The Rainbow Bridge Memorial
This is for the dogs who, through Rain City Rescue and their adopters, got a chance to experiece heaven on earth and have now left to wait for us on the other side of the rainbow bridge.
You are remembered.
I will lend to you for awhile,
A puppy, God said,
For you to love him while he lives,
And mourn for him when he's dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years,
Or maybe two or three,
But will you, 'till I call him back,
Take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you,
And (should his stay be brief),
You'll always have his memories,
As solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught below,
I want this pupppy to learn.
I've looked the whole world over,
In search of teachers true,
And from the folk that crowd's life's land,
I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labour vain,
Nor hate me when I come,
To take my Pupppy back again.
I fancied that I heard them say,
"Dear Lord Thy Will be Done,"
For all the joys this Puppy will bring,
The risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known,
Forever grateful stay.
But should you call him back
Much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand.
If, by our love, we've managed,
Your wishes to achieve,
In memory of him we loved,
To help us while we grieve,
When our faithful bundle
Departs this world of strife,
We'll have yet another Puppy
And love him all his life.