No Soul, No Love?

Of course dogs will be in heaven, dear one.

(This post is in loving memory of Scout. She was a good dog.)

But dogs don’t have souls, do they?


Do trees have souls?

Maybe not, but don’t you think the Maker of all the trees might especially enjoy watching a September wind move through a grove of Aspens? Wouldn’t the Creator of all nature take extraordinary delight in a canopy of Cyprus trees shading his rivers? Don’t you imagine God takes pleasure – like you do – when snowflakes or doves land quietly on the branches of a Red Oak?

So, what do you say, then? Will there be trees in heaven?

God loves the trees, and the dogs, because he made them. And we love them, too. Can you imagine why on earth the Creator of all good things would exclude the very best of creation from heaven?  No, that doesn’t sound like Him at all.


Who can say that starfish won’t grace heaven’s seashore? Or that black buffalo won’t roam the new earth’s ranges? Do fields of spring wildflowers have souls? Perhaps not in the way we do, but we can be sure of this: Whatever is loved by God will be with him forever and ever, amen.

This stunning world was formed for us, by a Creator who cares. We belong here. The world fits us perfectly and practically in every way. The mountains and the honey bees are equally beautiful and functional. The seasons and the storms are both art and science.

But we’ve messed things up really bad, haven’t we? Everywhere we look we can see that the world is struggling. Even the very good things are hurting and broken. Our pets and our people will eventually die. All that we love in this world will leave us one day.


But even though all the mess is our fault, God’s love for what He loves has never changed. He is the same today as He was yesterday and will be tomorrow. He has always loved us. He has always loved the world he made. He has always wanted to be with us.

In fact, God loves us so much that he left his home in heaven (where nothing ever dies) to come into a world where – thanks to us – everything suffers and dies. He came down to be with the hurting and broken world, knowing that He would get hurt and broken. He would die, so the world he loves could live.

The Person who made all things good in the beginning is the only Person who can make all things good again in the end.


One day, all the trees will clap their hands and all the people will sing and dance. They will dance because everyone will fully understand what Jesus did for them. Heaven will come down and God will be with his people again. But this time, all creation will be well, and nothing will ever die again.

So, will there be dogs by our side when we explore the woods in heaven? Will they curl up by the fire when we return to the table and tell stories of all we’ve seen and done? Of course, dear one! For once God loves something, it always lasts.


“A thing of beauty is a joy forever: it’s loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.” (John Keats)

Peace, because we, and all God’s creation, is loved.


10 responses to No Soul, No Love?

  1. Nicki says:

    My deepest sympathies Kim, to you and your family over your loss. I was devastated when a minister once told me that my beloved four-legged-family-member did not have a soul and therefore would NOT reunite with me one day. I choose to believe that my God would never hurt me like that and your post was heartwarming in your perspective. Hugs to you and yours and snoot smooches to Scout in her new life. Until we are reunited one day with all of our beloved family members, God Bless . . .

  2. Ben Nelson says:

    I know the Bible talks about the armies of heaven coming on white horses – I good with dogs in heaven.

  3. Margaret says:

    Kim, LOVE this ❤️❤️ 🙂 Margaret

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. Bev Klaiber says:

    Thank you, Kim. We lost our own precious Scout a few years back and have had many a conversation about whether we will see her again in heaven! I agree with your perspective and will share this with my youngest son, the most sensitive of us all, on this subject. So, thank you! God bless.

  5. tiggerandbug says:

    Love this, Kim! We’ve lost many a pet, as well, over the years. So sorry for the loss of a wonderful dog. Beautiful pictures! Some day, we will never have to say good-bye. Hallelujah.

  6. Anonymous says:

    So beautiful! We have lost many animals over the years and I am 100% sure they will be there when I pass too!

  7. Helen says:

    This is so beautiful! God bless Scout as he happily plays in heaven. Blessings to your family, too. Thank you for sharing your touching photos. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your beautiful Scout.

  8. Janice Webb says:

    Read the book of revelations..It says there will be no dogs in Heaven.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I love this perspective….dogs are a part of our families
    hugs and thank you

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