Nov 4, 2011


A wonderful confirmation of life's continuance following the physical transition of our Cairn Terrier, Emma.

When she turned 12 years old, she developed inoperable cancer, and we needed to release her energy self from the bindings of her physical suffering.

We brought her body home from the vet and buried her with tears and dignity in our backyard, and felt the pain of having lost a dear and loving companion .  

A few months later, I felt a strong inner prompting to take a photograph of a 'vacant' back garden path.

Seemed such a strange request.

There was nothing visible at the time with the naked eye.

When I saw the photo, to my utter amazement, there sitting obediently at the end of the path, was our Emma, looking healthy, radiant and restored to her puppy state.

Seems the loving obedience of our much cherished pets extends way beyond this physical expression of life!

"If you bury her in this spot, she will come to you when you call - come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death and down the well remembered paths and to your side again.

And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel they shall not growl at her or resent her coming, for she belongs there.

People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by her footfall, who hear no whimper; people who may never really have had a dog.

Smile at them, for you shall know something that is hidden from them and which is well worth knowing.

The one best place to bury a good dog is in the hearts of those who love her."

Adapted from “All Dogs Go To Heaven” by Ben Hur Lampman.




  1. The sadness that I feel from Emma's loss is almost nothing to the joy I experience at seeing her living spirit image. Emma looks like she's just waiting for you to join her. This give me much healing over my own animal children losses, and helps me worry less about future ones. Thanks for sharing this, I hope more to come!

  2. August,

    I am gladdened that a healing has been forthcoming for you and your animal children courtesy of Emma's faithfulness. I hope many other pet owners find comfort and reassurance through the confirmation that their beloved pets remain faithful beyond the boundaries of physical death.