Will Our Pets Be in Heaven With Us?

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Will Our Pets Be in Heaven With Us? Answering The Popular Question – Do Animals Go To Heaven?

One question that many Christians have asked over the years is whether or not do our pets or any animals go to heaven?

For those of you who have researched this topic, I am sure you have seen many of the different opinions on this question.

Many Christians believe that God will allow our pets to cross over into heaven after they die so they can be with us for all of eternity. However, just as many other Christians do not believe that any of our pets will be crossing over to be with us.

So what does the Bible have to say on this issue?

After studying the possible verses on this question, it is my own personal opinion that God does not specifically say one way or the other whether or not any of our own personal pets will be crossing over with us.

And many of the Bible theologians and scholars also agree with this opinion, as they too could not find any verses per se that will definitely answer this question for us.

However, when you put all of these verses together on this topic, I believe there might be a little clue in all of this that might possibly give us the answer. Again, this will just be my own personal opinion on this after putting all of these Scripture verses together like you would pieces to a jigsaw puzzle.

The Bible says we will only “know in part” while we are living down here on this earth, and I am afraid this question is probably one of those questions that we will have to wait until we get into heaven to see who had the right answer.

The best we can do down here is to put all of the Scripture verses together on this topic and then make our own speculative guess as best we can, and then we will see who was right on this issue once we all enter into heaven.

For those of you who would like to take a real good look at this question from the different Bible verses that we have on this topic, follow me very closely.

I believe there may be a big clue in the verses I will list below, along with how God has the “big picture” all set up with us.

Get ready to play detective on this, as the Bible tells us in Proverbs 25:2 that it is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of a king to search out a matter.

Just maybe this particular question is one of these matters, and the answer to this question may have been possibly staring at us right in the face all along.

1. There Were Definitely Animals in the Garden of Eden

The first thing to grab a hold of on this question is that there were definitely animals and various types of living creatures in the first environment that God had created for Adam and Eve. In fact, God had literally created the animals before He had created Adam and Eve.

I believe God did this so Adam and Eve would have everything they would need to be happy and fulfilled in the new life that He was going to give them.

If animals were not going to be fully enjoyed by Adam and Eve and everyone to follow after them, then God would have never created them in the first place. The fact that God had created animals and all of these living creatures in the first type of environment He had set up for us tells me that He felt they were very important in the big-picture, eternal scheme of things. Otherwise He would have never bothered to create any of them in the first place.

Here are the first set of verses showing how God had created all of the living creatures that have ever been on our earth:

So the evening and the morning were the fourth day. Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.”

So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

So the evening and the morning were the fifth day. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind,” and it was so.

And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all of the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:19-26)

So on the 4th and 5th days of creation, God created all of the living creatures, both in the waters, in the air, and on the ground. And not only did God personally create all of these living creatures, but He also gave man complete dominion over all of them.

Again, if God did not think animals, fish, and birds were not real important in the big-picture, eternal scheme of things, He would have never created them in the first place. This account of how all of these animals were created by Him tells us that this is a very big deal with Him, and that He wanted all of these types of living creatures to be living with us on this earth.

2. There May Be Animals in Heaven

And not only did God make sure to put all of these different kinds of animals and living creatures upon our earth, but there may also be animals living right now up in heaven. How do we know this?

Because there is one verse in particular that is telling us that when Jesus gets ready to come back to us in His 2nd coming, He will be coming back down to us riding on a white horse. And not only will He be riding on a white horse, but so will all of the saints who will be coming back down with Him.

And if Jesus and all of these saints are going to be coming down from heaven riding on these white horses, then this tells me that there literally has to be white horses up in heaven right now. And if there are at least white horses up in heaven right now, then there could easily be other types of animals and creatures living up there as well.

Here is the verse that will show you that Jesus will literally be coming back down to our earth riding on a white horse, along with the rest of His saints:

“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns.

He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.” (Revelation 19:11-14)

Another very good verse showing that horses were coming down from heaven is when Elijah saw a chariot of fire with horses of fire coming directly at him. This is when Elijah literally gets raptured up into heaven. Here is the verse:

“Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.” (2 Kings 2:11)

And not only does God have at least white horses, if not possibly other animals living up in heaven right now – and not only did God start everything off by allowing all kinds of animals and living creatures to live with Adam and Eve – but now He is going to take it one more step further.

3. We Still Have Animals Living With Us Even After the Fall

As we all know, Adam and Eve ended up blowing the perfect paradise that God had set up for them to live in. After they had disobeyed God by eating off the one forbidden tree He told them to stay away from, they were then cast out of the Garden of Eden and our entire earth then fell under a curse.

However, even though Adam and Eve and everyone to follow after them lost this original perfect paradise that God had set up for them, God still keeps all of these living creatures on our earth. And today, we still have many of these same living creatures living among us, both in the waters, in the air, and on the land.

Again, if all these animals and living creatures were not important to God in the big-picture, eternal scheme of things, He could have easily taken all of them away from Adam and Eve after He had cast them out of the Garden of Eden. But He didn’t.

And not only did God not take these animals away from us, but He also did not take them away from us when He decided that He was going to wipe out all of mankind with a flood with the exception of Noah and his family.

As we all know, God had Noah put all of these animals by way of two of a kind on his ark so they would all be perfectly preserved when He unleashed this big flood upon our earth.

Again, if God did not think the animals and living creatures He had created at the beginning were important, He would have never had Noah put them on the boat to save and preserve them. For God to go to this extreme length in order to save all of these living creatures shows us how much God really does love and care for all of the animals that He has personally created.

4. There Will Be Animals in the Coming Millennium Kingdom

So not only does God put animals upon our earth at the time He created our earth – and not only does God keep all of these animals upon our earth after Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden – but now God is going to take it one more step further.

He is still going to allow animals to exist in the coming millennium kingdom where His Son Jesus will be ruling our entire earth from the city of Jerusalem. Here is the verse that will prove this to you:

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; … and the lion shall eat straw like the ox, the nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:6-9)

Chances are, if there are going to be wolves, leopards, lambs, goats, calfs, lions, and cobra snakes in this coming millennium kingdom, then there are probably going to be a lot of the other animals that God has created in the past as well. And also notice that the wild animals existing in this coming kingdom will not be wild or attacking anyone like many of them do today.

5. Will There Be Animals in the The New Heaven and New Earth?

And this now brings us to the real heart of this question.

As we all know, the final ending for us as Christians will be God the Father forming out a New Heaven and a New Earth after the 1000 year millennial reign of Jesus has ended. After that 1000 millennial reign has ended, God will then be forming out a New Heaven and New Earth, where He Himself will then be coming down upon our earth.

And when God the Father then comes down upon our earth, He will be bringing with Himself the city of the New Jerusalem which is up in heaven right now. And once He comes down upon our earth with both Himself and this new holy city, both He and Jesus will then rule our entire earth forever and ever from this New Jerusalem.

Now here is the 50 million dollar question – is God still going to have animals existing and living among us in this New Heaven and New Earth as He has since He had created our world – or will He do away with all of them, including all of the pets we have ever had while living down here on this earth?

Conclusion

1.  The Bible does not say one way or the other whether or not we will be having any animals and creatures living with us in this final chapter – the New Heaven and the New Earth. This is where we will just have to make our own speculative type of guess.

Though we do not have any specific verses definitely answering this question one way or the other, the answer may possibly be in the verses already laid down on this subject.
Consider this very carefully:

  • If God already has at least white horses living up in heaven right now
  • And if God made sure to create a wide variety of animals and creatures when He first created our world
  • And if God allowed us to keep those animals and creatures upon our earth after the fall of Adam and Eve
  • And if God is still going to allow some of these animals and creatures to be living among us in the coming 1000 year Millennium Kingdom
  • Then is it logical to assume that God will CONTINUE THIS PATTERN and allow all of these animals and creatures to continue to live with us in the coming New Heaven and New Earth?

I believe the answer to this question is a big fat yes – that God will continue this pattern and allow all kinds of these animals and creatures to still live among us.

I think the possible “tell” on all of this is the “pattern” that God has been operating on since He had created Adam and Eve and our entire world. If God started everything off with different types of animals and creatures living among us, then I believe He will end it the exact same way He started it – with all of these different kinds of animals and creatures still living among us.

2.  But will this also include all of the pets we were close to and attached to while living down here on this earth?

God obviously would have no problems in allowing all of these different kinds of animals and creatures to continue to reproduce in all of these different eras, but what about all of our pets that have already died while we were living down here on this earth?

Again, there are no specific verses answering this question directly. But if you take the above pattern that we are dealing with from God the Father in that He is allowing all kinds of different animals and creatures to continue to live among us as we go from one different era to another – will He now go one more extra step for many of us who were close to our pets, and resurrect that pet for us so we can live with that pet for all of eternity in heaven, and then eventually in the New Heaven and New Earth?

Again, this is just my own speculative guess, but I believe there may be a very good chance that He will do this. Why?

One, because He is our heavenly Father who has nothing but our best interests at heart and wants nothing more than to show us how much He really does love and care for all of us.

Two, the Bible says in Luke 1:37 that nothing is impossible with God. And if nothing is impossible with God, then He could easily resurrect any of our dead pets from the grave and bring them back to life in some type of spiritual, flesh-and-bone body like what we will all be given after we die and cross over.

The Bible says that flesh and “blood” cannot enter into heaven, but a new flesh-and-bone body can. When Jesus was given His brand new glorified body, it was not only a glorified, spiritual body, but it was also a physical, flesh-and-bone body, but with no blood in it. In the same way, we will all be given the same type of body Jesus has been given, a new glorified, spiritual, physical, flesh-and-bone body with no blood in it.

So who is to say that God could not do the exact same thing with any of our pets so they will be able to live with us in heaven and then eventually in the New Heaven and New Earth for all of eternity?

Though Jesus did not die on the cross for animals and all of these different types of creatures, God can still add them back into the mix in the new environment we will all be getting with Him. Two verses that may be telling us that even animals and all the creatures that God has made may end up living with us for all of eternity are the following two verses:

  • “… as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying; “The voice of one crying in the wilderness:’Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill brought low; and the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'” (Luke 3:4-6)
  • “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.” (Romans 8:20-22)

The two key words in the first verse is that “all flesh” shall see the salvation of God. Do these two words also include animals as well as the human race? If this verse is to be interpreted very literally, then these two key words could also be referring to the animal kingdom as well as to the human race.

The key phrase in the second verse is “because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” Does the word “creation” also include all of the living animals and creatures God has ever created? If so, this verse could line up with the first verse in that all of God’s creation will see His salvation upon this earth in the coming New Heaven and New Earth Kingdom.

Two other good verses that might be showing us that God will be saving our animals are the following:

  • “Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord, You preserve man and BEAST.” (Psalm 36:6)
  • Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, and with EVERY LIVING CREATURE that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth.Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall ALL FLESH be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and EVERY LIVING CREATURE that is with you, for perpetual generations.”

    … And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and ALL FLESH that is on the earth.” (Genesis 9:8-17)

The second verse is very interesting. This is the verse where God is telling Noah that never again will He destroy the earth by way of a flood. And not only does this include the human race, but it also incudes “every living creature” that is on our earth.

If animals were not important to God, why would He be including them in this incredible covenant He is making with all of mankind?

Also notice in the last verse with Noah that God is using the words, “all flesh,” two different times. Do those two words line up with the same two words in the verse from Luke 3:4, where it says that “all flesh” shall see the salvation of God?

I think these two verses are perfectly lining up, thus giving us a very good possibility that all of God’s creation will be saved, thus giving all of the animals and living creatures eternal life in the New Heaven and New Earth we will all be given by the Lord.

If there is one other verse that I would hang my hat on for the argument that our pets could possibly be resurrected for us, it would be this verse:

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11)

The three key words in this verse are “no good thing” will God withhold from us. And with God knowing how much we really loved and cherished some of the pets we had while living down here on this earth, I cannot help but wonder if God will want to bring some of these pets back to life for us again so He can show us how much He really does love us.

As many of you already know, animals such as dogs and cats are very, very special. The way they were created, how different they all look, how they all have different personalities, and how they all add that extra element of love and surprise into our lives.

And again, God already knew all of this before He even created us. And that is why I believe He created all of these different kinds of animals and creatures before He even created us, because He knew how much we would really love, enjoy, and appreciate some of them.

Bottom line – if God started everything off at the beginning with this kind of original design in mind, then I personally believe He is going to end it in the exact same way.

In other words, if God started everything off with us having different kinds of animals on our earth, then He will end it with us having these same kinds of animals in the New Heaven and New Earth.

And not only will we be having many of these different kinds of animals still living among us in the New Heaven and New Earth – but for all those who have had pets they were really close to in this life, I believe God will be bringing these special pets back to life for us so we can enjoy them for all of eternity – just like we will be able to enjoy the Lord, His angels, and all of our saved loved ones for all of eternity.

I believe when everything is all finally said and done, we will be made perfectly happy and whole by the Lord.

And having some of the pets we really loved while living down here on this earth will just add that much more into this picture-perfect, fairy tale ending for all of us. As such, I believe the pets we were really close to in this life will be with us for all of eternity once we all end up in the New Heaven and the New Earth.

3.  To conclude:

  • When God establishes a covenant with both man and all of the living creatures He has made in that He will never destroy them again with a flood, and then He uses the words “all flesh” in that verse to describe that this covenant is with the both man and animals
  • And then He says in Luke 3:4 that “all flesh” shall see the salvation of God, those same words “all flesh” could once again be referring to both man and the animals since that is what God is directly referring to on the covenant He makes with all of us after the flood
  • And then He tops it off with the verse from Romans 8:20 in that “the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” Is He talking about all of the animals when He uses the words that “the creation itself” will be set free?

I think that He may well be and we thus may have three very good verses that will show us that all of the animals and living creatures God has made will also be saved and thus will have eternal life in the coming New Heaven and New Earth.

Again, all of the above is just my own personal opinion on this topic. With so many people having a real interest in this topic, I thought I would take a look at this to see if there were any clues with the verses that might possibly answer this question.

We will see what the real truth is once we all enter into heaven and the Lord aswers all of our questions and we see exactly what is on the other side.

So what are your thoughts about do animals go to heaven?

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  1. Many feel that pets cannot go to heaven because they cannot repent of sin and accept Jesus. I say that pets are not born into sin as we are. Most of any sin is in the intent. Pets don’t have hateful intent so nothing to repent for. As for accepting Jesus, pets have keener senses than we do, so I believe they don’t have to accept Jesus is present, they KNOW He is.

  2. I had to put me sweet innocent fur baby down 2 week before christmas 2019 it was hard But she was sick i knew it was time she let me know Beth i know is with my family in heaven looking down and some day we will be back as a team united as one she was my first cat for 19 years and she was the most spoiled cat on earth

  3. I had to put my shih tzu (furby)to sleep. The grief was horrible. But After six months later I felt such a void. That I thought if I made his life better. Than I could give another dog a good home. Then I found my Shaggy. When I got him was one of the happiest days of my life. The void was filled. I had my Shaggy for 12 years. He throwed up one day and refused to eat after. I fed him through a syringe and gave him Pedialyte. For three weeks if I felt him move I was up. It didn’t matter how tired I was. After seeing him suffer I made the decision if I loved him. Regardless of the heartache I felt. I had to let him go. I talked to him. Told him how much I loved him. What joy and love he had brought into our lives. But I was going to pray that God take care of my baby. He laid so still and I said Jesus if it’s my babies time. Please don’t let him suffer. Jesus please take my baby to heaven. Shaggy raised his little head up and was looking around. He would look to the left and to the right. Idk what he saw. But he saw something or someone. We had him put down that evening. He said if we love him and serve him. He will give us the desires of our heart. I hold on to his promises. I ask him to send angels to get my baby and I truly believe he did. He had a very peaceful passing. The vet said he must really love you all. He should have never lasted that long. Maybe he just wanted to hear his mom pray again. I miss him terribly. But I truly believe Jesus is taking care of my baby until I can be with him again.

    • Lillian,
      Your love for Shaggy made me cry. The same day I lost Billie, my beautiful chocolate lab. She was 10 and 7 of those years happened because my wife and I performed dialysis in our home 3 times a day for 6 months. She fought back and had a great life. My wife was returning late on Monday and I knew Billie was hanging on. At noon the next day her pain ended. I am reading the Bible for the first time cover to coverI am about half way through and it has changed my life in a big way. I ended up on this site because I was researching what God had to say about heaven and animals I am happy now and I wish you good health and peace…..John

    • I to believe that we one day will see our baby’s again 9 years ago my sister came home with a yellow little blanket and I saw that she had something in it she said this is for you when I opened and saw the most beautiful 2 and half month old black chihuahua i cried like a baby he started to lick my tears comforting me like saying I’m here for you for as long as I live for 9 years he was my child my best friend my companion my protective all he need it was say words because the rest he was like a human my baby was suffering from cushions desase and collapsed threakea he couldn’t sleep all night he would look at me like saying mommy help me we did all we could with the doctors and all the time was nagative so it came to a time that I asked God to help me decide when was time to make the right decision and to give me strength to do it so my baby on the 4 of February l helped him cross the Rainbow bridge he give me a hug like saying now I can sleep until we meet again and I think we do see our baby’s again as i read all about fur baby’s going to haven i do believe that God makes this possible for all of us until than i keep my hopes and believes in god for he is our creator for all living things humans and animals until we meet again my baby buddy love mommy ❤️

  4. I never really thought about it till our 15 yr old shih-tzu was killed tragically on October 2nd, 2019 and for the first time as a Christian I to looked for the answer. Sissy gave my life so much happiness, everyday she lived. Sissy looked after our other shih-tzu who was born special. Sissy always protected her and guided her through the day. After Sissy passed LuLu still is lost and forever she has watched for Sissy to come home and walk through the door again. I pray God would let me hold Sissy just one more time even if not for eternity; but if not I am so grateful for everyday He let me have her and care for her. I never took her for granted and thanked Him always for such a special dog in my life and our family. Like so many questions the answer does jump out from the Bible pages this one doesn’t, but there are two things I know; God says, “There are no tears in heaven.” and God always has our best interest. My prayers for each of us is how fortunate God trusted us with one of his creations and that it brought us so much happiness and love and we were blessed to care for them while they were on this earth with us; how lucky we were.

  5. GOLDIE, my 10 year old Labrador/Retreiver, who passed this life September 22, 2019, after an extended illness with a mast cell tumor –

    If all the love you’ve given could have kept you here with me,
    You’d be here this very moment as the sun is coming up greeting me to start the day…From the day we knew our time was short, you never missed a beat.
    It was as though it wasn’t happening, your love, it never ceased. You came into my life, at 7 weeks old and crawled into the deepest part of my heart and showed me that I needed you more than you needed me…

    You grew up with your human babies and loved, played with them, and protected them…and they loved you. They were so lucky to have you in their lives.
    I have been blessed to have you, always.

    Still by my side, and at my feet every minute of the day…just as you have for many years…like you’d never go away….From the day we knew out time was short, you never missed a beat.
    It was as though it wasn’t happening, your love, it never ceased.

    No matter what you went through,
    your devotion never changed. Losing you from my life will be one of the hardest and worst things I’ll ever go through.

    Whatever time we had left was a gift. It was a time of reflection, of all love you gave during our time together and all the wonderful days we spent.

    Thank you, my darling girl, for the love and devotion you gave to everyone, but especially to me, during your short time here on this earth. You filled my life every day with love and joy. You earned your wings…

  6. I just lost my cat last night to Lymphoma. She was almost 16 years old and just the sweetest little kitty. I loved her so much and I know she loved me. She showed her love for me every day. The house is so quite now. She would meow at me from the top of the stairs until I came up to snuggle with her. I miss her so. My heart is broken. I have always wondered if our pets would be in heaven. Growing up I was always told that they don’t have souls and Jesus didn’t die for them, so the answer was always no. I’ve have searched for the answer and after reading this article, I have hope that I will see all my precious pets again. I can just see them waiting patiently for me to get there. Thank you for showing me God’s word and what it may mean for our beloved pets.

    • I totally understand how you feel. I just lost my Heeler/Aussie mix, Sammie to cancer, yesterday. My husband and I brought her home two weeks after we bought our house, as a puppy. I’m devastated and being in this house with her not here feels empty, even with our 3 other fur babies. She would have been 10yrs old in Feb 2020. We don’t have children yet, so our pets are the closest we have. She was the boss of the other pets, and a loyal, loving protector of her family. She made me feel safe when I was home alone and would stay in bed with me all day, if I were sick. She was smart, loyal, and loving. She did have a bit of an attitude. She was part heeler after all, lol. So I just know that she couldn’t have all of those qualities and not have a soul. It just doesn’t make sense. And God knows how heart broken we are bc of our love for her, and if he loves us beyond even our understanding, then how could he not reunite us again. God is our father and loves us too much to keep us from our loved one, human or animal. Don’t you worry, we will see our fur babies along with our friends and family again all who are innocent and born again.

  7. My heart is breaking as I read these posts. I just lost my sweet talk doodle yesterday. She was 14 1/2. She had been diabetic for almost 4 years, recently lost all her vision and hearing and was starting to have back pain. The vet said he could give more pain medicine that she was already on but that’s just prolonging the inevitable so yesterday I sent her to get her angel wings. I know it was the right thing to do but I keep having second thoughts about whether I should’ve just tried more pain meds and brought her home to be with me some more. But then I tell myself how selfish that is. Visualizing her up in heaven playing ball with my husband who passed away a few years ago is the only way I’m getting through it right now. I know she is free of pain and she could see you and run again but the heart in the pit of my stomach and in my

  8. We just had to make the decision to have our beautiful black lab put down, I knew she was suffering yet I’m overwhelmed with grief feeling like i did the wrong thing . How do i come to term with having my loving dog put to sleep! Grief is overwhelming. I know the Lord and I want to believe i will see her again but guilt is overwhelming

    • Don’t forget that when we put our dogs to sleep, we’re not doing something to them. We’re doing something for them. It’s the final act of love for our beloved pets. My dog died a few weeks ago. I fully understand your pain.

    • Kathy. I understand your guilt. We’ve know for about 2 months our Sammie was terminal, but her quality of life was still good up until Christmas Eve night. The vets were closed for the holiday and we couldn’t afford to take her to the emergency vet. She became extremely fatigued, very confused, and struggled with her breathing. The previous Saturday night I’d done some research that gave me hope. If she could just make it until Jan 2nd, I’d found a holistic vet an hour away that offered intravenous vitamin C. Clinical trials said to be showing promising results in humans and pets with cancer. At high doses intravenously, it was not only destroying cancer cells, but increasing quality of life. Now, other research had opposing views, but in the state she was still in when I found it, it seemed like it was worth a shot!
      Then Christmas night came, and I got very worried. I prayed very hard that God would let her make it and that the IV vitamin C would be the healing for her I’d been praying for.
      Each day after that became harder and harder, she became worse and worse until Sunday came. Through last week I began to feel like I was being selfish praying that she would make it until we could take her an hours drive and a hour back in the state she was declining in very rapidly in, only to come to a place she didn’t know, with people she didn’t know, poking her with needles. I felt like it was more humane to put her to sleep at that point. And at the same time, I felt guilty for feeling like I was just giving up on her. I just knew I couldn’t bare to see her like that anymore, But I couldn’t make the decision. I prayed that God would give me the answer. Which was I supposed to do? I laid beside her Thursday night and dozed off watching a sermon from Rick Warren about trusting God. Right at the end I suddenly woke up and heard him pleading with the listeners to trust in God. I felt like God woke me up and grabbed me by the face and was saying, please, just trust me!! I had cried lot and had almost no sleep most last week. God knew I was making myself suffer along with her.
      That same night she refused to eat, she had never refused food. I always called her my mooch pooch.
      Sunday morning came and we knew we Had to call the vet Monday, to send some one out. No matter what happened, she would be at home!
      I called my family to let them know, so they could come love on her one last time.
      They all know how important she is to us, and because of that considered her a family member. My mother always said she was her granddog and my sister referred to herself as Aunt Brandi when she’d love on Sammie.
      Everyone gathered around her and she even seemed to perk up. She sat up and enjoyed all the petting and rubbing and kissing. Then Even as expecting as we were, I was still shocked when she laid back down with us all standing around, and took her last breathe.
      I was so shocked, I just knew she would go when “we” decided to have it done. I cried a lot.
      And even though I felt like God wasn’t answering my prayers and wasn’t doing things my way. I was right, he wasn’t! But I remembered back to another sermon, and heard these words, “God doesn’t always give you what you want, but he always gives you what you need!” He knew Sammie needed her suffering to end and he knew I needed my suffering to end. He knew I needed him to make the one decision I couldn’t make. And that’s why he wanted me to just trust him. I know that now and I’m thankful to God for that.
      I just want you to know in all of that, what you did was kind and selfless. You were stronger than I was. You made the tough decision, because it was right and what was best. God did for me what he knew I couldn’t do it. God did for my dog, why you did for yours. Don’t ever feel guilt about that.
      The worst part for me was watching her these last few days. She struggled and became a shell of the dog I so desperately wanted to save.
      Take comfort in the fact that you were able to do right by your pet, even though it was painful for you.

    • I’m on the other side of the coin. My precious yellow tabby suddenly got sick a week ago. He seemed to improve some on Wednesday. By Friday he wasn’t eating and having difficulty going to the bathroom. I took him to the vet. They did all they could. I think the vet felt she was helping me deal with it by trying to keep him alive. But I think she new he didn’t have long. I feel he suffered for two days and died alone while I was asleep. If she had told me he wouldn’t make it, I would have had them give him a sedative and he would have fell asleep in my arms. Then they could have given him the final shot to end his suffering. I’ll live the rest of my life with the guilt I could have helped him leave this world in dignity and feeling loved.

  9. Note: I started not to post this because it became more of an article than a comment and I won’t be the least offended if it doesn’t get approved. But typing this out opened me up to being ministered to by the Lord and it was more than worth my time for that reason alone. Anyway, here’s my “comment”:

    Thank you for this article. I’m a 60 year old man and I’m sitting here crying like a 6 year old as I type this because I just lost my beloved dog to cancer…and the ONLY consolation I have is the hope of seeing her again.

    Before I go any further, let me state that I know the Lord will make “all things” right and perfect in eternity for all His children. He truly will wipe away every tear. I know this, trust this, have lived my life based on this for years and I haven’t forgotten it just because I had to put my beloved dog to sleep two days ago. The ONLY true hope in this world is to be found in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and what that truly means for all of us.

    But right now, I honestly can’t see how “all things” will ever be right for me without my dog. In fact, over the years, I’ve lost more than one and each loss seems to hurt more than the last. The hurt is so bad this time I don’t think I will ever get another dog (whoever said that dog ownership was a commitment to heartbreak certainly knew what they were talking about).

    So, while I wanted to say that I do believe we will get our pets back in heaven, I wanted to do so by commenting on an opposing notion promoted in some other articles I’ve read on this subject (and probably other readers here have run across too). These articles push the notion that while we can probably make new pets of animals in heaven, we won’t be getting our pets here back. Some even suggest it would be somehow “wrong” for our actual pets to get resurrected because Jesus only died for humans…

    I couldn’t disagree more with the idea of “replacement pets” and/or “replacement animals”. Here’s two scriptures that help me explain why I feel this way (the first I quote in both the NIV and KJV versions to help make my point):

    Acts 3:21 (NIV) says:
    Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.

    Acts 3:21 (KJV) says:
    Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

    This verse seems to assure us of “restoration” with “restoration” clearly having the sense of “restitution” of all good things. But today, I could never be restored or given restitution, not in any sense that would matter one bit to me, by being given a different dog. There are just some holes in the heart than can only be filled by one specific thing. When it comes to my dogs, each hole in my heart is a very specific shape and size that only one very specific dog will ever fit. These holes in my heart are sort of like the Jesus shaped hole that was in my heart before Jesus filled it — that hole was also a very specific shape and size that only one very specific Savior could have ever fit.

    In other words, if God is going to make any kind of “restoration” or “restitution” regarding my dogs, I think he will have to give them back to me. I even think He might say “welcome home and here’s your dogs” before I can even ask for them back!

    Now let me point out that I am NOT saying God can’t make “all things” perfect in some way I can’t possibly imagine…in some way that would include me never seeing my beloved dogs again.

    All I AM saying here is that the idea that a different dog could be considered “restoration” or “restitution” just makes no sense to me. This last verse will hopefully better explain why I feel this way.

    Revelation 21:5 says:
    He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

    To make any “thing” new again, you can’t replace it with something just like it. You can’t even replace it with something “better”. For instance, you can’t restore someone’s 1977 Cadillac, or make it “new”, by giving them a different car. — not even a better, brand new 2019 Cadillac.

    My dogs were all VERY special to me. I simply can’t be restored with different dogs — not even brand new or “better” dogs. I think He will give me MY dogs back and they will only be “new” in the same sense I will be “new” — in a glorified body that will never get sick or die.

    In the final analysis, I believe the promises I see in these verses (and other verses I didn’t mention) concerning restoration and/or restitution. No, I can’t point to any specific verse and say it proves that I will, beyond any shadow of a doubt, get my dogs back. But getting my dogs back 100% fits the picture I have of my loving Father in heaven. My earthly Father, who I am still blessed to have, would give me my dogs back in a heartbeat if it was in his power to do so. I can help but think of how much more my Heavenly Father loves me — and I KNOW it is in His power to give me my dogs back

    In my grief today, this hope of being reunited with my beloved dogs is no small part of the hope I have for the future restoration God has promised His children.

    • Robert ~ You have stated the EXACT thing of what I feel. I felt like you were reading my mind. I never read anything close to what you wrote that explained word for word how I think. I too have to believe that God will give us back our beloved pets, for me that includes many different ones…..dogs, cats, birds, guinea pig…….they were the very ones that brought me such joy besides my family and loved ones in this very difficult world. I cannot imagine heaven without the very ones I had….not duplicates. I’m still mourning the passing of my pets and it’s been years already. I pray so hard every day to see them again in eternity……God Bless you!

      • Jeanne, I knew there had to be others that felt the same as me.

        Thanks for sharing this and may God richly bless you too 🙂

      • I, too, believe that God will give me back my Bella again. I loved her so much. I can’t believe He would withhold from me the desire of my heart which is to see her, hold her, play with her, and snuggle and cuddle with her again. She “is” a Yorkie and I’m hoping that right now she is playing in Heaven with her friend, Goldie, and that my mom is taking care of her until I get there. If I did not believe this, I don’t know how I could go on living this life. I had to have her put down Wednesday, September 18, at 4:59pm, due to Canine Kidney Disease which is a horrible disease that made my furbaby have two really bad seizures in the last hours of her life. I dream of the day that I will get to see her again. It is the ONLY way that I can move on from this point…My heart has been shattered. My whole world has collapsed on me but I will have to keep living for Jesus until I see my furbaby again….

        • Dawn, I’m so sorry for your loss. This world will just never be right until Jesus returns, will it? Just remember that God, who can’t lie, has promised it will all be A-OK one day.

          What has helped me a lot is looking forward to “that day” and singing the chorus of an old hymn to myself (over and over at times):

          “When we all get to heaven
          What a day of rejoicing that will be
          When we all see Jesus
          We’ll sing and shout the victory”

          I believe some of us on that day, or very soon after, may also “bark the victory”. I say “may” because John Wesley might have been right when he conjectured that glorified animals may actually be able to talk in Heaven…who knows? With God all things are possible!

    • Hi Robert – I hope (a confident expectation) you DO get another dog, I know the need is great and you have so much love to give – there is no question that love is not the answer to, and they would be lucky to have you in their lives.

      • Dean, maybe I will. I miss the companionship and unconditional love more than I know how to say.

        I guess I’m still grieving too much to know for sure…but maybe one day… 🙂

    • I feel the same way. I lost my Yorkie Harley 10-29-19 (3 days ago) and my grief is horrible but after reading this article and your comment I feel comforted that I will be with my baby again for all eternity.

    • Dear Robert Smith, thank you for sharing your thoughts and pain in the loss of your dogs. It ministered you me.. I’m in my 60s and have had quite a few dearly beloved dogs and a few horses I loved dearly and either they passed away or had to sell horses due to circumstances.. with great hope of being reunited with them again someday. I don’t believe my love and relationship with them was misplaced. They were each unique.. and an especially difficult loss was last year my dear Saint Bernard I had trained to pull me in a cart alongside her brother was cruelty poisoned in our yard as someone threw a rat poison bait over our 6’ fence. A police report was filed and the perpetrator never found. She suffered terribly with extreme contractions and seizures. She was poisoned Halloween, and I had to put her down in February. She was 5. Not only was this an emotional assault on me and my husband, but also my children and grandkids. Jesus drys every tear. He makes things new and redeems wrong to right. He cares about our relationships and heartaches. I found healing from searching for answers and peace in the encouraging words God gave us in scripture, this article, and the sharing of other believers’ insight. Bless you.

    • This is so beautiful. Thank you for thisx you’re 100% correct. Just lost my beautiful puppy and your words are very healing. God bless you for this

    • Thank you for this. Four days ago I have to euthanize one of my rescued dogs due to her aggression. It’s a long drawn out story that I will spare you all from but the guilt and anguish over the decision is overwhelming me. I needed the hope that I would see that beautiful and precious face again. I needed the hope that she is at peace now.

    • Robert Smith
      Well said! I had to put my much loved canine soul mate to sleep after 131/2 years ,she had a brain tumor. My heart is literally torn,cracked,and shattered, I miss her so deeply. At times I don’t think I can go on, the pain is overwhelming for me. Robert your comment along with this article I have booked marked so I can reference it. I pray Jesus blesses each one of us with his peace the surpasses all human understanding until our Lord calls us home. I was extremely abused as a child in a lot ways , she rescued me. She to was abused as a puppy she was thrown from a car and I was able to save her from getting hit. I can’t stop crying please pray for me
      Sandy

  10. I just lost one of my horses, had her for 30 years. My heart is broken. I truly believe I will see her again as will her pasture mate. God loves all. Thank you for this article, it has helped me. I’ve always known horses are in heaven. She was not white in color but a great horse nevertheless. God bless.

  11. I sincerely believe that God keeps all creatures, man and animal alike in Heaven and that we will be rejoined by our pets whom we have cared for, loved, played with throughout our lives and that in response, have given us their trust, comfort and healing powers granted by God. One must have faith that all of God’s creatures will exist in the everlasting Kingdom of Heaven and that we ourselves will be rejoined with them provided we have confessed to all sins and led a Christian life.

    • Perhaps one additional thought- God Isobel and love lasts forever. Our pets ate such an incredible source of love that, yes, in agreement with the other points you mention , they may well be there with us. Jesus died for him an beings but in making us right with himself, creation, too, holding animals was fixed.

  12. I certainly hope our pets are going to be with us in Heaven,as on May 8,2019 I had to make the decision to have my mini Dachshund Bandit put to sleep. He was 17 yrs 10 months old and came to me when he was 10 months old. He was my daughters dog,but for circumstances she left him with me and he became my little friend and constant companion and he and I were only separated for about 4 days in the 17 yrs we were together. He had a form of canine dementia and went in small circles all the time and kept falling down.He finally wouldn’t sleep or eat but wanted to do his circling. I kept picking him up and he kept going in circles. I finally knew it was time to let him go.It was the hardest thing I had to do. I have his ashes with me and they will be with me when I die,in the casket with his last collar and a picture of us together.I prayed to God to take my little friend into his arms and take care of him.I want to see my friends and relatives in Heaven,but seeing all my pets again would be so great..

  13. Thank you for explaining your theory based on your good Biblical knowledge. I appreciate the Biblical references you provided to help substantiate your thoughts. You help confirm what I knew all along. I feel that animals have souls and emotions, just like humans. In fact, I believe that people should take lessons on how we should treat each other from observing animals. Elephants for example. How our dogs give unconditional, non-judgemental love and acceptance. I think this how God created us & intended for us to behave…..before original sin cursed us.

    • Amen. I am consoled reading this, for I just lost my best friend of 17 years that I was blessed with.

    • Very true. Our rescue dog of 2 years just has passed away, what Love she brought to us and learning. They treat you like Christ, Unconditional Love forgiving, gentle, not looking at you with Judgement. The Love stays with you. I in my heart, know God is Love, Love does not condemn the children of God and our pets are part of our lives to cherish and God loves us so much he wouldn’t be mean he is not mean I believe they have not sinned because they don’t have souls so they are clean and innocent to enter heaven

  14. My beloved dog Misha a 5 lb yorkie was hit by a car last week and left for dead on the road. Her body lay unconscious in the lane but when I picked her up and wrapped her in a towel she began to breathe and look into my eyes. I rushed her to emergency hospital where she stayed a week. I prayed fervently for her to pull through. At times it seemed she would but when all efforts failed to save her I had to put her down. She died in my arms and my husband and I are devastated. I don’t understand why God would allow her to come back to us just to take her away. And to have no hope of ever seeing her again is much too painful to bear. If God allows us to have any memory of our lives on earth in eternity surely it seems it would include the loving bonds we had with our pets. As Christians we know we will go to heaven when we die but what would be the reason God would not reunite us with the pets we were so close to during our lives?

    • So sorry for your loss. They are one of our children, I do not believe that God would separate us from them in Heaven. We will be reunited again. Yesterday was truly the hardest thing I ever had to endure as I sit here typing this response, sobbing. My heart is aching right now, I cannot begin to comprehend that God would not reunite us with our loved ones.

      • My dog Sage, was accidentally hit by me at home at night I didn’t see her, she was drag a little under the truck they I heard her cry I stop and scream calling my dog she was still alive ,i took her to the emergency Vet and they sew her legs that was tore ,the Vet said she would be find and give pain meds to take home.I couldn’t sleep tears in my eyes and guilt that haunts me inside.she was in pain the next day she wasn’t right i then headed to the Vet again before I got to our main road she die in front of me ,I gave CPR to no evail but she was gone ,her stomach area was fell of blood and some came out of her. I love her very much and 6 yrs of caring for her she was loyal smart and brave,and I hope she forgives me for what I did ,I can’t sleep and I have a lump in my stomach .I wish to know if she is in heaven with no pain and being happy and waiting for me when it’s time. She will always be in my heart and no other could take her place , I hope she sends me a sign so I can feel peace inside of me ,it is so hard for me without her. I love her always and forever I miss her so.will my heart ever mend?

    • So sorry Elaine, I really feel for you. We have just lost our dog to Cancer and the love she had to the end and where did that Love come from? It was from God, He is the only one that gives out Love. So if our pets Love they are apart of God and i don’t think He would forget any of His vunerable loving innocent creation that gives out Love to his children.

    • I believe God gave you this chance to say goodbye one last time and not letting your dog just die on the cold road alone. Your dog at least was able to look into your eyes and knew you did everything to save her. The lord really works in mysterious ways. Like today I received a call from my boyfriend telling me to get home from work quickly. Our kitty wasn’t moving much and felt cold and stiff so we drove as quickly as we could to the hospital. One minute before we got there he died in my boyfriend’s arms right next to me. He could have died all on his own if it wasn’t for my boyfriend working at our apt complex and coming home for lunch, as much as it is killing us both right now we must be happy we were able to be there for him and we tried everything we could to save him. I pray we all will be with our babies human or animal once again after we die. prayers for you and your furbaby Misha!!

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