Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away 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, and she dictated these words:

Dear God,
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 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.
Love, Meredith

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:
Dear Meredith,
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.
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.

Love, God


            I hope this brightens someone's day, as it did mine.

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Comment by Ellen Andersen on October 9, 2011 at 9:14pm
Oh man......I don't have enought tissues!  That was wonderful and bless that person who sent that package.  Wow.
Comment by Joe on October 9, 2011 at 8:06pm
This is super cute!  I actually always wondered what happened to letters that kids wrote to Santa.  Different organizations in different cities actually pick up letters from Santa and do as much as they can for the kids that write letters.  I wonder if there is organizations out there for letters to God.  Really loved this!
Comment by Sondra on October 7, 2011 at 6:44pm
omg.. that was wonderful.. thank you so much for sharing...
Comment by David on October 7, 2011 at 2:13am
This is a great true story!
Comment by Jane Christensen on October 6, 2011 at 11:20pm
It's hard to type with tears in my eyes...what a wonderful story:)
Comment by Bev Levy on October 6, 2011 at 9:01pm
Comment by Teresa Gilpin on October 6, 2011 at 5:17pm

This was a great story.  I was crying and laughing all at the same time!  Thank you for sharing!!!!

Comment by Sam Tsang on October 6, 2011 at 5:07pm
Comment by Edward and Gemima on October 6, 2011 at 4:05pm

That is so sweet.....


Comment by Samantha, Daxter and Seeka! on October 6, 2011 at 3:01pm
this actually didn't happen to me, but a friend of my mom's. i just thought it was a really lovely story, and wanted to share it. :)

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