Do Dogs Go To Heaven?

Perhaps the reason you are asking the question, “Do dogs go to Heaven?” is because you have recently lost a loved one. If so, I am very sorry. I wish I could say something to take away the pain… but I can’t.

I will tell you that I firmly believe that one day we will be united with all our loved ones again… in Heaven! When asked, “Do dogs go to Heaven?”, Evangelist Billy Graham answered, “God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in Heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.”Picture of Black Labrador dog in Heaven with Jesus

A Word About Cats

At this point I have to say something about cats. I just lost one of my best friends on Sunday, September 4th, 2016. It was a tragic car accident. Sammy and I had been together for almost fifteen years. It’s been almost 3 weeks now and I am of course still very heart-broken. We were very close and I can’t really put into words how much I miss him. I put a page up about Sammy if you would like to read more about our life together. I mainly put the page up as a means of therapy for myself and it is a work in progress as is most of this site.

Coping with Pet-Loss

I will share with you how I am coping and keeping from being totally depressed since his tragic accidental death. This, of course, applies to any lost loved one, cat, dog, person or other. I was almost out of my mind for the first few days but this is where a strong spiritual faith comes into play. First of all, I believe that Sammy is in Heaven now. He’s okay. It’s me that’s a mess. He’s the lucky one. I’m the one who has to deal with the loss. So basically, I’m feeling sorry for myself and making myself miserable. I finally thought to myself, “You know, Sammy would not want me to feel bad right now. Sammy loves me and wants me to get better”. It was time for me to practice what I preach… what I believe.

I believe that we all have spirits. And our spirits get intertwined with others that we really love. Just like our spirit is intertwined with the Holy Spirit when we decide to follow Jesus. Sammy is up in Heaven now but our spirits are intertwined and we will alway be together in spirit. I also believe, that when I decided to accept Jesus as my Savior (we all need to be saved), according to the Bible, I was “raised” with Jesus in the Heavenly Realms. Not the “me” that you see here in this world, but a perfect me… a Jesus version of me… which is the way God sees me. And I believe that Sammy and I are together now in this perfect place (Heaven) forever. This just has not been manifested in my life yet. This is the theoretical basis for my book, “My Pet Letter From Heaven“.

Heaven is for real

I believe that Heaven is very real and more wonderful than we can ever imagine. One day we will find out that all our loved ones that went on to Heaven before us were the lucky ones. They are in eternal bliss while we have to keep living in this fallen world. All animals go to Heaven without question …sorry dogs… cat’s will be there too! Animals are incapable of sin and are not responsible for our separation from God ( the fall).

God included the animals when He made a covenant with Noah after the flood.

Genesis 9:8-17

8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind.

Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”People, on the other hand have to have faith… faith that Jesus was God who came to earth to save us from our sins, was crucified on the cross and was raised again from the dead. Paul says in the New Testament (Colossians 3) that, when you became a believer, you “died with Christ and were raised with Christ and are now hidden with Christ and with all of Christ’s blessings”.

Paul also says in Ephesians 2, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.”What in the world does that mean? Well, it is beautiful. It mean that somehow, when we accept Christ as our Savior, our old self dies with Him two thousand years ago.

And when Christ defeated death and rose again, we were also raised with Him. We immediately receive all of the blessings of Christ and this perfect “Jesus version” of us is then hidden in Christ until He returns in all His glory. Although we can’t totally grasp the concept, it means that somehow, in a real metaphysical, but unfathomable way, there is a perfect you in Heaven right now… that is, if you are a believer.

God’s Covenant Included All of the Animals

17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”

Do dogs go to Heaven? … Yes!

In Genesis, God created all the animals and said it is good. He then created mankind in his image and told us that we were to rule over all the animals. That was in the beginning but we lost our perfect relationship with the animals after the fall. But guess what? In revelation we are told that someday everything will be restored, including our role as rulers over all the animals in Heaven.

Anyway, long story-short your pet is in Heaven right now and guess what? … so are you. Not the you that you are here in this world, but the perfect you; the you that God sees after all the worldly impurities are burned away.

I wrote a book about this concept. It’s a very simple book… to comfort the grieving pet owner. It’s called, “My Pet Letter from Heaven“. As the title implies, the book is a letter from a pet from Heaven, telling their owner how wonderful it is in Heaven but with a surprise ending. (Spoiler Alert!) At the end of the letter, the pet tells their owner that there is a perfect version of them in Heaven and they have been playing together all along. The book is illustrated with my custom pet memorial pictures.

Do dogs go to Heaven? Most definitely yes!

I pray that these words might bring some comfort to you.

God bless you.

Barry Barnes

Here is a video featuring some of my custom pet memorials which I sell at my eBay store.

The song is “After All” which is from my album (available on Amazon  ) called “Only With Love”.
“After All” is a song about believing that we will all be back together with our loved ones in Heaven after our life on this world is over.


Picture of Yorkie with Jesus
Until We Meet Again

Until We Meet Again

I cried so hard the day you left
I felt so all alone.
But when I searched into your eyes
I could see that you had gone.
Just yesterday you licked my face
I didn’t know ‘twould be the last
To feel your nose upon my cheek
Just once more is all I ask
But then I prayed to Jesus
Please watch over my best friend
And He told me He would hold you
Until we meet again.

-Barry Barnes

picture of cat in Heaven
Sorry dogs… cats will be there too!

Picture of Jesus holding and walking with dogs in Heaven