ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Religion and Philosophy»
  • Astrology & Metaphysics

Reincarnation as a Dog

Updated on April 10, 2011

Do you have a special kinship with your pet that sparks the question of whether it is the embodiment of a sprit you've known before?

I've had that experience. I was convinced that the very first dog I ever adopted was the reincarnation of my beloved grandfather coming back to watch over me. We were definitely meant to be together.

My bond with my grandfather is something that transcends death. Almost 20 years after his passing, I still feel his presence and spirit, and for a time, I was sure that he had come back and was living with me in the form of my cherished dog. After all, he always new that I loved and adored dogs.

Just two years after my grandfather passed, I walked into an animal shelter and was immediately smitten with a 1-year-old terrier mix named Mickey. At the time, all I was registering was how much he resembled Toto from the Wizard of Oz, my all time favorite movie, so it seemed all the more fitting that I should be his dog mom.

It wasn't until I got Mickey home and learned more about his personality that I began to feel that maybe he was more than just a dog -- more like an angel reincarnated as a dog to watch over me. My grandfather knew that the Wizard of Oz was an obsession for me, so naturally, it would make sense for him to reunite with me via a Toto look-alike.

What's more, given the courses of nature, I figured that two years was a reasonable period of time for my grandfather to find another body to inhabit. As is characteristic of terriers, Mickey was quite clever, persistently determined, and highly intelligent. Traits, interestingly enough, that I also used to attribute to my grandfather.

When I would look deep into Mickey's eyes, it was like I was looking into the soul of my grandfather, a kindred spirit that seemed to instinctively know, understand, and love me. Mickey was my constant and most precious companion during a solitary time when I was trying to establish myself. I never went anywhere without him, and everyone around me knew that spending time with me meant also having to tolerate my dog.

I was absolutely blessed to have Mickey in my life for 13 years, and he was extra special to me because of the connection to my grandfather. I treasured every minute with him. During our time together, I did my utmost best to provide well for him and keep him healthy and very happy. When the time came to put him down and say goodbye, the grief was doubled by the fact that on some level, I felt that I was saying farewell to my grandfather all over again.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)