PET CORNER
Angel Animals Among Us
By Allen and Linda Anderson

 

 

Someone really let us have it the other day. After reading one of our books she was upset to think that we consider animals as having divine qualities. She misinterpreted that in referring to animals as angels this meant that we worshipped the animals but not their Creator. In her belief system our assertion that animals have a spiritual nature was blasphemous.

Her scorching hot letter caused us to reflect anew about why we coined the term “angel animals” as the overall description of animals. The way we define the term is that the word “angel” means “messenger.”

In the thousands of stories we have received over the years as well as our personal experiences, we witness animals being guided by God, or the Divine, whatever people want to call the essence of love in all life, to bring people the message that they are not alone or abandoned. To even be the vehicles for miracles to occur.

So this week, we decided to ask our social networking buddies why they view animals as angels. Below are a some comments.
“Because of their capacity for divine love and protection.”

“Every time I look at my pet, I just feel all the love from Spirit.” “While I might debate the use of the term angel, I have seen over and over that animals are soul and less encumbered by the distractions that may get in our way. They are closer to their spiritual nature and can help us perceive our own. They are just there for you, meeting your needs to the best of their ability. That’s love.”

“God has perfect timing and he sent me my Yorkie boy when I needed him most. He is my little angel.

“Nothing else loves you without judging, no matter what.”

“Definitely animals are angels in disguise, as my Blessy came to me or rather she rescued me when I had given up on life.”

“I did not know that my sister was putting her dog Duncan to sleep. But on that day, a pride of peacocks came to my house. These birds had not been in the neighborhood for at least three years. They stayed near me all afternoon.”

“I have a t-shirt that says angels come to us in many disguises with two cats on the front. I believe this completely. I read a story about an old man. The daughter got him an old dog from an animal shelter. Although he didn’t want it, the man and dog became friends and went everywhere together.

After the old man died, the dog followed along the next day. It’s a great story. The dog came into his life when the old man needed something to keep him going and brought him back to life. I am not sure if it was true or not but I can see where it could have been.”

Dog Park Angel
Allen took our cocker spaniel Leaf to one of his favorite dog parks here in Minnesota. It’s a spacious forest area that runs along the Mississippi River. Allen threw Leaf’s favorite ball into the water. Just at that time a couple of motorboats went by, stirring up waves. The ball bobbed and drifted farther out into the current. Leaf’s tiny legs couldn’t manage to swim fast enough to reach it.

Another dog lover came along at that time and noticed Leaf’s dilemma. Our pup looked so disappointed that his beloved bouncy ball had floated out of reach. The woman called to her long-legged dog and asked, “Would you want to help this little guy?”

Without any hesitation her angel dog jumped into the water, swam to the ball, scooped it into his mouth, and then paddled back to Leaf. He dropped the ball in front of Leaf. Then he ran off down the sandy beach, present-ing a beautiful example of what angels do: They return whatever is most important in our lives even when we believe all has been lost.

The Cat Who Taught A Widow to Love Again
An Angel Animals Story of the Week contributor shared the story with our online readers. Betty Seligman lives in Seattle, Washington. See if her story reveals angelic qualities like the kind you have noticed in your relationships with animals.

I was in the bookstore with my son and grandchildren when I saw your book Angel Cats. Seeing the book reminded me of the first time I saw my cat Diva and how we made an immediate connection of love.

Diva is my miracle cat. Not only did she want to come home with me, love me, and enjoy my company, she encourages me daily to get up and continue living. Diva became part of my life as a direct result of an accumulation of life events, which I found myself trying to process.

My life had always been a series of wonderful experiences, but when my husband died in 1998, I found myself a newly-independent person trying to understand how to live in a world without my companion. I quickly discovered that my roles of stay-at-home wife and mother of two children as well as volunteer did not bring in a great deal of income.

Both my children were grown with families of their own. I had only to be concerned with providing for the family cat Kiki and myself. This was definitely something I had never experienced — I was in charge of making all the decisions.

At the age of 55, I went to work for a start-up company. After seven years I discovered life had once again changed. At the time of my departure from the company, I was a very sad, confused, and angry person. I knew my emotions needed to change, for they were not only affecting me but Kiki, as well.

The environment in our home was so sad; it could not have been healthy for either of us. I cried daily and had a good case of “poor me.” My true wakeup call came when Kiki died at home in December 2006. Seattle was experiencing a very severe ice storm at that time, and most businesses were closed on the day Kiki died. I was unable to get to a vet so I spent the day with Kiki, watching as her spirit left her physical body.

The next few months my family tried to encourage me to get another pet. Those seeds were definitely planted, but I felt an overwhelming void and did not know if I had enough love to share with another being. Once I felt my sadness and anger subside, I discovered there was room for love to enter. Nine months after Kiki died, I went to our local pet store and thought I would just look at the cats.

I walked over to a local cat rescue group had a variety of cats available for new families. There was Diva. She was six years old, a longhair cat, possibly a Maine Coon. We made eye contact. At that moment the adoption was complete, and my healing process began.

Every day Diva is here is a blessing, and my ability to love becomes stronger. When she first came to live with me, I was very hesitant to love again for I felt in doing so I would somehow not be loyal to my previous cat Kiki or to my husband. I didn’t want anyone to take their places and reminded Diva of this daily for about three months. She would just look up at me.

Whenever I sat down, she would jump up on my lap and wait to be petted. Kiki had never been a cat who desired long periods of affection. I was amazed the first time Diva sat on my lap for about three hours. She would have stayed longer, but I felt the need to get up and move about.

Diva definitely has won me over. Now I have become in touch with a part of my spirit that has long been neglected. I am able to love again. The sadness that was so much a part of me has given way to joy and peace. She makes getting up each day an adventure that I thought was gone forever.

Has an animal taught you to love again or to love more deeply? What more could you ask for from an animal or an angel?

Allen and Linda Anderson are founders of the Angel Animals Network and authors of a series of books published by New World Library about the spiritual connection between people and animals. “Horses with a Mission: Extraordinary True Stories of Equine Service” is their new book of inspiring stories. Subscribe to the free, online newsletter at www.angelanimals.net and participate in the Angel Animals forums and blogs. Become fans of Angel Animals on Facebook and follow @angelanimals on Twitter.    



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