Letters from Heaven

A family who recently had to euthanize their 9 year old golden retriever is expressing gratitude to the postal workers who went out of their way to show unexpected kindness and help mend the broken heart of the family’s four-year-old daughter, Anna.

A family who recently had to euthanize their 9 year old golden retriever is expressing gratitude to the postal workers who went out of their way to show unexpected kindness and help mend the broken heart of the family’s four-year-old daughter, Anna. 

Anna Baker sat in her family’s car in the parking lot of the veterinary clinic while her parents and brother said good bye to their nine year old dog, Jack.  Cancer had eliminated any possibility for recovery, and Ted and Rebecca Baker showed mercy by ending Jack’s suffering, choosing to have him euthanized before the disease completely overtook him. Their son Daniel, 8, was with them for Jack’s final moments.

“When we came back into the car,” said Anna’s mom, “she realized Jack wasn’t with us. I think she expected Jack would be back in the car with us and be better.”

That night, her parents tried to console her as she cried herself to sleep. Anna told them that she wanted to write Jack a letter before drifting off. The next morning, she did. Anna drew a picture of her family, placed it in an envelope addressed to “Jack in Heaven”, and followed her mother to the mailbox to send it just as their letter carrier (known only to them as Amanda) arrived, noting the recipient and placing it in her mail bag for safe delivery.

The Bakers were completely surprised when a couple of days later, a U.S. Postal Service supervisor who only identified himself as Dave arrived with a box bearing the words, “From Jack in Heaven.”

Once opened, the contents reduced Rebecca Baker to tears. It contained a Dear Anna letter, “written by” Jack. “Although my bed isn’t as comfy as yours, I want you to know that I am OK in the safe hands of God. I was very happy to receive the picture that you made for me,” the letter stated.

Jack’s letter explained that he had made it safely to the other side of the rainbow bridge, where he and the other dogs chased mail carriers with bags full of Milk Bones, played ball and swam all day.

“I miss my family and I miss you,” the letter said. “God sends his blessing and wants you to know that he loves you very much. We will be watching over you every day. Love always, Jack.”

Included in the box from Jack was a book about how to cope with having your best friend put down, and a miniature stuffed golden retriever.

The bakers have been deeply affected by the kind gesture.

“I was so touched that somebody we don’t know would care so much about my child and what she’s going through, that they would do something like this to help her.  Those people have touched me like I can’t even express.  She really believed this came from Jack in heaven,” Rebecca Baker said.

Anna now carries her new stuffed dog everywhere. Asked if she has named it, her answer comes as no surprise.

“Jack.”

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75 thoughts on “Letters from Heaven

  1. That was fantastic!! Just when you think that people are the cruelest creature on Earth, you find a story like this. What a beautiful and touching story to help take care of a little girl and her love for her dog. And I promised myself I wouldn’t cry…

  2. It’s easy to get caught up in all the tragically bad news every day and I forget about the good people of this world all too often. What a lovely story and what wonderful people those mail carriers are. I’ve forwarded this on to several friends. It made my day and I know it will make theirs, too. Thanks!

  3. Nothing like getting mail that is a letter – let alone one from your beloved puppy from the Rainbow Bridge – amazing people are out there – thank Heavens! <3 <3 <3 Pay it forward! Gotta love the postal carriers out there! Thank you to them for the little yet extremely important RAK's that they do <3 !

  4. What a great story! There are good people who do good things. I appreciate your blog so much. Makes me happy.

  5. Beautiful and inspiring. But darn it, I’m already running low on mascara, and now i need to redo mine.

    But seriously, here’s a big heartfelt ‘Thank you!’ for Amanda and Dave.

  6. Thanks for reminder that there are so many kind people who share the world with us. That little girl will grow up having such wonderful memories of Jack and also how he “spoke” with her from heaven.

    Now, I must go and blot my eyes…

  7. Awwwww now my two-legger is crying hugging and kissing me all over!! What a very special and wonderful story! Dog people ROCK!!! Even mail carriers!

  8. What a great thing to know that there are still some people who aren’t caught up enough in their own lives, to comfort a little girl when she truly needs it!

    Aire-hugs,
    Penny & Patches

  9. I knew I shouldn’t have read this. I hate crying at work! What a wonderful act of kindness. May it be repaid countless times!

  10. This certainly has restored my faith in humans. What a beautiful gesture this was, so heartwarming, compassionate and appreciative of how humans can react to someone losing their “Best Friend”. 🙂

  11. I have tears streaming down my face as I type this. What an amazing story. With day after day of sitting down and reading story after story of horrific deeds done by monsters also known as “humans,” to innocent, defenseless, helpless animals, a story like this one helps restore a little of my faith in humanity and gives me a little hope.

  12. My human, K, can’t stop crying. What an amazing, beautiful, wonderful story. It fills the heart to know that good people are out there, doing kind, caring, and loving things. What an amazing Post Office group. We need more people like them.

    Thank you for sharing this

    Suka, and crying K

  13. What goes around, comes around. The people at the post office who were involved in this are so caring and kind. Peopole who love animals are empathetic and loving- have to be to care for our furry buds. Thanks for a great Monday story—and weep.

  14. Such a beautiful story! I am crying tears of happiness even though it’s a sad story. It is wonderful that someone from the post office made this difficult experience a positive one for this little girl.

  15. My 9 year old golden retriever, Savannah, a registered therapy dog, was just diagnosed with a brain tumor. She has brought joy to so many people in a local nursing home, foster children, and helped local kids practice reading skills. Now with the time we have left with her, it is our turn to give back and make her last days enjoyable. I am very familiar with Dog Heaven. It helps to ease the pain of what we know is to come. I am hoping we have one more spring together.

    1. Im sorry to read about Savannah’s brain tumor. You don’t have to reply if you don’t want to, but will you be treating her in any way? Our family lost our 5 1/2 yr. old Golden Girl Josie to mast cell cancer last August. We found a Dr. in Hawaii, Dr. Dressler who wrote a book called “The Dog Cancer Survival Guide” and it had alot of info on Canine Cancer. He also has a website and blog.www.dogcancervet.com. Hope it helps. Lots of Love to Savannah and her family. Donna

  16. There have been a lot of heartwarming/tear jerker things on this site but this is the first one that required multiple tissues!

  17. One minute I’m ranting about that moron in Utah and the next I’m sobbing like crazy. You’ve really got to warn us about these stories. I’m a mess.

    What a wonderful story. I’ll try and stop Opie from barking so much at Fanny, our mail carrier. We may have to walk with her one day. These people visit our houses every day. They don’t know us but then again they do. They notice when the mails not picked up, when an elderly neighbor hasn’t waved at them in a couple of days. Even in a big city like L.A. we can develope a small town rappor with our regular mail person as well as the back up.

    What a wonderful story.

    Opie’s mom

  18. What a wonderful story! I love it. You know, I have found nearly every person who works for the post office to be incredibly kind. This confirms it! 🙂

  19. “Anna Baker sat in her family’s car in the parking lot of the veterinary clinic while her parents and brother said good bye to their nine year old dog, Jack.”

    I am kind of curious as to why they left her alone in the car whilst her pet was being euthanised. So she was alone, without support and G-d forbid, SHE could have ended up missing. Anything could have happened

    Or was there an adult in the car with her and was that not mentioned?

  20. Wow, yep, a tear jerker but the good kind. We need some more good tear jerkers. I’m so glad that there are still such good people in this world. Imagine someone you don’t really know takes time out of their day to console a child. This little girl will always remember this and the goodness of people in general and not think of a pet dying as a tragedy but a natural progression of life. Of course it is still upsetting but she will feel better this way. Thank you Post office worker for setting a grand example of the best human people there are.
    Carol

  21. Oh, this made me cry.

    When I had to put my cat down, I took him to the same vet I always do but it was after hours and someone I had never met put him down. A few days later, I received a card from that vet. It was unexpected and touched my heart. I will save that card forever.

  22. I can honestly say without a shadow of a doubt that this is the most touching story that I have ever read here on Life With Dogs.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating this Blog ♥

  23. Great gesture from the Mail people!
    I loved the story… and my mom can’t stop crying!
    Thanks for sharing it!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

  24. What an uplifting story….its beautiful, that was an angel who brought the letter and book from Jack to his faithful friend, Anna. That made my day! Thanks for sharing this.

  25. What a heart rending, but ultimately uplifting, story – the little girl has been made to feel better by such a wonderfully thoughtful person. More tears from me, but what a wonderful gesture!

  26. This is one of the most touching stories I have read in a very long time and just like the rest of you cry babies here……I cried too! I cried for poor little Anna and understood her broken little heart as I know this is very big stuff for such a little person to swallow. I cried because they lost their beloved dog to such a ruthless disease (cancer is kind to no one) and I cried at the loving and such generous response by some very amazing postal workers (you know there had to be several people involved in this idea to help Anna accept this terrible loss). Blessed are those that show kindness to a grieving heart, particularly one so little.

  27. that is so sweet. bless you, dave, for your kindness to this family, especially Anna. my german shepherd went to heaven on monday. maybe dylan & jack are chasing the mail-man with the bag of biscuits together.

  28. YUP I just cried, can’t stop, and thinking of my Maya…R.I.P girl you were taken before your time and i know you did everything you could to hold on for my sake. We all did what we could to try and save you. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t miss your puppy hugs & kisses, our cuddle time, play time and your undivided attention when I needed someone to talk to! You were a true friend until the end and I only can hope the other side of that Rainbow bridge is amazing for you. Till we meet again girl—I love you

  29. Very touching, heartfelt story! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Cynthia Rylant’s book “Dog Heaven”, and have given it to close friends who have lost their beloved pets. Thanks for sharing this! Rachel & the Hopple Zoo Crew

  30. Tears ran down my face as I read this beautiful story. Kudo’s to Dave and Amanda, 2 very special people.

  31. What a wonderful and kind gesture of this mail carrier … bless you Anna, and your family … run free Jack at Rainbow Bridge … I have dogs there too. 🙂

  32. It’s wonderful to find the kindness of strangers touching a small girl and leaving her with a memory that will travel with her for the rest of her life. God bless the child who believed and the strangers who did God’s work here on earth! Thank you so much for this story. I will never forget it.

  33. Charity, caring, compassion and empathy make us better people. We wish there were more of it, and that it didn’t need the reminders of a holiday.
    For that matter, Random Acts of Kindness Week will be observed in the middle of next month. It urges each of us to perform an unexpected act of kindness for others… This was a follow up article by the Macomb Daily on this Letters from Heaven. Lets do are part and keep this act of random kindness spreading…

  34. I sincerely hope that Dave’s comment is not only read but acted upon! I had no idea that there was a “Random Acts of Kindness week” but now that I know I will observe it with vigor. I believe that kindness is a mindset which CAN be developed and should be considered. Unfortunately “reminders of a holiday” are the only times that some folks take the time to be generous of Spirit and heart.
    One of the lessons that dogs teach us is that unconditional Love IS possible–they love unconditionally ALL the time–and this should lead us to rethink our own behavior and become better people. Thanks Dave for your input. Long live Dogs!

  35. WOW, God Bless You all, I love stories like this, However This story broke me down like a little baby. God bless you Jack, I know your running and playing with my dog Sable under the Rainbow Bridge. Till we meet again Sable I Love You, and miss you dearly. Never a day goes by that your not in my thoughts.

  36. Oh, that made me cry. Made me think of my darling Cocoa- he went to heaven in October. What a sweet story.

  37. This blog is killing me. I cried reading other heart touching stories too but this one, it’s just too much.
    I started crying when she reads the letter from Jack. It’s just sooo touching.
    I’ve lost more than 5 dogs in my life and trust me, i still miss each and every dog I’ve had.

    1. I hear ya, Pinky. It had been a while since I originally read this story, and the “water work” in my eyes started all over again. This story makes you believe a little more in the good of mankind (and in the Postal Service ;O-). Like you, I still get emotional at times thinking of all the wonderful furbabies who have graced our life that we’ve lost over the years. Each one has been unique and special in their own way.

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