Do All Dogs (Really) Go To Heaven?


Their names were Bullet, Ringo, Spy, Steffi, Gretzsky, Diego, and Apollo. I know their names because I have considered them members of my family. Today my wife and I have two Doodles, Sophie and Tucker. As a boy, the family dog provided comfort and companionship no matter the circumstance. Their love seemed to be unconditional. No matter how bad my life was going, they were always a friend. As an adult, at times they have been a nuisance to me, but they have provided for my children the same companionship as they did for me as a boy. Now, in my older years that have almost become our children. Almost!

Frozen in time is a picture of me on my first day of kindergarten. I am standing with my hair slicked back and belt cinched tight around my stiff new blue jeans. I have a big smile on my face.  Standing right next to me with his head held majestically high is Bullet, the family dog. He was a stray, part German Shepard, part wolf. At least, that was the pedigree we gave him. I loved him. Perhaps that is why I let my kids have a dog against my better judgment. Bullet has since left this world as have the others, and I am left to wonder about their fate in the eternities.

While there is no concrete answer to the questions of the fate of animals, we do know that God created them and that John the Revelator wrote “every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen.” (Revelation 5:13-14)

While animal life is not offspring of God, and should never take precedence over human life, it is clear that they are creations of Heavenly Father and fall under the plan of happiness. This logically includes the blessing of resurrection provided by the Savior of the world, even Jesus Christ.

Do all dogs really go to heaven? I can’t imagine eternity without the company of Bullet and the other faithful companions I have cherished and loved in this life. It just wouldn’t be heaven without them.

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