Oldie, but Oh-So-Goodie!

Every now and then, in the plethora of emails and stories and jokes that our friends delight in sharing with us all, we receive an unusually wonderful story.  I especially love great stories about dogs, which is obvious since I promote the book by Miles.  While I have no idea where the story originated, it is one of those special ones that deserves to be shared again.  If it is authentic, it is a beautiful reflection of the good in human nature.  If it is fiction, I like believing it could be true.  If you love dogs, this is a story you will love… even if you’ve read it previously.  The email that I received follows:

“This is one of the kindest things I’ve ever experienced.  I have no way to know who sent it, but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office of the US Postal Service.  We really need more people like that in this world.

“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 in 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 letterbox at the post office.  A few days later, she asked me 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 writing. 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.


Truly… that was the email story I received.  If you love animals, especially dogs… you’ll LOVE the book, Dog Days in the Life of the Miles-Mannered Man.  (This email story reminded me!)  The book is written by a very funny DOG named Miles… with a little help (holding the pen) from his human.  It’s full of great tales of his adventures and fun, photos, jokes, trivia, and even some of Mile’s favorite recipes.  It’s mostly humorous, often tender, and even informative… if you enjoyed the story shared above, you’ll definitely want to check out Miles’ e-book.  You can dig it up on some websites, including Quiet Thunder Publishing.   Be sure to include your email address when you order.  Bark on!

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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