Mary Westbrook and her family were heartbroken when their dog of 13 years passed away in April.
As a way to cope with the loss, Mary and her 3-year-old son, Luke who missed his furry-best friend terribly, would occasionally sit down together to write letters to Moe in “doggie heaven.”
And as Mary explains in her article featured in Distinction Magazine, her and her son would put the letters addressed to: Moe Westbrook, Doggie Heaven, Cloud 1 in the mailbox.
However, Mary — who usually retrieves the letters before the mail arrives — forgot to take their latest note out of the mailbox one morning. Two-weeks later, they received a response.
“I’m in Doggie Heaven. I play all day, I am happy. Thank you 4 being my friend. I wuv you Luke.”
Mary recalls how the kindness this stranger exuded by writing the response gutted her, but also reminded her of the goodness of people and just how much a small gesture can affect you in a big way.
“I assumed the post office would throw it away — or that someone might even laugh at it, or us,” Mary recounts. “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.”
An incredibly beautiful moment that Mary and family will always share.