Some heartwarming stories never get old. They circulate the internet for years, only to find us in our feeds just when we need a little pick-me-up.
The story of 4-year-old Meredith and her sweet dog Abbey is one of those tales… or “tails,” as the case may be.
We don’t know where exactly this story originated, but have traced it back to a 2013 post on Suspended Coffees’ Facebook page.
Suspended Coffees is a non-profit organization based in Wisconsin. The company’s mission involves inspiring unity and restoring faith in humanity.
It just so happens this particular story is one of those that may just restore your faith in humanity in case you’ve lost it.
Abbey and Meredith’s tale begins as a sad one. The dog was 14 years old when she died and Meredith missed her four-legged pal desperately.
“She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her,” the writer shares.
The little girl’s sweet words will touch your heart and soul. “Dear God, will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven.”
I miss her very much,” the letter goes on. “I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.”
“I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her. Love, Meredith.”
Doesn’t that just break your heart? It certainly broke mine. But the story gets better. After her mom dropped the letter — complete with stamps and a return address — at the post office, Meredith received a special package a few days later.
It was wrapped in gold and addressed to the heartbroken child. Inside was Mr. Rogers’ book called “When a Pet Dies.” And inside that book was Meredith’s original letter — and included with that letter was a note to Meredith from God.
The note’s words assure Meredith that her dog is no longer sick. The author of the letter goes on to tell her she is loved and that she has a wonderful mother.
“Abbey arrived safely in heaven,” it says. “Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away.
“Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.
“Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.
“I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find. I am wherever there is love. Love, God.”
Wow. The person behind this has a kind heart indeed. While we can’t confirm this story, we think it’s important to note the message is more important than the facts.
Real people and their real stories restore our faith in humanity every day, reminding us we never truly lost it. All we needed was another story like Meredith’s to help us remember the good in people. And that’s worth all the postage stamps in the world.
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