Anyone who is among the living has hope - even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!
We know that no matter how bad things may get here on earth that as Christians there is a better place for us. Our hope is in Christ! I can only imagine about the place Christ has prepared for us - it will be glorious. Think of the most beautiful sight you have ever seen, it will be simple compared to heaven. Now for that dog, living here on earth will be his greatest experience because when he is gone he just returns to dust. We are the only creatures that God has given a soul. We are the ones who get to choose our eternity. No wonder God instructs us to make wise choices!
This brings me back to a time when Amber was little and she proceeded to tell a little girl whose cat just died that it was not going to heaven. Well this started a converstaion between my husband and the mother. All Chris could finally tell her was that if this cat could claim John 3:16, then he would be in heaven. Life is fun explaining sometimes.