When My Dog Died I Saw His Spirit Above His Body

by Danielle MacKinnon

If you’re looking for relief or understanding around the grief of losing your pet, my What Your Pet Wants You To Know When They Die Video Manual can give you some much needed information and inspiration!

My Dog Died and It Helped Me

Kelso, my dog, died several years ago. Although I still grieve for Kelso and miss him dearly, what I experienced through his death profoundly changed me and helped me become the person I am today. I believe that I would not have a thriving school of animal communication that I do, if Kelso hadn’t given me the gift he gave me through his passing.

Go here to read the in-depth story of Kelso’s passing

In order to fully understand the domino effect that Kelso’s passing created, you need to know about my job. As an animal communicator (pet psychic),  and teacher I connect with animals intuitively for work. I love teaching people how to do this (through my Danielle MacKinnon School) but, as the time of Kelso’s passing, I didn’t connecting to my own dogs. I didn’t trust myself with my own dogs. Ask me to connect to YOUR dog, I was great! But connecting to my own dog was another story.

It started with seizures

The Monday before his passing, Kelso began experiencing seizures. The first seizure happened while he was upstairs in my office. From downstairs, it sounded like he had pulled something down off the shelf and was hitting it on the floor. It turned out his body was seizing. Our vet determined he needed surgery to remove the two bleeding tumors attached to his spleen. There was no part of me that wondering if my dog is dying. I did not intuitively check in with him. I was too upset.

I ignored my first intuitive sign from Kelso 

The day of Kelso’s surgery, Kelso was wobbly, dizzy, and sedated because of the anti-seizure medication. I took a moment to intuitively check in him and saw that his energy slightly out of his body. I have a video about how the spirit leaves the body that you can watch here.  (The spirit of an animal back out through the bum of the animal. The spirit then completely detaches from the body at the moment of death.) At the time, I questioned my connection to him and thought I must be making that up because of my worry for him. Before Kelso went in for his surgery, my husband Kevin and I took time to hug him and say goodbye – but we thought we were just being dramatic. I continued to disregard what I had seen in Kelso’s energy.

The second intuitive sign I missed

After Kelso’s surgery, we transported him to the overnight facility, thirty minutes away, for monitoring. While we were waiting to talk with the vet, I connected in Kelso. This time I saw that his energy was halfway out of his body.  I thought, “That’s so weird! Kelso’s energy is 50% out of his body. That’s just what Bella’s energy looked like the day she passed.” But it was a very fleeting thought that I gave no more consideration to. I just didn’t trust my intuition so I ignored what I saw.

We filled out the rest of the paperwork, including one form that asked us to check a box. DO NOT RESUSCITATE or PERFORM CPR. We checked the latter box. I kept thinking about it  thought and eventually told Kevin that I wasn’t sure it was the right decision. He said he’s been wondering the same thing. 

DSCN0402When we arrived home, the vet tech called us to let us know that Kelso’s body was shutting down and they were performing CPR. They told us we should get back to the facility as soon as possible. 

To Resuscitate or Not To Resuscitate?

As raced in our car back to Kelso, I started to realize I had been ignoring the intuitive signs of his passing all day.  Kevin agreed. When Kevin called to say we were on our way, he also told them to stop taking drastic measures. We heard the tech yell to the back room, “Stop resuscitation per the owner!”

The first intuitive sign I listened to (and I’m glad I did)

During the drive, I decided to do another intuitive check-in on Kelso. And this time, I was determined to trust. In my head, I tapped into the clairvoyant image that Kelso was giving me. I saw the room we left him sleeping in, but he had been moved out of the cage and was laying flat on the floor on a blanket. I saw people moving about around him – and then I noticed one significant thing. His energy (otherwise known as his spirit) was barely attached to his body. In fact, his energy was up by the ceiling looking down on the whole scene of activity, connected only by one thin line.

I told Kevin, “I think he has passed – or he’s just about to pass. His energy is looking down on him.” And I believed this. Finally.

My Dog Died Exactly The Way He Wanted

Through my intuitive communications with animals as an animal communicator, I’ve learned that animals choose their passing. (Learn more about this in my Youtube video.) They decide the timing, how, where, and even who is with them. Their intention is to help us evolve and grow, even from their passing.

I started crying to my husband, Kevin, “But WHY? Why would Kelso choose to pass without us there? I can’t figure out what we could possibly learn from this?” It didn’t make sense! My dog died and I was going to be more confused than ever!

DSCN0238When Kevin stopped the car in the driveway of the overnight vet, we burst out and ran. As we pushed through the glass doors to the building the tech ran up to us, “there’s still a heartbeat. Come this way!” 

When My Dog Died

THIS MOMENT makes me cry, even now, many years later.

Kelso was on the floor in the area exactly as I had seen him intuitively in my head fifteen minutes before.  He was surrounded by five women, all touching him, loving him, and supporting him as he went through his transition process.

I took a breath and looked up above Kelso’s body and the women.  And there it was: his spirit was right where I saw it psychically, hovering near the ceiling.

As the helpers moved out of the way for us, my voice took over. “Hi. We’ve already said our goodbyes. We don’t want him to suffer. We want to help him cross right now.” Kevin and I bent down over him and touched him and rubbed him. His heart beat was so faint… he was just barely alive, but he was alive. He had waited for us so that we could be there with his for his last breath. The thin strand of energy that had been connecting his spirit to his body gently dissolved away.  

The Opportunity

Kelso was teaching me right up through his last breath. This experience gave me the confidence to trust my animal communication skills with my own animals, even in times of turmoil. I ignored the signs he was giving me until I finally couldn’t. Today, I have become a more confident animal communicator with my own animals and I love helping people learn to trust their pet psychic skills enough so they can use them with their own animals. 

For me, the day my dog died was the day that I began to fully trust my animal intuition for MYSELF. 



174 replies
  1. PB
    PB says:

    Here I am May 2020 reading you story about Kelso’s passing. Our pets are part of our families and their loss is the same as the loss of a family member. Our pets know more about us then we know of our selves. Our pets do more for us then we can possibly do for them. An amazing story and more amazing is how anyone that has a pet can relate to your story.

  2. JoAnn
    JoAnn says:

    I know your precious Kelso passed in 2014 but I just read this for the first time and it touched me so much. What a beautiful pup,I realize he had aged but he was beautiful to me.thank you for sharing this,it was special.

  3. Keiko Tanaka
    Keiko Tanaka says:

    I couldn’t read this without wiping my eyes and nose. Now I know what I felt was right and made sense. Kelso IS a teacher. It’s in his energy. I didn’t know the animal choose the time, place and people ether. When I was reading this, I started to think about my experience. I know now that my cat Sunney choose me out from her love and stayed in her body as long as I’m ready. I took her outside in the yard, didn’t think that was the time. Think back now, she wanted to cross over but I was holding on to her. Then there was a jay bird out from nowhere, looking down on us from the fence. I looked at the jay and sensed that it telling me to let her go. As soon as I let her go, my sunney was gone. You think you know the unconditional love of animal, but every time things like this happening I’m blown away and the lesson that they teach us are so deep, it’s changes the perspective of life. Thanks for sharing your personal story. I really appreciated it.

  4. Kathleen
    Kathleen says:

    Thank you for sharing your story about Kelso, Danielle. It was sad but heartwarming. I had to help my sweet 16 year old cat Gracie cross over about 3 weeks ago. I held her in my arms. She was so very sick but went downhill quickly, with 24 hours and I knew it was time. My husband and I love animals and also helped our yellow lab cross over in Aug. 2013. He was also 16. I found comfort in your story, especially about Kelso visiting after he crossed over. Thank you. Your story helps all of us who have lost our beloved fur babies realize that they choose the outcome, and that helps us deal with any unresolved guilt and also gives us comfort.

  5. Danielle Holtcamp
    Danielle Holtcamp says:

    Danielle.. so… yes I teared up while reading this story…. Some of your situation was similar to that of my Sweet Piper… (red blood count dropping, two seizures her last full day). It brought back visual memories of my last few days with her and her passing with me. (4am 7/4/15) At the time of my Piper’s passing, I was not aware of the many things I know now about animals in spirit and the afterlife. I was not aware animals choose how they want to pass and with who. I was completely calm during her transition. I sat with her for a good twenty minutes, holding her and talking with her… she made her content noise shortly before crossing and starred at me before taking her last breathe… I had to drive home alone two hours after her passing and honestly still have no idea how I made it home. I got in my car and was hysterical all the way home. I was completely distraught for months after her passing.. luckily I was not working… It took several weeks before I began to see signs of her.. and hear her… I started reading up on Animals in Spirit, the afterlife and soul contacts… and that is what lead me to you. Thank you so much for what you do… I miss Piper dearly – since her passing a whole new world has opened up for me… just wish I knew many of the things I know now while she was still alive.

  6. Joanne Garis
    Joanne Garis says:

    Dannielle, I am so sorry for the physical loss of Kelso, but so enjoyed reading your story. I wish I had more understanding of the spiritual world and could see energy, but I have a profound belief and am beginning to trust my intuition, thanks to a little dachshund named Barney. Barney was the puppy dog love of my life and passed on March 19, 2015, unexpectedly. He gifted us before he died with intuitively reaching out to us, (myself, husband and daughter) to spend extra time with him. Time is at a premium in our house as Barney shared his home with 4 other doxie brothers and a sister cat, (passed away 4 days after Barney). I normally do things absentmindedly, but am cognizant of taking the time several times in the week before he died to give him extra hugs, kisses and even tell him he was my favorite, even the last night of his life. I am thankful I remember doing this. Barney was happily running around our big yard, even into the neighbor’s yard with me yelling at him and him ignoring me that very afternoon. Normal behavior for a stubborn doxie~. We went up to bed around 11:30. I thought it strange that Barney was already in bed, looking at me as I brought the last pup up into the bedroom. He usually lagged behind and laid in the hall up against my daughter’s bedroom door until I made him come into the room. I sat on my computer for a while and almost as soon as I turned it off and laid down, I was aware of Barney getting up and going down the doggy steps. I thought he was going out of the room for a drink or whatever. Maybe 20 to 30 minutes later, I was awakened by 2 of my other dogs who were sitting up, hovering over me. I turned on the light, offered them a drink of water, which neither wanted, and noticed Barney on the floor which I thought was unusual, but he sometimes slept on the floor when his allergies bugged him. The next morning, he was still there, and of course, gone. I now know he was gone very shortly after I laid down. He waited till he thought I’d be down for the night so his death would not disturb anybody. It was quick and painless and I believe he knew this was coming for a while. I found out he had a tumor on his heart and this caused the heart to enlarge and thicken. I asked Barney why???? I got an impression from him that he did not want to suffer from the allergies anymore and he did not want to watch us suffer as we watched him suffer. He is a lot wiser than his humans. We miss him so very much. He was our son!

  7. Katy Perkins Corning
    Katy Perkins Corning says:

    Danielle, It has been 6 weeks since my 14 year old baby, Elvis passed. I always knew it would be hard, but it has been harder than I had feared. He was my best friend, my teacher, and my soul mate. God, how I loved that boy. My connection with him was very deep and constant. Unless sleeping, his eyes met mine no matter where we were and love connected us. It’s hard to lose that kind of deep contact. I will miss him intensely throughout the rest of this life. I can’t imagine another in his place. If I got another dog, I am afraid I might pass before my dog since I am 65 years old. I have a terrible fear of leaving a beloved behind and there being no one to continue to love and care for them. This fear is so strong that I suspect it may stem from a previous life experience. Elvis’ passing was similar to Kelso’s, and certainly the lessons learned are familiar to me. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  8. sena cheney
    sena cheney says:

    Thank you for sharing the loss of your furbaby. I lost my 5 year old Mini on 5/8/15. I held her in my arms til she took her last breath. I have started following your postings since then and you have given me comfort and have helped eased my pain. I am keeping you and Kelso in my prayers. God bless you.

  9. Rob Castle
    Rob Castle says:

    Thank you for sharing that beautiful story..I can’t tell you how much it means to me. Several years back, I was with my beautiful Buddha (who was my teacher for 17 years) as he made his transition. I too felt his soul leave his body as his heart took it last beat, and then just peace: it was such a special and beautiful moment. He, like Kelso, has visited several times (even in the car as with Kelso)….I know because of the silent focus I find myself suddenly in and of course goosebumps. When he visits during sleep (there is such a noticeable difference between a visitation and a dream) I awake feeling so “light” and happy. Again, thank you for sharing…It is hard to explain but your words confirmed what I knew about them being our teachers, planning there exit times and doing it in a way that is such a blessing. Rob

  10. Brenda Poulsen
    Brenda Poulsen says:

    Oh Danielle….I tend to put off reading emails and today I found this one. My heart hurts for you and your family. Last year at this time my Dyer Dog left to live with my husband who died in 2006. I miss her so very much as does Buddha. But Buddha is lucky because she sees both Ole and Dyer not to mention others that she doesn’t know and growls at to get out.

    But now our Taz cat is not well. She had one eye removed last May and now the other is not looking good. She is going in for a tooth removal on Tuesday and I hope this will help her over all health. But I am so nervous.

    I have had many animals in my life and loved and miss them all. But these guys were my family with my husband. Our children were of the furry type and 4 legs. Loosing them one by one is so very hard. They are the last of my life with Ole.

    So reading your story about your beloved old dog just ripped me up. I am so sorry for your loss. We all know there will come a day but it always comes too soon. For both people and animals. <3

  11. Lisa Y.
    Lisa Y. says:

    Hi Danielle, I happened to come across your post today and offer my heart and prayers to you, Kevin and Kelso. I was on your site because I had to say goodbye to my canine companion of 12 years, Taliesin, in late September. As I’m sure Kelso was to you, my dog was much more than that—co-adventurer, teacher of how strong love can really be, and simply an animal soulmate of the highest order. While I have faith he’s taken care of on the Other Side, I still grieve over the enormous hole his passing has left in my life.

    If it can be arranged sometime in 2015, I’d love to see if you can connect with him to help affirm that he’s doing ok in his new environment. I wish I could do the same for you and Kelso!

    Kind regards, Lisa

  12. Maybritt Leonard
    Maybritt Leonard says:

    Dear Danniele
    Just wanted you to know how grateful I am for what you do as a animal communicater. I stumbled upon your interrview on afterlifetv just as I was devestated after loosing my beloved dog, my best friend and soul mate, I think she was. She was onlly 7 1/2 year old, she never had any physical problems, always happy and strong.
    Now it´s been a month since she died, I had to let the vet put her to sleep, she was so sick, her kidneys didn´t work. And the vet could not tell me why….. Now I´m left with a lot of questions, could I have done anything, had I found out something was wrong before she actually was very sick……. etc. The summer here was so hot this year and she always loose a lot of weight as we used to swim together daily in the ocean. And I blamed it on the heath that she was a little bit slower this summer, now I know why….
    I live in Denmark so to see you in person for a consultation is out of the question. What I wanted to ask you is: Can you get in contact with desiesed pets, and how is it possible to consult you – maybe over an e-amil? And how much will it cost.
    Love Maybritt

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      Hi Marybritt – yes, I work with deceased pets all the time. The best way to schedule an appointment (which, since you’re in Denmark I assume we would do through Skype) would be to email my assistant at admin@daniellemackinnon.com. She can help you schedule a private consult from there. The pricing and different service options are all on the website – just click on the appropriate links above. Thank you and I’m sorry for your loss – I know how hard it is. ~Danielle

  13. Lilli
    Lilli says:

    OMG!! You are blessed to feel and see Kelso around you. I lost my beloved yorkie Pixie on Sept 10, 2014. I been asking her to come into my dreams so I can see her there since I don’t have the ablilty to communicate otherwise. I talk to her everyday letting her know how much I love and miss her.
    I know it takes special technique to be able to do what you can and a lot of gift. I am planning to speak to you to see if you can find out what is blocking me to communicate and of course how she is doing. God bless you danielle. Sorry to hear of Kelso’s passing but I know that you are ok with it because you know that he is alright and around you. I want to have the same peace with my little pixie. Her friend pepe is missing her aswell. Sending you lots of love and hugs… xoxo Lilli

  14. Kira Heniford-Seagal
    Kira Heniford-Seagal says:

    I read your story about your sweet dog Kelso and I cried and shared your broken heart and tears. My family recently lost our big beautiful boy,Niles,who was an15 year old Siamese/tabby mix this past Friday,9/5/2014 at around 12:04 or 12:05pm. He was surrounded by love and gentleness to the very last moment. The pain of his loss made my heart break. I miss him so much. Our Vet gave us the gift of some of his fur,(from over his heart),paw prints,a nose print and a few of his whiskers. My son and I have made a framed memorial that we will soon add a picture. Thank you for being so open and brave sharing your own loss with all of us who have shared those same tears.

  15. Judy
    Judy says:

    I just found you on the web this am and read your story of your baby. I’m crying my eyes out as I type. We lost our Annie on July 12. Only in the last year or so of her life did I figure out what she was forever trying to teach me! I thought she was just acting like a “diva”. Our lives have such a deep dark hole, now that she is gone. Her energy filled every space she was in. I wish I had your gift and knowledge, so I could help our other dog who is really having a hard time without her. Just wanted to make a quick comment. Toward the end,I just continued to tell myself that I did not want Annie to suffer by
    selfishly wanting her by my side. Taking care of Annie had been a large part of my life for sometime and when its all over, the void is so traumatic, even realizing it was the best decision to make. You have my deepest sympathy.

  16. Annette Whitney
    Annette Whitney says:

    I was reading your story and how beautiful it is. I too lost three animals very close together, but I couldn’t bear to see them inject them and watch them go to sleep, which I truly regret after reading your story. My little Sara had to be put down because the large dog attacked her. But I was with her until they brought her in the back room and until they gave her back which was horrible she was 14yrs old. I hope she knew I couldn’t watch them do that to her.

  17. Chaunaci
    Chaunaci says:

    Thanks so much for sharing. My big boy, Moe, a black 90 lb lab crossed over on July 1st. I recognize his passing was beautiful and perfectly designed, but it still hurt like hell. I’m eager to read your blog about feeling Kelso present with you now. Thanks again!

  18. Amalia
    Amalia says:

    Thank you for sharing, I’m in tears, this story reminded me that we have all our life-companions in our hearts, we’re never alone.

  19. Leann
    Leann says:

    I was so appreciative to read about your own responses to the situation because it helps understanding what is going on and that sometimes, despite the fact that we want to help, we are too close to the subject or maybe just not allowed to intuit what is happening. It helped allay some of the guilt I had been feeling over my Harley who passed two years ago. Thank you so much for all you (and Kelso) have done and keep on doing. I got your book as soon as it was on the market and have been reading (and rereading parts) and it has also given me great insight. Waiting, though, for your “doggie” version to come out.

  20. Tracey Doak
    Tracey Doak says:

    Hi Danielle,
    I was one of the “helpers” there with Kelso- I had stopped in to see Chris (the doctor)-she is a good friend of mine. They told me there was a dog out back that was not doing good-I asked if I could see him-if I could try to comfort him- they said yes- I laid on the ground with him, tears in my eyes and kept rubbing and petting his head–whispering to him it was going to be okay-that his “parents” would be here soon-to just hold on to say goodbye, He was a beautiful dog and I could tell he was loved greatly-I am so sorry for your family’s loss.

    “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ” -(Anatole France)

  21. Roxanne
    Roxanne says:

    I sympathize with the loss of your Kelso, I just lost my sweet dog Murray and I am lost without him. I am hoping to feel him here again with me, we had different circumstances but I’m sure our losses are the same. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Carol Cassara
    Carol Cassara says:

    I am not surprised Kelso has turned up. Our Little He showed up the first night he passed and a week later. We miss him so much but are comforted by knowing he is whole and well in the next life. And so is Kelso. I’ll keep you all in my happy thoughts. xoxoo

  23. Mary Jo Mazzolini
    Mary Jo Mazzolini says:

    I am so sorry for your loss Danielle. But it sounds like it really was your gain! What a wonderful special dog you had, and still get to see! I am writing now because my sweet Beagle Elvis had been sick for the past three weeks and he passed over today. He taught me about gentleness and kindness and to laugh more! I attended your June workshop at Omega and that really helped me with his death, which of course, is a new life. Thank you for all of your sharing about your dog.

  24. Caryl
    Caryl says:

    I am so sorry about Kelso Danielle. I can feel his love and his weariness when I look at him and he is saying I will always be with you and I am as grateful for you as you are for me. All our animal children are such beautiful souls and so much wiser than we are. They teach us so much. One of our babies passed over by injection while in my lap and cuddling up to me. It would take way too long to explain all the lessons and all the love between the two of us during the 18 years we were fortunate enough to have together. I have seen “Smiley” several times since she crossed over and she is happy and vibrant and tells me how wonderful she feels. I presently have six other kitty children and I love every one of them dearly and we communicate constantly. Anyway I just wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Love to you and yours.

  25. Stephanie walker
    Stephanie walker says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dear pet. Your story is very helpful and touching. I wish your Gods speed during this time. Please don’t forget when your ready to find another adorable pet. Your friend would like that I believe. Thanks for all you Do!

  26. Jewel Heart
    Jewel Heart says:

    Wow Hun! My kitten passed the next day after Kelso. Snowball needed a blood transfusion too. I felt intuitively sick in my stomach the day he passed I knew something was wrong. Although he never gave me any warnings or never told me he was sick. I think he knew and was protecting me. Well what I do know is that Kelso is now playing with Snowball on The Rainbow bridge awaiting our reunion in spirit xoxo

  27. Claudette
    Claudette says:

    It’s a lovely to hear this story. Thank you for sharing it. I’m sure you have lost 2 pets this year in a short time frame. That’s heartbreaking in itself. Lots of love. Xx

  28. Monique
    Monique says:

    Your Facebook page came up as one u might like so I clicked and read all through your website. I’m very drawn to what you do because I believe I have similar gifts, though I have not developed them. My dog Myah, is my souls puppy and your work with animals fascinates me. My heart broke as I read your story, I pray for you, your family and your sweet Kelso. I hope to find myself in a financial position to purchase some sessions with you as I’d very much like to develop my gifts, especially to communicate with Myah.

  29. Judy
    Judy says:

    I am so sorry for your loss of Kelso. My heart aches for you -losing two babies in such a short time. It reminded me of when I lost my dog and my mother and her dog within 10 months several many years ago. It was so difficult but I think each loss helped me grow- and I think her dog was waiting to go with my mom. Maybe Kelso wanted to go with Bella? Sending you wishes for peace and comfort and thank you for sharing your story.

  30. Mary Trujillo
    Mary Trujillo says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this story, as I write I am in tears since I had a similar experience in my life. Even we know it is time for them to go, it’s so difficult for us to let them go. I will have you and your husband in my prayers. Know that I feel your pain and I send you so much love to embrace you. Thanks God for our animals soulmates.

  31. Lilla Samson
    Lilla Samson says:

    What an astoundingly beautiful friend/teacher/soul he is. I couldn’t stop crying. He and Bella will be with you always. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for sharing so deeply.

  32. Annette
    Annette says:

    Thank you for being so open and honest and human in writing this post.
    It really helps us to know that you too have the pain and human-ness!
    And how sweet of Kelso to wait for you. But you knew he would, didn’t you?

    By the way – you have an amazing man!

  33. donna myers
    donna myers says:

    I am so sorry about Kelso Thank you for sharing your heartbreaking but beautiful story. This had me in tears I remember when my dog Patty passed back in January She passed 2 hours after I got home from work we didn”t know anything was wrong I believe she waited for me to get home.Prayers and Hugs to you and your husband

  34. Eleanor Bray
    Eleanor Bray says:

    Thankyou so much for having the courage and compassion to tell your beautiful heartbreaking story. I lost my beautiful cat Bo and your story has helped me greatly and thankyou Kelso you amazing soul.

  35. Debra
    Debra says:

    I grieve for your loss, and I am in tears writing this. These fur baby teachers we have are such gifts. It is so wonderful when they come and so deeply painful when they leave. I have know doubt Kelso was loved deeply and joyfully.

  36. Catherine Nava
    Catherine Nava says:

    God he loved you, I’m crying thinking about how much love he had for you and your husband, that must have been so hard to let go, my prayers are with you and your family. God Bless your work and one of your master teachers Kelso. Fly high baby Kelso.

  37. Kerri Richardson
    Kerri Richardson says:

    Hey Dan,

    Thank you so much for having the courage to share your experience. What a gift Kelso was and will continue to be to you and your whole family. And what a gift you all were and are to him. I’m sending you so much love during this difficult time. As you have taught me, Kelso will be back soon! Watch for signs!

    Love you,

  38. Ella
    Ella says:

    Isn’t choice the best give of self-less and unconditional love. May you all be blessed by such an eternal gift. XOXOX

  39. shirley
    shirley says:

    i could say SO MUCH and carry on and on about this subject as i too have lost a few of my dearest and best fur babies in just the last five years ALONE. my most recent hasn’t even been a year yet!! i couldn’t even begin to describe the heart ache, but I know you totally understand, so i don’t think i even need to say anymore about it. just know that I am so very sorry, i feel your pain and my heart is with you, your husband and of course Kelso!! your all in my prayers. stay strong and remember the he’s with you always!! i so wish i had the ability you had to communicate with animals!you are Blessed! some day i will meet ya and get a reading….. I hope! your a wonderful person!! <3

  40. Susan Saucier
    Susan Saucier says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this heartbreaking yet incredibly loving scenario of your last goodbyes to Kelso. We have always had dogs and it is heartbreaking when its time for them to go. You are truly amazing and I am so grateful for your gifts, what you do with those gifts, and how you readily share it with all of us. Blessings, love, and healing to you and your wonderful family. Love, Susan

  41. Peggie
    Peggie says:

    Thank you. There are many lessons here for me at this exact moment, you and Kelso are lovely teachers (and Kevin too). ~ Peace, Peggie

  42. Barbara
    Barbara says:

    I felt the sadness that you both have in your hearts as I read the account of your last moments with your dear friend Kelso. I am happy that you were with him as he crossed over. All the dogs in my life were owned by family members so I never had a chance as a Reiki master to help them crossover but I did always communicate with them my love for them when I felt it mattered most for both of us when I wasn’t sure I would see them again. I am sure Kelso will be guiding you both.

  43. Adriana
    Adriana says:

    Dear Danielle,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Kelso! What a sweetie pie! Because I’m such an awesome empath.. (Hahahaha) gosh, I felt every feeling as I read your email. Tears rolled down my face.. 🙁
    I’ve been through this all too many times and it’s never easy even as many times as I remind myself that THEY DO CHOOSE.
    Many hugs to you!!!

  44. Susan
    Susan says:

    So sorry for your loss, but being an AC, we do know the access is greater to Kelso in spirit. It does not however make the pain any less. I have a FB grief support page and I highly recommend your “Soul Contract ” book to all my clients/members. RIP Kelso, I see your old soul shining on your family from the other side.

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      True – the pain isn’t easier, but falling back on what I know (and you know) certainly helps. Thank you for your kind words Susan!

  45. Dawn
    Dawn says:

    No matter how intuitive, how experienced or how well we understand the truth of what’s happening, it’s NEVER easy to lose one of our beloved fur baby’s from the physical world. Knowing that Kelso will continue to guide you from the other side is not the same as having his cute self here to hold, play with and love. Please don’t feel that you should be “just fine” right now, you shouldn’t. You are dealing with a painful loss right now, even if that loss is only temporary. Go easy on yourself. Sending love and a hug, Dawn T.

  46. Wendy
    Wendy says:

    Thank you having the courage and love to share your story at this difficult time. It reminds us that we are all connected. Sending much love.

  47. Laurel
    Laurel says:

    I know what an effort it was to write all that for us, and I want to thank you for opening your heart to your extended soul family. As much as the story touched me, it was the pictures of Kelso that moved me to tears. What a face, his eyes, and expression. Clearly a wise old soul himself. No matter how much we know in our heads, it cannot prevent the overwhelming grief from being experienced. And that grief, the mixture of so many feelings, is how we honor the passing of a loved one from the physical world. Yes, there is still communication, but the 3D aspects are gone, and that is huge. I send much love to you and Kevin.

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      My husband and I are both deeply grateful for this comment. It moved us both to tears. Yes, you can definitely see in the pictures WHO Kelso is. Thank you for writing.

  48. Sue
    Sue says:

    Danielle, Thank you for sharing this. “I know, based on the work that I do as an animal communicator and with soul contracts, that I should have myself completely together and be “just fine” with his passing, but we’re all struggling with this shift.” NO–you are a human being having human feelings about a member of your family transitioning.

    Yes I too know that our animals are eternal–and I stay in communication with them after they pass–but it still is a terrible feeling. My condolences to you and your family as you deal with this.

    And I am profoundly grateful for your story. It IS so easy to discount our intuition or think we’re projecting something. Thank you for sharing that no one is immune.

    God bless.

  49. Pat Sullivan
    Pat Sullivan says:

    Sending you and your family much love Danielle. Thank you for sharing and letting us know how Kelso chose to transition. Blessings, Pat.

  50. Diane Neyenhouse
    Diane Neyenhouse says:

    Hi Danielle,
    My heart goes out to you and Kevin at this sad time. Kelso is still with you. His love and your work have enriched the lives of so many and help make this world a better, kinder place to live. It’s fitting that we send you love and healing energy in return. May God keep you all in His 100% white light of pure love and divine protection.

  51. Sylvia
    Sylvia says:

    Dear Danielle, Thank you so much for sharing Kelso’s beautiful story. I was deeply touched, and, at the same time, it took me back to losing my Zoe. However, I was able to apply what I learned in your animal communication workshop, and Zoe was immediately there comforting me. I hope you felt the love and comfort I sent with her to you and your family. Thank you for all you do to bring light to this world. Much continued love will be sent to you.
    Sylvia (aka “chill”)

  52. Rocco Del Greco
    Rocco Del Greco says:

    At first I wanted to convey to you something such as “sorry for your loss” but your writing propelled me to revise it to “thank you to Kelso for your gain…of wisdom, teaching and opportunity to love.” And thank you Danielle for sharing such a personal journey with your followers, for many of us, including myself, can relate to a beloved pet’s passing over. I know you will keep Kelso’s spirit alive with you in everything you do. With much appreciation, Rocco

  53. Cheryl Mayo
    Cheryl Mayo says:

    Thank you for sharing this most intimate experience. I know it was difficult and I grieve with you for the physical loss of your dear Kelso. Bless you for all you do.

  54. debbie
    debbie says:

    Thank you for being so generous in sharing your beautiful Kelso’s passing. What an absolutely gorgeous boy, he is. I am comforted by the fact that so many people in the world share my feelings and love for animals and I am grateful for the work you do. My cat of 13 years, Reiki, passed this year so even though I can’t say I know what you’re going through, I can say that I understand what a difficult time this will be for you and your family. Be gentle with yourself. Love to all of you.

  55. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    I know how you feel, but so pleased that you are someone who loves, and respects the life and pleasure this little guy has bought into your life. He’s still with you, and as you know, you will meet again. Kev.

  56. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    Sending you and your family so much Love – I lost my best friend and furry soul companion of 15years last Tuesday so understand deeply what you are experiencing at this time – please know that reading your words today has helped me know that what unfolded for us was perfect – Thank you & Bless you always xxx

  57. Lori
    Lori says:

    Danielle, I am so extremely sorry to hear of your loss. Words can’t express my sadness for you. I just lost my baby this past Thursday, so I am feeling and understand your pain. I’m sure Keslo and my girls are all in a much peaceful place now. Keep your thoughts positive by knowing you gave him a great life and he loves you more then any person could.

    He will always be within your soul. He will always be within your heart. He will always be there when you need and want to talk with him.

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      Thank you Lori – and sending much love and light to you as you go through your adjustment as well.

  58. Debra Hamilton
    Debra Hamilton says:

    Danielle, I understand your emotions in your journey with Kelso, as I recently loss my poodle, Lola. Though tiny, she was the bravest dog I’ve ever known and was a such a fighter through her illness. Even though I had managed a Veterinarian Hospital for 20 years, and had much experience with the decisions involved with a pet’s passing, I still had lessons to learn from the passing of my Lola. Blessings to you all. –Deb

  59. Karen
    Karen says:

    Your sharing that story with us (me) helped me know that even the “experts” suffer when losing loved ones, that what I learned from my first animal communication (and felt in my heart b4 I knew it could be real) – was/could be true: I felt that my Sasha was so far gone (she’d been fighting for quite a while) was part way gone – I was later told that she was actually mostly gone from her body – literally up in the corner of the ceiling staying w/me because I was so extremely upset; the doctor tried to tell me to wait in the hall but I demanded to be there. He outsmarted me by taking her to “prep” her and giving her the 1st shot – so what I had prepared for : 2 shots – didn’t happen. I was holding her and he gave her 1 shot – she was gone. I still feel cheated – but know that we’ll be alright. She (Sasha) said later that she stayed with me for the 15 minutes or so more that I held her, cried and sang her my songs that were for her (*you are my sunshine)– anyway – the OBE that she experienced and I sensed was real and now I have you to thank for concurring that possibility. I feel SO much empathy for/with you – my heart ached reading that account. I look forward to seeing you in Atlanta soon (I was so worried this was a cancellation for that) but feel so selfish now for even thinking that. I’m so sorry for your loss – and glad to know that your husband shares your intense love for your furbabies! Mine does too – although he was gone for the year that I was losing Sasha (something he regrets as well). Thanks for sharing – brings us all so much closer and lets us know that our experiences are real – and are possible.
    In love and light – Karen

  60. terry ruddle
    terry ruddle says:

    Dear Danielle, I loved the simple lessons they teach. They are such a great lose because they remind us everyday what true love is like: unconditional, loyal, compassionate, and limitless. I once read an article can you love me as much as my dog? I know they have taught me how to trust. I am sorry that your heart is broken over the lose of such a great friend.
    I know he is running around with your other dog waiting for you on the other side. Love and prayers to you and your husband!

  61. Robin
    Robin says:


    Having met Kelso and Bella, I know how special they were to you and I am so sorry to have read about Kelso’s passing. My thoughts are with you all right now, understanding how heartbreaking the loss of a beloved pet is.


  62. Francois
    Francois says:

    Dear Danielle,
    Thank you for the courage to share such a deeply raw loving story about your dear friend’s passing. I truly appreciated this, and was reminded of two situations with our pets. My cat Draydel was dying from kidney failure. The family wanted to just “end it” but something told me not to. I did take him home and was telling my friend about it, who also urged me to just have him put to sleep. Draydel was staring at me at that moment, and I “heard” a voice, “*I* will decide when I go, and I will go while home.” I dropped the phone and stared. He lived for about two weeks longer, and faithfully climbed to my son’s bunk to be with him (my son had night terrors and the night I cried and prayed to God to send a protector, Draydel immediately left my bed, and slept with Andy from that night forward) until he died. He had been going to greet my son at the door as always, to help him feel safe, and Andy found him just short of the door. Yet, like you, I kept “dismissing” the voice and messages about our beloved Aussie, Belle, the days before her death. I knew to my core, and kept saying I was just being worried. The night before she left, I felt a nudge to “say goodbye one last time”. I did kiss her, and hug her, but again pushed it all away. We found her at my side of the bed when we got home from work and she hadn’t come to greet us. I felt so guilty and angry with myself for not having spent more time the night before. I don’t see energy right now as you do, I feel. My heart goes out to you and I so appreciate your kindness in sharing. Much love to you.

  63. Billie
    Billie says:

    Dear Danielle,
    My heart goes out to you and Kevin, as I recently went through a similar situation with my beloved cat, Roffie. It is so difficult to let go, I know. It is both heartbreaking yet heartwarming to still feel their love and connection. Bless you for the wonderful work you do!

  64. Billie
    Billie says:

    Dear Danielle, My heart goes out to you and Kevin. I’ve never taken a class, but recently went through somewhat this type of experience in a different way with my beloved cat, Roffie. It is heart breaking but at the same time heartwarming. I’ve become even closer to him since he died, and had the nerve to ask my other cat, Heidi, if he had said anythig to her and she said “yes, he wants me to be sure and get you up every morning like he had been doing, and that he loves me very much. Both of us do.” She began licking my face each morning like Roffie had been doing!

  65. Kande
    Kande says:

    Dear Danielle ~ I’m brand new to your community, and I’ve never written a comment online like this before, but your story so touched me that I knew I needed to! I am feeling such pain but also relief and joy after reading your beautiful and heartfelt story. It took me back to when my furry (feline) babies, Wicca and Merlin passed about 4 1/2 years ago. They were litter-mates (sister & brother) and passed within 1 1/2 months of each other, which completely broke my heart. In reading your story, I just let my tears fall as I felt for you and your family’s loss, and also remembered and felt my own as if it was only last week. I was angry at Wicca for some ‘extra-ordinary’ behavior that felt very aggravating to me (having completely misunderstood what was happening at the time), and I wasn’t there when she passed, instead coming home to her barely warm body lying stretched out just inside my closed door, as if she was waiting for me, needing me! I felt so incredibly guilty and bad, no words can describe the depth of my self-loathing ~ for my anger at her, my misunderstanding, my impatience, my absence, you name it. When Merlin started declining over the next month, I vowed to be there for his passing, no matter what it might cost me, even canceling my flying to my family reunion at the last minute so I could be with him and hold him during what ended up being his last couple of days on Earth. He gave me the opportunity to ‘redeem’ myself. And I felt such a huge divine moment of greatness come forward in me as I held his body so tenderly stretched out along my bare chest and belly and heart as he transitioned with me in bed over the last day and night of his physical life, as more and more of his energy left his body and hovered nearby too. Reading your story had me realize that I am still deeply grieving in a way, even after all this time. But I also remember the blessed gift of how much more energetically and intuitively sensitive I became after Wicca’s passing, such that I could fully show up and be there, totally present and connected, even as distraught as I was, as Merlin passed. Thank you so very much for deciding to share your profound experience with us all! It had me realize and acknowledge just how much my intuition has evolved and expanded since my own similar experience. You are a gift, and I look forward to more with you. Sending you big love, hugs, and prayers of comfort!! (And thank you to all who read this long post too. Ok, need more kleenex now…)

  66. Kathy
    Kathy says:

    I am so so very touched by your story. I felt Kelso’s love throughout it and I very much connected with the loss of my first dog, Tara, who passed In 2007 and what she taught me and gave to me every moment of my life.
    You are so blessed to have developed your gift of communicating and saw Kelso’s transition. That pup is free and happy and running as we all should be here and now.
    I got very sick with Tara died and have had any physical challenges which have increased over the years.
    I love animals too much I think sometimes. They live the way we ought to be living. Open heart, non conditional live, live in every moment, grateful, happy and so very appreciative and loving.
    Bless your family and thank you for sharing one of the sweetest stories I have ever read.

  67. Carolyn Whitney
    Carolyn Whitney says:

    I was in tears the entire time reading your story. I am so glad you were able to be with Kelso when he passed. A couple of weeks ago I lost my favorite alpha cat, and you are right. They do let you know when it is time. He showed me for 24 hours that he was getting ready to leave. I just had to make the decision to help him. I am hoping you hear from him soon, and that you let all of us know when that happens. Hang in there until then!

  68. Julie
    Julie says:

    Hi Danielle,
    I’m so sorry for your loss, especially so soon after losing Bella. I know you know that no matter how prepared or intuitive a person is, losing a dog still feels physically & emotionally painful (think knife thru the heart), so thank you for having the strength to share this with us.(I’m still crying).Kelso & Bella truly are teaching dogs because they’ve chosen to spend their lives with you, & you are passing on your experiences with them, to us. The pain was so great when I lost my two dogs, that I was determined never to go through that again. Well, two years ago my sister brought home Honey(a wheaton terrier), and I’m completely attached to her. After learning from you about dogs’ souls & that their spirits are around us after crossing, I feel better able to cope with any future loss, and happy knowing my crossed over dogs are still around. So I look to you, Kelso & Bella, to continue the teaching journey by sharing with us their lives on the other side, and your continued connection with them, if & when you are ready & able to do so. In the meantime, I’m sending healing thoughts to you and your family while you process your painful loss. Maybe Bella is helping Kelso with his transition? Take good care of yourself Danielle, & cut yourself some slack while u grieve & recover. Love from Honey & Julie.

  69. Debbie Cappiccille
    Debbie Cappiccille says:

    I am so sorry for your loss of Kelso and am so proud of you, yes PROUD, that you somehow had the ability and thoughtfuness to share this with all of us. I have lost too many furry babies to count. In the last 5 months, two of them have passed. I made the decision with all except for one to have the vet help us help them. I have always felt a little guilty that maybe I caused Elise (my gray cat) to suffer more than she had to because I chose to bring her home and she did pass at 3:30 AM lying in between my daughter and myself. It was about 8 or 9 minutes of pure hell as I tried to hold her as she gasped for air. I only took her home because our vet whom I trust immensely told me it was okay that she was not in pain. The others were all up when we walked in and I know, they knew but I (or we) held them and talked to them and looked them right in the eye until the “moment”. I feel guilty about that too. So you see how much you have helped me by telling me that all furry babies choose when and where. Thank You. I envy that you can still tune into Kelo’s energy but honestly, I know when they are around me and I know that they know how much they were loved and cherished and still are. Mostly, because of you. My heart aches for you but I am happy Kelso did the job he came here to do so well. I would love to have a reading with you when and if you ever have time. Thank you again so much for sharing. Debbie

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      Hi Debbie – thank you. And thank you for sharing your story too. I think it’s helping many, many people to read not just my story, but also all the other stories here too!

      Also, if you would like to book a session, just contact my office.

  70. mary
    mary says:

    Dear Danielle, thank you so much for sharing your beatiful love story with sweet Kelso, I’m crying while I’m writing, thank you and Kelso for this important lesson, big hugs to you and Kevin, Kelso will always be close to you <3

  71. Tiger Wiese Jones
    Tiger Wiese Jones says:

    Thank you for sharing the loss over the years and my cat Freida was one of the hardest – I sang to her, a song I’d written and always sang to her, as she passed. It took me 2 yrs to scatter her ashes in her garden, and again I sang her song. Within a few short months, she brought me a new love, Posey, who is everything I’ve wanted in a kitty. I feel she sent her for me. My heart is with you and your family. Thank you for sharing. Much love.

  72. Genene
    Genene says:

    Ah, Danielle, (((HUGS))) to you. Being able to communicate with our beloved furbabies and knowing they will always be with us may bring comfort, but I believe we still grieve the loss of their physical presence. Many thanks for sharing this very personal experience.

  73. Pam Leibowitz
    Pam Leibowitz says:

    Thoughts are with you! Animals choose us for a reason & leave us for a reason. I remember Bella & Kelso from my communication course with you… Namaste

  74. Lily
    Lily says:

    Dear Danielle,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I cried as I read your account. It reminded me of losing my own fur-babies when their contracts were fulfilled. Thank you for sharing and for reaching humans through your communications. So many humans still don’t “get it.” I think most of your readers do, though. Sending you healing vibes at this time.

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      But Lily, more and more and more people are getting it every day! In fact, it’s becoming more like “pockets” or specific areas that aren’t getting it. We are becoming more like the norm!

  75. Kasso cuevas
    Kasso cuevas says:

    How blessed Kelso was to be a part of your family. It is. Lear he was appreciated and deeply loved!!! A beautiful story of love!!!!
    Healing for you and your husband!

  76. Mary Jand
    Mary Jand says:

    Heartfelt sympathy to you and your husband Kevin, and all who loved Kelso. Thank you for writing this to share Kelso’s deeply loving and generous lesson of holding both deep connection and then surrender at the time of his (and our eventual) physical passing. God bless him, and may he continue to be an angel for you and your work.

  77. Karen
    Karen says:

    Thank you for sharing that beautiful, yet heart wrenching story with us. Sending heart felt condolences to you and your family for it’s loss. Thanks to all Kelso taught you so that you could pass it on to us. Blessings.


  78. Safena
    Safena says:

    My heart goes out to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your love with Kelso. I know you feel truly blessed to have shared your life with Kelso, but I know he feels equally blessed. This beautiful story has meant more to me than you could know. Thank you. Love and Peace to you.

  79. Pat
    Pat says:

    Dear Danielle……..I am so sorry to hear about your precious Kelso. I know how hard this will be on you, Kevin, and your family. Tears are running down my face right now as I write this. Thank you for thinking of all us as your family…. because we are. I am still having a hard time with the loss of my fur baby Brutus a little more than a year ago. I still hear him crying and barking and it wakes me up. I bet Bella and Kelso are telling all the other animals in heaven who their mommy is. I can see all of them sitting at attention with their heads to one side thinking…..WOW! So very sorry.

  80. Sue Nicholls
    Sue Nicholls says:

    Dear Danielle
    Thank you so much for sharing the account of Kelso’s passing with us – I hope sharing your loss with us will go some way to help you live through your grief as it gives all of us the opportunity to surround you with love and prayers.
    I am sure Kelso will continue to be your teacher from the other side and will manifest himself to you in many varied ways.

    Love Sue Nicholls (UK)

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      Hi Sue – I’ve received more than 1000 comments here, in my email and on FB about Kelso. He’s definitely teaching many, even from the other side!

  81. Carol Maxwell
    Carol Maxwell says:

    Dear Danielle,

    Thank you for sharing your furbaby Kelso’s story, how lucky he was to have you and your husband in his life. He is happy and healthy again and at peace waiting for you on the other side. Healing will take time but cherish all the special times you shared. Angel Blessings to you and your husband.

  82. Terri Chapman
    Terri Chapman says:

    Kelso was so blessed to have you and you to have him. He loved you and Kevin more than his heart could hold and he thanks you for giving him a beautiful life.

    Thank you Danielle, so very much, for sharing such a personal experience with us. You have helped many people by writing about your last earthly days with Kelso and how you, even with your gifts, downplayed what your soul was telling you because as Kelso’s mom, you wanted a different outcome. Every pet owner can understand completely. I share these words with you in the hope they help ease your grief:

    “There is a cycle of love and death that shapes the lives of those who choose to travel in the company of animals. It is a cycle unlike any other. To those who have never lived through its turnings and walked its rocky path, our willingness to give our hearts with full knowledge that they will be broken seems incomprehensible. Only we know how small a price we pay for what we receive; our grief, no matter how powerful it may be, is an insufficient measure of the joy we have been given.”
    By Suzanne Clothier

    Take great care of yourself, Danielle. Prayers are being sent to Kelso, you, and Kevin.

    All my best,


  83. julie
    julie says:

    This is so beautiful to read and yes heartbreaking at the same time, i am writing this whilst blubbering away now. Thank you for sharing this with us all, love and healing to you and your family. x

  84. Angela Zapata
    Angela Zapata says:

    Danielle, thank you for sharing your experience with Kelso’s passing. I was reminded of the occasions when I, too, accompanied my animal companions on their journey to the other side. I am sending you and Kevin loving energy during this difficult time.

  85. Michael Leavitt
    Michael Leavitt says:

    As I was reading my tears just rolled down my face. My dogs noticed and came over with so much love. I am so sorry for your lose. I know how you feel.
    No more suffering now.
    Thank you for writing this. I gave all my dogs hugs and a treat!

  86. Elaine Wind
    Elaine Wind says:

    Dear Danielle,
    Thank you for being so thoughtful and caring in sharing your sad but beautiful letter with us. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband and all who loved your sweet Kelso.

  87. Daphne Lewin
    Daphne Lewin says:

    Dear Daniel, really sorry about your loss. You can at least keep heart in that you had the opportunity to be so closely connected to him, and the privilege to have been so greatly blessed by the lessons he has taught you x x

  88. Kate
    Kate says:

    Mostly I want to thank you for being vulnerable and sharing that story. Sometimes it’s most powerful for me to hear that even someone like you, a psychic and an animal communicator, struggles with the same doubts and insecurities that any of would in that situation. So again, thank you so much for sharing your heart with us. I’m so sorry for your loss. May you and your family find comfort in the memories of your sweet boy.

  89. Patrica
    Patrica says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us. Reading your thoughtful and insightful and gentle words took me back 11 months when my own beautiful doggie Sophie passed. I am comforted by your work on soul contracts but at the same time I am returned to the raw grief I felt at the time of her passing. My deepest and most profound condolences to you and your husband for the loss of your beautiful, loving furbaby. Soft and gentle hugs.

  90. Jim
    Jim says:


    Thank you for sharing this heartwarming story with me.

    I had the honor of meeting Kelso and having him present at our sessions. It always made me smile when he fit his big body on a small square pillow.

    Stay strong! !

  91. Fatima
    Fatima says:

    Dear Danielle,

    Sending loving healing light to you & your loved ones.
    May the beautiful soul of your beloved companion find eternal peace on the divine journey of the other side.
    Love Fatima

  92. Jackie
    Jackie says:

    Dearest Danielle,

    My sincere condolences to you and your husband and any other animal companions at your home that are might be missing Kelso right now too. And thank you for taking the time to share at this time.
    It seems no matter what we know and have experienced
    about the after life it doesn’t change the grief, sadness and that deep ‘I just miss you!’ kind of feeling that happens when they leave the physical. Those of us who were lucky enough to have shared in that blessed moment of crossing over with our animals are very fortunate. For me… and I’m wondering if you might feel the same, that it is such a gift to have been able to be there “fully present” by their side, while loving them with everything you have at that moment, in the exact same way that they were “fully present” and loving you right there by your side throughout your entire lifetime together. Thank You Kelso for choosing Danielle and Kevin and for expanding this world with LOVE energy with all you taught.

    Be Gentle with yourselves while you honour and grieve your beautiful Love Being “Kelso”. Sending you and Kevin Much Love, Jackie

  93. Claire
    Claire says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Even though when my precious babies have transitioned my heart is still broken when they leave. Bella, my Australian Shepard has a tumor on her spleen. She is 12 and this past winter her hip dysphasia became worse. Our decision is to enjoy her while we can. She is playful and happy. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed Kelso!

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      Hi Claire – both Bella and Kelso had the same challenge (the tumor on the spleen) and we made that same decision about them. We wanted to enjoy our lives together while we could. I understand what you’re going through completely.

  94. Pamela
    Pamela says:

    Thank you for sharing this very sacred experience of your beloved Kelso and his fulfillment of his soul contract with you and your husband…..Love of this depth is such a great and wonderful and yes, painful experience, for certain. I hope that with some time, (I’m thinking you are already there) you will smile inside your pain at the joyful, playful, silly, and above all, loving times you shared together. I am so sincerely sorry that your heart is hurting.

  95. Amy B
    Amy B says:

    I’m so sorry for you both, I know that pain. My baby Pita died in my arms after struggling with bone cancer and he was hanging on, I think for us. We both told him that day to please not stay for us and within a few hours, he was gone. I grieved for a year and still dream about him even after 8 years.

    I pray for a smooth process for you and hope that you will get to see him often to soothe your heart.

  96. Maree Cree Roland
    Maree Cree Roland says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this tender moment with all of us. I am so very sorry for your loss. It’s so interesting when are pets are so close to our souls, how we go into a kind of denial even though we know exactly what is happening.
    I experienced that two times in the last. Four years with both of our Bernese Mt dogs. With Nakai especially who was so attached to my heart and soul. It was like I had a thought and didn’t even have to say it and he got it already. Complete magic. When I knew over several months something had changed within him I had a sense he was processing his death, and after doing the needed work with him I was right. It was if he saw this veil and wasn’t sure if he should go through it. As Insaid that was for many months. But what it did for me through the tears often was he was allowing me to get ready.
    We arranged his passing at our home. The music he loved and all his comforts. But what he taught me was all about how I was holding on and not wanting to let go. The morning we knew he was ready to leave he really could not get up and move and I realized that for as long as he would stick around and possibly insure his own pain was for me. I knew it was time for me not to be selfish and let him go
    Since his passing. He is right there with me. In medications he comes to me. I feel him. I can still cry as. I remember those moments. But I am so greatful we were sent into each other’s lives for the most amazing gifts
    My thoughts Are with you.
    Blessings to you and your husband

  97. janie manasco
    janie manasco says:

    Thank you for sharing ! I am sorry for your loss, but you also gained in it too as Kelso made sure of that.

  98. Cassundra
    Cassundra says:

    Danielle your story really touched my heart and bought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing. The magical world of animals and having them in our lives is such a blessing. May all of your wonderful memories of Kelso keep your heart light and bright xxx

  99. Brian
    Brian says:

    Hi Danielle thank you for sharing this. And i am sorry to hear about Kelso passing. Its very touching and beautifull . A Couple of Weeks ago my best friend and teacher Billie passed away in similiar circumstances he was only 3 i loads of plans for us I still do but now i have to plan how to work with him spirit. Your story about Kelso and everything I have learned from you and Kelso to with Animal communication and soul contracts have really helped me. Wishing you the best. R.I.P Kelso . Regards Brian

  100. Lara
    Lara says:

    Dear Danielle,
    I’m so sorry for your pain – all of us who really love our furry babies feel it every time one of them has to pass the veil. We are humans and not robots and a greater understanding like the one you have for being able to directly communicate with animals doesn’t prevent a person from feeling sadness and pain for losing our beloved friends, children and companions.
    Much love to you and to your husband,

  101. C. Woodland
    C. Woodland says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with Kelso Danielle. It never ceases to amaze me how synchronistic events are. I just opened your email after spending the last two hours having an emotional and intense discussion with my teenage son about soul contracts, including the contracts with our pets, choosing when to pass on and about the lessons we have to learn with them. I told him about your experienc and he is just about to read it. Thank you! My heart is with you and your husband as you miss Kelso.

  102. Rati Manjari Jeanet
    Rati Manjari Jeanet says:

    Dear Danielle,

    Your love story about your beautiful dog Kelso’s passing made me cry. Thank you for sharing this heartwrenching story.
    Much love and strength,

  103. Deborah Stanisewski
    Deborah Stanisewski says:

    Kelso helped you as you help others., grateful to have been a recipient of that in the past with my Heidi girl. are very sorry for such a great loss.

  104. Tammy
    Tammy says:

    Thank you so much for writing this! On May 21st, I lost mt 14 year old beloved Rottie mix, Buffy. This dog saw me through the hardest times of my life (my mother’s death only 3 months after I adopted Buffy, divorce and my only child growing up and moving hundreds of miles away). She died about a year after my boyfriend moved in. At first she hated him but over time she grew to like him. However, when she passed, I wondered if she left because she no longer felt useful or needed. After your article, I can see that she left because her job was done. I was no longer alone and she felt that I would be okay without her. I completely believe that she chose her time to go. She got better for a few weeks during my 3 week vacation. We spent every day together. Then, she took a turn for the worse just as I went back to work. She died on my daughter’s birthday. I take that as a sign. Thank you for helping me find closure. I know she is waiting for me on the other side.

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      It made me happy to read this Tammy – to see how well you understand what was REALLY going on. <3

  105. Terry
    Terry says:

    Dear Danielle,

    I am crying as I read your email … I am soooooooooooo sorry for your loss and what you and Kevin are feeling. It is heartbreaking! I only know, because we went through it a number of times. Our pets give us nothing but unconditional love and that’s what makes our connection with them so strong. Kelso is, and always will be, at your side giving you his love and guidance!

    Love and Support,

  106. Elaine Taylor
    Elaine Taylor says:

    Hi Danielle, First I want to say how sorry I am, I know that even though Kelso is still with you, just in a different way, its so hard not to have him there physically. My sweet black lab Chance passed last November and it tore my heart out. You had helped me so much when my blue heeler Jack passed, you helped me to realize that our loved ones don’t die, they just change. That knowledge helped me when my Chancey passed, thank you for that gift….Kelso was a lucky dog to have you and your family to love, and I’m so grateful to him for helping you to help others. Thank you Danielle for all that you do….

  107. Pam
    Pam says:

    Dear Danielle and Kevin-

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss of Kelso, and so soon after Bella’s passing. I do have a smile inside though as I’m imagining that they’re happily playing together and ‘discussing’ how they’ll continue to be present in your lives!

    How fortunate they were to have such a wonderful family to love and care for them!

    Love, Pam

  108. Claire
    Claire says:

    Such a sad, hard story to read. I can only imagine how hard it was to experience and write. Thank you for sharing Kelso’s last lesson with us and I will pray for comfort for you and your husband as you adjust to what has happened.

  109. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    So very sorry for you and your family’s loss.
    Relieved that you got to be with Kelso during his last breaths.

    In the ’90s I was privileged to be with two of my geriatric cats as they crossed over. It is life transforming.

    Bless you and your husband.

  110. Lori
    Lori says:

    I am sending very deep, heartfelt condolences. Animals are the most amazing and magical creatures. We allow our hearts to open full and wide to them and they have so many things to love without attachment. I had to put down my four legged baby Gossamer, two years ago and I havent taken on a new puppy yet. They are truly magnificent creatures and again, my heart is sending you and Kevin warm, soothing prayers and big hugs!!!

  111. Laura Brigham
    Laura Brigham says:

    Blessed morning to you and your family. Thank you for sharing the love and the lesson with us during a very painful time. Light, love and energy to all of you.

  112. Kristy
    Kristy says:

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. My heart and thoughts go out to you! Also, I want to say “Thank-You” for posting your personal story, as hard as I’m sure that was. I have not received any of your services, however, I have this week listened to some of your interviews on youtube and have read your webpage. My Darby girl ( 18 year old kittie – aka. my fur baby ) was laid to rest a week ago. That was the toughest, heart wrenching decision I have been faced with. After her passing, I was having a hard time with my grieving emotions, so I went on line in search of tips and ways to help with my sadness and to find some sort of answers and reason to the intuitive feelings I was also experiencing before her passing and wanted to know what happens to our fur babies when they go to their afterlife. After watching your interviews, they helped me in so many ways and brought me better understanding, comfort and calmness to my sadness and questions. I greatly appreciated it! Then when I read on Facebook what you and your family went through with Kelso, my heart felt for you so much, but your vulnerability to share with us your very personal story – it also helped me to not feel so alone in the journey of losing our loved ones and the emotions that we feel during such a difficult time.

    Take care … Hugs!

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      Kristy – I’m glad you’re not feeling so alone. Reading all of these comments is helping me as well. Love and light to you.

  113. Kim
    Kim says:

    My heart goes out to you and your husband. It is truly amazing how these wonderful souls choose to be of great service to us. My husband and I are also animal lovers and had the honor of having a beautiful dog BB for six months. However, it was not until after his passing and of course me crying for days when I had a vision of his energy running full speed ahead and happy. It was also during that vision I finally learned what his purpose was in his short life with us. He taught me to believe in myself and to not give up no matter what life throws at us. You see, he had been a rescue dog and I kept telling him I loved him even if no one else wanted him and that I believed in him. I still miss him but am so grateful for the lesson he shared from soul to soul. Much love Danielle!

  114. Alyssa
    Alyssa says:


    We know they cross over and stay with us – but it doesn’t lessen the pain that our sweet fur baby won’t rest a chin on our leg or wag a tail for us in greeting. The physical loss is devastating and heartbreaking. They teach us so much, if we just pay attention.

    I miss my sweet Kenzie every day, yet I know she is around and talking with Kayley and Farley. I asked Kenzie to welcome Kelso.

    Thank you for sharing your loss with us. My heart breaks for you and your family in this loss. Sending you all love, light and big hugs.


  115. KB
    KB says:

    Thank you so much for writing this Danielle, it was a blessing for me to read, especially the part about animals choosing their passing.

    I took my greyhound to the vet last Friday because he’s been limping, and we were shocked to discover that he has bone cancer. We made the decision to say good bye this Thursday because we don’t want him to go through the severe pain that occurs as the disease progresses.

    I’ve been hoping that I made the right decision with my dog, and after reading your post, I feel better about it. The decision “feels” right intuitively, even though I don’t want to let him go.

    Thank you and I’m sending you and your family love and light xo

  116. Jane Smith
    Jane Smith says:

    Wishing you and your loved ones much peace and comfort. Thank you for sharing this tender experience with us, Danielle. <3 Jane

  117. Cathy
    Cathy says:

    So sorry to hear about your great loss. Thank you for sharing, I’m sure it must have been a difficult piece to write.

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      Thank you. Maybe one day I’ll go back and edit it – or at least re-read it. For now, it stands as this, un-edited. Thank you.

  118. elena
    elena says:

    dear Danielle, i have not many words right now.. just like with Bella, i met him while learning and practicing AC with you and I’m really grateful for that experience. i’m sending them and you all much love

  119. William Farmoon
    William Farmoon says:

    thank you for the beautiful telling of your story. I had a similar experience with a feline friend “Midnight” earlier this week as he passed beyond… a very deep affection for y’all in the passing of your friend also … love and light angels … namaste

  120. david gardiner
    david gardiner says:

    What beautiful angels our doggies are.
    As I too have recently lost my little girl Weimarana.
    ty for sharing….. lots of love to you both.


  121. Cheryl Guillet
    Cheryl Guillet says:

    My sympathies to you. This made me cry of course, both for you and for myself as I still mourn after 5 years, the passing of my little Rudy. Because I chose to let him go rather than watch him die a slow death, I’ve always felt guilty .I feel that he hasn’t forgiven me cause I never dream about him, yet my other two schnauzers visit me often in dreams.
    Tho painful, it is important for you to share this unhappy experience with us . You cannot keep the pain bottled up.
    I wish you and your family peace….Cheryl

  122. Narda
    Narda says:

    Thank you for taking the time so soon to share this with us all gifting us the opportunity to learn as well. I am sending you and your beautiful family infinite love, peace and comfort.

    ((( love )))

  123. Victoria Schneider
    Victoria Schneider says:

    My dear Danielle….it is with tears in my own eyes that I write this….remembering the five fur-babies we lost in 8 years…Kelso, as you well know…is still with you…it’s just that now, it’s about make a different place and space to be with him..and you know that, too…

    It’s LOVE that drives us to feels so strongly….and LOVE NEVER DIES!

    Bless Kelso’s Soul and BLESS YOUR HEART for being there for so many in their moments of “Farewell for now!” May we facilitate your shoring you and your husband at this time!
    Sending Love and Light!
    Blessed Be!
    Go gently….
    Victoria Schneider

  124. Rosemary
    Rosemary says:

    Dear Danielle,

    My deepest condolenses. I know your pain, I’ve been there. Mom and I were there when the family dog passed away. We believe that she waited until we were both there, so that we could be with her when she took her last breath. I even attempted to do chest compression (CPR) since I had just taken a pet first-aid class not that long ago (prior to her passing).

    I had just purchased the Animal Soul Contracts: How Your Pets Help You Make Soul-Level Changes, and Beginner Animal Communication, when I saw the most recent post, My Baby Has Crossed to the Other Side. I read it with curiousity. I thankfully did not sense that our dog was going to pass that day. I knew that the day would come some day, and that I wanted to be there for her when the time came.

    I remember shortly after she passed that I could sense her right next to me as my parents and I ate dinner in the living room. That feeling was soo strong, I felt like I could see her. As if I could touch her, yet all that I would feel would be air. I’ve seen the movie Ghost with Whoopi Goldberg, so I had some idea of life after death.

    It’ll be five years in a few months, since she has passed away. There have been times when I would “see” her, and I would mentally say hi to her. The most recent time that I “saw” her was in April when my brother was in town. I wasn’t expecting to “see” her, so it caught me by surprise. And yet at the same time put a smile on my face. I’m always smiling when I think of her and her fun loving personality. : )

    I know from experience that the first days are the hardest, as they slowly turn into weeks. And the weeks slowly turn into months. And the months slowly turn into the first year. I find that everyone grieves differently, and those around us need to respect that. Some don’t want to talk about it, and prefer to get rid of everything as soon as possible. Then there are those who prefer to hold onto every little thing that reminds them of their fur baby.

    Mom and I found out and attended a pet bereavement support group. It was very helpful for us to be surrounded by those that understood our pain, especially since my dad didn’t show any emotions. http://www.pawtoheart.org is the website. I know that you can contact the person who runs the group via e-mail, not sure if the phone number is still good.

    Sorry that this is so long, hope it helps. I wish you and your family all the best. ((Hugs))

    Rosemary (from NY)

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      Rosemary! Thank you for sharing your experience – and I’m just so glad you found a group of people who understood. Community is so important. I knew that I had built that here – and that is why I shared. Thank you again.

  125. Christie
    Christie says:

    This is do heartbreaking and so wonderful at the same time. Well written and beautiful. Thank you for sharing and I’m so so sorry for your loss.

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      Christie – I laugh about the “well-written” part! I wrote it in one fell swoop and I have yet to go back and edit. I’m just not ready. But thank you for seeing into the heart of what I was saying and for understanding. <3


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