Prose: An Elderly Man and His Dog
Posted on April 18, 2009 by WayCoolDogs
A very old man and his hound dog were walking down a long dirt road with fences on both sides. Eventually, they came to a gate in the fence and looked in. It was nice – offering grass and woody areas to rest in – exactly what an old ‘huntin’ dog and his elderly owner would like. But it had a sign at the gate saying NO TRESPASSING, so they walked on.
They came to another gate, beautiful and welcoming, with a person in white robes standing there. “Welcome to Heaven,” the white-robed man said. Startled, the old man was happy and began to enter the gate with his
dog following next to him.
The gatekeeper immediately stopped him. “Dogs aren’t allowed here.
I’m sorry but he can’t come with you.”
“Why, what kind of Heaven won’t allow dogs in? If he can’t come in,
then I will stay out here with him. He’s been my faithful
companion all his life. I can’t desert him now,” said the elderly man.
” Suit yourself, but I have to warn you, the Devil is on this road and he’ll try to sweet talk you into his area. He’ll promise you anything. But I warn you, your dog won’t be able to enter anywhere. You will learn that if you won’t leave the dog outside, you’ll spend Eternity on this old dusty road. “
Quietly, the old man and dog moved on. They came to a rundown fence with a gap in it. It had no gate at its entrance,
just a hole. Another man was on the other side.
Hesitantly, the old elderly man stopped and said, ” S’cuse me, Sir,
my dog and I are getting mighty tired. Mind if we come in
and sit in the shade for awhile?”
“Of course! There’s some cold water under that tree over there. Make yourselves comfortable “
“You’re sure my dog can come in?” said the elderly man. “The man back down the road said dogs weren’t allowed anywhere.”
“Would you have come in if you had to leave your dog?”
” No sir, that’s why I didn’t want to go into Heaven once he told me that,” said elderly man said. “I decided that we’d be spending Eternity on this road outside of heaven from here on. But if you would not mind, a glass of cold water and some shade would be mighty fine right about now. But…I won’t come in if my buddy here can’t come too, and that’s my final say on it. “
The man smiled a big smile and said, “Well then, welcome to Heaven.”
“You mean this is Heaven?” exclaimed the elderly man. ” Dogs ARE allowed? How come that fellow down the road said they weren’t?”
“Well, that was the Devil and he gets all the people who are willing to give up a life long companion for a comfortable place to stay.
They soon find out their mistake, but, then unfortunately it’s way too late. The dogs come here, the fickle people stay there. GOD wouldn’t allow dogs to be banned from Heaven. After all, God created dogs to be man’s companions in life, why would he separate them in death? So come on in…and bring your dog!”
~ Revision of work by author Earl Hamner
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