Abbey in heaven

Denne må virkelig leses, tårene trillet her. Hunden vår, Sussi, er snart 14 år, og synger på sine siste vers. Jeg har ikke ord for hvor mye jeg gruer meg til den dagen hvor den verste avgjørelsen må tas. Det går ikke en dag uten at jeg tenker på det og klumpen i halsen blir større og større. Hunden jeg har hatt siden jeg var 14. Hun har vært med meg på reisen gjennom halve livet mitt ❤ Verst er tanken på hvordan jeg skal forklare datteren vår på drøye 2,5 år dette på best mulig måte. Hva skal en si? Jeg får helt vondt… ❤

Our 14-year-old dog, Abbey, died in August 2006.


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.


She dictated and I wrote:


Dear God,

Will you please take special care of our dog, Abbey? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven.

We miss her very much.
 
We are happy that you let us have her as our dog even though she got sick.

I hope that you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and swim.


I am sending some pictures of her so that when you see her in heaven you will know she is our special dog. I really miss her.


Love,
 Meredith Claire


P.S.: Mommy wrote the words after Mer told them to her.

We put the letter in an envelope with two pictures of Abbey, and addressed it “To: God in Heaven.” We put our return address on it, and Mer stuck several stamps on the front (because, as she said, it would take lots of stamps to get a letter all the way to heaven).

I took her to the post office and she dropped the letter into the mailbox.
 
For the next few days, she would ask if God had received the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.


On Labour Day, we took the kids to Austin to a natural history museum. When we got back, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch. It had a card on the front, addressed «To: Mer» in an unfamiliar hand.


Meredith opened the package. Inside was a book by Fred Rogers (of TV’s Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood), When a Pet Dies.

Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God, in its opened envelope (which was marked “Return to Sender: Insufficient address”).

On the facing page, one of the pictures of Abbey was taped under the words «For Meredith.»

We turned to the inside back cover, and there was the other picture of Abbey and this handwritten note on pink paper:


Dear Meredith,


You will be happy to know that Abbey arrived safe and sound in heaven.

Having the pictures you sent was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.
 
Abbey isn’t sick any more. Her spirit is here with me — just like she stays in your heart — young and running and playing. Abbey loved being your dog.


Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets! — so I can’t keep your beautiful letter. I am sending it back to you with the pictures so that you will have this book to keep and remember Abbey.


One of my angels is taking care of this for me. I hope the little book helps.
 
Thank you for the beautiful letter. Thank your mother for sending it. 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 easy to find: I am in heaven and wherever there is love.


Love,

God
 (and the special angel who wrote this after God told her the words)

As a parent and a pet lover, this is one of the kindest things I’ve ever experienced. I have no way of knowing who sent it, but there is a very kind soul working in the U.S. Post Office. Just wanted to share this story of compassion — I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Vår firbeinte badenymfe! <3

Det har enda ikke blitt noe bading på oss tobeinte i år… Men ho ene firbeinte her i huset,hun vet å bade ihvertfall! 😀 De beina fikk fart på seg så fort pinnen fløy ut i vannet!


Er så uendelig glad i dere,mine kjære!!! <3

Det gjør så vondt å se på… :(

Sussi,hunden min/vår på snart 11 år er ikke mye god idag :( Ho som vanligvis er utrolig spretten og glad,ligger bare å kikker trist på meg for øyeblikket. Ikke klarer ho å hoppe opp i senga eller bilen. Jeg må hjelpe ho opp! Og hvis jeg tar på bakparten,spesielt venstre side,så hyler ho og skjelver som bare det…. Fytti,jeg blir helt på gråten! :(
Dette skjedde i fjor også,da reiste vi til dyrlegen med henne… Han tok endel nevrologiske tester på henne,kjente på alle ledd og slikt,og det var heldigvis (!!) ikke noe å finne på det,bortsett fra litt «slakke» knær. Noe som er helt normalt når de begynner å dra på årene… Han fryktet det kunne være hoftene,men det var det heldigvis ikke!
Etter bare noen få dager så var ho frisk og rask igjen – plutselig! Han mente da det gjerne «bare» var noe som kunne dukke opp til og fra innimellom. Som en slags krampe eller hva han kalte det,som gjerne gikk over av seg selv. Jeg håper virkelig det er tilfelle,og at det «bare» er det samme nå også. Blir helt kvalm av tanken på at ho begynner å bli dårlig,osv… Og det er så vondt å se henne sånn,ikke klare de tingene ho vanligvis gjør uten å blunke… Helt stille er ho idag.. Trekker seg unna meg,akkurat som ho vet det er noe galt.. Vil ikke at jeg skal ta på henne fordi det gjør så vondt… :(
Håper for alt i verden at dette er noe som går like raskt over som sist gang ho hadde det! Er jo så inderlig glad i henne… Min trofaste og beste venn… <3