PET CORNER
The Angelic Nature of Animals
By Allen and Linda Anderson

 

 

 A poll conducted by the Baylor University Institute for Studies of Religion found that 55 percent of those polled say they have been helped by a guardian angel. Christopher Bade, Director of the survey says, "If you ask whether people believe in guardian angels, a lot of people will say, 'sure.'" But this is different. It's experiential. It means that lots of Americans are having these lived supernatural experiences." ("Guardian Angels Are Here, Say Most Americans" by David Van Biema, Time, Thursday, September 18, 2008)

After reading about the whopping number of everyday people who say they've had an extraordinary spiritual experience with an angel, we wondered if that percentage would be increased substantially by defining angels as "messengers." Would more people report encountering an angel if the messenger were covered in fur or feathers?

Angels protect, heal, appear in dreams and visions, offer guidance and help, love and give without expecting a return. Those are some of the reasons we started thinking of animals as having an angelic nature. Over the course of our many years writing the Angel Animals series of books, we have received stories from people blessed by animals who did the deeds that normally would be attributed to angels.

Angel Animals Experiences
When we were recent guests on a radio interview, the host asked how we started this journey. The question took us back to 1996 and a walk around Minneapolis's Lake Harriet with our dog Taylor. People would stop and ask, "Do you know your dog is smiling?"

Our conversation that day turned to the topic of how many spiritual qualities we were noticing in our pets. In abundance, they possessed virtues of unconditional love, gratitude, joy, generosity, compassion, creativity - everything humans wish they had more of in their lives.

We went home that day and started sending out requests on the Internet and putting up posters around town. We asked a simple question: Are you learning spiritual lessons from animals? Within sixty days we received hundreds of replies from around the world. It was as if everyone were waiting for someone to ask the right question. Quite frequently letters began with the words, "You're going to think I'm crazy, but. . ." or "I've never told this to anyone." Then the person would reveal an amazing story of a spiritual experience with an animal.

After all these years, we still love hearing and receiving stories demonstrating that animals are divine messengers.

The Dog Who Needed a Cat
In the June 7, 2008 Angel Animals Story of the Week newsletter we published a story by Pamela Golick from Kentucky. The story is written in Pam's own words below. It shows the angelic way animals have of appearing in the right time at the right place for the right person or other animal.

After I moved from Michigan to Kentucky, my dog Bailey had recently lost her dog friend. He was stolen. She was very sad and would lie around, looking sad. I tried to get her another dog friend, because in her mourning, Bailey had stopped eating. But Bailey only growled at the puppy.

Then I moved and was walking Bailey when a one-eyed cat came up to her. She started rubbing on Bailey, and our dog started wagging her tail. A lady ran out of her house. I said, " Don't worry. My dog likes cats. She licks them on the head."

The lady said this was a stray cat who just hangs around. The cat followed us home. All the way, Bailey and the cat kept rubbing against each other. Then Bailey ran in the house and ate two bowls of food. She was happy again. I said, "I guess I have a cat."

I asked around but couldn't find anyone who claimed the cat. She was skin and bones. I named her Pirate just to call  her something. I was only planning to keep her till I knew where she belonged. That was six months ago. Now Bailey and Pirate go for walks side by side. People are amazed.

I found out when I had Pirate fixed that she is at least seven years old. She had probably been a stray throughout her life because she weighs less then five pounds. Pirate needed someone to regularly feed her. Bailey needed help for her sadness. I think it was meant to be. They needed each other.

Sparrows Had Their Eyes on Me
Another Angel Animals Story of the Week conveys the point that animals act as angelic protectors. It came to us from Gail Parker who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her family of dogs and cats. She wrote a terrific story about her dog Renegade, a natural nursing home healer, for our new book, Angel Dogs with a Mission. In the story below Gail shares an experience that shows Angel Animals aren't limited to family pets but also are animals in nature.

Katie, my Irish setter, and I have made friends with a small flock of sparrows and one grackle who tags along with the others. Every so often, on our walk around the neighborhood, I crush a peanut with my shoe for the sparrows and grackle. People get a real kick out of seeing us walk by with this parade of birds in tow.

The sparrows usually walk or fly very low and even cross the streets with us. If I ignore them for too long, one or two will fly by my head and gently brush my hair with his feather or fly right up in front of my face to remind me they are there.

One morning, Katie and I happened to walk too close to a mockingbird's nest. Both parents were sitting on the overhead wire. They swooped down to attack us as we passed. But as soon as the littler birds saw what the bigger ones were doing, our sparrow friends flew in between and blocked the mockingbirds, keeping them from going after us.

After the initial attack the mockingbirds never bothered us again although they would watch us from the wires whenever we walked by that spot. To make peace, I would drop a couple peanuts for them. I understood that they wanted to protect their young. The sparrows just needed to let them know that we are their friends too.

I thought it was amazing that the little sparrows would be so loyal to us. It has been almost three years now, and the mockingbirds have never bothered us again. Gail's story made us think about the biblical passage that assures God has his eye on the sparrow. Are there sparrows and other creatures that have their eyes on you and bring gifts of the angels when you need them?

Allen and Linda Anderson are founders of the Angel Animals Network and authors of a series of books about the spiritual connection between people and animals. "Angel Dogs with a Mission: Divine Messengers in Service to All Life" is their tenth book in the Angel Animals series published by New World Library. Subscribe to the free, online newsletter at www.angelanimals.net and participate in the Angel Animals forum and blog.

 


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