A Cat's Prayer

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....

A Cat's Prayer by Lisa Jummrich

Lead me down all the right paths,

Keep me from fleas, bees, and baths.

Let me in should it storm,

Keep me safe, fed, and warm.


Let the sun shine where I lay,

Keep me young so I may play.

And most of all ...

Bless the people I adore,

And guard me from the dog next door.


(We are delighted that the author of this poem got in touch to identify herself! Thank you Lisa)

Just A Cat?

- from an unknown source

From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a cat" or
"that's a lot of money for just a cat".

They don't understand the distance travelled, the time spent or the costs
involved for "just a cat".

Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a cat".

Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a cat", but I did
not once feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a cat" and
in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a cat" gave me
comfort and reason to overcome the day.

Just a cat

If you too think it's "just a cat", then you will probably understand
phrases like "just a friend", "just a sunrise" or "just a promise".

"Just a cat" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust
and pure unbridled joy.

"Just a cat" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a
better person. Because of "just a cat" I will rise early, take long
walks and look into the future with hope.

So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a cat" but an embodiments
of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the
past, and the pure joy of the moment.

"Just a cat" brings out what is good in me and diverts my thoughts
away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a cat" but
the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a woman".

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a cat", just smile, because
they "just" don't understand they are missing "just a blessing" in their