Boy sends letter to "Doggie Heaven" - and gets a tear-jerking response

Andrew McKay

A mysterious gesture of incredible kindness is helping a Virginia family soften the blow of losing the family pet.

Moe, beloved 13-year-old beagle of Mary and Roberto Westbrook of Norfolk, VA, passed away in April. Moe’s loss was felt especially deeply by Luke, the Westbrooks’ 3 1/2 year-old son. Luke kept asking if Moe was coming back; Mary explained to Luke that Moe was in heaven now. So Luke asked if they could write Moe a letter.

The letters became something of a habit; Mary and Luke would write Moe a letter, and address it to “Moe Westbrook, Doggie Heaven, Cloud 1.” Mary dutifully put each letter in the mailbox to be picked up. When Luke went to sleep, Mary would retrieve the letter from the mailbox.

And then, once, she forgot.

“One night about two weeks ago, I forgot to take the letter out of the mailbox while Luke was asleep,” Mary Westbrook wrote in Distinction Magazine.

“The next day, it was gone. I assumed the post office would throw it away — or that someone might even laugh at it, or us.”

But that’s not what happened. At all. On Wednesday, Mary received an envelope — unstamped — marked “From Moe.” The envelope had a small "USPS" written in the corner.

Inside, there was a handwritten letter.

“I’m in Doggie Heaven. I play all day. I am happy. Thank you 4 being my friend. I wuv you Luke.”

The letter resonated deeply, Westbrook wrote.

"Receiving the note reminded me of the goodness of people and just how big a small gesture can really be. Here’s to Moe, in doggie heaven, and thoughtful postal workers everywhere."

And to a 3 1/2 year-old boy missing his best friend, a letter from Doggie Heaven is about the best news he could get.

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