Billy Graham said . . .
God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he'll be there.
Do animals have spirits that live on after death like humans do? I think so, yes. Jesus came to redeem the entire world - and that, in my mind, means everybody and everything. So why not the four-legged creations sent as our companions?
Martin Luther said . . .
Be thou comforted little dog. Thou too in resurrection shall have a little golden tail.
John Wesley, the 18th century Anglican cleric who was co-founder of Methodism, believed . . .
in the general resurrection and that animals would be resurrected and would be sentient beings and that they would be able to reason and relate.
I'm glad I'm Wesleyan, not Lutheran. There's going to be lots of tail wagging to great me in heaven and I prefer fur tails to golden tails.