old man and his dog were walking down this dirt road with fences
on both sides. They came to a gate in the fence and looked in. It
was nice — grassy, woody areas, just what a 'huntin' dog and
man would like, but, it had a sign saying 'no trespassing' so they
They came to a beautiful
gate with a person in white robes standing there.
to Heaven," he said. The old man was happy and started in with
his dog following him.
The gatekeeper stopped
him. "Dogs aren't allowed. I'm sorry but he can't come with
"What kind of Heaven
won't allow dogs? If he can't come in, then I will stay out with
him. He's been my faithful companion all his life, I can't desert
but I have to warn you, the Devil's on this road and he'll try to
sweet talk you into his area. He'll promise you anything, but, the
dog can't go there either. If you won't leave the dog, you'll spend
Eternity on this road."
So the old
man and dog went on. They came to a run down fence with a gap in
it, no gate, just a hole. Another old man was inside. "Excuse
me, Sir, my dog and I are getting mighty tired, mind if we come
in and sit in the shade for awhile?"
there's some cold water under that tree over there. Make yourselves
"You're sure my
dog can come in? The man down the road said dogs weren't allowed
"Would you come
in if you had to leave the dog?"
"No sir, that's
why I didn't go to Heaven. He said the dog couldn't come in. We'll
be spending Eternity on this road, and a glass of cold water and
some shade would be mighty fine right about now. But, I won't come
in if my buddy here can't come too, and that's final."
The man smiled
a big smile and said, "Welcome to Heaven."
"You mean this
is Heaven? Dogs ARE allowed? How come that fellow down the road
said they weren't?"
was the Devil and he gets all the people who are willing to give
up a lifelong companion for a comfortable place to stay. They soon
find out their mistake, but, then it's too late. The dogs come here,
the fickle people stay there. GOD wouldn't allow dogs to be banned
from Heaven. After all, HE created them to be man's companions in
life, why would he separate them in death?"