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What Is The Best Way To Help A Pet Cross Over?

I have to put my best friend Buddy to sleep on Tuesday, what’s the best way to get though this together to help him cross over, and will he really be waiting for me when I cross over?

Urgent please reply ASAP before Tuesday thank you

Asked by ANNETTE

4 replies on “What Is The Best Way To Help A Pet Cross Over?”

Thats a rough deal. Ive had to put down a few pets, and it seems no matter what you do, its not easy. About all you can do is remember if he is old and sick, hes going to be out of pain and misery. I would suggest getting another dog, i was going to say take his place, but losing a pet is almost like losing a family member, nothing could really replace him. But a new puppy would help take your mind off of his loss.

Hi Annette

My dear cat, Skimble, had to be put down on 8/8/08. To this day, I can still hear him licking the plates in the sink (not that he was ever allowed to do that when he was alive, but given half a chance … lol!)

Our dearly beloved ‘babies’ remain at our side, watching out for us and comforting us long after their physical bodies have gone. They love us, as much as we love them.

Say a little prayer for Buddy and be there for him up until the ‘end’.

Here’s a lovely poem, author unknown, that will help with your grieving …


Title: 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…

Hi Annette,

I stay with my pets, with my arms around them, when the vet gives them the medicine that gently sends them into a deep sleep. I make sure I am the last thing they see, giving them all my love as they cross over to the other side from this life, to their new life. I had to do that twice last two year, first crossing over Meg, my cat, who was about 20+ years old, and then, last year, Gus our dog, who had cancer. They both came to visit afterwards, and really made their presences felt around the house .. and even at this new house, after we moved.

When we die our loved ones, including our pets, are waiting for us, so yes, you will see Buddy again.

There’s a website called ‘rainbow bridge’ which leads to a petloss site that might help, if you feel you need it.

It’s not easy letting go of someone that we love, particularly when we have to make the decision to visit the vet, but we do it for the right reasons. I don’t regret how they died, Annette, I just miss them both a lot.

Love & Peace

I would suggest two lovely books by an author named Cynthia Rylant for you to read in this difficult time: Cat Heaven and/or Dog Heaven. They are very touching children’s picture books, but they just might bring you a little comfort.

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