Our Pets And The Spiritual - Encounters From Beyond

The loss of your pet isn't the end

"Animals never worry about heaven or hell. Neither do I. Maybe that's why we get along." -

Charles Bukowski. Poet and Novelist.


Losing your beloved pet is a devastating experience. People undergo bereavement as they would when a family member or friend dies.


An additional problem is that we are sometimes never sure if our pets understand how much we love them and how much we will miss them. This can cause added stress when a pet has died.


The first comforting thing to realise is this. Animals - very much like young children - accept death in a way that we don't.


The second point is that there’s a huge body of evidence that pointing to the fact that our pets do survive physical death the same as human beings. This includes all kinds of animals not just the more common pets such as cats and dogs.


Lets then have a look at some stories that show how our pets do survive.


Animals accept the spiritual side of life much more easily than people.
Animals accept the spiritual side of life much more easily than people. | Source
Our pets can also sense the spiritual realms while still in the physical world.
Our pets can also sense the spiritual realms while still in the physical world. | Source
Any kind of pet will enter the spirit realms.
Any kind of pet will enter the spirit realms. | Source

Pets surviving death


"If having a soul means being able to feel love, loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better than a lot of humans."

James Herriot, Author and Vet.


Here are a couple of stories, from the many thousands, that illustrates pets surviving physical death.

Swansea, Wales.

A couple who had recently lost their pet cat after it had suffered a long illness, were washing dishes in the kitchen one evening not long afterwards. The woman of the house - Marjie - saw a black shadow walk in between her husband and the table. The shadow turned and came towards her. As it did so, it took the shape of Misty their beautiful cat who had been put to sleep a few weeks earlier.

Marjie and her husband, Brian, both saw Misty take full form - a very rare experience. The cat then sat down on the kitchen floor, quite content and looked up at them intently. Marjie felt that their pet was trying to communicate with them. The cat at this point looked solid and was not transparent as many spirits are claimed to be. The couple believed their pet was reassuring them that she was still around and well.

They saw fleeting glimpses of Misty afterwards. On one particular occasion, Brian was lying on the settee sleeping during a particular nasty flu bug. Just after waking, but not quite alert, he felt a silky, warm head move under his out-stretched hand and heard a soft purr. Brian opened his eyes expecting to see a cat, but there was nothing to be seen. The couple felt strongly that this could have been Misty giving Brian some comfort while he was unwell.

Glasgow, Scotland

Jean Wilson related an experience she had when she was a child about 8 years of age. She had recently moved with her parents into her Gran's house as their own home had been badly gutted by fire. The family were still obviously distressed and traumatised by the ordeal. But Jean's Gran did her best to comfort the family. Jean's Dad worked nightshifts at this time in the local shipyard and so she shared a bed with her Mum at night.

Jean awoke one night to see the shadow of a tall man leaning over her Mum as she lay sleeping. At the same time, Jean saw the shadow of a large dog come bounding up to her side of the bed. Jean said that the dog jumped up, putting his front paws on the bed, but he felt very light and not heavy as she expected. She couldn't see distinct features but their outlines were very vivid. She wasn't frightened at all and felt that she some how knew the man and the dog. After a second or two the man beckoned to the dog and both disappeared.

Jean related her story to her Mum and Gran in the morning expecting them to laugh at her, but they didn't. Instead, her Gran went to a side cupboard and brought out a bundle of photographs. Jean looked through images of different people and a couple of the photos even had dogs. But none were like the man or the dog she had seen. There were only four photos left when one looked familiar. It was a picture of a tall man and a black Labrador. She again had that curious feeling of knowing them even although she had never met them. When she said this to her Mum and Gran they didn't seemed surprised at all. Her Gran told her, "This is your Granddad and Brodie our Labrador dog".

Jean's Gran related how Brodie had died many years before her Granddad. But that Granddad would always say he could still see Brodie running around the house and in the garden. When Jean's Granddad was dying he told her Gran - "well Brodie will have company now."

Although Jean's Gran admitted she had never actually seen her husband or Brodie after they had died, she had heard and felt them and so knew they were around.

It seemed like Granddad and Brodie also paid Jean and her Mum a visit. Perhaps to be sure they were doing fine after the traumatic house fire?

When our pets die it's not the end of our relationship with them. They are still very much around even although we can't hear or see them.
When our pets die it's not the end of our relationship with them. They are still very much around even although we can't hear or see them. | Source
No matter what type of pet you have, they all go into the spirit world.
No matter what type of pet you have, they all go into the spirit world. | Source
All animals have a physical and spiritual body.
All animals have a physical and spiritual body. | Source

Encounters With Spirit Pets

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."

Anatole France - French journalist, Poet and Novelist.


There are so many accounts about dead pets visiting their owners they would fill a few books. So I’ve summarised the most common phenomena that tends to happen as well as a story to illustrate some of the points mentioned.

  • Pets are not always seen but are felt. Owners describe feelings of fur brushing against legs, arms and their face. People also experience their pet lying close to them, sensing their weight. Pet owners have also reported hearing their pet making their own personal noise.
  • Often there is just the sense of a presence. However, the sensation is so strong that the owner is sure their pet is present with them.
  • Sometimes encounters with their pets will happen during the dream state. However, unlike usual dreams, these encounters are much stronger and vibrant and leave the owner in no doubt that they have met their dead pet.
  • Visual sightings are rare but they do happen. If more than one person at different times happens to see the animal, then obviously this lends more credence to the sighting.
  • The most common encounters with spirit pets involve dogs and cats. However, there are documented accounts of other types of pet being observed after death such as - horses, birds, rabbits, mice etc.

Why Can't I see and sense my pet?

  • It should be remembered that although there are many thousands of accounts of spirit pets, like all genuine paranormal phenomena – experiences are very rare. Most people whose pets have died do not get any phenomena happening. This does not mean that their pet is not in spirit or not around them. They are there. You can't see or sense them because spirit energy is a higher vibrational rate from physical energy. This is the normal way of things.
  • Paranormal phenomena will only manifest when a number of factors come together. These features include the environment and the emotional and physical state of witnesses.
  • Emotions can block receptivity. In particular stress, grief, anger and agitation. Yearning to see your pet - or any other loved one - is unlikely to produce any results. The reason is that emotions are energy. The negative emotions in particular are a very dense form of energy that produces a barrier.
  • A very deep relaxed state, but one where you are still aware, is the best condition for awareness of spirit activity. The best way to induce this state is through meditation.
  • In addition, there needs to be some form of channel from the spiritual that penetrates physical energy. Animals tend to do this naturally and without effort. However, if people block this energy, as mentioned before, no spiritual energy can be sensed.
  • Lastly, it seems that it’s very difficult for any kind of spiritual energy to break through into physical matter and stay there long enough to manifest. This is one of the main reasons why paranormal phenomena can be fleeting, unpredictable and indistinct.

The following is one example of where a spirit pet has been able to manifest, although not visually:

Derby, England 2009

Jed and Tania had always been cat lovers. So they were naturally devastated when their cat, Sonny, died even although he was a good age. Luckily the couple had four other cats to help them over their grief.

In life, Sonny was “the boss' - and as Jed says, 'not just over the other cats either, but he was always loving and playful.”

His favourite spot at nighttime was on top of a hand-made blanket that lay at the bottom of Jed and Tania's bed. Sonny would arrive in the bedroom about 20 minutes after Jed and Tania got into bed - jumping up onto the bed, snuggling into the blanket.

On numerous occasions after Sonny had died, they would hear the other cats suddenly making excited noises while pacing up and down. The cats would then move aside as if allowing something to pass by. Jed and Tania would then feel a weight on the blanket, just in the spot where Sonny used to lie.

This happened on at least four occasions over the years. The couple felt that although they never actually saw Sonny, they were sure their other cats could. It brought a great deal of comfort to them to know that Sonny was still around.

Pets probably play and do other normal things when in the spirit world.
Pets probably play and do other normal things when in the spirit world. | Source

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More Pet Encounters


"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

Mahatma Gandhi


Here are another couple of examples of pet's revisiting their owners after death.

Coventry, England

Danny was the much loved German Shepherd dog of Nancy and Peter. He was the grand old age of 14 when he died and obviously there was a lot of sadness when he passed on.

Danny had a particular spot where he slept, near to an old pantry door that was cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Around two months after Danny was put to sleep, Nancy and Peter were introduced to their son's girlfriend, Claire, who would later become their daughter-in-law.

Claire was in the kitchen making a cup of tea for Nancy and Peter when she was startled to see the face of a large German Shepherd dog looking through the window at her, but then it disappeared. Claire opened the back door and looked out, but the yard was empty and the gate to the street was locked. She explained to the family what she had seen, even to the scar at the side of the dog’s eye. Nancy and Peter were stunned - she had just described Danny! Nancy and Peter went onto to tell Claire that they had heard what sounded like Danny shuffling about getting comfortable in the area outside the pantry where he often slept. They had also by this time bought a pup and an older rescue dog. Neither of these dogs would lie in the spot where Danny slept, but slept just to the side of it, as if to give him his place.


Hertfordshire, England

Elizabeth had a pet dog called Laddie who she adored. He was not only her pet but also her protector. After Laddie died, the family and of course Elizabeth were grief stricken but life had to go on.

When Elizabeth started her walk home from school she saw a shadow of a dog that seemed to be waiting for her. The same shadow would meet Elizabeth after her piano lessons. Just as Elizabeth entered the house the shadow would disappear.

Elizabeth knew it was Laddie from the way the shadow dog would trundle just in front of her and from the shape. When winter was approaching Elizabeth's father suggested that he come to meet her after her piano lessons as the nights were getting dark. But Elizabeth said that there was no need as Laddie was still with her. Her Dad smiled and said, "So, you've seen him to?" He had also seen Laddie's spirit and Elizabeth was overjoyed to know that it was not just her imagination.

Saying your final fairwell to your pet is heartbreaking. However, remember the parting is only temporary.
Saying your final fairwell to your pet is heartbreaking. However, remember the parting is only temporary. | Source
Our pets are better at dealing with death than we are. They have a beautiful acceptance of what is the natural cycle of life-death-life.
Our pets are better at dealing with death than we are. They have a beautiful acceptance of what is the natural cycle of life-death-life. | Source

Conclusions


"What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected."

Chief Seattle

There are thousands of credible accounts of pets surviving physical death and living on in the world of spirit.

This fits in well with many theories that believe all life whether human, animal or plant has a life force energy that does not die but is merely transformed or released when the physical shell of life wears down.

It is devastating when we loose a pet and even although we feel that they may survive and live on, we still feel the loss very deeply. However, when this wound starts to heal then we can begin to appreciate the knowledge that one day we will meet up with them once more.

© 2011 Helen Murphy Howell

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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

Dear Seeker7,

This is simply beautiful. I always wanted a dog, but my parents wouldn't let me have one. When my husband & I bought our house, a friend had a pair of Husky dogs, so she could raise puppies. We asked her to save us one. She did, and he was the cutest of the litter. My b-day and my Mom's was both on July 4th, Independence Day in the US, and my husky, Nanook was born on the 4th too! I loved that dog. So many times I cried and he licked my tears, and seemed to understand my feelings when he looked at me with those pretty blue eyes. We had to have him put to sleep, he had bad arthritis, and couldn't even stand. I still feel guilty, and it was 15 yrs. ago. We never had the heart to replace him with another dog, though I did think about it a time or too. I think they sense what you can't put into words. When our son was born, Nanook used to bar the door of his room unless it was one of the family! Sometimes I think I can still feel him near me. Thanks for expressing these lovely thoughts.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

That was absolutely beautiful. A couple of your stories game me chills; where did you get the real-life accounts? I believe as you do. Animals are much more pure than humans, and I believe that they live on. Have you heard of "Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates"? The author was trying to help his friend who had lost a pet. He searched the Bible for its teachings about animals, thinking that he wouldn't find anything. Instead, he was convinced that the souls of animals live on. I look at my precious pets and have hope. Thanks for the hub. And the photos are precious!


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catspirit 5 years ago

An outstanding Hub, I believe I learned more from this piece than reading 20 articles. Keep up the good work, I intend to read more.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A great hub and very interesting


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seriousnuts 5 years ago from Philippines

Hi seeker7,

It's amazing how strong the bond between owners and pet can get. Because of this strong bond, animals linger with their human companions even after death. I never had dogs and cats as pets, only hamsters and fish, and I've never experienced such phenomena. I enjoyed reading your stories. It's nice to know that there are many good spirits out there.

Voted up and rated beautiful!


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

1. Hello Catspirit, glad that you enjoyed the hub and I'm hoping to learn a lot from you on the paranormal!!

2. Rosemay50 - many thanks to you!! Glad that you found it interesting and enjoyable.

3. Hi Seriousnuts. Lovely to hear from you and I agree - the bond between people and pets is so strong that it does continue after physical life ends - and this is the same with any animal, including hamsters or fish! They all have a life force that doesn't die, we only loose the physical wrapping. It would be great if we could all see our pets when in spirit, but for the majority of us it probably won't happen. But they are still not very far away from us and we will meet up with them again! Many thanks for your comment, I always enjoy reading them.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

1. Jean - lovely to hear from you. It's always a difficult decision to make when it involves the life of your pet. But please don't feel guilty. You loved Nanook enough to spare him a life of becoming increasingly crippled and in pain. He understood this and would rather be free in spirit than shackled to a life that could offer him only very limited joy.

It does sound like Nanook was very protective of the baby and that is not uncommon. What a wonderful dog! And he is not far away and is around you more than you realise. Thank you so much for sharing your story with me and other hubbers.

Hi Victoria Lynn, many thanks for stopping by and for the lovely comment - much appreciated. I have never heard of "Cold Noses and the Pearly Gates" - I will have to look it up as it sounds very interesting. Just my kind of thing. It's not surprising that help was found in the Bible. The creator made animals as we were made and animals have a very special place. I also agree that they are pure souls - they don't carry emotional baggage and negative traits like we do. And it is a great comfort to know that we will meet with them again.


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VENZKHVAM 5 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

Dear Seeker,

Wonderful hub has formed here.I had read and heard some time back that pets are having extraordinary powers to even see the spirit. In childhood i studied with my grandmother in our ancestral house for 6 years.During those times I had always had many unexplained experiences in those times.

In night when our own cows in the shed cries my grand mother used to say they are capable of seeing spirits. That is why WHEN MY GRAND FATHER died the cows used to cry a lot and indicating that the messenger of death is here. This can be true or false but I am sharing some thing what happened in my child hood.

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But I was amazed to read many examples like the German Shepherd seen the kitchen window like that and other examples.

IT WAS A REAL TREAT TO READ THIS Which is just some information based on circumstantial evidence and about a world where we doesn't know the truth.

excellent hub.

I had voted up and interesting also.

I am following you and hope to hear from you in my three hubs also.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi seeker7,

What an truly outstanding hub - I am very impressed! I found myself getting teary eyed thinking about the pets I have lost over the years, but then somehow your hub gave me comfort and made me smile. I loved the story of Danny the German Shepherd, and got goose bumps when I read that the dog through the window had the same scar; I do believe that other animals could detect a spiritual presence too.

Fascinating stuff, Seeker7 - keep it up!

Voted up, interesting

Cloverleaf.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

1. Venzkhvam - many thanks for stopping by. Your comment is very interesting indeed! Your Grandmother sounds like a very wise woman who had many special gifts. Also the cows crying as a sign of the 'messenger of death' is really interesting, I haven't heard that before. I am really glad that you enjoyed the hub so much. And I will be visiting your hubs soon as I would like to hear a lot more of what you have to say. Thank you.

2. Hi Cloverleaf, Don't worry about being teary-eyed. Hell, I was crying while writing this hub!!!LOL! I definitely believe that our pets are in spirit but it doesn't stop your memories and emotions when we think of them. I think Danny is one of the most interesting and one of the most credible accounts. But I do agree with you as well about animals in general being able to connect with spirit - seeing and sensing them. And yes, it does give you goose-bumps doesn't it!!! Many thanks for the vote up - really appreciated.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hi Seeker! Of course, you know, I love this hub. What a wonderful gift..to those of us who absolutely love our animal companions and the spirit and value of all animals..and rest assured that we shall meet again! This is thoroughly researched and underscored w/so many great examples. I believe! I'm a believer! What a sweet relief to understand that we will meet again and that, before then, they can be around us at any/all time(s). You've written this in such a respectful manner; I appreciate and applaud this beautiful article. UP Awesome Useful Interesting Beautiful!!!


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

Great hub! I totally believe in this, as I have experienced it many times.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Seeker7 your one of the very best at these and I can't praise your Hubs enough. Unknown stories on pet survival are extra interesting and heartening at the same time. The Sonny cat was a fave here for me. So much new info and your presentation, again, is first class. Thanks.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

I've still got tears in my eyes. My beloved cat who died at 12 years of age still comes to visit occasionally. My present cat Sid knows very well when a spirit is present and since I am a bit psychic myself there are times when I feel or see something and then Sid and I both stand staring at the same spot in order to identify the visitor. Love those pictures especially the cats with the toilet paper. Great hub!


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Rooskaya 5 years ago from Russia

Hello, I liked all the stories of pet encounters. Most of the pets and particularly dogs have a very high sensing capabilities. Thanks for sharing. Rated up.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Luckycats - as usual it is always a joy to hear from you. I'm really glad that you enjoyed the hub and that the examples given in the article were good enough to convince. It is is very 'sweet' feeling to know that we will meet up with our beautiful friends in the future. I think as well that people could learn a lot from the way that animals accept death for what it is - another transition. Many thanks for your vote and your lovely comments - as always they are always greatfully received.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Catgypsy,

Mnay thanks for stopping by. What a wonderful thing that you have experienced this phenomena!! I find that really interesting! I have had a number of paranormal experiences but not in any dramatic way with my past dogs. I have felt them around at times - vaguely. But no matter, the point is we meet them again when it's our turn to push up the daisies! Lovely to hear from you.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Alastar - as always of course it's a pleasure to hear from you and to have your views. You have me blushing (as did Luckycats with your lovely comment). I'm glad that you enjoyed the hub and like you I do find animal spirits fascinating. It wasn't actually that easy to write at times. Basically because I'm a wimp when it comes to animals and I had to stop writing at times because I was bubbling and yowling so much - very unprofessional! LOL! Many thanks again Alastar and I look forward to reading more of your own extraordinary work.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Gypsy Rose Lee - great to here from you. I have to admit that nearly every story I found for this hub I was crying over as well - I am a total wimp when it comes to animals!!LOL! I think the encounters with these spirit pets are so positive and gives all us animal lovers such hope that it would be difficult not to share a tear. That is so wonderful that you have sensed your pet - and isn't it great that even after years have passed since we lost a pet, our love just grows and doesn't diminish? Sid sounds like a great character and very psychic. I think that is fascinating that both of you are tuning in at the same time to your previous pet - it is accounts like yours that add so much credibility, not just to animal spirits, but to the paranormal as whole. Many thanks for sharing this with me and glad that you enjoyed the hub - despite the tears!


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Rooskaya,

Lovely to hear from you and I agree that animals are very sensitive in many ways. They can teach us a lot. I'm really glad that you enjoyed the hub and many thanks for the vote up - really appreciated!


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Maren Morgan M-T 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

Very comforting; very nice.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Maren Morgan M-T,

many thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. Very glad that you enjoyed the hub. Take care!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful hub about animal. I love this hub so much and I learn from you about extraordinary animal from you. Vote up for review and all stunning pictures. Well done, my friend. Vote up!

Prasetio


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hello Prasetio30,

Thank you so much for visiting the hub. But a special thank you for leaving such a lovely comment - it really is appreciated. I'm glad that you enjoyed the hub. It was a very heartwarming article to write as pets are such a special thing in our lives and it also gives hope. Many thanks again for your visit and for the vote up! Seeker7


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vidhimayur 5 years ago

very very interesting!! it was so interesting but stories u have given above are true?? if so, i wonder how it would feel to experience such things in life!! amazing work and leaves me with a mystery to ponder over!!


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vidhimayur 5 years ago

voted up, interesting and recommended it to others too!!...have left a comment but seems there is some problem with network..stories that you have given here are amazing and leaves me with a mystery to ponder over!!


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi vidhimayur,

Lovely to hear from you - and many thanks for the recommendation, it's very much appreciated. Glad that you found the hub interesting and you're correct it is a mystery of great proportions!

I must have had the same difficulty with the network as well, because I couldn't get comments to hubs or questions posted. Think things are back to normal now. Many thanks for your visit.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi seeker7, what a wonderful, interesting hub, I am convinced pets can sense a spiritual presence. And I am sure we are reunited with our pets one day.

Voting up and thank you for sharing.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a fascinating hub with wonderful stories. I've had psychic experiences and believe that animals and humans continue to exist in some form after death, but I love the fact that you point out that we should think about natural causes before we assume that an observation is actually a connection with another dimension of existence. I loved the photos in your hub as well.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi MM - lovely to hear from you! I couldn't agree more. I've seen or heard so many instances of pets picking up on the spiritual side that it's obvious they are highly sensitive to the other worlds around us. And I too look forward to the day when I can be with loved ones and my loved pets again. Many thanks for the vote up.

Hi AliciaC,

It's really nice to hear from you and to read your comment. I think it is important to rule out the natural causes first. There is no point and only leads to dissilusionment to believe that every odd thing we see, hear, smell or any other way sense is always spirit presence. But I do 100% believe in an afterlife - not only through my own experiences but listening to others that I have total trust in convinces me of this and this of course includes the survival of our beautiful pets. Many thanks again for stopping by and for the follow - will catch up with you soon!


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

A very beautiful hub that most definitely caught my interest. I enjoyed reading this very much and so I voted up and awesome! Keep up the good writing.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hello Allen,

Many thanks for stopping by and for the vote up - much appreciated. I'm glad that you enjoyed the hub.


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SanLaro 5 years ago from Dominica/Guyana

Hi Seeker,

I have always wondered about what happens after they pass on . Pets become so humanlike when we develop such strong attachments. Thanks for new vision.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi SanLaro,

Many thanks for stopping by it was lovely to hear from you. I agree with you, our pets do become so human like in many things they do and they are very much a part of the family. I think it's a great comfort to know that when they do pass on they are not that far away. Many thanks for leaving a comment!

Ps - the little girl in your photograph is beautiful!! What a lovely wee peach!!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hello, Seeker7! Amazing hub. GREAT read! I am an animal-lover too--mostly leaning toward Cats. Dogs are nice too. I have Googled to where I can purchase a Rhesus monkey to keep me company at home. I am disabled with Accelerated Fibromyalgia and Neurothopy and do not drive anymore. If it weren't for hubs and my PC, I would go nuts. Anyway seeker, voted up and away. I am now a fan, and with your permission, a follower. Sincerely, Kenneth Avery, from a rural town, Hamilton, in northwest Alabama,that looks like that town on the Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry. Little but quiet. Peace to you. (((kenneth)))


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

I apologize seeker. I wanted to interject, with your permission, about our pets in the after life...Yes, we will see them. Who did God make first, us or them? God has always had a special love for His creatures. Read in the Book of Isaiah about the babe playing at the hole of the asp..cow and bear grazing together...this is NOT symbolism as per some church leaders, but how it will be in the 1,000 year reign when Our Lord comes back to put His earth back the way it was in the beginning. We will all be in our spiritual bodies and pets too. Thanks for letting me comment. KENNETH


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Kenneth, it's a great pleasure to hear from you and to get such lovely comments from a fellow writer! Thank you so much. And I'm the one that's honoured by you following me - thank you!

I'm so sorry to hear that you are suffering from this very painful condition. I'm glad as well that you have your PC and more importantly that you're on Hub Pages! you have a wonderful talent for writing and humour!

I do agree that The Creator has love for all his animals as well as man. And I've had so many dogs that it's wonderful to know that I will see them again. I'm a dog person, but cats are wonderful and beautiful creatures! If you have the time, look up a Hubber called 'Lucky Cats' - if you haven't already - her hubs on her rescued cats, kittens, dogs and puppies are awesome and she is such an inspiration to everyone of us who love animals.

Many thanks again Kenneth for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I look forward to reading more of your own work soon. Take care!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Greetings in Peace, seeker7, DEAR friend, YOU are most welcome. Anytime, but all I did was tell the truth to you. You are an amazing talent. I LOVE your writing style. LuckyCats is one of my followers and I have talked to her and she does a great work. Us animal lovers need to band together to combat animal abuse, yes? Seeker, I do appreciate YOUR comments on my hubs and here also. Keep in touch and do not forget me. Peace! Kenneth


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Kenneth!

Thank you so much - again- for your lovely comment. I'm glad that you know Lucky Cats! And I agree 100%, all animal lovers should keep together as a community to ensure the safety and upkeep of all our animals.

I promise I won't forget you and I look forward to reading more of your work soon. Take care!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, Seeker7, I love your title, by the way. Wish I had used a catchy title instead of my country rube name. Thanks for that. Not forgetting me. I believe that all hubwriters should form their own community--sharing ideas, tips, things that would help, through our hubs, to make our world a better place for us, and the animals we love. And I will be around if you should ever need me. God bless you, Seeker. Warmest regards, Kenneth


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hey Kenneth! Glad that you like the name! It probably reflects the fact that I can never sit on my backside for two minutes without getting up and delving into something else!!!LOL! Whereas people who have their own names, I bet are the sensible ones!

I agree, I think as writers and animal lovers we are in a unique position to get our message across for the good of this old planet and all who live on her.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Seeker7, I agree with you 100%! We have that responsibility for our animal friends. And I only wish I were as energetic as you. Have a wonderful day where you live. I envy you so much for living in Scotland. Such a beautiful place. I wish I had the money to travel there someday. But in the meantime, I have my dreams. Thank you so much for being my friend. Warm regards, Kenneth


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bac2basics 4 years ago from Spain

Hi Seeker7. What a fantastic hub.The poem at the beginning made me cry it is so lovely.Animlas do live on in spirit. Many mediums can hear dogs barking and cats meowing when they are in contact with someone in spirit. And I saw my cat after he died. He used to lie just to the side of the door leading from the living room into the dining room. There was radiator there so it was a nice warm spot for him during the winter. One day after he died I was heading for the kitchen and had to go through the dining room from the lounge to get there. As I stepped into the dining room I saw "Chibbey" clear as day in his favourite spot He was so real I actually tripped trying to step over him. When I recovered my balance and turned to look again he had gone.This was no case of my mind playing tricks on me either.He was there sure as eggs are eggs.Thanks for another lovely hub. Take care.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi bac2basics - many thanks for stopping by and glad that you enjoyed the hub!

What a beautiful story about your cat Chibbey! I agree with you and the mediums about animals in the spirit world. I think there are just as many animal spirits as there are people. But the most comforting thought is that we will see our beloved pets again - and that does make me very happy indeed!


WhiteKatsu 4 years ago

I want to thank you for this. I've been reading up on animal spirits since my ball python died Sunday night. I wanted to see if there were stories of snake spirits, and you've provided examples for me, thank you.

While I don't feel Gucci (named because she liked trying to be a necklace, climbing on my glasses, and generally coiling up in pretty designs) I do smell her. Today is my third day without her, yet I can still randomly smell strong bursts of either a toasty almost graham cracker scent (that she had whenever she got ready to shed), or tuna, that no one is eating. (Just trust me in that she could produce the smell of tuna. I don't want to ruin the food for you.) Or I'll hear her moving in her now empty cage. (And I know it isn't my cornsnake, Carmi doesn't tap things. Gucci did.)

I'm grateful you took the time to catalogue stories about all sorts of animals, now I feel comforted.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi WhiteKatsu, what a lovely comment even although I'm sad about the loss of your pet! Snakes are very beautiful animals and I can understand people having great affection for them. Reptiles like any other animal - including us - have an aura and their energy is encapsulated within their physical shell, so when they die, all that happens is that their energy is released. You may find that as time passes you will not smell or hear your pet so much as she crosses fully over to her spiritual place, but having said that, they are still never that far away!

Many thanks again for taking the time to comment!


martinzerfas 4 years ago

Thanks for the thought provoking and information article. I decided that my cat Tucker's fight agains the inevitabilities of old age was no longer best for him a few nights ago. I want to make sure if he is existing on another plane that I am doing everything to let him know that I care for him and that he is not alone. Any suggestions?


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi martinzerfas,

Many thanks for stopping by and glad that you enjoyed the hub.

I'm sorry about the loss of your pet - it's the only down side about having them, is when they are at physical life end and have to move on.

Like any human spirit, animal spirits can hear voices and pick up moods. Basically all you have to do is to talk to him like you used to do. He will pick up on your energy and know that you do care the same as before. You may well feel him still around you for quite some time. Like human spirits, animals don't tend to move on until they sense that their human carer's mood has settled. When we are unhappy/sad, all spirits tend to linger around if they can until they know we are okay as well.

Hope this helps a bit!


myxavier222 3 years ago

HI!

I love the Hub! I lost my Sheppy on Oct,. 28, 2009. Liza was a rescue that I shared wonderful moments for 7 yrs. She was 10 1/2 when I had to put her down. That was the worse day of my life.

A few days later I heard her crying from the upper left corner of the ceiling in my bedroom. I saw her walk into my son's room. I saw her

lying on the couch.

My blender went off at 4:30 AM. Her blanket went missing and nrouever found it to this day, although I knew where I put it the day before! One snowy day I was watching TV around 8PM a golden jelly likeball came floating down from the left side of the ceiling to her box of ashes.

After 4 mo. I wanted to get another dog. I did get one. Her name is Shadow and I will have her 3 yrs this Feb. She will be 5. One day Shadow was looking out of the glass door and a loud growl came from Liza's ashes which I kept on the table just near that glass sliding door. I looked at Shadow and Shadow looked at Lizaa's box on the table. I knew I wasn't going crazy! Since then I have moved to another state. Sold the couch and

have not had any encounter with my beloved shepherd...only dreams.

To this day I have never found her blanket.


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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi myxavier222, many thanks for stopping by and sharing this wonderful story!

Yes, it's the only down-side about having our dogs, the day we have to part with them, at least for a while.

LOL!! I think your wonderful dog has taken her blanket with her into spirit! As in life, so it seems in spirit, they have their favourite things that they don't want to part with - I think especially when they are rescues, and I've had three now, they can have things that give them a kind of security and this sticks with them.

I think from what you are saying that she has definitely paid a visit to you. But she might still be around you. Within a period of time after the death all higher life forms, from what I hear, tend to stay close to their physical remains, and at this time, their spirit is much stronger and if we're lucky we'll have experiences such as you describe. Once they move over properly to spirit it's not as easy for us to tune into them, but be rest assured, she isn't far away. The dream state is an easier way for them to stay in touch. Not all dreams of course, but you can usually tell the difference between an ordinary brain dream, and an experience that goes way beyond this.

I was laughing as well about her growling - I think she was just letting everyone know that she is still around and still belongs with you all! What a wonderful dog she still is and I think she has accepted Shadow very well. If that hadn't been the case I think your present dog would have been too uncomfortable to settle well.

What a beautiful story and thank you so much for sharing it with us.


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Solaras 3 years ago

Voted thumbs up and interesting - too bad they don't have a comforting button too - I still miss some of my pets very deeply.


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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Solaras, many thanks for stopping by and glad that you enjoyed the hub. I agree, I wish also that there was a 'comforting button'. I lost my first dog about 24 years ago and a few since then, and I still miss every one of them! I look forward to the day when I will be able to see them all!


Michel23 3 years ago

Hi Seeker7, well my english is not very good, i speek french, but here i go... three months ago, we had to put to sleep my 14 old female cat. She always slept with me every night and i had a huge respect for my cat. My cat was a little special, because when i was hurt or injured, she came most of the time kneading straight where i was hurt and help kill the pain. I remember her killing a very strong headache, bad touthache pain and other small injurys.

My wife followed her death in the next days with reiki and saw our loved cat to some sort of heaven of cats three days later, and she saw our cat with many, many cats at that place. Since then, my cat return to me every night when i go to sleep, and continue her good work of kneading somewere on my body if i am hurt. Look like she travel back and forth from my house to the cat's paradise. I can't see her, but i can feel her touching me and walking in the bed. When i go to bed, i ear always the same crack sound from my roof and 15 seconds later my dead cat is in my bed. In the first two month, the cat was unable to touch me directly and used the pillow or the blankets to make contact, but now, she can do it without going throught that material. Look like she occasionaly brought friends cats with her, because one rainy night, there was my cat and two other in my bed, all three kneading me. I dont even have to be in semi-sleep, to feel its precense. I hope i explained well and feel free to modify my text to be more clear.


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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Michel23, many thanks for stopping by and also for sharing your wonderful story! Your English is very good and I understood everything you said.

There are theories that when animals pass on, they do go into a spirit realm that is specific to that type of animal - so a cat would go to 'cat spirit realm' and a dog to 'dog spirit realm' and so on. However, because everything is energy, they are also free to move around into other spheres of energy. Therefore what your wife experienced is very interesting because it resembles what many people have reported seeing as well.

What a wonderful experience to have with your dead cat and it seems that it is learning more and more on how to use the energy to get near to you. Thank you so much for sharing this.


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auspicious12day 3 years ago

Wow...there are a lot of pet loves here....I had many dreams about my deceased pets, and don't doubt for a moment that they are not real. I could actually feel their bodies when I petted them. Thank you for your great Hub...


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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi auspicious12day, many thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the hub. Like you, many encounters with my deceased pets was through dreams, but these 'dreams' were totally different to the usual nightly sensless ones. I can't prove it of course, but I just know I had met them, it was a lovely feeling.


Tesssboy 3 years ago

My 6 1/2 yr old cat Toby died in his sleep earlier this month. A few days after his death, I saw him in solid form sitting not far from where I was sitting in our livingroom. Last week while lying in bed watching TV, I saw his transparent form, jump over me as I watched tv. Now, I feel him every night on the foot of the bed walking around and settling down...all like he use to do when he was alive.

When my sweet boy was alive, he slept with me every night and would wake me up sometimes throughout the night to rub his head. Needless to say I obliged, even if just for a minute or two and we both went off to sleep again. Then I got married and Toby continued to sleep with us but not as often as when it was just he and I. He loved my husband they became best buds…the hubby would play with Toby all the time, feed him and also give him treats. He even started talking to him like I did. Toby understood everything I said to him. He learned to sit and wait to be fed, he understood words like “lie down, time for bed, want to go on the balcony, come here, go, do you want a snack, are you ready to eat, wait, and No. I would tell him all the time how much mommy loves him and how he was such a good boy…the best cat ever and how handsome he was…that he was my sweet boy. Toby was my baby and I loved him dearly. Everyone who knew me…knew about Toby as well. They all understood that he meant the world to me and oftentimes I’d get teased for spoiling him.

The night he died, there were no warnings. It was a regular night, we all were turning in. I sprayed a little cat nip on his bed so he would at least stay when I put him down. I held him and told him he was going to sleep in his bed that night and put him down. Of course he hopped off and went into the livingroom but I knew as per usual he would be back in a few minutes jumping up on the bed snuggling either next to me or daddy. That night he slept next to my husband. I woke up to use the bathroom. I checked Toby’s bed to see whether he was there but he was lying next to my husband in his usual position…stretched out on his back with his paws near his face. I checked the time it was 2:22AM. My husband woke and asked for the time… He later informed me he too had to use the bathroom but didn’t want to disturb Toby’s sleep until he couldn’t hold it any longer. So when he tried to get up, Toby didn’t move/stir. He tried again, no response. I’m a light sleeper, my husband said “Toby’s dead”… I jumped up and told him to stop playing…he looked me in my eyes and said “Toby’s dead”. I got up and looked at my baby waiting for his body to breathe …then I touched him, he was hard and I just lost it! I cried so hard that my husband thought I would have an asthma attack. I probably woke the neighbors too with my sobs.

We later had my sweet boy cremated. I’ve not buried his ashes as we live in a rental. My husband suggested sprinkling them in a nearby park’s waterfall. I can’t see doing that as Toby was a house cat. But now that his spirit is in the apartment and we’re scheduled to move come April, I need to do something. I can’t leave him there alone. At first when I felt him walking on the bed, it terrified me. It’s still unsettling but as the days/nights collect and I know it’s him…not too scary. This morning, I felt him walking next to my side either to wake me up or to snuggle like he use to do in the mornings. I want my baby to rest…to go be with God until mommy or daddy comes. It breaks my heart his spirit is lingering so it makes me wonder have I done this to him by missing him so much…did he feel my brokenheart at his passing? Feeling guilty that I’d not picked up that he could have been sick which is why he died seemingly suddenly? Everyone tells me that he was a blessed cat, that he had the best life and mom ever…that Toby lived better than a lot of humans. When we move, will his spirit follow us or will he be stuck in the apt? This is causing a new wave of hurt in my heart for my baby…can’t imagine leaving his spirit to linger in an empty apartment.


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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Tessboy,

Firstly many thanks for sharing such a beautiful story even although it's sad to loose a beloved pet. And please be rest assured that Toby is not stuck in between worlds, it seems like he's just in transition. In addition, like people, because he went so quickly, quietly and in no pain, he probably didn't realise for a while that he had actually passed on, so he's needing a little time to adjust. But don't worry, he will be fine. If you are worried at all about Toby not crossing over properly then there are numerous prayers and simple rituals - you can find these online or in book form - that can help your pet to make the transition fully into spirit.

Lastly, you mention about if Toby will follow you? Toby will know wherever you are since the spiritual connection is through the mind rather than a physical attachment. Therefore, if he does come back to visit once he has fully crossed, he can do so through the mind-spirit connection no matter what part of the country you move to.

I hope this helps a bit and many thanks again for sharing this wonderful story about your beautiful 'boy' Toby.


Kawwie 21 months ago

I just have to share this SUPER FREAKY occurrence in our home. Our 13 y.o. cat, Chewy, went out yesterday at noon. I never let him back in. By the time my husband got home from work, I was really on edge. It is so cold here, I wanted him in for the night. We could never find him and kept calling him FROM THE FRONT AND BACK DOORS. NO CHEWY! At 7:30 PM he comes walking down the hall. I called Larry that he was in and Larry came in to see him. He was already walking back into the bedroom. Larry went there, turned on the light, and began calling him. He came out to get his flashlight and went back. I heard him calling him (Chewy ALWAYS comes when called). Larry came out to the living room and asked, "WE BOTH JUST DID SEE HIM, DIDN'T WE?" I said definitely! No Chewy could be found. Our other cat was crawling around going from one hiding spot to another (not like her at all)! At midnight, I heard him 'hacking up a fur ball'. I turned the light on. There was Chewy crouched on the bedroom floor. Smokey was tiptoeing up behind him then took off like hell was on her tail by him. I closed my eyes from the light - and when I opened them (just a second), he had disappeared. This morning NO CHEWY waiting for his breakfast. WAS HE JUST HERE TO SAY 'GOODBYE'?


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Seeker7 21 months ago from Fife, Scotland Author

Hi Kawwie - apologies for taking so long to reply to you. What a fascinating story about your cat Chewy, and yes it does seem like he was saying goodbye and may stick around for a little while yet. Many thanks for sharing this wonderful story!!!

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