Wednesday, April 2, 2008

I cant say much because...

everyday it gets harder without my dogs. Am in touch with every police department, animal control, shelters, etc in the surrounding areas. I go out searching at least 4 times a day. We live near a lot of woods. Deep woods. I am not sure they will ever find their way back home. Only Allah will bring them back to me, if He wills. My sister in Islam who writes On the Edge of Something sent me this in an email today. Amazing, because I don't even think she heard about me losing my dogs yet. In any case, it wouldn't be heaven without my girls!

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.

He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?"

"This is Heaven, sir," the man answered.

"Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man asked.

"Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up."

The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

"Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveler asked.

"I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets."

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence.

As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

"Excuse me!" he called to the man. "Do you have any water?"

"Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in."

"How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to the dog.

"There should be a bowl by the pump."

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.

The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.

When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.

"What do you call this place?" the traveler asked.

"This is Heaven," he answered.

"Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man down the road said that was Heaven, too."

"Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell."

"Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?"

"No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind."


on the edge said...

My heart goes out to you on this loss !!! Inshallah they come back to you soon !!! When I was little girl I had a dog I loved so much and her name was PAL . The neighbors didn't love her and were constantly dog-knapping her . Taking her far away from home and dumping her for what they thought was for good . She would somehow always find her way home to us . Once it took her a month , but she did it . You always read about the pet that went around the world in a plane and end back at home , so once again , Inshallah so will they .Keep the Faith Queenie !

Queen O'Danile said...

OTE---your comments are as welcome as your emails ;-) BTW, I think that is my first smile since we lost Kenya--even if it is only a ;-)

Amazing story about Pal--I am glad she made it back to you after such a long time. I am so glad I have Alexa back, alhamdulilah. I had a neighbor who hated our cat. Always throwing heavy objects at it--like bricks and pieces of wood. I often wonder how people live with such hate in their hearts???