Dogs and Heaven

Posted by on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

My sister C has shared the past 9 years of her life with this sweet little guy, Murphy. He came into her life shortly after a divorce, when she was sad and stressed. He showered her with that wonderful unconditional love that only dogs can offer so selflessly. If you are a dog-lover, you know what I mean.

Murphy got sick a few days ago – with a high fever and chills. He was very very sick, with huge swollen lymph nodes and constant whimpers of discomfort. The vet did a biopsy, suspecting lymphoma but while they waited for the test results, Murphy went rapidly downhill. My poor sister had to make the gut-wrenching decision to put him to sleep because she couldn’t let him suffer any longer. She loved him too much for that….. but it was so so hard.

As we talked tonight, she told me that she had asked the Lord to allow him to stay with her a little longer but He evidently had other plans. Once he had passed away, she said she asked Daddy to look after him for her.

Our Dad (who passed away Sept. 19th, 2008) was always so good with little dogs. They just took up with him like he was the only person in a room! Just thinking of Murphy and Daddy together in Heaven makes me smile a little, although I sure wish it hadn’t have happened so soon.

I’ve hugged my stinky dogs more times tonight than usual. I know we are lucky to have relatively healthy dogs to share our lives with even though they are getting old. Some day I will have to face saying “Goodbye” to them as well. That’s a thought that makes a giant lump form in my throat.

When a dog offers you his heart
Accept it with a smile
For his love will last a lifetime –
Which is such a little while.

When a dog offers you his heart
Take it gladly and with pride
For he will be a faithful friend
Ever by your side.

A dog loves you because you’re you –
Not for how you speak or what job you do
You could be short, tall, thin or fat
Or ugly as sin, he doesn’t care about that.

A dog knows if you’re good or bad
He can see inside your soul
When he decides you’re okay
To earn your love is his main goal.

When you’re sad, he’ll comfort you
And kiss away each tear
You may even wake up in the morning
With a cold nose in your ear.

When eventually the time comes
And the lights in his eyes dim
A new star will shine in Heaven
In remembrance of him.

You’ll gaze up at the midnight sky
And you will hear him say –
“I’m so glad you were my human
We’ll meet again some day!”

So, if this poem has caused a tear to fall
That’s because you love the dog who’s giving you his all
Go travel on together, happily paw in glove
He’s the only one who’ll ever give you unconditional love.

When a dog offers you his heart
Accept it with a smile
For his love will last a lifetime –
Which is such a little while.

By Hazel Harris-Lane

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  1. Gayletrinion 10 Nov 2011 at 4:04 pm 1

    Got to tell you my heart skipped a bit when I saw your title. I thought it was your sweet Weini. Sorry for your sister’s loss. Strange to mourn an animal but God knows I still pin for my beloved Buffles and Max. ( they have been dead for over 13 years)
    ((hugs)) to you.

  2. Jenon 10 Nov 2011 at 8:32 pm 2

    I am so sad for your sister. Just yesterday, I got out all of my Katie pictures and looked at them. I still miss her so much.
    I really and truly want Katie to be the first thing I see when I get to the Pearly Gates. I hope she’s waiting for me, with her tail *thump*thump*thumping* against the gate.
    I certainly DO hope that all dogs go to heaven. Gives me even more to look forward to!

  3. thotladyon 29 Nov 2011 at 2:02 pm 3

    I am sad for your sister’s loss, but what a treasure that Murphy brought her such joy.

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