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Our reader's comment how their dog is strangely like a previous dog, he's weirdly perceptive and you answered the question; Is it primitive brain-center connection or is he your spirit dog?


December 28, 2020

Barbara "BJ" Andrews, NetPlaces Network SAAB Member


Our NetPlaces Network manager suggested we ask our readers to share (Thank you to our readers who explained their "spirit dog"), below are your concise comments.


Do you have a spirit dog in your life? One that, of all the dogs since you were a kid, seemed to communicate with you on a different level? Perhaps it was just a fleeting moment when an ordinary dog telegraphed a warning or comforted you in a way no human had ever done.  I risk sharing this publicly (read Spirit Dog Phenomenon - see displays below) because doing these websites has taught me that "dog people" are different and some of you will understand.


BARBARA:I have many spirits come back to me i have been raising siberian and had them in my life for 67 yrs....


Maryann: I had Great Dane, Apollo, who was my heart dog. When he passed away I could not stop crying, it was tearing me apart. One day I was at the kitchen sink and something kept nudging me in the back, I turned around and nothing was there, it kept happening and I thought it was one of my other Danes. I checked the other Danes and they were sound asleep on the bed. Then it dawned on me that Apollo always nudged me in the back if I was at the kitchen sink and he wanted a drink of water from the tap. I cried my heart out when I realized Apollo was letting me know he was still with me in spirit.

     Ten years after Apollo passed away I saw a litter of Great Dane pups, I was not looking to purchase another pup, but there was one pup in the litter that was a mirror image of Apollo and I knew I had to have him. I named him Zeus, he was so much like Apollo in every way that I swear he had to be Apollo reincarnated. We loved all our Danes, but sometimes there is one that is extra special, I was lucky to have two that were extra special and became my heart dogs...both Apollo and Zeus were part of my heart and soul.


Karen Nielsen: I adopted a 7-month old Yellow Lab & Sheltie mix from the local humane society in Sept 1995. She was the smallest and most timid of the 7 littermate pups brought in from a rural area. My landlord agreed to let me have a small dog. I chose her not only because she was the smallest, but I couldn't see her surviving with anyone but me. I named her Honey, not for her yellow color, but for her sweet, timid personality. People automatically called her a "sweet little honey". We eventually became a therapy dog team. She loved nursing home visits. Honey taught all my nieces & nephews, and later my grandchildren, how to walk a dog (starting the kids at age 2)! Honey mentored many foster dogs over the years, helping them learn how to be the best dog they could be, including the 2 I adopted myself, Luckie and Sadie.

    I lost Honey in Oct 2009 at age 14-1/2. In late 2006, nearly 3 years before Honey died, I acquired my first Polish Lowland Sheepdog (or PON). In 2011, I met my friend Helen after she adopted her PON. She also had Beezer, a Mini Golden Doodle, who she adopted in late 2010 at 11 months. Beezer was rescued from a puppy mill.

     He was very timid, mild mannered, and when I met him I was struck by how similar he was to my Honey-Bunny. When Helen had to have surgery, I offered to dogsit Beezer and her PON Tawny. Having Beezer 24/7 astounded me when I discovered how many quirks and behaviors he had that were identical to Honey's. When Helen was able to take her babies back home, I mentioned it to her. She then told me the story of what happened to Beezer the first night she had him home after driving to southern IL (from MN) to adopt him. He was emaciated, and managed to squeeze out a 4" gap between hers and the neighbors fences. She hadn't had a chance to get him to the vet for a microchip, rabies shot/tag, or get him a name tag or dog license tag. He just had a collar on, no ID. Helen desperately put up flyers, contacted vets & shelters. He was gone over a week when she suddenly started getting phone calls after the evening news came on TV. A dog had been found by construction workers who were working on a new bridge across the Mississippi River, clinging to ice on the side of the river. They were able to rescue him. Where Beezer was found was 9 miles away from Helen's house. He had made his way through 2 suburbs and NE Minneapolis.

    Helen could never understand why he ended up at the river, until I told her everything he does that Honey did. Where Beezer was found was across the river and a little downstream from where I live in N Minneapolis. Helen is convinced Beezer was trying to find his way "home" to me. Beezer is a very special boy. I had a talk with him and told him Helen loves him and needs him, and he belongs with her now. But I promise to always be a part of his life. Helen and I are now very close, "sisters from different mothers", with a dog whose heart belongs to us both!


Franklin: I wish more books and websites would talk about this. yes, I have had a dog I was that close to but at the time, I didn't know there were other dogs like that. I just thought she was pretty special dog. So she was and I've never had another one like her. some dogs I have handled were tuned in and easy to show but not connected to me like my Golden.


Angela: April 2014 I had to send my beautiful 11yr old pei to the rainbow bridge. I decided no more dogs as she was my heart. By the end of April she kept coming to be telling me she was okay, she loved me and if I wanted to see her again to get hold of this breeder. I live in Pa. and this breeder is in New York. I got the # for the breeder. she was waiting for her girl to come in heat. Still wasn't sure if I'd get another pup.

     Minnie came to me again, told me when she would be born and that she would look pink and be small. I ordered my pup the next day. Breeders dog finally came in heat. Now the wait. On June the 25th I called breeder no pups She called back 1 hr. later temperature has dropped. Puppy's were born June 25th.Date Minnie gave me.

     At two weeks breeder sent me photos.  There she was, the runt a small lilac [only look pink in pix] baby girl. I claim her as my choice as fast as I could. Her name is now MeMe.  when I got her home she knew where her bed was, where cookies were.

    My little nephew saw her and said how did Minnie become a puppy again he swore up and down it was Minnie. Well young children can see what we can't. So my now my life begins with my heart dog again.


Betty C Potts: In 1962 I got Veronica as a puppy, a small red wire haired Dachshund. I got her from a friend right before my husband died. She house-trained herself, I am very poor at that because I forget to watch them. I started showing her and she did very well, taking many BV and one BISS. She would always sleep at the end of the couch, not near me, that end of the couch was her place. Veronica lived to be 16 1/2.

    In 2007 I bred a litter of puppies and kept a soft coated wild boar female, Prairiedachs Athena, "Teena". I showed her and finished her. Teena housetrained herself. She always sleeps on the end of the couch just as Veronica had. These two dogs were not related but they are/were so much alike.


Loana J Shields: Korby, a very beautiful Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppy came to me at 9 weeks and died very unexpectedly, and for no reason a Cornell autopsy could find at 6 months. He was to be a pet but because he conformation was so good I was strongly encouraged to show him. Thus began my show career with the rare breed during the 80's and early 90's. Because of him I ended up rescuing another PON, and got a replacement from the breeder which led me to where I am today still involved deeply with breed.

    When I bred, one of the PONS in the litter looked exactly like Korby. Unlike all the other PONs he, Bozo, as he was named, would not play much with the other puppies. He would sit and watch me and followed me wherever I went. I had him sold, and when the money did not come right away, I knew I was to keep him. He became my best friend, a wonderful show dog and extremely devoted. He had Korby's personality, exact markings and looks, and loved to herd, play ball, and play Frisbee in the same ways little Korby had.

    When he died at age 14 as I held him, I told him he had to come back to me...didn't even have to be a PON if he wanted to be some other kind of dog. Long story short, I saw a picture of a Rottweiler-Hound puppy on the pet rescue site that I was immediately drawn to. I looked at two puppies, one nice quiet puppy who walked away, and a crazy obnoxious one who just demanded my attention. Wiggles had been found roaming the streets at 10 weeks. Long story short when I went back the next day to make a decision, she came running out, jumped in my lap and started kissing me, etc. She and I both PON had returned as a mutt. She has his devotion, his ways of playing, loves people, and demands my personal attention in the same ways as both Korby. This is a short version but I have never doubted that they were the same soul, and the timing made it all plausible.


Carolyn Edwards/Windborne: I have a 3 yr. old male, "The Bud-Man". He was the last puppy from his dam, and sire. The 2 previous males from these parents both became Chs. One of them was destined for great success, unfortunately he was lost at an early age. After loosing him, the owner of his sire, knowing my devastation over the loss, suggested I breed the dam one more time. I got one male by C-Section, lost the dam 3 days later to complications. So much of the previous male I lost is in this boy. I thank god everyday for letting me have a big part of the one I lost back in my life. I would have never done the repeat, had the owner of the sire not suggest I do!


The comments closed but overwhelming responses still continue. Signs and Symbols further convinced me how little we know compared to "primitive" cultures.


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