Warning: reading this will make you cry your eyes out.

Via Rachel Brathen
on Oct 13, 2011
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It will also make your heart grow into the size of a basketball.

If you are not crying, blowing your nose, and completely overflowing with love after reading this, something is wrong with you. I found this written on a Facebook page supporting stray dogs. Read it with an open heart.


“Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away 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, and 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 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

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 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”


Reaching for the Kleenex? Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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About Rachel Brathen

Rachel is a yogi on a world tour. Born and raised in Sweden, she currently resides in the beautiful island of Aruba where she is busy teaching yoga at a resort in the mornings, coordinating retreats at noon, taking her three somewhat crazy dogs to the beach to keep up with the surf in the afternoon and trying to survive as a vegan (where no vegetables grow!) in the evenings. She firmly believes that life is not black or white – it’s black and white and blue and yellow with rays of pink and sparkle in between. You can teach yoga and still be a party animal. Meditate and ignore your spending problems. Be vegan and eat too much chocolate. Have a Swedish passport and live in the Caribbean. You can do anything, as long as it’s you! You can find Rachel on the beach, probably practicing her Astavakrasana, or on facebook.com/rachelsyoga.


25 Responses to “Warning: reading this will make you cry your eyes out.”

  1. Melissa says:

    I cried before the ending!

  2. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    What a SWEET photo! Thank you for sharing this!

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  3. yogijulian says:


  4. Me says:

    Apparently something is wrong with me.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Weird stalker GOD-IMPOSTER!!! :-0 Ahem… not very emotional.

  6. Ariana says:

    I'm so sorry. But please. Don't tell people that something is wrong with them if they don't cry because lots of people don't have that soft of a heart. I get that it's sweet, yes, but I'm not crying and I swear to you that nothing is wrong with me.

  7. Stephanie says:

    I'm not crying either, but honestly people? See the sentiment and respond. Don't flame the poster for being overly emotional. This is unendingly sweet.

  8. Hannah says:

    I cried because something is apparently wrong with me. ='(

  9. ALEX says:

    like seriously,GOD WILL SEND GER A LETTER?!!!!!!!

  10. Ian says:

    No one gives a shit its just a dog people

  11. Ian says:

    I’m happy that dog died. One less damn mutt on this planet we call earth

  12. Ian says:

    Hey Hannah something’s wrong with your mom

  13. clare says:

    there must be something wrong with me because i'm not crying.

  14. Suzan says:

    No tears, but goose bumps all over!!!

  15. ljy says:

    god isn't santa. disturbing.

  16. Amber says:

    So sweet. I'm a sensitive person in general so it doesn't take much to bring me to tears, I watered up at the very beginning hearing of a little girl losing her beloved pup.

  17. Bran says:

    How Cruel does some have to be and how much do you really have to do in a day that you can't help yourself that you have to be an asswhole. this story is about a little girl loosing her dog that she loved maybe it wasnt a story for you, and maybe you didn't enjoy reading this story. The world doesn't revolve around this person named ian or any of you other heartless scum, i mean for christ sakes if all you have is shit to bark over the internet stay on your own side of your computer screen and shut your mouths. You can just read with out writing the disrespectful comments and seriously if someone can't even post something about a little girl sending a letter to god about her dead pup and for you immature children can't handle a good story because your lives are shit leave the rest of the world alone because your life im sure doesn't look that interesting.

  18. Kristen says:

    It was sad indeed but I didn't cry

  19. Lizzy says:

    Woah! I didn't expect to see so many negative comments on a story like this. I personally cried because it's very touching.

  20. Francine Castor says:

    i love the story it really made me cry and those who will make their comments pls do not include those bad words because i know that when your love one will die you will also cry hope you understand

  21. Lili says:

    Who sent the damn package?!

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