The story about 14-year-old Abbey goes back more than a decade, but a five-year-old little girl, devastated after someone shot her pet pony “Chicken Nugget” last week at the family’s home in Liberty, Texas, brings back memories. Rylee Brett and Chicken Nugget had been best friends since the little girl was born. By six-months old, Rylee had been riding on the dwarf pony’s back – and loving it. Four-year-old Meredith had the same kind of love for her dog, Abbey.
Abbey was 14-years-old when she died in San Antonio (just 200 miles away from Liberty) in 2006. The black and white pooch had also been a beloved part of the family; she showered Greg and Joy Scrivener and their three children with love and loyalty her entire life. And when Abbey died, four-year-old Meredith was concerned about her dog’s welfare; so much so, she dictated a letter to her mother so she could send it to God. With the note, Meredith included two photos, addressed it after pasting on lots of postage stamps.
“To God in Heaven” – the envelope included the family’s return address and was mailed through the Brook Hollow post office. The letter stated:
Will you please take special care of our dog, Abbey? She died yesterday and is heaven. We miss her very much. We are happy that you let us have her as our dog even though she got sick. I hope that you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and swim before she got sick. I am sending some pictures of her so that when you see her in heaven you will know she is our special dog. But I really do miss her.
P.S.: Mommy wrote the words after Mer told them to her.”
Just two weeks later, a package wrapped in gold paper and addressed “To: Mer” had been left on the family’s front porch. In the package, accompanied by a letter from “God,” was a book by Fred Rogers, When a Pet Dies (a book that “helps children share feelings of the loss of a pet while offering reassurance that grieving is a natural, healing thing to do”).
Taped to the inside cover of the book was the letter written to God, (which had been returned for “insufficient address,” but on the opposite page one photo of Abbey had been taped under the words “For Meredith.” On the back cover, was the other photo of Abbey along with a handwritten note on pink paper:
I know that you will be happy to know that Abbey arrived safely and soundly in Heaven! Having the pictures you sent to me was such a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.
You know, Meredith, she isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me — just like she stays in your heart — young and running and playing. Abbey loved being your dog, you know. Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets! — so I can’t keep your beautiful letter. I am sending it to you with the pictures so that you will have this book to keep and remember Abbey.
One of my angels is taking care of this for me. I hope the little book helps.
Thank you for the beautiful letter. Thank your mother for sending it. What a wonderful mother you have! I picked her especially for you.
I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I am in heaven and wherever there is love.
God, and the special angel who wrote this after God told her the words.”
And for young Rylee, who wept on the spot where Chicken Nugget was laid to rest on the family’s farm Saturday afternoon, another little playmate has joined Abbey – who surely will show her the way.
“Rylee woke up this morning and ran straight outside to see if Chicken Nugget had come back home. We had to explain that Jesus needed him way more then us and he was staying with him. Rylee said, ‘why can’t he just come back alive, doesn’t he miss me momma?’ It shattered my heart all over again,” wrote the little girl’s mother, Kylee Brett.
“Rest in peace,” the pony’s owner wrote on Facebook. “You now have your wings and are flying high. You will never be forgotten, you will forever be missed. My heart is absolutely shattered as I try to find the words…”
An investigation as to the person who shot Chicken Nugget continues.
Read the heartbreaking story of a little girl’s pony shot at close range.
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