Dear God, Will You Please Take Care Of My Dog?
It’s never easy to lose a furbaby. It’s also heartbreaking being in the position of having to explain death to a child still young, now wondering where their doggo friend is. How they react and the weight of what they’re feeling is something you want to take and be responsible of so they don’t have to.
Meredith was just a small, lil’ baby when her parents welcomed a dog into the family. Of course, a strong connection could be expected when Meredith got older, and it did. Meredith and her dog Abbey might as well have been attached to the hip. They were inseparable.
But we know dogs rarely outlive their humans, so as time passed Abbey got older. Then she passed away with Meredith by her side. While Meredith experienced the grief of losing her best friend, she also took solace in knowing Abbey was in a better place, free of pain, and running like she did in her youth. Abbey was now in the care of someone she loved as much: God.
Abbey wrote a letter to God that reads:
It was sent plastered with stamps because it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven, as shared in this YouTube video. You might be reading this thinking her parents are responsible for what follows.
Meredith’s mother went to check the mail and found a gold package that was addressed to her daughter. Despite concern over the package that had no sender address, she let her daughter open it. Inside was Mr. Rogers’ book When A Pet Dies as well as a letter written in response to Meredith’s:
This story is just a sliver of exceptional kindness we may or may not see often. How wonderful it is Meredith had some peace of mind over Abbey’s passing thanks to this mysterious gesture. Here’s to the memory of all the furbabies that were good doggos! They were the goodest of good.