Following on from yesterday’s post about how end of life healing can help animals I thought I would share with you a heartwarming experience that I had back last winter.
The day was cold, crisp with a bright blue, cloudless, sky and I decided to walk my dogs in the local woodland. There was dusting of frost on the remaining leaves, it was as if everything had been dusted with diamonds. We had been walking for about an hour and were making our way back to the car when I saw two men and a dog walking towards me. The men were dressed in tweed style country clothing one was wearing a flat cap and the other had a long wooden staff, they were deep in conversation. Beside the man with the staff walked a Black Labrador who was looking right up into the man’s face as he talked. I payed attention to this dog, as I do any other, partly because I just love dogs and would not wish to waste an opportunity to see one or even better interact with one! The other reason is to check the approaching dog’s body language to make sure it will be sociable with my own. However, this particular dog only had eyes for his human, it warmed my heart to see such an obvious display of love and devotion. Yes I did use the ‘L word’. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind, having worked with these animals for over two decades, that dogs feel love and what makes them such special creatures is that they love without condition. Humans could learn a great deal from our canine companions!
I continued to watch and admire the beauty of the dog, but as they approached the dog began to fade. The closer they got to me the more translucent the dog was, until when they were around 10 feet from me he disappeared completely and it was at this moment that I realised the dog was still taking walks with his friend from spirit. I was flabbergasted!
This was the first such happening for me (although I had seen and felt my own dogs who have passed on occasion) and it gave me goosebumps from head to toe. Those love bonds were allowing the dog to be with his companion for what was, probably, the thing that he enjoyed most during his lifetime in the physical word. Since then I have been able to see / feel other animals that have passed away, but still have that loving bond with their owners, not just horses, dogs and cats, but a rabbit too. It is very comforting and I feel very privileged to have had these experiences.
I think this poem sums it up beautifully.
I have not gone
You think I’ve gone, that I am dead, and life has lost its will,
But look around, I am right there, living with you still
I watch your tears, I feel your pain – I see the things you do
I weep as well, each time you cry, my soul, it lives with you
It gives such joy to hear you laugh, and do the things you do
And when you smile o’er by gone days, I smile right with you too
For we’re still one, just you and me, one mind, one soul, one being
Walking forward into life, though only you are seen
And in the stillness of the night, when the pain it really starts
Stretch out a little with your mind and draw me to your heart
For I am always right in there, always by your side
For you have been, all my life’s days, my joy, my love my pride.