What are your memorable snapshots in time with animals?

SOUL EQUALS SOUL

Allen recently heard a special friend say that each moment in life is a snapshot in time; often gone before we are ready.  Allen was in a rushed circumstance when he heard the words. In the week of vacation he was preparing to take, he wanted to think about how this view of life applied to him, Linda, and Leaf.

During Allen’s vacation days away from his job in computer software, he took care of Cuddles, Sunshine, and Leaf while Linda visited their grown children in Atlanta and then her mother in Texas.

Each vacation day, Allen took Leaf to the large dog park next to the Mississippi River.  The visits are always filled with adventure and fun, while the two of them explore trails and riverside. As they walked down the mile-long dirt path to the dog park, Allen noticed that Leaf would look directly at the faces of people passing by him.

Leaf lifted his head high and made eye contact with each person. Many seemed surprised that they are being acknowledged with eye-to-eye contact by a dog.

Was this a snapshot in time moment, when a human feels a spiritual connection with another life form, in a chance meeting, on a dirt trail?  Did each of those human beings feel a spiritual connection with a dog?

After Leaf took his snapshot of each person he passed, Allen heard comments from the people. They said things such as, “There’s a lot going on with that dog,” or “What a interesting personality — such a character,” and “Such beautiful eyes!”  Almost every person smiled at Leaf and then at Allen. In each person’s face the eyes grew just a bit brighter and more alive.

There is a saying in ancient religious traditions that soul equals soul. Leaf and the people he passed experienced that age-old wisdom for a moment. As a snapshot in time, two souls, regardless of the physical body each inhabited, met an equal.

An individual remembers a snapshot in time for as long as possible. It becomes a moment of light connecting with light, soul with soul; of remembering what was lost, what was forgotten, and who and what we are.

But the moment slips away. The veil quickly takes its correct and proper place, covering the light, bringing each of us back to daily life.  The moment is gone, and the snapshot fades from memory before we’re ready.

As Leaf moved to the next person along the trail, another moment in time, another snapshot may have been recorded in memory. Maybe not all of them faded quickly.

On Friday Cuddles, our cat, and Leaf finally had enough of Linda’s absence as the end of Allen’s vacation neared.  The cat and dog lay down on the back of the couch and looked forlorn.

Allen told Cuddles and Leaf that Linda would be home soon, but they wanted to see her NOW. 

Visit www.angelanimals.net/nlimage81.html to view the photo Allen took shortly before he left to pick up Linda at the airport. It is a snapshot of two souls waiting to be reunited with their missing loved one. Visit www.angelanimals.net/nlimage80.html to view an image of Leaf.

What are your memorable snapshots in time with animals?

Allen and Linda Anderson
ANGEL ANIMALS NETWORK – Where Pets Are Family
www.angelanimals.net

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ARE YOU THERE? How have your pets shown that they miss you when you are away?

ARE YOU THERE?

We attended a spiritual seminar this weekend in Minneapolis. For convenience, we decided to stay at a hotel downtown near the seminar. Allen drove back and forth on breaks to check on our pets including, our little cocker spaniel Leaf. 

Leaf’s history is one of being an abandoned dog who we adopted from an animal shelter. Abandonment remains his key issue in life. Knowing Leaf’s concern must be growing over the fact that he had not seen Linda for over a day, she gave Allen a sock she had worn. She said, “Give this to leaf and tell him I’m thinking about him.”

At home, Allen held the socks in his hand and presented them. “This was from Linda for you,” he said. Before Allen could even finish the sentence, Leaf grabbed the socks with his mouth and ran off. He plopped down on the living room carpet with the treasure in his paws. Then he sniffed the balled-up socks with Linda’s scent on them.

After sniffing to his heart’s content, he carefully placed himself on top of the socks to make sure they stayed with him. But eventually nature won out and Leaf left the living room and socks to eat his dinner. 

Allen placed the socks on the dog’s bed so he could have them that night. Before he left the house to return to the seminar, he found our cat Cuddles curled up on the dog’s bed, sleeping with the socks between her front paws.

How have your pets shown that they miss you when you are away?

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MY GOLDEN RETREIVER WANTS TO PLAY

Published in the Angel Animals Story of the Week Newsletter on October 23, 2011.

MY GOLDEN RETREIVER WANTS TO PLAY
By Kaylee (Fifth Grade Student)

I am a student from the school that Linda visited to talk to us about writing. I think Linda and Allen’s book is great, and you have inspired me to write more often. Thank you very much.

I told Linda and my class the story about my dog Max and how he ran into a soccer net and got all tangled up.

My dog has taught me something: That you should love dogs by what’s inside not just by how cute they look or what kind of breed they are. It’s what inside that counts

My other story about Max is kind of like the story from ANGEL ANIMALS when the lady’s cat told her to get some rest.

Max is a golden retriever and he needs a lot of exercise. Most of my weekends I sit and play video games or am working on the computer. Well, Max doesn’t like that. So he makes me go outside to get fresh air and to play.

One day, I was playing on my X-box, and Max started to bark. I said, “You need to go outside to potty.” He barked some more. So I grabbed his leash and hooked him up.

We went in my back yard, and he went to his favorite place. He sat down. I said, “Go potty.” Instead he started to run and he grabbed his ball and dropped it right in front of me. I threw it, and we played run, chase, and fetch for an hour.

I think Max sensed that I needed exercise.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:

Is there an animal who wants you to go outside, get some exercise, and play?
Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals – Where Pets Are Family
www.angelanimals.net

We’re sharing this story in honor of the release of our NEW book, ANIMALS AND THE KIDS WHO LOVE THEM. Visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/animalsandthekidswholovethem. The official release date is November 15, but it may be in bookstores this week, so be sure to look for it. The stories are incredible! So heartwarming and informative, too, about how children and animals connect with each other in such healing and creative ways.  -Allen and Linda Anderson

 

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Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals Network -Where Pets Are Family
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