Thursday, December 31, 2009

ARE ANIMALS FAMILY MEMBERS? - DUH!

A HAPPY NEW YEAR STORY
Hey Hounders,
Alex P. Kitten here with a very nice story with which to end the blogging year. Our dad says that people occasionally argue that pets are just like livestock and that they aren't really family members; he says that that is poppycock (not really the Navy word he used). Along that same line, our mom got an email recently from her good friend Barbara who, like us, is a big pet fan. The below story was included in the email to be forwarded to mom's other friends. We really liked the story and since y'all are our good friends we decided to copy it out of the email and paste it into a blog post. We don't really care if it's a verified story or perhaps a bit of fiction; we didn't check it on Snoopes or Urban Legends. We're just taking it at face value as written. We hope that you all like it as much as we do. Please accept our best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. No matter where you are, please be safe tonight.
- Alex and The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties



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This is one of the kindest things you may ever see.

It is not known who replied, but there is a
beautiful soul working in the dead letter
office of the US postal service

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ABBEY & MEREDITH


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/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 letter box at the

post office. A few days later, she asked

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. 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.

Love,

God


Forward to all your friends, including me..

And don't tell me you're
too busy for this.
Don't you know the phrase
'stop and smell the flowers'?


Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,

Sorrows keep you Human,

Failures keep you Humble,

Success keeps you Glowing ,
But Only
Friends Keep You Going!


..............see how many you get today


11 comments:

Sierra Rose said...

Oh!!! We are in happy tears over here. That was truly lovely and amazing! Thank you for sharing.
Big hugs to ALL OF YOU!!! Happy New Year to our wonderful friends!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose and mom

Bob said...

Thank you for posting this wonderful story, and it is TRUE. A friend sent this to us two years ago and it was verified, that all what you have printed actually took place.
Thanks again for such a heartwarming story to close out 2009.
Hope you all have a wonderful 2010.


Hamish & Rescue Sophie

JackDaddy said...

What an amazing person. I'm so glad they answered her letter.

Samantha said...

Oh leaks of tears of happiness and wonder. Thanks for sharing this incredible story here - some people are just amazing. May 2010 be a magnificent year for the BHs - Happy New Year!
Hugs xo
Sammie and family

The Creek Cats said...

Happy New Year, furiends!

Fin said...

That was sweet. Happiest of New Year wishes to you!!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We wish ALL of WOO a furry happy and healthy 2010!

Tank woo fur being our furiend! It means a GReat deal to us!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra & Khousin Merdie
(and Mom too)

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

We're totally family. We're Mom and Dad's kids!

Steve

Kimo and Sabi said...

We wish you a happy and healthy new year 2010!

Scout 'n Freyja said...

♫HAPPY NEW YEAR♫ PAWty ON

Here's to another year of friendship and smiles and holding up each other through the trials. Over the past year you have brought us many giggles, some laughter and always a feeling that the world is a better place because you are in it.

Oh, geez, your bloggy post is the FIRST CRY OF THE NEW YEAR! Good cry, thought.

Clive said...

That was such a lovely story!

A very Happy New Year to you all,
Clive, Murray and family

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