The loss of a beloved family pet can be hard for anyone to deal with and understand, but that’s especially true for children with the loss of their four-legged best friend.
After Virginia residents Mary and Robert Westbrook lost their 13-year-old beagle, Moe, in April, their 3½-year-old son, Luke, kept asking what happened to him.
His parents told him that Moe went to doggie heaven. Luke still had a few pressing questions, so Mary would sit down at night and write down a letter for Luke of all the things he wanted to tell Moe.
And because you can’t fool a three-year-old, they would take the letter to their mailbox, usually addressed to “Moe Westbrook, Doggie Heaven, Cloud 1.”
“One night a couple of weeks ago, I forgot to take the letter out of the mailbox while Luke was asleep,” Mary said. “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 the next morning, there was an unstamped letter in her mailbox, addressed to Luke with the return address reading only, “From Moe.”
“I’m in Doggie Heaven. I play all day. I am happy. Thank you 4 being my friend. I wuv you, Luke,” read the note, written on USPS paper.
Adorably, Luke was apparently unsurprised to hear from his late furry friend, but Mary said the kindness of this stranger gutted her.
“Moe came into my life 13 years ago and he made things more complicated and smelly — but also, well, wonderful. I still miss him every day,” she said. “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.”
After the letter went public, it was discovered that the postal worker was a 25-year post office veteran named Zina Owens.
“I felt it in my heart…here was a child who had lost his dog, and any time you love something and it goes away, it hurts,” Owens said. “The letter’s innocence made my day, so I wanted to make his. It’s just love.”
And something one little boy — and his family — will never, ever forget.