For many people, the devotion and love received from a dog is inspiring and uplifting. It has been said a dog will love you unconditionally for its entire life, this sounds a lot like a metaphor for God to me!
I’ve liked this short cartoon for a long time, please take a moment to watch, it will touch your soul.
As a family we have two dogs, Jessie is seven years old and Max six. Jessie spent 12 months as an “only furchild” and we think she sees herself as a human. We are not sure she has ever forgiven us for getting Max the pet dog !! They have their own Facebook page with 3000 friends and a blog too.
Joseph Smith’s Dog
Did you know that the Prophet Joseph Smith had a companion dog, a Mastiff named Major.
“I have ate with him (Joseph Smith) at his table and played with his dog, and on noticing the dog was getting old, I said to Mr. Smith, ‘Your dog is unusually fat.’ ‘Yes,’ said Mr. Smith, ‘he lives as I do and shall as long as we both live,’ and then added that when he was prisoner in Missouri, that dog could not be separated from him and for months when he slept that dog always remained awake by his side.” Aaron W. Harlan to the Keokuk Daily Post, Iowa.
“The dog was greatly attached to Joseph and was generally by his side, keeping watch over everything that approached the camp,” George A. Smith.
When Joseph and Hyrum left home for the last time… “All seemed to sense an approaching tragedy, at least those nearest and dearest to Joseph and Hyrum felt impending calamity. Even Joseph’s great mastiff, Major, for the first time in his faithful life, refused to obey orders to ‘go back home’ and insisted on staying close to his master.” Inez Smith Davis
It seems clear to me that just as people today become attached to dogs, the Prophet Joseph did too.
There is something about the endless need to please and the silent devotion a loyal dog gives. Perhaps it does remind us of the infinite love Jesus Christ offers. In some ways a finite metaphor for an infinite love, we cannot fully comprehend ?
In dog communities, a dog that dies is said to cross “rainbow bridge” to be free to run in the open fields of the next life. A sweet sentiment, but is there any doctrine to dogs going to Heaven?
We know that animals have “living souls” from God, who “breathed into them the breath of life” Moses 3:19.
President Joseph Fielding Smith in his October 1928 conference address, said, “The animals, the fishes of the sea, the fowls of the air, as well as man, are to be recreated, or renewed, through the resurrection, for they too are living souls.”
In Answers to Gospel Questions he also said that “animals do have spirits and that through the redemption made by our Savior they will come forth in the resurrection to enjoy the blessing of immortal life.”
Elder Orson F. Whitney said, “the affirmative of the question ‘Do Animals Have Souls?’ is amply sustained by divine revelation.” Speaking of the Prophet Joseph, he added, “Joseph Smith so believed, or he would not have said. . . concerning his favorite horse, when it died, that he expected to have it in Eternity.” Improvement Era
I’d like to think that dogs don’t cross a mythical rainbow bridge, but rather move to Celestial Spheres with us! As for cats, I’m guessing that just like in mortality, they go or do, just whatever they please! 😂🤣😁