Saturday, November 14, 2009

All Dogs Go to Heaven

This was circling the Internet through email a while back. It was sent out as a way to tell people why they get forwarded emails from friends. I love the story. You might enjoy it too, even if you've read it once before. I've changed the title.

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.

He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.

He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.
When he was close enough, he called out, “Excuse me, where are we?”

“This is Heaven, sir,” the man answered. “Wow! Would you happen to have some water?” the man asked.

Of course, sir. Come right in and I'll have some ice water brought right up. “The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

“Can my friend,” gesturing toward his dog, come in, too?” the traveler asked.

“I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets."

The man thought for a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence.

As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside leaning against a tree and reading a book.

“Excuse me!” he called to the man. “Do you have any water?”

“Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in.”

“How about my friend here?” the traveler gestured to the dog.

“There should be a bowl by the pump.”

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.

The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, and then he gave some to the dog.

When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.

“What do you call this place?” the traveler asked.

“This is Heaven,” he answered.

“Well, that's confusing,” the traveler said. “The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.”

“Oh, you mean the place with the gold streets and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell.”

“Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?”

“No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.”

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  1. This is a new one for us and we loved it! Thanks for visiting our blog and your kind comments. Looking forward to the next good stories!

    Stella and Mom

  2. That is a great story.. How true it really is.. Dogs are mans best friends. Always there for you never asking for anything but food and lovin..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  3. No, Its not that I am Back at your blog! I never left! I have been reading all your rescue stories and I think you are just plain wonderful.
    Darlin' will be fine, I bet, I wish that people would keep their advice sometimes and just let you do what seems to come natural to you. Great stories and even greater pictures!

    Cheers and hugs all around,
    Jo, Stella's Mom

  4. We've read this many times and love it every time! It would only be heaven if we all could be together--otherwise it truly is hell.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! We love looking at your pictures and posts.

    love & wags,

  5. What a lovely tale. And, fantastic painting.

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  6. Great story. Thanks for sharing it.

    woos, the OP Pack

  7. Does dogs really go to heaven? That's a good question though.
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  8. That's an amazing story. Had fun reading it and im looking foward to read more of your stories! More power.