Monday, April 21, 2008

Is this Heaven?

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.'


storyteller said...

Oh … I love this story. Methinks I’ve heard (or read) something like it before … but I’m so happy you shared because it’s perfect! Is that a black lab you know? Molly definitely wants to play ;--)
Would you mind if I passed this along at Sacred Ruminations some time? You know I’d give you linky-love credit.
Hugs and blessings,

Peajay said...

Hi Storyteller, I'm glad you liked it and thank you for your kind words. Of course you can pass it along, no problem.
The black lab is our Lara, she came to us last year and is about 10-ish. She belonged to the Gamekeeper of a large country estate close by and needed a loving home to retire to. Our other lab, Murphy (who can be seen at the link below) thinks we have acquired her especially for him (not having owned a female this obviously threw up all manner of other problems which culminated in Murphy being separated from a couple of important assets). However, all has calmed down he has modified his unruly behaviour and love reigns supreme. It's just like Darby & Joan! :))http://morancaintearbheagancuise.

anna said...

Hi Peajay,

Nice story and I like your 'the things they say' post as well about children. :)

I didn't realise Lara was an older girl. Our Mist is 9 now but the grey round the muzzle is not as noticeable on her because she's a yellow Lab. She's still pretty quick on her pins but has started snoring a lot more lately.... must be her advancing years!! :D Mr A says I do it as well ... cheeky divil! :D :D

Take care :)

anna said...

Btw: my friend's Springer Spaniel has just had 11 puppies! I'm tempted but Mr A is not keen and although they are nice dogs they are amazingly bouncy when they get older, so I'm going to have to restrain myself.

Or maybe he could be persuaded if he saw them! :D :D

His Girl Friday said...

Hi Peajay,
you've been 'tagged'! :)


♥.Trish.♥ Drumboys said...

I love this story too - thanks to Storyteller for the link...
I imagine heaven will be like that.
Blessings to you.

Peajay said...

Thank you for visiting and your kind words baby~amore. I pray that Heaven will include all of our friends, no matter what shape and size.