Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Wonderful Response From A Reader In The Philippines

DAPHNE, Tibetan Terrier. Born 17th of October year 2000. Died of heat stroke while driving home from a vacation on the 1st of June 2010. The greatest friend and sister I've ever had.

By three in the afternoon today, Daphne will be gone for the third day. I still feel that empty space in my heart but at least now I can smile and gather enough courage to face the world. I have been wondering where she is, and was asking God if he really didn’t allow animals in heaven. I wondered what was the reason why he saved the animals during The Flood if he didn’t think these creatures are precious to him, too. And why he ever made these creatures with a purpose other than populating the world along with men. As far as I remember, animals and plants were made even before the first man and woman. Hence, I really do believe it is not only a mere existence of surviving and having “animalistic behavior” that they were created.
Animals have feelings too, elephants are highly emotional creatures. As a pet owner, I have carefully watched the personalities of my dogs, that they do not really live on instincts. Because I never taught them tricks and made them obey and give them treats at all. I call them by their names, and they decide whether or not they want to be by my side or not. I believe that they are not merely instruments nor food, nor entertainment…they are like us. Only our brain capacity is larger than theirs. But knowledge isn’t the greatest thing in this world, it is love I believe. And they are capable of loving far more than any human could. Their souls, their hearts are the purest I’ve ever seen. Take the penguins for loyal they are, and how faithful they are to finding that special partner they will be spending their lives with. Likewise, other animals also have that same quality and isn’t it obvious that our domesticated pets are such priceless to see?
That is why I kept on asking God this. A lot of people told me Daphne is happy in heaven now, I heard a lot of pastors saying animals have no souls. I don’t want to hear what men thinks. I want to know the truth. I wanted to know the ONLY truth. I never really knew HE was going to answer my question too soon. Yesterday, when I woke up, I opened my laptop to see Daphne’s pictures. Of course I was online right away, and as I was browsing, something caught my attention. Something so random and yet so surprising…:
June  2nd.  2010

God Answers a Child About Dog in Heaven

posted 1 day ago

It is not known who replied, but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office of the US postal service.

“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’m easy to find, I am wherever there is love.
      by GDMJR
After reading this, I cried..a lot. But that was the first time I cried because I was happy. I was so happy to know that she’s safe. And that her life did not end just like a useless non-rechargeable battery. I was happy to know that she is safe now, and that someone far greater than I is now taking care of her in heaven. Perhaps I was mourning because I was so scared that Daphne didn’t have a soul, or she didn’t go to heaven if she ever had one..because I read on one article that animal souls are sent to hell as food for the damned souls..But at least now my heart is at peace because my princess is now at peace.
Of course I’ll never get over the fact that I’ll no longer see her or hold her everyday. It’s hard because I’ve been used to being treated well by her for the past nine years. And I, in turn, can no longer shower her with all my love. I could not accept that fact that she left me the moment she died. I…have never been that lonely, sad, empty and crushed. I know I have to move on, I was just looking for someone to comfort me. I found out that no man can comfort me, even Anton. Even my own dad, who loves Daphne just as I love her. I was taken by surprise because the most beautiful soul has personally came to me to tell me that everything is all right now and I need to stop feeling so empty inside. I am really really grateful for everything that has happened.
So now I am not afraid. Because I know that someday I will see my princess again. I know, I believe and I was reassured. I will definitely see her again when MY time comes. And I can’t wait to see her again. I have to keep on striving forward until that final day, to love the people and animals I have and I will encounter in the future. I don’t care what other people say, if you don’t believe in God, or if you don’t believe that animals go to heaven.. Because I know I have a strong connection with the one I trust with all my heart and he answered my cry. And that enough for me to stay still and have faith forever.
It was not merely a coincidence that she died on a tuesday, when she was born on a tuesday too. That when she died, I saw a truck with a print on its roof “The Lord will provide” and vanished as soon as I saw it (not vanished like thin air but I never saw it on the road again when in fact it ran on the same speed as our vehicle’s). Besides, there is such a low probability of a truck having that very same print no on the side but on the roof. It was not a coincidence that the day before I read a poster on the road saying “It is in death that we achieve eternal life”. It is not a coincidence that the moment we turned the radio on while finally driving home when she died, the songs were all either for the dead, broken hearted or eternal love. It was not a coincidence that I saw that particular story on the internet yesterday morning as soon as I woke up, after asking that question over and over again until I fell asleep the night before. Because of all the things that I’d be able to see, why that story? And I was not even searching for it?I merely signed in and poof it was there.
So now I accept it…finally…that she is gone. But not forever. She just transferred to another place. I am happy because she no longer needs to suffer whatever changes the world will experience. If ever the Korean War will become a reality, or diseases invade the world, or oceans drown the world..I don’t least, she is safe from harm and pain now. I am truly happy.
My princess Daphne, even though you’re no longer by my side, you are and you will always be here in my heart. And I know you really are alive, and immortal. Someday we’ll meet again and when I see you, I’ll hug you so tight and tell you how much I missed you, and how much I love you.. how much I waited for the moment that we are to see each other and be together forever. I never had a human sister..and I’m thankful for it because men’s heart get tainted so easily…I am more than grateful that you came into my life and became my sister..because your love for me is so pure that no man can ever surpass it. I love you so much my princess Daphne…
It’s not right for me to say good bye, but it is more appropriate to say see you soon.

-Shariz Mae Piza, Philippines