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By Niki Behrikis Shanahan

October 2013



I would like to share with you an excerpt from A Future Life For Animals.  This is my new eBook that has just come out.   It’s from Chapter 7, “Preceding Ministers Believed Animals Go To Heaven.”  The book has many inspirational stories in it, and this is one of them.  I hope it will help and bless each one of you.  The book is available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook.





Rev. Dale Turner ~ Pets who gave us love in this life are waiting to greet us in Heaven. 

Rev. Dale Turner wrote an article for The Seattle Times in 1990 and then it was reprinted in 2004 entitled, Pets who gave us love in this life are waiting to greet us in Heaven.[1]  He told a story that happened when he had just been ordained.  A little boy, Larry, lost his dog, and he held a funeral service for him.  When the boy asked if his dog was going to Heaven, Rev. Turner recalled that he felt he had answered his question rather in a clumsy way as seminary had not prepared him for this. 

Rev. Turner said that through the years he and his family had a succession of dogs.  There was one that was very, very special to him.  One day at the animal shelter, a Manchester terrier puppy thrust her nose through the wire fence.  She seemed to be saying, pick me, and so they did and called her Pick.  After 14 years Pick was very sick and finally passed away.  Rev. Turner said he went to his study and cried for a full hour. 

Rev. Turner said, "I was mourning for nearly a week, but then, amazingly, I had a dream. I saw Pick with many other dogs at Heaven's gate. They were rollicking together in friendly play, each awaiting the arrival of its master.   When I awoke from that dream, my mourning had ended. I wished I could see Larry again to give him a better answer than I had given 40 years before."  Rev. Turner knew that God was giving him a sign that Pick and all the other animals were in Heaven with Him.

Rev. Dale Turner became the Pastor of Seattle's University Congregational Church of Christ in 1958, and he retired in 1982.  He died and joined Pick and his other family dogs and people in June of 2006, and his dream of seeing Pick came true. [2] 


"Through hard work, perseverance and a faith in God, you can live your dreams."

Benjamin Carson


[1] Pets who gave us love in this life are waiting to greet us in Heaven.  The Seattle Times, By Rev. Dale Turner, December 11, 2004.

[2] The Rev. Dale Turner (1917-2006): A loving pastor, capable of strong stands, The Seattle Times, June 7, 2006.


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