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    Would that more of us were this way today . . . we all have so much to be thankful for and many times aren't!


    Meredith And Her Dog Abbey




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    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
    I told her that I thought we could so 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 play with balls and to swim
    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 hand 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
    I recognized Abbey 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
    End
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