An amazing thing happened when Scott Smith, a regular contributor to Fate magazine, asked the readers of several magazines to send in stories of contact with pets after death. “I was stunned by the response,” Smith says in his new book The Soul of Your Pet. “Rather than ghost stories you could dismiss as overworked imagainations, the reports that came in were amazing in their variety, complexity and credibility.”
The new book is a collection of stories. Most occurred to perfectly average people with no supernatural history, but every person included was certain that “something very real, if unusual” did occur.
Frank Farnsworth, for example, was mentioned as the owner of an golden retriever-collie mix named Bobby. Seventeen years after his dog’s death, a friend heard the sound of toenails on the floor, and reportedly saw Bobby leap from the living room couch. A few days after this, Bobby’s daughter (named Bobbi) died at age seventeen. Frank believes that perhaps the dog made this supernatural visit in order to escort his daughter into the next world.
He's never experienced a spiritual visit from a deceased pet himself, but Smith truly believes each story included in the new book. However, even on the ebb of a holiday season steeped in spirituality (or because of it perhaps), cynical critics abound. “Sceptics are always accusing these pet owners of simply wanting to see something so badly that they do,” explains Smith. “These experiences have nothing to do with who wants to see things. If it were, then everyone would have one.”
Whether you believe in life after death for people or pets, Smith thinks it’s only a matter of time before the notion is widely accepted. “It’s much like the near-death experience stories people started talking about 30 years ago. People didn’t realize how widespread it was then, and now they do. The same thing will happen with pets.”
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