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    Default The Night Before Christmas at the Rainbow Bridge

    THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS AT RAINBOW BRIDGE

    T'was the night before Christmas, at Rainbow Bridge too.
    We Bridge kids were thinking as always of you.

    We'd seen how the holidays weren't bright this year,
    Heard you whisper so often, "I wish you were here!"

    We know how you wish you could just stay in bed
    And sleep through the holiday lying ahead,

    When all celebrate with their loved ones so near...
    Unless they have loved ones on this side this year.

    But we're no less alive here, on the other side.
    If you could just see us, you would've laughed and not cried.

    The dogs all in harness, pulling the sleigh.
    The cats all in Santa hats pointing the way.

    The pet birds all flying back over the rainbow,
    Bound homeward in spite of Earth's darkness and snow.

    All the pets that you've lost, pets for whom you've cried,
    Flying home on this Christmas to be by your side.

    If you feel warm fur brush you when no pet's around,
    Hear a soft bark or purr, just a ghost of a sound,

    We're trying to tell you we're visiting this way,
    And our visits, even rainbows, can be on any day.

    But for Christmas we have something special to do,
    A sleigh full of happy dream visits for you.

    On doggy, on kitty, on winged friend and ferret!
    The love that you lavished, we mean now to share it!

    We're fetching that love home, the way we once played,
    With the closeness we shared and the memories we made.

    Our Earth lives with you were too short for us, too,
    And on this Christmas Eve we have so much to do.

    So all through this night as you sleep in your beds,
    Sweet visions of fur babies dance in your heads.

    This one special night we can bring you Home for a while,
    Your true home in Heaven, where again you will smile.

    Over the rainbow you'll fly, for a short while this night,
    Hours that you'll be happy, hours that will feel right,

    Hours to cuddle and hug us, to run and to play,
    Before the return to Earth in our magic way.

    And when you awaken and face Christmas Day,
    We pray you'll remember your trip on our sleigh,

    But in case you forget, just remember our love.
    Remember us watching you, your angels above.

    Sending love wrapped in rainbows, shining and bright,
    Love that will guide you through the darkest night,

    Love found in each memory unwrapped through the year,
    Replacing dark sorrows with Christmas cheer.

    Leave the toys to St. Nick, we Bridge kids bring dreams,
    Sweet visits to remind you all is not as it seems

    When you look all around you with tired Earthly eyes.
    If you saw as we do, there'd be joy and surprise.

    There are fur angels waiting by those Christmas trees,
    Always there for you and hearing your pleas.

    We're never more than a thought away from your home,
    You're never forgotten, you're never alone.

    Nor are we alone here, with our Rainbow Bridge friends.
    We know only joy here, the celebrating never ends,

    And after our reunions with you Christmas Eve,
    We Bridge kids will party like you'd never believe.

    But we'll slip away often to be by your side.
    Sitting there watching you, eyes open wide,

    Praying you'll be able to catch a glimpse of us, too.
    But whether or not you see us - Merry Christmas to you!
    "May you know that absence is full of tender presence and that nothing is ever lost or forgotten." John O'Donahue, "Eternal Echoes"

    Death is not a changing of worlds as most imagine, as much as the walls of this world infinitely expanding.

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    All I can say is wow!! I sure do hope I catch that sweet dream of my Fur Angel. But if I don't, I know he and well as all the others at the Bridge will FOREVER live in our hearts. Merry Christmas, All!!
    Belinda Creel,
    Mom of Angel Bo, My Little Latte and now our newest Toby.

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    Beautiful!I cried once again. Thanks so much for sharing! Xxxxx
    Kathy and Angel Buddy. The mightiest of all lizard hunters!

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    After I read this poem this morning, with tears in my eyes, I turned my head quickly, as I thought Corky was standing in front of me.
    Love and hugs,

    Terri and (Angel) Corky

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    What beautiful and true words I cried buckets thank you Leslie for listing this
    Now causing mayhem and havoc at the bridge

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    Awwwwww Leslie, this is beautiful!!!!


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    *sniff* *blubber*

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing that.
    Sharlene and the late great diva - Molly muffin (always missed and never forgotten)

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    That is so beautiful - Thank you so much for sharing it.

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    Love this. Getting ready for bed and hope that in addition to sugar plums I have visions of my Annie and Haley. Rip my dear little angels and know how much I love you and miss you. Run free and eat whatever you want for Christmas! Always, your mom.

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    Beautiful!
    Vicki-Scoop, Raleigh, Archie and Gus' mom

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