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New Evidence Of Life After Life

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NEW EVIDENCE OF LIFE AFTER LIFE Collated by Dr. Michael W. Fox

I received several letters in the summer and fall of 2016 from readers of my syndicated newspaper column Animal Doctor following the publication of this account along with a photograph of the mysterious appearance of the deceased dog’s fur:

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DEAR DR. FOX: I want to thank you again for your help over the years with our German shepherd Markus’ health problems that eventually reached the point where we had to decide on euthanasia because he was suffering so much.

Many days after his departure, which we deeply mourned, we seem to have received a “sign” from him (photos attached). We are skeptical about things like this, but we found pieces of fur on the carpet runner last Thursday morning where Markus used to lie down before coming down the stairs lately.  This area had been previously cleaned and stepped on but the pieces of fur (obviously from an animal) have not been stepped on or scattered around this area.  They are really noticeable to the naked eye and are displayed in a certain way like a dog's paw.  One more detail: the whole runner has been covered with newspapers for the last 2-3 weeks.  Newspapers were removed after his departure and there was no sign of these pieces of fur at that time.  I decided to take pictures because nobody will believe me and perhaps think that I'm getting a little crazy.

I thought I would share this experience with you and hear your comments.  This is beyond our comprehension.
M.S., Washington, DC

DEAR M.S.: I was so saddened to hear from you about the necessary humane decision to euthanize Markus. 

I detail many instances of apparent after-life communications or manifestations by people’s beloved animals in my books Dog Body, Dog Mind and Cat Body, Cat Mind.  I would like to hear from other readers who have had comparable “visitations” which can be in various modalities such as seeing the animal’s form,  hearing the claws/paws on the floor, the jangle of tags on the collar, feeling the familiar touch of the animal and finding the animal’s fur around the house.  While grief and trace-memories of aspects of the living animal’s physical presence may trigger brief sensory hallucinations, there is evidence, as when two or more people in the home experience the same physical presence/sensation at the same moment that there is indeed more to life and death than we ever dreamed of!  I like the metaphysical statement that the spirit is not in the body, the body is in the spirit.

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 DEAR DR. FOX: Having just read your column about a deceased dog seeming to have left traces of fur on a cleaned and paper-covered carpet where he used to regularly lie I thought you might be interested in 2 cases where our dead dogs came back to visit us.
        Woodrow was a black Husky mix with a sweet and loving personality.  As he reached the age of 13 or so, he found it difficult to get up because of arthritis.  One had to gently pull him from the front to help him get to standing position.
        Our oldest daughter and her husband kept him for us while we went away for a few days.  Our son-in-law (who doesn’t like dogs in general) was impatient with Woodrow who was under the dining room table while they were eating.  He couldn’t get out on his own, and my son-in-law became impatient with him (even though the dog wasn’t begging for food).  Consequently, the dog was yelled at and pushed and shoved at his backside where he was in pain.  The dog bit him severely.  Given an ultimatum by our son-in-law, we had to put Woodrow down.  About 2 days later his smiling face (head only) showed up to both another daughter of ours and me while we were half asleep.  It was like he was letting us who loved him know that he was happy and OK.
        For years I thought maybe we both were just dreaming this until our next dog, a sheltie by the name of Alex came back to visit.  At about 15 years old, Alex, who also had the most loving personality—and arthritis—died while being boarded while we were on vacation.  I’d had a premonition about it happening, but still wasn’t prepared for it when it happened. About 3 days later we came back, picked up his ashes and a paw print mold that the vet had ready for us. The next night, I think it was, I heard his slow footsteps walking in to the kitchen and his drinking of water from the bowl we had for our other dog.  His chain was clanking the whole time against the bowl while he drank.  I thought it was our remaining dog; but he was sleeping on the sofa, curled up against my wife.  Then I heard Alex walking back into the room where the rest of us were.
        The same thing happened the next night.  While I felt he was showing his love for us in his former life with us, I told him how much we loved him and what a wonderful dog he was, but that in death he was supposed to be able to run and play and be without pain or any limitation—so if he saw that he was able to do that if he didn’t remain with us, he should know that we still loved him greatly, and that he didn’t have to stay with us. My wife also heard all of this. We never heard from him again.  Thanks for your work and your articles.

 R.C., Glenn Dale, MD.

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DEAR DR.FOX: I am a fan of yours, especially of your understanding and acknowledgement of our wonderful pets in the after -life.  I would like to share my experience.  

As a young girl, I had become very, very ill with pneumonia.  During the night, a "monk" in brown robes came to me as I found myself standing in my room looking at my body in the bed.  I felt beautifully calm and bathed in a very loving light.  I seemed to recognize him and knew that I was to go with him.  We began to travel very fast, there was a loud rushing sound of wind and the sensation of being in a soft, warm, tunnel as we moved rapidly.  We stepped from the tunnel to a place of which I was very familiar.  I not only saw deceased relatives but the place was filled with singing birds and animals of all kinds, especially dogs who greeted their owners.  Shortly, I was told that it was not my time to stay there permanently and was returned to my body on earth.  This was the most real experience I have ever had.  I know that I experienced it.  As a lifelong animal lover, the current owner of two dogs and a cat, I have been joyous ever since at the knowledge that animals have spirits and join us in the hereafter.

 

Please know that I am not a "kook," but am a practicing, respected licensed psychotherapist who raised two wonderful, very intelligent, successful, and well- adjusted daughters, and am in a happy 33 year marriage. 

Thank you for providing an accepting forum for me and others to share our wonderful experiences. 

J.A.P., LCSW, Naples FL.

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DEAR DR. FOX: Wanted to share my supernatural dog story with you. In truth I've had 2 spectral appearances --one human visual one, and this one which happened first. It was sometime between 2006-2008, can't recall which. I'd lost 2 dogs previously, 1 Scottie, one Westie, but at that time I had 2 more sleeping dogs in my room, again, one Scottie, Kira, and a Westie named Silby. My Mom had been ill and was asleep up the hall. I always kept my bedroom door slightly ajar so I could hear her if she needed me, but I never left it open wider than an inch as light disturbed me. Kira, however, had been known to open it the rest of the way as she liked to sleep on the bathroom tile.

Sometime about 1 a.m. I was awakened by the clickety-clack of little dog feet on the hardwood floor, heading toward my Mom's room. I didn't turn on the light at all but said "Come back in here which ever one of you is out there -- leave Mom alone.". I didn't want to risk her getting up in the night and falling over a dog that she didn't know was there. The steps stopped, so I assumed the dog had come back into my room which was carpeted. I fell back to sleep. Sometime later, I was again awakened by the same sound of doggie nails clicking up the hall. I sat up in bed, and turned on the light, furious that one of them had started up the hall again, only to discover both of the living dogs sound asleep in their beds. I was sure that what I'd heard was not a mouse, or some other creature, because mice scurry, they don't sound like dogs –never mind I hadn't seen a mouse in the house in years. I turned the light back out and smiled, grateful one of the deceased dogs was on patrol.

The second spectral event happened 10/2010, when I was wide awake, but that one involved the vision of my Mom who'd died in 2009, so I won't bother you with that.

J.J., University City MO

 

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DEAR DR. FOX: My husband and I have raised rescued chocolate and black labs. I read your recent article about signs from pets. Three years ago, we had to say, "Good bye" to our 17 yrs old chocolate lab, Snickers. While the vet sent her to heaven in our home, our 12 years old black lab, Pepper, sat by her side. That night, Pepper slept in Snicker's bed. During the night, we heard a scratching on the wall, a habit of Snicker's in her late years. Thinking that Pepper was taking up this habit, we went down to investigate. What we found was Pepper sound asleep, snoring. Pepper looked up at us as soon as all both heard the faintest of barks. Snickers was letting us know she was OK. 

Recently we had to say goodbye to Pepper. Bone cancer took her at 15. Again we had the vet come to the house and Cocoa, our 5 years old chocolate lab sat by Pepper's side. That night Cocoa and I were sitting on the couch next to Pepper's bed. We both heard a scratching sound near the bed. Cocoa jumped down to stare at the bed. She shook her head up and down when we both heard a soft bark. Cocoa then laid down in the bed and went to sleep. Pepper was letting us know she was OK. I agree with you that there is indeed more to life and death than we ever dreamed of. 

D.C. Fairfield, CT

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DEAR DR.FOX: I read your column regularly and often visit your web site. In today’s column you asked to hear about others who had “visitations” by deceased pets. 2 years ago we had to put down our little Yorkie due to renal failure that we’d been treating for over a year. When she started having seizures and had 7 within a 12 hour period we knew it was time so that she wouldn’t suffer. We got her as kind of a rescue and had her for 12 years. During that time she had many health problems and by the end her vet file was as thick as a book. She was a feisty, cute and brave little thing that loved us as much as we loved her. She was like a little child. We were very closely bonded and at night she would sleep in bed with us and when I came to bed would curl up against my shoulder for the night. Several nights after we had to euthanize her I would wake up during the night for about a week feeling her curled up against me like when she was alive. Also several times over the few weeks after her death I would swear I could hear her distinctive bark. It wasn’t just me. About three years before her death we adopted a Beagle/Jack Russel mix (head and personality of a Beagle with a short, compact muscular body of a Jack Russel) that was saved from a kill shelter. When I heard the barking she would look up and pick up her ears. The few years they had together they weren’t particularly close in that they didn’t play together but they would curl up with each other and sleep together during the day. After the Yorkie’s death (her name was Gabby), Chloe (beagle/Jack Russel mix) has been even more clingy than before and always wants us near her.

L.T., Wappingers Falls, NY

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DEAR DR. FOX: Just read your article about reports of contact after death with a pet. Several years ago we had to put down our dog. She was a part of our family for many years. For many months prior to her death, she would walk up the stairs to our bedroom where she slept on the floor. Her dog tags would jingle as she came up the stairs. Shortly after her death, I was lying in bed late at night. I heard the jingle of her tags coming up the stairs. I thought I was hearing what I wanted to hear and did not mention it to anyone. A few days later, my wife mentioned that she thought she had heard the jingle of the tags and the dog come into the bedroom. Since this was after our dog's death, she did not mention it to me before because she thought she was just hearing things. I asked her if it was Tuesday night. She looked astonished; it was Tuesday. We both heard the jingle of the tags the same night and time but could not believe what we heard. We do now. Many months later our oldest daughter visited our home. We told her of our experience that Tuesday. I think she almost fainted. She said that she had heard the same sound one night at the house. She had not said anything because she, like us, thought she was just hearing things and we would think that she was crazy. We moved from that house several years ago but, before we left, we made sure to tell our dog that we were leaving and she should come with us. Although we have not had any such experience since then, we like to think that she did.

B.B., Bismarck ND

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DEAR DR. FOX: I just read your article about pet visitations after death. I too have had that experience. Our beloved Shepard mix Ginger passed to early. That first night in the house without her my daughter and I were sitting on the sofa. We both heard the sound of a dog exhale and lie down on the floor (where Ginger would lay as we watched TV). 

Then in the middle of the night I heard the jangle of dog tags coming down the hallway towards the bedrooms. I like to think it was her way of making sure we were OK one last time before she left.

I wasn't ready for another dog for a good year or two. Then one day I was talking out loud  to Ginger and said if you see a dog that needs help I guess it would be OK if we got another dog.  A week later my daughter rescued a puppy that was abandoned on the side of the road. I like to think Ginger had something to do with that.

L.O., Normal OK

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 DEAR DR. FOX : I read the "Dog's communication after death" column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on 09.01.2016. You asked for other stories of "visitations", and I have one you may find interesting. My dog had passed nineteen months earlier, but he paid a visit one night, for this I am sure. I post this yearly on my Facebook page as well as send it to any friend who has recently lost a pet. His name was King.

 Diane

Dog Lover in St. Louis MO

 He Waits

 Last week I woke from a mid summer night

With a most peaceful feeling while lying in my bed

Standing beside with his head near my side I saw him in the dim light

I felt his presence, looked deep into his eyes and knew it was him

He Waits For Me

 Was it really him or am I dreaming I wondered

No, it was him, no doubt, he came back to check on me

I turned to look at the ceiling, to comprehend my find

Looking back in a flash to call his name, he was gone as suddenly as he had appeared

He Waits For Me

He was there that night, he came to me, to tell me he was o.k.

In the dark of the night he came to me

I saw the softness of his eyes, he was free from pain and age, I knew it was him

I closed my eyes to try to sleep as tears ran down my cheeks

My Red Dog Waits For Me

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DEAR DR. FOX: This may be a little long and I apologize for that, but I feel I need to share the entire story.  On August 25, 2014, we tragically lost our only son, Michael when he was 22 years old to an accidental heroin overdose.  He had been battling addiction for several years and had stayed clear of heroin for over a year which is why I questioned how he died.  When I found him there were no signs of drug use.  A small part of me wondered if he had taken his own life even though I didn’t really think so.  Several weeks later on the day we got the medical examiner’s report and found out it was heroin, that night Michael visited me while I was dreaming.  He appeared to me not in a dream but interrupting a dream.  I felt his presence as solidly as you feel the wall your leaning against yet there was no physical substance.  I knew instantly that he was there with me and I said “Michael, it’s you, it’s really you.  I don’t know why you’re here but since you are can I give you a hug?”  I tried to look at him and see him as he was in life.  It was difficult but I finally was able to see his face and when I did, he gave me a sweet smile and nodded his head yes.  I wrapped him in my arms and he said to me “I didn’t want to die”.  I then said to him that each of us is on our own journey.  He then said “and I know what mine is.”   He then began to try to tell me excitedly about his journey but our connection faded.  Anyway, this story does continue as he contacted me two more times since then, but for the purpose of the dog story which is this whole point I will end Michael’s story here.  Two months after Michael’s passing, our beloved little dachshund mix Blake (Blakey) was tragically struck by a vehicle when she ran into a busy street by our home.  She figured out how to escape from the backyard weeks earlier and we kept trying to figure out how she was doing it.  We would think that we figured it out and then fix it so she couldn’t get out again but yet she just kept finding a way.  One evening in October of 2014 she escaped again.  My husband and I were standing on our driveway looking for her and calling for her.  I suddenly felt strongly and said to my husband that this was going to be the night that her luck runs out.  Just then we heard tires screeching and the impact.  We ran and saw her lying in the street.  She died before we got to the animal hospital.  It was very difficult for us as we loved her so much.  Several weeks later, Blakey appeared to me when I was dreaming just like Michael did.  She was at my feet so excitedly wagging her tail and so happy to see me.  I was so happy to see her too.  I said, just as with Michael, “Blakey, it’s you, you’re really here.”  I got down to her level and I let her lick me all over my face.  This was something she always wanted to do in life, but I never let her because of dog germs and all.  But this time I thought what the heck and I let her and It was wonderful.  I was holding her head between my hands when she suddenly became very quiet and serene.  She looked up at me, closed her eyes, put her ears back then put her cheek up against mine.  I couldn’t believe it.  I knew instantly that she came back to give me a hug, first the way she always wanted to, then the way she must have known I always wanted to.  I like to think the scenario between Michael and Blakey when they met went like this.  Michael says to Blakey, hey, I know how you can give Mom a hug, want me to tell you how? Then Blakey says very excitedly, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.  They’re visits to me have helped me immensely in my healing process.  I want to thank you Dr. Fox for giving all of us this forum for sharing our stories and for all of your wonderful information and advice concerning the beautiful and wonderful animal kingdom.

P.F., St. Louis MO

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DEAR DR. FOX: I write this with a very heavy heart, but I wanted to share my experience with my 2 beloved cats that passed away within one month of each other, first my cat Tiger Woods passed on July 5th, he was only at best around 9, they said he had lymphoma, it was as if my sweet cat woke up one day and he was so ill, he had no signs of it before that, and my cat Stripey passed on August 1st I found him on my kitchen floor as he had been failing for 2 years and I am ashamed to admit he did not see a vet as he did not want that, I was basically keeping him alive with holistic care and he was very happy, until a few weeks before the end, he was emaciated, and had been very weak for a time, but still eating until the last 2 days...my story is that a few times after Tiger Woods I saw things peripherally and I am not imagining this, I had this happen in 2012 when my 18 year old cat Toby passed, I would see the black shadow of a cat walking by me, this time it was the rubbing on my leg as I sat on my couch as Tiger did this and bit my toes a lot. He loved to crawl under the blankets in my bed, and I felt and saw the blanket move a bit one morning and I said oh what was that? and then I realized it had to be him. There have been other things such as siting at my computer desk and feel the rubbing of a cat on my leg and saying okay wait as I have 4 other cats, and no one is there....so this is my story and I am so sure it is very, very true.

P.F., Hamden CT

DEAR DR. FOX, I took in my mother’s dog Charley, at her request, when she died and I loved Charley for many more years. At some point after he died I began seeing cloud formations that---believe it or not---looked exactly like Charley. The exact shape of his head and ears, the thick fur over his back especially; the exact proportions of his extremities and always he looks as though he were running, an activity that he enjoyed in life. I generally see him in the sky every 5-6 months. To me, this entire phenomenon is unbelievable.

N.N., Washington DC

DEAR N.N., The mind can play tricks indeed especially when auditory, tactile and visual memories are aroused and we then hear, feel or see what seems to be an authentic manifestation of  some clear aspect of a deceased animal ( or person). But as I emphasize in my three books dealing with this issue in dogs and cats, namely Dog Body, Dog Mind, Cat Body, Cat Mind, and Animals & Nature First, after-death manifestations do have an element of veracity when experienced by other family members and especially when witnessed at the same time. Our postal delivery man gave me a photograph of clouds that their young daughter pointed out to them in excitement because it looked just like their own dog Brandie who had died from liver cancer almost a year earlier. They all saw their dig in the sky as daughter Lisa took photographs He told me that no one else could see the image in the sky at his daughter’s school field day, and he felt it was a sign to his family. Imagination, coincidence or metaphysical phenomenon, most people feel a sense of comfort and reassurance (of life after life?) from such experiences .Here is the photo taken on that cloudy day:

 

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DEAR DR, FOX: I can relate to the reader who wrote about his two deceased dogs coming back to visit him. I, too, had that great experience with my beloved black Labrador King. He was 10 years old when he died in November. About a week after he died I was in my bedroom, crying. I looked out my window and saw a set of dog prints in the snow. I went outside. The gate was closed and had a lock on it. I opened it and saw dog prints and I followed them for about 8 feet right into the middle of my yard! I followed them for about 8 feet and then they just disappeared right in the middle of my yard. I knew it was King, since no dog could possibly jump the fence, let alone leave paw prints that led to nowhere. I came in and had the most peaceful feeling ever, knowing my King was still here with me.


P.C., St. Charles, MO.


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DEAR DR. FOX:  In 1996 at 13 years of age I had to put Nell, my almost all-black Border collie to sleep because she had developed cancer in her uterus and it had spread to her bowel.  I felt tremendous guilt for not having her spayed and blamed myself for her death. 


Shortly after her death I started seeing her.  I would come home from work, turn down my street and see Nell standing in my yard.  She would disappear around the corner of the house.  I felt like she was haunting me because of my not taking care of my responsibilities as a pet owner.  Meg, my other collie who was 14, had arthritis and was having difficulty doing the steps.  I would go outside with her, support her as she went down the steps.  We walked out the back door, walked over to the corner of the house, and I saw Nell (ghost) standing in the front yard.  But the amazing thing is Meg reacted to her, and started trotting toward the front of the house wagging her tail.  This happened on several occasions.


In April of 1997 I had to have Meg put to sleep because her kidneys started failing.  After Meg was gone I never saw Nell again.  But I started feeling Meg around me.  As she was a herding dog, she had always walked behind me, and if I wasn't moving fast enough, she would nudge the back of my leg with her nose.  I got another Border Collie in May, '97.  I still felt Meg nudging me, and my new puppy Gem seemed to see something.  She would stop, wag her tail at what seemed to be nothing, and sometimes bark.  Gem was a tri-colored collie with a lot of white on her coat.  


On Christmas morning '97, I got up fed Gem, took her outside and showered.  I put Gem back in her kennel and climbed back in bed, as my husband was still asleep.  I woke up and heard my husband in the shower, rolled over and looked toward the bedroom door, and saw a dog standing there wagging her tail. Thinking this was Gem, I said to her "Did Daddy let you out of your pen?"  I realized that this was not Gem, as this dog was mostly black.  I knew this was Meg because Meg had this different was of wagging her tail.  Rather than swish her tail back and forth Meg seemed to wag her tail as if she were making ovals in the air.  I called Meg's name, and she went into the living room.  I jumped up to follow her but she was gone.  I feel as though she came back to see the model train we set around the Christmas tree, and to get her squeaky toys which she dearly loved.


C.McG., Shady Side, MD.


 


 







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Dr. Michael W. Fox on C-Span



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OUR ANIMAL RELATIONSHIPS: THE MOMENTS OF TRUTH PROJECT
Dr. Michael W. Fox

What right do we humans have to exploit other animals?  Where does that right come from and what are the limits if any?  What duties or obligations do we have in our relationships with our dogs, cats and other animals domesticated and wild?

          Follow and support Caroline Kraus and her Moments of Truth Project documentary film as she travels across the U.S. asking people, who variously live, work with and care for animals, these and other relevant questions.

Is there an overriding consensus and what are the reasons why people respond very differently to these questions, which in part examine our character, culture and future?

The viewing and discussion of this kind of documentary should be part of every school curriculum and will be of interest to all who work with, profit from and care for animals. Project Home Page: http://momentsoftruthproject.com/  To see the interview with Dr. Fox go to http://momentsoftruthproject.com/dr-michael-fox/