Jun 10, 2013

When A Pet Dies...

                                      No heaven will not ever Heaven be. Unless my cats/pets are there to welcome me..

Saw this now a few times on different friends postings and it touched me the first time as it has all the other times.  It goes like this:

Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away 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, and 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 swim and play with balls. 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

my sister, her family and their doggie Jaxen

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 and Meredith and this note:

My sister and family with their doggie Tex
Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her 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.
another sister's doggie..Dexter
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.

Love, God

My sisters and I have been fortunate to have grown up with pets.  My parents always had a German Shepperd and from the time we were little we knew what it was to love and care of someone else.  When our pet died we always said never again, but then another doggie would attach to our affections and we were again smitten.  Having a pet is a wonderful experience I would highly recommend.
then we were four girls and our dog Rajah..
Now we are all grown up with families of our own and a pet.  We are the lucky ones.

Our pets are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
Death ends a life, not a relationship...