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 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:

'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
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