In Memory of
June 8,1986 - March 13,1998

"I would rather have 3 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special." ~Shelby, "Steel Magnolias"

My Angel In The Sky

Close your eyes my baby,
Peace you soon will find,
When you open them again,
You'll be in a world of another kind.

Don't look back my precious,
It's time for you to move on,
You'll always be in my heart,
To see another dawn.

My guardian in the clouds,
After all these years,
Don't forget I love you,
Don't worry about my tears.

My angel in the sky,
Carry my love with you,
Fly high above the clouds,
Someday I will be with you.

By: Stephanie (StephJS2)

The Rainbow Bridge

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm weather. The old and frail animals are young again. Here they play all day with each other.

There is only one thing missing.

They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. So, each day they run and play with each other until the day comes when one of them suddenly stops playing and looks up! Their nose twitches! Their ears perk up and their eyes are staring! And then this one suddenly runs from the group!

You have been seen. And when you and your special friend meet, you take them in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusted pet.

Then you and your pet cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never to be separated again.

~ author unknown ~

An Angel Is Born

I held you in my arms,
As you took your final breath,
Tears filled my eyes,
As I finally accepted your death.

As you become an angel,
Tear drops hit the floor,
Silence fills the room,
Pain you'll feel no more.

How will I live without you?
How will I go on?
How will I face another day,
Knowing that you're gone?

But I wasn't selfish,
I only thought of you,
The peace that you must feel,
It was something I had to do.

So fly up to heaven,
Be at peace my baby,
We had a lifetime of something wonderful,
Never forget how happy you made me.

By: Stephanie (StephJS2)

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who deal likewise with their fellow men.
St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

Request From Rainbow Bridge

Weep not for me though I am gone
Into that gentle night
Grieve if you will, but not for long
Upon my soul's sweet flight.
I am at peace, my soul's at rest
There is no need for tears.
For with your love I was so blessed
For all those many years.
There is no pain, I suffer not,
The fear now all is gone.
Put now these things out of your thoughts,
In your memory I live on.
Remember not my fight for breath
Remember not the strife
Please do not dwell upon my death,
But celebrate my life.

By: Constance Jenkins, written in loving memory of Isolde Jenkins
Copyright 1992 Constance Jenkins, All Rights Reserved, Reprinted by permission

Regarding animals and their offspring- there is no difference between the pain of humans and the pain of other living beings. Since the love and tenderness of the mother for the young are not produced by reasoning, but by feeling, and this faculty exists not only in humans but in all living beings.
Rabbi Moses ben Maimon (1135-1204)

"You think there will not be dogs in heaven? I tell you they will be there before any of us."
Robert Louis Stevenson

Animals Do Have a Soul

In the Old Testament, the soul means "living being." The soul is the living being of a person or an animal. The soul is the psyche, the mind, the emotions, the self-image -- the psychological being apart from the spiritual being.

The King James Authorized Version, revised and edited by W.C. Sanderson, indicates in a footnote that "soul" or "living being" are alternative translations for "life." The soul perceives, thinks, feels, and makes decisions and choices. In man, the soul can also cause sin. God gave man the choice to choose sin or righteousness, to worship himself or God.

The lesser animals were not given this choice. God put them under the protection and dominion of man.

By: By Mary Buddemeyer-Porter

Animals Do Have a Spirit

The word "spirit" (ruach in Hebrew) means "wind, breath -- the living power of God's will at work." The spirit is the essence and will of God given to all humans and animals.

"I decided that God is testing us, to show us that we are no better than animals. After all, the same fate awaits man and animals alike. One dies just like the other. They are the same kind of creature. A human being is no better off than an animal, because life has no meaning for either. They are both going to the same place - the dust. They both came from it; they will both go back to it. How can anyone be sure that a man's spirit goes upward while an animal's spirit goes down into the ground?" (Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 TEV)

God has dominion over both his lesser creatures and man. All souls belong to Him and God can do with all His creatures whatever He chooses. The Book of Job says:

"Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind." (Job 12:9-10 KJV)
By: Mary Buddemeyer-Porter

...Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you...I loved you so - 'twas Heaven here with you. --- Isla Pachal Richardson

Buddy was my friend, my baby, my guardian, and in some ways my saviour. When nobody else was there he was a loyal companion, always by my side, always ready to make me smile. In the 11 and a half years we were together, nobody has ever loved me so unconditionally as he did. When it was discovered he was suffering from congestive heart failure I was crushed. We were told he had months to live. By March of '98 I was spending almost $200 a month on medication. His breathing had become labored, he could no longer do things he used to do, he was fighting for his life. The vet said his heart was getting very weak. The decision to put him to sleep before he seriously began to suffer was the hardest thing I have ever done. I had one week to spend with him, loving him, spoiling him, saying goodbye. On March 13, 1998, the animal who had been my world since I was 11 years old, died peacefully in my arms.

Good bye baby... I know you're an angel in the sky looking over me now. Be at peace, I'll love you always & forever.

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