A friend of mine recently had to put her beloved pet dog down. She had had it for many years. It had become very sick and the day came that she and her husband knew that it was time for the dog to be put to sleep.
Many people around the world draw very close and attached to their pets. Their pet becomes “one of the family”, so when it’s time for the animal to pass on, it can be a very emotional, gut wrenching time in their life.
The following story was sent to me from my friend who experienced these feelings recently when they had to say good-bye to their little buddy. They used this story to comfort themselves during this rough time.
Are there dogs in Heaven? I don’t know…there probably will be. I it my hope that this little story will bring comfort to someone today.
An old man and his dog were walking down this dirt road with fences on both sides, they came to a gate in the fence and looked in. It was a nice grassy, woody area, just what a ‘huntin’ dog and a man would like, but, it had a sign saying ‘no trespassing’ so they walked on.
They came to a beautiful gate with a person, wearing a white robe, was standing. “Welcome to Heaven he said. The old man was happy and started in with his dog following him. The gatekeeper stopped him. ”Dogs aren’t allowed. I am sorry but he can’t come with you.”
“What kind of heaven won’t allow dogs? If he can’t come in, then I will stay out here with him. He’s been my faithful friend and companion all his life. I can’t desert him now.”
“Suit yourself, but I have to warn you, the Devil is on this road and he will try to sweet talk you into his area. He will promise you anything but the dog won’t be able to go there either. If you won’t leave the dog, you will spend eternity on this road.”
So the old man and the dog continued on their journey. They came to a run-down fence with a gap in it, no gate, just a hole. Another man was inside. “Excuse me sir, my dog and I are getting mighty tired. Do you mind if we come in and sit in the shade for a while?”
“Of course. There is some cold water under that tree over there. Make yourselves comfortable.”
“You’re sure my dog can come in? The man down the road said that dogs were not allowed anywhere.”
“Would you come in if you had to leave your dog?”
“No sir. That’s why I didn’t go to Heaven. He said that the dog couldn’t come in. We’ll be spending eternity on this road, and a glass of cold water and some shade would be mighty fine right about now. But, I won’t come in if my buddy here can’t come too, and that is final.”
The man smiled a big smile and said “Welcome to Heaven.”
“You mean this is Heaven? Dogs ARE allowed in Heaven? How come that fellow down the road said they weren’t?”
“That was the Devil and he gets all the people who are willing to give up a life-long companion for a comfortable place to stay. They soon find out their mistake, but then it’s too late. The dogs come here. The fickle people stay there. God wouldn’t allow dogs to be banned from Heaven. After all, He created them to be man’s companions in life, why would he separate them in death?”