December 14, 2007

Hard to believe but true, verified by http://www.snopes.com/glurge/abbey.asp

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:

“Dear God,

“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.

“Love, Meredith Claire”

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.

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 unfamiliar hand. Meredith took it in and opened

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 its opened envelope.
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:

“Dear Meredith,

“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.

“Love, God



  1. Ben Says:

    What a beautiful story!

  2. Trish Scott Says:

    Even the postal workers are lending their voices. Who knew?

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