Sadly, last Tuesday we had to put our family dog Molly down. She was 15 and not doing very well. It was the hardest day of my life.

If you have ever had to put a pet down, I'm sure you know the feeling, especially if your pets become family members like mine are.

My mother told me this weekend to look at the clouds when outside. Why? You may see your loved ones in the clouds. I see puppies all the time now in the clouds. Granted I have an over-active imagination, it's peaceful to see her in the clouds looking down at us.

We decided to get her privately cremated so we could keep her remains with our family. The lady gave us this great poem. It's called "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....

Even though our home seems empty now without Molly, I am at peace knowing she is healthy, and happy again. Until we meet again Molly! You will forever be loved and never forgotten.