Dear Paws to Talk,
Within the past year, I lost one of my good friends, Andy. He was an older dog who developed stomach cancer. By the time the vet diagnosed Andy with cancer, it was too late. The disease had infested his body.
I miss Andy a lot. Among other things, he taught me how to get what I want without being obnoxious, to be kind to everyone even if I don’t like them and how to properly train my humans. Andy was very wise.
One day, he was in my yard and a few days later he was gone. It is a hard concept to grasp. I wonder what happened to Andy after he died. Everyone always says that all dogs go to heaven. Is this true?
-Neil the St. Bernard
I am sorry about the loss of your friend, Andy. It sounds like he was a good companion and mentor.
You have asked the question that humans and animals have pondered for centuries. To begin with, not everyone believes in heaven or what the humans may call an afterlife. It is okay if you believe in heaven. Be sure to do some research and decide what type of belief system you may want to adopt for yourself.
No one knows what happens to someone after they die. It is my personal belief that there is a place like heaven with endless supplies of treats, no suffering and chew toys for miles. Also, I think that our loved ones who have passed away could be there. I hope so. I would love to see my brother, Marty and friend, Lilly again.
You can choose to believe what you want. If you feel like Andy is in heaven then go with that thought. Think of him cancer-free and playing fetch with angels. I hope this provides you with some comfort.
Life can be upsetting and difficult so sometimes it helps to envision a peaceful place where our deceased loved ones now reside. Maybe someday you will meet Andy again and play fetch with the angels?