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from Baylor's Dad
up my sweet Baylor girl was one of the most difficult things I've ever had to
do. She was quite possibly the perfect pet, and without a doubt, the
greatest companion I have ever known. When I lost my mom to breast cancer in
1996, I had a sense of hope that I would see her again. When I
lost Baylor, I didn't have that same sense of hope. I had always been
taught that animals don't have souls and will not be with us in heaven.
finality of that thought prompted me to do some research. I discovered a
web site called www.petloss.com, and on
it, I found the story of Rainbow Bridge. This is an uplifting story that
brings temporary comfort to a hurting heart, but there's really no proof that
such a place truly exists. I needed more, so I began looking for books.
a Christian, I was hoping to find a book, based on Biblical references, that made
a case for animal afterlife. To my surprise, I found two books that argue rather persuasively that all
animals go to heaven. My favorite of the two is called "Will I
See Fido in Heaven?" by Mary Buddemeyer-Porter. I'm so
convinced now that I will see Baylor again, I'm dedicating this site not only
to our time on earth, but also to our time yet to come.
I have included the story of Rainbow Bridge as well as two poems that touched
me shortly after Baylor's death.
for visiting! - Jeff
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...
Only Wanted You
They say memories are golden
well maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.
A million times I needed you,
a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you
you never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no one could ever fill.
If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
and bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.
When God had made the earth and sky
the flowers and the trees,
He then made all the animals
the fish, the birds and bees.
And when at last He'd finished
not one was quite the same.
He said, "I'll walk this world of mine
and give each one a name."
And so He traveled far and wide
and everywhere He went,
a little creature followed Him
until its strength was spent.
When all were named upon the earth
and in the sky and sea,
the little creature said, "Dear Lord,
there's not one left for me."
Kindly the Father said to him,
"I've left you to the end.
I've turned my own name back to front
and called you 'dog', my friend."
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