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Do Dogs Go to Heaven?
I am almost convinced I saw a dog go to heaven once. An elderly neighbor had gotten a small Doberman, named him "Puppy" (pronounced Poopie in Spanish!), then got the pup a pet kitten for company since he was often gone long hours. "Puppy" grew to be a huge Doberman. His cat would often sleep on his back in cool or damp weather, or in the shelter of his huge paws. Sometimes when I passed by late in the day past his dinnertime, when no one was home yet, I would give him a dog biscuit.
One day the gentleman had a heart attack. Even though the situation was critical, rescue couldn't get in because the dog was standing over his owner, guarding him. I went in, since I have Dobermans and Puppy knew me in passing and from the occasional snack, and he let me drag him out of the house, skidding on the tiles and resisting all the way. Rescue brought the fellow outside for light and room, and when it became obvious to me he wasn't going to survive, I took the dog home.
Later a distant relative came and got the cat, but let me
keep the dog, who would have otherwise probably ended up in the pound or on the
In his last year of life, Snoop was quiet and inactive; the
vet didn't know what was wrong. One morning we found he'd died, guarding the bedroom
door as always.
Snoop galloped and danced across to meet him like a young dog. After greeting each other, they turned and went back into the forest with Snoop prancing at the old man's side. I awoke in tears, convinced that Snoopy had been reunited with his master, for whom he had grieved so long.
Do dogs go to heaven? In my dream, Snoop surely did!Related:
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