“Nowhere is God’s love closer to us than in the company of our pets…And God loves us all….While no one can offer indisputable evidence of that love by pulling a quote from some holy text, the proof is in the pudding. God’s love is all encompassing. There is plenty to go around to all creatures.”
— Harold Klemp
This morning, I received the sad news that our closest friends had just lost their beloved German Shepherd. Now, I know many people will think I am wrong to write this when loved ones are lost every day, but pets are part of our families and we love them. They love us right back, without fail.
I am writing this through tears. I loved Daphne also. She was my friend. When Mr. Scuba asked how I wanted to spend my 50th birthday, I wanted to go to Texas and spend it with J & V. We were leaving Willow for the very first time, and with her chronic illness, I was terrified even though our pet sitter was a veterinary technician and came highly recommended.
From the moment we got to their house, Daphne comforted me as if she could sense my fear. On that visit she brought me such joy and gave such love. Having her around made me feel that Willow was going to be fine and still love us unconditionally when we got home. After all, Daphne hadn’t seen me in more than 2 years and she was just as happy to see me and as loving as ever toward me. I truly feel blessed that I had that time to spend with her just a few short months ago.
Daphne had been with J & V for a long time and I know they are devastated. My heart is hurting and tears have been flowing for them all morning.
Their pastor had given a sermon a while back saying dogs do not go to heaven, and I know this is disheartening to them. No, I don’t believe there is anywhere in the bible that explicitly says they go to heaven. But, if your are Christian (and I am not saying this to offend anyone that isn’t Christian), think about it. God loved us so very much that He gave us His only son. God also gave us our dogs. He gave them to us to be our loving companions, to protect us, to bring us joy. They love us back and trust us without fail.
I cannot believe that God would give us something so very special, that means so much to us, just to have that taken away from us when we reach heaven. I believe Daphne is resting in the arms of an angel, who is loving her and comforting her in her loss also.