure will miss the ‘big bear’. He had a way of using those sad old eyes to work his way into your heart.

I just got back from taking him to the vet. Even though we never officially adopted Spunky, we loved him as much as any of our own. I asked them to cremate him and return his ashes to me. – Betty


Cap was the first foster dog we adopted. Joe says he knew we would keep the day we picked him up. Cap hated having his nails trimmed and would make the ugliest face and pretend he was going to bite you. Cap and Steve were best buds and died five weeks apart.


Our first golden. I was afraid of dogs before Steve. Joe convinced me to visit a litter of golden puppies and the rest is history. Steve changed our life for the better. All of his life his favorite toy was these squeakey smiley face balls we eventually had to order from England!


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