1822) Do All Dogs Go to Heaven?

From “How I Know Dogs Go to Heaven” by Joshua Rogers, posted July 30, 2013 at http://www.joshuarogers.com

     I was 10 years old when I saw my neighbor run over my dog, Spot.  In a horrific flash, Spot went under the tire, thrashed around in the front yard for a few seconds and then collapsed in the ditch.  I screamed out his name and ran to his side, hoping that I could somehow stop the inevitable.

     A trickle of blood was running out of his mouth when I reached him, and when I laid my head on his chest, he gave one last whimper and died.  I lay in the grass next to him and wept.

     After our makeshift funeral that evening, I asked my dad whether Spot would be in heaven.  He said something complicated about the possibility of animals having souls, but it just sounded like a bunch of grownup talk to me.  So I went to bed figuring I would never see my dog again.  But within a few hours, I changed my mind.

     That night, I had a dream that I still remember to this day:  Spot was in heaven, and he was walking alongside a tall, bearded man in a robe.  I thought it was probably Moses.

     That was all there was to the dream, but when I awoke the next morning, it was enough to convince me that I would eventually see Spot again.  I went to the kitchen to get breakfast, and my brother Caleb joined me.

     “I had a dream about Spot last night,” he said.  “Spot was in heaven, and he was walking beside a man with a beard who looked like he was one of the disciples.  I think God was trying to show me that Spot is in heaven.”

     “I had the same dream!” I said excitedly, although I wasn’t exactly surprised.  It seemed like something perfectly reasonable for God to do to assure us we would see our beloved dog again one day.

     Twenty-seven years have passed since my brother and I had our joint dream about Spot.  And although I still have a lot of unanswered questions about the afterlife, I’m certain of two things:  Heaven is real, and when I get there, Spot will be waiting for me.

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That wonderful little story does not provide a solid Biblical or theological proof that we will see our dogs in heaven, but I do hope we will.  If God grants that blessing, there are a few old friends I will be looking for.

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Heaven goes by favor (grace).  If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.

–Mark Twain

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See also:

https://emailmeditations.com/2014/05/27/411-do-our-pets-go-to-heaven/

https://emailmeditations.com/2014/05/28/412-what-is-the-purpose-of-a-dog/

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Genesis 9:16  —  Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.

Revelation 5:13  —  Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:  “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”

1 Corinthians 2:9  —  …As it is written:  “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”

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O God, my Master, should I gain the grace

To see you face to face, when life is ended, 

Grant that a little dog, who once pretended

That I was God, may see me face to face.

–Francis Jammes  (1868-1938), French poet and novelist, prayer translated by B. C. Boulter