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Bill at Rainbow Bridge


Bill at Rainbow Bridge was written by Dan Carrison for all who have ever been blessed by the unconditional love of a pet. It is a wonderful story about David and his best friend Bill, the Bulldog. For over a decade the two had been the best of companions . . . until Bill passed away.

This heart warming, emotional and penetrating story takes place at Rainbow Bridge and here on earth. Rainbow Bridge is a place where departed pets play, romp and sleep together in total bliss as they wait for the day they are reunited with their owners. After Bill passes away you go with him to Rainbow Bridge where he is immediately welcomed and befriended by Annie the Tabby cat, Willow the female Pug and Zack the Schnauzer. It paints a beautiful picture of a place were there is no pain or sadness.

The humans left here on earth in the story are also fascinating and interesting characters. Along with David you meet Greg Baxter, a grief counselor and Elizabeth Browning who opens her home to owners of departed pets for group therapy. All the people you meet have shared the heartbreak of losing a beloved pet.

The story combines the characters left on earth and their pets at Rainbow Bridge. The twelve chapters take you on a wonderful journey of understanding. Rainbow Bridge is an easy read and you will have a hard time putting it down.

If you have ever suffered the loss of a beloved pet you know and understand the devastating feelings. Bill at Rainbow Bridge is not a self-help type of book but rather a story you can relate to and find strength to help you through your grief. It shows that the grief for our pets is normal and we are not alone. It confirms that a beloved pet can be as big a part of our lives as a human being and the grieving process is no different. Hope can be found in the pages by the visions of our happy pets at the park just for them in the sky. The prospect that we might actually be reunited with them will lift your heart. It lets you know that is is okay to move on without forgetting them. It will guide you through the grieving process and you will find peace in accepting your loss.

In December 2009 I lost my Sophi, the most loving and caring pet that had been my companion for 14 years. Little did I know the heartfelt grief I was experiencing was normal. Bill at Rainbow Bridge would have been a great help for me to cope with the loss. I am grateful to finally understand and feel the comfort of Rainbow Bridge.

I would highly recommend Bill at Rainbow Bridge. It would make a truly thoughtful gift for a friend who has lost a beloved pet. It would also be the perfect gift for the pet-lover in your life.


About Author

Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi worked in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions. Retired, she currently lives with her spoiled dog and four chickens (who are, interestingly enough, also spoiled).


  1. Sounds like a really sweet story. I’ve been looking for a book that was kinda like “The Alchemist” but with an underlying lesson/peace that could be found about animals. Sounds like “Bill at Rainbow Bridge” could be that book. As someone who has deeply loved an animal, I know I would appreciate it.

  2. When one loses pet that was there companion for years it can be very devastating.This story could surely ease some of the pain very well written probably the best book yet. This i call great.

  3. Reading the review of this book helps to validate the deep sadness and grief I’ve always felt after the loss of a beloved pet. I think this book would be wonderful for any pet lover. Wonderful.

  4. ………………………This heart warming funny and profound story takes place at Rainbow Bridge–where departed pets play and romp as they await their owners at the threshold of the afterlife. Closer to home a grief-stricken man tries to cope with the loss of his beloved English Bulldog Bill.. .The delightful characters at Rainbow Bridge include Bill the Bulldog Annie the Tabby cat and Willow the female Pug. The human characters are no less intriguing David Bills heart-broken owner Greg Baxter a psychologist active in Animal Rescue and Elizabeth Browning the guiding light behind a therapy group for the owners of departed pets.. .Bill at Rainbow Bridge is a modern family classic written for all who love animals and illustrated by the renowned artist Peg DuVal.

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    I love stories like this, but they always make me cry. I lost my cat, Cheetah, almost seven years ago when he slipped out of my apartment. To this day, thinking about it still makes me cry. Losing a pet really can seriously impact someone, and grief is a big part of that.

  6. This sounds like a very interesting book. And I think a lot of pet owners would be able to love this book and understand the authors point of view as well. I hope I can find a book like this one here in our local book store.

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