Letter From Doggie Heaven Surprises Family

Three-year-old Luke Westbrook got a heavenly surprise this week: a letter in the mail from his beloved Beagle, Moe.

Moe died in April at age 13, and Luke has been missing his pal. His mom, Mary, wrote in Distinction magazine that they often sit down to write a letter or send a picture to the late pup. Mary puts it in an envelope and addresses it to "Moe, Doggy Heaven, 1st Cloud," with the family’s return address, but no stamp. They then put the letter in their mailbox — but Mary Westbrook usually sneaks it out after Luke goes to bed.

One night earlier this month, she forgot to take it out of the mailbox at her Norfolk, Virginia, home. She assumed it would be discarded when it reached the post office. Instead, little Luke got a letter back that sounded like it was written by Moe. It read, “I’m in Doggie Heaven. I play all day. I am happy. Thank you 4 being my friend. I wuv you Luke.”

The story, first reported by The Virginian-Pilot, went viral, and last weekend the newspaper tracked down the angel who responded to Luke’s card.

Zina Owens, a 25-year veteran of the post office, says she saw the drawing in the envelope and responded as an act of love.

"I felt it in my heart," she told the newspaper. "Here was a child who had lost his dog, and any time you love something and it goes away, it hurts."

Luke’s family — and the rest of the world — were touched by her simple act of kindness.

Mary Westbrook summed it up in her Distinction column: "Receiving the note reminded me of the goodness of people and just how big a small gesture can really be."

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