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    It has occurred to me that we all seem to believe that when our dogs pass over they make the journey to Rainbow Bridge.

    Isn't Rainbow Bridge 'doggy Heaven'?

    And if so (because I can't comprehend what else one could possibly call it) I find it a tad strange that I meet people who believe whole-heartedly in Rainbow Bridge for their dogs, yet claim to be athiests.

    Do you all truly believe in Rainbow Bridge? Or is it just a nicer thought than the alternative?

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    I'm an athiest, yet I am one of those pet owners that thinks about the Rainbow Bridge when I lose a pet. I think it's just a way of dealing with the loss, taking some kind of comfort when you are missing them so much. And the IDEA that one day you will be reunited is also very comforting.

    I lost my Mum nearly 8 years ago, and ever since then when one of my animals has died I always ask Mum to look out for them. Although I bet she'd be saying "not ANOTHER one!"

    Another way I look at it is that the "Rainbow Bridge" can be anywhere, and for me it's in my heart, the pet may not be physically there any more, but the memories and the love I have for them never leave.

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    I am a realist so no not realy, but the concept is nice, and it is comforting when going through the tough time when loosing such a major part of our life. Especially loosing the special ones. my understanding of the rainbow bridge story/belief helps to bring peace within ones self so in time, if looked for, true insights into natures birth, life, decay, death, and continuing life cycle can be found.

    I find nature itself more beautiful than these stories, but i know people who think it *nature* is ghastly.

    But you know what, we just dont know what happens after untill its our time, but I do know nature itself.
    I'l find out when i go lol. Untill then memories last as long as my brain works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    Another way I look at it is that the "Rainbow Bridge" can be anywhere, and for me it's in my heart, the pet may not be physically there any more, but the memories and the love I have for them never leave.
    I believe this also....I'm still at the point in my life where I am unsure of what I believe "religion wise". I think there may possibly be a "higher power" out there somewhere but am still unsure.

    I wear a cross around my neck as my mum is a Christian and she brought it for me. I wear it more so to keep my mum close to my heart than anything else tho.

    My staffy boy will be travelling to the Rainbow Bridge soon and at this time the bridge is kept in my heart and memories I just hope that I can remember him when he was healthy and happy. He is just a big bundle of love who will never be forgotten and then I will be with him again.

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    I whole heartedly believe in the Bridge.
    I dont believe in God, in my personal opinion I think the Bible is the number one selling novel out there.

    I beleive there is more to this existence though of just passing through. I think there is a higher plane of existance just as I think there is a lower plane.
    But God/devil no
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    another atheist here, and not a rainbow bridge person either.. i don't know that you can generalise so easily here, obviously not all of us are rainbow bridge people, but we all have our own ways of dealing with loss. for me, dead is dead, whether it's a pet, a person, or a plant.. not to say i don't grieve....

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    I don't believe in God and heaven either. I guess The Rainbow Bridge is a comforting way of thinking that your soul will meet with your lost pets souls...and not necessarily in heaven. We all grieve in our own way and no way is the right or wrong way...it is OUR way of grieving and handling that particular situation

    If the thought of Rainbow Bridge works for you...then it works It comforts me to think my lost pets are somewhere nice...waiting in anticipation for me to arrive so we can finally be together again

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    I simply use the term as an expression of caring... if that makes sense. ie "Biggles is now at the Bridge" which is a way of saying he is at rest now. I don't actually believe there is a place that dead animals go however, nor do I beleive that there is a place that humans go although I do use the term 'passed over' or 'passed' ....usually when I talk of my mother... and that is usually because it sounds nicer than saying 'when my mother died'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    I simply use the term as an expression of caring... if that makes sense. ie "Biggles is now at the Bridge" which is a way of saying he is at rest now. I don't actually believe there is a place that dead animals go however, nor do I beleive that there is a place that humans go although I do use the term 'passed over' or 'passed' ....usually when I talk of my mother... and that is usually because it sounds nicer than saying 'when my mother died'.
    I comprehend this fully.

    I find myself at times referring to Rainbow Bridge when other peoples dogs have passed away - never my own. It is far easier I guess to say those words to someone in the hope it gives them some closure and comfort, but unfortunately it also makes me feel like I'm being dishonest because I do not believe in Rainbow Bridge whatsoever. Hence why I asked for other opinions on this.

    I do believe in God. I do not believe in Heaven and Hell. I believe when we die, humans and animals as well, that we are simply 'no more.' I believe any animal lives on in our memory and our soul as long as our hearts are still beating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    I believe any animal lives on in our memory and our soul as long as our hearts are still beating.
    My thoughts exactly. I also think this about family and friends who have passed.
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