Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Heartwarming.........Dog story

This email came one day last week and I think it's worth the read........Betty

This is one of the kindest things I've ever experienced.
I have no way to know who sent it, but there is a kind 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 rmember 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 am wher ever there is love.
Love, God




13 comments:

Naturegirl said...

Beautiful to read as I just woke up..last I prayed all night that God would lift this shingles pain from me!Perhaps I should write a letter as this little girl did!
When ever my pets die I write a letter to them letting them know what they meant to me.I have 4 such letters.

Betty how long did your virus last? I am going on 7 weeks and there no ease in this pain!Prayers please!
hugs Anna

dot said...

Wow Betty! That is just beautiful!
It's raining here!!!!

Kerri said...

Beautiful story!

Tracy said...

That is wonderful.

Mary said...

Awesome! God is so good. He sent that letter to one of His earthly angels. A heart-touching story. Thanks so much for sharing.

Bless you, my dear.
Mary

vickie said...

That is so precious and touching! I still say a prayer every night for the pets my husband and I have had in our 33 years of marriage that have passed on. While I do have an 8-yer old black lab, I miss and love every pet I have ever had.

Sue said...

Such a sweet story Betty, thank you for sharing it on this dreary day.

Susie said...

Betty,
This was such an uplifting post! All pet lovers can certainly relate to the warm sentiment.
xo

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Betty, I got that email from my sister last week & I'm planning to share it too. It's a great story!

Rhoda

Barbara said...

How sweet.

Littlepenpen said...

How precious! I have two puppies now, and sometimes I get sad thinking ahead to having to let them "go" one day. Maybe I need to find Mr. Rogers book.

Mary said...

I am a pet lover, so I had a few tears while reading this. That is the sweetest story. Whom ever wrote back to the little girl was blessed with a special heart... My hubby makes the coffee in the morning:) Mary

kathyann said...

Hi Betty,What a lovely story it moved me to tears,and what a kind hearted person to do that for a small child,it restores your faith in human kindness ,there are nice people out there that will go that extra mile.the little girl will remember that for the rest of her life.Kathyann ( meg's mum's muffins)