When Abbey, the beloved 14-year-old dog of the Scrivener family died, one little girl’s grief was eased in the most touching of fashions.
Telling her parents that she wanted to write a letter to God, four-year-old Meredith dictated a note to her mother and together they traveled down to their post office in Brook Hollow, Texas to post it.
Two weeks later to their amazement, the family returned home to find a package wrapped in gold on their front porch addressed to ‘Mer’ and signed ‘God, and one of his special angels.’
Inside the mysterious package was a book titled ‘When a Pet Dies’ by Fred Rogers and note, clearly sent in reply to the little girl’s plea to God to ‘please take care of my dog’
‘Dear Meredith,’ read the attached letter.
‘Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away. Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog.
‘Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.
‘I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find, I am wherever there is love.
Parents Joy and Greg were stunned as well as touched that someone at their post office would go through so much trouble to help their little girl.
‘I thought that would be the end of it,’ her mother Joy Scrivener later told the United Methodist Reporter about the first letter sent by Meredith.
Since that day in 2006, Joy has received a letter from the ‘angel’ who sent the letter and book. I’ve met the ‘angel’ and wrote a column about her on a different topic without identifying her.
Meredith, however, was less than surprised by the special delivery, according to her mom.
‘When she received the package, she was happy, but she wasn’t surprised,’ she said. ‘There was no doubt in Meredith’s mind that her letter was going to heaven.’
Since that day in the summer of 2006, word of the Scrivener’s story has circulated widely online, with the story spinning into what many believed to have been a sugar-coated fable.
Instead, now approximately 10-years old, Meredith is said to have recovered from her heart-breaking loss, and to have since welcomed the addition of a collie and terrier into their household.
‘She’s doing great,’ Mrs Scrivener told My San Antonio in 2010. ‘She still has a big heart for animals.’