you're animal lover, you'll love this true story. I know it's true
because it happened to me.
1992, some close family members in California gave my sister and
brother-in-law, Christine and Dick, a miniature schnauzer puppy. Dick
and Christine named him Hans, and we loved him as much as we loved our
human family members.
most of you probably know, Dick died last October, and I went back to
New York to help Christine through her own transition.
days before I came back home to Wyoming, I awoke at 4:30 the morning of
January 10. As I lie there, deciding whether to get up or go back to
sleep, I heard a car door slam at a nearby neighbor's house. Then I
heard Hans' loud, familiar bark in the living room directly below my
well, I thought, he's just barking because he also heard the car door
I did a mental double-take. Almost exactly a year ago, on January 17,
2005, Hans had died! I was there when he died, and the memory of that
day is permanently etched on my memory.
I knew his bark, and I felt his energy in the house. What was going on
next morning, I said to Christine, "Something strange happened last
night. Hans was here."
I decided to ask Chief Joseph about it.
of you who are animal lovers, as John is, know your animal family live
beyond the veil of death, just as you do.
who love you, whether they were human or animal in their physical form,
never leave you. They often have a desire, beyond the grave, to help you
and to continue loving you. That is often why you see, or feel, or hear
what you might call "ghosts."
especially your domestic pets (as you call them) -- and especially dogs
and cats -- are more often than not your teachers. They have little to
learn from you. But you have much to learn from them.
and cats do not incarnate (or reincarnate) with the same "life
plan," if you will, as humans do.
there is one major lesson your pets have to teach you, it is this: Live
in the moment! And this: Love unconditionally.
pets find joy, passion, and pleasure in every moment of their physical
lives. Even when they appear to you to be suffering from some physical
illness or injury.
-- and all animals, in fact -- have no fear of illness or death. And,
more importantly, they have no fear of life. Hence they immerse
themselves in all the pleasures of physical existence. And they do it
without hesitation and without guilt.
are fully alive in every moment. Not a bad role model for you to follow!
do not live with the same "agendas" you humans do. They have
no desire to control or manipulate their fellow creatures, human or
animal. Their intent is to simply live freely and joyously.
see little difference between life and death.
matter how awful (or peaceful) their transition from life to death
appears to you, those transitions are always easy and effortless to
when they arrive "on the other side," they continue their
joyful, exuberant, and happy lives, romping and playing with abandon.
often return to visit you. As do your human loved ones. But most of you
are not open, at least not fully open, to that happening for you.
you do not believe, you cannot see. You often say, "When I see it,
I'll believe it." But it's always the other way around -- when you
believe it, you'll see it.
obviously, believes in life after death, as most of you do. But he also
believes in, and often experiences, "visits" from loved ones,
animals and human, who have "died."
all a matter of vibration. If you believe, you vibrate in a positive
way. And then you open the "doorway" to those beings who, on
the "other side," are vibrating at that same high level.
never lose those you love. If you remain open to them, "alive"
or "dead," you will always be comforted by them. You will feel
their presence, their energy.
you will know you are loved.
© 2006 by Great Western Publishing
1992, John Cali has been communicating with a spirit called Joseph. In
one of his many physical lifetimes, this spirit was incarnated as the
legendary Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe in what is now Oregon.