A few years ago my beloved cat, Crystal, passed on. She was almost thirteen. Crystal was a lovely Siamese mix. I named her Crystal because of her crystal-blue eyes.


She passed in the middle of the night, while I was sleeping on the sofa. When I awoke that early morning, the first thing I saw was my male Siamese mix, Holly, curled up in my arms with his arms entwined in mine. He knew I was going to need him, for then I discovered Crystal's still body. 


Holly was the light of my life and my  greatest comfort through the grief of missing my Crystal. I don't know what I would have done without him.

Soon after Crystal had passed, I was driving in the rain, feeling very sad. I started crying. I looked to the right of my car. There was an incredible rainbow right there. I could clearly see where the end touched the ground. And then the rainbow touched the hood of my car!

At that time, I had never heard of the poem, "Rainbow Bridge" but soon after seeing my rainbow, I came across it. [The Rainbow Bridge story tells of a lovely place on the other side of life where our animal companions wait peacefully for us until we can cross the bridge together.] Later, I read about other people having extraordinary experiences with rainbows following the deaths of loved ones.

On the day that the rainbow touched my car, I knew right away that this was a sign from God, telling me that Crystal was all right. Ever since I saw that rainbow I have felt better.

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Annette sent me a post script to this story in April 2008:

A month after my precious sixteen year old Siamese/Domestic shorthair cat, Holly, passed on, my brother called from North Florida to tell me he saw a beautiful rainbow and he thought of me. It was 7:45 a.m. A couple of hours later my sister, who lives close to me in South Florida, called and said that she saw a rainbow by my home at exactly the same time! I had been praying for a sign that my Holly was okay.

When I had my first rainbow experience I knew intuitively that this was a sign from God. I learned something recently: A friend pointed out to me that the rainbow is mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 9). The rainbow is God's covenant with Noah. What astounded me was that the rainbow was God's sign between Himself and all living creatures of the earth.

A couple of months ago my Mom's cat passed on. Since I was at work during the day I didn't arrive at my Mom's home until night-time. I was upset and crying over Kelli (her cat). Early the next morning I walked outside and lo and behold, there was a perfect rainbow in the sky!


Annette Maraist is an animal lover who works as a pet groomer. Her dream is to become a writer.  She went back to school to earn her AA and BA in English.

A Cats Purr

"Cats make one of the most satisfying sounds in the world: they purr ...

A purring cat is a form of high praise, like a gold star on a test paper. It is reinforcement of something we would all like to believe about ourselves - that we are nice."

Roger A Caras

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