Angels With Fur: Do We See Our Beloved Pets In Heaven?, by Sandra Joy Eastman
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Author’s Den. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
As I comment from time to time, I have little personal experience as a pet parent . As a small child I adopted a bright and freckled stray Brittany, and other than that I have spent a fair amount of time around the pets of friends and family members without having any of my own. I have seen dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, and occasionally more unusual animals being cared for lovingly by adults and children without having any particular desire for having pets myself. Being a somewhat awkward and standoffish person myself, although certainly not an unaffectionate one, I have never thought that the cramped and semi-nomadic conditions of my life and the limited amount of time I spent at home would make me an ideal pet owner, and I have no desire to be cruel to animals by ignoring or neglecting them. Most, people, though, have a great deal more experience with pets than I do, and so there are many people for whom this book will have a great deal of emotional impact, at least more so than for me.
This short book of about sixty pages is made up of ten chapters that mostly deal with the pets that the author and her family have had that have particularly touched thier hearts. Besides the author giving a narrative about the pets and their behavior, some of which is deeply poignant, and a great deal about the factors and situations that led to their demises, there are some poems included and even a solitary citation from scripture that deals with the new heavens and new earth where there will be no longer any death or sorrow or crying in contrast to this present existence. Included among the pets are a dog with horrific suffering from fleas that was put down because the author’s family was unable to treat the problem due to poverty, a variety of dogs who were put down as their life ebbed away from organ failure or slow bleeding or other such factors. Among the more unusual pets included was a mischievous feet with a taste for shoes, keys, and anything else shiny, as well as dog food. So while the book has a great deal of sadness in its reflection upon the death of pets, there is also a recognition of the joy that pets provide to many people.
Ultimately, though, much of this book relates to a speculation on the afterlife of pets. It must be conceded that the Bible says noting about the afterlife of pets or any sort of offer of eternal life for our beloved animals. Even so, we know that there will be animals in the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ and that their nature will be changed . The author has no belief in reincarnation, thankfully, nor are any of her beliefs contrary to scripture. Rather, this book is about speculative matters argued with a strong amount of emotional reasoning. The author’s rationale appears to be that animals are full of love and life and that one could not imagine a happy afterlife for us without thinking that eternal life will be granted as well to those beings whom we love. This is speculation, it must be admitted, but it is not the sort of speculation that I am personally bothered about or offended about. The author talks a lot about a supposed rainbow bridge where pets await some kind of resurrection into eternal life, but whether or not a reader believes in that, there is still much to appreciate here about the love that pets and people share and the desire on the part of at least some people that pets share in the blessings given to believers by our loving Father above.
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