a feel-good story.

by Kristina Sloggett

in real life wisdom

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful summer day like I am. I wanted to share a heart warming story my sister sent to me this week.

We don’t know this person, but snopes verified as true.

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


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


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1 rebecca June 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Awwww :) this is the cutest and sweetest thing ever! My dog, who my family had since I was a month old died last September from stomach cancer, and he too, was 14 years old. His birthday is this Monday and he’ll be 15 which I turned a couple weeks ago! I miss him, like he was my brother and every child needs to experience the wonders and memories a dog can give you. You’re daughter is so cute! I can’t believe how strong she is, its great she knows he’s in a good place! <3

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2 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Rebecca, I am SO sorry for your loss – I remember when we lost my first dog, the one my parents had before my brother and I were born! We totally thought of him as a brother. I send you comfort, especially this Monday as you celebrate him!

…and thank you, but this isn’t my story… I’m sharing a story my sister shared with me! :) my only “kids” are the furry kind :) XXO!

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3 rebecca June 5, 2011 at 12:32 pm

He was a good dog (hahah.. well he was a bad boy when he was little eating stuff up and such, running away..) and i’m just glad he’s in a place where he isn’t suffering anymore. I really want to make a cake the shape of a bone for tomorrow.. <3 we have his ashes, and when he got put down they made four paw prints for us in clay in the shape of a heart!

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4 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:12 pm

oh!! you are the second person commenting on this post who had a vet make a paw impression!! that is the sweetest thing. I hope you make that bone cake! ((hugs)) to you, Rebecca!!

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5 Seth June 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm

How convenient, “we dont need our bodies in heaven so I cant keep your picture”. Why dont I get a gold wrapped package with something in it? Im sure the delivery man knew EXACTLY where to send the letter to. How did the letter even get to “heaven”? If his excuse for not keeping the picture is “we dont need our bodies” (therefore all they need is their “spirits” so in retrospect they cant obtain a material object) then how did he get the paper to write on? How did he get the pencil? (If he wrote in pencil, if not then how did he use a computer and printer?) Someone is doing the Santa Claus tactic!

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6 Steve June 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm

The child was lied too, so it’s ok to lie I thought that was a commandment not to do that ? The reason don’t matter.

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7 Ang June 17, 2011 at 1:54 am

Get over it.

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8 Ashley June 17, 2011 at 10:39 am

Really? It’s a sweet story about a little girl who was sad and someone cheered her up. Whether you believe in God or not, you don’t have to be that way. You have some serious issues, man – You and Seth both.

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9 Iredness June 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm

AMEN…….

10 Jen June 24, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Steve and Seth you are heartless, go crawl back under your rocks! some day if and when you have a child and a beloved pet or grow a heart you will understand, until then keep your bad attitudes to yourselves!!

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11 Lisa June 25, 2011 at 7:56 am

Steve and Seth, how could you! It is people like you that make such sweet and kind gestures a rarity. If there were more people who were willing to go out of their way to bring happiness to other people, we would all be living in a much better place, albeit not perfect, but better.

12 Annonymous July 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I agree!

13 Cecilia June 27, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Obviously neither of you have had a child nor a childhood pet. When I was 17, I had to experience the loss of my dog and best friend, Lulu, after she lost a rough and horrible battle with cancer. I had to sit at home with her while her tumors ruptured and she whined in pain, and I sat with her in her last moments when she was no longer able to stand, even to go to the bathroom. I wish I had an individual so tender and caring to tell me that Lulu was happy in Heaven. Even though I’m an Atheist, I’m still incredibly touched by this story, because it’s not the existence of a God that matters in this story, but the fact that there was an individual so kind that they were willing to act as God for this child, in order to tell her that her beloved pet was all right and happy. I only wish someone had done this for me.

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14 Sheerie Knoll July 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm

How do you know it was a lie? The Lord works in mysterious ways. The Lord works through others. Maybe the Lord worked through this wonderful person to help ease the pain of a little girl.
When she grows up she will understand all that has happened, and I doubt she will think she was lied to, but that someone cared.

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15 Annette Mackey July 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Good Grief Seth. You are certainly an odd one. Can tell you are Male.

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16 Vicky July 21, 2011 at 9:22 am

You are a cold, heartless person if you can’t see that this child needed to know that he beloved pet is in a wonderful place. It is not lying! Quit trying to be so high and mighty.

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17 Beth August 1, 2011 at 6:20 am

It is absolutely lying. I don’t think it was the ‘wrong’ thing to do, to let her know the dog was someplace else – but it is definitely lying. Wrap it up in any type of bow you want, but it is still lying. Speaking of high and mighty, jeez.

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18 Pam June 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm

One word: Precious! Huggies!

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19 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I agree, Pam! so wonderful…

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20 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) June 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Awww this is a tear jerker!

Have a great Saturday :)

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21 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I know – ‘tearjerker’ seems to be the consensus :) thanks, Averie! I hope your weekend is great also!

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22 Julia @ The Spotted Sparrow June 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Awwww, that made me tear up. What a sweet person to do that for little Meredith.

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23 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm

me too, Julia! isn’t it sweet?

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24 Roberta June 4, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I love stories like this. And I am not ashamed to say it made me cry. The person who wrote the letter back to Meredith is a saint.

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25 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I’m not ashamed either – I love them too, they give hope!

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26 Lisa June 4, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Oh wow. The world all makes sense again :)

What a beautiful story.

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27 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I know – right? things DO make sense sometimes…

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28 Steve June 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm

How is it right to lie to a child ?

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29 britt June 24, 2011 at 5:02 am

Steve, what is your issue. Grow up and stop being a TROLL. I hope your comments are removed, you’re putting negativity on something really positive, and I kinda hope you don’t have kids while you’re in this stage of life. K, thanks, have a great day!!! :D

Spabettie, this was really sweet, and reminds me of my black lab, Belvore. I just lost him last year, and I still miss him so much. I’m glad my son got to meet him.

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30 spabettie June 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Britt, I am sorry about losing your pup – they bring so much to our lives, don’t they?

Thanks for seeing this as what it is – a heartwarming story that you don’t have to take too literally or pick apart!

31 Annette Mackey July 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Great response Britt. People can be so full of it, as Steve has proven. hahaha

32 Meg June 29, 2011 at 10:55 pm

When my father was dying in the hospital last month, my very young brother asked if dad could hear his parting words to him. He couldn’t. He was brain dead. But I told him he could, and he said good bye to him and whispered something in his ear. At the end of the day, after he was gone, my brother was strong. “He heard me say I love him. It’s okay, he heard me say good bye.” Is it so wrong to have a bit of faith? However fleeting? This little girl may grow up, and may not believe in God. But for that moment, for now, she’s comforted, where she otherwise wouldn’t be. Yes, it’s okay to lie in some cases. It’s good to.

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33 Nancy August 4, 2011 at 9:10 am

I believe your dad DID hear, love transcends the physical plane and the soul “hears” even when the body no longer can.

As for Meredith, I believe “angels” are God’s thoughts passing to man and the human who comforted the child was, indeed, an angel sent from Heaven.

34 Jancie August 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Give it up Steve. You and Seth need to get together, you deserve each other.
The story was beautiful, a child was comforted, nuf said!

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35 Katrina June 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Oh my gosh, that is so awesome (sorry about losing your dog). I’m cryin’ like a baby!

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36 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I did too, Katrina! so beautiful, right? and (thankfully) it was not my beloved dog, this is a story my sister shared with me this week… if I had just lost my dog I don’t think I could type… Happy Saturday, Katrina!

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37 Katrina June 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I realized after reading it again that it actually wasn’t yours. So was it something that happened TO your sister, or just an unknown source story? No matter–what a great story.

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38 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

it wasn’t anyone we know, just a sweet story I wanted to share! :)

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39 Anne June 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm

This made me cry. :( I am sitting here on the couch with our soon to be 16 year old Siamese (Beethoven is his name). I worry about the day he goes. It will not only break my heart, but the kids hearts as well.

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40 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I am so sorry! :( It made me cry too, it was such a beautiful thing! I hope Beethoven has much more time with you all – three of my dachshunds have lived to be 18 – 19… ((hugs)) to you!

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41 Anne June 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Oh no! Not in a bad way. Just it was so sweet.

But it does bring back the pain of losing a beloved pet. But I know when Beethoven goes, he has lived a wonderful, happy, long life. He has moved with us from Wichita, to Colorado Springs, to Lakewood, CO, to Castle Rock, CO to Southern CA, to Bozeman, MT to Lawrence, KS and now to St. Louis, MO. I just hope he is still with us when we move back to Colorado.

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42 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I hope so too, Anne. Sounds like Beethoven is very well traveled! :)

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43 Chris June 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

…And I totally cried. What a sweet story :)

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44 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I did too, Chris! isn’t this story incredibly touching? :)

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45 Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm

This got me into tears. :)

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46 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm

me too, Kath! it also made me squeeze Basil tight. he squirmed. ;)

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47 Christin@purplebirdblog June 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I’m such a sap… crying over here!! :)

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48 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm

you are not alone, Christin! we all are! <3

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49 Zoe June 4, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Wow, this is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing, Kristina. I have to admit, a tear or two welled up and an “Awwww” passed my lips while I was reading this. What a great reminder of the goodness in people and that dogs are still man’s best friend :)

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50 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm

hi Zoe! I know, it is a great reminder of what is important, give a squeeze to your animals, and be thankful for the good people out there… <3

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51 Kris @Krazy_Kris June 4, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Oh gosh… I usually giggle over here – that is soooooo lovely. Quiet, kind souls all around – thank you for the reminder!

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52 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I know, sorry for the lack of giggle this time, my friend. Isn’t it nice to know there are people like this? <3

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53 sharla @ 262milejourney June 4, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Totally in tears now. Such a compassionate gesture!

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54 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Hi Sharla! I know, everyone is having the same reaction to this story, including me. it just gives me hope, knowing there are people out there that do this. <3

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55 Tiffany @ Simply Shaka June 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Not only is this the second Starbucks I’ve been at today, this is also the second time I’ve cried at Starbucks today over a dog post.

PS-Um, Basil is still alive, right???

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56 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Tiffany! yes, Basil is alive and well… I would NOT be able to open my computer let alone type if I lost my sweet Long Dog. <3 thank you for your concern - hugs to you and Linx! and yes - isn't this such a sweet story?? XXO!

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57 Amanda June 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I am bawling. Andy is teary. This was so so sweet!

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58 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm

aw! you and Andy are awesome. isn’t this such a touching story? XXO! hug each other for me!!

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59 La Phemme Phoodie June 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm

A friend sent me this. I was just saying moments ago on Twitter that there were too many rude and selfish people in the world and then I saw this. My faith in humanity is restored. Very sweet story.

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60 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Hello Wendy! thank you for coming by and telling me this – if I can have an impact on someone’s outlook, even from posting a story that is not mine, then I feel good about that! I know, there are many rude and selfish people around and I TRY not to let them get to me. This sometimes proves difficult as I can be reactionary :D

I stopped by your blog for a second, and the first thing I saw?? GUMMI BEARS! you don’t even know my Immense Affinity for gummis. I immediately added you to my reader, on this fact alone. Then I read your About Me – I too suffer from migraines, so first let me offer empathy! I have not been diagnosed as intolerant to gluten (or anything, but only because I have not tested it), but I do eat a *mainly* gluten free diet.

The world works in mysterious ways – I’m happy your friend shared my post so I could find you :)

Cheers!

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61 La Phemme Phoodie June 5, 2011 at 9:06 am

The timing on receiving this post really was perfect. Lightened my mood immediately. So glad to now know you and to discover that we share interest in a gluten free diet. Definitely let me know how the gummi bear shots turn out.

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62 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

I’m so happy that it was… I will definitely let you know how the gummi’s turn out! :D

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63 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit June 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Oh my goodness, that is an amazing story. Thank you so much for sharing it. I could only imagine how the little girl felt afterward. What an amazing soul to have gone through all of that work to give the little girl some closure! Very good karma!!

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64 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm

you are welcome! isn’t it such a hopeful story?? and yes, Good Karma indeed!!

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65 cooking rookie June 4, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I am sorry about your Abbey… but what a beautiful touching story! So heart-warming to hear that there are kind people like that :-)

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66 spabettie June 4, 2011 at 9:35 pm

hi Cooking Rookie! (I looked for your name, I cannot find it :) … ) thank you, but I was simply sharing a story that touched me in a big way, it (thankfully) was not my dog… my Basil Pup is still here with me! I just loved the story and wanted to share… thank you, I appreciate your compassion! :)

P.S. also, you should check your email… you have won my giveaway! :D Cheers!

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67 Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice June 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm

OK…that literally brought a tear to my eye. I love random acts of kindness.

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68 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I do too, Jayme! isn’t this SO sweet? :) have a wonderful week!

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69 bianca June 4, 2011 at 11:17 pm

That is an exceptional sweet thing for a complete stranger to do. I bet it made your niece feel a whole lot better. *wipes tears from eyes*

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70 Karin June 5, 2011 at 12:05 am

Just read about this story on Twitter. So sweet and touching. And it’s such a shame that the bad news somehow always gets the most attention. Because I truely believe that there is lots more good in this world than bad and examples like this are great reminders of that. Thanks for sharing!

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71 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:21 pm

you are welcome, Karin! yes, I wish it wasn’t the negative that people are drawn to – when there are positive, heartwarming and HOPEFUL stories like this one… losing a pet is so difficult, and for someone to give such a wonderful act of kindness – it restores my hope in humanity! :D

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72 NYC Single Mom June 5, 2011 at 3:23 am

Well if that isnt the most precious thing I have read all week.

Thanks for sharing.
http://www.nycsinglemom.com

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73 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm

I know – me too – I just had to share and I’m glad people are loving it !!

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74 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty June 5, 2011 at 11:49 am

Oh gosh… sobbing mess over here!

I love hearing that there are still fantastic people in this world!

love to you!!

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75 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I do too, Jessica! :) so heartwarming!

XXO!

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76 Beth June 5, 2011 at 11:54 am

I’m not ashamed to say this made me cry! I had to put down my eight month old Dachshund back in January after she got terribly sick with distemper. Bless this person who wrote back to that little girl!

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77 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm

oh, Beth, I am SO sorry to hear that. I don’t know if you read more of my blog to see I have a dachshund, a red smooth named Basil. I grew up with doxies and while I love all dogs, I feel a special connection to Long Dog People :) Losing a pet is never easy, I am sorry for your loss.

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78 Beth June 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Thank you! I loved my little Doxie, she was a miniature longhaired, tricolor, named Iris. Myself and her big sister Athena, my Great Dane mix, were very sad when she passed on. I have a paw impression in clay that the vet’s office made for me as well as her ashes.

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79 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 10:53 pm

aw, sweet Iris. what a wonderful thing for the vet to do, making a paw for you!! Other pets really take it hard too, when we lose a loved pet… give Athena a big hug for me, okay? :)

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80 Lynn June 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm

That is wonderful! Made me cry too…I googled the story just so I could send it to someone and snopes.com came up. I was afraid to open it in fear that it was a hoax or something (why? Im not sure) but anyway it said it was TRUE! That made me happy as well…

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81 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I’m so glad it was true! I didn’t think about it until you said so, Lynn… isn’t it the sweetest thing?? hope all is great – WHEN DO WE GET TO SEE YOU!?? :)

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82 Lynn June 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I know!! Well I will be in PDX mid July for an internship at Kaiser in Clackamas….are you close to Clacky?? message me on FB!

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83 elle June 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm

this made me cry… beautiful.

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84 spabettie June 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm

you and most everyone else, Elle! such a sweet thing.

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85 Jenn@slim-shoppin June 5, 2011 at 2:44 pm

That is so nice! It made me cry :)

I bet that is something your daughter will never forget!

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86 Bob June 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

That’s cute.
I like how we lie to kids about Santa, Easter Bunny, and God.
Fairy tales make us feel good.

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87 Alli June 22, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Really, Bob? You must be a miserable person.

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88 Jerry C June 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Think about someone writing a “story” about you today and then repeating that story for over two thousand years – a fairy tale indeed. If there is a heaven, God would surely make room for such beloved friends. Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful story.

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89 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 10:55 pm

you are welcome, Jerry! thank you for your awesome comment – it made me smile. fairy tales are a good thing to believe in and pass along…

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90 HeatherChristo June 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Thank you for this :)

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91 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Heather, you are so welcome!!

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92 Courtney June 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm

This brought tears to my eyes, probably doesn’t help that i’m listening to “Over the Rainbow right now.” My 11 year old dog died this past november and it was just heartbreaking. Lucky for me I have a 1 year old Lab who stuck by my side during the whole thing. This story was so heart-warming, thank you for sharing.

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93 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 10:47 pm

thank YOU for reading and commenting, Courtney! I am so sorry about the loss of your dog, glad you have the Lab to comfort you <3 This story IS so heartwarming, I had to share it!

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94 Kristen June 5, 2011 at 9:53 pm

This is so beautiful, I cannot stop crying. This makes me miss my dog, who passed away recently, but it also restores some of the hope I’ve been losing for society. To whoever wrote this letter, you are perfect. Spread the love, KS.

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95 spabettie June 5, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Kristin, I am SO sorry about your dog <3 I'm happy this touched you, though, and that it returned some faith – it did the same for me! ((hugs)) to you!

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96 Fruxo June 6, 2011 at 2:40 am

You need to stop teaching this “god” nonsense to your daughter. People die, pets die. That’s life, and we should show them the respect of not applying some obsolete form of comforting nonsense to their memory.

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97 justjoeindenver June 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Your anger at something or someone is preventing you from exploring the subjectivity of your own consciousness, at your own expense. I hope that you recover from the pain in your life that has led you to attempt to encourage others into some manner of debate about the existence of what we know as “God”. I’m not at all a religious person, but that doesn’t blind me from the spirituality that connects all of us.

You’re likely just trolling the internet looking for anonymous fights, but your statements indicate that you have an inner-desire to understand the subjectivity of your reality that is hidden away due to an endless-cycle of negativity in your life. I truly hope that you can move past this.

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98 Matt June 14, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Why are you supposing this person is in pain? They’ve made a statement about how they would like people to act and you’ve tried to make out that they’re mentally ill. What’s up with that? It appears you want perfect agreement and anyone who steps aside from that must be faulty. Perhaps you need to think harder about your own desires and what they entail. A little honest self assessment could help ensure the next time someone who likes a little honesty with their dog stories comes along it doesn’t throw you so far overboard. Accusing anyone who doesn’t go “awwwww” of being broken says more about you than it does about them.
I won’t lie to my children about death. Why should a postal employee be lauded for doing so on someone else’s behalf?
Wait, I can feel it. The nearest thing to a supernatural event in my life to date, I prophesy that someon’s going to ping me for having no magic in my soul. Well, they can go jump. My children are having a good time growing up in the care of loving parents who do their best to make sure every day is filled with fun and adventure and that they learn to be good people in spite of all the bullshit available to them, rather than teaching them the bullshit and hoping they’ll turn out alright.
Please don’t put words into my mouth or claim I am mentally ill or fun deficient for failing to agree with you on the merit of this tale.
Matt

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99 jlzdik;h; July 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm

he never said he was mentally ill, but that was a very trollish, opinionated, and offensive comment, though. go ahead and say i’m calling him or you mentally ill, but i will stand by my belief that this story has no “god bullshit” but is touching in every way. dont feed or support the trollz. >:(

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100 max June 6, 2011 at 8:58 am

Whilst I think @Fruxo is a little harsh, I do think it is a shame that this little girl had to be told a pack of lies. When my daughters rabbit died and she asked me waht would happen to it when we buried it, I told her that it would go into the ground and spread out and feed all the plants in our garden and help to keep the circle of life going. She is now 33 and tells me that that explanation made her fell alright about death.

Why can’t we teach rationality to out kids? I swore never to lie to my kids, about death Father Christmas or anything else, I never have and I am proud to say I have happy well adjusted “kids” with families of their own. Nothing is gained by lying about the important things in life!

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101 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm

wtf!? kids need a HEALTHY IMAGINATION imagination is what has got the world where it is now and i dont want to hear “yeah, imagination haz got the world into a huge mess, dumbass,” i hate it when people inject “FAKE,” “they r teaching kids LIEZ,” and such into these things, or ANYTHING for that matter. its people like you that make these AWESOME people feel ASHAMED for doing good deeds.

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102 Feast on the Cheap June 6, 2011 at 10:12 am

Oh my goodness, tears are streaming down my face. This is such a sweet and wonderful story. Thank you for sharing.

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103 spabettie June 6, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I’m glad you liked it – the same reaction as most! :)

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104 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston June 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

This story gave me shivers — what a special special story.

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105 Holly June 6, 2011 at 11:54 am

This brought tears to my eyes… and I don’t even believe in god or heaven.

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106 justjoeindenver June 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Couldn’t get through it – must be something in the air up here – kept getting something in my darned eye. Repeatedly.

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107 spabettie June 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm

you and everyone else, Joe… something in my eye… ;)

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108 Tim June 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm

@ max & Fruxo… “comforting nonsense” is the only thing children her age understand. The brain of a child is unable to understand, much less deal with, such abstract concepts as death, finality, mortality. Children think and experience and respond in linear fashion only. But their Hearts! Oh, their Hearts grasp the knowledge of the Universe and in it see the simplicity of loss… the devastation and and emptiness which remains when their dog (or cat, goldfish, etc.) dies. There was no “religious propaganda”, or faith-based ulterior motive here, only some “comforting nonsense”, a bit of warmth to help a child deal with a very disturbing yet all-too frequent aspect of Life. There is a time and place for rationality, granted. But there’s plenty of rationality ahead, when you’re 4, 5, or 6, and when your Dog dies, the last thing a child wants, or needs, is a science lesson. Now, I’m not a big believer in god or the hereafter, the jury’s still out on that one… but I do know that a child’s loss of a dear pet is worthy of some heartfelt “comforting nonsense”….
Oh, and @joe… those nasty winds have reached all the way to Tennessee….

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109 spabettie June 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm

gosh, Tim, and now reading your comment, dang I have something in my eye again! thank you for being eloquent and harmonious in a civil way – I appreciate that.

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110 Tina June 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Thanks for sharing! It makes me feel better knowing that there are still people out there who care that a little girl misses her beloved buddy. I’ve lost many dogs and I’m glad someone tried to help your daughter through her pain.

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111 Tina June 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm

PS…I shared this on my Facebook…so you may get a lot more traffic. LOL

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112 spabettie June 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm

thank you, Tina – I thought it was a nice hopeful reminder of the good that is out there. thanks for sharing, too :)

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113 Marie Powers June 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm

This is a wonderful story. Whoever gave that child hope is truly a messenger of God. Thank you for posting this!

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114 Aimee June 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Ahhh, this was so lovely! I’m not a “cute story” or religious person at all but I teared up reading this. What I loved most was the fact that someone went out of their way to keep a child’s sense of wonder and belief alive. Wonderful :)

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115 Joe June 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Wow this story had me in tears though it was a beautiful one at that. Meredith is such a little sweetheart and is gonna grow up to be a wonderful person just like her mam :) Thanks for posting this, it makes me appreciate the smaller things that much more now x

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116 spabettie June 6, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I agree, Joe! it gives perspective, doesn’t it? sure gives me hope! :)

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117 Amanda June 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm

This is so sweet. It’s so nice to know that there still are such caring people in the world. =)

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118 Kyle June 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm

You guys should stop lying to the little girl. Lying to your kids is bad.

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119 Hannah June 23, 2011 at 8:59 am

Please get over yourself. It was a random act of kindness. Please don’t bring your negativity into this.

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120 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS F**** TROLLZ

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121 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm

oh and i have a friend named kyle, and you make him look bad and hes AWESOME!

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122 assistantdoc June 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm

What an incredibly beautiful story. Oh man. I love love love this so much.

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123 spabettie June 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm

aw, Sarah, isn’t it lovely?

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124 Brittany June 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm

This is beautiful! What a wonderful thing that person did :)

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125 spabettie June 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I thought so too, Brittany! simply wonderful, indeed! and how are you, by the way? great to “see” you, my friend!!

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126 Brittany June 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Good to see you too, ma’am! Doing well… getting back on track and ready to kick obesity’s ass! Working on getting a job in Austin so i can finally move :) How are you ma’am?

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127 Allison @ Happy Tales June 6, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I keep reading this over and over. I love it. It makes me feel okay with the world. I want to go hug my postman right now. I know he’d do the same thing if this had happened to me and I had a child.

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128 spabettie June 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm

“it makes me feel okay with the world” – I completely agree, Allison!! :) it restores hope.

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129 CelesteM June 7, 2011 at 1:45 am

Kyle, Max, and Fruxo – RIGHT ON!!

@Tim – Children her age may not completely understand, but by lying you are not exactly helping a child grow up with a rational and logical understanding. There is no room for children to understand it later on….it starts somewhere.

Here are the facts:

3- 6 years:

Child’s Perception: Child thinks death is reversible; temporary, like going to sleep or when a parent goes to work. Believes the people who die will come back.

Providing Support:
1) Help to verbalize feelings and fears
2) Be honest and tell a child if you do not have an answer
3) Gently confront magical thinking
4) Use specific, concrete words – not euphemisms “Mommy went to sleep” ” God took the dog”

– This is coming from the experts people…open your eyes!

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130 mom June 8, 2011 at 8:27 am

@CelesteM – They did not lie to the child. I’m sorry if you don’t believe it. I’m sorry if you believe you are going to die and your soul isn’t going to heaven. Enjoy your coffin.

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131 CelesteM June 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Please read the story again so you can see how obvious the lie is. I am not sorry that I was not brought up on magical thinking… I pride myself greatly for being logical, analytical, and methodical. Your argument isn’t backed up with any proof or rational proof. Actually it is all emotion, which in the end gets you nowhere. I actually wish to be cremated – that just goes to show how narrow-minded you are. Also, to the author of this blog. I’m sure you think us atheist/agnostic aka logical thinkers are plaguing your site. Also, the fact that you don’t respond to any of our comments in order to not engage or be picked upon a “troll” shows great restraint. Honestly, knowing that you read them is enough for a so-called “troll” Funny how critical and people with a difference of opinion are considered trolls. Yet many “god” believers engage and fall in to the trap. Well done religion!

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132 spabettie June 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm

If you are calling yourself a troll? that is you, not me. I don’t resort to name calling.

If I thought you were plaguing my site, your comments would not be approved – I have not left any comment out. The only comments I have considered moderating are those in response to you and to some others, as they are increasingly vicious, which I never intended.

I do however have an open mind. I welcome other points of view and courteous, thoughtful debate.

for the record, I am neither irrational or critical.

thank you for your comments.

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133 stefany June 25, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Celeste do you also pride yourself on being judgmental? I don’t know the blog author either but I’m not passing judgements on them for “not engaging” with everyone here. No matter what they believe, it looks like they choose to respond to those who don’t attack, they have said they welcome debate.

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134 Gina June 26, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Is it logical to be callous and apathetic? Whether you believe in something or not, the act had the right intention. As far as cremation goes, many religions accept it. It’s funny how something that can be totally separated from religion and have the same message is often used to harp on religion. I do not understand why everyone wants everyone else to believe what they do. I just want to point out that it is personally in my opinion disappointing that a simple gesture of kindness can spark so much malice.

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135 Jen June 8, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I bet you’re a liberal

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136 Kim June 9, 2011 at 8:19 am

Boy! Some people just have to get their negative two cents in everywhere. It does not matter what anyone believes about what has happened to this child. The only important thing here is to see that a story reached out and touched many others. The fact that we can still affect each other with a simple little story is all I need to see that humanity still exists.

Opinions of religion (or politics as that is what some of these comments turned into) do not even matter. All this story is trying to show is that someone took some time out of their own life to reach out to another human being on this planet and attempt to make a difference in their life.

I would like to take a moment to ask any of you that have something negative to say to look back on your last day, week, month and tell me when you have touched the life of a stranger and made a difference.

Beautiful story! Thank you for sharing.

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137 spabettie June 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm

hi Kim, THANK YOU for this! perhaps because I am open minded and can respect others point of view I didn’t realize this story would have so much backlash. someone going out of their way to do something nice for someone else, that is what I took from this story too. heartwarming!

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138 CelesteM June 25, 2011 at 9:43 pm

If it makes you feel any better…. I’ll give you a synopsis of the past 12 years of my life. I started out as a volunteer with the YMCA, later went on to work with AmeriCorps as a volunteer in Puerto Rico at a transitional home for drug addicts. After grad school, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in China working as an EFL teacher. Does that make you feel like you’ve made your point?

My point was to state a fact and this no one can deny. Its just sad to me that people who think they are “touching” the lives of a stranger are actually doing harm in the long run.

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139 stefany June 26, 2011 at 11:17 pm

No. It doesn’t make me feel better, it makes you look self righteous. I don’t care about “how great you are” as you so deem yourself, because I have a similar background, believe it or not, AS WELL AS SIMILAR BELIEFS. still, I can appreciate others views and whether I think so or not, know that kids will be FINE even being shielded from the stark reality of death that as a four year old, they may not understand.

I do appreciate your comment here, though. As I was researching the validity of this story, I came across the “anarchist forum” where they are all in agreement and get their jolly from bashing the blog author here and gloating together over their shared theories. How fun to pick on someone and not have disagreement. how superior they must feel!

140 spabettie June 15, 2011 at 8:32 am

to Jen (“I bet you’re liberal”):

you’d be surprised.

what I am is open minded, that’s all. I’m also not judgmental.

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141 Michel Foucault June 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm

And that proves what?

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142 stefany June 25, 2011 at 7:57 pm

What does that even mean, I bet you are liberal? I bet you are narrow minded.

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143 Miranda June 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

that is so sweet i remember when my first dog died she was a small black dog my other dogs grandma she ran away and never came back her name was star but we called her miss pigy because she made snorting sounds i sure do miss her and thanks for posting that it was a sweet story

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144 Lita June 7, 2011 at 11:50 am

I started crying as I read your story. . . And I don’t know why. It’s just amazing that someone out there is that kind. Makes me want to have more faith in humanity. :’D

Mind you, crying isn’t something I do often.

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145 Chis June 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm

What a wonderful, beautiful story. My friend just lost her beloved dog yesterday, and she was able to smile after reading this. I’m sad though at those who see this as “lies” told to children. My most beautiful memories are stories being told to me as a young child… Not only things about religion. It made for a wonderful, fun filled childhood filled with imagination and wonder. You learn what the truth is as an adult, but of course you don’t feel lied to. You feel loved because someone took the time to help your creative mind bloom. How lucky I feel. And how lucky this girl will feel when she’s an adult. Great mother and great stranger who took the time to create peace for this little girl.

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146 emily June 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm

i got to this post via stumbleupon, and i’ll be honest, i cried. incredibly beautiful and touching!

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147 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm

OMG ME 2! stumbleupon ROCKS!

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148 Susanna Noelle June 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Wow, Tears were running down my face as I read this. This is a beautiful story! I’m fourteen I recently had to put my dog down. Its extremely sad but reading this made me feel WAY better. :)

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149 Charlotte June 8, 2011 at 3:41 am

This is so lovely, I’ve had dogs all my life and its so hard, especially as a child to understand why your dog isn’t around anymore but this is absoloutely beautiful! I actually cried at how thoughtful and touching it was.

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150 gern June 8, 2011 at 8:08 am

dogs are better than people.

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151 spabettie June 15, 2011 at 8:34 am

dogs are accepting of … well, most people. they can sense who to be weary of too.

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152 Elle June 8, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Oh my gosh, typing through my tears. That’s the sweetest thing ever. God bless the person that did this for your daughter. And hugs to all of you!

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153 Shannon Becker June 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm

AWWWWWWWWWWW! this is the cutest story i have ever heard of! i am very sorry that your dog died :( i had a dog that was the best ever, and i loved him, and he loved me, and some people that lived next to us stole him becuase we were responsible enough. so i know how you feel. and that is really sad. and im glad that the dog is with God in Heaven. <3

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154 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm

she keeps saying… “just some story i heard, no children no dead dog.” READ BEFORE POSTING. ps i am not trying to be judgmental, m just getting a little bugged by trolls and semi-reposters. sorry if i wuz offfensive :(

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155 SAppy June 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm

You guys all know that according to the Christian bible dogs and other animals dont go to heaven, they’re here on this Earth to serve us right? If your going to teach a child to love “god” at least tell them the truth

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156 Becka June 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm

My God welcomes back all of His/Her creations.

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157 Andy June 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Not if your god is Yahwe, Abba, Adoni.

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158 stefany June 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Dogs are not here to “serve” us.

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159 Brookes June 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm

wow, I had my 14 year old boxer put down yesterday, one if the hardest days in my life. I went on stumbleupon to try and get my mind off things for a while and came upon this on my first stumble. I do believe my dag is in heaven by all the love she shared. and this story reminded me of all the good times I had with my dog and forgot the recent decline in her health. I will miss her dearly :(

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160 spabettie June 25, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Brookes I am SO sorry about your pup – I know firsthand how difficult it is. I hope this brought some comfort.

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161 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm

omg stumbleupon WANTS US HAPPY! XD

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162 rita June 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm

that makes me smile……..God is good……so many hearts are filled with his spirit.

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163 Steinne June 9, 2011 at 9:05 am

Oh my gosh, I just lost my beloved KeKe also l4 years old just
a week ago and I am still crying, I also received a poem in the mail
from FosterSmith.com called Rainbow Bridge stating that KeKe
was in heaven playing but she will be waiting for me when I also
arrived and we can be together again. Steinne

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164 David Brier June 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I’m all feklempt!!! I am a dog lover and have lost far too many in my lifetime. That was a great story and thanks for sharing.

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165 Jen June 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I cry every time I read this!! I’ve stumbled upon this a few times and the letter from God always gets me. There really are some sweet people out there!

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166 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm

WOW so many stumbledupon this site O3o hm…

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167 Dola chi-Trei June 9, 2011 at 7:02 am

It looks cute on the surface, but all it does is take away the reality of death (which a child must learn, that’s partly what pets are for) and reinforces a superstitious belief in the supernatural. It’s actually very counter-productive for the child’s development.

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168 spabettie June 9, 2011 at 7:08 am

I agree a child should learn about death – my own beliefs aside, do you know many people actually believe this is what happens?

I do not agree that pets are here to “serve us” (another commenter stated, I know this was not you), or that learning about death “is partly what pets are for”. Yes, death happens, and I would still have pets knowing this, but I don’t have pets to serve this function.

This story simply touched me, and I wanted to share it. Thank you for your input, and have a great day!

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169 Steve June 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Just remember all Lies do harm and and make the truth hard to find. God did not make dogs per say as they are Man did they all came from Wolves by picking traits that man wanted.

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170 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm

get lost steve. >:( or STOP FIKIN TRASHING THE STORY! ps i purposely misspelled that so my post dosn’t disappear.

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171 Jaclyn June 9, 2011 at 7:34 am

This is so beautiful….made me choke up…glad to know there are such kind soles hidden in this world and near when we need them

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172 Jerd June 9, 2011 at 11:22 am

Thats terrible.
Now that child will grow up genuinely believing in a god because her parents/postal workers lied to her.
Cruelty.

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173 spabettie June 15, 2011 at 8:37 am

perhaps she will grow up with acceptance and see people in a positive light.

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174 Teri June 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Baloney! My parents “lied” about Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny. Yet amazingly, I no longer genuinely believe in them…haven’t since around 10 years old. Was also brought up with religion and a belief in God…sometimes I’m not sure of that, but never feel like my parents “lied” to me. And I think I am a pretty well-adjusted person, who cares about others, and respects the fact that there are a variety of beliefs out there, and a lot of things we don’t understand. I don’t look at Hindu parents and think they are cruel and damaging their children for teaching them a belief in reincarnation. Don’t look at Muslims and think they are damaging their children for a belief in Allah. Don’t look at atheists and think they are damaging their children for a lack of belief in a god. Et Cetera, et cetera. Believe it or not, children grow into autonomous adults, who, unless kept in a basement for their entire lives, go out into the world and develop their own opinions and beliefs. And are not damaged by fantasies of childhood.
I’m disheartened by the lack of tolerance and acceptance in these people who disagree with this mother’s belief system, and must see something so negative in what is a positive and caring story that demonstrates a level of compassion from a stranger that we so often think is missing from our society. I get the feeling some of these commentators, if they received the child’s letter, would have sent back a photo of a decaying dog carcass and said, “Listen kid. Your dog is worm-food. That’s life get over it.” I don’t believe children are always ready for the stark realities of life–should we show them how their hamburgers are processed? Should we show them pictures of children run-over by cars to teach them not to run in the street? After all, that is life! I don’t think so. Others, though, may disagree…

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175 Andy June 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Sorry I didn’t finish reading your comment before my last comment. What is wrong with showing your kids how hamburgers are made? When I have children I plan on teaching them at a very early age how to slaughter livestock for their food, after that I will show them how to separate that carcass into it’s primals, then subprimals, then its individual cuts and then show them the best cooking method that should be applied to each cut. That way by the time the fella is ten he/she can cook me an 8 course meal.

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176 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

NOT THE POINT. }:(

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177 Steve June 16, 2011 at 8:15 pm

somehow lies cause more lies to be told until they are found out.
We must learn about death and life , lies do not need to be part of it. Once this child learns this was a lie what else will they think was a lie , you don’t have to go in detail about what happens to the dog in the ground . it would be enough to say the dog no longer suffers and lets go find another.

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178 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm

The dog no longer suffers? Yes. lets go get another?! WWTTTFFFFF????!!!!!!!!!!! thats like saying “oh your best friend died? lets go get another to replace him/her!” like their some broken toy. heartless. just heartless. what a shame.

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179 Ally June 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm

The line “Abbey isn’t sick anymore” made me choke up and I actually cried a bit. Thanks for sharing this!

Also, Jerd: I hope you’re just a bored troll and don’t genuinely think that. I’m a non-religious person but it never hurts to have hope.

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180 Jayke1981 June 10, 2011 at 8:21 am

Like Ally, it brought a lump to my throat too, that was sooo sweet. The Girl is only 4 years old, she doesn’t need to know the reality of death yet, that is why a postal worker did that very kind thing. As for the Trolls..get a life!

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181 Tina June 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm

This story choked me up right away as I too lost my dog also named Abby. After reading this story it makes me feel so much better knowing that there are still people out there that care enough to do this for this child. We may never know who did this wonderful thing but that little girl will have this wonderful memory for the rest of her life and when times get tough she can look back on this and remember that people do care.

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182 spabettie June 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm

sorry for YOUR Abby, Tina. that’s what I took from this story as well, that some people do care, and will go out of their way to do something nice.

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183 kelly h June 11, 2011 at 7:29 am

Just beautiful, I ran across this on StumbleUpon, first thing on a Sat. morning. It touched my heart & I shared it on FB with everyone!!! Thanks for making my day a little brighter!!!

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184 AJ Beamish June 11, 2011 at 7:48 am

That was nice. Made me tear up a little. Sorry about your dog.

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185 Lola Snookers June 11, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story! It made us cry!

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186 swetank June 11, 2011 at 11:25 pm

:’)

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187 Annie June 13, 2011 at 12:19 am

Obviously the mother wrote that letter back to her daughter. It’s a little obvious just from the excessive praising of the mother, but also impossible for the supposed postal worker to have known that the mother helped with the letter, as Meredith does not mention that anywhere in the letter.
Also, to the mother who wrote this, there is a huge contradiction. “God” says that “we don’t need our bodies in heaven,” but then says “having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.” If there are no bodies in heaven, how did God recognize the dog from a picture of the dog’s body?

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188 spabettie June 15, 2011 at 8:39 am

when I first read the story, I didn’t necessarily think a postal worker actually wrote this, but maybe the mother did. I chose to see a “Feel Good Story” of hope and people being nice to one another, rather than pick it apart and find flaws.

if I went around looking at everything literally and finding the inconsistencies in life, I would be exhausted and sad.

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189 stefany June 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Way to take everything so literal. That must be exhausting.

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190 Michelle McGuckin June 13, 2011 at 5:39 am

Oh my gosh what a lovely story. I have tears streaming down my face!

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191 Wolfie Rankin June 14, 2011 at 8:10 am

I’ve read this story before, and it really bothers me.

I’ve lost dogs before, it’s the worst thing, they’re family… I’ve lost family too, human ones, My parents and my sister.

Religion never offered me any comfort, even as a child I realised it was “Santa for grownups” so I think being lied to in this way wouldn’t have helped me.

I remember my Aunt, who had recently lost her Husband, she was given something to read from the Bible to offer her comfort.

It seems to me that yes it hurts, but this airy-fairy stuff isn’t helping, we need our friends and family around us, we need contact.

I needed that hug from my Mother when I told the vet on the phone that it was ok to put my dog down, I asked her to hug me, she said “I thought you didn’t want me to” She hugged me and cried too, Laddie was a wonderful part of our family.

I’ve been through cancer, and had to face it, I watched my Sister pass away last year.

There’s no God, but I have no need of a fictional spirit, I have enough strength to face these things alone… which is something I never thought I’d have, which is something I hoped I’d never need.

Give me your arms around me, hold me, love me… be there for me, don’t give me fairy stories.

Love

Wolfie!

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192 spabettie June 14, 2011 at 5:31 pm

hi Wolfie, thank you for writing, and for stating your opinions in a thoughtful and peaceful manner. I agree completely with you – communication and comfort from others is MY most important thing, too. You may find it surprising that this story doesn’t completely reflect my views either. It did touch me – there are varying degrees to how a “lie” will effect people and their outlook. Perhaps I didn’t think there would be so many opposing views (some nasty!) is because I can respect other’s points of view many times. If I cannot, I can still engage in conversation about it without taking it personally. I appreciate that you can too, THANK YOU!

I hope you are safely on the other side of cancer, and I am very sorry about the loss of your sister (and your dog).

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193 Steve June 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm

You are a very good mother with the best interests for your daughter I also lied about our dog after she was in pain with cancer and no hope I had her put to sleep and I was in the room with her the whole time it’s done in two stages and I would never be in the room again for something like that it tore me up very bad and i still think about it her last breaths she was looking into my eyes while being unable to move , then I lied to my son and said she died at home during the night , never again will I do this it’s the most awful feeling in the world. Yours won’t cause you or her any pain. Sorry for any other posts that might cause you any feeling of pain and did not mean them to. i would delete them if I could. Sorry

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194 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm

uh… oops heh… ditto… *thinks to self IM SUCH AN IDIOT! DX*

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195 Carol June 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Wow ~ such a lovely story and aren’t you a wonder to find it ~ I have a Yorkie now and had a Lab for 14 years that died a year ago Feb and so this touched my heart very deeply ~ even though I am an adult ~ thanks for sharing that ~ Carol and zoo ^_^

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196 spabettie June 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm

hi Carol – sorry about your lab <3 and hug the Yorkie for me! :) I have been through loss of pets also, one reason this was heartwarming to me too!

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197 LuneDeNoir June 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I don’t believe in God at all, and I hardly ever cry. But this story was just so precious. For me it shows that we don’t need God, we just need to act kindly towards each other.

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198 spabettie June 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm

thank you for seeing that it can be a positive and heartwarming thing, even if it is in opposition to your beliefs! it may not be my belief either, but the story still touched me :) thanks for writing!

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199 Tara June 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

This was the sweetest thing i think i have ever read. Im still crying, but not in a sad way. Its so refreshing to see the kindness in a strangers heart. This is a beautiful story and i have passed in on to so many people. Thank goodness for Stumbleupon! Im glad i found this page.

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200 spabettie June 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm

thanks, Tara! I’m happy you found it too, and that it touched you. thanks for passing it on, too – I never realized there would be so many opposing views when I posted it :)

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201 Debra June 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Heard this story long ago- people have a lot of ideas regarding death and God. Some kids like the story of Santa and the Easter Bunny and then there are those of us who never believe what they are told after being lied to. One person’s truth may be another person’s lie….we need not judge others, just do our best. It’s kind of cute even if it is not everyone’s truth.
Think the story was just made up anyway, so who cares? The point is that dogs are our best friends and losing one can be very painful, as painful as losing a human.

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202 spabettie June 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm

WELL SAID, Debra! this story may not even reflect my own views, but I am open minded and can see it as a heartwarming and touching story.

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203 Ariel June 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Wow, this is so heartfelt, it made me cry.

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204 jane bergren June 15, 2011 at 3:46 am

wonderful just wonderful :)

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205 Carol June 15, 2011 at 7:15 am

There are no coincidences, are there? What a kind and compassionate postal worker – paying it forward and remaining anonymous at the same time AND a perfect example of “playing God” in a good way. The coincidence is that in the last 3 weeks we’ve lost our 14 year old Rottie Lab mix and our 18 year old cat. Cooper came to us when she was about 8 or 9 weeks old, John I helped to deliver because his Mom had a cast on her leg at that time. Both were “the right thing”, but that makes the loss no less painful. The circle of life continues, tho – we are now the proud parents of an 11 week old Aussie Shep/Heeler pup who is scary smart and such a joy – our 6 year old dog is not so quick to agree, but he has accepted her and is teaching her about how to be a dog. I never want to be without animals again!

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206 spabettie June 15, 2011 at 7:22 am

Carol, I am SO sorry for your losses, it is definitely difficult to lose a pet. Happy to hear you continue with a new puppy, and the 6 year old pup will come around – I’ve had older pets “teach” the new pups too – very sweet!

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207 suzanne June 15, 2011 at 9:56 am

Whenever anyone doubts that there is still goodness in the world….send them this to remind them.

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208 Michele June 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I read this story earlier and asked my neighbor, who is a postal carrier about whom responds to these types of letters. She said that it is the postal carrier in the neighborhood who picks up the mail. It’s so nice to know that something that took so little time for them to too can make such a big difference in a little girls life.

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209 Seth June 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm

How convenient, ”there is no need for us to keep our bodies in heaven so I couldnt keep your picture”. Why dont I get a gold wrapped package with something inside? Im sure the delivery man knew EXACTLY where to send that letter. How did the letter even get to ”heaven”? If his excuse for not keeping the picture is “we dont need bodies” (therefore all they need is their ”spirits” so in retrospect they cant even obtain a material object) then how did he get the paper to write on? How did he get the pencil? (assuming he used a pencil, if not then how did he get the computer and printer?) Someone is doing the Santa Claus tactic!

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210 spabettie June 15, 2011 at 9:26 pm

pretty sure we are all aware this letter didn’t actually get to Heaven, and that God did not write the response. This is supposed to be a heartwarming story of a random act of kindness from one person to another, a stranger. A story of hope. No need to pick at the details and take it literally.

and before you think about “this poor kid being lied to”, yes, I’ve heard that too. if being told about santa claus or the tooth fairy made me believe in the power of hope, and help me become an open minded accepting person I am today, I’ll take those “lies” over becoming bitter, literal and searching for negative in everything.

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211 Seth June 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Well hope doesnt have any power at all. Going out and actually making a difference on the other hand, has a lot more power than hope, praying, and wishing. But not believing in santa, the tooth fairy, or god doesnt make you a bitter person. I dont believe in god one bit and I am a happy person, I dont search for something negative in everything, its just that if you look at it, the process of god writing a letter back has a lot of flaws and contradicts its self. I just have a realistic view on the world.

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212 Gina June 26, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Hope and wishing have a lot of power…those are what yields the doing…hoping, wishing, and aspiring to do gets things done. While I agree they alone do not accomplish anything, you cannot say they are powerless. Well, technically you can say that, but you being a realistic person has to admit that they are the catalysts for actions.

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213 Jess July 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm

“Hope” got Obama elected ;-)

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214 spabettie July 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm

indeed. *sigh*

215 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm

go f*** off and troll some other site… OH better yet, ur gonna love this one, GET HACKED.

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216 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm

DOUBLE POST * rolls eyes*

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217 sonjaegner June 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm

a gorgeous story for the little ones, i will remember this always, if i need to copy this heartfelt sharing, if this happens to my grandchildren, to comfort them in their first loss in life.. i hope this story reaches millions and plucks at a few heart strings that some have not felt for a long time
thanks

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218 Steve June 16, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I know it’s a sweet sounding story I love dogs too. but it’s just not right to lie , Bush lied and it cost us dearly. All lies do harm even if it seems sweet.

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219 stefany June 25, 2011 at 8:03 pm

wow. So sad to see so many brief such negativity. You really had to bring BUSH into this?

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220 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

bush lied about the wrong things. and was illiterate. “I will put food on your families!”

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221 Jeannie June 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm

My 16 year old Lhasa Apso – Jake was put down last Wednesday… has been very difficult!! This story had me in tears… oh to be young and innocent! What a great thing someone did for her!!

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222 Lois Dahms June 19, 2011 at 11:20 am

If you don’t believe in God, where in the world do you think you came from???? I would hate to think dying was the END. Some people are so negative. Too bad. So sad!!!!!

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223 Abby June 20, 2011 at 1:11 am

(In response to all the people with negative comments: Religion and how people choose to raise their kids isn’t anybody’s decision to criticize if it’s not your own.) That being said, I’m not religious in the slightest, but I still think this is a very heart-warming story. I bet it brought great peace to your daughter. Another person this story brought tears to! :)

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224 Shelby June 21, 2011 at 12:14 am

I believe that God may be there ,but I don’t know. I say that if that’s what that family believes, let them! I don’t think that if God was real he would ban something he created. I love all of my pets and I hope they go to a place where they can be happy and not be in the ground.You people just need to stop trolling and leave the people who believe that it isn’t a lie alone.I for one cried and don’t care what the other people think!
~Shelby

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225 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm

bravo, BRAVO! :) well said! oh and JUST to point something out to save you embarrassment; you dont need to write a signature, it does that automatically. JUST saying please dont take it the wrong way. :(

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226 jennifer June 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm

oh… My dog just passed away not long ago. I remember when I was so tiny and my pets passed away (we had so many; we are truly animal lovers) and I cried so much.
hope your daughter liked the letter
~much luck~
*a fellow animal lover*

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227 carlos June 22, 2011 at 11:29 pm

This really made me cry such an amazing story. And for people who don’t believe in god better wake up because he is real can’t compare him to fairy tales ……

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228 Amber June 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm

How did the sender know that mom helped? That made me tear, beautiful.

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229 dirtycanuck June 23, 2011 at 6:21 am

Yeck! Nothing like brainwashing a child from early on to always be in fear of the invisible sky daddy who ~IS ALWAYS WATCHING YOU~ This story is more for the benefit of weak and scared adults who can’t or won’t face the cold reality that their lives are based on fairy tales and deep instilled paranoia of the invisible man outside.

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230 CelesteM June 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Agreed.

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231 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm

F*** both of you @$$holes.

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232 Gina June 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm

This isn’t about God at all, God just merely happens to be a part of it… the same story could have had any other character in it… why is it so hard to focus on the act of kindness here which is the whole point anyway? You seriously have never done anything to make someone’s day better?

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233 kaja June 24, 2011 at 11:49 am

How did that person (alias GOD) know that her mother helped her with the letter?
Although this story is very very cute i think it’s fake.

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234 spabettie June 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

if you have to get literal, read the end of the first paragraph closely, where she says that her four year old “dictated these words” meaning it was probably in grown up handwriting. also? if you read the top couple lines before the story, I said that while I don’t know these people in the story, I verified it on snopes.com.

thanks for your commentary.

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235 Annie June 25, 2011 at 10:34 am

<3 This just made my day better.

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236 Angel June 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm

WOW! Some of you people just cant let a feel good story be just that….a feel good story. Why do you feel the need to tear everything apart? This world is already so full of hate, why teach that to a 4 year old child that just lost a pet? Keep your hate to yourself. I have seen plenty of miracles in my life, and I know they exist, life in itself is a miracle. But I guess the big questions are: Why do you feel you need to be so hurtful towards a child who was in pain no matter what YOUR beliefs are? What are you gaining from this? Does this make you feel better? Are you a bigger, better person because of your views? Would you do nothing to dry the tears of a child? What if this was your child? I could keep going, but only people with hearts and a soul will know where I am coming from. Much love to the beautiful people out there!

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237 CelesteM June 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm

The statement you made of it being a ‘feel good story’ is subjective. Some people feel that way and some don’t. We can all state our opinions and in my case facts. Of course no one will listen to facts because its too much for them at times.

“This world is already full of hate, why teach that to a 4 year old child that just lost a pet?”
Answer: Where are you getting “hate” from? Do you even know what you are talking about? I’ll disregard this question because it’s just plain irrelevant.

“Why do you feel you need to be so hurtful towards a child who was in pain no matter what YOUR beliefs are?”
Answer: First of all, it wasn’t a belief. It was a fact….many facts to be exact from child psychologists.

“Does this make you feel better?”
Answer: Its not about making anyone feel better…..its about telling the truth and doing it so that the child can later grow up learning how to deal with loss and disappointment in a rational way. This question is also irrelevant.

“Are you a bigger, better person because of your views?”
Answer: Once again, another irrelevant question.

“I COULD KEEP GOING, BUT ONLY PEOPLE WITH HEARTS AND A SOUL WILL KNOW WHERE I AM COMING FROM”
– REALLY?…….SO WHO IS THE ONE HATING NOW? YOU’RE A FOOL.

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238 Angel June 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Thank you for breaking it down for me lol :-) Is it irrelevant because you say it is? I know what I believe and what I feel, you can keep your “facts” and do whatever you please with them. Call me whatever you wish and you can play the blame game. But as for me, no matter what the “facts” are, I would not/could not stand by, no matter what the reason and watch a child cry and tell them to suck it up because of fact or because it was irrelevant or because some child psychologist thought it was right and that they should deal with loss in a rational way. You deal with things your way, and I will deal with them mine. Unfortunately, Pain, loss and disappointment come to all of us at some time in our lives, would you not want someone there for you to support you? To tell you its going to be ok? To dry you tears? To give you a hug? Or is that being irrational? I would want this for you.

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239 Gina June 26, 2011 at 10:17 pm

This is such an honest view on kindness. Sometimes it is hard to be nice to the people closest to you but even harder and even uncalled for to do something this kind for a complete stranger. People can believe whatever they want to, but kindness is universal. Painting something like this as evil and focusing on the lies is not what is important here. While I cannot force people to think what I do, I believe that the basic act of kindness the person showed that little girl should be commended. While peoples’ belief in God or whatever is personal, everyone likes acts of kindness shown to them. That’s the point of this story, not the lies or blasphemy or whatever anyone else is going on about. Thank you for posting this story, it was a nice thing to stumble upon. I hope that everyone hopes their children remain kids as long as they can. The world is a bad enough place as it is, it does not need to be ruined by premature destruction of dreams and premature exposure to unnecessary disappointments. Innocent acts of kindness do not need to be condemned, but rather applauded. Think about the last nice thing someone did to you and think about how you felt. Now think about how you would feel if someone tore them apart for going out of their way to make your life a little easier. Say what you want but I can not believe that kindness is something to be offended by. Thank you again for posting this.

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240 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm

stumbledupon 2 ^_^ YOU ROCK!………..

SOME TROLLS on the other hand NEED TO GET A F***ING LIFE

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241 dani June 27, 2011 at 4:18 am

Iv lost every pet close to me. All dided. & it sucks. I los a dog who was my everything & this made me smile. Wether theres a god or not.. were all lied to. About several things.. god.. santa.. etc. But someone went out of there way to make a child smile. Later in life yes, the child will realize it was a lie. Maybe not. The child could later believe in god, & heaven etc. Even if this child was lied to whats it matter? I garuntee this child would smile in the end. Theyd be thankful that someone went out of their way to make her happy.. i dont understand why their has to be negativety in this. Yeah. A lie. One small lie. Sorry but i garuntee this childs parents lied about santa. This is a wonderful story. Everyone has their beliefs but i dont understand why all the negativety had to come in.. thank you for sharing. :) it made me feel alot better.

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242 Arend June 27, 2011 at 9:08 am

Anyone who knows the Bible knows that animals have don’t have souls and can’t go to heaven or hell …

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243 brian June 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm

One of the finest individuals I have ever known , was my yellow lab . He was eight and a half years old and had stomach cancer . He dug a hole in the front yard to lay in because of his swollen stomach . On his last night I stayed out in the yard with him . The next day when we got to the animal shelter , there was no one there except the girl behind the counter my sister and myself . I guess it must have taken some time to fill out the paper work while hugging my dog and crying . Because when i took of his collar and turned around to leave the room was now full of people standing there in utter silence , That was May 16 , 2011 .

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244 spabettie June 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Brian, I am so sorry for your recent loss. Pets can become such a big part of our lives. Thank you for sharing, I’m sending you comfort and peace.

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245 Sad Girl June 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm

This is a beautiful story. It is amazing that someone in the postal office cared enough about the little girl and her story to write back and send a book. Its very hard when a pet dies because they are truly part of the family. You loved them with everything you had and they loved you in return. My pet was killed this morning on my balcony by a coyote. This story really cheered me up and helped me restore faith in human kind and the universe. Thank you for sharing it.

P.S. all you that have negative things to say…. This was a nice story about a kind person who was touched by a story and wanted to help a young girl grieve and give her peace.

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246 spabettie June 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm

oh my gosh, I am SO sorry about the coyote incident!! I’m happy this story brought you some cheer. Take care.

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247 Kate June 28, 2011 at 12:58 am

What a marvelous human being to take the time to respond to this child. This simple gesture of kindness inspires me to do in kind.
This is how to change the world.

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248 Carla June 28, 2011 at 1:34 am

Found this through Stumble Upon, and i have to say that this is the sweetest thing I’ve read in a while. I’m a big animal lover and although i never lost any of my furry family at the age of five, i understand where the story is coming from.

the person who sent back the book and letter is a truely good person, and i hope that they are blessed by God for helping someone whom they never knew through a rough time in life. I sit here with my 18 year old Main Coon and loath the day he passes. But i know that Furball has had a full and loving life, and that no matter what is beyond the darkness of our final moments, it is a better place for everyone, human and animal.

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249 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm

kinda suspicious that abazillion pplz stumbled here…

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250 stefany July 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Why suspicious? Stumbleupon is not something you can control, just like you cannot control all the negative closed minded people here. How is it suspicious?????

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251 spabettie July 19, 2011 at 8:54 pm

ha! yep, I have no say on who stumbles my pages!

as for the negativity here – I may not agree with every opinion but I agree we all have a right to be heard and will be heard here (unless you are attacking or becoming offensive)

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252 Sasha June 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Yeah nice story, I thought it was really cute but the letter didn’t seem like it was written by a four year old. On top of that, I kept reading and noticed that the nice person posing as “God” who replied with a letter and the book said “…and thank your beautiful mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have.” …? Really? And then you continued to complement yourself. How would that stanger have known that little Meredith’s MOM helped her write the letter. Maybe it was her dad who helped her, or maybe she did it by herself. You probably just made up this story, which is pathetic since you would be fishing for attention and complements using your poop little daughter (if you even have one). I know you will probably delete this but I just wanna let you know that that’s so lame.

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253 spabettie June 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm

hey Sasha! thanks for reading! if you actually would have read this, you would see:

1) I do not have children
2) I do not KNOW these people, but have verified the story to be true from multiple sources
3) The MOTHER prefaced this story, saying her daughter ASKED for HELP writing a letter (what she said was her daughter dictated the letter to her).

Thanks for the judgement, also. I don’t have to reduce to calling people pathetic, I simply thought this was A Nice Story. I’m not going to get into my beliefs with you, since you didn’t bring religion into this – instead you simply had to pick it apart and take it way too literally, and judge me at the same time. I had NO idea that posting this would bring such nastiness, I didn’t post it for attention and compliments.

Thanks again, though. Have a nice day.

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254 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

yes… have a nice F***ING DAY

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255 Meg June 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm

This only furthers my suspicion that Mr.Rogers IS God.

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256 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

LOL YOU ROCK XD

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257 Stephanie June 30, 2011 at 7:53 am

Eww, Sasha’s comment (along with the other negative ones) really irritated me. This was such a kind, wonderful story, and she and others had to pick it apart. Ugh! I hate technology sometimes. It gives people the courage to say rude things since they don’t have to say it to anyone’s face.

Either way, this story touched my heart in so many ways. I am 23, and lost my childhood dog in March. She was diagnosed with diabetes 2 years ago and it was a struggle from then onward. She became 100% blind in both eyes, constantly bumping into walls….falling down stairs…..not being able to find her food…and so on. It was sad to see. Fortunately, though I missed not seeing her a lot, I was glad to be away at college. Seeing her slowly deteriorate was enough to break anyone’s heart. I spent my week of spring break enjoying my time with her, little did I know, it would be the last. Four days after my return to college, she passed away. My mother didn’t tell me for a few days since she knew I had a big exam that week. I cried every night for a few weeks. My mother still cries when she tells me about coming home from work and watching my dog in her last moments of life. I am thankful that she died when I was away, because I honestly think I would have handled things a lot worse if I was there when it happened. Now that I have moved back home, it has been hard with her not around.

I need to remember though, that this is meant to happen. In some way though, the death of my first pet has made me not want to get one ever again. I go to the pet store and see all of the cute little puppies, and of course I absolutely want one. But then I remember that they die eventually, and I am not sure if I can withstand another heartbreak like that again. I am sure that I will come to my senses eventually and get another dog, especially if I have children, I definitely would want them to experience all the good things that come from having a pet/best friend.

Sorry for the novel. Thanks for this story!

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258 spabettie June 30, 2011 at 8:18 am

you are SO welcome, Stephanie. I’m happy it touched you. I know the feeling of thinking you could never have another pet… it sometimes takes a while. As I sit here with my pup snoozing on my lap, I know the daily joys we have with him WILL outweigh the heartbreak of losing him one day.

I’m sorry about your recent loss – sending hugs and comfort to you! thank you for writing.

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259 Will June 30, 2011 at 4:03 pm

What a cool story. :) This is actually my second time stumbling upon this article in your blog and still read it. It makes me feel good to see that (even if this is fiction) there are still nice people out there. As for everyone leaving bad comments: really?? Come on… really? this is just a story some cool lady decided to put on her blog… If you have nothing better to do then to bash religion you need to get a life and stop pushing your views on others. if you didnt like this post just hit the Stumble button again. Dont litter her blog with negativity.
Awesome post spabettie! :D

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260 spabettie July 1, 2011 at 2:25 pm

thanks again, Will! :D thanks for coming back again and bringing positivity and open mindedness with you!! hope you have a great weekend!

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261 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm

yaknow? im sorry other bioches had to post cr@pp on your wonderfyl story. :( but i LOVE THIS STORY although i didnt cry, i was touched and have a stone cold heart for anyone who beats on you for posting ^3^

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262 Lindsay June 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Found this on stumbleupon and SO Glad this had come around! I literally cried because this is SUCH a beautiful story!
God Bless you And your daughter! <3

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263 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm

i know doesnt stumbleupon rock?

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264 Laura June 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm

This is such a beautiful story. I have tears running down my cheeks right now. Thank you for sharing.

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265 Jess July 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I’ve read this story about 5 times through now, and I’ve bawled every single time. It’s just beautiful to think that a complete stranger would be moved so much by one little girl’s letter, that’s really the point of it.

We all have our own individual needs when it comes to being comforted. I had to have my dog Phieffer put down in April (she was 16 years old, we got her just before I turned 11), and it was devastating. Everyone kept saying she was sick and it was the right thing, she would be at peace, etc- but the person who provided me with what I needed to deal with it was my sister. She didn’t say a word, just gave me a big hug and held me while we both cried. I needed to be validated in my grief; maybe little Meredith needed to hear that her dog was happy and playing somewhere else.

Also, spabettie- I love how you’re handling some of the more negative comments here. Way to be awesome! ;-)

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266 spabettie July 2, 2011 at 6:20 pm

“we all have our own individual needs” – I could not have said it better!! THAT sentence right there is what this all comes down to. our differences are what make life interesting, right?? I’m sorry about Phieffer – pets bring so much to our lives and I send you comfort and (( hugs )) for your loss.

and thank you for sharing.

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267 Regina Bohannon July 3, 2011 at 6:17 pm

This story touched me so much. I am a veterinary technician and deal with the passing of much loved pets on a daily basis. I LOVE that someone took the time and effort to answer your daughters letter. There are angels in the world.

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268 Trista July 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I loved this ! But I have to wonder, how did “God” know Meredith’s mother helped her ? It said nothing about her mom in the letter. If this was verified as true, they could be being stalked by a postal worker… or the mom just twisted the letter around to throw in how awesome she is… ha ha.

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269 spabettie July 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm

hi Trista,

if you read the intro before the letter, it is the mom providing explanation before the letter, saying her daughter “asked if we could write a letter” and “she dictated these words” meaning the mom wrote it as the daughter dictated. I’m thinking the person reading probably saw what looked to be female handwriting, and therefore referred to the parent who helped write the letter as Mom.

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270 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm

well DUH god knows all. even weather “This statment is false” is true ^3^ LOL

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271 lindseyct July 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Beautiful story.

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272 Janet Speckmeier July 8, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Just Beautiful. I got tears in my eyes. I hope you don’t mind me sharing this. thanks. Sorry for your pup. I know how it feels. That was just so cute.

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273 christine dombrowski July 9, 2011 at 4:03 am

I thought your daughter was so brave..i too have lost many pets and it does break my heart each time..the story you and your daughter was heart warming and beautiful..god bless you and your family…

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274 Chelsea July 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm

What an amazing story. It made me tear up. So sweet! Thanks for sharing.

http://www.sothisisarmylife.blogspot.com

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275 Bob July 11, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Someone tried to ease a little girl’s pain. She will make her personal spritual decisions as she gets older. For now, why don’t all the negative people go after the radical Muslims that want to kill all the infidels (which you are one) in Allah’s name. I think that might have a little more affect on the world than this story. You’re just going after the easy mark.

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276 Jas July 12, 2011 at 6:33 am

I am not an arguing person by nature. So to whoever wants to reply and criticize my comment, go ahead but don’t expect a response. It’s a bit lengthy.

To all the negative people commenting:
It is not a crime to give children hope that their beloved best friend is doing better somewhere else or to make them feel better. You may feel that a lie is a lie no matter what, but why make a four year old, who doesn’t understand the subject of science just yet, endure a lecture about how it’s not possible for the spirit of the dog to be anywhere than the ground. To me, I feel that that is more work in itself. I semi-agree with a comment before, even if it’s not my own beliefs, that telling a child that the rabbit, I believe, is being buried to help the gardens grow. That is sufficient enough. But don’t rationalize and say that lying to a child is bad when in reality, helping a child understand, ON THEIR LEVEL, is not only easier for the child but for the adult as well.

To the critical, analyzing people commenting:
If you had read the story IN ITS ENTIRETY you would have noticed that the mother and daughter put a return address on the letter. When you ask, “How did God (postal worker) know her mother had helped,” it may have been written right on the letter. We don’t know. Or, in some wacky case of knowing people, the postal worker may actually know the family. I don’t know about where you all are from but my hometown is very communal. The postal workers are not just workers but they are friends and neighbors. Maybe it was a simple case of they know this family.

To others:
This story was beautiful. I remember back to when I had to put my cat and my heart, Jeff, down after almost 16 years. He had been with me almost my entire life. He was in fact my best friend. To make it harder, it was right before I went off to college and that in itself is a stressful time and then adding on losing him. It was all rather challenging. Then this year has been a rather difficult year for me and this story just made me feel that there are still some considerate people in this harsh world we live in. No matter how someone tries to twist it negatively, and with Religion aside, even though I am a Christian, this story is exactly what the title described as “A Feel Good Story.”

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277 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm

i love you

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278 Roxanne maclean July 13, 2011 at 5:41 am

Jehovah,
Hears us and knows are joys and sorrows.
He did not right the letter but one of his guardian angels did.
When God spoke he has always used messengers to tell us things or show us.
He sent his only begotten son.
Enough said.
Hugs
Roxanne

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279 Angie July 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I just want to say this story touched me. A few years ago a farmer shot and killed one of my dogs. At the time I had two a male and a female husky. Odin was killed and Bella was shot twice and survived! I was so upset when i learned of the news. At the time I lived on an Air Force base, when I came home from work. I had a little white tile leaning up against my door.
The tile says. ODIN.. Gone yet not forgotten although we are apart, your spirit lives within me forever in my heart. crossed the rainbow bridge 4 sept. 06.
I have no idea who gave me the tile, but it is on my mantle. This year, I finally got the nerve to spread his ashes. Living in Alaska, i took his ashes to the Iditarod trail and spread him so he could run forever.
I have to agree in a time where it is easy for people to be so mean a little piece of niceness to a stranger sure goes a long way.

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280 spabettie July 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Angie, I am SO sorry about your dog! I am glad Bella survived, I hope she is doing well. Thank you for sharing the story about the tile – another example of people reaching out simply to make someone feel better, with no agenda of their own.

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281 Thera July 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm

This story is older than God. This didn’t happen to this person.

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282 spabettie July 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm

the Debbie Downer skit on SNL isn’t a real person, either.

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283 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm

correction: It diddn’t JUST happen to this person.

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284 Lindsay July 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

It actually DID happen, Thera. No, it’s not recent, but it’s not old enough to be “older then God”.

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285 patricia July 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm

We recently lost our cat of 15 years. I think what you did for your daughter was wonderful and whomever decided to write back is also wonderful. Having lost many dogs in my lifetime I understand your daughter’s pain and sorrow. God bless the person who wanted to help her feel better about that pain.

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286 antitrollman July 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm

OMG most confuzzling comment read EVER. TROLLS and LOVERS and HATERS OH MY! LOL

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287 Kerri July 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm

You’re blog entry here came up when I was using the ‘stumbleupon’ website tonight, and I felt I had to say how touched I was by it. We need more people like that postal worker in this world, and it is people like them who at irregular intervals restore my faith in human nature. Thank you very much for sharing this :-)

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288 spabettie July 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm

you are so welcome, Kerri – glad it touched you.

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289 K July 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I’m not usually a religious person, but this is the sweetest thing I’ve ever read! It nearly made me cry.

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290 spabettie July 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm

you don’t have to be religious to see this as an uplifting thing – someone doing something good for someone else, with no agenda! :)

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291 Ali July 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm

What a beautiful story. I just lost my dog, Lukas,five days ago. He was 12 years old, wich is half my age right now, so he had been with me for a long long time and was my first dog. It’s amazing how dogs become so much more than pets. He was my best friend, loved me no matter what and i’ll never forget him. Your story made me cry, but it also made me happy because it made me think about all the good times we had. Thank you.

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292 spabettie July 19, 2011 at 9:02 pm

hi Ali, I am so sorry about Lukas, and I send you peace and comfort right now! Dogs are so much more than pets, they are a part of the family, they are friends. You will always have the great memories – think of those often!

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293 Annette Mackey July 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Great story. Thank you for sharing. It was a very creative way to handle such a delicate situation with your child. She will thank you someday when she grows up and has to deal with the same issue when raising her own children.

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294 jowee July 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm

aww =( tearjerker.. the kid’s so sweet. she really loved her dog, sorry for your lost…

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295 William July 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I loved this story, i rarely feel the urge to tear up, but this story was just too beautiful. If only kindness like this was shared by everyone.

P.S. : Annette Mackey, stop stereotyping men it’s uncalled for and immature. Even if seth and steve are heartless.

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296 Jillygirl July 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm

There are such wonderful people on this earth taking care of our hearts and spirits when called upo, and I thank them ALL.
XXOO JAS

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297 marisa July 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I totally just cried..

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298 Robert July 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

I’m 18 years old, and my dog of 13 years just passed away a few days ago. He was old enough that I remember saying goodbye to him on my way to the first day of kindergarden, and then saying hello as I came back from my graduation. I “Stumbled” on this story and although I don’t personally believe in God, I can’t help but tear up in happiness when I read this again and again. Thanks for sharing!

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299 spabettie July 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Thank you for sharing, Robert! I am so SO sorry for your very recent loss. It sounds like you had many wonderful years, and those happy memories will be with you always!

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300 Bambi July 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Its a good thing I buy tissue at Costco. Thank you for a wonderful story.

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301 Acutemuse August 1, 2011 at 8:39 am

The people who write heinous comments are called trolls. They are best to be ignored. I’m agnostic and I still think this story is sweet. One can appreciate the relationship between a child and a pet no matter what one’s world view is.

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302 Laura August 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Atheist here who is sobbing her eyes out. Feeling the pain of losing my childhood dog again, and missing her. Hugging my sweet current furry daughter tight & hoping the day I have to feel that pain again is eons away. Also very touched that this child was comforted so by a complete stranger.

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303 spabettie August 2, 2011 at 9:11 am

thanks for commenting, Laura! sorry to bring the sadness of your childhood dog (I definitely know that feeling!), happy you have a furry one now to love! these kind of stories make us hug them tighter and appreciate them, right? :) have a great day, Laura!

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304 deedee August 2, 2011 at 10:14 am

i dont believe in god.but ive just lost one of my dogs who i was especally close too and this made me cry although im not quite sure why.

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305 spabettie August 2, 2011 at 10:29 am

hi deedee – I am very sorry for your loss - I know how hard that is. I respect your beliefs, and am happy this moved you as a touching story, regardless of those beliefs! have a great day, thanks for saying hello.

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306 Sue August 3, 2011 at 10:54 am

Their statements are par for the course. It’s a sad day when talking about our Heavenly Father and easing the pain of a child can produce such acidic remarks. However, for us Christians, it’s another line of names on our prayer list. :)

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307 spabettie August 3, 2011 at 11:30 am

and I thank you for that, Sue. it has been nice to see, though, that there have been a few self-proclaimed atheists here who DO get it - religion aside, it can still be a heartwarming story about giving, doing something nice for someone with no expectations in return.

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308 caileigh August 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm

aww how sweet :D Hahaahahahahha LMAO

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309 CowgirlBoots August 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Hey guys, this is beautiful, and I am so glad someone wrote back to her. God is love, but I believe the real Heaven exists, and this blog is about a 15 year old’s experiences there since she was 12. It’s really uplifting, would be worth it to check out :)
http://www.theheavenblog.com

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310 Sindee August 9, 2011 at 11:12 pm

I was stumbling and found this. Thank you for sharing, really.
We had lost a beloved dogs and cats, a beta… Well it was hard. We love our pets in my family. This is much the same as how I explained the loss to my boys. Then the unspeakable happened. My husband was killed in a car accident. I was very open with them both at 4 and 8. I never wanted it tobe something that would be swept under the rug. Having spoken of Heaven prior to my husbands death, I truly believe gave them both comfort, even if just a tiny bit. Me too!
Reading your post just gave me a warm feeling. This person must have experienced something similar to have such a sensitive heart in response to your letter.
What a special blessing <3

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311 Mandi August 13, 2011 at 9:10 am

I am an athiest and I even started tearing up while reading this! So sweet!

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312 Sarah August 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm

when I was little, I also wrote a letter to God about one of my stuffed animals who got lost. About a month later, I got a package as well with a new teddy bear. Someone from the post office was moved by my letter and sent me a teddy bear to replace my lost one. <3

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313 spabettie August 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

oh – I LOVE your story! :D some really decent people out there, doing nice things for strangers… thank you for sharing!

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314 Alex Warren August 15, 2011 at 11:12 am

Reading your post just gave me a warm feeling. This person must have experienced something similar to have such a sensitive heart in response to your letter.

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315 Morgan August 15, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Aw what a sweet story,it brought tears to my eyes! Thank you so much for sharing. I’m sorry to hear about your loss :(

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316 Melanie August 17, 2011 at 2:31 am

My golden died a few weeks ago…all I can say is that this is amazing and whoever sent that package did an amazing thing for Abbey and her ability to have closure; very beautiful.

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317 spabettie August 18, 2011 at 10:31 am

hi Melanie! so sorry about your golden – a hard thing to lose a pet, I hope you have many happy memories to look back on :)

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318 Fur-Endly Pet Care August 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Aw, this made me tear up. Someone out there really had a kind heart to go out of their way to do this for Meredith. Touching.

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319 Jenna August 23, 2011 at 12:16 am

this is so sweet – I am an atheist and can see the story for what it is, a stranger doing something nice for another being – very powerful and necessary!

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320 Cassandra August 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I LOVE THIS STORY!! thank you. {something in my eye…}

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321 Cara August 27, 2011 at 7:35 am

Yup. Totally sobbing right now along with everyone else. What a beautiful person you are and it is clear that your daughter has inherited that same beauty. Can I move in with you guys??? :) Wow.

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322 Cara August 27, 2011 at 7:37 am

Yup. I am totally sobbing right now along with everyone else. You are such a beautiful person and it is clear that your daughter has inherited that same beauty. Can I move in with you guys??? :) Wow.

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323 gret-chen August 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm

heartwarming story, thank you for sharing!

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324 Collette August 30, 2011 at 4:18 am

thank you for sharing, and for creating a (mostly) civil discussion. it’s nice to see even (many!) people that don’t share the belief can see it’s a nice story.

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325 Hank J September 22, 2011 at 11:58 am

thank you for sharing this. made me happy.

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326 Jane September 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm

so sad that people read this the wrong way. I do not believe, yet can see the good in the tale. not all should be taken literally, what frustrating lives these people must lead.

thanks for sharing!

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327 Jenna October 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm

such a touching story – thank you!!!

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328 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 6:28 am

:) thank YOU

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329 alice November 8, 2011 at 12:53 am

*tear

thank you for this. I am a long time atheist AND I see this story as a precious one.

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330 spabettie November 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm

thank YOU Alice! very happy you appreciate it!

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331 Alice November 10, 2011 at 3:29 am

I agree completely with the above, if you can see the sweet message for what it is for instead of fighting, your life will be easier!

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332 Rose November 11, 2011 at 2:47 am

okay, it is “sweet” but noone should lie to their kids or anyone else!! shame.

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333 we are the 99% November 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm

THANK YOU FOR THIS!! wow, such a harmonious story, no matter your faith or if you have any! not to be taken literally, of course, this shows the human spirit at its most genuine and giving!

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334 spabettie November 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm

oh, thank you! heartwarming story, and yours is a heartwarming comment!

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335 Summer November 17, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I disagree with you fooles, you shouldn’t never lie to kids!!!

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336 Grandma Wrinkles November 20, 2011 at 6:37 am

thanks for sharing this! a simple story that we don’t need to take too literally.

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337 Denise November 21, 2011 at 7:04 am

yeah there might be facets of the story that are nice, however you are doing more harm to your kids by telling them these lies!! why would you allow that??

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338 spabettie November 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm

hi Denise, thanks for your opinion, ONCE AGAIN, this is not me!!

this is simply a story I shared!! although, I have to say if I did have children, I do not know if I would consider this “lying”.

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339 Russell November 21, 2011 at 9:42 am

I stumble this a few times a week, I bet!! :) I love that the message is popular, it makes me smile each time.

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340 spabettie November 23, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I am SO glad, Russell! Cheers to you!

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341 Janet November 21, 2011 at 11:59 am

SO TOUCHING!! thank you for sharing.

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342 spabettie November 23, 2011 at 10:08 pm

you are welcome, Janet!!

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343 PJ November 23, 2011 at 3:16 am

I was suggested this website by a colleague.
I am not sure whether this has gotten significant attention LOL it seems there are many views! I believe it is a nice story. and thank you for sharing.

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344 spabettie November 23, 2011 at 9:46 pm

thanks, PJ! nice story, right?

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345 Garo December 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm

so beautiful, cheers to you my dear!

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346 Keila December 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm

awww, how can anyone think this is bad? you handle yourself well here, and thank you for sharing such a touching and wonderful story!

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347 jo December 27, 2011 at 1:41 am

this blashphemy. how COULD YOU??? poor girl, she is wronged.

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348 Janet December 27, 2011 at 2:04 am

should not ever lie to kids

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349 Emmie Murray December 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm

beautiful story, thank you!!

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350 Kennedy December 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm

THIS IS SUCH A WONDEFUL STORY!! THANKYOU!!

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351 Chris December 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm

thank you for this. we just losst our beloved dog, and my children are going through grief, we all are. my wife and I are getting them to focus on the good times and memories, and we will have a special event service for her.

hearing a story like this warms the heart at a difficult time. blessings,

Chris and Sandy

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352 VERDEL February 3, 2012 at 8:32 am

BEAUTIFUL STORY, THANK YOU BLESS YOU!!

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353 VERDEL February 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

LOVELY STORY!!!

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354 spabettie February 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm

:D thank you, Verdel.

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355 Bryan February 4, 2012 at 7:11 am

beautiful, thank you!

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356 Anon February 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm

If you read the full story you can see how the postal worker found out that the girl’s mother wrote the letter; it was in a PS, along with photos of the dog. And if you check the San Antonio express archives you can learn that the letter was collected by a postal worker, who dropped it off at a nearby church on his/her route. The letter was given to a church volunteer who answered it; it wasn’t a postal worker. The family received phone calls from many dog breeders around the country who offered to give them a puppy, which they declined, though they did get another dog later. The little girl knows that it was a person who responded and rather than feel lied to, she felt loved because someone took the time to do that for her. The mother was interviewed on a radio show in 2008 and said she believes in the power of anonymous kindnesses. Maybe rather than look at the religious slant to the letter, we could take a moment to focus on that aspect, and spread a little more good in the world.

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357 brandi February 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I agree, this is simply a beautiful story. thank you for sharing, and ignore the ignorant!

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358 Bex February 8, 2012 at 12:36 am

very sweet, thank you for sharing.

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359 Cash February 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm

come on, you believe this? unreal.

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360 Lolly February 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm

no, this did not happen, you KNOW THAT RIGHT????

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361 Lindsay July 28, 2014 at 9:46 am

Actually, it did happen. It’s on Snopes, so it’s real.

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362 Toula February 18, 2012 at 11:43 am

*happy tears*

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363 Nichole February 20, 2012 at 5:34 am

so nice <3

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364 Pete February 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm

sweet, thank you.

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365 Cameron February 28, 2012 at 11:18 pm

<3

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366 Kristy March 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm

very sweet!!

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367 Katrina March 12, 2012 at 2:41 am

lovely <3

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368 Heather S March 20, 2012 at 8:20 am

wow, powerful message, thanks for sharing

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369 Krya April 4, 2012 at 3:03 am

when our beloved Charlie (yellow lab) passed, we explained the whole process to our children (all under 5) and they were okay. they were very sad, but this is a better way to approach this, IMHO.

that said, I love this story. it shows the human spirit and how people should treat each other, with compassion, kindness and generosity.

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370 Monoke April 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Stop lying to your kids, seriously. I remember reading about the death and decay process when I was in first grade. Shouldn’t be THAT hard to explain to a kid.

And yes, I have had pets and they have died. Both of my parents have died. Everything. Dies. Get used to it.

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371 Meredith Scrivener May 12, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Everybody that left rude comments, you made me cry. I’m Meredith Scrivener. After reading this story again, I felt a little spark between God and I. It’s not lying and God is a real person. I keep Abbey’s collar in my room and look at it everyday as if I’m saying to Abbey, ” Save me a spot on your bed in heaven.” I’ve missed Abbey, and know that Abbey is one of God’s favorite dogs in heaven.

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372 spabettie May 12, 2012 at 9:40 pm

oh my gosh, is it really you? now you made ME cry, Meredith! (in a good way…) I am sorry you had to see the negative reactions to your most beautiful story. please know it has had far more impact in a positive way for so many! Abbey lives on in spirit, and is indeed saving that spot for you.

thank you so much for writing, Kristina

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373 cara June 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm

very sweet, thank you for share

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374 Lara July 5, 2012 at 7:52 am

we just lost our dog, too soon. this both hurts and helps, thankyou

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375 Scot July 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm

you are doind your children a disservice by telling lies to your daughter why can’t she learn about reality

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376 spabettie July 20, 2012 at 7:57 am

yeah, no. I’m really not.

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377 Shauna July 18, 2012 at 11:17 pm

very sweet

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378 Gerri Konditeri July 26, 2012 at 11:15 am

very sweet.

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379 Allie September 10, 2012 at 10:18 pm

my friend lost her pup today, I found this in a search for some words to cheer her. this is the sweetest story, thank you for sharing.

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380 Shu November 15, 2012 at 4:10 am

<3 <3 <3

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381 Stephene January 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Thank you for sharing a wonderful story. But I do believe that telling your kids that God is real is a little lie. Even though I cannot prove I’ m right, I believe otherwise. But people, just because you don’t have the same belief as others, it doesn’t mean you have to leave nasty, rude, disturbing comments. Happy Saturday :D

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382 Stephene January 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Spabettie you really are wonderful for not chewing peoples ears when they leave nasty comments.:)

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383 Kristina Sloggett January 5, 2013 at 11:14 pm

as long as people aren’t attacking or being offensive, I am open minded and know people have different opinions. :D cheers!

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384 Ello February 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Aww. I just lost my 2 beloved pups yesterday when they accidentally got run over. Now im sitting at the computer feeling like an idiot and bawling my eyes out.

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385 Kristina Sloggett February 5, 2013 at 9:03 am

I am SO sorry for your loss!

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386 Lindsay July 28, 2014 at 12:17 am

Hi Spabettie! I know this sounds crazy, but I have been looking to find Meredith! I was hoping to find a Twitter or Instagram or Facebook, and I just found the most awesome thing! She is starting a blog! I know i sound like an overly-excited middle-aged woman , but her story is such an inspiring tearjerker. LOL!
http://meredithblogweekly.weebly.com/
Well, I’ll leave you to your blogging, but thanks for sharing the story!! Makes me cry every time.

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387 Kristina Sloggett July 28, 2014 at 10:00 am

hi Lindsay! thanks for sharing this, I will have to follow the blog for more posts from her. such a sweet story, I’m glad you like it too. :)

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388 Kristina Sloggett July 28, 2014 at 10:06 am

ALSO !! I just remembered this, and went to find her comment in the long list of them… Meredith herself left a comment a while back – comment # 375! thought you’d like to read that one. Cheers!

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389 spabettie June 27, 2011 at 6:21 pm

interesting point! even though some people here have been nasty, they are sharing beliefs with those who will argue and contest them.

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390 Roxanne maclean July 13, 2011 at 5:44 am

Truly if we dont believe in something we will fall for anything.

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391 K July 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm

It’s pointless to argue about beliefs, side’s who are they do judge someone else’s beliefs? At the very least we should respect another’s belief, but unfortunately people don’t like to see outside of themselves.. if that makes any sense.

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392 spabettie July 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm

it makes perfect sense. unfortunately people are often closed minded to views outside their own, and fortunately, our differences are what make life interesting! :)

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