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Do Dogs Go To Heaven?
Published on Monday, May 4, 2015 by

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In my world, dogs go to heaven. But in others? Apparently not so much.

On the way to Corolla, my daughter told me about a lesson that had upset her recently. An authority figure in our church explained that animals do not have souls and therefore do not go to heaven. If it is in the Bible it is truth. Period. “So if you think Fido is going to meet you in heaven, you are very wrong.”

My daughter adores the person who taught this lesson. As she listened she was both hurt and conflicted. She was ready to stand up and fight for her own personal beliefs about dogs and souls, but knew it was the time and place to respect authority and stay quiet. Considering where she was, she made the right decision.

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Both my daughter and I volunteer for a dog rescue and have three dogs in the house. In our world, every dog we have owned and loved will be meeting us at Rainbow Bridge on the way to heaven. Period.

I told my daughter that perhaps this person never owned a dog and never experienced such an unconditional love. She said no, the person had owned a dog.

After we talked a bit about it, I asked my daughter what SHE thought. She said, “I don’t care what ANYBODY says. Dogs have souls and we are going to see all of them again.”

I told my daughter that if I have a god, my God is not restricted to any words in a book. MY God would love all creatures, great or small. And if this God indeed loves us all, He will be sure our pets are waiting for us in heaven. Otherwise, I’ll find a different higher up. One that doesn’t mind dog hair.

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  • Ron

    “I told my daughter that if I have a god, my God is not restricted to any words in a book. MY God would love all creatures, great or small. And if this God indeed loves us all, He will be sure our pets are waiting for us in heaven. Otherwise, I’ll find a different higher up. One that doesn’t mind dog hair.”

    BRILLIANT response, Katherine! And one that I TOTALLY agree!

    From a post I shared on my blog several years ago, I’m sure you already know how I feel about organized religion and the bible, so I won’t go there. But to think that an “authority” figure from a church would say to a child, “So if you think Fido is going to meet you in heaven, you are very wrong.”, only keeps me not believing in organized religion and the bible (and “God authority” figures).

    I once had someone (who was also a big organized religion follower) tell me that dogs are not capable of love because they are not human. Only humans can love.

    And do you know what I said to her? I said, “You’re wrong. Because a dog knows the only love that’s pure – unconditional love!”

    FABULOUS post, my friend! And thank you for sharing it!
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    • Dogs are more capable of love than many humans I have known… I feel bad your friend felt that way. But like I told Elizabeth – everyone has a right to believe what they want to believe…just remember to always be true to yourself no matter what anyone around you says. 😉

  • I fully expect to see all my pets in heaven. Yes I do.

    Have a terrific day.

  • Heather R

    Tell Kiddo I know all Pets go to Heaven!!

  • Agreed! Our beloved pets will be waiting for us, and we’ll need a bigger house, for sure! That was so unkind of that person to say that to her.

    And yes, they do love us unconditionally. Thanks for posting this!

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