Grabell is very thankful, of course, to those who rescued her dog, and also that the weather had not been bitterly cold, as it can be even in early March, or Leo might have died of exposure.

?All I can say is: Prayers can be answered,? Grabell said.

So while all dogs might indeed go to heaven, whether they have a cat?s nine lives or not, it turns out that it simply wasn?t Leo?s time to go ? at least, not yet -- much to the happiness of one Alfalfa ranching family.