Despite working in an elementary school library, I have avoided even opening this book.
Then on Saturday morning, we said goodbye to our sweet English Bulldog Brandi, also known as “Bully Girl” and “Miss Pig.”
She was one of five females born to Amy and Bobo Stanton of West Columbia on March 14, 2005. She spent fourteen years and six months residing in Chapin, SC where she was the toast of the neighborhood, especially on Halloween, due to her cute costumes.
Brandi was a lover of her family, car rides, naps, going to the vet, Cheezits, and all humans and animals who entered through the front door.
She was the enemy of possums and snakes.
She loved spying on the neighbors.
Due to her unsuspicious nature, she was a terrible watchdog. She made friends with the pine straw man, the pest control man, the house painter, and the plumber.
We will miss her terribly.
And so will Buster.
Cynthia Rylant’s beautifully written and illustrated “Dog Heaven” is such a comfort to read after saying goodbye to our beloved pet.
“When dogs go the Heaven, they don’t need wings because God knows that dogs love running best. He gives them fields. Fields and fields and fields.”
“When a dog first arrives in Heaven, he just runs.”-Cynthia Rylant, Dog Heaven
Now, we’re all different of course, and some people might not appreciate a picture book about losing a pet.
But I adore the idea of God the Creator, watching over and caring about our pets after they leave us on earth, making sure they have squirrel-shaped biscuits, clouds for beds and angel children to play with.
“Dogs in Dog Heaven may stay as long as they like and this can mean forever. They will be there when old friends show up. They will be there at the door.”-Cynthia Rylant, Dog Heaven
I think “Dog Heaven” imparts a sense of hope and gratitude.
Thank you, Cynthia Rylant, for writing over 100 children’s books, but especially for “Dog Heaven.”