We love our pets just like people. They are forgiving, unconditionally loving and unfortunately, have a shorter lifespan.
What happens when they die? Do they cross over to the other side right away? Do pet spirits come back to see us? Will they be there to greet us when we die? And what about the question of reincarnation and past lives?
I remember reading about a woman who was in the hospital waiting to die. Her cat had passed into spirit already. Every night this woman would dream of her cat running toward her. As she got closer and closer to death, her cat would run closer and closer toward her in her dream.
The night before she died, the cat finally reached her. I am certain the spirit of her cat came to take her home — help her cross into the light.
Unlike people, animals do not have emotional baggage or earthly attachments that keep them stuck. They cross into the light right away.
When my cat Miso needed to be put down, I asked my mom to come take her across. Within seconds after she died, her spirit jumped right into my mom’s arms, and they left.
Since then, Miso has visited frequently. Although Miso is in spirit, my cat in the living, Chowder, does not always like it when she comes around. He always did like being number one!
Don’t worry — you don’t need to ask for anyone to come to cross your pet over. I’ve seen angels appear at the time. Just as we never transition alone, neither do our beloved animal companions.
If you want to have contact with your pet’s spirits, there are a few things you can do.
1. Ask them to come around more often.
2. Ask them to visit you in your dreams.
3. Create a sacred space in your mind (meditation) and ask their spirit to step in. Don’t worry if you have trouble visualizing. You can feel the space around you and wait for their presence.
Remember not to doubt. If you get a sense that your pet is around, they probably are.
One of my friends who is very connected to one of her dogs, asked me if her dog was with her in a past life. Yes it’s possible. We belong to what’s called a ‘Soul Group’.
A soul group is made of particular souls who tend to reincarnate together over and over. It’s very possible that pets are part of our soul group and that we have had other lives with them.
From what I understand, animals tend to come back as the same kind of animal — a cat to a cat, a dog to a dog. I’m not sure if they can (or want) to change forms — for example, a dog to a cat. If you have any thoughts on this, please let me know.
I know the day will come when I will be reunited with all of my family in spirit — both human and animal. Until that time, I’ll enjoy seeing and sensing them as they visit now, in spirit.