I would like to know where dogs go when they die. I had a dog that died and she was like family. I would like to know if we will be with her in the next life. Is there a special place they go or will she be with u?. Please let me know because I’m very interested in knowing about it.
John and Teresa
Dear John and Teresa,
In the first place, we know that all things were created spiritually before they were created temporally. In Moses 3:7 we read,
And I, the Lord God, formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul, the first flesh upon the earth, the first man also; nevertheless, all things were before created; but spiritually were they created and made according to my word.
We also know that through the infinite atonement of the Savior all living things will be resurrected, the spirit reunited with the body, and will participate in eternal life. In Answers to Gospel Question, by Joseph Fielding Smith, we read the following:
“Question: Do animals have spirits? If so, will they obtain the resurrection, and if so, where will they go?
“Answer: The simple answer is that animals do have spirits and that through the redemption made by our Savior they will come forth in the resurrection to enjoy the blessing of immortal life.”
Will the animals that we knew in mortality be with us in the eternity? Again, Joseph Fielding Smith has provided a definitive answer:
“It would be a very strange world where animals were not found. If, after the resurrection of the dead, we discovered that man was the only living creature with immortality, we would certainly consider it a very strange world” (Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.1, p.63).
“So we see that the Lord intends to save not only the earth and the heavens, not only man who dwells upon the earth, but all things which he has created. The animals, the fishes of the sea, the fowls of the air, as well as man, are to be recreated, or renewed, through the resurrection, for they too are living souls” ( Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.1, p.74).
Since we will live on the earth during the millennium, and if we are worthy on the sanctified and celestialized earth in the eternities, we would imagine that the good things of the earth, both plants and animals, will continue to be a part of it, so that we would continue to enjoy their company and they ours.