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PostSubject: For those of you who have ever lost a pet...   Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:27 pm

I just had to share this. Some of you may have already seen it. I had tears in my eyes when my mom read it. This is for all of you who have ever lost a pet. I miss you, Ladybird...


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 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. 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 am wherever there is love.
Love, God

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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who have ever lost a pet...   Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:52 pm

When you love a pet, you will lose that pet. It is heartbreaking. And I don't want to write more, because now I am thinking of all the pets I've lived with, from babyhood till now, and that they are all gone now. Except the one, who is my profile picture on this site.

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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who have ever lost a pet...   Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:23 am

Yope, I am so sorry you have lost your beloved Ladybird. Thank you for sharing this story. It brought tears to my eyes as well and was such a wonderful reminder of the love our pets give us and also an example of the random kindnesses of strangers.

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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who have ever lost a pet...   Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:38 pm

That was beautiful, Yope. Thank you for posting it.

As well, I am sorry to hear about Ladybird. I smiled when you included her picture as your signature for a while, and hope memories of her sustain you through this difficult time.

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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who have ever lost a pet...   Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:41 am

Yope - I so sorry you lost your pet. I'm sure you gave her a happy and loving life.
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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who have ever lost a pet...   Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:27 pm

Yope - So sorry to hear about Ladybird. It's never easy to lose a beloved pet. They're like family members.

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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who have ever lost a pet...   Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:34 pm

We couldn't have children so our animals have almost become our kids. It's heartbreaking when you lose one. And yet, we've found out, there's another wonderful pup out there that needs us as much as we need him.

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PostSubject: Re: For those of you who have ever lost a pet...   Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:59 pm

Penski wrote:
We couldn't have children so our animals have almost become our kids. It's heartbreaking when you lose one. And yet, we've found out, there's another wonderful pup out there that needs us as much as we need him.

It is very devastating. They take a part of your heart with them when they leave you. My beloved Ladybird passed away in January after having spent the last two of her eight years with me; this month, a new addition entered my life. Though I'll never stop missing Ladybird, this boy needed me and I suppose I needed him.
The new cockatiel, a cage aggressive 1 1/2 yr old male, has been in three homes in two months. (I'm his 3rd and permanent.) He was never handled much nor even given a name! Maverick, as he has been dubbed, now steps up for me, though he's still wary of fingers.

I like to think God sent him my way to help heal the hole Ladybird left when she died. :3

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