Good dogs go to Heaven

8 Aug

Stories to Inspire

My friend Sully is a down to earth creative. He loves God as well as anyone, but isn’t exactly your garden variety cookie cutter church go-er. His style is somewhat maverick and very industrious. But God took him by surprise one evening in a group Heavenly experience. There were several great Heavenly encounters that evening, but I think Sully’s impacted me most deeply because Sully wasn’t exactly Sully, when he shared his story. His eyes wouldn’t stop leaking… and his sharing was labored and jerky, between deep waves of emotion. One needed to look no further to be solidly convinced of the powerful nature of Sully’s encounter. He was tearfully happy and a much free-er man than I’ve ever seen. For Sully, Father’s highly personalized Heavenly encounter was unforgettable and life changing.

O Lord, for many more Heavenly encounters!!!


Good dogs go to Heaven

I was raised to believe that going to Heaven was going to be really cool when it happened.  I was told, “You’ll be with Jesus, the 12 Apostles and all the saints.” Wow that’s cool, is Judas gonna be there, dad?  He was an apostle, right?” Yes he was son; but he got cut from the team, and we made a trade with the Pharisees for Saint Paul”… You’ll be surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, too.” Okay, are they like fluffy clouds or more like stormy clouds?  “No son, the cloud of witnesses is all those who have gone to heaven before you.” Oh, so Grampa will be there? “Yes he will”.  That’s great, I miss him.  What about Teddy (our dog that got killed by a car) and Toots (the turtle whose death was caused by eating beyond his shell capacity)?  No son, only people will be in heaven.  You see son, animals don’t have eternal souls like we do.  Oh…uh….okay.  And so, that was my introduction to Heaven.  Oh, one more thing, you had to be dead to go there.

Fast forward about fifty years and my friend Mark is in my barn with about 20 other people asking all of us if we want to “spirit travel, and go to heaven”. I no longer had a child’s view of Heaven, which was rather unfortunate, because Mark told us that children have a much easier time of spirit traveling because their head doesn’t get in the way of their “golden imagination”.  I didn’t think I’d be going to heaven on Mark’s Spirit bus, with my thick head; but I figured, what the h…eaven, I’ll give it a try.

And so, the journey began, with Mark gently encouraging us to let go of our earthly tethers; and enter through the door… “Jesus is the Door”.  Those were the last words I remember him saying, my mind slipped it’s adult mooring and I was a child of God, wandering in His green and golden Heaven.  I found myself (a much younger me, maybe 13 or so) wandering carefree in what appeared to be an endless green field, on a bright and beautiful sunny day. Suddenly, out of nowhere, my favorite dog, Jedidiah was there with me. He was jumping out of his skin with joy, wagging not just his tail; but wagging his entire body. His excitement was all consuming and as I fell to my knees to hug him, he intensified his affection with sloppy wet face licks for his master. We were having such a joyous reunion, that time seemed to stand still; and all that remained was joy, pure unabashed joy.

I should tell you that I was in my 50’s, not a boy when Jedi was my dog. Also, you should know that Jedi was a ranch dog and didn’t like going to the vet, AT ALL; but when he started acting sluggish we took him anyway. We were heartbroken when our vet delivered the devastating news, our young, ‘wonderboy’ had inoperable cancer. A tumor was growing inside him and the best we could do was to keep him comfortable until it was time to put an end to his suffering.  So when the time came, rather than add to his suffering by taking him to the vet, I took it upon myself to end his life. I’m not a stranger to killing; but putting down my favorite dog was a bitter pill to swallow. 

I’ve been around joy junkies for a while now; and to be honest, I never really trusted them. Haha. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t judge them for their “drunk in Spirit” behavior, I just simply didn’t have a clue as to what the heck they were doing or talking about.  Well, that little trip to heaven really flipped the script on me.  NOW I have an understanding of the joy they are talking about; but I have to say that little 3 letter word is woefully inadequate to describe my experience.  

When Mark asked if anyone wanted to share their experience to the group, I was very reluctant and finally, under the unction of the Holy Spirit, tried to explain what happened. However, I was so saturated by this emersion in God’s bottomless ocean of JOY, that salt water was springing from my eyes! Now, if those tears had letters or words, I’m sure they would tell you about this level of joy a whole lot better than me. I simply cannot find adequate words to describe it; and for 6 months I’ve tried! The closest I can get is “Heavenly Joy”… and I pray you and I get to have some more of it before we get there! – SS



16 Responses to “Good dogs go to Heaven”

  1. MaryAnn Frerichs August 8, 2021 at 7:51 PM #

    This is the second experience I have heard in the last 2 weeks regarding dogs in heaven. They book ended our having to put down our dog.

    • Mark Hendrickson August 8, 2021 at 11:09 PM #

      So sorry MaryAnn. Sounds like the Lord is comforting your heart about your dog. Blessings!!

  2. Theresa Turnbull August 8, 2021 at 8:16 PM #

    Honestly, how wonderfully joyous to hear of your encounter in Heaven Sully. ❤️🐕✝️God is so GoOD! May you have many more experiences. They are so life changing!
    Joy in Jesus,
    Theresa 💛

    • Mark Hendrickson August 9, 2021 at 11:15 AM #

      Theresa, I know this speaks to your childlike love for Jesus… which is so refreshing. May your beautiful affection and adoration of Him grow and grow until it become irresistibly infectious and contagious.
      Lotsa love

  3. Colette August 8, 2021 at 9:20 PM #

    I sure hope my pets will be with me in heaven! That thought makes my heart very happy!

    • Mark Hendrickson August 9, 2021 at 11:21 AM #

      I have a feeling that they will be… and that would be most special.

      But then I also have to think of all the stellar and overwhelming wonders that will be revealed to us. I hope our pets don’t feel slighted if we’re bedazzled with Heaven’s beautiful vistas and personages and rainbows, and sapphire sea and gates of pearls and angels of all orders and saints who are of legendary status… and then there’s the Most Wonderful Man Jesus!!!
      So God bless our pets!! 😊😊

      • Colette August 9, 2021 at 11:23 AM #

        Yes. I have thought of the same. 😊

  4. Karen Brownlee August 8, 2021 at 11:53 PM #

    Great testimony, Mark ❤️

    And, TY for inviting us to join your Sat. morning zoom meetings… have been trying to make it, but we do have a statewide prayer call 9-10+am… so got on late. We’re not do “video” – just “audio” but we’re the DKB (Dan Karen Brownlee) computer logo 🙂
    Blessed by this past Sat’s session, and have found myself visualizing praying from heavenly seat.

    We’ve also been tuning and and being blessed by Greg and Val Kurjata… fb: Justice and the Courts of Heaven. He did a session on Words of Knowledge today.


    • Mark Hendrickson August 9, 2021 at 11:17 AM #

      I saw your DKB and didn’t realize it was you. Great to have you on. Anytime!! And of course you can just view the archive after I post it on our ALC YouTube channel. Trying to make is as easy as possible for people to journey with us.
      Blessings to you and Dan

  5. Mel Wild August 9, 2021 at 11:04 AM #

    Awesome testimony, Mark! Love it. Another “joy junkie” convert! 🙂

    So, did you get your WP issues figured out?

    • Mark Hendrickson August 9, 2021 at 11:12 AM #

      Sully is a new ‘convert’ to ‘joy junkie’ status. So fun!! I love how powerful and personal He is to awaken our hearts. He’s SO good!

      No, I still don’t have it figured out. I’m about ready to spit!!! 😁

  6. jerrybuser August 9, 2021 at 2:39 PM #

    VERY NICE STORY!!! How are you & Deb? we hope fine miss you both!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love J & J

    • Mark Hendrickson August 9, 2021 at 2:43 PM #

      This story is a ‘feel-good’ story. Animals in Heaven… specifically our pets is a matter of conversation… but as a good friend just said today… Jesus is coming back on a horse… whatever that means… at least Scripture uses this type of language. That’s fun.

      We’re doing well. Deb had a hip surgery in Jan… but is A OK now. no pain, no immobility. Doing our fun stuff. Hanging out in Heaven. Going to San Diego this Friday to hang out with some groups out there for about 10 days.

      Love to you both!!!

  7. mbrunz August 9, 2021 at 2:40 PM #

    Wow. I love this, Mark. Thanks for sharing. God is gooder and kinder than I ever thought possible. My 70+ year old friend just lost his son suddenly last week. Today, I got to catch up with him finally and hear a little of what’s been going on. They had plenty of “reason” to question if their son was in heaven. He told me that God gave him an experience where he heard his son’s voice telling him that he was with God, and its ok. Then he heard the Father’s voice repeat the same truth. I just cried listening to this. God doesn’t have to do stuff like this, but he cares so much about what we care about. Hope you are well and I miss chatting with you. Thanks so much for pioneering for all of us. Love you man. Micah


    • Mark Hendrickson August 9, 2021 at 4:06 PM #

      Missin’ ya man!!!
      Glad you still got the fire… and the tenderness.
      We’ve entered a new age. Lots of things changing. It’s so much fun… and we’re just starting!!!
      Love ya

  8. David Mast August 17, 2021 at 8:16 PM #

    That is such a great encounter!

    David Mast

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