The Bible says God gave both the animals and man the breath of life. The difference is humans were made in the likeness of God. Although animals can think, humans can use their minds to reason, invent, worry. Man is spiritual and will continue after death. Animals, who are not capable of spirituality, will not continue after death. They are part of the earth, such as the plants and trees, rocks and mountains, etc. They stay part of the earth when they die. This is not to say our pets won’t be in Heaven with us. The Bible clearly states there will be animals in Heaven. But our earthly pets won’t rise as we do, so therefore, any pets in Heaven would have to be re-created by God.