A mes­sage from above

First For Women - - Love -

“A soft rain was fall­ing, as if the sky were weep­ing too, the day I lost my sweet golden re­triever, Skip­per. He’d been my faith­ful com­pan­ion for 14 years. I al­ready missed him and his silly shenani­gans, like when he’d drag ran­dom items into his bed, wait­ing for me to find his trea­sure.

“The house felt so hor­ri­bly empty when I re­turned home from the vet with Skip­per’s col­lar. We’ll be to­gether again one day, I prayed. Then a dev­as­tat­ing thought flashed in my mind:

Where do dogs go when they die? What if I don’t ever see him again?

“A new round of tears started, and as I grabbed a tis­sue, I no­ticed a rect­an­gu­lar box lay­ing in Skip­per’s dog­gie bed. He must have got­ten into my nephew’s DVD col­lec­tion be­fore I took him to the vet. I picked it up, let­ting out a sob as I read the ti­tle: All Dogs Go to Heaven.”

—Jan­ice Rice, 53, Ap­ple Val­ley, CA

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