Friday, January 4, 2013

Does Annie Know?

Annie, who will be 14 in just a couple of weeks came into the rescue because her owner had stage 4 cancer.    He was no longer able to care for her, and wanted to make sure she would be cared for after he passed.  Since Annie came to us, I've heard from him a few times, asking how she was doing.  Of course I'd respond back and always include the newest picture of her. Knowing how difficult it was for him to give Annie up, and with his declining health, I always let him initiate the contact. I've not heard from him since late summer.

A couple of weeks ago, in the middle of the night I was awakened by Annie. We keep a small night-lite on and in the shadows I could see that she was standing in the doorway of the bedroom.  She was looking down the hallway and was wagging her tail and whining.  What she was doing would have normally gotten the attention of the other dogs, but this time it didn't.  I watched her and fell back to sleep.  I'd forgotten all about that until this morning when I received an e-mail from the son of Annie's former owner, (who was always included in the e-mails) telling me that his father had passed away a few weeks ago. Coincidence?  Perhaps. But I have to wonder, does Annie know?

64 comments:

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

Oh wow, I am sure she felt something. They say dogs have that natural instinct. She is beautiful. How sweet of you and Carl to have been able to adopt her and care for her. You are definitely an Angel. TFS> ana

Jill said...

I am sure she did, bless her heart. Such a beautiful girl. I'm so happy she found love with you.

Primitive Stars said...

Oh Kim, I have tears in my eyes reading your post this morning.....So happy you took Annie in, but how sad for him to give her up.......I think Annie knew.......Dogs are such sweet animals, love them so.......Blessings Francine.

kks said...

i think Annie knows.....what a story.
xoxo

2browndawgs said...

Yes, I bet she does. That is too bad. Glad Annie has a place to stay.

Joanna said...

I've got tears in my eyes reading about sweet Annie. I have absolutely no doubt that she knew and that her owner had come to say goodbye to her.

xxx

Anns Art said...

Yes, she does know. Their senses are so much greater than ours (us dog owners all know that don't we). Reminds me of a time here when our William was about two years old. Family came to visit and we are all in the hall greeting each other...well, long story short and bear in mind the atmosphere was very happy, William had jumped up to say hello to everyone. Then he turned and jumped up at Thin Air, just as he had with the actual people. To this day Kim, I am convinced he 'saw' another family member who has passed over but to William he thought they were actually there. I shall always be convinced there were more people with us than we could 'see'.

I won't mention the 'orbs' I actually 'saw' the other night!

Lily said...

Dogs are so special; I am sure she knows he has died. Maybe now that he is in spirit form he can be near her. xxx

Susie and Sidebite said...

You betcha she knew, we got senses that peeps don't even know about. How it is that a dog or cat(Allred can go a thousnad miles off and find their way home, Bites always knows when Dad is sick! You take care of Annie cause she is in mouring!

Your Pals
Susie & Bites

Sam said...

I think he stopped by to say goodbye. Sweet Annie - give her a hug from us?

Sam

thecrazysheeplady said...

Wow.

Inger said...

I think she knows and I also think she knows how much you care about her and how good it is that she is living with you now.

And I like these gray colors for the winter. Very calming and just the right shades.

GOOSE said...

Oh with out a doubt, she knew.
Blessings,
Goose

Nancy Claeys said...

I honestly think they do know. Sweet Annie misses her original friend, I think.

Lori Skoog said...

Sweet, perceptive Annie. Sending her a big hug from Skoog Farm.

Kathi said...

Oh Kim, I truly believe that Annie knows. I just picture him whispering goodbye to her and that they will see each other again, it brings tears just thinking about it. I'm so glad Annie is there with you and Carl, and she also knows how much she is loved. What a sweet story. Hugs to sweet Annie!

Country Gal said...

Maybe his ghost had to see her one last time before he crossed over and she saw him . It is known that animals can see and sense ghosts and that ghosts will do this for peace of mind so they can cross over ! I am sorry to hear her owner passed away though but he will be able to watch her from above and enjoy her that way all over again ! Have a good day !

Angus said...

What a sad tale. Yes. Annie undoubtedly knew. So dis the rest of the pack. Seeing it one of those privileges of dog ownership.

S. J. Qualls said...

Annie knew. Sorry for her loss.

MySpecialDoggies said...

We think she knew - God bless her former person for letting her go to you & God bless you for taking care of her now.

Woofs
Nadine & goldens Neeli & Elle

harrispen said...

I like to agree with some of the others that Annie was visited by her owners spirit before he crossed over. He wanted to see that she was doing well and to remind her he loved her very much.

Cindy

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Oh my gosh, I love that her friend came to see her again. I am sure he will be waiting for her to join him again one day and until then, she has the comfort knowing he is okay:-)

TexWisGirl said...

oh, that is beautiful. and so sad.

Doc said...

Kim,
I am sure that Annie saw someone, don’t know if you ever read the posts I wrote about Lucy the ghost that we share our old house with. Our pack always let us know when she is near.

Nancy J said...

Annie would know, he was there. maybe to say one last farewell.You will share grief with her, but be happy that Annie was with you, told you, and you will heal from this together.Our cats and your dogs know far more than we could ever imagine,that extra sense that gives them an insight into what we cannot see. Cheers from Jean

Barbara said...

I honestly believe he came back to say goodbye to her. She knows.

Karine said...

I'm sure she did know and that her owner was there with her at that moment. He walked up to her, petted her and told her that he would be waiting for her at the Rainbow Bridge.

rottrover said...

At the exact moment that my mother died - in a hospital - the neighbors reported that the dogs went nuts - barking, howling, carrying on. I think dogs know...

The Heartbeats said...

I am sure she knows. They say dogs SEE dead people!! I don't put anything past a dog. They are amazing.

Mamma Heartbeat

Miss Holly said...

Oh...............Annie.....God that just makes me want to cry my eyes out...what a heart ache for her owner...and you...
The day the twin towers fell my neighbors dog hid behind the toilet the entire day shaking.....this was in Massachusetts....animals are amazing.......they know...give Annie a kiss from miss Holly...xxxxxxxxx's

Sue said...

Yes, they know. Don't ask me how, but they do. One day in January 1998 I was having a cup of tea and watching the news. Suddenly my cockatiel, Buddy, started screaming. He wasn't just being a noisy cockatiel, he was screaming at the top of his lungs and wouldn't stop. I talked to him but he wouldn't calm down. I covered him and he continued to scream for about twenty minutes. Seconds after he stopped, the phone rang and my brother told me that our mother had died. Buddy knew.
Sue

Tina Eudora said...

I believe that Annie most certainly was greeting her former owner and companion as he stopped by to say goodbye for the moment! Animals are so special!
I have missed you Kim (and the gang) and am slowly making my way back to Blogger for the New Year.
Happy New Year!
Tina xo

kmp said...

oh my goodness, kim! this brought tears to my eyes and gave me chills down my spine. i believe his spirit came to see her one last time...

edgar's mum

NanaNor's said...

Kim, This brought tears to my eyes-how very comforting for Annie and for you. I've heard stories like that too but never experienced them. May Annie's day be filled with tail wags and joy as she spends her time with you. Again, I do think you are an angel sent for these dear pups.
Hugs, Noreen

tammy j said...

she knew.
she will know sadness now.
but she is in the best place for it. your home. like none other.
there is great healing love there.
it has your loving and giving spirit. and all the years of other doggie love. it's full of love.
hugs to you dear heart,
tammy j

That Janie Girl said...

I totally think dogs know…they are so sensitive and sometimes know things before we do.

I know for a fact they are tuned into the spiritual side of things (as opposed to the natural.)

What a beautiful story.

LindaG said...

He probably stopped by to be sure Annie was doing well.
*hugs* ♥

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I think the old mans spirit was so connected with Annie--- that he definatly stopped by one more time- because I am sure her footprints were imprinted all over his heart.
love
tweedles

KB said...

I'm not a mystical person but I've had an experience where I "knew" that someone close to me had passed. I feel sure that Annie knew, and I'm so glad that she's in a loving home with you.

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Sounds like many of us have had experiences with recently deceased spirits hanging around for a last goodbye. We're sure Annie's prior owner was very grateful that his Annie has such a safe and loving home until it is time for her to join him. He was spared the added pain of having to worry about her, thanks to you.

Jo's World said...

A very touching post, Kim, along with wonderful responses... and yes, I am one of the believers too. There are many stories that describe this kind of thing, cats or dogs who can tell when someone is dying, near or far away. I am so happy that Annie was with you.

Blessings on all!

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Discovery School at First Baptist Heath said...

Oh Yes.. Annie knows!!!!

BadPenny said...

I'm sure she did know.

KT and Easton said...

Oh yea, she knows (knew).
There is another dimension that humans are too close minded to be able to keep that frequency open at all times. Dogs don't have that problem. They know.

Leslie said...

I love this. She knows and I'm sure that he came to see her. : )
So sweet.

farmhousewife said...

They know more than we know.

I thought of your gentle, caring, above-and-beyond self just two days after Christmas when I laid my childhood pony to rest. She was 38 years old. We'd been together 31 years.

They know.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Angel Kim, I am sure she knows!!!
He came that night to say good-bye to her!!
The flowering plants are winter bloomers--isn't that great???
Thanks for your visit dear friend!!

Jim said...

Yes she knew. Dogs, as do some people, have an ability to 'pick up on' energy around them and respond accordingly when something changes about that energy.

A few weeks ago one of Sophie's dads was not feeling well at all. She sensed this and went to him and just sat with him not looking for a thing.

My father is 96 and Sophie met him when he was 90. From day one she sensed he couldn't play with her like we did....she is very gentle and slow when she is with him.

So yes I think dogs are more intuned than most humans.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Dogs have amazing intuition - gave me chills reading this. Poor girl, I'm so happy she found you. :)

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

What an amazing story. We feel Annie must have known. It must have given her sick owner great comfort to know she is so well loved and cared for.
No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

Vicki said...

Oh she knows.
I have interesting stories of dogs and what they see and 'know' that we humans don't.
We can learn much from our animals.

Jeanne Pursell said...

I believe that she does know!! I believe he was stopping by to wish her love...and to thank you as well. As Noreen said, you are an angel for these wonderful pups. Hugs to Annie. She could not have found a better family.
xo
Jeanne

Catherine said...

Animals are so amazing! Annie is so lucky to have found so much love in her life. Beautiful!
xo Catherine

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I totally think that Annie has some connection to her owner. If he cared so much to think ahead and plan for her future when he was so ill, there is a huge connection.

What a sad day for both of them.

Jen

Hartwood Roses said...

She knew. Dogs feel things that we cannot ... only by watching them carefully can we even get an inkling of the wonders that they see. What a wonderful story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Poor Annie! Bless her heart. I'm sure the animal knew when her owner passed away. The love a dog has for its owner is incredible. These dogs are so sweet and sensitive. Annie is such a beautiful animal. I'm so glad she has a good home with people who love her.

Suz said...

count me in.....yes

RYKER said...

(Heavy sigh)

LetterstoAndrew said...

I'd have to say she knew. Sweet, innocent souls, they can see so much more than we can.

Judy's Corner said...

Without a doubt, Annie knows. Wonderful post.

Saskia said...

Yes, she knows it and soon she is with him.

Bassetmomma said...

That is just so touching and I am sure that Annie did know as I think dogs are so in tune with their owners. I'm sure he passed by to see her on his way out. :)

Sweet William The Scot said...

Oh Annie knows and she knows they will be reunited again. I think he stopped by to see her on his way over to what we cannot yet see.
Sweet William The Scot

marejohn said...

How I missed this post I have no idea! It makes me cry and smile at the same time and YES-she knows! Maybe was the first to know...bless her puppy heart :)
Thank you for loving and caring for her and reassuring her person that she was well...
and bless YOU!
M