Click to enlargeAll Good Dogs Go to Heaven!

Through her tears, a little girl asked,"Where did Patch go?" She had just lost her beloved puppy.

What could I say?

"All good dogs go to Heaven," I said, remembering my own lost friend, Woofer.

Could I imagine a Heaven without pets? I know of no orthodox faith that has addressed the problem of the loss of a faithful animal companion. (Though Pope Francis recently suggested that pets might have a place in Heaven!)

I only know that Patch and Woofer were good dogs. They lived a Heaven on Earth with us while they were here. They gave us joy.

I like to believe there's a place in Heaven for all Good Dogs. Even if it's just a corner. (Story on back)


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