Do Dogs Go to Heaven?

It’s a question that gets asked a lot. How do we know that? Because it’s a question that WE get asked a lot! Something that has always amazed me. Sadly we don’t have divine vision and whilst we may be able to answer questions on why dogs eat poop, giving a definitive on whether canines are welcome in the kingdom of God is tad out of our reach – for now! Nevertheless, the question is worthy of debate and, it seems, there are differing views – look….

The question of whether dogs go to heaven is most often posed at a time of great loss in a dog owner’s life. As with most events surrounding the loss of a loved one, people often turn to sources of comfort in an effort to ease the pain, confusion and sense of incredible sadness which inevitably follows a family bereavement.

Before we consider what is written regarding dogs going to heaven, first we must understand how to cope with the loss of a pet for our own wellbeing.

When your dog passes, you may find that the sudden absence of your dog is too upsetting to bear alone. This is a perfectly natural response. If you feel you need some help getting through this traumatic period, seek professional counselling. Ask your veterinarian or the humane society for recommendations.

You should not keep a dog’s death from your children, but you may need to exercise caution in explaining what has happened. Carefully explain euthanasia to older children.

If you have very young children, you will probably want to shield them from the details. Instead, emphasise that, although your pet has had a long and happy life, he is now very sick and won’t get better. Tell them that the veterinarian is going to help end the dog’s suffering.

Be very respectful of a child’s right to grieve, and keep watch over the various forms in which that grief may be expressed. Allow your child to be sad or angry, as long as the emotions do not become so overwhelming as to interfere with normal functioning after an initial period of mourning.

Show that you too are saddened by the loss of your beloved pet, but concentrate on the positive, emphasizing that the terrific memories you all share of life with your dog will live on.

Do Dogs Go To Heaven? What The Bible Says:

The first thing to understand is that the Bible was written for the saviour of man and so specific references to dogs and dogs going to heaven in the bible do not exist. But consider this. The Bible is very, very clear when it comes to stating that there will be animals in heaven:

The Bible is very clear that there will be animals in heaven:

Isa 65:25 5 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the LORD. NIV

If we can establish that the Bible is quite specific when it mentions animals being in heaven, it is perfectly safe to assume that means all animals (dogs included).

Also worth your consideration is what heaven is described as within the Bible and what it means to be accepted to Heaven.

Heaven is described as perfection, a place where no sadness or misery exists. A place where communication barriers are broken down and illness or pain do not trouble any of the souls who have gone to heaven.

As dog owners and dog lovers, do we need to look any further than this description to understand that heaven without dogs would cause us misery, sadness or suffering?

If our dog died at an old age with the aches and pains of a time ravaged body, in heaven this can’t be so. We would not worry about pain either in ourselves or in our dogs. With communication barriers down, we can even talk to our dogs without animal/human translation problems.

If heaven is perfection, rest assured that dogs will be there and that you will meet your dog and share a relationship with them which is even more perfect than the precious, if painfully short time you spent with them in life. Do dogs go to heaven? Of course they do!


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Source: – the K9 Magazine blog

Do Dogs Go to Heaven?

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