Growing up with pets teaches young children many important things. For one, pet animals are great play mates especially when the kid is the only child. By taking care of pets, children also learn to be responsible and develop affection and harbor love.
Most of the time for a child the death of such friendly animal could be their first exposure to the idea of separation caused by death.
Little girl Meredith responded to this novel reality in a different way when her pet dog ceased to be.
Abby, a 14-year-old family dog and Meredith had always been such good friends who played together all day long that their bond was unshakable even by death.
When Abby got sick and passed away Meredith shed many tears for many days. But she didn’t forget Abby that easy.
Little 4-year-old decided to write a letter to God to make sure Abby had made it safe to Heaven.
Her mother wrote the letter for her. The letter inquired after her darling dog Abby and directly addressed to God.
Her mother said that Meredith insisted upon sticking several stamps on the envelop saying Heaven is quite a journey. For the address she used “God/Heaven”.
After this Meredith often questioned her parents of the letter and whether the God had received it. They could only comfort her saying they assumed God got it.
And one day, in an ordinary day, Meredith found a golden box on her front porch. Written on it was “to Meredith”.. Inside it was the letter and the photograph she sent to Heaven. Most important thing however was the book When a Pet Dies.
The letter seemed to have come from God himself, it says,
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 am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.
Maybe there really are God sent angels among us, even at post offices!