Tragic Story of Koda -A Story About Pet Loss

lost my friend
I miss you Koda…

Tragic Story of Koda -A Story About Pet Loss

If you are grieving the loss of one of your best friends, I am very sorry.
I wish I could say something to take away the pain… but I can’t.
I just recently lost one of my best friends too.
Such a tragedy.
It’s been weeks now but I still can’t believe he is gone.
He was so full of life.
Koda was a beautiful Siberian Husky.
He would always greet me with an energetic “high-ten”, a bad habit of which I should have broke him but never really tried because I enjoyed it so. We loved to wrestle with one another. But he was always careful and gentle with the kids.
He loved to fetch and catch and never tired of playing games with me.
His favorite thing was to run… man could he run… and it was a beautiful sight to behold and even though we have a very large yard, he could traverse from one end to the other in what seems like seconds.
The worst habit he had was trying to escape the yard and run free through the neighborhood every chance he got. He didn’t like to be left alone and more than once, I came home from work to find he had discovered a loophole in my security system.
But after calling a few friends I could always locate him safe and sound. Eventually we got all the bugs out of the security system and Koda had finally resolved himself to occupying his spare time by digging up the yard and finding various things to chew up around the house. All was well… until our 2 year old figured out how to open doors.
Koda hadn’t had a chance to run free for a long time and he took full advantage of it. This time no one called to say “Your dog is in our front yard”. This time a cop drove up the driveway and solemnly told me that our Koda was lying on the road about a half a mile away. He had found his way to the busy highway.
It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. To see him like that. I had to take him to be cremated. I just couldn’t accept it at first. He was just so full of life. I couldn’t accept the fact that I was never going to play with him again. It still just doesn’t seem real. It just can’t be. Of course I blamed myself. I should have taught him the dangers of the big highway. I should have had child proof door handles.
It didn’t matter now… Koda is gone forever.
But not so… I will see him again.
I believe in Heaven.
Not “Pet” Heaven, but Heaven.

Will I See My Pet In Heaven?

Rainbow Bridge Memorial Picture
“You are here too but you just don’t know it yet”

Is My Pet In Heaven?

The short answer is yes.
All animals go to Heaven.
I’m not talking about Pet Heaven or Rainbow Bridge.
Those are nice concepts but I believe that there is only one Heaven for people and animals alike and we will all be there together again someday.

Heaven is a wonderful place. So wonderful that we can’t even imagine how wonderful it is. Just imagine for a minute, the most awesome place you’ve ever been or seen pictures of… or even heard about. Forget about the old stereotype of angels sitting on a cloud and playing their harps all day. Heaven is a busy place with lots of fun things to do. And the fun never ends because there are no clocks in Heaven. Time doesn’t exist in Heaven. You won’t have to be in a hurry because you will have all eternity to do whatever you want to do. You can take your time and reminisce to your heart’s content. Won’t it be great to talk to grandpa again and even meet your great grandparents that you never knew here in this world. And won’t it be great to talk to the animals too. That’s right.. you can ask Duke just what he was thinking that time he chewed up your favorite slippers. And he will be able to answer you back, “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.”

God’s original plan was that man and animals would live together peacefully forever. Read these passages from Genesis:

20 Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”

23 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.

24 Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. 25 God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings[b] in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

27 So God created human beings[c] in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. 30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.

31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!

Guess what?
God doesn’t change.

He has always cared for the animals He created and He always will.

When God sent the flood, He made sure that the animals were saved too.  And when God made the covenent with Noah after the flood, the animals were included too. Please read these passages, also from Genesis:

8 Then God told Noah and his sons, 9 “I hereby confirm my covenant with you and your descendants, 10 and with all the animals that were on the boat with you—the birds, the livestock, and all the wild animals—every living creature on earth. 11 Yes, I am confirming my covenant with you. Never again will floodwaters kill all living creatures; never again will a flood destroy the earth.”

To us it seems like things are in a terrible mess but God sees from the beginning to the end and everything is just as He originally planned it.
We can’t even imagine how wonderful everything will be once we get free from these fleshly bodies and become part of the spiritual world of Heaven.
I like what Rev Billy Graham said about Heaven. “God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in Heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.”
I used to worry about what happens when we die but now I have such a peace about it.
I actually believe that one day we will find out that all those who died before us were the lucky ones.

lost my friend
I miss you Koda…

Custom Personalized Pet Memorial Pictures Can Help To Heal A Grieving Heart

Custom Personalized Pet Memorial Pictures Can Help To Heal A Grieving Heart

If you’ve recently lost a beloved pet, I’m very sorry.
Maybe it wasn’t even recently.
Sometimes the pain can go on for years.
Actually, sometimes it just goes on.
I wish I could say something to take away the pain… but I can’t.

What I can do and what I have been doing for over 10 years now is to make a custom, personalized pet memorial picture for you that you will cherish for the rest of your life.

White Cat with Jesus
Until We Meet Again…
I also make memorial pictures for people. In fact, I created my first custom memorial picture when my dad passed away back in 1999. He passed away suddenly and I felt like I didn’t get to say “Goodbye”. I was teaching a Photoshop class back then and I got the idea to put my dad in Heaven with Jesus. I couldn’t believe the peace that I felt when I looked at that first picture.

There is something very comforting about visualizing your loved one in Jesus’ arms. Even though you know that’s where they are, it’s hard to imagine and it just doesn’t seem real until you can really look upon it and feel the peace and joy.