A doggie door in the Pearly Gates

It might not have surprised C. S. Lewis:

“What are all these animals? A cat — two cats — dozens of cats. And all those dogs … why, I can’t count them. And the birds. And the horses.”

“They are her beasts.”

“Did she keep a sort of zoo? I mean, this is a bit too much.”

“Every beast and bird that came near her had its place in her love. In her they became themselves. And now the abundance of life she has in Christ from the Father flows over into them.”

Of course, it was all a dream. (“Of course”?)

Then again, Will Rogers once said: “If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” Maybe they’re in some place parallel to where the cats are: “…where there are endless birds to chase, cans of tuna to eat, and sunbeams to sleep under.”

This is admittedly more sentimentality than theology, but I’m okay with that. I think.





8 comments

  1. McGehee »

    1 October 2009 · 4:51 pm

    I know my wife can’t abide the thought of heaven without her beloved animals.

    I imagine I’ll be okay with them in the hereafter, since in my version of heaven the litter box never stinks and no one ever finds a hairball on the carpet with bare feet in the middle of the night.

  2. canadienne »

    1 October 2009 · 9:45 pm

    I’m with Will Rogers.

  3. Lisa Paul »

    1 October 2009 · 10:13 pm

    I guess I’ll be seeing Will Rogers at some point along with my terriers.

  4. Francis W. Porretto »

    2 October 2009 · 6:03 am

    I’m more than okay with it; I can’t imagine it any other way.

    “What seizes the imagination as beauty must be truth.” — John Keats

  5. fillyjonk »

    2 October 2009 · 7:35 am

    From one book that made me embarrassed to be reading in public, because it was making me cry. (But cry in a good way).

    I had a friend who was very devout, who used to get into arguments with his priest about this very issue. He swore that if he arrived at the gates of Heaven and was told his dogs could not be there, he would decline the offer. (He also referenced an old Twilight Zone episode, where apparently the dog knew something was rotten in Elysium, so to speak, and saved his master from being fooled into entering a tarted up version of Hell. Or maybe it wasn’t Twilight Zone, maybe it was a short story…)

  6. McGehee »

    2 October 2009 · 9:34 am

    FJ, I saw that story on an old TV episode of something, and if it wasn’t “TZ” I can’t imagine what. But it wouldn’t surprise me if it were based on a short story. Indeed, I’m thinking Twain.

  7. John Salmon »

    2 October 2009 · 10:34 am

    Thanks for the link.

    It’s awfully nice to imagine that the long-suffering bassett from my childhood, Lolly, is in Heaven right now. All the abuse she put up with (including being allowed to fall out of a second story window, which somehow, tiny legs and all, didn’t hurt her), which she bore with complete patience. Some people could learn a lot from her.

  8. Tom »

    2 October 2009 · 2:26 pm

    Sunday, October 4th is the Feast of St. Francis, the annual day on which pets are blessed by many traditional churches. Who sez pets don’t go to heaven?

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