“Just this side of heaven

lies the Rainbow Bridge. *

? – 4/14/2016

It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to a member of this household.

There’ve been many emotional starts and stops while writing this post, so forgive me if it takes a few days getting it published.

Leo was another CGA cat. Alternately head-strong and affectionate, he captured the hearts of everyone who met him. He was 22 pounds when he first entered this house, and had the voice of a kitten! Sweet-tempered yet stubbornly patient, he’d wait until he pretty much got his way…

To all who knew him, thank you for loving him and seeing the gentleness underneath it all.

Not forgotten, he’s frolicking with Ortoloni and waiting to cross that bridge with the ones he loved – who loved him.

This post is dedicated to Leo and his best friend, Tim Pollestad.


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* Rainbow Bridge is the theme of a work of poetic prose written some time between 1980 and 1992, whose original creator is unknown.

“Just this side of heaven lies the Rainbow Bridge.

When a beloved pet dies, it goes to the Rainbow Bridge. It makes friends with other animals and frolics over rolling hills and peaceful, lush meadows of green.

Our pets do not thirst or hunger. The old and sick are made young once more; the maimed and the ill become healed and strong. They are as healthy and playful as we remember them in days gone by.

Though happy and content, they still miss someone very special, someone they had to leave behind.

Together, the animals chase and play, but the day comes when a pet will suddenly stop and look into the distance… bright eyes intent, eager body quivering. Suddenly recognizing you, your pet bounds quickly across the green fields and into your embrace. You celebrate in joyous reunion. You will never again separate. Happy tears and kisses are warm and plenty; your hands caress the face you missed. You look once more into the loving eyes of your pet and know you never really parted. You realize that though out of sight, your love had been remembered.

And now, you cross the Rainbow Bridge together…”