Which Pet Do You Miss Most on Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day?


An author created Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day on August 28, 2013, in honor of a beloved cat she lost and the idea caught on with pet lovers.

I’ve never been able to read about the Rainbow Bridge without tearing up. I’ve never once made it through.

Rainbow Bridge is known as a poem or as a piece of prose whose ownership isn’t 100% certain.

But it essentially describes a place where our pets go when they die. It’s a beautiful, green field where they can run and frolic in the sunshine while they wait for us to join them. At that moment, we and our pets walk across the bridge to heaven where we’ll spend eternity together.

It’s a touching notion and if you’ve ever loved a pet deeply, I imagine it would choke you up a bit as well.

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day started with an author

According to, Deborah Barnes had to say goodbye to her Ragdoll cat, Mr. Jazz, on August 28, 2013. She shared the journey of letting him go in her book, Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond.

The reaction from her readers was so overwhelming, she decided to create the day in his honor.

The day, then, gives pet owners an opportunity to pay tribute to the pet or pets who made their lives special. And pets who left an indelible mark on their hearts.

If we’re lucky, we’ll all experience that kind of pet. We’ll all know what it feels like to have that kind of bond with an animal.

In my case, it was my first dog.

My parents brought home a special present on the Christmas after I’d turn 1. It was a Rough Collie puppy. If you can picture the famous TV dog Lassie, you know what a Rough Collie is.

My mom has always loved German Shepherds. She’s never owned one. When it was time to introduce a dog, she feared a German Shepherd might bite a child. And since Lassie never ceased to amaze with her intuition of protection for little ones in her care, the Collie seemed a good choice.

She was a great choice.

Me and my first dog in 1977.

Yes, with apologies for those horrendous plaid pants, there we were.

That dog loved me like I was her puppy. Collies possess herding instincts; they were bred to herd sheep. She would herd me away from anything she considered a possible threat. She loved to run and play, but she was always gentle with me. I’d watch her play rough with my dad and then I’d be sad when she wouldn’t do the same with me.

I finally realized that it was all about protecting her boy.

She had a big personality. My current Collie reminds me of her a great deal because he has a big personality.

In fact, there are times when I think there’s a little bit of her in him…even though there’s almost no way they could be related.

I think of her often. I still miss her, and she has been gone for almost 38 years.

She was my first dog and the dog that made me love dogs so much. She also made me love the Rough Collie breed, which is why my current Collie is the fourth one I’ve owned.

I hope he lives a long, long time.

But I hope there really is such a place as the Rainbow Bridge and I look forward to the day I’ll see her again.

All dogs do go to heaven. I’m convinced of that because I think it’d be a hell of a place without our beloved pets.

Which pet would you most honor on Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day?

the authorPatrick
Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.