Since I have become a Pet Grief Counselor at the SPCA, I do a lot of reading. I have found a book/journal that I think is so wonderful I had to share it with everyone. The name of the book/journal is "The Kingdom of Heart - A Pet Loss Journal", Patty Luckenbach, M.A., D.D., author. This is the most wonderful, understanding, well written work I have read regarding the loss of our pets.
The following is an excerpt from this journal:
"Dogs are aware of their connection to God. Unlike most humans, they have never forgotten or lost it. The angels, ascended maters, and even our own soulfulness know of the oneness with God and all other beings. We humans are desperately trying to remember these connections. Our precious animals live in the present moment and are attuned to their instinctual connection with life. They do not have the ego attachments, acquired beliefs that demonstrate as habit and conditional love, that humans have. Animals help us to connect to our spiritual intuition. So, above, so below, they know we live in a field of unity. They are aware of the organic connection to the greater weave and tapestry of life. The animals have not forgotten the kingdom of love for it is their intuition and instinctual birthright to be a part of the greater whole. All animals are connected to the center of the great circle of life just as we humans are connected to that greate circle. Our transformation or death process is also a birth process; the labor pains of birthing move us into a greater dimension of eternal life. Every life form has a window of departure into the greater dimensions. All animals have this window just as we humans do. I believe animals are of the Love-Intelligence known as God. Therefore, I believe each animal has a soul."
God Bless you all.