A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.
He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.
After some time, they came to a high stone wall made of fine marble. There was a tall arch with a golden gate that glowed in the sunlight.
When he was standing at the magnificent gate he saw a man at a desk to one side. The man called out and said, ‘Excuse me, 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 man gestured, and the gate began to open.
The traveler and his dog began toward toward the gate when the man at the desk said, ‘I’m sorry, sir, but we don’t accept pets.’
The man thought a second or two and then turned back toward the road and continued down the road with his dog.
After another long walk, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed.
As he began down the dirt road he saw a man. He was leaning against a tree, reading a book.
‘Excuse me!’ he called to the man. ‘Do you have any water?’
‘Yeah, sure, there’s a pump over there, come on in.’
‘How about my friend here?’ the traveler gestured to the dog. ‘Sure, there should be a bowl by the pump.’
They went down the road a bit further were they found an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.
The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink. Then he refilled the bowl and gave it to the dog.
When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree..
‘What do you call this place?’ the traveler asked. ‘This is Heaven,’ he answered.
‘Well, that’s confusing,’ the traveler said. ‘The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.’
‘Oh, you must mean the place with the tall arch and golden gates! Nope. That’s Hell.’
‘Doesn’t it make you mad for them to use your name like that?
‘No, we’re just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.