October 23, 2011

Dogs in Heaven.

I spend a lot of time wondering about what comes after and I plan to share my thoughts and opinions as they develop. It really is a work in progress. I do hope, however, that it's something quite nice. I do need to have something to hope for..... to look forward to.

One thing for sure is that I am a dog lover and it would be wonderful to meet up with all my pets in the afterlife.

Anyway, I love this story. A friend sent it to me via email and I wanted to share it with any other dog lovers out there who will understand where I'm coming from. Something light for a change.......

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery,when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.

He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side. When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?"

"This is Heaven, sir," the man answered.

"Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man asked.

"Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up."

The man gestured, and the gate began to open. "Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveller asked.

"I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets."

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

"Excuse me!" he called to the man. "Do you have any water?"

"Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in."

"How about my friend here?" the traveller gestured to the dog.

"There should be a bowl by the pump," said the man.

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. The traveller filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.

"What do you call this place?" the traveller asked.

"This is Heaven," he answered.

"Well, that's confusing," the traveller said. "The man down the road said that was Heaven, too."

"Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell."

"Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?"

"No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind."



Sereena said...

I love this story Doug, I've heard it before.

I have no doubt that all the wonderful dogs and indeed pets I've had over my lifetime will be waiting for me when I get to the Astral. As far as I'm concerned, their souls are every bit as precious as my own and God keeps them happy until we return home.

Reminds me of that wonderful Robin Williams movie What Dreams May Come. Always makes me cry.


Darlene said...

I love this story Doug and all your posts. Thank you for sharing your most peronal feelings with everyone.

I have a very good friend who is dying of cancer. I often take what you say and put it to practise when I talk to her. I listen to her because everyone else tells her that she will be ok, even though her doctors have told her she has about 2 years left. From reading your posts I am reminded that sometimes it is best to have at least one person that will listen to you. When she is angry that her cancer is taking over her life I let her be angry and she knows she can talk to me about anything and everything. I listen to her because of you, So thanks.

Doug said...

Thank you so much for you comment, Darlene. My goal with this blog is to help people understand what it's like to have a terminal illness. It makes me incredibly happy to hear that it has helped you. Your friend is very lucky to have you. It is such a blessing to have someone who understands. Otherwise, it can be very lonely, which is a horrible way to die. Best wishes to you and your friend.