Do animals leave the body before dying?

Do animals leave the body before dying?We’re all in “get ready” mode right now as the big blizzard (18 inches?) is on it’s way… The news is predicting quite a bit of snow, wind, and power outages so I really have no idea what tomorrow holds!

But what I do have an idea about is animals and how they go about passing over and I thought I would share that here today.

When talking about animals passing over, I always think of my dog Bella on the day she ended up crossing over. I didn’t notice anything before I left for the gym that morning, but when i walked in the door afterwards, she was sitting on the dog bed (something she never does), kind of in a weird spacey way.

I’ll never forget how she lifted her head up and wagged her tail at me four or five times. It just seemed so odd – unlike her. She was normally a much more present dog (like, you couldn’t miss her because she wouldn’t let you).

After wagging her tail, she put her head back down on the dog bed and closed her eyes. I’ve thought about that moment so many times since – and I’ve received emails, phone calls, and posts wondering the same thing I was worrying about:

Question: Do animals leave the body before dying?

So, I want to answer this question for you but I’m going to answer this question based on what the animals have told me again and again in my many years working as an Animal Communicator on whether or not animals leave the body before dying. What I’m going to tell you is basically straight from the horse’s mouth (psychically that is!).

Because animals choose how, when, why, and where – as well as WHO will (or won’t) be there with them when they cross over, they have the time to work the more spiritual angle of their passing.

Before passing, an animal’s spirit will begin to leave their body. Many times the animal will show me a visual of how only part of their spirit is or was still in their body at the time of their passing. The rest of the spirit is making it’s way outward, to the Light (or heaven or the Rainbow Bridge – or whatever you call it in your mind).

Crossing to the other side is a big job for a person or an animal, and the last piece of the self to experience this crossing over, according to the animals, is the physical body.

The spirit actually gets a nice head start in the dying process.

The benefit to this is that the animal is less connected to the physical world when he passes so there is less pain and less awareness.

Think of it this way – if you’re distracted watching TV while someone is pinching you, you’re less likely to be bothered by it than if you’re in an empty room watching this person pinching you.

Crossing over can work in the same way. The spirit is distracted with the separation process between the physical body and the spirit – so there is less connection to what is happening in the physical world.

Animals have told me this is the case when they are sick and dying for example, but they’ve even also said their spirit begins to leave their body when their passing is an “accident” (like getting hit by a car).

For me, knowing the answer, that animals aren’t quite there all the way when they are about to pass over made me feel so much better about Bella. If I hadn’t known that, I might have thought she was upset with me or upset that she was about to cross over.

Luckily, that is not the case for any animal. Ever. I hope this information has helped you a little bit and I’d love to know your thoughts!

Click to share your thoughts here.

Love and Light,

50 replies
    • Lana
      Lana says:

      I hope this is true for when we assist them in the process too. For such a difficult decision, one that I just recently had to make for my 14 year old English bulldog Elsie, there would certainly be some comfort in knowing she was not only expecting her passing but participating in the process as well by beginning to move on. I will take comfort on this issue any way it is offered. Thanks for the timely discussion.

      • Danielle MacKinnon
        Danielle MacKinnon says:

        Yes Lana. I’ve worked with many animals who asked for assistance in crossing over. Euthanasia seems to be one of many different ways that animals will choose and they have not demonstrated any fear of choosing this method.

        • Deniz
          Deniz says:

          I had to say goodbye to my pit bull Dylan 4 years ago on March 18th . He was almost 16…. I relive that moment over and over …. thinking I could have made the wrong decision . Glade to have come across your post and has put my mind at ease .

  1. Cyndi
    Cyndi says:

    Thank you for this. I needed to hear this. With all these bad news that I’ve been hearing about the dog meat trade and how animals are tortured and killed… it’s really hard to see them suffer before they pass . Now with these kind of incidents, do animals still leave their body before tortured and killed or do they leave during the process of them being brutally murdered? This whole killing of animals have really affected me and I’m consumed by it a lot. I feel so bad for them

    • Janet
      Janet says:

      Honestly, I would not even want to touch upon that one bit. Danielle would have to respond upon that. I cannot imagine any animal being pulled so fast from such horrid treatment. I think of a human, being battered and beaten beyond recognition and they will still be in their bodies. I don’t see them not experiencing some of the beatings. But yes, I understand your compassion. it is horrible for all of them. stuffed in cages so jammed tight that they can’t even move a hair. Also, there is this horrible festival I just learned about in Mexico how they hang dogs and beat them like piñatas!! what the heck is wrong with people? or if you’d call them people. don’t these evil creatures have anything better to do with their time here?? like really.

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      In EVERY instance, animal’s spirits begin to leave their body before their passing. However, it really doesn’t make it easier on my heart and I cannot wait for the day when all animals receive unconditional love at all times.

  2. Robin Shelton
    Robin Shelton says:

    I hope that’s exactly right, that animals begin their crossing over process that way. I have been learning a lot about the dog meat trade. And I hope that there is some way for these dogs and cats to be spared the terrible suffering inflicted on them.

  3. Ginny White
    Ginny White says:

    This too has helped me as I am in the process of having a pet choose whether to leave or stay. She is my sweet guinea pig, Helen, and she’s very sick, although I am trying desperately to keep her here with me. I know she has already chosen her path, and I feel that her spirit is leaving.

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      Ginny, since you know this about her, now you have the option to make her last bit of time in her physical body full of love, rather than full of fear or worry. Sending you both love and light, Danielle

  4. Sheila
    Sheila says:

    Hearing this from a master is very comforting as I reflect back on two of my dogs who passed over several years ago. A few days before my ill lab Luci died she looked at me like she didn’t recognize me, almost looking through me. I’m looking forward to your energy webinar in April, thanks!

  5. Linda
    Linda says:

    A couple of years ago I was on vacation & my wonderful neighbor was watching my cats, and one of them got sick, went to the vet & stayed there till I got back (long story made short). During the trip I could feel him at night & would tell him to please wait for me as I would be home in a couple of days. I picked him up the day I got home & the next day he acted better, but the next day I was in the bathroom & I could feel a shift in the whole house, I found him sitting in the powder room with some blood in his mouth, he passed that day. But I will never forget the feeling of his sprit coming & going in the house that day. So I’m a firm believer in the fact that their spirit leaves before the physical body does.

  6. Susan
    Susan says:

    What about when we have an animal euthanized? I found a cat lying in a street many years ago, and tried to help her, but she was very sick. I ended up leaving her at a vet to be put down. I feel guilty that I didn’t do enough to help her, even though everyone told me it was for the best, as she was so sick. Is this still something that was decided by the cat? How do I know I did the right thing for this cat? Thanks.

  7. Ellen
    Ellen says:

    This is very reassuring. I’ve had profound encounters around death with animals as a result of being an equine barn manager and steward to animal companions…

    While one of my cats was in the process of slowing dying at my house, I was taking care of some AMAZING draft horses at another location. I was weeping at the thought of having to take my cat to the vet to be euthanized as I was bathing a goofy, wise and wonderful 18 hand Clydesdale named Chase. Without prompting, he told me in a ‘matter of fact’ way that “death is a part of life.” From this comment, I realized that animals are SO in touch with the dying process because they are part of the natural world. Having the rest of the information from Danielle has made a big difference in how I grieve beloved animals crossing over.

    I’ll tell one more quick story that I love….. I had been taking care of a herd of horses as barn manager and they were such a delight; each one having their own stories of former careers and life experiences. One of the horses was a spectacular and elegant 17 hand Russian Trakehner named El Brus, named after the Russian mountain range from where he was born. He was retired from a highly successful career as a Grand Prix show jumper. He was very proud of his career and liked it when I told visitors to the barn all about his success. A couple of months after I left my position at the barn, I came back to visit. I went out to the pasture to give him hugs and scratches and he came up to me as I approached; we were dear friends. About three hours later I got a call from a friend who still worked at the farm who told me the vet had been called because El Brus had a severe colic and was going to be put down. I was stunned and tried to get there to say goodbye before the vet euthanized him. I lived 30 minutes away and when I arrived, it was too late. I went to his body and kissed him and laid with him, even though he wasn’t alive. I was grateful for the time alone with him, getting to touch him and talk to him before he was buried, although it was crushing that he was no longer living. As I made my way back to my car and walked through the front gate to leave, I felt his spirit running free and flying off into the air above me. HE DID WAIT FOR ME! His Spirit was with his body when I laid next to him. I felt SO honored that we left the farm together.

  8. Janet
    Janet says:

    Before the two cats I have now, I had four furballs that I adopted from an older woman who became my friend and was a rescue worker. Each of the four cats had an amazing personality all their own. two were brother and sister, the others were from elsewhere. Together they were an amazing experienced, something that I treasured. And like any pet, when they get old and I mean like 15 yrs or more, things go wrong. My intention was always to feed, care and love them. mices to pieces. But I always feel guilty because I never have at the end of their lives the money for taking care of any health concerns that pops up. It is just too much for me to afford, so I feel intense emotional pain and sorrow for not keeping them alive, even though I know deep within my heart that it was their time to leave. I suppose I need to make it right with me, even though it was right with them. But two of my cats I can see in their eyes that they were not fully in their bodies. that spacey look. not fully focused.

  9. Denise
    Denise says:

    I have always wondered about this, because I had read years ago that we also do the same before we die. Now knowing this helps me when I think of how cruel we are to animals. A couple of weeks ago a cat was beaten and put in a suitcase, then thrown into the river. Yep, the energy took a ding on that one — still bothers me! I still have a hard time wrapping my head around any animal allowing itself to be beaten like a piñata, tortured in a cage before it is butchered for meat, any of those scenarios. I am curious. When an animal has such a horrible ending, does that get carried into their next life?

  10. Ken
    Ken says:

    Danielle mentions that through this process animals feel less pain as they are dying, but why must animals or humans feel any pain at all when they are dying? Why can’t we all just drift off to sleep and not wake up? If it is true we all choose how we are going to die, why would anyone choose some of the horrible ways in which people die?

  11. Neal
    Neal says:

    Yes, the connection to our physical bodies lessen as it slows down and weaken. As we near physical death we actually begin to live our true nature, that of spirit. The “dying” seem to exist in two worlds as they ready to shed their bodies. They see friends and family who have already passed as well as those of us who at their side. Once we pass, we remember that we were truly spiritual beings all along. I believe it’s the same for us and our animal companions.

  12. Lee Wilkins
    Lee Wilkins says:

    When we had to cross our sheltie Gabby over last April first I just knew it was time. The had a very appointment that day anyway. I was giving her a bath so she would be pretty for the vet. She just looked at me with Sad eyes. He tumor was bigger then her poor little body. I finished giving her the bath and told my husband that it was time she wants to go. She sat on my lap on the way to the vet which she never does in the car. When we got there the vet agreeded with us. They took her to the back room to prepare her and put us in the Zen room. As we sat there I said I hope we are doing the right thing. With that my husband said there’s your sign on the floor was a beautiful rainbow prism. We held her in our arms and she kissed us. I knew she was happy with our decision. This thing that you wrote makes me feel better. I still miss her. Also I really enjoyed seeing you in Doylestown, PA.

  13. Beth Hofmann-Davies
    Beth Hofmann-Davies says:

    THANKYOU so much for this Danielle!!! And thank you to Colleen (your assistant?) for pointing me to it!!!💕

  14. Lisa Sargent
    Lisa Sargent says:

    I wonder if that is true for all of them? My Sophie was playing as usual the night before she died, running out from under the couch to fake attack me as she always did. The day she died (she was only two), my son had been home from the NICU for only 3 days (he had been there for 28 days because he was born 9 weeks early) and was lying in his bassinet in front of me and Sophie, who was sitting on my lap. At one point Sophie leaned forward to look at Harry. After a few minutes I gently brought her back to a sitting position and she came without a fuss. She had been with me during my bed rest and she exhibited all sorts of unusual behaviors. For example, she pushed books off my bed and then looked from me to my husband when we were having an argument. There were other things, but you don’t need to know all this to make my point, but when I think about that day, I also think about her behavior in the days before Harry’s birth. The day she died, my husband came home and I went to take a shower. When I got out of the shower I saw my other two cats in the second bath when I walked by and I said “where’s Sophie” because it seemed unusual for them to be in there. I came into the living room and saw her in the laundry basket and said “there you are!!”, but she didn’t respond which was so unlike her that I knew something was terribly wrong. She was gone. Just like that. She did nothing different before I showered. She was obviously ready to go. Her job was done. Did I just not notice? I can’t even imagine that. She was so full of life and we were so close. I knew from across the room that she was gone so I can’t imagine I wouldn’t have noticed her spirit was leaving. I still feel her loss deeply. It’s been 12 years.

  15. debra
    debra says:

    So comforted to hear this.I lost my boy in an accident and still feel sad about a euthanasia.I also worry about all the stray cats who are cold and hungry and the barbaric cruelty of animals today,such a comfort to understand this,thankyou danielle.As a beautiful thing that happend to us, my boy who was killed in a road accident,before he left the house it was strange because when we look back he had looked at me and jumped on to my lap,I immediately stroked him,then he moved across to my husband who just ignored him.”Stroke him!” I said,but he loved him greatly despite my telling him,and he stroked him too,my boy didn’t move until he was stroked,then he went to my son,who also stroked him.We were all sitting together and he literally went from one to the other,not moving until we stroked him,it was like he knew and was saying a last goodbye.

  16. Heml
    Heml says:

    Good day Danielle!
    Thank you for sharing this. I picked up my dog in the field and he was dead. I carried him and cried like nobody’s business and then his heart started beating again. I then took him to the vet where he passed. Unsure what to take of this.
    Thank you!

  17. Bobby McKnight
    Bobby McKnight says:

    Hello Danielle,
    yes, l have writen to you some time ago. When my Am Staff passed over..l had rescued her from California, an only had her only 22 , we were inseparable she was the apple of my eye an l was all hers. It was on Jan 25th that l took her to the vets to be put my surprise the vet did an xray on the terminal bone cancer tumor on her foot…and called me to come in right away..her foot was broken. She couldnt have the heart to tell me. Cause we both knew Gracie an I that if she ever broke her foot l would gave to put her down. Their was nothing more to do. That morning before l took her to the vet with my dear friend who Gracie adored. He was lying on the couch.. Gracie had jumped up on the couch led down near his feet and kicked his feet for a while. She really only did that to me. An she knew l loved then she jumped up into my bed that morning..l was in a semi fetal position sleeping on my side. Gracie slept with me every night. We always touched an she always moaned when l touched her..she loved her mama hard! when Gracie jumped up on the bed l was half asleep she curled up in a ball right in my chest. Luke she belonged their an moaned l put my arm around her an said..Awe look at you coming to give mum a love.. actually she was having her last complete closeness with me..l had no idea..when l brought her to the vet that it was the last day.. but she knew. She played it off real good in all with a broken foot…an how long did she have that..l cannot even think on that!. My precious Am Staff Gracie Mae..they love so hard!
    It’s been very hard losing’s rocked my entire world. But she comes to me in dreams. In certain songs that l live an haven’t heard for years. She comes throught!

  18. Michael Cap
    Michael Cap says:

    This was the case with my German Shepherd. We had to rush him to the University of Auburn Teaching School of Veterinarian Medicine this past Sunday (03/12/17) week ago. He had a nose bleed and we told the doctors that money was not an issue and to do whatever it took to help him. My wife and I were planning a trip to see him Thursday morning (4 days later) but he went into cardiac arrest on Wednesday evening after two transfusions, bone marrow biopsy, several x-rays and being placed on a steroid. I remember one of the veterinarians there told me on Wednesday morning that he seemed more lethargic than he had ever been since his arrival but his vitals were good and he took the second transfusion well so his blood cell count was strong. Another odd occurrence that same day is that he ‘visited’ my wife early on Wednesday morning very briefly in her sleep (my wife is extremely sensitive to loved ones that have crossed over) and I also felt his presence that same morning when he was still ‘alive’ at the University. Looking back by wife said ‘ that was my sign, that his soul had left Wednesday morning well before his death Wednesday evening’. We were devastated…he came to ‘visit’ her early Saturday morning in a ‘dream’ because we were grieving so badly. He told her things that only him and I shared from a previous experience together two weeks prior….I guess i will stop the story here so as not to sound too bat s**t crazy….that is a story for another day, I suppose.

  19. Deni
    Deni says:

    We have lost our chihuahua 6 months baby dog two days ago in a very terrible way trying to put a strap on him, something went wrong and by mistake my husband pulled him harder with the strap, the dog strangled and died for seconds. It happened in front of my daughter, and we were shocked I didn’t know what is happening, couldn’t realize it, took her in side the room not to see him. We are feeling very bad now, missing him so much. Specially me, I got very depressed, can’t handle the pain from his absence.
    Can’t forgive my husband, because he killed him by mistake. Don’t know what to do, how to get over this.
    Please help me?

  20. Sherry ZWICK
    Sherry ZWICK says:

    THANK YOU. I still struggle with highway deaths, cruelty and dead animals found on my property. Say nothing of the squirrels and birds my Christopher hunts, kills and eats. (This one is getting easier for some reason)

  21. Carolyn
    Carolyn says:

    Hi Danielle,
    I was wondering if sick pets have the ability or have a way of telling their owners that they want to die, to end their suffering? I think I made a huge mistake today by having a 4 month kitten euthenized on the advice of a vet. I picked her up off the streets (I’m in Asia) and I noticed she had difficulty breathing to the point she was gasping for air through her mouth. Based on an x ray the vet suspected that the kitten had a trauma which resulted in displaced intestines pressing on her lungs, which made it very difficult for her to breathe. The vet said that eventually she might get pneumonia and die. She had never seen a kitten in a similar condition survive. Although she was 4 months, her body size was that of a 2 month kitten. She barely ate and would stay in the corner most of the time. Despite these deteriorating signs, she would accept offers of food. She still had the appetite to eat but could not because, I suspect, she was in pain when she swallowed. Thus she barely ate when accepting food, but she would ask for food while I ate. I only had this kitten for a few days, but I’m heartbroken and regret that the time for euthenizing her was not right. She still wanted to live, even though she was suffering and was in pain. When I called her to me, she would come. She was showing signs that she wanted to live despite the suffering. My question is, do pets become so overwhelmed by their pain and suffering that they are driven to want to die? Do they have the ability to know that they want to die, like humans, do end the suffering? Do you know if they are capable of this type of awareness?

    Thank you.

    I’m trying to make sense of all this, I’d appreciate a response.


    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      Hi Carolyn,
      First, let me say I’m so sorry for your loss. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve known an animal, it’s always a hard when one crosses to the other side. Animals can certainly tell us when they’re ready to pass – and it often has nothing to do with age. In my experience, talking with animals, their passing is never an accident and it’s never not supposed to have happened. Trust that you did the right thing and know your kitten is safe, happy, and at peace now. ~Danielle

  22. Augusta Vigil
    Augusta Vigil says:

    Please help me understand. If an animal chooses their death and who is present, Why would ours do it so tragic? Upon returning home 2 days ago our 4 yr old Poodle Manilla jumped out of the car, my daughter and I seen headlights coming. My daughter tried to stop the vehicle he hit our dog (she witnessed everything) I ran from the passenger side and our dog was disfigured trying to walk to us, she picked up while I was going to drive. About 50 feet away she said “She’s dead” I floored the gas pedal and took Manilla in my arms I felt her chest pop so I assumed she was alive. The vet said she was gone. I can’t figure why is would be so tragic. Our other 2 dogs were present as well.

  23. Martha Parks
    Martha Parks says:

    My dog, 13 year old Blue Heeler, Taz, who was blind but seemingly otherwise healthy died this past week. He was at the vet’s getting a dental which went well but as they were waking him up, he suddenly died. They tried to revive him for over 30 minutes but he was gone. My question is did he choose to exit this life while under sedation and pain free? I am so worried that I missed something, that he felt abandoned when I left, that he was scared. I have lost other animals but his was so very unexpected it has left me devastated. Can you help me understand? Thank you.

  24. Kathryn
    Kathryn says:

    When my dog got sick, the vet told me the dog would let me know when it was time to help her. I asked how? When the time came, the light left my dog’s eyes. They sparkled, always. Suddenly they were just dark. She did let me know. This information is a comfort to me that I knew what she communicated

  25. Susan
    Susan says:

    I’m so glad to hear this. When it was time to say goodbye to my Bugsy he went out kicking and screening. They had to hold him down. It was an aweful experience. My vet said it was because he had dementia. All my other animals went peacefully but not Bugsy. Made me rethink if I did the right thing. Still painful to remember the experience.

  26. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    I euthanized my boy on 5/1/17. It’s been extremely hard for me. We were soul mates. I’m not sure what was wrong with him. One day I came home and he couldn’t get up. His back legs were paralyzed. I let him rest and the next day he was better. I took him to a chiropractor and he was getting better. But, he was having problems fully emptying his bladder. I had to help him. I took him to the vet and they didn’t have any answers for me. For months I tried to help him. He had more and more trouble walking. Eventually his back legs were paralyzed. A few months later so were his front legs. I took him to the vet twice to euthanize him and I couldn’t do it. He had a strong will to live. Finally, my daughter was getting married out of state and I made the decision to do it. I didn’t have anyone that could watch him. My biggest problem is that I had a vet come to my house so he wouldn’t have to make the trip to the vet in the car. When he got there my boy was so upset. He was very anxious. He would calm down a little when the vet left the room. He came back into the room to get things started. I walked out of the room to sign the paperwork and make the payment. My boy was yelping for me. I came back in and talked to him and told him that we were going to help him. That he wouldn’t be in pain anymore. He just looked at me and listened. I told him everything was ok. The dr gave him the first sedative and he fought it for a few seconds. Then he just stared at me. At this point he was calm. I told him he was ok and I was ok, everything was ok. The vet gave him the final injection immediately. I talked to him while I was waiting for it to be over. His stare never changed. When vet said he was gone, I kissed him goodbye and laid his head down. I started to cry and told him i was so sorry. The vet then covered him up and took him. I didn’t spend any time with him after he was gone. I knew it was going to be hard, i was trying to be strong for him. I didn’t want him to be upset, or scared. My biggest problem is, I don’t know why he seemed so afraid. He always liked people, everyone. I never saw him like that in his life. I keep thinking that it wasn’t the right time. That he wasn’t ready to go. I keep thinking that I should have taken him with me, or found a vet to care for him while I was gone. I just can’t get over this feeling. It’s almost a year. Do you know why he would have been so upset?

  27. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    Hi, I wanted to tell our story.
    I married a man who had horses, and he had to hide his two favorite horses from his soon to be ex, because she was a real piece of work. He hid them at a friend’s horse farm in another state.
    The one horse stayed there, he was a stud and could do some good there. Thunder came with us. He was a beautiful 12 year old Clydesdale.
    Thunder picked up the mites that cause scratches, an infection in their feather area, or at least it ended up that way, it could have been avoided but care was not given. By the time we got him back, his scratches had him swollen so bad his lower limbs looked like pineapples. He had gotten the infection in his lymph nodes too and we worked and worked on him to get rid of it. We shaved, washed and medicated his legs. We gave antibiotics twice a day. I’m sure there were other things the veterinarian did, but after a while, a couple years, he was just miserable. He was barely raising his head and was just droopy. His fight had left.
    So my husband, made the hard decision, and we decided to assist in his death. (I hate even saying that).
    We obtained a burial place from the barn owner, and took the long walk back to the woods, where the rancher had dug a large hole for his burial plot.
    We all stood around him, and I was at his head. I held his head still while the vet put the needle in, and he pushed the meds fast, and it was sort of slow motion, but he went pretty quick. As his last breath was leaving his body, I must have breathed in, because I felt it, sort of, and then I turned around and looked over my left shoulder, and he was standing over there, in spirit form, looking at us like what’s going on? And then he walked off, never to be seen again.
    He fell to his knees and we said our last goodbyes.
    Then we made our long, quiet walk back to the barn, and into our car. It was a final farewell to the barn, since we had no more horses, and I think very depressing as well. We have since recovered, but I will never forget the spirit of that gental giant after he had gone through me.

    • Christina
      Christina says:

      Hi, I would like to share my story as well. I was on a 4-day business trip and came back on a Saturday night. I was so happy to see my cat, Lola, who I’m extremely connected to. She’s my best friend and I felt bad leaving her for 4 days at home with my boyfriend. He threw a BBQ and had some friends over that night to celebrate a new job. My cat was hanging around all of us the whole night outside, and seemed to be very calm around the rambunctious boys. If he has his friends over, she usually hangs out at a good distance, so it was a little unusual. A raccoon came to her food bowl and I shooed it away. My cat does not feel threatened by raccoons and usually hangs out next to them in the yard. She didn’t want to come inside that night, so we left her outside, as usual. The last encounter I had with her is her looking straight in my eyes and giving me a soft meow. I woke up in the morning to find her dead in a yard across the street. She was missing all of her insides, no blood, and only her outside remained. This was the most tragic experience I’ve ever encountered. I couldn’t understand what happened, as she usually gets along with all animals and humans. I blamed myself for shooing the raccoon away, thinking I pissed it off and that initiated it to eat her. I even thought it could have been a messed up person who did it, because it was so brutal. I still don’t know what happened, or why. It just seems so unthinkable. But looking back, and discovering that animals know when they are going to pass 24-48 hours before, I had to accept that she chose this and she was trying to say goodbye. I have her spirit with me now, and know she’s not in any pain anymore. I choose to celebrate the life we shared, the memories, and that she is eternally present and with me in spirit form. Thank you for this article. It gave me hope that Lola didn’t suffer and endure the pain of her violent passing.

  28. Sundus
    Sundus says:

    Hi !
    I had a pug and he dies today !
    He raised his tail while taking his last breath
    Can you please tell me if it meant something !

  29. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    So interesting! Last week we said goodbye to our 29year old horse. He’d been unwell for some time but things shifted. As he became more unwell, it happened that we lost our phone and internet services…. in fact all communication. It may be coincidental, but he had such a spirit. Our home seemed stuck/in limbo for nearly two weeks. When we finally had him euthanised (which was super tough), things were restored in all kinds of ways . It could be my imagination….

  30. Ivory
    Ivory says:

    Hello, it’s been over 3 years since my 6 year old doggie passed away from cancer. One day we noticed a bump in his throat and his breathing rapidly so we took him to the vet to get checked out. When he was diagnosed with cancer he passed away 5 days later. I have so much guilt and regrets, I wish I had put him down once I found out he had the worst most terrible stage 4 kind of cancer, but I didn’t. I didn’t even know dogs could get cancer, I didn’t know what to do and I’m ashamed. He was throwing up blood he was breathing so fast I shouldn’t have been so stubborn but I couldn’t imagine life without him so I tried saving him. The day before he passed away I bought Cbd for cancer dogs hoping it would atleast calm his breathing I hate myself for it… but I knew if I didnt have tried anything to save him, I would of regretted it the most. On the 4th day I came home from work and I was laying with him and I decided I need to let him go and the next morning was when I was going to the vet to let him go, but before I could of done that, my dog started dying. He was breathing so fast like an asthma attack that I started to freak out I hate myself for it. I called every dog hospital and no one could help me, one man even laughed at me. I just wanted my dog to die peacefully and not the way he did. I dont know if he suffered the way I think he did, I hope he didn’t. I hope he didn’t feel much or anything at all. But I will never know and It replays in my head all the time. A big part of me feels like that’s how he chose to die, like he made his own path for his end. If I got him euthanized they would of just took him and that’s it. But because he died in my backyard, my dad came home and wrapped him in white silk with his blue pillow and carried him for the last time just like the way he brought him in. It was crazy, it’s like he knew i was leaving to get him euthanized. I didn’t have a car so i had to go to the doctors office to see which options were best. I don’t know why i couldn’t just have called i was so messy. But i knew i needed to see and talk to the doctor physically because it was very serious to me.
    We dropped him off at a shelter since the government said it would of tooken 24 hours to get him. Fuck that. I hope my dog isn’t mad at me. I hope he forgives me for not spending enough time with him. I hope he’s happy. Reading your article gave me a little bit of peace so thank you. If tears could of saved him, he would have lived forever.


    Thank you Danielle. I just lost my Rat and now i could connect all the dots from last 5 days! Thank you.

    With love from India!


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