Is There A Heaven For Dogs?

by admin on December 27, 2011

 

 

This week was a week of reflection for me.  A good friend and client sent me an email that her companion, that we loved dearly passed away.  He had been ill for a long time.  He was a fighter to the end.  My friend came daily to visit her friend in the hospital, each day, he would open his eyes and try to stand up to greet her.  On the last day, her vet counseled her.  It was time for her to make a decision to let me go. As I read her emails,  tears welled up in my eyes.

She asked me a question during our email exchange. She asked me since I know so many dogs, is there a heaven?  I paused for a moment. I wasn’t stunned by the question.  I had to take a look at my 3 kids and touch them all before I could answer her back.

Yes, I told her.  There is a heaven for our kids.  I believe they look down upon us daily to see what we’re up too.  It’s a place were there is peace and no pain. It’s a glorious place to fly to.  Many people call it The Rainbow Bridge.

The story goes beyond Heaven.  You see, I also believe that we never choose our companions.  They choose us. We think we choose them, but we don’t. They choose us, because we have many lessons to learn from them each and every day.  Lessons, like, “Living each day, as if it’s your last”.  That’s how they live their lives.

They are here for us a little teachers.  They get mad but get over it quickly.  They get love without asking for a drop in return. They will go up to a complete stranger and make them feel good.  They make us laugh and cry and make us angry. And at the end of the day, they’re still happy and wonderful.

The sad part is, we don’t get to keep all the gifts we get forever.  The good part is, we get to connect to them, perhaps more deeply them any person.

Yes, there is a heaven. And all our friends are there.

It’s with mixed emotions that I write this blog.  Part of my heart is so happy and the other part is tearful.  “It is Better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.”

Much Peace to all of you that have been on this journey. Much joy to all of you, who are kissing your companions right now.

Hugs and Licks!

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Loreta December 27, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Alanna,

Thank you so much for writing Clipper’s story in your blog. It meant a lot to me when I saw it on Facebook and then I finished reading it in here. Your friendship, love and support have helped me a lot thru this difficult time. I also believe there’s a heaven for our little friends. Clipper definitely picked me! I’ve always said that! I don’t know why, but he did! I know he’s much better where he is than here where he was in pain. He left me with all the wonderful memories I’ll always have of him. I’ll always cheer the days, the years we spent together. He was a wonderful and lovely friend. I thank you for all the love, attention and care that you, Winston and Rainy gave him during the years he went to day care. He loved each day he went, I’m sure.
Thank you again for sharing his story. You are a wonderful friend.

Xo,
Loreta

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admin December 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I had to tell the story. All of our meetings, Loreta are rarely by chance. (Yours or mine). We all came together throught Clipper and have remained friends throught him too. He was a amazing little fella and he was loved here. He he talk Winston how to be calm, to sit quietly. He taught Rainey, that there is very little fear. He taught me about not being afarid too. That he was strong, he would take his shots like a man and never complain.
He was your teacher too.
I’m glad that I could make you happy by writing your story. It called to my heart.

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Sandy January 3, 2012 at 10:03 am

This is a relaly intelligent way to answer the question.

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admin January 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Thank you Sandy for the comment. I felt this was a good topic to write about. Glad you enjoyed it and I hope you keep coming back. Cheers!

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Sherry Bryant December 28, 2011 at 5:24 am

I also choose to believe there is a heaven for my babies and that I will see them ALL again one day when we reach the other side. We are all God’s creatures and I just can’t see that when they leave us that’s it. There has to be more!!! My God made a special place in heaven for all the fur babies that leave us!! Amen!!

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admin December 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Sherry, there is no doubt in my mind and heart that there is a Heaven and in time we all meet up once again. I can tell that you love your kids, me too. I’m grateful for each day with them. This was a very special blog post, filled with joy and many tears for me. Thank you so much for your comment from your heart. Yes, there is a Heaven.

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Shelly and Layla December 28, 2011 at 5:37 am

Have tears in my eyes after reading this, when baby passed last year my social worker said something to me which helps me keep going – she told me “baby came into your life when you both needed each other, now you are safe she can leave you so that you can carry on without worries” I miss my baby but thank goodness for Layla my life is full of laughter again, hugs to your friend and hopefully her little one is playing over the Rainbow Bridge with baby, R.I.P

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admin December 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I truly believe, with all my heart, even as I wrote this special blog, that the gifts we get from our friends are little tokens of joy to help us and teach us many things that we may overlook. To comfort and protect our hearts and mind. I was thrilled when Layla came in to your life. I could tell how bright your heart grew. I followed you both around and still do on FB. That’s a joy. This blog made me tear as well. I honor Baby, although, I never knew her. Much Love to you and Layla (my little Pink Princess).

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Lori December 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I am sitting here crying. For those who do not know what our babies mean to us will never know what true love is. We lost our first dog as a married couple 5 years ago. I know that she is no longer suffering and had passed onto The Rainbow Bridge where she has made many friends and is waiting for us to come join her. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of her and talk to her. I wish everyday I could had so much more time with her. I love our little Herbie and Mia, but Rachel had my heart. Herbie and Mia never and will never know what it is like to have a bad life as our little Rachel sadly had a very rough start to life. God Bless you.

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admin December 28, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Lori, your comment is so touching. When I wrote this particular blog, I wrote it with mixed emotions of tears and sadness and joy that I had the chance to connect to the little one(s). Our companions are far more than dogs, they are our family memembers. Know that you had an opportunity that was joyous with Rachel. Know that you gave her the best life. One that she was so grateful to have. Know that there is a Heaven, the Rainbow Bridge. To this very day (and it has been over 15 years since I lost my family friend), I still talk to him. I have 3 other great kids and I kiss them daily.
I’m so happy that your shared your story with me and so happy that this article touched you so deeply. Hugs and Licks to Herbie and Mia from me :) .

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Bill Long December 31, 2011 at 5:27 am

That was beautifully written Alanna and so true – Other than one dog all of my furries have chosen me – As for them going to heaven my attitude is: We’ve always been told that heaven is the perfect place – If our beloveds aren’t there to share it how can it be perfect – The concept of the rainbow bridge does tickle my funnybone though – Traditionally the rainbow bridge “bifrost” connected Midgard “the land of men” to Asgard “land of the gods” – Fallen warriers were carried across by valkyries to Asgard for endless drinking feasting and wenching – I’m not sure if I want to think of some of my dogs acting in that manner plus how would they find the time to hang out with me

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admin January 1, 2012 at 5:26 am

Bill, thank you for reading this blog. It was filled with emotion. I do look forward to each and every comment you make and the time you give to writing me on every topic. I have always believed that they choose you, even thouigh there might be that 1 you think you have chosen. At the end of the day, they choose you :) The Rainbow Bridge was a new term for me. Heaven, is what I most familiar with. And, like you, I believe there is a Heaven for Dogs, as there is for us. You’re right, Heaven is suppose to be perfect and there would be a void, truly, if the ones we love are not there. Many Hugs to you Bill and a few good Licks too, my friend.

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