Meredith and Abbey
From a loving mother….”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:”
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.
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:
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.
QUESTION FOR YOU: Doesn’t that make your heart just melt? Did mine. : )
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When Abby was old my brother used to pick on her.I would say,”Stop that you’r hurting Abbys feelings!”
Meredith, you are a wise, wise girl. Do you have other pets in your home?
Charlie Bear is my dog who posts on this blog. He’d love for you to read his posts about his life before adoption into a family home and then later he’s going to tell you about his life after adoption. Maybe you can follow it.
Hugs to you again,
B.J. & Charlie Bear
I’m Meredith!And that story is so true!I’m 8 right now and after reading that I do remember posting a lot of stamps on the envelope.I remember saying,”Mommy,we need alot of stampes to mail to God.”Some times I still cry about Abby!
Meredith! So how many stamps did it take to get the letter to heaven? I’ll bet like four or five?
I cry when I think of the many pets that are now over The Rainbow Bridge in doggie and kitty heaven. They’re waiting for us there, tails wagging, and when they see us, they’ll come running right into our arms. This year two of my 15 1/2 year old cats went to heaven. I miss them too.
Hugs to you and thank your mommy for sharing your story. It made many people happy.
Ever the cynic (life taught me, sorry), even while blubbering I looked this up on snopes and it is classified as true. Thanks for posting, so good to know there are angels among us.
Diana, isn’t that so true — there are many angels among us, we often don’t “see” them, but they are there. Thanks for commenting.
Evelyn, thanks so much for commenting! I love stories like this!
Loved that story! Definitely brings tears to my eyes as I look at my 11 year old Lilly.
Mine too, Linda. Lilly is a sweetie-pie. I know you love her to pieces. I hate to think of Rex being 11 in January. Where does the time go? Have a great Thanksgiving, Girlfriend!
Isn’t it wonderful to see evidence of God’s people doing His work when we least expect it? How sweet and touching. Thank you for sharing it, BJ. You are blessed as are we all by this.
Jean, it is SO wonderful to see. Thanks for commenting!
So glad I read this before putting on makeup, I’m a puddle-y mess. Wonderful story, I want to give each of them a hug, and you, B.J., for sharing. We all need love and comfort and encouragement — from the Lord, and each other. Thanks for this touching reminder.
Sandi, me too — a puddle-y mess! So sweet of you to comment.
Thanks, Julie, for commenting!
Yes, my heart melted has the tears fell!
Rita, me too!
That is priceless. What a tenderhearted postal worker to take the time to write the letter, buy the book to put it in, and send it back to Abbey. Praying it is a tool that strengthens your sweet daughter’s faith.
Linda, that postal worker is the best! Thanks for commenting!