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..I do believe in the kindness of others, however rare and precious that is. I saw this today on my sister's Facebook page and I want to share it with you all. I found it heart warming and raw. Back in 2009 our family dog, Kaycie had to be put to sleep (journal here: fav.me/d3tsswm) I still miss her. Read on and I'm sure you'll understand my reasons for sharing this.

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


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Just in case people "come a-knocking", whatever terms you feel I'm worthy of to justify the outcome is fine by me. I forgot that you don't like to live in the real world. La-la land sure is appealing but nobody will take you seriously carrying on like a patronising, self-loathing, superiority complexed moron that has no idea about life and how shit it can really be. You got cut off because you're an idiot and I couldn't stomach your bullshit any more. Some people are worthy of compassion, others are not. If you dared take an objective view of the entire situation then perhaps you'd see things clearer. But no, it's fine, draw the worst possible conclusion and add a hefty dose of (attempted) guilt tripping so that your "avid fans" really turn up the pity-posts. You can make me sound like the worst person alive but I'll tell you this now; I couldn't care less what you think of me. You don't actually know me ;)
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*cries* We lost one of our cats in December, and while we're Wiccans and have explained death and both Summerland and Heaven to our 6 year old, she missed him so badly, I wish I'd known about that book.
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Maulise Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally, I am the last person you can call a believer in god or religion for both personal, logical, and scientific reason, however, this gives me a reason to smile, if only for the fact that good still exists in the modern world, and in society. It saddens me that this is as rare as it is nowadays, but it gives me hope for the future that it happens at all.
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OpalSkye Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You have/had that post from Facebook on your main page about the reasons why that chap doesn't believe in God? I completely and wholeheartedly agree with that guy in everything he says. No truer words have been spoken on the subject. But yes, the kindness and compassion of that stranger is what most struck me, whether they believe or not they still did an incredible thing to help a grieving child. Religion or not, that's a beautiful thing to do :)
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Maulise Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, another person with a lot of good points on the matter is on youtube, just search onisionspeaks, he has a whole playlist on the topic c: Really intelligent and cute guy ^u^
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Maxrunn Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I agree, I am not a Christian or any other religion but there are universal truths that we should all keep close to our hearts. Kindness, love, forgiveness, hope... And more.

Thank you for sharing this story!
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OpalSkye Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I quite agree, one line that sticks out for me, when talking of Christianity and it's sentiments is "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you", that's something that we should all live by I think.

I'm glad I did, it was one of those moments when I felt like a little of my faith had been restored in humanity :)
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that is amazing! What a wonderful story, truly heart warming and Im glad there are such un-selfish and loving people in the world.
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OpalSkye Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If nothing else it gives you hope that good people do still exist. :heart:
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Xunau66 Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm misty eyed reading this... I miss my dear dog Nanuk and pray to see him in heaven. I'm very impressed some wonderful Samaritan had the heart to write this beautiful note about your dear Abbey to your daughter. There is still kindness in the world that is for sure! I told this to my husband and says it truly is God working through a person, therefore a letter from God, I agree with him wholeheartedly<33
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OpalSkye Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The story isn't about me, I'm reposting what my sister posted which was a repost of a friend of hers(x_x). But the sentiment behind it, the kindness and as others have mentioned the selflessness is immeasurable, like I said, believer or not, it restores some faith in humanity :)
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