Where does Fido go when he dies?
December 13th, 2010
04:29 PM ET

Where does Fido go when he dies?

By Padmananda Rama, CNN

"What happens to animals when they die?" author Ptolemy Tompkins wonders in his new book.

"I looked into that dog's eyes and knew there was something more," says Tompkins, a writer for the Christian magazine Guideposts.

At the age of 12, Tompkins named that dog - a hungry mutt with a “copper-colored spot on her shoulder” - Penny. Decades later, in his latest book, "The Divine Life of Animals," he briefly describes how he adopted Penny during a family vacation to Mexico.

“Penny and I had connected. I had looked into her face and seen something there,” he writes. Later, he concludes, “Penny, then, must have had a soul.”

This intuition leads the author on a far-reaching journey, exploring various faiths and philosophies, and searching for answers to explain the possibilities of our pets’ afterlife.

During his time writing for Guideposts, Tompkins told CNN, he received numerous letters from animal lovers who had asked their parish ministers similar questions after the death of a pet and received less-than-satisfying responses.

“They’re so heartbroken. They go to find out what happened to their poodle … and they say, ‘Am I going to see my dog again in heaven?’ and the pastor sort of scratches his head for a second and says, ‘No, you’re not. There are only people in heaven.’ ”

Tompkins' book is written for animal lovers who are dissatisfied by this response - and who are willing to take a leap of faith along with Tompkins as he searches for clues to animals’ divinity, piecing together spiritual arguments from primitive cultures as well as Christianity.

“If you look a little deeper in the Bible, you can find evidence that writers of the Bible actually did have a deeper respect for the spirituality of animal creation than appears to be on the surface,” Tompkins says.

“There is a spiritual reality to animals,” the author explains. In researching his book, which he described as “one man’s quest to discover whether the souls of animals live on,” Tompkins looks to Christian theories of the concept of the Resurrection.

“Nature is resurrected too ... so if you’re a Christian and you’re interested in this kind of thinking, there's plenty of argument that suggests that all of nature is included in the idea of redemption, which is central to Christianity.”

This holiday season, as you’re checking off your gift list, Tompkins’ book may be a good option for pet lovers in your life who are ready to explore whether their favorite fluffy companion may also have a spiritual side.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief

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  1. Adam

    Will we be able to eat chicken and beef in heaven? If so, will all the chickens and cows there object to this? How can it be heaven for them if their bodies are being killed and consumed?

    December 13, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
    • Pat

      There are no bodies, ours or theirs so food is not required.....we are speaking of souls and spirituality.

      December 13, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
    • T3chsupport

      .... if there's a heaven, I'm pretty sure you're not going to have to worry about where your food is coming from...

      December 13, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
    • TN

      There is no hunger in heaven....

      December 13, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
    • Adam

      I'm just saying that heaven for me would involved having some beef and chicken to eat and so I'm wondering if the chickens and cows would mind that since heaven for them would involve me not eating them.

      December 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
    • davetharave

      All food in heaven is Tofu-based.

      December 13, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      According to Douglas Adams, there are breeds of cows that know their purpose is to be eaten, so maybe some of them will be in heaven too...

      December 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
    • Farticus

      TN: There's no heaven in heaven either. Mainly because there is no heaven.

      December 13, 2010 at 11:28 pm |
    • kati

      Adam thought he had a great point. Regardless of what you believe, Adam got owned.

      December 14, 2010 at 5:44 am |
  2. Pat

    Of course animals go to heaven. God created them before us. They are guiless creatures that don't do the evil and hateful things that people do. They merely live their lives the best that they can. If God doesn't take his innocent creatures to be with him, then we surely don't stand a chance! 🙂

    December 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
    • displeased

      What about all the alien creatures of the universe. Will we see them in heaven too?

      December 13, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
    • civilioutside

      There's nothing quite as hartwarming as the pure innocence of a mother angler fish eating her young.

      December 14, 2010 at 8:45 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'are guiless creatures that don't do the evil and hateful things that people do'
      Actually scientists have recorded chimpanzees ambushing and waging war on rival troops, systematically killing off their rivals to increase their range.

      December 14, 2010 at 9:54 am |
    • Dindy.....


      December 14, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  3. Sparky

    My next-door-neighbor's garage.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  4. speedro

    Heaven is a silly concept anyway. When you die you decompose and this energy moves on in the world. Your 'spirit' lives on only in those who you affected deeply. For a dog or other pet that means your memory of them is the best they get. Actually, I change my mind, maybe I do like the idea of my dog living in a heaven, silly as it is.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  5. Eric

    If Fido is a true believer, then when he dies, he will have 40 virgin poodle, endless prime rib dinners and a leather reclining chair too.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  6. Jay

    The blender. Yummmmy

    December 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
    • Charles Soto


      December 14, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  7. HollyBanana

    The way I see it is you can pretty much believe whatever you want about the afterlife, because if you die and it turns out there is no afterlife...well, you really won't care will you.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
    • Bob

      Ignoring all the negatives associated with your life because you believed. For example, let's look at a faithful christian.

      Daily Time: 10 minutes a day praying, meals, before/after waking up, etc.
      Weekly Time: 1 hour a week for church, 30 minutes for commute time. Double that for a bible study course.
      Yearly Time: 10 hours for assoicated special masses that don't fall on Sundays.

      Overall time for someone who lives till 75, starting at 10 years old? 614 days, or approximately 1.7 years.

      December 13, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
    • HollyBanana

      My point still stands. If you're dead and there is no afterlife you won't care about how much time you wasted on your belief system because you're dead. You won't care about anything.

      December 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
    • Bob

      But that's not the point. The point isn't to find the meaning of your life in death. The point is to find meaning in life. And if you only get one turn on the ferris wheel, wouldn't you want it to be the best ride possible?

      December 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
    • Frogist

      @HollyBanana: Well no, it won't matter to you when you die. But the beliefs that you acted on when you were alive might matter to those who are left alive. And I don't just mean time in church etc... I mean how you treated gay people, or people of another religion, what you did to the environment, how much money you gave to disreputable organizations. Sure it doesn't matter to us when we die if there is nothing after. But it sure matters to those who must bear the brunt of the damage we caused before we died.

      December 14, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  8. Valerie

    They go into the ground.

    Only humans have souls, all other creatures act on instinct, mostly.................and yes, dogs are lovable and loyal, but that is INSTINCT to them......

    December 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
    • displeased

      Humans don't have instincts? And BTW, you do know we're animals, right?

      December 13, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
    • West Coast

      I am always amazed by the lack of intelligence on the CNN boards.

      Humans act on instinct too, cupcake. We are absolutely no different from animals.

      December 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
    • Deep Thinker

      There is one thing that I have learned in my seven decades on this earth. NO ONE KNOWS. Not you Valerie..Not ANYONE. From the most famous philosopher to the Pope. NO ONE KNOWS. My idea of the afterlife or lack thereof is as viable as any so called "expert" or any other person on this planet. Any statement that life ends in eternal sleep, reincarnation or paradise is pure conjecture. NO MATTER the source. Unless, of course, you've had that "one on one" with God (or some other higher being).

      December 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
    • dina

      apparently some of you freaks have never owned a pet. that's a sad lonely life for you

      December 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
    • nonesuch

      Where's your proof, Valerie? Gonna cite an article? The Bible?

      December 13, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
    • Dr. B. Good...

      Humans are perhaps the most soulless of all animals, specifically because we believe we have a monopoly on soul. That type of thinking has lead to the genocide of species after species of plants and animals.

      December 13, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
    • PS


      December 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Yeah got to love those kinds of posts....if a human does something its because of intelligence, if an animal does it its because of instinct. lol.

      December 14, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  9. Mr Jones

    where do animals go? you don't know and you don't want to know...

    December 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  10. Chris

    I think alot of religiously inclined people believe that animals don't have souls, only people. It gives some people an excuse not to treat them with respect. If you're not religious, then they are creatures of the earth as we all are and should be loved and respected as we should all be.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
    • cheryl

      I think your statement is very well said . Some people think of animals as not having feeling ,I think its because these people are to into there self, have you ever notice that people that really love animals are all around more careing people and better hearted. there more sensitive in all ways.

      December 13, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
    • David

      Pardon, but there are plenty of religious people who have very established beliefs about an afterlife for their pets and other animals. People have to stop looking at Spirituality and Religion so black and white. They think its such a simple thing and it's not and just shows people's ignorance on the subject. Religion is not monolithic, just because the Pope or the dead Rebbe or an Imam make a decision doesn't mean everyone necessarily agrees on every ruling.

      December 13, 2010 at 8:41 pm |
    • Earthling

      Hogwash! There is no way things should be. There is only the way things are. And that reality, like it or not, is that the vast majority of creatures on this earth that survive and reproduce, do so at the expense of other creatures.

      December 13, 2010 at 9:22 pm |
  11. NMY

    i loved my rabbit who passed only three weeks ago, but am i going to see him and all the other dogs, rabbits, hippos and mosquitoes that have died in the last 5 billion years in heaven as well? haha nah i dont think so... their souls, if they live on, they live on in ur memories. so, treat them well and take lots of pictures. peace~

    December 13, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
    • speedro

      Same goes for humans, I would say.

      December 13, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
    • davetharave

      Not the mosquitoes.

      December 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
    • West Coast

      Such a sad vision of heaven you have.

      December 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
    • Frogist

      @NMY: I'm sorry about your bunny. But I agree with you. Take lots of pics and enjoy them while they're here.

      December 13, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
    • Gargoyle

      Yes, but the mosquitoes won't bite us in heaven, they'll eat ambrosia and Philadephia cream cheese.

      December 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
    • fritz katz

      If there IS a heaven for everything (which is one more "just too convenient and warm feeling" marketing invention of religious hucksters I'm afraid, but if...), considering the gazillions of creatures pouring up there nonstop, it would be simplest to just file everything alphabetically.
      Therefore, rabbits will be crammed into warehouses alongside rabbis.

      December 14, 2010 at 1:26 am |
  12. eddy

    funny. first he has to die, then resurect.
    after finding out if he has a soul of his own then
    he can take on animals.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  13. T3chsupport

    Any heaven without animals would be no heaven at all.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
    • Eduardo Boro

      Amen Brother. Just like the movie "All Dogs Go to Heaven".

      December 13, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
    • kati

      Agreed. And I always thought that heaven was different for everyone. My pets will be in my heaven. I'm counting on it.

      December 14, 2010 at 5:30 am |
    • LOL

      Oh really? Some people really don't like dogs and cats though. So their idea of heaven wouldn't include your mangy, loud, flea-infested mutt. How come your idea of heaven overrides theirs? Oh that's right, I'm not supposed to use logic when it comes to this stuff.

      December 14, 2010 at 8:32 am |
    • Michael

      The greatest joy of heaven is the Beatific Vision which is the immediate knowledge of God's essence. This produes in the created intelligence perfect happiness as it is the direct vision of God face to face. All living things have souls, i.e. the life principle of the body). Man is unique though in the fact that he is the only one to have a soul that is also a spirit and vice versa. By the fact that his soul is also a spirit it is immortal. Animals and vegetative life have souls that are mortal. Once their souls are no longer capable of animating their bodies, their souls die with them. Souls also do not "evolve." The soul of the first man was directly created by God as is each new human soul. Whether his body evolved is an open question.

      December 14, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  14. flash

    If my dog won't stop sniffing at vistors croches will he go to hell?

    December 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
    • Lola


      December 13, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
    • justaperson


      December 14, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  15. Henry Miller

    Does this kind of silliness know no bounds? How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

    December 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      None! There are no gods, demons, ghosts, angels, leprechauns (sp?), unicorns, pick you favourite imaginary being...

      December 13, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
    • justaperson

      You're correct about all of those except leprechauns...THEY exist, I'm sure of it! 🙂

      December 14, 2010 at 8:19 am |
    • Kathy

      Henry miller: you suck too as do all you moronic people that have your stupid-ignorant opinion. Bet you've never had a pet and God help them if you have.....

      December 14, 2010 at 8:34 am |
    • Me

      HotAirAce A fine categoric statement, which can be supported by.... oh wait – Nothing. Except perhaps your "faith" that they don't exist. But wait, that would take the same amount of "faith" as someone who believes they do exist, so that can't be right. What a conundrum!

      December 14, 2010 at 8:39 am |
    • HotAirAce


      Believing that something does not exist, especially given the numerous unsuccessful attempts to prove existance over thousands of years, is not based on faith at all – it is based on the lack of evidence and is quite logical. On the other hand, believing that something exists, especially given the numerous unsuccessful attempts to prove existance over thousands of years, is based entirely on blind faith – it is based on ignoring the lack of evidence and is quite illogical. No cunundrum at all – just a lot of people unwilling or unable to give up their childish tribal myths and superst-itions.

      December 14, 2010 at 11:30 am |
    • Nonimus

      Just one... but that one has a pin too.

      December 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  16. Kevin

    How can you conclude something has a soul by looking into its eyes – ridiculous – just because you believe something that doens't make it true

    December 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
    • displeased

      This is research at its best!

      December 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
    • Ginger

      Ever hear the expression "The eyes, are the gateway to the soul?" It didn't say WHOSE eyes, it just said
      "the Eyes", and if animals had no soul, how is it their loyalty level is soooo much higher than that of Humans?
      Geese mate for life. When one dies, the other doesn't take on another mate, it dies of lonliness. There is a
      lot about animals behavior, that tells the story, IF people could only pay attention, then there would be no doubt
      at all, that Animals have a soul, and they imitate Jesus, far better than WE ever could, and He advised us that He
      would make us stewards over all the animals (notice He didn't say he would make us "smarter" though?)
      I plan to see ALL my Pets, when I die, even if they go to Heaven, and I go elsewhere, for my stupidity.

      December 13, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
    • nonesuch

      And simply because you DON'T believe something doesn't mean it's false, either, witless.

      December 13, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
    • nic

      Just because you don't believe it, it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. I didn't believe in YOUR existence until I saw your silly post. Does that mean you didn't exist?

      December 14, 2010 at 12:48 am |
    • kati

      We're all animals. Just something to think about, Kevin.

      December 14, 2010 at 5:28 am |
    • kati

      One more thing, Kevin...

      You should consider learning proper spelling and grammar. My dog could bark a better sentence than you can write.

      That is all.

      December 14, 2010 at 5:39 am |
    • justaperson

      @Kevin...that's what I was gonna say! I started giggling the moment that dude said that, because he "saw something" in those dog eyes, that MUST mean it has a soul. Oh for heaven's sake! People don't even have souls, much less animals...a cute look in the dog's eyes just means that it's evolutionarily adaptive for dogs to be cute because a really cute face=a human who will take care of it. Hey, what about baby's faces?? If you look into a baby's eyes, you'll probably think the same thing. Hello people! There's a reason baby's are cute; because, if they weren't, mothers and fathers wouldn't take care of them (well, not in all cases, but it certainly raises the kid's chances of being taken care of well). Same reasoning applies to pets. People sure are stupid these days and does it seem to anybody else that critical thinking skills are being left out of education recently? Hmmm, maybe we should start teaching that again...

      December 14, 2010 at 8:15 am |
    • LOL

      This whole concept of a 'soul' is retarded. Why can't you people just accept that your brain is where your existence begins and ends. Life is just a collection of memories and experiences stored in your brain. Is that so hard to believe? That's why people with alzheimer's have no connection with their loved ones anymore. Their brain, i.e. their existence, is no longer there.

      December 14, 2010 at 8:30 am |
    • Kathy

      Kevin-you suck.

      December 14, 2010 at 8:31 am |
    • LOL

      Hey Kathy that's not very christian of you. I, unlike you, can look at things from your point of view and I honestly feel bad for people like you that were brainwashed into believing something at a very young and vulnerable age and now it is so ingrained into everything that you know, logic and reason can't hold a candle to that.

      December 14, 2010 at 8:48 am |
    • John B

      Kevin- I'm not religious and I don't have all the answers. But I have looked into my cat's eyes and my dogs eyes when they were sick or when I was sick or hurt and there is an unbelievable connection between us. I know it doesn't sound logical, but It's something you have to experience to understand. I think connection may lead to "soul" for some people. Whatever you want to call it, it's a beautiful thing when it happens with people or animals.

      December 14, 2010 at 9:24 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'and if animals had no soul, how is it their loyalty level is soooo much higher than that of Humans?'
      Because we give them food, water and fussing. If that stopped then they would be away in a heartbeat.

      December 14, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  17. JoAnn

    I have hopes that if there is a heaven and I by chance get to it that my pets will be there with me. They have shown unconditional love always. No strings attached. There is no vindictiveness, animonsity or betrayal with them. They love me for me no matter what. That is a perfect love is it not?

    December 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
    • nyc

      Amen JoAnn.

      December 13, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
    • O. Brother

      Try not feeding them for a week or two. You may see some change in that "unconditional" part.

      December 13, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
    • Jody

      Agreed JoAnn...their Love is unconditional, they don't care who you are or how much money you have, they Love you for you...To me that is GOD

      December 13, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
    • Unconditional love

      I certainly think my beloved pets will be there as when I face my day to leave this earth, the thought of seeing theri sweet faces again will be a comfort to me. I often have dreams of my parents who passed and they are always with my pets that have passed. I believe, if heaven is this perfect place, there have to be pets. People that are uncomfortable w/ thinking that have created this magical "Rainbow Bridge" where pets frolic in happiness to await theri owners. I am proud, very proud, to love/ have loved my pets as unconditionally as they love and have loved me.

      December 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm |
    • rs1201

      totally agree. My dog is truly my best friend. He knows when I'm sad, happy, or just bone tired. I take care of him as well as I took care of my children and he has no doubt I'm sure that he's loved...he's safe...and hopefully happy.

      December 13, 2010 at 9:36 pm |
    • Jerri

      I hope the pets that i have loved are in heaven when I get there. I would much rather associate with my pets than some of those people who have commented so cruelly.

      December 14, 2010 at 1:36 am |
    • Barbara

      Joann- You are very "in tune and accurate"...therefore you are a woman~

      December 14, 2010 at 8:29 am |
    • Bruce


      In Bruce Almighty the prayer before the great opportunity came was, "Show me a sign" and a truck full of signs pulled in front of him. By saying, if there is a heaven and seeing the unconditional love designed in an animal as a sign, wouldn't you want to be 100% certain that you would go there? If going to heaven is on merit, your dog would go but you may be left out. All I am saying is be certain. I just wouldn't want to be in heaven with a bunch of dogs without you.

      December 14, 2010 at 8:36 am |
    • LOL

      They're maggot food. Just like you. Keep deluding yourself with your fairy tales if it helps you sleep at night.

      December 14, 2010 at 8:37 am |
    • Frogist

      @Joann: I believe their love for you is conditional. Do you really think an owner who mistreats his pet has the same unconditional love you speak of? Also why is it that for people, we have to believe in some prophet or incarnation of God, but your dog only has to believe in you to get to heaven?

      December 14, 2010 at 9:01 am |
    • Gina

      Well said JoAnn

      December 15, 2010 at 4:34 am |
  18. JJ

    Wow! harsh. obviously your souls aren't going any place if there is a place to go.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
    • HJC

      And how do YOU know? The whole subject of death and afterlife is nothing but conjecture ... regardless of anyone's point of view. It's O.K. to believe, if it brings you comfort, whatever it is you believe in. Just don't confuse your beliefs with "knowing."

      December 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
    • Robert Elliott

      HJC's comment is right on. Everybody needs to read this comment below yours.

      December 13, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
    • kurgen99

      I'm coming back to life when I die- as a DRAGON!

      December 13, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
    • Robinhood889

      Oh Brother.Let me "enlighten" you a bit on death.1.I had the anasthesia hallucination of floating above my body at age 12.amazingly.I was able to hear what was goin on and in detail tell the Dr. what happened in the OR and I was correct.Told by several people there.I was struck ny lightening in 2001.I died.....I was brought back.Yes I had an experience kind of common except pets long forgotten were there.Ones Id forgotten about people friends Id known.Didn't know were dead.Told I had to go back.So wake up and smell the coffee.I KNOW THERE IS LIFE AFTER DEATH EVEN FOR ANIMALS.

      December 13, 2010 at 7:59 pm |
    • Rich

      Put the pipe down, Robin.

      December 13, 2010 at 8:13 pm |
    • Artemis

      Careful, Rich. Just because you haven't experienced it, doesn't mean it automatically isn't real. I had an experience similar to Robinhood889, and I've talked with others that have had the same. It is true: we don't know for sure, but that's probably a good thing. We as people do need to focus on the here and now to live our lives, But it is rather arrogant for people to assume that the only truth or "real" experiences out there are the ones they've had.

      December 13, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
    • Daws

      Because of an esoteric belief? Talk about harsh.

      December 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
    • Abudu Rahman

      Robinhood889, At the age of 12 how many pets could you have "long forgotten?" You must be drinking some hard liquor.

      December 14, 2010 at 12:18 am |
    • noone

      Robbin it's called DMT look it up. It's a chemical reaction in your brain. Read the book (name unknown at this time) great cover art (Alex Grey).

      December 14, 2010 at 2:19 am |
    • kati


      Love these quotes from people who believe to know all and who immediately slam down another person's actual EXPERIENCE.

      Who the heck do you think you are!? Your opinion is no more important than the last guy's- stop trying to act like your word rules.

      As for this quote:
      "Robinhood889, At the age of 12 how many pets could you have "long forgotten?" You must be drinking some hard liquor."

      I'm not taking either side, but I'd wager that many people (depending on how and where they grew up) could have pets long forgotten by the age of 12. What if he/she grew up on a farm? Had an old dog and/or cat the year he/she was born and then more pets to follow.

      I mean- who the heck are you to decide?!

      December 14, 2010 at 5:24 am |
    • JulieB

      Have you ever noticed that Christians, for the most part, are so much more at peace than non-Christians. All the non-Christian replies are so angry. Beleive what you want, I look forward to my day in Heaven where I can see old friend, family and all my dogs who will greet me. How wonderful that will be.

      December 14, 2010 at 8:48 am |
    • LOL

      I'm glad your fairy tale beliefs make you happy and peaceful. The bible has all kinds of wonderful and optimistic answers to all of life's mysteries. It's just that not everyone is willing to throw logic and reason out the window to subscribe to those beliefs. Consider yourself lucky that you don't have logic and reason because they really get in the way of all those wonderful beliefs you have.

      December 14, 2010 at 8:57 am |
    • Frogist

      @Julie B: DOn't assume things you don't know. And don't mistake incredulity at the ridiculous for anger.

      December 14, 2010 at 8:57 am |
    • Frank Rotiroti

      I believe there is life after death. Once Life has been created it never dies, we just change form.

      December 14, 2010 at 9:18 am |
    • Frank Rotiroti

      Hey LOL - Who created logic and reason and how do we really know for sure that it is the correct way to look at existence?

      December 14, 2010 at 9:20 am |
    • Frank

      As the late Carl Sagan stated, "It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion however satisfying and reassuring."

      December 14, 2010 at 9:30 am |
    • LOL

      No one really has answers to the questions of our existence. I don't believe those can be answered logically or with faith. What I do know is that even a 10 year old(who hasn't been brainwashed from a young age) would have enough logic and reason to question the answers provided by the bible.

      December 14, 2010 at 9:30 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Have you ever noticed that Christians, for the most part, are so much more at peace than non-Christians. All the non-Christian replies are so angry. Beleive what you want, I look forward to my day in Heaven where I can see old friend, family and all my dogs who will greet me. How wonderful that will be.'
      Just out out of interest. If you are married and your husband dies making you a poor widow but a few years later you remarry. Then you pass away and your widower remarries to keep him comfort in his old age........ which of those husbands will meet up with you in heaven? Or will the second husband just meet up with his second wife.
      Hmm, will the kids from any of the marriages meet up or be separate depending on which marriage they came from?
      Or will it just be one extremely awkward lovefest where everyone is together?

      December 14, 2010 at 9:43 am |
    • Chris

      It's funny you should ask that, Cedar Rapids. A Sadducee asked Jesus a similar question about 2000 years ago. Wanna know the answer? Google Matthew 22:23-33.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  19. stacy

    It's not degrading to just die.....
    People and their pets are so special that there has to be something "after."
    It's OK to just die....

    December 13, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
    • Tristin

      Exactly. It's totally ok to just die. Life on earth is what you make of it. People who live miserable lives want to have something to look fowards too.

      December 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
    • Jack Lewis

      >> Oh Brother.Let me "enlighten" you a bit on death.1.I had the anasthesia hallucination of floating above my body at age 12.<> amazingly.I was able to hear what was goin on and in detail tell the Dr. what happened in the OR and I was correct.
      Assuming you aren't a liar (I am not really making that assumption myself) your body did have ears and your brain was still connected to them so .... again this has little to do with death.

      >> Told by several people there.I was struck ny lightening in 2001.I died.....I was brought back.Yes I had an experience kind of common except pets long forgotten were there.Ones Id forgotten about people friends Id known<<
      I have dreams every night and haven't even been hit by lightning .... so what?
      Loosing consciousness for a few minutes has nothing to do with having all your lifelines flatten out and your body decompose and rot. Life after death... what a silly idea.

      December 14, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  20. Andrew

    You might also like "Paw Prints in Heaven?: Christians and Pet Loss" by James McClinton. It deals with pet loss and what the Bible has to say regarding pets in heaven.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
    • Todd

      All Amoeba are heavenly.

      December 13, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
    • a slozomby

      this obviously begs the question do ameoba divide purely for reproductive purposes or do they enjoy it.

      December 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
    • Jim Giatas

      God is love.

      December 14, 2010 at 2:17 am |
    • Mike, not me

      Your source for food consumption is an un-named/unreferenced answer to a question... disgusting.

      December 14, 2010 at 8:11 am |

      No book is necessary. The Bible has nothing to say about this issue. LOL! I thought the article was going to say how dog owners or the vet dispose of the carcass (no-they are not people). Enjoy them and let them go. If reality is too harsh to deal with, sure, make something up that makes you feel better. Like doggie angels.

      December 14, 2010 at 8:43 am |
    • sheena

      I have heard of Danielle Mackinnon who actually communicates with pets and tell you what soul contracts you have with your pet. She is going to be speaking at the Conference in Toronto in March 2011 which will be addressing all aspects of the Soul's Journey- Continuum: Past, Present and Future. http://www.wisdomannex.com.

      December 14, 2010 at 8:49 am |
    • Vance

      SG – Hi...how are you? Ok listen, like most vegans, your ignorance is offensive. you can eat whatever you want but don't look down your nose at me because I eat what God meant for me to eat...meat. If we never ate meat, we would still be monkeys. Meat allowed our brains to grow. So be still, be quiet, my plant eating friend – you Vegans are an affront to nature's design, to God's will.

      MOST of the dinosaurs were plant eaters and look what happened to them....

      December 14, 2010 at 9:01 am |
    • LOL

      You tell em Vance!! If GOD didn't want us to eat animals then he wouldn't have made them out of food!! DUUHH!!!@!@!

      December 14, 2010 at 9:06 am |
    • JonathanL

      Drats! I hoping when I die I'd be able to leave the whole life thing behind. It's been a dog's life. I just hope they segregate us from the cats. Eternity with fyling cats and whatnot? Where is pet hell?

      December 14, 2010 at 9:10 am |
    • Doug

      Check out "Animals are Soul Too!" by Harold Klemp. Not only does this book discuss the nature of animals as soul, but the nature of soul and how we all fit into everday life, life beyond the death of the physical body of all beings, and god's love.

      December 14, 2010 at 9:11 am |
    • LOL

      If it's printed in a book, it must be true amirite?!?!

      December 14, 2010 at 9:15 am |
    • LOL

      Here's a hint.. It's OK to not know everything. In fact in the grand scheme of things human know next to nothing!! I know that's scary to think but it's true!! Humans don't even know what's at the bottom of our oceans, what makes you think we know everything about life, afterlife, the universe? Get real and stop filling in the gaps with stupid answers because WE DON'T KNOW. You people irritate me.

      December 14, 2010 at 9:19 am |
    • Shut up...

      Well it depends – if the dog has accepted Jesus as his/her savior then he/she will go to heaven if not it is hell. Isn't that how it is suppose to work?

      December 14, 2010 at 9:30 am |
    • C

      It's sad really that a world news source would waste time and energy posting this garbage to perpetuate a fairytale. There is no heaven there is no hell, when you die you go to the worms. The bible is a 2000 year old book that a large group of ignorant people try to use as a current day reference. It's the equivalent of trying to use The Iliad as an instruction guild on fixing your car.

      December 14, 2010 at 9:34 am |
    • curious

      If anybody wants to understand the "why" in our lives , pls read " Jain " philosophy. I loved the explanation about the various forms of life. Serious reading and time consuming.

      December 14, 2010 at 9:40 am |
    • Pitt Cairn

      Everything I've read about near-death experiences says there is something after this life, and the folks you want to see are there, in peace. And you feel better than you ever did on Earth, and you don't want to return. However, these experiences are generally pretty short, so it may be a false lead-in to something else. And to the person who said cats go to heaven, and dogs go to hell – you make think you're an animal lover, but you ain't!

      December 14, 2010 at 9:44 am |
    • Minerva1

      It's not necessarily MEAT that helped our ancestors develop (and we didn't come from chimps- get your facts straight) it was increased food, especially protein. At that time, it may well have been carrion, which our ancient ancestors robbed from other animals' kills. In case you hadn't noticed, we are not naturally well-armed or adapted meat eaters: no big teeth or claws, slow, weak compared to real predators, metabolisms that have trouble with cholesterol and saturated fats. (True predators are well endowed with weapons, speed, reflexes, and the metabolic machinery that takes care of excess fats, cholesterol and potential food poisoning.) Meat may have helped us for awhile, and we developed tools to get it, but our civilization (horticulture) has outgrown the NEED for it. People may still like it, but it's not necessarily in their best interests. So grow up! For once do what's right for your body and right for the planet. That's why today's vegans and vegetarians and occasional meat eaters don't have to worry nearly as much about cholesterol, saturated fat, Jack-in-the-Box E.coli burgers/Salmonella etc. They frequently have lower rates of cancer too. The world's vegan/vegetarian/low meat consumers live longer and healthier lives.

      December 14, 2010 at 9:55 am |
    • Geo

      I see dead pets.

      December 14, 2010 at 10:37 am |
    • ScottK

      The TRUTH is...Dogs and Cats do go to heaven... and they rule and Kings and Priests over human souls!! So you better treat your pets better!! Vegans know this and are working hard at being the pets right hand, you know the one that gets to scratch just behind their ears... Earthquakes are caused by the phantom scratching of Almighty Dog... Now all you Christians, prove me wrong.

      December 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
    • proterozoic

      The question then becomes, does the celestial resurrection extend to all animals or only pets, because they have owners who are capable of indulging in wishful thinking?

      December 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
    • Matt

      Consider for a second that there is no heaven, no hell. If you were sucessfull in that exercise I ask, how precious is all life to you now?

      December 14, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
    • Christie

      My uncle told me a story about when he was a boy. One day at school, another little boy in his class came to school very upset because his dog had died. The little boy asked his teacher if he would see his dog in heaven. The teacher told him that if that was what it would take for him to be happy in heaven, his dog would be there. I thought that was very compassionate of her.

      December 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
    • Maruto

      A sucker is born every minute... This guy is a jerk who is profiting from your gullibility...

      December 14, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
    • Real Life

      You've got to be kidding me right? Some people really live in fantasy land. Stop equating dogs to humans. If you really think 'all dogs go to heaven', stop smoking or sniffing or using the needle.

      December 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm |
    • mandas

      Dead dogs go in a hole in the ground where they are eaten by worms, just like grandma.

      Stp lying to your kids.

      December 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
    • John

      Where does Fido go when he dies? To Fallon, Nevada via Flagstaff and Gallup on a Greyhound Bus.

      December 16, 2010 at 12:00 am |
    • Joseph

      I believe that we were thrown out of Paradise. BUT the animals were never thrown out! The animals never fell from grace. I like to think they came with us from Paradise to watch over us and help us back to Paradise.

      December 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
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