Anyone who has ever loved an animal will know that there hides far more behind those soulful eyes than a lot of people realize. I’ve been lucky enough to share my life with many a four legged, furry, or feathered angel and each one has brought something unique to my life in his or her unique way.
Raven lived with us since her birth, she was born here and raised here, and had four beautiful years as part of our family. Two nights ago, she was taken to the other side very unexpectedly and very suddenly. She’s not the first ‘fur child’ we’ve had to give back to heaven, but she held a very special place in my heart and having lost her really made me ponder the afterlife and what it is that happens to our beloved pets when they cross over.
Animals have Souls
I remember a puppy we lost when I was around 9 years of age. He was only with us for about 3 months but we loved that little guy so much. I was in church one Sunday and it occurred to me that I didn’t know whether he would be in Heaven or not, so I asked. I was told that animals do not have souls and therefore they cannot go to heaven. That was devastating news, and since then I intuitively felt that that could not really be the way things were. Why would a Higher power create such beautiful and loving beings and not give them souls?
Since then, I’ve learned that animals have souls, they connect with us every bit as much as we do with them. I have had numerous experiences that showed me beloved pets were still watching over me from the other side or guarding me in Spirit. We lost a beautiful boerboel pup, Bella, at the age of five months. We had to hand rear her from about 9 days old as her mother was unable to take care of her, so she really was our ‘baby’. After her passing I woke one night to the sound of a largeish dog trotting down the corridor towards our bedroom. I immediately sensed that it was her, and knew that she wanted me to know she was there.
Confirmation from Spirit
I’ve also been shown animals in spirit form by my Father shortly after his passing. I do not work as a medium professionally but have been able to connect on occasion and often receive messages from departed loved ones in my sleep. He showed me something similar to a candle flame but much brighter. He also told me that our pets were with him and he referred to a dog my Mother and him owned just before I was born, which just confirms that the ties of love are never broken, not even when a fur child crosses over.
I’ve had signs and have sensed Raven with us since her passing, and she’s as sweet and as gentle as ever. I was working on a painting in the garage when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a large dog trotting towards me. My first instinct was to reach behind me and I almost said “Hello little Raven”, when I looked behind me and realized it was Odey. In that moment, I still felt Raven with me and I know that she’s watching over us even now. It still difficult seeing Odey and Elsa on their own and instinctively I almost expect Raven to join them, but I know she’s still with us, and them, in spirit.
On the occasions when I miss her too much, all I need to do is go outside. Elsa and Odey are waiting, more often than not, ready to comfort and to lick away the tears. I have realized that each and every pet we own or ‘fur child’ we bring into our lives is really on loan from the other side or heaven, and sooner or later they have to return, but the time we get to spend with them is a blessing and each and every day is worth being grateful for.