Rainbow Bridge

Hello again fiends,

After all the excitement and joys of Christmas and the New Year we’re back down to earth with a bit of a bump. Our lovely fiend Auntie Wendy and my girl Moja had to say farewell to their Cockatoo called Thomas as, she’d been very sick. Thomas was a friend to all of us and amazingly well-behaved around dogs. Think we were a little bit in awe of her – she was pretty good at pecking our bottoms if we got too lively so, we were well-behaved back!!


Thomas was the cleverest parrot ever and could mimic our barks, none of us could copy her squawks so, she was definitely the cleverest. In the wild; Cockatoo’s have to communicate long distances with one another across he trees in dark, thick forests.  Ilfracombe was Thomas’s ‘forest’ and as dogs and humans can be noisy she was just going back to her roots!

It’s sad when any animal or pet dies or must be ‘put to sleep’ or euthanized as vets call it. There’s a sort of poem called ‘Rainbow Bridge’ which is specially written about animals and pets – the words and idea behind it can be comforting, specially for young children and mums too.


There’s all sorts of versions of Rainbow Bridge so, here’s just a little piece from the start;

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.

 You can look up different versions and put some of your own words in too.

Another good thing to do when you feel sad is get creative and write your own poem or draw some pictures or make a ‘memory box’ –  get together all your best photos and other things that remind you of your pet and make a special colourful box for to keep them in. Then you can have a look at them and think of your happy memories and have a laugh or even a little tear about funny times any time you feel like it.


We’ve all got loads of memories of the cleverest cockatoo, specially Aunty Wendy and Moja. Dearest Thomas, we’re missing you and will never forget your crazy, clever, funny ways, parrot squawks, sharp beak…… and having a boy’s name but, that’s another story!!

Until next time fiends