In Peace…

07-19-09_0748Good bye Apollo

Rest in peace in rainbow light

Free of suffering


Now you can climb ev’ry tree

And play in gardens all night





The Rainbow Bridge

inspired by a Norse legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,

Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,

Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,

Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,

Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. 


43 thoughts on “In Peace…

  1. Please accept my sympathy & love on the passing of Apollo….he was a larger than life cat with so much love & cattitude & the blog world will be a little quieter without him. Julianne I am onle an email away if you need to ‘talk’. Sending you all getnle {{{{{HUGS}}}}} & love & healing violet Light.
    Run free Apollo; Summerland is all yours ❤

  2. I am beyond sad…..I know your hearts are broken but like you, I know that at last Apollo is running freely across the Bridge into a place with no pain while he watches over his beloved family always and forever…………we send huge hugs and hope for a healing peace to your broken hearts.

    Sammy and Pam

  3. Oh no….I am so very sorry for your loss Ku, Mama, and the rest of your family. May Apollo run strong and free of pain at the Rainbow Bridge. He knew how much he was loved by the way you took such tender care of him during these last days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. We’re so sorry for your loss, it’s so hard losing a beloved pet. Apollo was such a handsome kitty and we know he had a wonderful life with you. Sending you healing hugs and much sympathy. You are in our prayers.

  5. Julianne, I learned about Apollo’s passing from Sherri-Ellen. Apollo was so beautiful. I know he brought so much love and joy to you. Now I am seeing him running free. He had good company on the journey, too, since he went close to the time that Dr. Maya Angelou left us. Dr. Angelou had clear sight and loved beauty in all its forms. I hope you and Ku and all your family will have healing and peace. Best wishes to all.

  6. *head on paws* blessings on precious Apollo. He is free and well once again…just waiting for the joyful reunion with all his furamily one day. He knew such love and acceptance and joy…that is all you need remember…his loving heart, glorious fur and the power of his presence in your life on Earth…so sayeth Savannah…paw hugs

  7. So very sorry. A TIME TO REMEMBER —————— They come into our lives for such a short time a time we wouldn’t trade not even for a dime Then before you know it the years have flown by and then all of the sudden we’re saying good-bye
    It wasn’t that long ago we said our good-byes we held on to you tight as you closed your eyes Your spirit has flown home on the wings of a dove into God’s loving arm’s; in heaven above
    Over the days we’ve shed many tears but the memories we have will live on for years We feel your presence and we know that your near you’re keeping us safe and calming our fear
    We think about memories from years past when you were young and strong and ran so fast we remember all the great times that we all had how you always made us happy never made us mad
    They were the best and happiest years we had we’ll always look back on them and never be sad We look forward to the time we’ll be together again and we thank the Lord for such a great friend
    Now you run and play up in Heaven above cradled in God’s arms covered with his love Playing by the Bridge waiting for the day we come down thru the meadow to the bridge to stay
    The love that you showed us we’ll never forget because to us you’re one very special pet You’re like a star in the dark of night always watching over us with the Lord’s light
    So now we take time to remember our best friend who will always be with us even to the end We’ll always remember you the way you were one big lovable huggable pile of fur
    John Quealy

  8. So very sorry for your loss of Apollo. We know how special he was to all of you. Soft woos and gentle hugs from all of us.

    Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  9. You have our deepest sympathy! We send prayers, purrs and hugs. Run free dear Apollo. Love, Cali, Andy, Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S) and mom Judy

  10. Wun fwee, handsome bwue eyes wion man big bwofuw Apowwo! You bwought a pawt of youw mom’s and bwofuws heawts with you ovew the Wainbow Bwidge – but you also wemained in their heawst fowevew!

  11. ….. and St Francis said, “Come little one, there is nothing more I can do for you here, don’t be afraid”……and St Francis gently picked up Apollo and carried him into the kingdom of heaven…..when the little cat looked around, he realized everything St Francis told him on his journey was true….heaven was beautiful beyond what mere words could express…..

    …… and Apollo saw there was no pain, suffering, fear, sickness, hunger, thirst or sorrow, until he looked down and saw the family and friends he had left behind. ……and for a very brief moment, the little cat too, was filled with sorrow.

    Then St Francis bestowed Apollo with a set of gossamer wings and said, “Use them to return to your family, when their need is the greatest, as nothing can separate your bond of love. Hold each other in your hearts and your memories, until you are reunited again at heaven’s door.”

    and when the little cat tried on his wings, he knew nothing was impossible…… when there is….love

    God’s speed to you Apollo, you are and always will be, one awesum kitty

    With loves from boomer, dai$y, tuna and dude and sauce too…. ♥♥♥♥♥

  12. I’m so sorry for your boy with the most beautifulblue eyes. My tears were running as I read it on FB in the morning. I can only share my tears with you and I send you a big hug.

  13. I’m so sorry Ku for the loss of your brofur Apollo… you must be so sad. Give your mom and your sisfurs lots of licks and hugs to share your grief so you can come out the other side. I celebrate the love and life you all shared together. Blessings. Meghan

  14. Yow da Tabbiez say da such guud werdz…now finkin of Apollo wif dem goose wingz flyin in spirit warmez me furry heart n me Mum’s too..can ya pickture it Miss Julianne???
    Gentle ~~~head rubz~~~ frum Nylablue n (((HUGZ))) frum Mum too ❤ ❤ ❤

  15. Mom and I are so very sorry for your loss. Apollo was a most handsome mancat.
    Run free sweet boy we know you were greeted with open arms at the Bridge.
    Hugs madi and mom

  16. Oh Ku and Julianna, Nalle and Zoe our eyes and hearts weep for you. Apollo run free at the Bridge strong again! {{hugs}} and soft cuddles from all here.
    Marty, mom and the Gang

  17. We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences. We are sending all our purrs and prayers. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  18. So sorry we’re late arriving with condolences on the loss of the handsome Apollo. It’s always hard for those left behind when their time comes to leave. Hugs, purrs and tail wags.

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