The Extraordinary Senses of Animals
By Michelle Liew Tsui-Lin
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Do you think that animals are psychic?
A True Story
I begin this write with a personal story about my terriers, Misty and Cloudy.
I recall researching for an article I was writing about the paranormal, specifically haunted homes.
One of the haunted houses I researched was that owned by demonologist Lorraine Warren. She came to my attention after I watched The Conjuring, a film based on the lives of a family in Rhode Island she helped to save from a witch, Bethsheba.
As some may know, Ms Warren has, as part of her home, an occult museum. I listed it as a home in my article.
Rumor has it that the museum has a deathly aura, owing to the jinxed objects she collected from possessed houses, that some have died tragically in it.
As I surfed her website for more information on the museum, I felt a sense of heaviness.
Further, Misty and Cloudy abruptly turned, faced one of the walls in my study and started barking.
They barked, a little too aggressively.
It took me a mere two seconds to turn my browser off. As you can imagine, I was completely shaken for the rest of the day.
Both dogs were clearly discomfited and sensed that not all was well. The episode hinted, rather disturbingly, at the extraordinary perceptions of animals. It leaves us with lingering questions about these unusual abilities.
1. Why it is possible for animals to be psychic
It is possible, if not probable, that animals are more perceptive than we think they are. They seem to have an extra seeing eye for the following reasons.
a. Ability to Sense The Supernatural
Firstly, animals are apparently able to sense forces beyond our understanding. As with the incident involving my terriers, animals apparently have an uncanny knack of sensing forces from beyond.
A relative of mine, looking to buy a home, brought her beagle along with her for a house viewing. When the viewing party stopped at a particular bedroom, the beagle refused to enter.
My relative later discovered that the room once belonged to the elderly father of the owner who had passed away within. According to her, the little beagle could sense his presence and somehow felt uncomfortable.
b) Animal after death communication
It is also well-documented that animals can sense spirits and apparitions when the death of their master is near.
President Abraham Lincoln’s dog apparently started howling and running throughout the White House before Thomas Wilkes Booth assassinated him.
On a personal note, Romeo, my aged pet Samoyed we had to find another home for as we were moving, died a few mere hours after his new master, an elderly gentleman, passed away.
Butterflies are, to many, a symbol of reincarnation. When my husband’s grandmother passed away, my family spotted a beautiful monarch butterfly flying around her coffin. It flew to a wall and stayed there until the pall bearers lifted the coffin and brought it to the crematorium. Apparently, it was my husband’s grandmother’s spirit seeking to connect with her family after her death.
c) Animals predicting the weather
Another piece of evidence implying that animals have psychic ability is that they somehow can predict the weather. If a dog runs under a table, a thunderstorm is about to come.
If cats lick themselves, it tells us that fair weather is coming.
d) Other abilities
Animals are extraordinarily perceptive in other ways. Dr. Rupert Drake, the author of Dogs that Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, believes that animals have abilities that humans may have possessed at one time but somehow lost over the years. He discusses these in his book.
One of these unusual abilities is telepathy. We understand it the inexplicable connection animals have with their owners. Sheldrake shares this remarkable story in his book.
There is the story of cat in Switzerland that seems to know when its master was calling. The master often went to work for a friend in Aargau. Before its master called, he would sit restlessly by the phone. She would also sit outside the front door thirty minutes before he arrived. Though this happened at irregular times, the cat sensed where her master was and what he would do afterward.
ii) The sense of direction
Another uncanny animal ability is a perfect sense of direction. We are familiar with stories of how pets make long journeys to reunite with their families. Sheldrake shares some of these stories in his book.
One is of a dog named Sultan. His master’s father-in-law was suddenly taken ill and taken to the county hospital. A few days later, he died. The family buried him in the local graveyard, five kilometres from their home.
After the burial, Sultan was not seen for days. He walked five kilometres, found his way to the specific grave and slept there, in an apparent show of mourning and respect.
Lastly, Sheldrake reminds readers that animals have the unusual ability to tell when unforeseen events are about to occur. Evidence lies in dog handler’s ability to train dogs to help owners who have seizures. These animals have an unusual knack of knowing when these are about to occur. They warn their owners of it beforehand.
2. Superstitions Surrounding Pets
Superstitions that surround animals could point to their unusual ability to foretell undesirable events to come. Though these may be folklore, they may show that animals possibly make psychic connections, or are at least more in tune with their instincts.
The first of these superstitions is howling. According to folklore, if a dog howled beside a baby’s bed he would have an unhappy life. If it howled outside the house would mean that the owners themselves would meet an unhappy fate.
The next Irish superstition also concerns dogs. It states that if a dog digs up someone’s garden, it foretells pending illness of death.
c) A dog’s sleeping posture
A dog’s sleeping posture is foreboding too. If it sleeps with its tail straight out behind it and with upturned paws, bad news is coming.
e) A black and white dog
Animals point at good fortune as well. If a black and white dog was to cross your path, the business you engage in would be successful.
f) Being followed by a strange dog
And then, if a strange dog follows you, it is a sign of good luck.
3. Stories About Psychic Behavior
A few owners share their stories of their pets’ astounding ability to foretell incidents or make unusual mental connections.
1. Ginny the dog
Ginny’s owner, who stays unnamed, shares that her dog has can tell exactly when she is about to take it for a walk without any cues from her. She claims that her thinking about it is enough to get the dog to start barking joyfully.
To make it impossible for the dog to pick up signals from herself, she left the dog in the garden behind closed windows and doors. Without any movement or cue from her, he behaves crazily out or delight and expectation.
2. Bo the Cat
T, the owner of Bo the cat, shares that she once stayed with friends to save on transport costs. Her friends told her that Bo knew when she was about to come home and would, a few minutes before her arrival, wait at the window.
What was odd is that she did not come home from work at the same time every day. She often worked extra hours at the office and these varied considerably. T did not accustom her cat to any particular time.
3. Toby the Dog
An owner shares her experience with Toby, her little dog. Toby once prevented her from going out the door. The usually reticent dog pushed, blocked and leaned on the door to prevent her from going out. Frustrated with the behavior, she locked Toby in the kitchen.
She was, an hour later, involved in a horrific accident that involved a fractured neck and right arm.
4. Cats expressing displeasure at their owner’s choice of partners
Owner Susan shares that her cats tell her what they think of her cheating husband. When her husband was having an affair, they shifted their sleeping positions to sleep around her.
They also deliberately slept on his chest, which he hated intensely. They also started peeing in his shoes.
A huge thank you to those who answered the question “Do you believe that animals are psychic”?
Whether animals can make psychic connections stays debatable. However, most agree that animals are, at least, more in tune with their instincts than we are.
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