Monday, March 24, 2008

A beautiful story

A friend sent me this yesterday, something about it struck a chord in my heart. Blame it on the fact that Melissa has been with us for over 6 years now or maybe I have been blessed with a few friends who have stayed the course of time. I just thought I should share it with all of you......


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.

"We ll, 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."


Bubbles of FireWhiskey said...

oh my god!!! thats the sweetest story ever!!! and its so true... pets really are the only ones who dont care if you dress funny, smell aweful, cant cook or cant sing...

Still Searching said...

That's a nice one... though these days I'm having my doubts about things like this...

!! Oxymoron !! said...

Is that you and Melissa at the end?!! Its a beautiful story..and I like the super cool attitude of the guy at the 'real' heaven's gates!!

Dang Baby said...

Nice doggy... Since we're talking about heaven here's one...

Man die and go to heaven. Peter ask questions - Spell LOVE. Man spell L-O-V-E. Peter say good. Too much crowd we need test. Peter say stand here i go to loo. Ask spelling (of good things like love, faith, peace, joy etc.) to people who come. Just then appear man's other best friend (aka WIFE). Woman die in accident on way to funeral. Man say now test required to let woman in. She say ok. Man say spell czechoslovakia...

Jean said...

Aww! That was so beautiful!


Chriz said...

mmmm. i miss my dog now

Dhanya said...

OMG that's a wonderful piece I have ever read.. The dog is just a synonym for everything that was with us during our journey called life..