Can a Family Pet Become a Ghost?
by David Slone
To many of us an animal is a best friend. A
pet can be a valued companion and quite often they are just like a member of
the family. So it is not surprising at all that we wonder what happens to our
faithful friend upon their death. Do animals (other than human beings) have a
spirit or a soul? We like to think that they do.
Anyone who shares life with a pet can see that
they have intelligence and life force. Pets also have their own distinct
personalities whether they are a cat or dog or a parrot.
Is it possible that animals, such as cats and
dogs, may become ghosts? There have been many reports of people who have had
encounters with beloved pets who had previously died. Here is just such a
story which describes how the ghost, or spirit, of a dog saved a man's life.
Right after World War II a soldier by the name
of Joe was returning to his family in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. When
Joe got off the train he was still a few miles from home and had to walk.
His walk took him down a road along the river.
Eventually he had to cross the river. There were two different bridges: one,
which was a new bridge, and one older girder type bridge. The newer bridge
was closer so naturally, he decided to take that route. Just as he came near
to the bridge Joe was met by Shep, the old family dog. He had missed the dog
and evidently the dog had missed him too. He greeted the dog and played with
him before continuing on. As he started to enter the bridge the dog stopped,
and began barking. Shep tugged on the man's pants leg and it was obvious that
he did not want him to go that way. Of course the man wanted to take the
shortest route he tried to call Shep and to get him to come along, but the
dog only got more insistent. Finally, Joe decided to let the dog have his way
and he went on toward the older bridge.
Eventually, Joe made it home, and called out
to the family. Of course, everyone came running, and they had a tearful
reunion. Joe said, "I would have been here sooner, but Shep made me come
the long way." Everyone got a funny look on their face, and asked him
what he meant, so he explained the whole story. After a long silence and many
meaningful glances, Joe's father said, "Joe, Shep died last
The next morning, Joe learned that the river,
which had been raised by spring rains, had flooded the new bridge and taken
out the middle section. If he had tried to cross it in the dark that night,
he would surely have been killed.
Did Shep come back from the dead to save Joe's
life? What other explanation could there be?
This story was taken from a post to the
newsgroup alt.folklore.ghost-stories by Jack Crenshaw. I would like to thank
Jack for sharing this true ghost story.
About the Author
Copyright 2007 David Slone. You may use this
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