Monday, August 24, 2009

Dogs DO go to Heaven...(i'm sure of it!)

(My Zebedee- in Heaven)
My sister just sent this to me and i thought it was so sweet, i wanted to share it with you.
***WARNING*** You may need to go and grab a box of tissues***
(my Mozie- in Heaven)
~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. Love,God
It is not known who replied, but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office of the US postal service.~

I DO Believe, I DO believe, i do i do i do....


Laura said...

So sweet, what a great way to help a child understand and find comfort.

Thank you for posting this, Mare!

Mare said...

You're welcome Laura...

Lola Nova said...

Oh my goodness, what a great story!
Reminds me of our old mailman, sounds like something he would have done. I just love when people do wonderful things like this.

Melissa and Emmitt said...

where is that box of tissues?
thank you for sharing this mare!

Anonymous said...

You were right...tissues needed now! What a beautiful and heartfelt story!

Mare said...

Hi Lola Nova! i could see my mailman Paul doing something sweet like that too. Actually all the folks in our little Post Office here are great.

Mare said...

Hi Melissa and Stacey...sorry about the tears, but they are good tears, right?

Karin said...

Wow. Just wow. (and a lump in my throat!)

Sunny Bower Art Studio said...

That brought tears to my eyes.

Please tell your sister that I'm so sorry for their loss. 'What a cute dog!

And please tell her that the letter helped me too because I lost my cat of 16 yrs. not long ago.