Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sweet Story

I saw this, this morning on Pinterest and thought
it was worth sharing……..

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.


  1. oh my gosh, I am sitting here crying like a baby right now after reading this post... this is the sweetest thing I Have read in a long time. How generous of that person to answer the letter for Merdeith. I just love this post and all it represents.
    Thank you for brightening my day

  2. Oh Tammy:
    I have on fresh wet mascara. It's now dripping down my face. Black!
    After losing Little Lucy Poosey 2 weeks ago, this especially hit home.
    What a precious, precious story.

    Loved this. Thanks.

  3. Add me to the list of the crying and blubbering. That was so sweet...and I really actually believe, deep down, that it really is the way it happens!

  4. OMG, I'm sitting here wiping away tears so I can see what I'm typing. And reading it just on the heels of my losing Shadow made it even more emotional.

    I'm sure the HE is playing with all the pets at Rainbow Ridge and our beloved pets will greet us again one day.

  5. I read this as a forward that my sister sent me last year.
    I love the picture of the little girl hugging the dog. Very cute.

    Sorry Tammy, I couldn't find any video of the cicadas in your post Tammy. I see blanks with a little question mark. JB

  6. Julia,
    You might try back later on the videos....not much to look at, mainly the sound of the cicadas.

  7. Sweet story about little girl and her dog.

  8. I too am wiping anyway the tears. We had to put our own black lab down today. He was 17 years old and our best friend. I hope God is playing with him too. Thanks for your post. It is funny how sometimes things just seem to hit at the right time. Thanks

  9. Sandy,
    I'm sorry to hear about your lab....sounds like he led a long and wonderful life with you. Thinking of you today,