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 the 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.  Our friends are warm and comfortable.   All the animals who had been ill and old are restored with health and vigor.  Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole 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 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 the Rainbow Bridge together...
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A tragic accident.  A shared love for a Dalmation dog unites a young boy with his grandfather.
  An Irish Setter creates a bond between two grade school friends.  Two German Shepherds share an adolescent boy's life during the difficult teenage years.  The making of a veterinary surgeon.  The story is just beginning.  Meet Me at the Rainbow Bridge tells the life story of Dr. Kenneth Newman, emphasizing the important role that dogs have played in his life.  Friend, surrogate child, grief counselor, and crying shoulder, are only some of the roles played by the cast of canine characters.  A must read for pet lovers that have ever loved and lost a beloved pet.

What is the value of your dog?  The laws in all 50 states classify pets as property.  The
owner of a pet that is killed through an accidental act of negligence or a deliberate act of malice can only receive the cash value for their pet.  Ninety percent of pet owners now consider their pets to be family members.  Kenneth Newman, DVM uses a life dedicated to animals to present his belief that the laws are out of touch with the public's sentiment.

About the cover:

I presented this painting to Heidi, my fiance', when she was recovering from her surgery and radiation treatments for cancer.  Rebel sits atop Mount Battie overlooking Penobscot Bay in Camden, Maine.  If ever there was a more likely location for the Rainbow Bridge, I have neither seen it, nor been there.  This view was the inspiration for Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem "Renascence". 
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Meet Me at the Rainbow Bridge
by
Kenneth Newman, DVM
ISBN : 978-0-557-50385-8
 
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