A Child’s Letter About Her Beloved Departed Dog


The kindness of a stranger is simply an amazing and touching moment.

Here is an email that Debbie, an Itchmo reader, sent us about the story of a child’s letter to God about her dog, Abbey, who had passed away and what happened after she sent the letter:

Our 14-year-old-dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could, so she dictated these words:

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. 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 play with balls and to swim. 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.

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, “To Meredith” in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, “When a Pet Dies.” Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope.

On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven.

Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey 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.


According to the San-Antonio Express-News, this story is true and it really did happen to the Scrivener family in August 2006.

Meredith’s mother said that the book and the letter comforted her daughter over the loss of Abbey. Meredith’s mother was tempted to go to the post office and see who sent the letter, but she decided against it. She kind of didn’t want to know who did it and said it was simply the work of an angel.

47 Responses to “A Child’s Letter About Her Beloved Departed Dog”

  1. Kaffe says:

    This is simply one of the most heart-warming stories I have ever heard. Truly, there is still much kindness here on earth.

  2. catmom5 says:

    I read this with tears in my eyes. Many blessings to the wonderful mother who honored her daughter’s love for her dog and to that special angel who truly IS an angel. What a difference that angel made in Meredith’s life, and in the lives of others who share Meredith and Abbey’s story.

  3. cat lady says:

    okay, ths one made me cry.

  4. Cathy says:

    “okay, ths one made me cry.”

    Me too

  5. trudyjackson says:

    I sit here with tears in My eyes. But tears for the love of a little girl and Her dog. What an angle to whoever wrote Her back. this is just amazing.

  6. Carolyn & Maggie says:

    Lovely stories such as this help to balance out some of the cruelty and unkindness we see too much of in the world.

  7. Nancy G. says:

    Yep, it made me cry, too. So much love- from Abbey, to Abbey, mother to daughter, and an unknown angel to them all. Wonderful!

  8. rainslynn says:

    So much better and more believable than the easter bunny, tooth fairy and santa rolled into one. Bless the stranger who gives and asks for nothing in return.

  9. Andrea says:

    Yep.. crying here too. Thank you.

  10. Nancy VB says:

    So wonderful. The little girl, the Mom and the unknown angel are all the work of God.
    Not a HUGE miracle, just a beautiful little one. Blessings to all involved.

  11. Linda says:

    This just brought tears to my eyes. I have to agree with Nancy. All those involved were sent by God and used to bring this wonderful miracle to a little girl and her family.

  12. 2CatMom says:

    G-d really is all around us. I know the angel that wrote back to Abbey will be blessed many times over for such a kind act.

  13. JonO says:

    Although this story is true, according to snopes.com, it has been running around the internet since 2006. It doesn’t really qualify as “news,” does it?

  14. Mary says:

    Perhaps for those who have already seen it, it is not news. This is the first reading for me. I view this as the kind of story that bears repeating every now and again. All of the wonderful people involved in this story are truly inspiring. News? Anytime this kind of love, compassion, empathy and kindness are shown is certainly worthy of repeating.

    Thanks so much for sharing this - it’s the kind of story that needs lots more attention.

  15. CINDY WALSH says:

    This renews my faith in the human race!

  16. Lynda says:

    It doesn’t matter if it’s new news or old news it still shows the Love of God and what He can do through the love of others. I hope many are touched by this many times over and over.

  17. Rach says:

    What a beautiful story.. I love that there are people out there that care enough to do things like that anymore, I experienced that when I was in hospital a few months back… you really see the goodness of human nature in there, the nurses and doctors really care for you and each little triumph you have, such as walking one day, is really something for them as well as you, there really is good in the world. just look and you shall find it

  18. purplecircle4pets.com says:

    Be still my heart!! How beautiful that the person who found this letter was filled with love and compassion.

  19. Velvet's Dad says:

    Although an agnostic, I must disagree with 4chan who unfortunately misses the point of the story, new or old.

    The key is the last line of the letter, 4chan. I’ll repeat it for you.

    “By the way, I’m easy to find, I am wherever there is love.”

  20. Poodlluver says:

    GREAT story, Thank you for sharing!!! :)

    (old or new…who cares…) Thank you, again!

  21. JJ says:

    Heart warming story and wonderful that someone chose to share it again whether new or old. With more people like this with the caring and compassion we, as pet lovers, can overcome anything.

  22. elizabeth says:

    Must. Find. Kleenex.

  23. Justin says:

    Always a nice letter to read.

  24. Denise says:

    This was such a nice letter to read. we read so much about people abusing there pets and neglecting them so much negative and this really keeps us hoping that there are alot more people like this around then the bad ones. Hug all your kittys, pups, and other fur babies and love them everyday. I lost my cat Rocky in october 2004 11 years old and my pup missy in august 2004 to lymphoma cancer and she was only 7. I never take my pup missy for granted at all because of my loss. take care everyone. PS. I don’t think that little girl cares if the letter was right or wrong. it was the thought and the message was still there and very true and good. I think the person was caring and just tried to do something nice and I must add went way out of there way to do so. The person is just a good caring person and if this were my child I would be so greatful too.

  25. The Lioness says:

    I have seen it before, too, but it is still a very heartwarming story.

    Though it may not be “news,” it is nice to share little, uplifting things like this from time to time. Why not just enjoy it?

    Very sweet story.

    ~The Lioness

  26. TEALCSMOMMY says:

    Wow, can that post office angel write a beautiful letter! Every word was perfect! This is the second time I am reading the story and each time it also brought tears to my eyes.

  27. FrannyMom says:

    I also had heard this one before — glad one of our posters “Snoped” it and found it was true. Have to say, I did not mind reading it again. Shows that despite all we hear about that is painful and difficult, magic and miracles can come to us when we least expect it.

  28. Jennifer says:

    this made me cry! wow. how lovely.

  29. Mary Williams says:

    We just lost our beloved Muffin about 6 weeks ago, and this story is truly beautiful. I cried too, and who wouldn’t? My heart aches for little Muffin, but I am sure she is in heaven and playing with all the other wonderful pets that have gone ahead. Thanks so very much for sharing this, and I would never have seen it had it not been presented here again. I did not know of this website until this past month.
    For the love of Muffin,
    Muffin’s Mom

  30. Mister Monkey says:

    This is a really sweet story. Sometimes the USPS really does work miracles.

  31. Linda Lloyd says:

    We just lost our dog Sadie 1-week ago, well really our son’s but she was ours too, we really loved reading this letter, it is comforting to know there are so many of us grieving together, we don’t feel so alone. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story, it helps so much going through this loss and void in our lives at this time. Linda & Gary

  32. Jenny says:

    Aww that’s an adorable story.

  33. Grandma Kessler says:

    This letter took my breath away. I have lost five precious dogs through my lifetime and my children and grandchildren have lost their precious pets and it always hurts. What a wonderful thought and a wonderful way to comfort this little girl. When our pets die we are all little children.

  34. andre says:

    truly touching and i’m not ashamed my tears flow non stop. i am a strong beliver that all dogs go to heaven.

    my only wish to the almighty is that human will treat all animals particiularly (dog) more humanely especilally in developing countries such as asia. dogs are treated to the worst kind of human cruelty which i do not have the heart to mention to the readers here.

    god bless you meredith, i am very sure abbey will always looking down on you everyday from heaven and smiling all the way into your heart.


  35. Zac says:

    Hey Isn’t it a felony to open someone else’s mail?

  36. nicole says:

    Stories like this make me think there is still hope for mankind. Thank you for this.

  37. idadakotah@aol.com says:

    how beautifull ,really ,the person who did that ,makes you wonder ,how many good people are on this earth ..i have lost my animals tooo .they lived a full life time of love with me i now have a collie and she took over where cheyanne left off all of my animals i ever had i loved .i had a very rough childhood and my animals have saved me with there love ..what a wonderfull mother you are to listen to your childd heart

  38. chocolatezen says:

    I looked this up like I do most tearjerkers I find on the net and was pleased to find its true. God or not, there are good people in the world trying to ease the pain of people they don’t even know. Here’s the link to snopes. http://www.snopes.com/glurge/abbey.asp

  39. drccoco says:

    one of the kindest things i ever heard….thank you for posting this.

  40. Meeshu says:

    My tears fall as well. It’s comforting to know that others are as touched by animal and child stories as I am. Pets are an integral part of our family and receive the same love as our children. What a beautiful way to teach children about unconditional love and how it is freely given by God and dogs alike.

  41. Sascha says:

    That was such a sweet story! I wonder who did read the letter and send that to her. As I was reading it and it said they addressed it to god, I’m like where is this letter going to go though? lol That really touched my heart.

  42. Izzie says:

    I got this email as a chain yesterday, although at the time I didnt think it was real (until i looked it up). I am not religious but this is truly a great and touching story.

  43. Cory says:

    This was a very nice story.I myself am an agnostic/atheist but if I worked at the post office would have done the same thing as the “angel”. My experience is that unconditional love is not given by any God but is a trait that must be nurtured or sought after if lacking.

  44. Lora Jean says:

    Thank heavens there are still kind people in this world…what a wonderful, heart warming story!

  45. Amy D. says:

    Please note that the letter and book the girl received came from a human being; god had nothing to do with it.

  46. adrienne says:

    such an incredible, heartwarming story. it’s so amazing to see the kindness that still exists in this world, and the warmth one act can bring. This person truly is an angel.

  47. Sarah says:

    I have lost many pets years ago and it was kind of sad because no one can comfort me at all. This is truly the work of an angel.

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