I received this in my email this morning, I thought I thought about
all of you who do so much to comfort, rescue and find forever homes
for throw away pets. I think you will be as touched by this as I was.
THE POST OFFICE NO ONE HEARS ABOUT .....
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
P.S. Mommy wrote the words after I told them to her.
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 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 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:
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 back 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 .....and the special angel who wrote this after God told
her the words.
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.