Mary Architzel Westbrook and her family lost Moe, their 13-year-old Beagle, in April but in the months that have followed his death, she and her young son have written letters to the dog every night.
Three-year-old Luke tells her what to write and she takes it down word-for-word before they place the letter in their mailbox.
“Usually, we address it to “Moe Westbrook, Doggie Heaven, Cloud 1,” Westbrook wrote in an essay for Distinction.
She’ll then remove the letter from the mailbox after her son falls asleep, but one night she forgot about it, later assuming that the unstamped envelope aimed at Doggie Heaven had been thrown away. The next day, she was astounded to learn how wrong she was. Someone had written a letter back to Luke, reassuring him that Moe was in doggie heaven and happy.
“Receiving the note reminded me of the goodness of people,” Westbrook wrote. “And just how big a small gesture can really be.”