Meridith’s Dog

This is one of those e-mail stories that’s circulating.  It’s a beautiful story, and there’s no harm in it, so I didn’t “Snopes” it.  I don’t want to know.  I’d rather just believe that it’s true.  ~Laura

Abbey's Dog

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.

Love, God

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13 Responses to Meridith’s Dog

  1. SKL says:

    How sweet! I too hope it is true.

  2. Joy says:

    This is very touching and it had to be a really wonderful person who opened this. I want to believe it’s true also.

  3. kweenmama says:

    This one made me cry. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sue says:

    This one is wonderful and made me teary eyed too! That’s great that someone did this so I’m hoping it’s true as well.

  5. jason says:

    Tears through out the letter. Thanx, I’m at work

  6. nikki says:

    This is very sweet. Thoughtful….

  7. K. Trainor says:

    How beautiful. I have tears in my eyes, too. I’m with you, though–I’m not going to look it up on Snopes. I’d like to keep it just as it is. THANK YOU for this. You touched my heart today. 🙂

  8. LVISS says:

    DONT WORRY, HE MUST BE PLAYING WITH MY DOG CHINNA THERE .

  9. LVISS says:

    DOGS GO ONLY TO HEAVEN. THEY NEVER MEAN HARM TO ANYONE. THEY KNOW ONLY. LOVE.

  10. Laura says:

    I knew you guys would enjoy this.

    Sorry for compromising your masculinity, Jason…. I’ll try and find something manly for next time ;o)…

    As for dogs going to Heaven? I like to believe in Rainbow Bridge… that all the pets that have gone before us are having a great party just outside the Gates, and when we get there, they all cross Rainbow Bridge with us.

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