I love my dog, and am sad whenever I remember that I'm probably going to outlive him by quite a few years- and the thought of spending eternity without my dogs- the ones that I grew up with and my darling puppy I have now- sounds more like hell to me than any form of heaven I'd personally rather just die and be dead if I'm going to have to forgo being with my dog to get there
So... DO dogs go to heaven?
I would think that they would because dogs are good- they are so much more loyal and loving than most human beings are! I wouldn't think that a loving God would ever be able to send such a wonderful creature anywhere BUT heaven! (of course, I also beleive in reincarnation so that's thrown into the mix too :sad
I don't buy the typical descriptions of heaven/hell and who does/doesn't go there. But from the descriptions given, it seems the dogs have a pretty good chance of being there, but us humans do not
I'm curious though, you seem to be doing ok with your losses of previous pets, even getting a new puppy. Why do you think it would be worse in heaven?
Sometimes I imagine that this means that all souls will return to the nebulous soul of God. Sometimes I am content to understand that all matter will reintegrate into the earth again.
"I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality." -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Well, my idea of heaven is more based on philosophy than theology. I don't see how animals in general would fit in. They don't act on free will; they are enslaved to their instincts so how could they be judged?
However, being the NF that I am, I can't help but think that animals are more than we think they are. If you are interested in my crazy Ni's interpretation of the possibility, maybe the animals of this planet are from the same collective soul and serve as teachers to us. Nature is and has always been in a state of unity.