You may have heard this heartwarming story about four year old Meredith who was so upset that her beloved 14 year old dachshund mix, Abbey, had to be put to sleep due to liver cancer that she asked her mom to help her write a letter to God.
She wanted to be sure that God would recognize Abbey when she got to heaven so she dictated these words:
Will you please take care of my dog? Abbey died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much.
I 'm 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 swim and play with balls.
I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog.
I really miss her.
They put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey & Meredith,
addressed it to God/Heaven.
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 sent the letter off to God.
A few days later there was a package wrapped in gold paper on their 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 they 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 and I
recognized her 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'm 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.
I loved that Meredith's mother took the time to help her daughter write a letter to God because it helped her four year old cope with the loss of her beloved friend, Abbey, and I hope parents the world over will put this story to action when their pet passes away.