Some of you may know that 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.
She dictated and I wrote:
We put that in an envelope with two pictures of Abbey, and
addressed it to God in Heaven. We put our return address on
it. Then Meredith stuck some stamps on the front (because,
as she said, it may take lots of stamps to get a letter all
the way to heaven) and that afternoon I let her drop it into
the letter box at the post office. For a few days, she would
ask if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I
thought He had.
Will you please take special care of our dog, Abbey? She
died yesterday and is in heaven. We miss her very much.
We are happy that you let us have her as our dog even
though she got sick. I hope that you will play with her.
She liked to play with balls and swim before she got sick.
I am sending some pictures of her so that when you see her
in heaven you will know she is our special dog. But
I really do miss her.
PS: Mommy wrote the words after Meredith told them to her.
Yesterday there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our
front porch. Curious, I went to look at it. It had a gold
star card on the front and said "To Meredith" in an
Meredith took it in and opened it. Inside was a book by Mr.
Rogers, When a Pet Dies. Taped to the inside
front cover was the letter we had written to God!, in it's
opened envelope (which was marked Return to Sender:
Insufficient address). On the opposite page, one of the
pictures of Abbey was taped under the words "For Meredith."
We turned to the back cover, and there was the other picture
of Abbey, and this handwritten note on pink paper:
As a parent and a pet lover, this is one of the kindest
things that I've ever experienced. I have no way to know
who sent it, but there is some very kind soul working in
the dead letter office. I just wanted to share this act
I know that you will be happy to know that Abbey arrived safely
and soundly in Heaven! Having the pictures you sent to me was
such a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.
You know, Meredith, she isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here
with me - just like she stays in your heart - young and running
and playing. Abbey loved being your dog, you know.
Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any
pockets so I can't keep your beautiful letter. I am sending
it to you with the pictures so that you will have this book
to keep and remember Abbey.
One of my angels is taking care of this for me. I hope the little
book helps. Thank you for the beautiful letter. Thank your
mother for sending it. 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 in heaven but wherever there is
love, I am there also.
God and the special angel who wrote this after God told her the words."
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