The day after her dog, Abbey, died, 4-year-old Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if her parents could write a letter to God, so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. Her parents told her that they thought they could, so she dictated these words:
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.
(Written by the mother of Meredith, Claire)
They put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to: God in Heaven. They put their 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, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on their front porch addressed, “To Meredith”. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers, titled, “When a Pet Dies.” Taped to the inside front cover was the letter they had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey and Meredith with this note:
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.