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Our readers asked:

Will I See My Pets in Heaven?

Mike Hayes Answers:

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Question: As an animal lover and someone who has a deep connection to my pets, I’d like to know more about what the Bible says happens to our pets and other animals when they pass away. Does God have a place for them in heaven? Will we see them again?

As a dog lover myself, who is obsessed with my best friend, Haze the Dog, I always picture Haze bounding toward me when I reach the eternal reward, ready to greet me again.

The truth is that we know little about what heaven is like. What we do know is that this is a complete union with the Divine. So any earthly pleasures that we have come to know will be far exceeded by the complete joy that awaits us in heaven.

The Church teaches that we have dominion over the animals of the world (Genesis) and that while animals are great companions, God shows special preference towards human beings, instilling us with a soul. That said, while we might be the only creatures able to unite with the Divine, that does not mean that animals will not be present in heaven! It just means that they will not be united to God in the same way that we are.

So there very well may be dogs and cats and elephants in heaven. And they would be there for the same purposes that we have them here, companionship. They too, are creations of God and therefore we should take care of them as best we can. I believe that God takes care of them after death as well. A loving God after all would never just rid us of the love that God reflects to us in our pets.

But something to keep in mind is that even if they are not in heaven the same way that we now know them in life, it doesn’t matter. God finds a way to give us even more bliss than our pets have given to us. So the love that we recall from these animals will in fact be present to us in an even greater way.

A final quick story that I believe provides us some insight to an animal’s place in heaven:

There was a man who died and in the afterlife his dog met him. They romped and bounded together just like old times. Upon reaching the first gate a man came out and said: “Welcome to heaven. But you can’t bring that dog in here.”

The dog growled and barked at the gatekeeper. Dejected the man said, “Well, if he can’t come, then I guess I can’t go either. I can’t imagine that God wouldn’t allow him in.” And he went away saddened by this.

A bit more up the road, he found a second gate. And a smiling young man came to the gate and greeted him and the dog wagged his tail and the young man came over and gave him a pat on the head and a belly rub and some doggy treats that he had in his pocket.

He reached out his arms to the man and embraced him and said, “Welcome to heaven!”

Surprised the man said, “But I was just at another gate and that guy told me THAT was heaven. But he wouldn’t let my dog come in with me. So I left that gate and was sad that I’d never get to see God.”

The young man said, “Oh by the way, I’m St. Peter. And that last gate was hell. They only take people in who are willing to abandon their best friend.”

And off they went. Amen.

 
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  • Ernest Krist

    Mike, If having a soul means being able to feel Love and Loyalty and Gratitude, then dogs are better off than a lot of humans. You see Mike I was a combat dog handler in combat in Vietnam with the Scout Dog Platoon, 173d Airborne Brigade for 26 months. I wish that time and space would permit me to describe the thousands of incidents that I and other handlers could share here that would stand you on edge at how much of an honorable soul distinctly like humans but better. It obvious that when you were in the military you did not have the privilege of serving with the accompaniment of a loyal, loving, courageous and soulful dog. All of the other handlers agree with me that a majority of dogs live in such a manner that they can show the rich soul that God gave to them. Yeah, sure, the scoffers and procrastinators will say that those Ger. Shepards and Belgium Malinois were acting out of training and instincts. <— All that is Horse manure. The heart and soul of dogs exceeds that of most humans. There have been hundreds of books written just about these facts. Mike, tell me please: Who do you know on earth, man or other animal that will not lie to you, steal from you, not cheat you or cheat on you and go without food, water and care if you forgot and still love you unconditionally and pull you out from a burning fire like my scout dog did for a buddy of mine in Vietnam when an enemy napalm type of bomb went off on our position.. That's right not even one human is capable of doing what I have just described. Mike, get with the program. What dogs can do to find lost children, traverse thru hundreds of miles on foot to find it's lost home, sniff out bombs in all sorts of situations, care for and help the blind find their way in big cities. Hey, I can go on and on but if you have a spark of intelligence which I believe you possess you will get my point and become a believer.

  • Ernest Krist

    Of course they have souls and go to heaven. Try reading Isiah 11-6 which is God telling all what happens to animals in heaven. God created these lovely beings because he loves them deeply as he does the 2-legged ones.

    • Mike

      that is why we can eat every four legged thing on earth even Dogs because God said we could — just not eat Human OK got it?

      • Ernest Krist

        Sorry that you can’t read well. When you read “and the lions shall lie with the lambs” doesn’t take rocket science to see and prove that the Father God loves, protects the animals and gives them free roam with all his children.

      • Ernest Krist

        But it’s okay Mike, Go ahead and shake your fist at God and consume and eat all the dogs your carnivorous heart desires. I can’t and won’t dare judge you but someone else can and surely will in good time. And the fallen angel’s offspring the giants (Geber) were mostly cannibals and ate humans doesn’t make consumption of 2 legged animals right either.

      • Mike

        this is what you said , quote ” Try reading Isiah 11-6 which is God telling all what happens to animals in heaven”

        no where in that scripture does it say anything that it speaks of is in heaven, for one thing. the other thing is when you read the prophetic books you have to know or try to figure out if you should read it as a literal or fugitively as God speaks metaphorically too —

        you seem to have a very vivid imagination — you are taking a delusion then looking for scripture to back it up .. this is why you are having faulty logic — you cannot fit a square peg in a round hole

  • Mike

    NO, by a redefining of the meaning of the word SOUL by the Church, their souls all just disappear into thin air after they die.

    • Ernest Krist

      It’s such a relief that you are a member of the very few that believe that kind of gobbly goop about the rest of us. The only difference in this animal and human kingdom is the placement of a few genes and only minor changes in DNA

      • Mike

        because everything came out of the clay of the earth?

        NO SOUL is in anything other then a Human —

        there is no such place as doggy heaven, God said we can kill everything on this earth for food, just bleed it, let its blood run back into the earth that it came from –

        so yes I can even eat a dog and God would not care —

        show me where God says that about another human… why he not say dat? cuz we got something that the other creatures don’t have it is called a SOUL

  • Louise Wood

    im sort of reading this in hope as im in a bit of a sad place right now, today sunday 29th june 2014 tomorrow i have the awful task of putting my beloved baby to sleep, i would like to think that they accept pets into heaven and she is waiting on me and my husband when our time comes

  • charles m

    not true some go to hell that is why they are judged check gen 9:5

    • Mike

      What do you mean if my doggy keeps pissing in my shoes it goes to hell?

      what bible to I buy for my doggy so I can teach it the commandments for Dogs to follow so it too can go to heaven ?

  • doglover

    i kinda know what he’s going through, except they’re my aunty and uncles dogs and my mum and i look after them everytime they travel and i constantly think and hope that god will have a place for them in heaven :)

  • Troy Mann

    I’m positive our pets meet us in Heaven. My little dog, who sadly just passed away, was surely a gift from God when I needed him, and God doesn’t seem the type to throw his tools away. He came into our lives just before some of the worst personal tragedies a family can have, and he showed me God’s love like I had never felt it before. He was partly responsible for turning me away from atheism and towards God’s love, and he kept my spirits up when I don’t think anything else in the world could have. In some ways I feel God made these animals to show us how to be Christians, and I know he will have a place for them in His Kingdom.

    • doglover

      aww hope you’re okay :)

  • Ken Orcutt

    For those who say scripture doesn’t say anything about animals in heaven. Please read your bible.

  • Gary Elrod

    I believe pets goes to a waiting place. When the beloved person die he will meet the person and cross over to heaven together. Humans can’t enter heaven except through the blood of Jesus. Human soul are different than pets. God placed Earth to Jesus. God the father made animals. Some animal differ from others. Dog and cats were given by God for loving and having joy with them. These pets take on the owners personalities, and I believe the human soul connects pets souls where they become one. Pets can reason, talk to you, give you joy, love and fun. God put these pets here for us to love and enjoy. When we, as humans die, I think God the father will reward us pet owner with our pets that we lost. God knows that we as humans loved out pets dearly like we love God. I just lost my 18 year old cat. I know he is having fun waiting on the day I or my wife dies so he can reconnect with us again. I am now waiting for the day, I am united with my cat Gizmo.

    • pedro

      I just really miss my pets who have passed away and i keep asking myself this question because they were a huge part of my life and they made me happy im just sad i dont get to play with them and have fun with them anymore now i await that day when i will meet them and live together like the old days.:’( :’(

  • Carol Schulz LaDeaux

    One thing I noticed right off the first time I read the Bible cover to cover is that animals were in heaven (Eden) even before man was. It’s in the very first book.

  • Dan Charette

    Strangely enough, the dog, man and gate story was an episode on the old Twilight Zone series!

    • terri

      Dan…you are right. I remember that episode well.

  • Paulette Cadmus

    Great story illustrating an important truth about love and loyalty.

  • Sonja Flater

    Nice article, Mike. What references does Scripture have regarding who we see in heaven?

    • Mike Hayes

      Scripture doesn’t say ANYTHING about it actually for the most part. But it also doesn’t say anything against it either.

      • RDemers

        And (if I get to heaven) I canb expect to enjoy the universe’s best hotdogs, hamburgers and pizza. Also unicorns, UFO’s, and broccoli. Scripture doesn’t say anything against them either. :-)

      • Mike Hayes

        The point, people, is that heaven is beyond our understanding…so we know not the immense joy that will exist for us…so much joy that we need not worry ourselves about who we will see or not see. Uniting with the divine brings us into a new way of being. But our pets may have made us more apt to accept God’s love and so they indeed may share in the beatific vision in some way.

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