~~~All About The Rainbow Bridge Legends~~~
Some of you have heard of " THE RAINBOW BRIDGE ". It is a place where our pets go when they pass away. It is a place where all type of pets go and meet. There are many versions of the Rainbow Bridge. Some versions are in poetic wordage. Some are prose. Rainbow Bridge appears in many articles and books.
In Norse mythology, it is believed this is where modern humans derived the Rainbow Bridge genre. To the Norseman, a Burning Rainbow Bridge is a bridge between Midgard ( Earth) and Asgard (the realm of the Gods).
Two things happen at the Rainbow Bridge-- ONE: All animals can cross over the Rainbow Bridge with their owner and go to Heaven with their owner, and, TWO: All animals who do not have an owner, like strays , can cross the bridge and go straight to Heaven.
Writer William N. Britten wrote a version in 1994 called " The legend of Rainbow Bridge " in his book titled, " The Loss of a Pet ".
You can also find a version in a book titled, " Beautiful Joe's Paradise " by Margaret Marshal Saunders 09/24/2018. JOE was an abused dog who died from his treatment and went to Heaven.
But, the first appearance of The Rainbow Bridge in relation to animals was written by Paul C. Dahn, a grief counselor in Oregon. This was written in prose style.
In 1998, Steve and Diane Bodofsky was inspired, after reading Paul C. Dahn's prose style. So they wrote a rhyming version. It became popular.
When my Bogie passed on last September, of course I was devastated beyond belief. It took me a couple of dozen tries to read through the full version of The Rainbow Bridge. Even though it is a wonderful place for our pets, I really didn't understand the full magnificence of the importance of the whole picture!
I suggest that the members of this forum and the readers of this forum have a close look at the words before you lose a pet. It will make you feel a lot better if you have lost a pet or might lose a pet in the future.
There's undoubtedly more I could write about the origins of The Rainbow Bridge, but I think I covered enough to give you a good idea where it came from.
The original author is not known, but like a lot of great ideas from the past, we humans always seem to pile it all together and come up with a statement about the ideas and put it in a written form.
David, Vicki and Ricochet 2019