~Forget Your Friend??~
A man and his dog were walking along a road.
The man was enjoying the scenery.
It suddenly dawned on him that he was dead.
He remembered dying...and the dog had
been dead for years. He wondered where
the road was leading them.
After awhile, they came to a high,
white stone wall along the side of the road.
It looked like fine marble. At the top of
the 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 sir, 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 gate began to open...the man said,"Can my
friend,gesturing toward his dog, come in too?"
The gatekeeper said, "Sorry sir, 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.
After another long walk, and ontop of another hill,
he came to a dirt road which led through a farm gate
that looked as if if had never been closed.
There also was no fence.
As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside
leaning against a tree and reading a book.
The traveler said, "Excuse me, do you have any water?"
The man said sure and to come on in.
The traveler asked,"How about my friend (dog) can he come in too?"
The gatekeeper said sure.
The traveler then asked what they called this place.
The reply was, "This is Heaven".
The confused traveler told about the place down
the road that claimed to be "Heaven" also.
The gatekeeper said, "Oh you mean that place
with all the gold and pearly gates?...Nope...that is HELL!"
To which the traveler replied..."Doesn't it make you mad that
they use your name like that?"
To which the gatekeeper replied,"No, I can see how
you might think so, but we are just happy
that they screen out the folks who will leave
their BEST FRIEND BEHIND".....