When growing up, I recall discussions about how it is impossible
for animals to go to heaven; being that they don't have a spirit. How
could they have one, being that they do not talk and, thus, can not
understand or communicate with God? Or, at least, that was the winning
Though, I have wondered, more and more, how it would be
impossible for them not to have a spirit, after having our current cat;
Whiskers. We have never had one like him before.
When we snap our fingers, in disapproval, Whiskers whines. When his preference is to
be disobedient, he will whine as if we have scolded him already.
Knowing he will get into trouble, Whiskers proceeds to do the very thing he
knows not to do, anyway ... fully anticipating that we will immediately tell
him to stop, for which he reluctantly does; perhaps also testing to see if we
care enough to respond.
In every way, Whiskers appears to have the
feelings and understanding of a toddler. He even talks back to us when
he does not like the rules. Others have stated they have never heard a
cat make sounds like he does; somewhat like how a baby's cry has different
When our hands are full and we need to open a door, Whiskers
will reach for the doorknob and attempt to open it for us. He has the
gift of helps! When he wants us to open a door for him, he will do the
same. He already knows Bible! "Ask and ye shall receive."
With the aroma of cooking, Whiskers will run to the
kitchen. Much like we did as children, he is prepared to rinse the pots
and bowls by licking the tasty residue (Being in the age of
dishwashers, germs are not a problem.)
At meal time, Whiskers will select
a chair around the kitchen table, just like any other member of the family;
patiently awaiting (most of the time) scraps (Just don't leave your plate
until you are finished eating.)
Like children might sneak cookies (the
evidence later to be revealed) we discover pieces of food Whiskers has
snitched, then hid to eat. It is not a good idea to leave white
powdered donuts out, even with the box lid closed. That is one of Whiskers'
Whenever we leave the house, Whiskers watches out the
window, anticipating our return; missing us, I am sure. Upon arrival
and before we get to an entry, he has already scurried there to greet
It really is not all that different from picking up your toddler from
the baby-sitter, how they run to the door, "Mommy!" If Whiskers has not
greeted us, we know to check to see if he has become sick or gotten closed in
Surely, animals must care intensely, being that they take on
the family health problems.
Also, each member of the family has a
different place in his heart. Whiskers responds to the one who feeds
him as if they were his mother and that is, also, the person he cries to when
the bowl is empty.
To his playmate, Whiskers jumps on them, attacks, and
does all sorts of silly things. His personality is so
entertaining. Much like a Sanguine, he is sure
to bring a
To another, he is so romantic that everyone in the house is drawn
to watch him. Whiskers will love on you as if you are the most precious
person this side of heaven.
The unconditional love one gets from
Whiskers is as heartwarming as any toddler. If you are in tune to
listen to his heart, more joyous than his purr, you will know he knows
'love'; and God is love.
These are just a few of the things leading me to
think Whiskers almost has to be part human.
Then, when the subject of
animals came up, around my 12-year-old niece, I overheard her say, "Well, of
course animals go to heaven! Everything God created will be in
heaven!" Like, duh.
All the world will cry out that there is a
God. Oh, the wisdom of a child!
Maybe God blessed us with Whiskers
so I would ponder such things and be able to offer assurance to those who
have lost pets; as, now, I know when our beloved pets die we will see them
Joyce C. Lock
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