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Which is heaven, Which is hell?

A man and his dog were walking along a road.

The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.  He remembered dying and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years.  He wondered where the road was leading them.  

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road.  It looked like fine marble.  At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.  When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like  mother-of-pearl and the street that led to the gate looked like  pure gold.  He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he  got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, “Excuse me, where are we?”

“This is Heaven, sir,” the man answered.

”Wow! Would you happen to have some water?” the man asked.

”Of course, sir.  Come right in, and I’ll have some ice water brought right  up.”
The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

“Can he,” gesturing toward his dog, “come in, too?” the traveler asked.

”I’m sorry, sir, but we don’t accept pets.”

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had  been going with his dog.  After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed.  There was no fence.  As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

”Excuse me!” he called to the man.  “Do you have any water?”

”Yeah, sure, there’s a pump over there.  Come on in.”

”How about my friend here?” the traveler gestured to the dog.

”There should be a bowl by the pump,” said the man.

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.  The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself.  Then he gave some to the dog.  When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.

”What do you call this place?” the traveler asked.

“This is Heaven,” he answered.

”Well, that’s confusing,” the traveler said.  ”The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.’”

”Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates?  Nope.  That’s Hell.”

”Doesn’t it make you mad for them to use your name like that?”

”No, we’re just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.”

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17 Responses to Which is heaven, Which is hell?

  1. Angel-NYC says:

    😀 😀 😀

  2. Paul says:

    haha now that’s a good one. Thanks for the laugh Sue. 🙂

    Thanks Angel. 🙂

  3. Harold says:

    This story was on the Outer Limits. It was great and glad someone remembered it.

  4. Norm says:

    Yeah, that’s about it man…..My four little “children” Pomeranians I raised from puppies passed a couple years ago, having to go thru that four times was unreal….

    I still breakdown in tears when I think about the past we had with them, they truly bond with us….

    and that is why I also know Sandy Hook was a fraud hoax, cause I cry over my pets more than these people show even any emotion about losing there 6 & 7 years old’s…total BS…

    But thanks for that story, I do hope that is the heaven that awaits….GB

    • Martist says:

      I agree, Norm. Couldn’t finish reading without welling up like a little b, just thinking of my pups. Shar-pei rescue is my past and I am down to one lonely fella who’s missing his pack. Those “people” in SH are either ALL completely soulless or full of shite and acting poorly. Choice b.

  5. Cynicles says:

    it has been well over 20 years since I have read that one – thanks

    The guy had but one dog with him, was that all he ever had?

    I would hope to have them all with me, yet I would be pleased to have any of them.

  6. Jamal says:

    Cool story, reminds me of a twilight zone episode.

    • # 1 NWO Hatr says:

      “The Hunt” Episode 84 – Jan. 26 1962.
      “An old hillbilly (Arthur Hunnicut) and his hound dog find themselves walking on an unfamiliar path and meet a gatekeeper, who tells them they’re at the entrance to Heaven. One problem: dogs are not allowed…”

      I have every Twilight Zone episode on dvd, jamal. Just so happens I watched this one about a month ago.

    • Angel-NYC says:

      Jamal,
      The only youtube post that was full screen was too out of focus to watch. After you click the “Play” arrow, double click on this one and it will enlarge. It may not be full screen, but at least it’s in focus.

  7. NC says:

    I don’t get it……

  8. Uglier-n-Sin says:

    I have two fur-kids. Keep their pictures in my wallet.

  9. DL. says:

    Yep, Twilight Zone…I recorded this and other episodes when SyFy (aka SciFi) channel had their Twilight Zone Marathon last year. The big clue was the title of this post. Thanks!

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