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Dear Annie: Several dear friends have had to put down beloved pets, and I was wondering if you could print the beautiful poem about the Rainbow Bridge? It helped me so much when I lost my beautiful Lucky! -- Missing My Four-Legged Friend

Dear Missing: Please find below a poem that has brought comfort to pet lovers everywhere.

The Rainbow Bridge

"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." -- Author unknown

Dear Annie: I just read the letter written by "Clueless," a woman who has been married for 16 years and recently discovered her husband has been having affairs with both men and women. I believe you missed an important point in your response. I would highly recommend that "Clueless" immediately see her doctor to be tested for any STDs, including AIDS and perhaps even monkeypox.

I enjoy your column daily. Keep up the great work! -- Missing Point

Dear Missing: You are right. She should go to her doctor right away and get tested. Thank you for your letter.


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