Abbey, Meredith and God

I have no way to know who sent it, but there is a kind 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 am wherever there is love.

Love God



  1. Mercedes Said:

    I have read this before-amazing! Are you by chance Meredith’s mother?

    Pet Lover

    • ausra Said:

      helo i m saule 🙂

      i like your dog

  2. kajuma Said:

    No, I’m not her mother. But the story was so touching I just had to post it.

  3. Mercedes Said:

    I too love this story. It is so inspirational and amazing! The power of prayer!


  4. Joy Said:

    I AM Meredith’s mother! I have this story emailed me to me very often, and I am always glad to see it again. I know it has helped many people get through their own losses.

    Oh, and the little girl and dog in the email are NOT my daughter and Abbey. I have no idea who they are.

    Happy holidays to you all!

    mom to Meredith

  5. Katia Said:

    Hello Joy, mom to Meredith,
    I am teacher for dogs, mostly children and dogs – we do only games and funny things like dog-dancing – and am writing a book about stories of dogs. I live in Switzerland, speak and write in French. I would like to ask you the authorization to translate Meredith’s letter and the reply in my book as this story is so wonderful. Would you agree? I hope you will come back to this site and reply to me here, as I don’t know another way to reach us.
    Wish you a lot of love in your life

  6. kajuma Said:

    It’s up to Meredith’s mom to give you permission. I’ve forwarded the message to her. Hopefully she will contact you one way or the other.

    • ausra Said:

      helo katia
      helo i m saule i love dog do you like dog

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