I lost my best friend a week ago. She was 13-1/2 years old, a beautiful Cocker Spaniel named Ellie.
Like all of you, this is a huge loss. It was just Ellie and me here, my constant companion and best friend.
I've been trying to deal with the grief as best I can. I believe the bond we have with our pet family is stronger than many people understand.
As a Christian I needed to search for answers, to know I would see her again. Frustrated with videos and commentaries by pastors who would say "No, animals don't go to heaven." I decided to search the Bible and books to determine what the truth is. I hope my discovery helps you.
Of the many Bible verses, I found about God's infinite love of His creation the one that I will see Ellie and my other lost pets in Heaven is the one below.
Ecclesiastes 3:19-20 New International Version (NIV)
19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.While man was created in the image of God, we all of the same breath or spirit in us... both man and animals.
While I know not everyone is a Christian, I do hope this brings some of you a little bit of peace knowing your little loved ones like mine are in Heaven. The more I read the more convinced I was about this matter.
I also read of Near-Death Experiences where people have been created by their fallen pets. While I am still grief-stricken I found comfort in hearing these stories and the many truths I found in the Bible.
I'll leave you a poem I wrote for Ellie. May God bless each and every one of you. Please know you are in my prayers.
This morning I woke up and knew that you were not here,
I spent my day wandering aimlessly with eyes full of tears.
The couch where we once snuggled is empty and unkempt,
The bed where we once cuddled is full of tears I have wept.
Nothing is the same now, everything has changed,
The only sound is crying and my calling out your name.
I wonder if you knew how much I loved you so,
And how empty my life is without you in my home.
I prayed and read the Bible while you were by my side,
You made it all more special with the love you did provide.
I know you’re now in Heaven where I will see you once again,
Please know I miss you so much my companion and best friend.