Pet Photo Gallery

Welcome to the Pet Photo Gallery! In the summer of 2018 The Trail of Painted Ponies introduced the figurine
Crossing Rainbow Bridge,” which inspired us to host a Pet Photo Contest that summer. We received so many heart-felt pet photos and stories that we decided to continue the competition, and give everyone an open, ongoing invitation to share pictures of themselves with their beloved pets who are waiting for them at Rainbow Bridge.

On the 1st of every month a winner will be chosen to receive a FREE "Crossing Rainbow Bridge" figurine from the photos and stories submitted the previous month. This is a $56.99 value! The winner will be picked based on the creativity and quality of the photo, and story behind the photo. Please note that we prefer photos of you and your pet together. Good luck!

Click "Upload Your Image" below, and additional instructions will follow. Scroll further down this page to see previously submitted pet photos and stories.

Crossing Rainbow Bridge by Janee Hughes

"What happens when a beloved pet dies?" It’s said there is a special bridge of many colors connecting Heaven and Earth where there are meadows and hills with lush green grass, and the spirits of our deceased furry friends - dogs, cats and horses - run and play together… until the day comes when we are joyfully reunited with them. Then we cross over Rainbow Bridge together, never to be parted again.

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Indy is my new 'very naughty' Aussie pup who has come to be my new best friend (I lost my GS girl Lucy and miss her so much). He is very adorable and everyone in my town stops to pet and talk to him. He loves all the attention. He also gets to grow up alongside my young granddaughter who adores him, when he is quiet!!! He seems to have a love of water and runs off to dive in the river... at least I know he can swim. He seems to find all the blackest mud. He loves everyone and everything, except people that dare to walk past my front door and does his best 'noise' to protect me from them.

Southern Rebel

This is my 16 year old POA rebel. I have had him since he was a yearling and I have loved watching his color change over the years along with his personality. Rebel and I competed in 4-h when I was younger and even at the state fair where we took a 5th in showmanship. Rebel and I share a bond that no one else can have with him, many have tried and failed. He is definitely one of a kind and is spoiled rotten.


Born on March 20th, 1989. She was the prettiest red roan filly. She taught me an I taught her to trust me. She was 25 1/2 when I lost her on February 8, 2016. She was my trail pal, cattle herder when needed, and she taught my daughter how to ride at the tender age of 3. Impressivelycheryl aka Jewel was my best animal friend ever. I miss her dearly an know she is on the other side of rainbow bridge waiting for the day she sees my face again so that we can be together forever.

My Labby Boy

My Quincy...adopted from the Humane Society in 2003. He was found as a stray and was 5 years old. He lived to be 15. He crossed over the Rainbow Bridge 5 years ago. He was my best friend, my confidant. I miss you, Quincy. Love always...

Miss Kitty and Aires

I adopted Aires, the brown tabby when he was a kitten. He fought a long battle with an illness and crossed the rainbow bridge at a young age. He was a sweet cat and is missed dearly everyday.


This is my big boy Mister, he came back to me after my sweet girl Desi passed suddenly. He had been at a horrible barn that was starving him, he was a shell of his former self. Three years, lots of good food, love and a trillion kisses later he’s thriving and I couldn’t be happier with him back in my life!

My Shadow

The first dog I ever owned. She was 14 when she crossed and I still miss her like crazy❤️

My best pal!

This is Jasper. He’s the best friend a girl could ask for. We’ve been through a lot together. He loves me unconditionally and I wouldn’t take a million bucks for him.


Saving one animal may not change the world but surely for that one animal the world will change forever. This is Superman (I called him Henry). He is one of the lucky ones that gets a second chance because there are people who care about animals. Others are not as fortunate as Henry.

A Special Bond

This is my husband and his service dog Grizz. We have had Grizz since he was six weeks old with all intentions that he would become a service dog for my husband. Before Grizz was old enough to work with him, my husband didn't really like to go places or be around large crowds. After we started his training and being able to take him places with us, my husband was able to comfortably attend our sons high school graduation. The graduation took place in a packed expo center where concerts are also held. Their bond together is definitely something to be seen. Grizz loves my husband as much he loves him right back.

Still going strong

2 year ago my partner past away, left me only with my horse, my dog and a lot of beautiful memories. After this 2 years I am happy to say that I am doing fine, managing all the things on my own,"Still going strong" thanks to the loves of my life, my best friends, my 2 partners in crime: This one goes out to my pets who are always there when I need them. So much love for my 2 pets <3

Candy Girl

Me and Candy Girl. She is at the rainbow bridge and was 29 years old and dearly missed.


Walking up a slight incline to have the first meeting with my foster horse, Ziggy, my balance was poor and I tired easily from just finishing radiation treatment a few weeks before. I had been diagnosed with lymphoma 6 months earlier and still had lasting symptoms from the surgery and chemotherapy. The next visit I was looking forward so much to grooming Ziggy that I wasn't aware of the hill ahead of me. Ziggy was a large aged part draft horse who had been rescued two years before I met him. As I curried and brushed him I couldn't help but notice the harness scars on his body telling the story of years of pulling a vegetable cart through the streets of Baltimore. He seemed to like the attention I gave him and stood still underneath the turnout shed without me needing to hold him. I like to think I helped his recovery in a small way, but I know he helped me on my road to health. It wasn't long after starting working with Ziggy that I was able to continue my volunteer work as a photographer for Days End Farm Horse Rescue. Ziggy passed away in 2013. His kind and gentle spirit touched many and he will be missed by all that knew him and grew to love him.

BooBear & Me

Me and my BooBear, he went to the Rainbow Bridge 05 January, 2018. He came to live with us when he was 5 weeks old, left for the bridge when he was 14. Dearly missed.

Snicker Kisses

This is Snickers, my mini doxie. She is a rescue dog and has been my bestie since 2013. I adopted her a week after we unexpectedly lost my other mini doxie, Stitch. She really helped me get through that unexpected loss. I love her with all my heart.

Kaitlyn and Alleycat

My 14 year old daughter, Kaitlyn Hughes with Alleycat. Sadly she was PTS only a few weeks ago because of cancer. She was over 30 years old.

Tara and Wyatt

Let me introduce you to Wyatt the Riot. He's a rescue pup.

Kierstin and Magic

This is my horse, Magic. He died at 26 years last winter. I laid on top of him crying as he took his last breath and I watched him go to heaven. I grew up riding him ever since I could walk. He is my reason of my love for horses. He was one of the greatest, sweetest, and best personality horses that I have ever encountered. No one knows what it is like to lose a pet until you’ve lost someone as great as him. To win this contest would mean the world to me because I would then have a painted pony for him to be remembered by. I hope you’re eating your favorite carrots and have a big green pasture where you are baby.

One Dance Left

One Dance Left, a Colonial Spanish Mustang and his owner, Gretchen Patterson.

Jennifer K.

We were together for 24 years, he was almost 28 when I made the hard decision to euthanize him on October 30, 2017.

Josie and Mac

This is me with my beautiful faithful old friend Mac Morrissey. He's been my best friend for more years then I can remember, he's now 23 years old. Here I am posing with a bunch of cow parsley for him. I love The Trail of Painted Ponies.

Josie and Lenny

This is me with my cheeky monkey Lenny. He's been my best friend for 6 years and he's now 18 years old.

Kathryn and Roxy

This is my beautiful Roxy who died suddenly on the 26th of April this year. My life will never be the same without her.

Fabienne and Miss Op

With my Little Miss Op who passed the rainbow bridge in June 2017. I miss her so much.

Sioux and Binky

This is my cremello QH, Binky, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge last year as the result of a tendon injury - he was only 6 years old and I miss him dearly. Binky was special from the start, born 20 November 2011 (in Australia, that is written 20/11/2011), he was orphaned at 10 hours and that was the beginning of our very close bond. I basically lived in my tack room for 3 months, commuting between home, stables and work, on public transport - it was crazy! At 8-10 days old, he was fostered by my leopard appaloosa mare Harli and so he was lucky to be taught to "be a horse". But Harli did not have milk, so he was still bucket raised. I feel very blessed to have had Binky in my life, to have the amazing experience of hand raising him, of seeing Harli take on a foal by free choice who wasn't her own, for having the chance to have such an incredible bond with a horse.

Tara and Brooke

This is me and my forever horse, Brooke. She was my first project horse that was rescued from an abusive life and ended up being the most kind and gentle soul I have ever encountered. Brooke crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2013 due to an illness. As I said before, she is my forever horse. Even though she is gone, she is always with me in my memories and my heart.

Amanda and Morgan

Here are a picture of me with my corgi, Morgan. Morgan loves to dress up and smile, and is very photogenic.

Laura and Shaker

This is my one of my favorite photos of my horse Shaker and I. Shaker passed away from colic Easter weekend at the end of March while I was away. I love my boy more than anything in this life. My biggest regret will always be that I was not with him when he had to leave this world. He was fearless, stubborn, an amazing teacher, best friend and confidant and sassy as can be for a 18 year old gelding. I prayed to have more years with him. This I will not get, but I am so thankfully every day for that path that lead me to having him in my life. I love and miss my baby shaker every day.

Adelynn and Rosie

Adelynn and her horse Rosie.

Destiny, Indy, Roxie

Me and my girls Indy, who is a husky mix, and Roxie, who is a red heeler mix.