When Mary and Roberto Westbrook lost their 13-year-old beagle, Moe, they were devastated. But nobody took the news harder than their 3 1/2-year-old son, Luke. The little boy couldn't understand what had happened to his furry friend and asked about him constantly.
Mary and Roberto found it helpful to tell Luke that Moe was in "doggie heaven" now and couldn't come back. But, Luke still missed his dog.
Every night, Luke would ask his parents for help writing Moe a letter. He put in everything he wanted to tell Moe.
They addressed the letters to "Moe Westbrook, Doggie Heaven, Cloud 1." And Luke slipped the envelopes into the mailbox so they'd reach Moe.
Usually, Mary would retrieve the letters at night after Luke went to sleep. But one night, she forgot. And, she figured the post office would just throw it away.
But, in the morning, she found that "Moe" had written back to Luke.
After writing about this stranger's kindness, Mary's hometown paper, The Virginian-Pilot, tracked down the postal worker, Zina Owens, who penned Moe's letter. “I felt it in my heart,” she said. “Here was a child who had lost his dog, and any time you love something and it goes away, it hurts.”