For Those Who are Broken of Heart from the Loss of a Beloved Pet

"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted."
Matthew 5:4

In Honor of Nicholas Pressnall

Please remember that God loves you, and all of Small Paws Rescue loves you.
We are praying for you during this sad and difficult time.

We hope that the following web pages may be a blessing in your life and will bring comfort to you.


Pet Loss Articles:
"Pre-Loss Bereavement" and the Power of Bargaining
Planning for and Coping with the Death of a Pet

Mourning for your pet

Breaking the Power of Guilt by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed.

Pet Loss by Reverend Sandra Shaw

A Living Love by Martin Scot Kosins


Proof from the Bible that Animals go to Heaven

"The Bible teaches that "all flesh shall see the salvation of God" (Lk.3:6) and that "all the living things in creation - everything that lives in the air, and on the ground, and under the ground, and in the sea" will praise Yahweh and the Lamb" (Rev.5:13). God's care and love extends to even the humble sparrow (Lk.12:6) and He has promised that He will restore all living things (Ac.3:21; Eph.1:10).

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"Good Bye Old Friend"

Loving Memories: The Grieving Process

Helping Friends Who Are Mourning

Grief Management in Children

Pet Loss Resources

Suggestions for Coping with Pet Loss

Pet Loss Myths

A Pet's Prayer

Pet Loss Support Discussion Group: Caring & Sharing

Go to the Pet Loss Discussion Board
and share your feelings about your pet.


The Pet Loss Support Site


   Pet Grief Counseling by phone

Do Pets Go to Heaven?


Daily Guideposts: Do Pets Go to Heaven?


Sparky's Story: A True Story of Love and Loss by Robin Pressnall

Pet Loss Support and Grief FAQ

Will I see my Fido in Heaven?

Pet Grief

The Rainbow Bridge

Pet Loss Inspirational Poem List


  Pet Loss. How to deal with the death of your pet.


Did you know Scriptures reveal that all God's lesser creatures
have a soul?
have a spirit
are innocent
were included in the
with Noah?
were created to live forever
, just like man?


Do Dogs Mourn?


What does the bible say about animals/pets in Heaven? And do animals have a soul?

The Bible and Scripture about Animals in Heaven
JOB 12:7-10

You have only to ask the cattle, for them to instruct you, and the birds of the sky, for them to inform you. The creeping things of earth will give you lessons, and the fish of the sea provide you an explanation: there is not one such creature but will know that the hand of God has arranged things like this!
In his hand is the soul of every living thing and the breath of every human being!


A Living Love
by Martin Scot Kosins

If you ever love an animal, there are three days in your life you will always remember....The first is a day, blessed with happiness, when you bring home your young new friend. You may have spent weeks deciding on a breed. You may have asked numerous opinions of many vets, or done long research in finding a breeder. Or, perhaps in a fleeting moment, you may have just chosen that silly looking "stranger" in a shelter -- simply because something in his eyes reached your heart. But when you bring that chosen pet home, and watch it explore, and claim its special place in your hall or front room -- and when you feel it brush against you for the first time -- it instills a feeling of pure love you will carry with you through the many years to come.

The second day will occur eight or nine or ten years later. It will be a day like any other: routine and unexceptional. But, for a surprising instant, you will look at your longtime friend and see age where you once saw youth. You will see slow, deliberate steps where you once saw energy. And you will see sleep when you once saw activity. So you will begin to adjust your friend's diet -- and you may add a pill or two to her food. And you may feel a growing fear deep within yourself, which bodes of a coming emptiness. And you will feel this uneasy feeling, on and off, until the third day finally arrives.

And on this day -- if your friend and God have not decided for you, then you will be faced with making a decision of your own -- on behalf of your lifelong friend, and with the guidance of your own deepest Spirit. But whichever way your friend eventually leaves you, you will feel as alone as a single star in the dark night.If you are wise, you will let the tears flow as freely and as often as they must.

And if you are typical, you will find that not many in your circle of family or friends will be able to understand your grief, or comfort you.But if you are true to the love of the pet you cherished through the many joy-filled years, you may find that a soul -- a bit smaller in size than your own -- seems to walk with you, at times, during the lonely days to come.And at moments when you least expect anything out of the ordinary to happen, you may feel something brush against your leg -- very, very lightly.And looking down at the place where your dear, perhaps dearest, friend used to lay -- you will remember those three significant days.

The memory will most likely to be painful, and leave an ache in your heart... As time passes the ache will come and go as if it has a life of its own.

You will both reject it and embrace it, and it may confuse you. If you reject it, it will depress you. If you embrace it, it will deepen you. Either way, it will still be an ache.

But there will be, I assure you, a fourth day when -- along with the memory of your pet -- and piercing through the heaviness in your heart -- there will come a realization that belongs only to you. It will be as unique and strong as our relationship with each animal we have loved, and lost.

This realization takes the form of a Living Love. Like the heavenly scent of a rose that remains after the petals have wilted, this Love will remain and grow -- and be there for us to remember. It is a love we have earned. It is the legacy our pets leave us when they go. And it is a gift we may keep with us as long as we live.It is a Love which is ours alone. And until we ourselves leave -- perhaps to join our Beloved Pets -- it is a Love we will always possess.

Do Animals Have a Spirit? The word "spirit" (ruach in Hebrew) means "wind, breath -- the living power of God's will at work." The spirit is the essence and will of God given to all humans and animals.

Below are some excerpts from Bible Scripture.

Genesis : 9, 13-17 I have set My rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 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. 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." So God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant I have established between Me and all life on the earth."

Revelation 5:13 "And EVERY creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and ALL that are in them, hear I saying, "Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the lamb forever and ever."

Matthew 10:29 "Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father."

The Soul (Job 12:9-10 KJV) The Book of Job says: "Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind."

Animals are Innocent (Romans 8:21-22 KJV) "Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now."

Noah and the Ark God decided to destroy the world with a flood. However, He found one man named Noah who, along with his family, was righteous before Him. God decided to save Noah and his family and at least one pair of each kind of animal.

There are seven accounts of God's covenant with both man and animals concerning our survival on planet Earth as long as the earth remains. It says, in part, in the original DOUAY-RHEIMS version:

Genesis 9:8-16 "...Thus also said God to Noe (Noah), and to his sons with him, behold, I establish my covenant with you and with your seed after you; And with every living soul that is with you, as well in all birds as in cattle and beasts of the earth, that are come forth out of the ark, I will establish my covenant with you, and all flesh shall be no more destroyed with the waters of a flood.

And God said: This is the sign of the covenant which I give between me and you, and to every living soul that is with you, for perpetual generations. And I will remember my covenant with you, and with every living soul that beareth flesh: and there shall no more be waters of a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the clouds, and I shall see it, and shall remember the everlasting covenant that was made between God and every living soul of all flesh which is upon the earth."

Animals in Heaven Revelations19:11 Then I saw Heaven opened, and behold, a white horse.

Proverbs 12:10 "A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal."

Psalms 50:10-11 "Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine."

Job 12:7-10 "Ask the animals, and they will teach you."

Revelation 5:8-13 All creatures recognize Jesus as the Savior of the world and praise God right along with redeemed men.

Psalm 145:-9-10,13,15-21 AMP Though all creatures are subject to man's cruelty, God loves all His creation and has made plans for all His children and the lesser creatures to enjoy His eternal Kingdom.

Romans 8:19 (KJV) The lesser creatures await Christ's return to redeem the sons of God so they, too, will be released from physical death to eternal life.

Revelation 5:13 KJV And every creature which is in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying. Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

Romans 8:21-22 KJV Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

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