Do Our Beloved Fur Babies go to Heaven?
Please bear with me for just a couple minutes while I give you a little background as to why I’m asking this question. I suffered from depression for quite a few years and in our search to try to treat it naturally we often come across articles about animals helping with depression. If I absolutely had to do something, I could get it done, but otherwise I just couldn’t get out of bed.
We decide to get a dog for me to cuddle in bed with, Mike wanted one that was bigger, he didn’t want to be seen with a little dog. We found two dogs on craigslist that needed homes, they were rescue dogs. Miss Itzy, a Shizue and Cooper, a Golden Retriever-Beagle mix. Miss Itzy was not a cuddlier, she hide from us and Cooper chewed on my furniture in the house. I made my husband fix a place for Cooper to be outside some until he got past the chewing stage. To my surprise Miss Itzy got depressed from not having Cooper inside.
The dogs didn’t get me out of my depression, but they kept me busy cleaning up after them and dealing with the everyday things you deal with when you get dogs, and boy oh boy did I have a lot to learn (LOL). I wasn’t thinking too much about my depression now, I wanted to get Miss Itzy out of hers. So, guess what? We got a puppy, a Chinese Crested Powder Puff that we named Hachi. It worked wonderfully, Miss Itzy became Hachi’s mother and she looked after him just like he was her baby.
She would jump in and stop Cooper if she thought he was getting to rough with Hachi. That was a few years ago, we now have Koada a Shizue-Poodle mix, Moki a Chihuahua-Toy Poodle Mix and our newest is Jewel a Bishon Frieze who is senior dog that needed rescued, and she holds a special place in my heart. Thus, the question, do dogs go to heaven when they pass away?
As a born-again Christian who believes in the afterlife in Heaven, I look into that precious fury face, tilted head, mouth open and a big smile, and I cannot help but wonder if I will see him again in heaven. We have six precious fury babies, and yes, they are just like children to us. We love them and they love us back.
Never did I think that I would ever be so attached to an animal (in this case a dog or dogs). Our boys are grown and on their own so our pets have become like children to us.
When I was growing up, my family had dogs, but they were for hunting and kept outside in fenced pens. We never thought about letting them in in the house, maybe the basement if the weather was too cold outside for them. Our pastor would have called us heathen if we treated our dogs like one of the family.
Dogs don’t have souls and should be treated as any other animal. Times have change and so has the depth at which the Bible can now be researched and studied. We all want our loved ones to go to heaven. Shouldn’t it be the same for our fur babies that have taken up space in our hearts?
Who wants to talk about the topic of life after death? Especially for our fur babies, that’s ridiculous! So, let’s go to the same technical manual that I use for myself on the topic of life after death, the Holy Bible. I am in no way a Bible scholar, but this question has crossed my mind quite a few times. As a Christian I know that when I die, I am going to heaven. The Bible says there will be no more tears there and we will be happy. Happy to see all our loved ones that are there and there will be animals, so why not the animals that we loved so much on earth not be there?
Animals (creatures as they were referred to in the Bible) were important to God.
He created the animals first, so they were a forethought, not an afterthought, then he created man. God did not create wild animals; they were to be companions to mankind to dwell together in peace and harmony. All the animals were originally created to be pets for Adam and Eve. We know that in Genesis 1:31 that God was extremely happy with the animals he made because it says that God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.
When God destroyed the earth by the flood, He preserved the animals along with mankind. Again, this lets us know that his creatures (animals-my beloved fur babies) were important to him.
When Jesus was born in the stable, who was present? Only Mary and Joseph and the stable animals. These innocent creatures were great enough in God’s sight to see the birth of his son. There are other occasions in the Bible when animals were present, so I believe that Gods creatures were important through the years, in the present, and in the future.
We know that there are going to be animals during the millennial reign here on earth, because the Bible states that all animals will be tame during this time. Personally, I don’t think our precious fur babies will be in that thousand-year time period but will be with me forever in heaven, but if I’m wrong, I’m ok with that.
It says in the book of Revelation 5:13 “And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever”. (KJV)
If you know your Bible you know that all mankind will arise from the grave. The Christians that are in the grave will come out and go to heaven at the rapture and those that aren’t Christian’s for the final judgement. If all mankind will arise from the grave then why not the animals, remember it says every creature. Surely, we should be able to see that God has an eternal plan for our animals.
Here is my final thoughts on the question do dogs go to heaven. God made the animals first, so they were very important to him. During Bible times animals were mentioned and used by God. He has provided for and taken care of them since the beginning. Now during my time here on this earth, I’m going to be talking mainly about dogs here, because they are the animals that are so precious to me. These precious fur-babies have become loved and cherished companions.
They fill the emptiness and loneliness experienced by the elderly and lift their spirits. They jump in front of intruders(or bad guys) and save their masters or the police office who has been taking care of them. They cover a child lost in the woods and keep him warm until help arrives. They warn their master of danger ahead or even go into a burning house to save a kitten that they have grown to love. There are many more extraordinary stories about dogs, more than any other animal. Our fur-babies are driven by love and devotion that drives them to do extraordinary things.
Even though my six fur-babies have done nothing as extraordinary as the ones I mentioned above. They show me unconditional love, bring a smile to my face after a long hard day at work, and are so happy to see me come home. They are my dinner champion and my bed buddy. They understand me like nobody else.
I can’t imagine an eternity without them and I believe our God in heaven loves us so much he that our loves ones will be there with us, whether animal or mankind because we are all God’s creatures, and my precious six fur babies have left their paw prints on my heart to stay.
Having said all this, I want to emphasize that this is only my opinion and not fact. But I sure hope and pray that it’s right!
So the question remains….Do dogs go to Heaven?
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