Do Dogs Go To Heaven? Macho’s Story May Convince You


Macho came to Feeling Fine Canine and Equine Rescue on December 12, transported out of Miami- Dade Animal Services.   In the same condition as so many others taken in by this rescue, Macho arrived emaciated and weak;  he looked as if he’d lost the will to live.

Tracey Godin, President/Founder/Operator of Feeling Fine, and her daughter Caela, along with two volunteers, run the small rescue located in West Palm Beach, Florida. The team knew they’d have a huge medical bill on their hands with his save, but they were willing to take a chance on this sweetheart.

Macho, Courtesy Feeling Fine Canine and Equine Rescue

He was quickly taken to Gardens Animal Hospital, and, after a battery of tests, it was determined that, along with pancreatitis, he had extreme levels of calcium in his blood, indicating cancer.  The vet told them, “he is the worst case of emaciation she has ever seen.”

Macho spent many, many days at the vet, where they carefully monitored his progress. The rescue visited him every day, taking him home whenever possible.

Tracey told ShelterMe, “He spent Christmas with us.” Caela slept on the floor with Macho, hand-feeding him small amounts of chicken.  They asked for prayers to get the boy through.  Most importantly, they all simply loved on him.


Caela Godin and Macho, Courtesy, Feeling Fine Canine and Equine Rescue

On December 25, Feeling Fine posted, “He ate a great breakfast of Chicken and rice and went for a nice walk in the yard. After that he stopped eating.”

Macho, Courtesy Feeling Fine Canine And Equine Rescue

And then, four days later, just 18 days after he came to them, Macho quietly slipped away.

The following day, Tracey’s own mom had surgery.   Tracey tells us,

“Mom met Macho one time at the vet.  She was near him for about 10 mins.  The day of her surgery, she was under anesthesia for over four hours.  After surgery, my mom told my Aunt that while she was sedated, she spoke to my Father in Heaven.  My Father passed away in February of this year.

“In the hospital room, I said, ‘so, I hear Dad visited you?!’  She immediately said, ‘Dad has Macho.’  And repeated it several times.  It was a crazy thing to hear. She met Macho ONE time, for 10 minutes.  

“On my way to the hospital I asked everyone I know in Heaven to keep my mom safe.  They did.  And so did Macho.”

Macho, Courtesy Feeling Fine Canine and Equine

Just 18 days.  In those 18 days Macho touched the hearts of many.  And he’s still looking over them.


Jake, Courtesy Feeling Fine Canine and Equine Rescue

Feeling Fine Canine and Equine Rescue currently cares for these 16 amazing dogs, all looking for furever homes, including Jake, a bait dog whose teeth were all filed down so he could not defend himself.

And Jojo, just 18 months old, who arrived as an almost fur-less puppy, has waited for his new home for over a year.

Jojo, Courtesy Feeling Fine Canine and Equine Rescue

If you’d like to help, please click here. To foster or adopt, please click on this link.

And, like Tracey, please stay #MachoStrong. 

Lisa Blanck

Writing articles about animals for more than 22 years, she dove into the rescue world with the onset of Hurricane Katrina. As an outspoken advocate for animals, she’s covered everything from paws to hooves, fins to feathers. She was the Orlando Animal Rescue and Worldwide Animal Issues Examiner for seven years. She’s always thinking pawsitive, looking for ways to improve the lives of animals. She lives with one dog, one cat and one patient human. She welcomes your suggestions and is thrilled to be part of the family!


  1. GA Reader says:

    Nice reading . Well done job . Will try to joint you ,

    1. Lisa Blanck says:

      Thanks, but why is your name coming up as mine???

  2. Jason wade says:

    That is a beautiful story. All animals go to heaven I believe that.

  3. Phyllis Rocher says:

    This is the real thing this rescue. I am a dog artist and was approached by my friend to do a drawing for this woman. That is when I came in contact with Feeling Fine. I drew a picture of little Jojo the first day they brought him in. He was so tiny and so sick. Of course drawing this dog I fell in love, then as I watched this rescue do their miracle work I fell in love with them. The do miracles with the very sick.

  4. Anna says:

    You are an Angel sent from above, The Lord has sent you and your daughter to us to rescue these beautiful beings,to give them the chance of knowing that someone will love and protect them from ever being harmed again. You have brought to us so much that you may never know. My heart is broken as well as others to know that Macho struggled so hard to survive from the cruelty brought upon him by a human being, someone that should never be considered a human being but a Demon.One day will they suffer from this horrific horror that Macho suffered. I pity them. Bless you and your daughter! He will always be with us.

  5. Sloan P. Cowart says:

    Beautifully written article. Tracey and her daughter are very special and selfish people. They sre truly advocates for the animals. Thank you for witing such a great article.

    1. Sloan P. Cowart says:

      I am completely embarrassed about my post…the spelling mistakes. I hope I did not offend Tracey or anyone who read my post. My apologologies. Tracey and her daughter I meant to say are genuinely selfless in what they do for the animals. Thank you Feeling Fine Rescue💕

      1. Sloan P. Cowart says:

        Also…I truly believe all animals go to Heaven.

        1. Caela Godin says:

          We knew what you meant 😉 Thank you so much Sloan <3

  6. Christina Hartman says:

    Thank you for what you do, wish I could adopt one of your but we just adopted an 8.5 yr old female who had ACL surgery and needed extensive physical therapy at Coral Springs Animal hospital.

    1. Lisa Blanck says:

      thank YOU for adopting an older girl!

  7. Paola says:

    So beautiful and so true .

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