We were heading out as a family on Friday evening and had just driven a few hundred metres onto the main road when we saw the body of our cat ‘Charlie’ lying there. He had only recently been knocked down as his body was still warm and limp, though quite lifeless. I carried him home and we buried him in the garden the next morning.
I remember reading a church magazine years ago where there was a section called ‘The Wise Owl”. People wrote letters (this was before the days of email) asking questions about the Christian life and the Wise Owl would answer. I remember one letter written by a young boy whose dog had died, asking if his dog would go to heaven. The Wise Owl said ‘no’ (albeit in a very long-winded fashion). I could not help but think the the Owl may be wise, but sensitive and gracious he was not.
I would like to think that Scripture is silent on the issue because it is not something we need to know. Perhaps in the life that is to come we may be surprised by many things and one of those surprises might just possibly be a reuniting with those pets whom we have loved and lost. I hope so anyway.