I've been a nurse for about 3 years and I work in rehab/ med-surg with past experience in neuroscience. I'm overall a happy person, but theres this one thing I can't get past.
In Sept. 2013 my childhood pet of 12 years died suddenly. She was a lovely German Shephard with a very vibrant personality. She got really thin and lost bladder control and muscle tone over a matter of months, and all of a sudden she started having seizures and nystagmus. My parents took her to the vet who said she was showing all the signs of a brain tumor. They decided to have her put to sleep then. I wasn't able to be there, because of work. I have no way of knowing if she was in pain, or scared, or even if she knew what was going on.
I can't get past the thought of her just not exsiting anymore. I'm a Christian (not a great one, I find myself at work more often than at church on Sundays) and I've always been told by church leaders that pet's don't go to Heaven. My parents fervently believe that they do. My husband believes that they do. I have no idea what to believe. What do you believe and why? I basically reaching around in the dark for answers; I can't seem to let her go or find closure without figuring this out.
I'm sorry if these are just the silly musings of the little girl in me, unable to grow up and move on. I'm an adult, and there's so much I don't know. I miss her so much.
Feb 19, '14
Do you know the Rainbow Bridge?
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Feb 19, '14
I'm so sorry about your beautiful dog. I love the Rainbow Bridge story; it's been very comforting during the losses of several of my own fur-babies.
To be honest, I don't know if animals have souls, but then, I can't believe that God would make a Heaven without fluffy kittens and cute puppies. I prefer to think He wouldn't anyway. After all, Heaven is the place where there will be no more crying, no more death, no more pain.....for any of us. Including pet lovers.
Feb 20, '14
Thanks for your responses. Honestly I didn't think anyone would even read this... this helps, thank you.
Mar 3, '14
It takes faith to believe there is a heaven in the first place. For me it's not a stretch to believe that ALL my loved ones will be there waiting for me.
I'm sorry you're grieving the loss of your pet.(friend)
Mar 10, '14
I figure if God is love then our animals have got to be there. They provide unconditional love and teach us the meaning of it. To think of heaven without our teachers does not seem right. If God made all on the earth and in the waters then there was a purpose. We know that pets have great purpose. Some keep us away from the pearly gates for a long time. We know the effect of animals on B/P, anxiety, and certainly working dogs provide more than just dealing with specific losses.
I don't think heaven would be a place for me without animals. Of course my belief about heaven is for all to interconnected. I have no thoughts of angels on clouds. Dogs chasing sticks, yes. Cats preening, yes. Other animals connecting in their own ways, yes. That is my idea of heaven.
Dec 20, '17
I do think pets can go to heaven. In fact, my dogs probably will have an easier time being admitted. I'm hoping their wagging tails and cheerful yips will help vouch my admission.
Dec 22, '17
Well, in MY heaven there most certainly will be my close animal friends! And I DO think they have souls. My extra-special ones, Fang, Fletcher, and Moosie-Cowboy were the most soulful, truly loving companions I've ever had in my life and I was blessed a thousand times over by having each of them share their lives with me while they were here on this plane of existence. Moosie's been gone 11 years and I still miss him every day. I have many pictures of him, and when I go, his and my ashes will be joined together in a special place we always used to visit. That is so comforting to me!
Dec 26, '17
I also believe that dogs and other animals do go to heaven. Thank you for posting "The Rainbow Bridge" for those who hadn't read it before. I love it and it has also brought me comfort when any of my fur-kids have passed on. One day after I had to put one of my kids to sleep due to health reasons and old age, I entered a dog store. They had one of those one-day-a-page dog calendars on their counter. Since the date was old, I asked for it. It reads- "The great thinkers Plato, Martin Luther, John Wesley, Alexander Pope and Charles Darwin all believed that a dog's soul is not simply snuffed out upon his death. Each proposed that the dog's affection and devotion earn him a place in eternity." I still have it, dated July 29, 1992. It brought me peace and comfort as one of the men listed is the reformer of my faith.
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Dec 29, '17
I 100% believe pets go to Heaven, Nirvana, whatever you want to call it. They have pure souls and love unconditionally.
Immediately they go to Heaven. if not, there is no Heaven.
Once our dog died. A well-meaning very religious friend from a fanatical family told my son dogs can never go to Heaven as they have no souls. My son was in absolute hysterics and thought our dog would go to hell. His friend said there is no Heaven for animals, so he made the leap in his mind about hell. It was horrible and difficult to calm my son after that.
I corrected that perception, from my standpoint and said God would not make animals if they couldn't go to Heaven----- and told my son to stop hanging around with that boy. They had nothing in common after all.