Friday Fido

No joke this week, just some sweet.  I thought you might enjoy this one. 🙂

For dog (pet) lovers everywhere.

This is one of the kindest things you may see.  It is not known who replied, but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office of the US postal service.

Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month.  The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey.  She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her.  I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog?  She died yesterday and is with you in heaven.  I miss her very much.  I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.  I hope you will play with her.  She likes to play with balls and to swim.  I am sending a picture of her so when you see her You will know that she is my dog.  I really miss her.
Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven.  We put our return address on it.  Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven.  That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office.  A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet.  I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, ‘To Meredith’ in an unfamiliar hand.  Meredith opened it.  Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, ‘When a Pet Dies.’  Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope.  On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,
Abbey arrived safely in heaven.  Having the picture was a big help.  I recognized Abbey right away.  Abbey isn’t sick anymore.  Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart.  Abbey loved being your dog.  Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.  Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me.  What a wonderful mother you have.  I picked her especially for you.  I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.  By the way, I’m easy to find, I am wherever there is love.

Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrows keep you Human,
Failures keep you Humble,
Success keeps you Glowing ,
But Only Friends Keep You Going!

Have a great weekend!

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5 thoughts on “Friday Fido

  1. that is a sweet response.

    I thought so too. 🙂


  2. Onyx

    🙂 makes me smile

    Me too. In a watery kind of way. 🙂


  3. Losing a dog can make a little girl out of you again. You just want to cry your eyes out and call your mother. Mine is no longer here – she’s gone west with SamHenry and my pilot father.

    Most churches decree dogs and cats don’t go to heaven. The minister at our church had us crying when we were kids. My mother went into his office and said: I don’t know about your dog but ours is going to heaven – do you understand?

    I understand why your minister did that. I think I’m with your mother on this one though. As far as the kids are concerned, all pets go to heaven. Heh, you know, I still have dreams sometimes about my pets being in heaven waiting for me.


  4. Isn’t there a Twilight Zone episode about whether or not a dog can go to heaven. A man refuses to go to heaven because he’s told it won’t accept his dog. Or something. It is a vague memory, but I remember how angry I was at the idea that God wouldn’t take dogs. That’s not the only reason I gave up on the church, but I’m sure it didn’t help.

    More importantly though, anyone who takes the time to make a kid feel better–a kid they don’t and won’t know–is a good person to have in this world. That was a great kindness.

    My kiddo gets letters from Santa.

    Honestly, I’ve seen many epidoes of TZ, but that one doesn’t ring a bell. I haven’t seen all episodes though, so it may have been in that pile I missed.

    Sorry you gave up on the church. Just an FYI, if you ever change your mind, the church hasn’t given up on you. 🙂

    I thought what that person did was pretty sweet too. I know it’s probably one of those urban legend things, but I prefer to believe that there really are people out there willing to go the extra mile. Especially toward a child. Kindness toward children is always a precious thing. 🙂


    • It may not have been a Twilight Zone. Maybe Outer Limits? Maybe something else entirely. I don’t remember the show, but I remember the message.

      Truthfully, the Bible doesn’t speak to whether or not animals go to heaven. So, we don’t know one way or the other. But, I know you wouldn’t base your faith, or even parts of it, on a TV show anyway. 🙂

      And yes, it may be an urban legend, but maybe not. Why should we think such kindness must not be true? Such kindness is something we should all strive for.

      My point exactly. 🙂


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