I have to share this with you because every once in a while the animals will blow my mind with the messages they share.
Dee contacted me after she read my book, The Amazing Afterlife of Animals, as she was still grieving the loss of her two-year-old lab Duke who died tragically young from bloat. Sadly, Duke was alone at a boarding facility when he passed and Dee felt guilty for not being there to help him.
Duke’s energy came through happy as ever and chatting away about something with a leopard print on it.
Dee was shocked! She was sitting on her bed during our phone call next to a leopard print blanket!
Next to the bed was Duke’s toy duck that also had leopard print
and her bathrobe which was hanging on the bedpost was…(take a guess)...leopard print!
“You provided so much comfort to me relaying information from my sweet boy, Duke. I have been riddled with guilt but you have given me a breath of fresh air finally in the midst of this! You have a true gift and a blessing from God and I am so thankful I was led to you! I do believe it was divine intervention or as you said, Duke led you to me. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You have the sweetest, kindest personality and are truly blessed with the most wonderful gifts! I am so glad and grateful to have you now as a dear friend!”
I’m just the messenger in this lifetime so I make sure I share everything that comes through because I never know what is going to be that one message that you need to hear from your beloved pet.
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I can relate to Dee’s seemingly insignificant messages.
I have been a client of Karen for 10 years and been through quite a few with my boys, Captain, Doobie, and Cash.
Little things like one session with my Doobs, he saw a little angel statue on my nightstand, Cash watching me
pull weeds in my back yard, changing out water lines in my house and I can go on and on about my boys, they are always around and knowing that they are always near is how I cope with their passing.
And what really is awesome are the signs Cash has given me, which are truly amazing, something that I would have never believed until it happened to me. If it wasn’t for Karen, none of this would have been possible. Karen truly is a Godsend and I will forever be grateful for what she has done for me with my boys, which I miss dearly.
She will always have a place in my heart.
Not to mention what Captain brought me, my Cash and my Doobs brought Takoda and feel very blessed for all that has happened.
Hi Karen, I just lost my dearly loved Bichon Junior suddenly. The shock of it has left me devastated. I was so powerfully connected to him. I’ve had many other pets cats and dogs but my connection with him was beyond the most special. He was by my side through many dark times and I felt his love so strongly while he was with me that I’m left lost with a huge hole in my heart now.
I had been away in Italy visiting my husband who is deployed there and left my baby with my loving sister whom he adored. Junior was 13 1/2 and had Addisons disease so he suffered with stress issues more then the average animal would. My sister felt like he wasn’t himself while I was gone. When I returned we discussed what appeared to be a breathing problem with him. I took him home to observe to see if maybe it was just stress from missing me.
Through the course of the week he was still having the issues but his energy level seemed normal and he was eating and behaving like himself but my concerned was growing. So I was looking for him to give me the signs that he needed to go to the vet. Every time I’d be certain he would revert back to his loving happy self until Friday. He woke me up at 3 am and my first thought was its time I prepared to put him in the car and take him right then but he fooled me again.
He got up out of the grass when he saw his leash and indicated to me he wanted a walk. There I was walking him on his regular path at 3 am because that’s what he wanted with me not realizing he was taking me on our last walk together. When I came home for lunch he gave me the sign it was time to get looked at and off we went to the ER. He walked into the examine room on his own with me thinking these folks will think I’m crazy he isn’t acting like a dog in an emergency situation. As the tech began to listen to his heart and breathing and ask me questions while he was laying next to me he let out a small mild grown and the tech scooped him up and said I have to take him now. She returned to the room 30 sec later to inform me his heart had stopped and did I want them to try and resuscitate him. In my shock I answered yes.
The doctor came back in to inform me they were able to bring him back BUT it was serious. He had fluid around his heart which was probably from cancer and there may not be much they could do given his condition and his age and that the best thing was to give him peace. I had my husband on video from Italy this whole time and we made the decision together.
After I said my goodbyes and took the lonely journey home the pain unbearable I spend some time feeling so sad that in that last moment when his heart stopped wasn’t there with him because that women stole him away to try and save his life. I’ve been speaking of my strong desire for him to send me a strong sign that he knew I loved him into the beyond and I never wanted it to be that way. Wanted him in my arms feeling safe and I failed him. I need his forgiveness.
My husband was alone in Italy with his grief and feeling helpless and disconnected. The following morning we were crying and speaking on the phone when he jumped up alarmed because outside his balcony door sitting there staring at him was a CAT. My husband is not a cat person so he was a little freaked out. The both of us were trying to figure out how the cat could have wound up on his balcony as the path to get up there was nearly impossible. He didn’t want to let the cat in, I said Tommy thats a sign from Junior thats a spirit animal let it in. So he did and the cat let out a meow, ran under his bed and then over to the interior door so my husband opened the door and walked up to the 3rd floor with the cat following him. It had a collar on and he believed it belonged to the folks in the apartment above him but he was miffed by how the cat got onto the deck and why Junior would send a cat to give him a sign. I said because he knew you didn’t like cats and that was the only sign you’d pay attention to.
I believe now that it is exactly correct and he knew my husband was alone and sad and he had to find a way to express his love and let him know he’s around.
Thank you for listening and making the grief a little less difficult.
Hi Karen – 48 hours ago I lost my beloved 14 year old Russian Blue, Chee Choo. I was/am still devastated, however I also feel great comfort. I apologize this is kind of a long story but I need to tell it.
Chee Choo was diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma exactly 3 years ago this month. The vet said it was very unusual that he lived this long but that goes to his incredible character. His weight loss became quite significant the last 3 weeks and this past Saturday his food intake dropped significantly. I took some time off from work and stayed with him all day Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. We stayed on my bed talking, reminiscing and sleeping and during this time he NEVER stopped purring. I knew he wasn’t in pain but he was worn out and ready.
During these four days I also devoured your book The Amazing Afterlife of Animals and I can’t thank you enough for bringing it into my life just when I needed it. By noon on Tuesday I knew it was time to send him on his journey so I booked the last appointment of the day. I scooped him up in his blanket and put him on the passenger seat. It was a beautiful sunny day and he shone in the light. During the 2 miles to the vet’s office he never moved a muscle but instead just stared up at me with absolute love. I also want to note here that we drove through the local cemetery on the way and I told him there would be a lots of souls to greet him.
This is where it gets really cool. On Monday night I opened a box of memorabilia looking for some pictures of him (and his brother who passed 4 years ago) but what I found instead was a 1972 black and white 8×10 photo my parents in a wonderful, smiling embrace. I hadn’t looked at that picture in years. Both parents passed long ago and never knew my pets. On the morning after his departure (Wednesday) – the very, very first thing I read on my phone was your Lesson #3 – The Tools I Use and it said this: “Did you know that when your pets are ready to leave this Earth your departed human loved ones gather to greet them? They are part of your soul group and even though they may not know each other in life, they are together in the Afterlife.” That was incredible to read. I did not find that picture by accident.
And then last night (also Wednesday) I hung up the phone with my brother and inadvertently hit my play list and this song called SHOTGUN by George Ezra started playing: I haven’t listened to this song in months and it blew my mind – here’s a snippet of the lyrics:
Homegrown alligator, see you later
Gotta hit the road, gotta hit the road
The sun is changed in the atmosphere
I can get used to this
Time flies by in the yellow and green
Stick around and you’ll see what I mean
There’s a mountaintop that I’m dreaming of
If you need me you know where I’ll be
I’ll be riding shotgun underneath the hot sun
Feeling like a someone
I’ll be riding shotgun underneath the hot sun
Feeling like a someone
My baby is with me and although I’m grieving my heart is full.
Thank you Karen for opening this wonderful gift to me.
I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine how difficult this must be for you. I love your story about the photo, the song, and the beautiful connection you have with your boy, Chee Choo. They take a piece of our hearts with them when they go. One day, you will once again be reunited and your heart will once again be complete.