|Originally published 4/29/11|
But what if you hear the sounds and there’s no Rover?
Three years ago a combination of old age and chronic bronchitis caused our dear old pug, Scooby, to pass on. It wasn’t unexpected, but I was devastated just the same. A couple nights later, I found myself awakened by the sound of canine claws on the linoleum. The sound proceeded up the hallway at a slow, waddling pace, accompanied by the jingle of tags. Thinking that my remaining pug, Fiona, needed to go out, I sat up – but discovered she was snoring beside me! All was quiet once more and I thought I’d dreamed the incident.
Stories abound of departed pets visiting the people they were close to in life. A ghostly experience with one of her own cats caused Dusty Rainbolt of Lewisville, Texas to write a book “Ghost Cats: Human Encounters with Feline Spirits”. A month after her cat, Maynard, passed on, the woman felt something jump up onto the bed, walk across the blankets and settle at her feet. “I could feel the pressure,” recalls Rainbolt. “It was truly haunting but not in a bad sense. I was away from home when he died and I think he came back to say goodbye.”
So can animals really become ghosts? If we accept that humans can linger in another form after death, then it follows that animals can too. Some argue that animals do not have souls (obviously these folks are not pet owners), but it’s much more likely that animals possess the very same energy that we do. And, as with us, this energy is not extinguished by physical death – physics tells us plainly that energy can’t be destroyed, only transformed to another state.
There are almost as many motives for animals to “haunt” a place as for humans to do so. The most powerful reason would be emotional attachment – there’s no denying that our animals often love us as much as we love them. Intense trauma can also cause a spirit to linger, and this would be true for any creature, not just our species. And then there are some ghosts who seem to hang around either because they don’t realize they’re dead or they just prefer to stay in familiar surroundings. Again, this could occur in animals as easily as in humans. All of these are referred to as intelligent hauntings.
Former Civil War battlefields and camps are among the most haunted places in the country, the source of countless apparitions both human and animal. For instance, a Civil War re-enactor was surprised to discover a riderless horse standing a few feet behind him – but his company had no horses. The sound of many phantom horses snorting and pawing the ground has often been reported around Cashtown Inn in Pennsylvania, an area where Confederate soldiers stayed prior to the battle of Gettysburg.
What if the pet owner is a ghost too? The Hotel Vendome in Prescott, Arizona has long been considered haunted, with numberless sightings of ghosts in and around the building. Among the “regulars” is Abby Byr, a woman who once owned the hotel before falling on hard times. And keeping her company is her cat, Noble. The pair have been spotted in and around Room 16 by guests and staff for decades. It’s become a tradition to bring gifts for Abby and Noble when staying in the hotel!
|This little guy reminds me of my|
dear old pug, Scooby, who shared
my life for 14 and a half years.
CONGRATS TO THERESA N.
Leave me a comment about pets -- tell me a memory you have about your own or somebody else's pet. Don't forget to include an email address so I can contact you if you win. On March 9th, I'll draw a name at random from the comments. Winner will receive this adorable little Webkinz Pug! (NOTE - NO DONATION IS REQUIRED TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY)
Want a second chance? There's ANOTHER Webkinz Pug up for grabs over on the Bitten By Paranormal Romance site starting March 5th. Yup, my executive secretary, Fiona the Pug, is blogging over there on March 5th. Check it out and enter her giveaway too!
The following event is now CLOSED: BLOGGERS HELP "PAWS WITH A CAUSE"Hosted by Bitten by Paranormal Romance and Romance Book Junkies
We have a total of 58 blogs that have gotten together to help raise money for this amazing organization (See the Linky List below).
By making a donation to Paws With A Cause® you become eligible for one of the following 4 awesome prizes:
2 - $65 gift certificates to any online book store.
2 - huge boxes of books and swag from Romance Book Junkies and Bitten by Paranormal Romance (for US residents only).
The real winners are the clients of PAWS WITH A CAUSE. Clients pay no fee to apply for or to receive their much-needed Assistance Dogs from PAWS. But the sponsorship to train and place a PAWS Assistance Dogs is about $30,000 --- so donations are critical to this program!
Here is a little about the organization that we are raising the money for:
|Photo from PAWS website - www.pawswithacause.org|
What is "PAWS WITH A CAUSE"?
Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs.
PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy. Founded in 1979, Paws With A Cause is dedicated to helping its clients who are challenged by many disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorders, and Hearing Disorders to name just some.
Each of our dogs are trained to meet the specific needs of our clients. Tasks may include opening and closing doors, picking up objects, pulling a wheelchair, turning lights on and off, and alerting a person to particular sounds like a telephone, doorbell, smoke detector and many others. Our dogs change lives by enhancing the independence of our clients.
By just opening a door, a dog opens up the world for a person with a disability and your donations will go to making that happen. PAWS thanks you so much for your donation and allowing us to open more doors.
THIS EVENT IS NOW OVER - Winners of the Grand Prizes will be announced soon.
By the way, this event raised over $850
for Paws With a Cause!